As the Black Lives Matter protests continue, one Instagram video has proven the true need we have for police reform.
This footage is well and truly shocking...
A recent video shared on Instagram has got the whole internet talking.
The Black Lives Matter movement has never before been so prominent.
via: GettyEver since George Floyd, an unarmed and defenseless black man, died while being held in a police restraint, our country has experienced a wave of anger like never before.
This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...
via: GettyBut George Floyd's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...
via: GettyAnd they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
Many protests turned violent...
via: GettyBut change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.
Remarkably, however, they seem to be working.
BLACK WOMEN MATTER. BLACK MEN MATTER. BLACK CHILDREN MATTER. BLACK FAMILIES MATTER. BLACK POSSIBILITIES MATTER.… https://t.co/y6dlDWKPN3— a gem (@a gem)1591104461.0
It has also taken over our streets...
via: Getty ImagesFor instance, a group of people painted large yellow letters saying "Black Lives Matter" down two blocks of 16th Street in D.C - a two-lane road that coincidentally leads to the White House.
Protests have been happening across the pond too...
via: GettyHundreds of thousands of people have been taking to the streets in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The global solidarity has been incredible to see.
We are witnessing history in the making...
via: GettyAnd people are continuing to demand justice.
This is only the beginning.
THEYRE CHARGING THE OTHER 3 OFFICERS AND RAISED THE DEGREE. KEEP SIGNING PETITIONS, KEEP DONATING, KEEP CALLING. THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING— gabryelle (@gabryelle)1591208344.0
Black Lives Matter murals have been popping up across the globe.
via: Getty ImagesAnd now, reports say that New York City has decided to paint their own.
The huge mural is said to be being painted on the lucrative Fifth Avenue.
via: Getty ImagesBut, while work is being done on the painting, Millionaire's Row, where Donald Trump's eponymous building is situated, was closed off to traffic.
The President slammed plans for an "antagonizing" BLM mural outside Trump Tower on Wednesday.His Twitter rant came after the Mayor's intention to defund the NYPD's $6 billion budget was announced. "And yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue," the President said. "This will further antagonize New York’s Finest, who LOVE New York & vividly remember the horrible BLM chant, 'Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon.'"
De Blasio clapped back to the President a few hours later.
@realDonaldTrump Here’s what you don’t understand: Black people BUILT 5th Ave and so much of this nation. Your “lu… https://t.co/NNgnFIR8ae— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@Mayor Bill de Blasio)1593617987.0
@realDonaldTrump You also don’t know that NY’s Finest are now a majority people of color. They already know Black L… https://t.co/D3ZEs0hWnu— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@Mayor Bill de Blasio)1593618615.0
And now a truly shocking video has surfaced online.
via: InstagramWhich has really proven why these ongoing protests are still so important!
A group of Black teens called the police after an alleged assault against them.
via: InstagramBut when the officers showed up, the police immediately pulled their guns on the victims of the crime, jumping to conclusions all because of their skin color.
“How will I help my son recover from this?" the mom questioned in her video caption. “This is something my son and his friends will never forget…Please pray for my family."
via: InstagramThe Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva released a statement about the viral video, saying, "I have concerns about the tactics employed."
People have responded strongly to the video.
via: InstagramAnd it's not hard to see why.
Many have had their views confirmed by the video.
via: InstagramThe police have too much power and not enough training.
People don't understand what the officers were thinking.
via: InstagramAnd why this level of violence was the first port of call?
Or, to put it simply.
via: InstagramIt's hard to disagree with this viewpoint.