A police officer in Longbeach, California is under investigation after allegedly threatening to tear a man and his 2-year-old son on his shoulders.
Dontae Parks, 29, attended a peaceful protest against the death of George Floyd in Long Beach, California, with his toddler son on his shoulders. Parks was captured in a shocking image with a police officer brandishing a rubber bullet gun seemingly inches from their faces.
In an exclusive interview on Wednesday with The Sun, Dontae told the publication how one officer threatened to spray tear gas while others fired rubber bullets in front of them.
In a statement to the publication, a police spokesperson apologized for the incident.
“The Long Beach Police Department is aware of the image posted to social media of a crowd control police officer and a man with a child on his shoulders during Sunday’s civil unrest.
“We agree the image is disturbing and we all share the community’s concerns for the safety of the child, the peaceful demonstrators, and the officers.
“While the review of the incident is underway, we do know that this image was taken at the time that violent disrupters were throwing bottles and pyrotechnics that could cause great bodily injury to anyone in the area.
“We are reviewing all of the related video footage to determine the facts of the situation. The item depicted in the image is a less than lethal launcher.”
They added: “LBPD will continue to protect and support individuals expressing their Constitutional rights, but will not tolerate violence against our community members or officers.”
In a video seen by The Sun, protesters are quoted as condemning the police firing rubber bullets around the little boy.
“What’s the matter with you? You are a monster! You are really going to gas this child? What about your child?”
There was also another incident in Seattle where a police officer pepper-sprayed a 9 year old little girl. The young girl can be seen crying as milk is dumped on her eyes and over her face. Seattle police said they were investigating the incident.
“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 police department’s Joint Information Center told Buzz Feed. “This incident in particular has been referred to the [Office of Police Accountability] and an investigation has commenced.”
This is the video that was taken down! A 9 year old in Seattle was MACED by pig JARED CAMPBELL from the Seattle Police, it was PEACEFUL PROTEST. His badge number is 8470. Little girl's face is covered in the video PLEASE SHARE #seattleprotest #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/JXrJ1eZ8Qd
— Julián✨ (@julesstorres) May 31, 2020
Elsewhere six police were charged after video showed them breaking into a car and tasing its two occupants as Anewspost reported.
Crowds of protesters standing against the killing of George Floyd have gathered in cities across the U.S. over recent days. As a result of the chaos, some people have taken advantage of the situation with riots and looting breaking out in some places which authorities have struggled to contain.
Peaceful protests across the country have been damaged by occasional violent clashes between police with several videos of police brutality going viral. As the New York Times reported, authorities have responded to the calls for protests with more excessive force against the protesters. Various videos uploaded online shocked the internet showing officers using batons, tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets against protesters and bystanders alike.
George Floyd was killed of asphyxiation on May 25th after arrested for allegedly trying to use a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes. While in police custody, former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes — while Floyd repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe. Meanwhile, other officers — Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao — involved in the death of George Floyd have been charged.