(PoliticalLookout.com)- As protests broke out across Louisville, a journalist for WAVE 3 News was hit by a non-lethal (but painful!) pepper bullet while speaking on live TV. The journalist was hit by a Metro Police Department officer as protests turned into violent riots. Footage shows police officers opening fire at the journalists, despite seeing clearly that the journalists posed no threat.
Footage of the incident was tweeted by Timothy Burke, a left-wing reporter who previously worked at propaganda outlet Daily Beast.
Police literally opening fire on the free press. pic.twitter.com/g8RMImZLGr
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) May 30, 2020
The video was then later published by WAVE 3 News. It shows a willingness by individual police officers to use excessive force, and may also prove the point that police brutality is not a matter of race – like the rioters are suggesting. The issue of police brutality has been discussed and debated for many years, and the fact that police officers use force against white, black, and all other people regardless of race, undermines the argument of the people rioting and looting stores.
In the video, journalist Kaitlin Rust can be heard shouting, “I’m getting shot. I’m getting shot.” The police officer heard her say it, and continued shooting at her with “pepper bullets.”
Hundreds of rioters could be seen out on the streets protesting not just the death of George Floyd who was killed in Minneapolis by a now-fired police officer, but also for the death of Breonna Taylor. In March, Taylor was shot dead following a no-knock warrant being served at her house. Following the incident, Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, announced that no-knock warrants would end.
Protests have become increasingly violent across the country, including Louisville, which have seen people using the death of George Floyd as an excuse to riot, destroy businesses, and loot stores. Floyd died after former cop Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for eight minutes despite Floyd informing the officer that he couldn’t breathe.
Chauvin was arrested and charged with manslaughter and third-degree murder and now awaits a trial. The American justice system will ensure the man responsible for Floyd’s death is punished, and the rioters will ensure that more cities are destroyed.