Camouflaged Cops (Dressed as US Military) "Snatch" G20 Protester
During the 9/12 protests earlier this month, there were numerous claims by right wing teabagger protesters that the U.S. government was restricting their freedom, even though there were no actual documented events of such activity.
However, this week in Pittsburg, a G20 left wing protester was grabbed by men dressed in military camouflage outfits who shoved the protester into an unmarked passenger car and drove off. Apparently they were not members of the U.S. military, but rather police dressed as military personnel.
G20 security officials took responsibility Friday afternoon for a video that seemed to depict US troops “kidnapping” a protester. The military was not involved in the incident, but G20 security did acknowledge that “law enforcement officers from a multi-agency tactical response team” had detained a protester they said was believed to be vandalizing a store.
A video shows onlookers calling out “what the fuck” and “what the fuck is wrong with you?” as people in Camouflaged uniforms haul a protester along by his collar, shove him into the back seat of a car, and rapidly drive off.
Officials with G20 security released the following statement:
Military members supporting the G20 Summit work with local law enforcement authorities do not have the authority to make arrests. The individuals involved in the 9/24/09 arrest are law enforcement officers from a multi-agency tactical response team assigned to the security operations for the G20. It is not unusual for tactical team members to wear camouflaged fatigues. The type of fatigues the officers wear designates their unit affiliation.
Prior to the arrest, the officers observed this subject vandalizing a local business. Due to the hostile nature of the crowd, officer safety and the safety of the person under arrest, the subject was immediately removed from the area.”
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