Newly unearthed body camera footage captured by Boston police during the demonstrations protesting racial injustice and police brutality in May shows officers using force against nonviolent protesters, pepper-spraying crowds, and, in one instance, speaking about hitting protesters with a car.
Some moments caught on the body cameras show officers knocking nonviolent demonstrators over with batons.
“Move!,” says one officer as he hits a woman, who had her hands up, to the ground and then steps over her on Boston Common around 2:44 a.m. on June 1.
In another clip, a person starts a moped scooter and appears to head in the same direction as retreating crowds before an officer shoves the driver off the vehicle.
As The Appeal notes, some demonstrators were targeted for using violence, such as when one kicked a tear gas canister back toward authorities near the Common.
“Let’s get this f***er. Let’s get him,” one officer says as a bicycle patrol moves toward the suspect. “Lock him up.”