Outrage Over Viral Video Of Double Amputee Beaten By Police During BLM Protest
Laurenn McCubbin’s husband attended one of the many Black Lives Matter protests in Columbus, Ohio, and was horrified by what he saw. A video began floating around Reddit of a man laying on the floor after he was allegedly attacked by members of the Columbus Police Department. The man is a double amputee, missing both his legs and his arms as protesters came to his aid and called for a medic. Watch the harrowing video below.
Double Amputee Was Reportedly Attacked During Black Lives Matter Protest
McCubbin posted several tweets to recount her husband’s experience at this protest. She wrote that he “saw the cops hit & mace an unarmed kid and then steal his prosthetic legs.” In the Reddit video, you can see the double-amputee laying on the floor while his prosthetic legs are not attached to his body. A man loudly screams for a medic multiple times in the video. She went on to add that the kid had to crawl on his hands to try and seek help after the incident. According to McCubbin, protesters had to fight off the cops and get the prosthetic legs back after they were taken from the double amputee. While there isn’t a video of this moment taking place, there were several videos that depicted the protests getting violent and the CPD using force to push them back and putting people into cop cars.
Black Lives Matter protests have swept the entire globe after the death of George Floyd dying at the hands of Derek Chauvin went viral sparking the call to justice. The young man in this particular video was one of the millions that have taken part in these protests that have been the center for change and shed light on social justice issues.
The CPD Put Out A Statement In Response To The Video
A lot of the outage stemming from the video comes from Mayor Andrew Ginther of Columbus previously saying “Let me be clear: tear gas and pepper spray will no longer be used to break-up peaceful protests.” This was clearly not the case after witnesses say the double-amputee was literally knocked to the ground after being maced by the Columbus Police Department and not inflicting any violence on anyone.
Police Sgt. James Fuqua later defended the action and spoke out about why the officers turned to use pepper spray during this protest. “We did use pepper spray,” he said. “We absolutely used maximum restraint in using pepper spray as our last resort,” he continued. McCubbin like many others did not feel like this was an apology at all but merely a way to defend the actions of the CPD. She called the apology “half-a**ed.”
Ginther also said in a recent interview that he does not believe the Columbus Police Department violated his new policies after they pepper-sprayed protesters.
There is no word on the current condition of the double amputee, however with the video circulating on both Twitter and Reddit, his identity may be confirmed soon.