Seattle police officers were filmed kneeling on two protesting necks as they tried to clear the city’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone on Thursday – just weeks after George Floyd died in the same circumstances.
In a video shared online, a dozen cops can be seen rushing towards the group of protesters before striking a person to the ground and arresting them with the same type of force that has since been condemned by police departments across the country.
Protesters can be heard screaming and telling the officers to get their knees on the person’s neck.
“What is it, man ?! What if—? “A person in the audience screams, according to the clip obtained by the Daily Mail.
“Get the knee on their neck!”
Seattle authorities on Wednesday finally moved in and cleared the lawless protest zone, or “CHOP,” after weeks of squatting and violence, resulting in the shooting deaths of two teenagers.
But on Thursday, more activists had returned to the center and crossed the police line, resulting in the arrest of more than 25 people, according to authorities.
“You cross the line, you get arrested,” an official can be heard telling the protesters when they threw abuse at the police.
In another clip posted online, a protester who was arrested earlier Thursday can be heard beating an officer who also pinned him in the ground by pressing his knee into his throat.
“Can’t you please put your knee on your neck?” the man can be heard screaming.
“Can you remove your knee from my neck, guy?” he continued.
At least 40 people were arrested on Wednesday when Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan finally issued an order for protesters to clear the area after protesters moved in on June 8 after Floyd’s death and ousted police.
Seattle business owners have sued the city for allowing the narrow camp to flourish for several weeks, claiming it decided to “abandon and close an entire neighborhood.”