A viral online video clearly shows a group of white protesters attacking a black police officer during a protest over the death of George Floyd.
“White Thugs attack African American officer #Austin #Texas #blm They are calling themselves #protesters for #blacklivesmatter,” one Twitter user wrote, attached with a video showing a black police officer surrounded and then attacked on a grass lawn by white protesters mostly wearing masks.
“Black cop VS Protesters 😞 shit is sad #Austin #texas #blacklivesmatter #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justice #fyp #fortoupage #police #12 #cops,” a TikTok user wrote. “HORRIBLE!” conservative YouTube personality Fleccas said on Twitter. “’Peaceful protesters’ attack black police officer in #Austin.”
“Antifa attacks Black police officer. Black lives don’t matter to Antifa,” director and producer Robby Starbuck tweeted in response to the video. “They’re using the protests as cover to sow hate.”
Tensions between the police and antifa and organized race hate groups have intensified across the United States following the death of Floyd, while he was in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.
Floyd was seen on video lying on the ground as a white police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while onlookers begged him to stop. Floyd later died, sparking peaceful protests, looting, and, in some cases, riots. The white police officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with second-degree murder, and three other officers have been charged with aiding and abetting murder.
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