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Tue Jun 2, 2020, 11:55 AM

Military helicopters used to disperse DC protesters

Source: The Hill

Low-flying military helicopters were deployed to disperse protesters in Washington, D.C., Monday evening amid another night of unrest related to protests over the police killing of George Floyd.

An aircraft tracker reported that two Lakota helicopters flew between 100 and 300 feet above the streets of the District. Others identified at least one of the aircraft as a Black Hawk army helicopter. At least one of the helicopters, which had U.S. Army markings, was used to disperse people in the Districtís Chinatown neighborhood near the Capital One Arena.

Helicopters flew right above buildings' rooftops, kicking up dirt and debris toward demonstrators. The gusts created were strong enough to break tree branches, some social media accounts showed.

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to an inquiry from The Hill.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/news/500622-military-helicopters-used-to-disperse-dc-protestors



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left-of-center2012 Jun 2 OP
captain jack Jun 2 #1
mahatmakanejeeves Jun 2 #2
BusyBeingBest Jun 2 #3
Bayard Jun 2 #6
DENVERPOPS Jun 2 #4
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jun 2 #5
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Judi Lynn Jun 2 #8
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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue Jun 2, 2020, 12:19 PM

1. A show of stupidity and ignorance. Imagine what these thugs get away with in other countries. n/t

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue Jun 2, 2020, 12:46 PM

2. Military Helicopters Descend On Washington In Bizarre Very Low-Altitude Show Of Force (Updated)

Military Helicopters Descend On Washington In Bizarre Very Low-Altitude Show Of Force (Updated)

Using military helicopters to intimidate U.S. citizens is certainly a new tactic in the ongoing crisis.

BY JOSEPH TREVITHICK AND TYLER ROGOWAY JUNE 2, 2020
THE WAR ZONE

U.S. Army UH-72 Lakota helicopters, as well as UH-60 Black Hawks, one possibly belonging to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, have been flying extremely low-level show-of-force maneuvers over areas of Washington, D.C. in obvious attempts to try to disperse groups protesting the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota last week. Some of the helicopters have held a hover right over groups of people, hitting them with their rotor wash and the deafening sound of their rotors and engines. This comes after President Donald Trump announced he had ordered hardline measures against protesters and rioters in the nation's capital, including the deployment of additional national guardsmen, federal troops, and federal law enforcement officers.

Daniella Cheslow, a reporter for WAMU 88.5, American University Radio, in Washington, D.C. posted the video seen below of one UH-72 Lakota "parked" above a group of people on Twitter. Steven Dengler, the co-founder of XE Currency, a FOREX software tools and services company, and a licensed helicopter pilot, chimed in to point out that, at least under Federal Aviation Administration rules, this maneuver was very illegal.

{snip}

The UH-72 in this instance has red crosses on white square backgrounds on its door and under the fuselage, denoting that its primary mission is as an air ambulance. It's not clear what unit the Lakota, or a standard Black Hawk that was also seen performing similar maneuvers, are assigned to. Both the D.C. National Guard and the active Army's 12th Aviation Battalion, the latter of which is based at Davison Army Airfield in Virginia, have UH-72s, including examples in the air ambulance role, as well as UH-60 Black Hawks.

There is also a possibility, albeit much less likely, that the helicopters might have come from somewhere else given that the Trump Administration has called in substantial additional federal military and law enforcement support.

{snip}

While some of the UH-60s may be from the 12th Aviation Battalion, Doug Davies, who also goes by the Twitter handle @Dougilis, spotted a Black Hawk flying around D.C. just as the curfew took hold that appears, by every indication, to be one that belongs to the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team (HRT). He was kind enough to share some pictures of it that he took, seen below, with us. This raises the possibility that at least some of the UH-60s involved in these show of force missions may belong to the FBI.

As you can see, the UH-60 in question has fully equipped operators, replete with suppressed carbines, hanging out of their doors, some of which have four-tube night vision goggles mounted on their helmets. HRT is America's most elite special tactics unit.

{snip a lot of pictures and tweets}

@Aviation_Intel

@alert5
any clue what this bird is? Just started orbits above DC.



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https://planefinder.net/

Davison Army Airfield

AirNav; KDAA; Davison Army Airfield, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, USA

This one just flew right over the middle of DC, which is some intensely restricted airspace:

https://planefinder.net/flight/N135MH

but it's MedStar. It gets to do that.

https://photos-e1.flightcdn.com/photos/retriever/e6c499372db541e4f2a6f565343a1d2c6c5d3aef

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N135MH

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue Jun 2, 2020, 01:17 PM

3. All kinds of wrong going on here.

Can't use US armed forces on American citizens on American soil.

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Response to BusyBeingBest (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 2, 2020, 03:33 PM

6. This

Not even the process for the Insurrection Act has been started. This is illegal.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue Jun 2, 2020, 01:22 PM

4. This is it people

If you think this is bad?...................

Just wait until the RepubliCONs give themselves even more and more power. Maybe in a few days, weeks?

The so called election is still five months away.......All one has to do is look at what moves they have made these past weeks, and it makes one wonder if we will even make it to the election......

You are witnessing the final step in the RepubliCON Coup (CABAL) to establish their Corporate Fascist Tyranny.......

The RepubliCONs are not even waiting for the election, they are full steam ahead.

Katie Bar the Door.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue Jun 2, 2020, 03:41 PM

7. I hear lasers make it hard

For them to see what they are doing...

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue Jun 2, 2020, 03:41 PM

8. So stupid, heavy handed, this needs to be addressed immediately. Who has the authority? n/t

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue Jun 2, 2020, 03:48 PM

9. Active this afternoon:

N411DE, which is Department of Energy. Probably sniffing for radiation.

N22PP, Park Police, which is always flying around over DC.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N411DE

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N22PP

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