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Border Patrol Snipers were Authorized to Fire on George Floyd Funeral if Violent Erupted

Discussion in 'News & Current Events (Articles Required)' started by essentialsaltes, Oct 1, 2020.

  1. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

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    Border Patrol Snipers Were Authorized to Use Deadly Force at George Floyd’s Burial
    Records obtained by VICE News show police in Pearland, Texas, invited federal agents to surveil Floyd's burial and authorized them to open fire in the event of unrest.

    With hundreds of mourners planning to gather in Pearland, Texas, on June 9 for the burial of George Floyd, local and federal authorities braced for “rioting and looting” in the Houston suburb — and they were willing to use deadly force.

    As a horse-drawn carriage took Floyd’s body to its final resting place in Pearland’s Houston Memorial Gardens cemetery, planning records show that at least six “sniper teams” were in place on rooftops and authorized to open fire if the situation spiraled out of control. The records, labeled highly confidential, also state that an FBI surveillance aircraft was flown over the burial, and that “overwatch units” were sent to monitor the crowd for violent “agitators.”
     
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  2. thecolorsblend

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    Is this a problem? Sounds like good law enforcement work to me.
     
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  3. Paulos23

    Paulos23 Never tell me the odds!

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    What the?

    This is not OK.
     
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  4. thecolorsblend

    thecolorsblend If God is your Father, who is your Mother? Supporter

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  5. Kenny'sID

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    Cool, sounds like a shooter, regardless of his weapon, would be taken out, and fast.

    Or was this something we are to see as a problem?
     
  6. Kenny'sID

    Kenny'sID Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Judging from the OPs posting style, can I assume you thought this was a problem, essentialsaltes?
     
  7. Pommer

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    You’re fine with “kill them if you have to”?
     
  8. Kenny'sID

    Kenny'sID Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'm fine with killing someone who opens up on a crowd of innocent people...you?
     
  9. Hans Blaster

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    So two questions come to mind here:

    1. Why would you use snipers to do riot control?

    Whether you think the tactics and methods were appropriate or not, we've seen *lots* of standard protest and unruly crowd and riot control this summer largely around the death of this same man. The authorities (police, nat. guard, and unidentified feds) used shields, batons, tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, pepper balls. These are the ways that unruly and violent crowds are dealt with, combined with mass or random arrests.

    I can't imagine that if people start getting shot by bullets from unidentified directions. (Part of the idea of snipers is that those under fire can't identify the source.)

    2. Do they really think that the people who came out to the funeral of a man would be so disrespectful as to create a riot?
     
  10. Pommer

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    I understand having “rules-of-engagement” already in place so that, if the funeral turned into a riot, armed LEO’s would already be “prepared” to “use whatever force necessary” to “restore the peace”, is generally considered “a good thing”...

    What I object to is the assumption that this (violent riot) might occur.

    It smacks of these “people are animals, be ready to ‘put them down’.”
     
  11. Kenny'sID

    Kenny'sID Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Aside from the following, you are so far over the edge, I don't think I can even discuss this with you. Wow

    Object if you like, better safe than sorry.
     
  12. dogs4thewin

    dogs4thewin dog lover CF Ambassadors Supporter

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    yup notice that they would ONLY be killed if things got violent.
     
  13. Pommer

    Pommer Autodidact polymath

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    Yes, but it doesn’t speak well of the Authorities’ views about the mourners. Does it?
     
  14. (° ͡ ͜ ͡ʖ ͡ °) (ᵔᴥᵔʋ)

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    Do you think the fact that politicians like Gov. Tim Walz, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey being present at the funeral had anything to the snipers being present? I would assume that they were there not as "riot control", but as protection for the political VIPs.
     
  15. dogs4thewin

    dogs4thewin dog lover CF Ambassadors Supporter

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    I do not care why they were there you choose to get violent you should expect violence to be used on you.
     
  16. Blade

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    With all the NEW NEWS coming out.. thats not being talked about.. but this is?

    Kind of hard to believe this (not saying its not ture). With all the riots that happened because of this.. no one stopped that unrest did they? So Floyd being painted as a angel and cops as evil. Ooh look they were told the could shoot if they had to. Hmm

    Again all the other NEWS that just came out is shocking and its not being talked about at all... praise God :)
     
  17. (° ͡ ͜ ͡ʖ ͡ °) (ᵔᴥᵔʋ)

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    What is not okay? Assuming that the snipers were there to put down rioters for rioting and not because they were providing necessary security for the political VIPs?
     
  18. Pommer

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    How authoritarian of you!
     
  19. Hans Blaster

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    Are you sure that's the same event?

    There were at least 3 services for Floyd, one in Minneapolis, one in N. Carolina (I think?), and one in the Houston area. The article was about the Texas service and the politicians in your list are all from Minnesota.
     
  20. dogs4thewin

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    Why? If you are violent towards someone it is reasonable to expect that most people would not just let it happen.
     
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