(TMU) – A viral video of National Guard troops enjoying water gun fights with protesters in Washington DC is making waves on social media.
The video, which is making the rounds on Instagram and Twitter after originally being posted to TikTok, is further evidence that National Guard troops dispatched to quell unrest were in no particular mood to use the sort of hard-nosed and violent tactics against civilians being used by police across the country.
In the video, a man can be seen going up to various people in the nation’s capital, including several National Guard members, and throwing a plastic squirt gun at their feet. The guard members and others can then be seen picking up the gun before running around and even somersaulting as they engage in a good-natured and fun water fight.
The National Guard members can also be seen shaking hands, giving fist bumps, and hugging the protesters.
In the video posted by moodgossip, the caption reads, “The bad police: STOP ALL PROTESTERS; The National Guard: (various fun emojis).”
Comedian George Lopez, who has outspokenly backed the nationwide protests, shared the video on his official Instagram page. Lopez wrote:
“Controlling the narrative is a powerful thing. You can have the exact same scenario interpreted 100 different ways depending on who’s telling the story. With all of the turmoil, racial/social injustice, and most importantly – need for CHANGE, It gives you HOPE for better days to see these smiling faces.”
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Controlling the narrative is a powerful thing. You can have the exact same scenario interpreted 100 different ways depending on who’s telling the story. With all of the turmoil, racial/social injustice, and most importantly- need for CHANGE, It gives you HOPE for better days to see these smiling faces. STAY SAFE, STAY THE COURSE, STAY #CHINGON ✊🏽✊🏿✊🏼✊🏽✊ #GeorgeLopez #SilverLinings #SmilesAndCries #pma #ChangeTheNarrative #blacklivesmatter #brownlivesmatter #change #solidarity #solidaridad
The video’s release also came after a uniformed Black member of the National Guard was captured on video chanting “I’m Black and I’m proud” along with protesters. The video quickly went viral and has since been viewed 15.4 million times.
The National Guardsman, later identified as Specialist Khaled Abdelghany, also posed for photos with protesters wearing “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts.
Spc. Abdelghany responded to the video on Twitter, writing: “I will always say it. I am a Black man first before anything! #BlackLivesMatter”
— Heedy (@heedygreedy) June 4, 2020
Troops of the National Guard were deployed to DC after multiple days of social upheaval and protests for racial justice and an end to police brutality following the May 25 killing of unarmed 46-year-old Black man George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
The National Guard troops included personnel from states like South Carolina and Utah. The controversial decision to send troops to the city, which has a large Black population, drew an angry response from Mayor Muriel Bowser – as did the widespread use of less-lethal weapons including tear gas and the deployment of unmarked Bureau of Prisons officers by the Department of Justice.
However, there have been signs that the deployment of the military to American city streets may have been just as distasteful for individual troops as it is for civilian critics.
Intelligencer reports that groups that assist and advise conscientious objectors and dissidents in the military such as Veterans for Peace, GI Rights Hotline, and About Face: Veterans Against the War have received a noticeable uptick in calls since governors began to mobilize National Guard units in their respective states.
“There are a lot of concerns, and there’s a lot of personal conflict and moral crisis that service members are experiencing right now,” Army veteran and Veterans for Peace executive director Garett Reppenhagen told Intelligencer. “In the last 15 years, we’ve seen our foreign conflicts escalating all over the world. But I don’t think that folks thought that the global war on terror would be fought here in our country against Americans.”
“Some of them are just exploring their options and seeing what’s available to them, and what the legality is of various decisions they could make,” Reppenhagen added. “Some have already made a decision not to deploy and not to report for duty. And they’re trying to figure out what the repercussions are going to be for them, and how to mitigate it,”
Another member of the National Guard anonymously informed the newspaper that he can’t tolerate the possibility that he might have to turn his gun on American civilians. Using encrypted text, the guardsman wrote:
“Essentially, the events of the last week (escalating police violence against protesters, the militarization of the police response, political factors fueling political conflict) sort of catalyzed in me a realization in my heart that I cannot continue to engage in violence or be complicit in it.”
