Recently, over in Jacksonville, a "Trump supporter" (read: white supremacist/nazi) assaulted speakers at an anti-war protest, starting a fight. Luckily police were there to tackle, beat, and arrest the protest organizer and one of the few black people on the scene, Connell Crooms.
Instead of helping, four police officers, tackled and brutalized Connell Crooms, one of the only Black protesters, and hit him so hard they knocked out his hearing aid. Bystander video footage shows officers beating him while he flailed helplessly and handcuffed on the ground. One officer punched Connell five times while other officers pinned him down.
Police assault a black man with a hearing aid instead of the white guy who started the fight. Of course. And it gets worse:
Connell was hospitalized and, along with other protesters, charged with inciting a riot and battery on a police officer. The Trump supporter who started the violent confrontation? He walked away scot free.
The antifa involved in the fight where the white woman was attacked by multiple white men have reported that somehow, police were nowhere to be seen during this brutal assault that could have easily killed her.
I know my surprise is a function of my white privilege, so I'm going to speak directly to my fellow white people here, many of whom are probably also surprised and horrified at this. We need to get it through our heads that the police are not on the side of justice here. The police are siding with the white supremacists, the police are siding with neo-nazis. They will not protect you and they WILL attack black people the moment a fight breaks out. If you're going to a protest, especially one in a conservative area or one where nazis are likely to show up, you must keep this in mind. Protect the more vulnerable members of your protest group and be ready to defend yourself.
In the meantime, just take a moment to let it sink in that the people you were told your entire life were there to protect you from bad people are actually not. The Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Donald Trump and have aligned themselves with neo-nazis.
The link above is to an online petition where you can add your name demanding that all the bogus charges against the anti-war protesters in Jacksonville be dropped and that they be released. The number for citizen complaints to the state attorney is (904) 255-2500.
We have to make sure that we're taking care of each other. We're all we have.