As protests continue to rage on across the country, countless US army veterans have gotten involved, with many of them protesting alongside the demonstrators.
One Vietnam vet has recently gone viral after shocking footage emerged showing him confronting one federal officer before taking a nozzle-full of pepper spray to the face.
Keep scrolling to watch the shocking footage.
The Black Lives Matter movement is gaining traction like never before.
via: Getty ImagesSince the death of George Floyd, protests for the movement have been happening across the globe in volumes we've never seen before.
This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...
via: GettyBut George'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 and have now resorted to vandalism...
via: Getty ImagesBut 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...
Ahead of a planned protest this weekend, the road to the White House was painted with a giant "Black Lives Matter"… https://t.co/6M3H6ehuNs— David Luganda🇺🇬 (@David Luganda🇺🇬)1591398030.0
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.
We are witnessing history in the making...
via: GettyAnd people are continuing to demand justice.
One of the most recent events is the tearing down of statues of slave traders and other controversial figures by protesters.
Historic scenes in Bristol as protesters kneel on the neck of the toppled statue of Edward Colston for eight minute… https://t.co/p7VVmxHW7n— Martin Booth (@Martin Booth)1591539194.0
Colston was a slave trader.
The moment a statue of slave trader Edward Colston toppled into Bristol’s harbour. ‘It’s what he deserves. I’ve bee… https://t.co/xzJLp90l6r— Sarah Turnnidge (@Sarah Turnnidge)1591542295.0
A statue of Christopher Columbus in Virginia was another of those torn down and defaced.
via: Getty ImagesThe statue was ninety-three years old and had been standing there to commemorate the Italian explorer.
Controversy has surrounded Columbus' name for many years now...
via: TwitterHis transatlantic voyages unlocked an entire continent for European colonization and turned the Italian explorer into a modern symbol of conquest and violence for native Americans.
It didn't take long for the protesters to completely dislodge the statue...
via: GettyAnd this is when things turned ugly.
The statue was set on fire and covered in graffiti...
via: Getty ImagesAnd protesters then dumped it in Richmond's Fountain lake as a final demand for justice.
Then another Columbus statue was torn down.
COLUMBUS DOWN | Protestors removed the #ChristopherColumbus statue from it's pedestal tonight in #Baltimore's Littl… https://t.co/XOEubASqk4— Dan Lampariello (@Dan Lampariello)1593915927.0
Then what did they do?Similar to Colston, Columbus was taken for an involuntary dip - as protesters dumped him in the local harbor.
Trump isn't happy.
Protesters just took down the Christopher Columbus statue in Baltimore Italy. Today kante what are we waiting for??… https://t.co/IJf2QDaEMO— Official🚜Rakgadi🚜Soldier🚜✊🏿 (@Official🚜Rakgadi🚜Soldier🚜✊🏿)1593963735.0
The Mayor of Baltimore thinks differently.
Baltimore just tore down the Columbus statue ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻 #blacklivesmatter https://t.co/uX5ty8oI3f— National Public Raytheon (@National Public Raytheon)1593910472.0
We understand the dynamics that are playing out in Baltimore are part of a national narrative.
Columbus is cancelled.But many people are wondering what other things related to Columbus will be cancelled? Such as Columbus Day and the Columbus Circle in NYC.
There's been a lot of other statues toppled.
via: Getty ImagesFollowing the death of yet another black man, Rayshard Brookes, who was shot twice in the back by a police officer, protests got even more intense.
In Portland, George Washington was ripped from his stand and set on fire.
via: Getty ImagesIn images captured by Garrison Davis, you can see the old statue has been defaced and vandalized before being set on fire along with a burning flag.
It was rumored that a group of twenty people did this.
via: Getty ImagesReports state that "a separate group of about 20 people met at NE Sandy Boulevard and NE 57th Avenue around 10 PM at the site of a large bronze statue of George Washington."
via: Getty ImagesSome wrapped the statue’s head in an American flag and lit the flag on fire. Their numbers grew over the next hour until there were enough people to pull the statue to the ground. The police arrived a little later.
Here are some of the pictures uploaded to Twitter:
The George Washington statue in the Hollywood District of NE Portland is the latest one to be vandalized. The statu… https://t.co/XdkplJqecu— Eric Patterson (@Eric Patterson)1592569232.0
And The Oregonian also obtained this snapshot:
Protesters take down Thomas Jefferson statue in front of Portland’s Jefferson High School https://t.co/TZIq5s1wY9 https://t.co/OGr7hKnm2y— The Oregonian (@The Oregonian)1592199472.0
Protests in Oregon continue to rage.And now some seriously sickening footage has emerged of a Vietnam veteran being sprayed in the face with pepper spray. The incident was captured on Saturday night by journalist Andrew Kimmel, and it shows Mike Hastie peacefully confronting the authorities when an officer in full riot gear blasts him with the spray.
He was not being threatening.
Feds pepper sprayed this Vietnam Veteran/photographer right in the face. His name is Mike Hastie. He was an Army me… https://t.co/Tv5ggDkWWo— Andrew Kimmel (@Andrew Kimmel)1595755852.0