Stunning video captured the moment a Seattle cop removed a fellow officer's knee from the neck of an alleged looter as they took him into custody amid riots against police brutality.
Photojournalist Matt Mills filmed the confrontation on Saturday night as cities across the country were roiled by protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck during an arrest.
Mills posted the video on Instagram, explaining in the caption that the officers were responding to a call about looters inside a T-Mobile store in downtown Seattle.
'When Seattle Police Department officers arrived the group attempted to escape without being captured,' Mills wrote.
'In this video, one officer decided to use a knee-on-neck tactic with the first looter he captured, and then diverted to use it again on yet another when the person tried to make a run for it.
'It was only when the crowd started screaming at the officers to stop that his colleague then moved the officer's knee off his neck and onto his back before they carried him off to arrest.'
Stunning video captured the moment a Seattle cop removed a fellow officer's knee from the neck of an alleged looter as they arrested him amid George Floyd riots on Saturday night. The looter (above in orange) repeatedly tried to escape from the grips of two officers
Several people were arrested for looting the T-Mobile store in downtown Seattle (pictured)
Seattle was one of 25 major US cities that were roiled by violent protests on Saturday following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died when Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck during an arrest. Pictured: Protesters torch cars in downtown Seattle
In the video at least a dozen people are seen streaming out of the T-Mobile store as police scramble to catch them.
Two officers are seen grabbing one man in a bright orange hoodie and pushing him face-down on the ground while he struggled to get away.
One of the officers pulled the man's arms behind his back to handcuff him while the other placed his knee on the man's neck to hold him down.
Protesters behind the camera immediately began shouting at the officer to stop the dangerous hold.
'Take your f***ing knee off his neck!' one man yelled.
'Get your knee off his neck!' another shouted.
'Take your f***ing knee off his neck! Take your f***ing knee off his neck!' yet another onlooker yelled over and over.
After several seconds, the handcuffing officer looked up at the bystanders before placing his hand on the other's officer's knee and pushing it off the suspect's neck.
The cops then pulled the man off the ground and led him away in handcuffs.
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said at least 55 people were arrested on Saturday night 'for a variety of offenses from assault, to arson, to destruction and looting'
A protester is seen trying to put out a fire outside a store in downtown Seattle
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said at least 55 people were arrested on Saturday night 'for a variety of offenses from assault, to arson, to destruction and looting'.
Several cars, including police and transit vehicles, were set on fire with incendiary devices such as Molotov cocktails, while dozens of businesses were vandalized, damaged and looted.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan sought to prevent further violence on Sunday night by implementing a curfew from 5pm to 5am Monday.
The Washington city was one of 25 across the country where riots spiraled out of control on Saturday night - six days after Floyd was killed during an arrest on May 25.
Viral video showed four Minneapolis cops pinning Floyd, who was handcuffed, to the ground as they arrested him for allegedly attempting to buy cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill.
Floyd was heard pleading: 'I can't breathe' while officer Chauvin pressed a knee into his neck for eight minutes.
The 46-year-old did not have a pulse when he was placed in an ambulance, and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The footage sparked nationwide outrage as thousands demanded that Chauvin and the other officers be charged with murder.
George Floyd (above) died on May 25 after a Minneapolis cop knelt on his neck during an arrest
A viral video captured the moment Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd's neck while the handcuffed suspect repeatedly cried out that he couldn't breathe
Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Friday.
But protests persisted into the weekend as activists railed against police brutality and racial injustice.
The demonstrations led to numerous clashes between protesters and police seeking to keep things from spiraling out of control - often using rubber bullets and tear gas.
More than 1,300 people have been arrested during protests in cities across the country as several governors mobilized the National Guard for assistance.
A man holds an image of a fist in front of burning cars during protests in Seattle on Saturday
People walk past an Old Navy store in downtown Seattle that was looted during a riot on Saturday night after a peaceful rally expressing outrage over Floyd's death
People work to clean up a vandalized store in downtown Seattle on Sunday