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A group of Miami police officers appearing to try and clear a street reacted with measured force after one of their vehicles was attacked by skateboard-wielding thugs.

In a video tweeted out by actor James Woods with the hashtag #DemocratsAreDestroyingAmerica, scores of officers are seen fighting back — and winning — against a much larger group of people who, it appeared, was not engaged in a peaceful protest or demonstration.

It’s not clear when the video was taken, but the person with the camera does not appear to be an ally of the officers.

The video begins with several police cars using lights and sirens in what looks like an effort to move people off of a street. The camera then pans to a black vehicle that has moved out ahead of the squad cars and is slowly making its way through a group of people.

At one point, a couple of rioters hop on the hood of the black vehicle, while at least two other people who appear to be young men wielding skateboards run up to the car and strike it.

**Warning: Language

After they strike the vehicle, two officers jump out and immediately tackle one of the attackers. When they do, they are then surrounded by several other demonstrators, some carrying skateboards they use to strike at least one of the officers.

Then, the fight is on.

Several more rioters attempt to join the melee but are intercepted by other officers who rush in to help defend two more who are now engaged in attempting to wrestle a suspect to the ground and arrest him.

One black officer can be seen warding off several other rioters, some with skateboards, as more cops rush in to form a perimeter. Two men challenge him, and one makes physical contact with the officer but is quickly subdued and taken to the ground.

With the arresting officers still on the ground cuffing suspects, the officers who formed the perimeter then begin forcing a still-gathering crowd back as people shout and taunt them.

The video ends with officers cordoning off the area in front of a restive crowd that is much larger but no longer in any mood to challenge them.

Scenes like this are playing out all over the country, mostly in larger cities, and appear to have little to do at this point with George Floyd, the Minneapolis resident who died at the hands of police last month.

While Floyd’s death has sparked weeks of some peaceful protests, melees like the one above involving Miami police officers are continuing as well.

Several Twitter users responded to the video with disdain for the protesters and support for the Miami officers.

“You swing a skateboard at a police officer you should expect to be shot on site. How do these officers have the patience for this? My heart aches for these brave men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe. We don’t deserve it. This is pathetic,” wrote one.

“These people are sick. The left used our university professors to undermine redefine family + undermine society. These universities need to be investigated and funding held back until they remedy their curriculums + teachings,” wrote another.

“Black lives matter… Except for black lives killed by black lives and black police officers. How are so many fooled by BLM, a polictial [sic] ideology that has nothing to do with black lives mattering?!” still another wrote.

**Warning: Language

Jon Dougherty

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