A man protesting the death of George Floyd was left with bleeding on his brain after he claims armed police shot him in the head with a rubber bullet.
Marine Corps veteran, CJ Montano, ended up in hospital after he attended a peaceful George Floyd protest in Los Angeles, California at 7pm on May 30.
Montano told ABC7 News he was "peacefully protesting" before the National Guard showed up and fired a rubber bullet at his head.
The incident was caught on video, and in the clip fellow Black Lives Matter protesters can be seen rushing to his aid.
He said people then tried to stop the bleeding from his head, but was rushed to hospital after efforts failed.
Montano was placed in a neck brace before medics stitched his head wound and diagnosed him with a bleed on his brain.
He shared the extent of his injuries in a series of social media posts on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.
The shocking snaps show a giant gaping wound on the left side of his temple, where he was hit with a rubber bullet.
Blood can be seen oozing out of the wound and trickling down his face before medics stitched the wound up.
Alongside the pictures, Montano claimed: "Cops shot me in the head at the #LosAngelesProtest with rubber bullets while I had my hands up in the air.
"My brain is now bleeding and getting worse. Keep fighting.”
Montano remained in hospital for observation but has since been released and is at home recovering.
The post has since been shared over 1.6 million times, with over 60,000 likes, as thousands express horror at his suffering.
Earlier this week, Linda Tirado, a freelance photojournalist, was shot in the left eye while covering the heart of the Black Lives Matter protests in Minneapolis.
She told the New York Times she was covering the event when her "face exploded" and "immediately felt blood" pouring down her face.
The 37-year-old has since tweeted about the ordeal, in one said she is "permanently blind in my left eye, and the docs absolutely refuse to let me go back to work for they say six weeks".
Balin Blake, 21, also lost an eye in the protest after he was hit in the face with a police tear gas canister in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
He has since had surgery to remove his right eye, but said in a tweet he will likely need other operations to heal broken bones in his face.
He said: "To anybody curious. My eye ruptured when a FWPD Officer unnecessarily and improperly fired a tear gas canister at my head hitting my eye. I’ll be fine but I’m probably losing my eye after surgery tomorrow."
Over the last week, the U.S. has seen widespread violence as a result of the protests, with reports of looting, vandalism, assaults and shootings.
The LA event marked the 8th day of demonstrations calling for police reform in the United States, a week after African-American George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.
In a video that went viral, Derek Chauvin, can be seen kneeling on Floyd's neck for a total of eight minutes, as he repeatedly told the officer he couldn't breathe.
Floyd's cries for help did not alarm Chauvin, who did not take his knee off of Floyd's neck until emergency services arrived, despite him going limp.
Chauvin was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter – five days after the video emerged.
Protesters are calling for the three other police officers involved in Floyd's death to be formally charged, after Minneapolis Police Department fired them.