An officer shoving a protester on the ground. Two New York Police Department-car to ram the protesters. The police used batons, bicycles and car doors as a weapon.
Jordan Uhl, a political consultant and activist in Washington, DC, I wanted to make sure that as many people saw these videos as possible. Encouraged by a friend, edited with 14 clips, including one from a journalist in The New York Times from an official of the acceleration and the opening of a door of the car that hit the protesters. The result is two minutes, 13 seconds supercut that it calls “This Is a Police State.”
As of Monday night, the video has amassed over 45 million views of the Lord of Uhl tweet only. After posting a link to Dropbox for anyone to download and share the video, which has earned tens of millions more views. (For context, the video that the birder’s Christian Cooper recorded of Amy Cooper in Central Park has been viewed 44 million times on Twitter. The virus of misinformation video “Plandemic”, which traveled through YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram the past month, it was viewed more than eight million times after a little over a week online).
“Many people were posting it to IGTV, and the Stories and labeling of me,” Mr. Uhl, 32, said. “I can’t even keep a record of how many people share it.”
He said that his intention was to signal boost the experiences of the the protesters and said that he did a limited intervention in the material file. “I’ve trimmed some of the videos up by the time,” Mr. Uhl said, adding that “not even the right color.” He does, however, add the Twitter handles of the original posters, for the credit.
He sees the video, and focus only on what seems to be the police of the offences, as a corrective to what he believes to be an emphasis on the coverage of the looting and damage to property by the media. “I wanted to push back and show how the main story should be that, in response to a mass mobilization against police brutality, the police responded with more brutality,” Mr. Uhl said.
“People are deeply unwilling to acknowledge the abuse of the police,” he continued, noting that “the passive language used by the police in front of the active language used for protesters to demonstrate our society’s lack of willingness to address the systemic injustice imposed by the police.”
Those whose footage appears in the video compilation they said that they were happy to see their individual clips to put in a broader context.
Alison Sul, a 21-year-old protester in Texas, said that his video had already been viewed 2.9 million times, but the Lord Uhl video of a new audience.
“The more people who see these things, the more accountable the police are going to have to be,” said Nate Igor Smith, of 40 years, a photographer of Brooklyn.
“It seems that no matter which city you’re in, you’re seeing a lot of the same things that are happening. I think that having a video where you can see things from many different cities is of great extent,” said Arlen Parsa, 33, a director of documentary film in the city of Chicago. “Tells a larger story of what happens in a city”.
Mutale Nkonde, a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, said that Mr. Uhl’s video “it really reinforces that the black protests, the target of the protests and all of the social justice protests are not usually violent by nature. This moves us away from the ‘there are bad people on both sides’ or ‘there are good people on both sides of the argument and that really stands out of application of the law of the aggressive attitude toward the black people showing off their rights.”
“When there is a clip that you can turn away, when there are two of you start to get a better picture, as I see so many examples it is impossible to ignore as anomalies,” said Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, of 30 years, an author in Kentucky, which is credited in the video.
In the responses to Mr. Uhl’s initial tweet, a flow of people shared even more clips of the police use of force against protesters, bystanders and even children. Got lots of footage, the Monday, published a second supercut. So far it has garnered over 825,000 views.
“Other people have said this before me,” Mr. Uhl said, “but none of this is new. It’s just that, finally, it was recorded.”