Why did Twitter Remove Portland Police Video, “Support from Community”?

Portland police support

Less than 24 hours after the publication of this article, PPB removed the video… because of copyright infringement:

Portland police officers have received an outpouring of support and encouragement from our community. pic.twitter.com/FV9Aviz9v0
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) July 16, 2020

The video is now, sadly, lost to history. But the analysis remains.

During this time of COVID-19 social distancing, it’s easier than ever to become fixated on bits of the world as viewed through a screen. Take, for example, my mild obsession with this video the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) tweeted out on Thursday, titled “Portland police get support, encouragement from community.” – Blair Stenvick

The video has over 165,000 views, and at least 20 of those views are from me. I’ve watched it so many times that I got the soundtrack—a sparse, probably internet-sourced acoustic track that feels more like an “Error: Inspiration Not Found” message that an inspirational score—stuck in my head over the weekend.

It’s such a stunningly pathetic, finished-in-the-class-period-before-it-was-due attempt at propaganda that I had to study it frame-by-frame, if only to get it out of my mind. Let us consider it together.

The video opens with this kindergarten Thanksgiving hand turkey experiment gone wrong:

Message-wise, this image is important mostly because it establishes a theme that will be returned to several times in the 2:25 runtime of this off-brand Powerpoint presentation. That theme is one of religious righteousness, particularly that of the American Christian variety, which casts PPB officers as the hand-picked warriors of Jesus Christ (a man who was, we should note, killed by cops).

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