Watch Charlotte Police Make a Protester Disappear

Now you see him, now you don’t. Where did he go? Why, are you his attorney?

According to CNN, the man dressed in a white button-down shirt actually is a public defender who reportedly had to talk his way out of being swept up by the SWAT team responding to the protests in Charlotte, North Carolina. Officers there are currently using tear gas, flash grenades, and good old-fashioned force to clear out the crowd, where one person was shot and several people—including at least seven cops and one CNN reporter—were injured Wednesday night.

This post has been updated to reflect that initial reports of a fatality were incorrect. The shooting victim is currently in critical condition.

Former Gawker news editor

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DISCUSSION

The militarisation of the police in this country and their panicked overreaction is stunning. They are treating the protestors like de facto criminals. The people have a right to assembly as enshrined in the Constitution. Are the police aware of this?