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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  1. VICE News

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  2. D Varga

    This shit is so funny holy shit

  3. Lee Blackburn

    Using Nitrogen… know their stuff.

  4. love child 69

    What the guy in the American flag shirt said it best! better than bullet's! good 4 you guys, there's been too much killing n this. country. This is much better?

  5. David Rodriguez

    I agree with paintball gun

  6. Rubber Band

    This is so dumb

  7. Ulises Rodriguez

    Real life Splatoon ?

  8. Smoke Stacks

    Better paint and dents than blood and holes

  9. Arcane Anomaly

    real and dangerous lol no bullets is real and dangerous ahha

  10. Northwoods

    Cops should leave them alone…. paintball companies should sponsor these people… paintball is not cheap.

    I bet these guys go out from the city and paintball outdoors too have a good time.

    The only thing is nobody is wearing masks so someones gonna get their eye dmged… The impact from the paintball can rupture an eye and also the shell of a paintball and break and go into your eye at high spd… neither a good scenario, but both magnitudes better than worst case scenario of being shot with a real gun.

  11. Bound Dragons

    Without proper eye protection this is incredibly retarded. It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

  12. RoundFace

    Best way to catch a lawsuit

  13. Mark Arandjus

    They should at least use bright colored paint. Detroit already looks harsh enough without looking like it's covered in pigeon droppings 😛

  14. Epillon

    Paint ball or 9mm slug to your chest? Let them shoot paint instead of lead all day 100%

  15. Jay Jay

    I wish we had this here in chicago . I think these dudes are on ta somthing.

  16. MAXZI

    Kayshaun from cooper if u watching this, i just shot yo sister

  17. Collazo4Life Violation

    Tbh I’d rather get a bruise than a chunk missing from my body

  18. psycho sysqo

    Must be nice not having a job

  19. Bertallica

    Somebody should open up a paint ball park and they could stop all the properly damage.

  20. Adam Kadmon

    hell yeah, got the nitrogen

  21. Tito Brozzi

    Next thing you know somebody is gonna get mad and everyone will start a real war ..

  22. Delta skelta

    But at least you get to talk about afterwards ?

  23. Reggie Noble

    guy with the pats hat looks like DJ Paul

  24. spore bubu

    Even if police mistake paintball guns for real ones there would still be less dead people overall since gang violence drops

  25. Justin Jones

    I can see it now, "put the gun down.its a paint ball gu—"☠

  26. Dylan

    What's fucked up is the cops would rather have them kill each other

  27. Matthew Thompson

    Vice is such bullshit reporting

  28. Matthew Thompson

    A great way to get shot for real.
    They start shooting my car, I will shoot back with lead.
    Stupid hoods

  29. Low-Key

    We been doing this in the hood in San Antonio since 1999. This old shit but fun tho

  30. Hibity Bopity

    Thats a bad idea, a mans gonna pull outa paintball gun, the others gonna pull a 9mm pistol, acting out violence doesn’t remove actual violence

  31. necovelly romero

    thay want blacks to kill so there mad

  32. Ryan Bayer

    start of the purge

  33. upknuck

    That looks more fun than getting shot up. Let's live ppl. can I play?

  34. Juan Lopez

    Rather use a real ar

  35. Damike Daevil

    Better than real bullets

  36. TravestyOne TV

    This is why…