Seattle police accused of macing child during George Floyd protest

Clay Curtis
June 2, 2020

Images and footage of the demonstrations, which have occurred in at least 30 cities across the USA, have left the world stunned, with many unable to comprehend the scenes of police firing rubber bullets at protesters, dousing them in tear gas, and buildings and cars being set alight.

The knee-on-the-neck technique was also used by then-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin to subdue an already-handcuffed George Floyd on May 25.

Cities across America saw violent riots and looting as opportunist radicals took advantage of protests in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police.

"Get your f-ing knee off his neck", one of the bystanders shouted repeatedly. But, in another video below, an officer even used his knee to give the head of another arrested suspect a place to rest. In one video, which racked up almost 8 million views as of Monday, one officer is seen handcuffing a man faced down on the ground while another pins the man to the ground with his knee on the man's neck.

"Uses of force, including pepper spray, during the demonstrations will undergo a high level of scrutiny and review by the chain of command", Kelsey Nyland of the department's Joint Information Center told the outlet.

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"Seattle police maced a child. This incident in particular has been referred to the (Office of Police Accountability) and an investigation has commenced".

The footage was recorded by photojournalist Matt McKnight, who said in his Instagram post that the officer had been seen holding his knee on the neck of another person seconds earlier.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said the police would investigate the complaints but argued that "criticisms that somehow it was the Seattle Police Department [that caused] the violence and chaos" was "just false". "It was not the experience I had".

It shows a man in a bright jacket being pushed to the ground by two police officers.

The four police officers who were arresting Floyd for suspicion of passing a counterfeit bill were fired Tuesday.

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