On Sunday, members of the National Guard were ordered by the White House to begin withdrawing from the capital. On Tuesday, some of the last National Guard troops withdrew from DC.
Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces
Keanu Reeves is an actor who has long been loved by audiences —and not necessarily due to his acting skills, but due to how nice the John Wick star is.
And now, Reeves is once again earning praise as a “true gentleman” after resurfaced video footage shows Reeves giving up his seat on the subway.
The clip was shared by Instagram film fan account Cinemonkeys where it has since earned nearly 45,000 likes.
The video footage dates back to 2011, when it was shared on YouTube by a user of the video-sharing platform.
At the time, Reeves was already a superstar riding on the fame he earned from the Matrix, Speed, and a number of other blockbuster hits.
When Reeves notices a woman carrying a heavy bag, he quickly points to his seat and asks if she would like to sit. The woman accepts and Reeves gets up without hesitating to let her take his seat.
Reeves, ever the model citizen, then stands and holds onto a subway pole while carrying his bag.
The video has since been watched over 27 million times and was even cited in a 2019 Time magazine profile of the actor describing Reeves as the “soul mate” of the internet.
The resurfacing of the clip on Instagram once again impressed users of the platform.
“This human being’s soul honestly shines so bright,” wrote one user.
“OMG I love him in every single way,” another person commented.
“His kindness knows no bounds,” commented someone else.
Keanu is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth Matrix film directed and written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the earlier trilogy with her sister Lilly. He will also return to the silver screen in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2022.
Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber
An injured baby bird received a new lease on life after a young man who was inebriated had the good sense to send the little creature to an animal shelter because he and his friends were too drunk to drive.
In the Summer of 2019, a small lesser goldfinch suddenly appeared by itself at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. The center’s chairman, Buz Marthaler, was notified by a volunteer who sent him a photo.
“It was a picture of this bird, and it had come by Uber,” Marthaler told FOX13. “It was just crazy.”
As it turns out, the tiny bird – which was only two weeks old – indeed rolled up to the site by its lonesome, the sole passenger in an Uber vehicle called by concerned citizens who found the injured creature.
Among those good Samaritans was Tim Crowley, who had been “day drinking” on that Saturday before he and his buddies witnessed the little bird fall from the sky.
“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” he explained.
Crowley then snapped a photo of the bird and sent it to the WRCNU, which instructed him to immediately bring the bird in. However, the group obviously couldn’t drive since they had been guzzling booze all day.
So Crowley decided he’d hail a cab for the creature.
“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’” he said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’”
As it turns out, the bird – since named “Petey Uber” by staff at the rescue center – likely would have perished if not for Crowley’s quick thinking.
Marthaler remains impressed by Crowley’s move and shared the news on its Facebook page.
“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the shelter’s post read. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well.”
Binx the Cat, Who Survived Florida Condo Collapse, Found and Reunited With Family
Amid the tragedy of last month’s collapse of a South Florida condo building, there was a tiny bit of good news when a cat named Binx, who lived on the ninth floor of the Surfside building, was found safe and returned to his family.
“I’m glad that this small miracle could bring some light into the lives of a hurting family today and provide a bright spot for our whole community in the midst of this terrible tragedy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a Friday press conference, reports NPR.
Levine Cava explained that a volunteer who feeds street cats in the area recognized the cat near the building before bringing him to an animal shelter, where it was then identified.
Gina Nicole Vlasek, the co-founder of the The Kitty Campus rescue group, posted on Facebook that a black cat had been found near the rubble of the group before it was brought to the shelter on Thursday night.
“We are so grateful to be able to help in any small way,” Vlasek said.
“All we needed was a ray of hope in this tragedy,” she continued. “Today was one of the most amazing days.. one of the survivors came to see the cat and to determine if it was her families cat and IT WAS!”
The mayor said that animal control workers are continuing to work to recover any pets that may have survived the horrible collapse.
The 12-story Surfside condo collapsed on June 24. At least 79 people have been confirmed dead, with 61 additional residents remaining unaccounted for.
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