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Woman shows off her huge swollen lip after an officer shot her in the face with a rubber bullet

A 21-year-old woman from California insists police begin violence in otherwise peaceful protests – and she has the massive swollen lip to prove it.

Zeelee Segura protested outside La Mesa police in La Mesa, California on Saturday, along with a crowd that was changing and holding up signs.

But when the police started gassing the gathered group, she ran – and was shot in the face with a rubber bullet as she turned to check on her friend.

Ouch: Zeelee Segura protested outside La Mesa police in La Mesa, California on Saturday and was hit with a rubber bullet

Ouch: Zeelee Segura protested outside La Mesa police in La Mesa, California on Saturday and was hit with a rubber bullet

This is what democracy looks like: she said it was peaceful and the crowd was only holding signs and singing

This is what democracy looks like: she said it was peaceful and the crowd was only holding signs and singing

This is what democracy looks like: she said it was peaceful and the crowd was only holding signs and singing

Zeelee spoke up about the incident TikTok, share a video showing her surprising injury.

In the clip, which has been viewed and counted 3.6 million times, the young woman jokingly refers to her swollen lip as her ‘fillers’ – although the horrific injury is no laughing matter.

“Today I went to a peaceful protest. Keyword: peaceful, “she says. “We were all just singing, holding our plates.

“And then the police were the only ones to get violent.”

To talk with BuzzFeed, she explained how events quickly changed from peaceful to scary.

“You could see that the officers were plotting, because most of them ran into the station at one point and came back with riot gear and gas masks on,” she said.

“You could see that the agents were plotting, because most of them were rushed into the station at some point and came back with riot gear and gas masks on,” she said

Warning: Police then warned the crowd that they were about to be gassed, with an officer even telling them it would be 'an 8/10 on the pain scale'

Warning: Police then warned the crowd that they were about to be gassed, with an officer even telling them it would be 'an 8/10 on the pain scale'

Warning: Police then warned the crowd that they were about to be gassed, with an officer even telling them it would be ‘an 8/10 on the pain scale’

Violence: Zeelee walked away from the scene when she turned to look at her friend behind her. Then she made eye contact with an officer who shot her in the face

Violence: Zeelee walked away from the scene when she turned to look at her friend behind her. Then she made eye contact with an officer who shot her in the face

Violence: Zeelee walked away from the scene when she turned to look at her friend behind her. Then she made eye contact with an officer who shot her in the face

Police then warned the crowd that they were about to be gassed, with an officer even telling them it would be “an 8/10 on the pain scale.”

They kept their promise and soon covered the crowd with tear gas. When the chemical weapon hit the crowd, she said, they started to run away – and that was when police continued to fire rubber bullets.

Zeelee walked away from the scene when she turned to look at her friend behind her, and she was injured.

“When I turned around, I looked into the roof of a cop and he shot me,” she said.

‘It was weird. You have a short second in which you see the bullet coming towards you, but it is not enough time to respond.

“But I’m glad it was because there was a pregnant woman within my feet and a child,” she added.

“But I’m glad it was because there was a pregnant woman within my feet and a child,” she said

She said, “I want people to know that protests start in peace and then have the strength to become violent. However, a lot of violence starts with the police ‘

In her video, she expresses her frustration that people feel compelled to protest for something as fundamental as civil rights.

“We come here to protest for our rights – which we don’t have to do. Why do we protest for our rights? ‘ she says.

“And the police are the only ones who become violent. If all of you aren’t paying attention yet, all of you need to pay attention, because we need everyone who f *** in ‘fighting this system’.

She hopes her video will get more attention to the cause, and give viewers a better understanding of what the protest atmosphere actually is.

“I want people to know that protests start in peace and then have the strength to become violent. However, a lot of violence starts with the police, and I’m upset, the story is the other way around, ”she told BuzzFeed.

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