Unrest continues to unfold across the US, as protests - some peaceful, some violent - have erupted calling out the systemic injustices carried out against black people, not least seen by the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.
But with there currently being such an explosive relationship between the black community and police officers, one can only imagine how difficult it must be for black cops currently serving to protect our streets.
One incident that has been brought to public attention allegedly occurred on Sunday near a parking garage in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Video footage shows the moment a female black police officer verbally scolds her colleague for aggressively throwing a kneeling protester to the ground.Watch the moment below:
Another angle of the incident can be seen below, and was captured by Twitter user @_popaboywillie, who captioned the video to his followers: "White police officer throws a girl who is already on her hands and knees BUT a BLACK QUEEN officer steps in to check him."
The footage was shared to Twitter on June 1, and has since received over 450,000 likes and more than 155,000 retweets (as of this writing).
In the footage, Officer Steven Pohorence can be seen walking through a crowd of protesters when an African American woman drops to her knees in front of him.
Pohorence then grabs the woman by the back of her head and shoves her forward as he walked by. The female police officer, later identified as Krystle Smith, then immediately begins screaming at Pohorence and shoves him past several police officers.
According to WPLG Local 10, the protest, which was largely peaceful until then, became aggressive, as protesters started to throw bottles and other debris at the officers.
Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione praised Smith for her actions in deescalating the situation, telling reporters Monday:
"She did what you are supposed to do: When you see either adrenaline or emotion or some kind of interaction going south … that is our job to do, is intervene."
The Fort Lauderdale police declined to make Smith available for an interview, but did reveal that Officer Pohorence had been suspended.
Per ABC News affiliate WEAR-TV, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis says he feels that Poherence's actions were "offensive", and he's happy the department has suspended him.
"I thought that was something that should have never happened," the mayor said.
The ongoing protests were ignited following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd on May 25, following his arrest by four Minneapolis police officers.
Yesterday, it was revealed that the three former police officers who accompanied Derek Chauvin as he retrained the late Floyd are to be charged in connection with the 46-year-old African-American's death.
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar announced plans to charge ex-Minneapolis cops Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J Alexander Kueng.
"Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is increasing charges against Derek Chauvin to 2nd degree in George Floyd’s murder and also charging other 3 officers. This is another important step for justice."
Lane and Kueng helped Chauvin restrain Floyd, while Thao stood nearby as the scene unfolded.
She also revealed that 42-year-old Chauvin has had charges against him upgraded from third-degree murder to second-degree murder.
Details of any charges the former cops are set to face yet to be announced, and it is unclear whether those three officers will be charged with the same offense(s).
As well as a call for justice, these ongoing protests are also demanding an end to police brutality and the racism that is so deeply entrenched in America and the western world.
The message is simple: Black lives matter.
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