Kodac and Kevlar Moment: Video Appears to Show Pittsburgh Police During G20 Protests Using an Arrested Citizen as a Prop for a Group Photo

Now this video is a bit difficult to explain. It appears that police took an arrested protester, made him kneel in front of them, and then took a group picture in Pittsburgh.

From my own protest cases, I can confirm that police departments will often take a picture with arresting officers for purposes of creating a record. This is usually a picture with the officer who signs the arrest form. I have never seen a group photo op with a perp. Moreover, you usually do not force them on your knees in front of them.

20 thoughts on “Kodac and Kevlar Moment: Video Appears to Show Pittsburgh Police During G20 Protests Using an Arrested Citizen as a Prop for a Group Photo

  1. J Smith
    1, September 28, 2009 at 3:41 pm
    I dont see a convict or arrested individual – I see a trophy.
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    Well said

  2. The use of new weapons classes is disturbing, but something we have talked about previously.

    In April 2008 I wrote: “I don’t expect that the broader public will question the use of tasers or other new technologies (such as new heat rays that superheat the skin, sonic weapons that induce pain, or green lasers that temporarily blind pedestrians and drivers) to compel compliance with the wishes of government demands. Tasers will continue to be used more broadly, and the precedent they set will be used to introduce new tactical options for our paramilitarized police forces.”

    There are allegations that authorities both infiltrated protest groups and their actors provoked chaos in order to justify the crackdown. I haven’t weighed a lot of evidence but would not be surprised if there was an element of truth to that.

    I ran across this video yesterday. It includes footage from several sources, including the news, and a commentary. I don’t necessarily agree or disagree with the comments in the video, but will say that the show of force was more extensive than I had imagined. What happens at 5:20 in the video? Is that actually the military capturing protesters, and shoving one into the back seat of a car while speeding away?

  3. There was no need to infiltrate any groups with provocateurs. The police simply blocked the unpermitted Lawrenceville march until the protesters tried to break through using a dumpster. Then, the police moved in with tear gas and truncheons. If they’d simply escorted the march downtown there would have been zero violence.

    As far as I can tell, there wasn’t even a protest in Oakland the next night. The police simply ran a pacification sweep through Oakland on Forbes Avenue. Since this is the middle of a college campus, people lined the sidewalks because everybody loves a parade, especially with clowns. Once the police realized how silly they looked blocking traffic with their march,
    they decided to clear the sidewalks. Pushing, shoving, assault, and tear gas ensued. One student reported that a cloud of tear gas drifted into the William Pitt Student Union building, forcing uninvolved students out onto the street where the police were.

    I’m ashamed for my city.

  4. That video was taken about 3 meters outside of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law. (Of which I am a proud alum.)

    Sad to see such a flagrant violation of rights in front of a building dedicated to educating the legal scholars of the future.

  5. If the gear worn by riot police had very clear, legible numbers that distinguished each officer as an identifiable individual, then I believe much of these behaviors would end. The fear os being identified as a specific abuser would make it more difficult to use the identical uniforms and chaos of the situation as a way of remaining anonymous.

    If it is good enough for the members of sports teams, it should be good enough for those we employ to keep us safe.

  6. Quote “Martin 1, September 29, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    If the gear worn by riot police had very clear, legible numbers that distinguished each officer as an identifiable individual, then I believe much of these behaviors would end. The fear os being identified as a specific abuser would make it more difficult to use the identical uniforms and chaos of the situation as a way of remaining anonymous.”
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    Great observation and similar to a suggestion I made in another forum sometime ago. However it’s obvious that the cops don’t want to be able to identify individual officers because then they would have to deal with their abusive behavior.

  7. It looks as though she has gianormous hoots and does the upwards hip thrust during the photo shoot. I get the feeling an offer was made…we’ll let you go if you pose, but who knows. Any word for the voluptuous one reported?

  8. It looks as though she has gianormous hoots and does the upwards hip thrust during the photo shoot.

    Yes, because one of those jerk cops YANKED ON HER FUCKING CUFFS, you dimwit.

  9. I was at G20 on business, not protesting. Just walking through the streets, there were so many cops from so many different places — from DC to Reading, PA — that looked like they were treating the G20 not as work but as something of a forced vacation. They got to dress up and hang out and put on helmets and march around in formation and maybe if they were lucky get a trophy protester for a picture.

  10. when you finally if ever have the courage and the fortitude to unanomuslly declare these people as officers of public trust to be traitors and most heinous corrupotors of the will of the peacefull people of the American Charector ..Veterens like me will return to lead you ..and destroy them without remorce or mercy.until they draw dreath no more…anything less is only your own peril and doom.

    I will only act as a soldier to protect and defend the constitution of a people whos love for it is as great as my own.

    these traitors must die.in mass and without reservation or trial.
    the trial is by the will of the people alone.

    no surrender no prisoners. kill them all.

    when you have the guts we will come.

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