Police often use what is called a “Snatch and Grab” maneuver on protesters. This occurs when a group of officers target a random protester from among the crowd, then swarm in, grab the protester, and place him or her under arrest in front of everybody.

Officers often pick the most peaceful protester as a target of “snatch and grabs” and display the protester being arrested for all to see.

The reason behind doing a “snatch and grab” is to intimidate the rest of the protesters and spread fear through their ranks.