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The tactics police are using to prevent bystander video

Police shine lights on a demonstrator with raised hands during a protest outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn., over Sunday’s fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a Black man, by a white police officer during a traffic stop. Wright’s death came as the broader Minneapolis area awaits the outcome of the trial for Derek Chauvin, one of four officers charged in George Floyd’s death in May 2020.AP Photo/John Minchillo Kian Kelley-Chung was wearing a black T-shirt with the logo of his documentary and art collective on the day last summer when he found himself filming the Washington, DC, police during a protest. It was August 13, 2020, and Kelley-Chung had been recording Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the city for a couple of months. At this one, in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, he saw an officer push somebody to the ground—and as he rushed over to film it, he says, he was shoved by an officer himself. Quickly he was trapped, or “kettled,” with a small crowd of people.

Kelley-Chung says that’s when an officer carrying zip ties said he had to arrest someone, before looking directly at him, grabbing him, and […]

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