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

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

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.

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VICE News says:

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EMPERXR ZVRG says:

Everyone talking down on this either doesnt live in a hood, or are just being internet hoes. These people deal with real guns daily. This shit bringing them together slowly, and bringing laughter to all the gangtas that cause the killing, because they having fun and ain't worrying bout dying. He went into another hood blasting, and those people retaliated with more people. I mean eventually it'll stop, but for now, I'm sure less people being killed.

Jordan Little says:

He said 1200 for a paint ball set up lol hes tripping its like 300

Brandon Mondragon says:

No matter what anyone says its better than murdering people

A.J. Stafford says:

Cmon the icecream truck

Bob R says:

Man yall just need to go in on a big ass piece of land to meet up at to throw down and have fun. But riding around with them hanging out of cars might get someone shot for real. Man just get yall a space

:D101 says:

Instead of getting educated they go for this…… smh

You Mirin says:

Well at least it's better than bullets

GoodVibes :] says:

4:50
So fucking true, kids been killed holding water guns before, too. SMH

Galactus G says:

This is sooooo fucking awesome

TheLeadSpitter says:

Way better paintballs flying in the neighbourhood than hot chunks of lead.

Hunter Jensen says:

YOUR NOT WEARING ANY EYE PROTECTION!? ARE ALL GOING TO BE BLINDED!!!

Entrepreneur News says:

Reminds me of Bugsy Malone

Zephan Conway says:

THIS IS A FUCKING MOCHARY OF A GOOD SPORT

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