Military helicopters flying at low altitude use breathtaking showdown tactics to break up crowd of protesters in Washington DC
- Several helicopters flew dangerously close to the ground to generate wind over crowds of protesters in Washington DC Monday evening
- Twitter images show protesters shaking in deafening gusts
- Many fled for cover as winds lifted debris and broke tree branches
- The “show of force” tactic is carried out with jets in the combat zones
Military helicopters flying at low altitude used wind tactics to break the crowd in Washington, DC on Monday evening as protests against racial injustice and police brutality continued after the city-wide curfew.
Videos posted on Twitter showed protesters shaking in deafening gusts as the new method of dispersing law enforcement raised debris and broke tree branches.
The “show of force” tactic, often carried out with low-flying jets in combat zones to scare insurgents, proved to be relatively successful in this case, as many people ran under cover.
Military helicopters flying at low altitude used wind tactics to break up the crowd in Washington, DC on Monday evening as protests continued after citywide curfew
Videos posted on Twitter show protesters shaking in deafening gusts
Protesters are seen safe from debris raised by helicopter winds
The plane included UH-72 Lakota army helicopters and UH-60 Black Hawks, according to The Drive.
Several Twitter users have pointed out the danger of helicopter maneuvers when they park on groups of people at the same level as the roofs.
Some have noted that flying at such a low altitude is probably illegal because it clearly violates the rules of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Law enforcement associated this tactic with heavy use of tear gas, pellets, and chemical sprays as protesters headed for the White House long after the 7:00 p.m. curfew.
It happened hours after President Donald Trump announced that he was stepping up his efforts to control protests and riots in the nation’s capital and that he had threatened to send “ thousands of thousands ” of soldiers in cities across the country.
A woman raises her fist in the air amid strong gusts of wind from a low-flying helicopter
Many demonstrators remained firm as the helicopters made several passes over their heads.
While Trump made the announcement of the Rose Garden, a loud detonation sounded in the distance as the police tried to drive the protesters from Lafayette Park.
Monday marked the seventh day of unrest in cities in the United States after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis cop knelt on his neck in a remembrance day arrest.
While many protests across the country have been peaceful protests of racially diverse crowds, others have fallen victim to violence – despite curfews in many cities in the United States and the deployment of thousands of members of the National Guard over the past week.