On the front lines: Victims injured while protesting

While most protests remain peaceful, ABC News' TJ Holmes reports on disturbing images of violent clashes that have resulted in injuries.
2:54 | 06/03/20

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Even though most protests have been peaceful, some of those taking part have gotten injured during clashes in the streets, just not the police that Pierre was referring to. T.J. Holmes has their stories and some videos we have to warn you can be difficult to watch. Good morning, T.J. Reporter: Hey, good morning to you, robin. Look, it's the reality we have to acknowledge here that they are protesting police brutality but at the same time they say police are proving their point for them in realtime. This has been a tale of competing powerful images. Police officers taking a knee with protesters. Police officers taking a swing at protesters with batons, taking shots at protesters with rubber bullets. The cries of a young girl allegedly maced by a police officer in Seattle. Disturbing images from protests around the country. Showing police using baton, tear gas and other tactics as people protest police brutality. This from Austin, a woman pregnant allegedly hit by a nonlethal round fired by a police officer. The department is investigating. This scene in Atlanta led to charges against six police officers seen violently confronting two college students, messiah young and Taniyah pilgrim who say they got stuck in traffic after curfew Saturday. I actually thought both me and messiah were going to die. The way everything happened so fast there was no telling what could happen. Reporter: Messiah suffered a fractured arm and needed 20 stitches. Videos of clashes between police and protesters often spread quickly on social media reinforcing division and distrust between police and the black community and police have also been caught in the crosshairs while trying to keep cities calm. In Buffalo, three people now facing charges for striking two troopers and an officer with an SUV as they tried to push back a crowd of demonstrators. It appears to be quite purposeful. That's unacceptable. Reporter: An investigation under way into this video showing a car slamming into a police officer in a hit-and-run in the bronx. The officer is in serious condition. Another four officers shot during a protest Monday night in St. Louis and in a separate incident retired police captain David Dorn shot and killed by suspected looters while protecting a friend's store. This morning, we spoke to the captain's daughter. He really tried to make a difference so I would just want him to be remembered as that person in the community that tried to go above and beyond. Reporter: And over the weekend, here in New York there were reportedly more complaints during protests against the NYPD than there were in the entire previous month. Now, I think everyone acknowledges, robach, that police have a very difficult task and the conversation that needs to be had but it's difficult when one side is wearing riot gear. Difficult all around. Thank you very much.

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