Detroiters Are Waging Paintball Wars As A Way To Stop Gang Violence (HBO)

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  • Published on May 9, 2018

  • Police in several cities across the U.S. are trying to put a stop to the groups of men waging paintball battles as a part of #PaintballsUpGunsDown — an anti-gun violence campaign police are calling misguided. Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the #PaintballsUpGunsDown movement has gotten out of control and could backfire if officers mistake a paintball gun for a real firearm. The grassroots movement first gained traction on social media in early April as a proposed way to resolve conflicts with paint instead of bullets. Since then, participants from Atlanta to Detroit have engaged in full blown paintball wars on city streets, with as many as 50 shooters taking aim at each other at once, hitting innocent bystanders and marking up cars and homes. Over the last week, police in Detroit started making arrests for destruction of property. Paintballers say they're being targeted for being young and black and that cleaning up paint is a lot better than picking up dead bodies. Watch Next: Gun Vloggers Are Flipping Out At Youtube's Crackdown On Their Videos - http://bit.ly/2KHG7tf Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo
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  • imagine if they end up starting a pro team

  • I'll rather have a paint bruise that will heal in a couple days then rather have a bullet wound

  • I'm sure a mother would rather come home to her house covered in paint than her son dead

  • “They rather be cleaning paint than picking up bodies” powerful

  • "Real and dangerous situation"

  • Theyre gonna paint the town red.

  • Alright calm down... as long as nobody pulls out the rubber band gun we all fine.

  • Detroit: Become Paintball

  • So this is what unemployed adults do on they free time

  • when you choose black skin colour in splatoon

  • I hope this catches on... This would be awesome. County wide paintball battles all day long. Hope it works out for the right reasons.

  • They said police might think its a real gun “

  • "5 innocent people were shot, 3 of them children"

  • can someone just get these guys a xbox and call it a day

  • Apparently a big as bottle on the top of the paintball gun looks real...

  • I would much rather clean up after a paintball war than a gang shootout where innocent People have been killed

  • It seems like a good idea but what happens when u hit someone who's packing, then what?

  • Strange but interesting concept.

  • When he pulled out a vest from the trunk I lost it.