An officer in riot gear repeatedly slammed their plastic shield up and down while they and other officers worked to subdue men on the ground during protests in Los Angeles, California, on September 25 over the police killing of Breonna Taylor.
This video shows the confrontation on Sunset Boulevard. According to reports, the sheriff’s department responded to the protests.
Video from another angle showed deputies inspecting a flat-bed truck with a number of people in the back. As the people started to flee the truck, officers tackled or knocked some to the ground. One officer is seen striking a downed protester with a shield. Later the officer is seen chopping forcefully with the shield towards the person on the ground.
This video shows the confrontation from a nearby parked car. Afterwards, officers line up next to the car with an assortment of non-lethal weapons, pointing down the street.
The video ends abruptly as an officer turns their attention on the uploader, shining a light into her car, banging on the window and shouting “get out of here.”
Friday night saw the third night of protests across the US in response to a grand jury’s decision not to charge officers under investigation for the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.
Former Louisville Metro Police Department officer Brett Hankison was, however, charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree. His bond was set at $15,000. Hankison was fired from the police force on June 23 for his role in the shooting of Taylor.
Sargent Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, two other officers who fired their weapons while trying to serve a search warrant on Taylor’s apartment in the early hours of March 13, were not charged.