BODYCAM VIDEO SHOWS ‘MOB MENTALITY’ OF BOSTON POLICE WHO RESPONDED TO GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTS, LAWYER SAYS
The hours of video, given exclusively to The Appeal by Williams, show police officers bragging about attacking protesters, targeting nonviolent demonstrators for violence and possible arrest, discussing arrest quotas and the use of cars as weapons, and multiple instances of excessive force and liberal use of pepper spray.
The city and BPD’s narrative during this time was that protests were peaceful during the day, but they got violent at night. This is why. The core problem isn’t that there’s a lot of thugs among the police, like the ones in these videos, but that people, especially other police, refuse to call them that. In fact, if I were running from office, me saying that the people committing this thuggish behavior were thugs would be all someone would have to point at to get me shunned.
The other thing to note here is that body cameras brought a truth to light that might not otherwise be exposed. The common criticism of body cameras is that they don’t modify police behavior, which they don’t, and thus shouldn’t be counted on for that. They do, however, deliver valuable information like this.