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Review finds police did not clear out DC protesters for purpose of Trump photo op

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of the Inspector General has released its findings of a probe into law enforcement’s actions on June 1 of last year, when police removed protesters from Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., ahead of then-President Donald Trump’s stroll through the area to St. John’s Church, which was damaged after protesters set it on fire.

The watchdog’s review found that authorities made the decision to clear out the park in order to install fencing amid ongoing rioting in the area following the death of George Floyd, and not for the purpose of allowing the president a photo op as many Trump critics claimed at the time.

What are the details?

Inspector General Mark Lee Greenblatt’s report explains that on June 1, 2020, the Secret Service and United States Park Police decided to clear protesters from Lafayette Park in order to allow a contractor to install antiscale fencing the Secret Service obtained that morning.

The Secret Service wanted to make the perimeter around the square more secure, after “at least 49 USPP officers were injured while policing the protests” in the area just from May 30 to 31.

“We found that the USPP had the authority and discretion to clear Lafayette Park and the surrounding areas on June 1,” the report states, adding, “The evidence we obtained did not support a finding that the USPP cleared the park to allow the President to survey the damage and walk to St. John’s Church.”

NBC News reported:

That finding, published Wednesday, is likely to surprise many critics of Trump, who have long asserted that the president or his attorney general ordered the operation to pave the way for an act of political theater. That is also the central allegation of a federal lawsuit by Black Lives Matter against the Justice Department.

In reaction to the IG’s report, Trump issued a statement saying, “Thank you to the Department of the Interior Inspector General for Completely and Totally exonerating me in the clearing of Lafayette Park!”

He added, “As we have said all along, and it was backed up in today’s highly detailed and professionally written report, our fine Park Police made the decision to clear the park to allow a contractor to safely install antiscale fencing to protect from Antifa rioters, radical BLM protestors, and other violent demonstrators.”

Anything else?

One of the people who accused Trump last year of ordering the park cleared for a photo op was then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

On June 1, 2020, Biden tweeted of Trump, “He’s using the American military against the American people. He tear-gassed peaceful protesters and fired rubber bullets. For a photo. For our children, for the very soul of our country, we must defeat him. But I mean it when I say this: we can only do it together.”

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VIDEO: Woke protester so concerned about fatally shot man he’s protesting for that he forgets his name

In case there’s any remaining doubt that some woke mouthpieces are far more interested in the acts of protesting and rioting than the people they’re supposedly standing up for, let’s have a look at a video of one protester who hit the streets of Minneapolis Thursday night after
U.S. marshals fatally shot 32-year-old Winston Boogie Smith, who was wanted for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Unfortunately, the guy who was protesting for Smith couldn’t remember his name.

‘I’m not gonna lie…’

The clip begins with the unnamed fellow saying off camera as a fire rages nearby, “Like, talk all that s**t … show, like, hold that space obviously for [pause] I’m not gonna lie, I forgot his name, but like —”

“Winston Smith,” someone interjects.

“Winston Smith, thank you,” the protester continues, his memory restored.

He then adds without a hint of shame that “we here, you know, showin’ solidarity for Winston Smith and, uh, I didn’t even know about it, like, I don’t think any, like, f***in’ media knows about this s**t, either. So just so y’all know, the person that was shot up in there, his name is Winston Smith. Don’t forget that name: Winston Smith. Say his name, make sure y’all remember this s**t because we’re gonna fight for him just the same f***in’ way we fought for George Floyd.”

Don’t forget that name, eh? One wonders if the guy spent any time afterward practicing what he preached.

Content warning: Lots of profanity; not a lot of brains:

What are the details of the shooting?

According to WCCO-TV, the shooting occurred about 2:10 p.m. Thursday at a parking ramp where the marshals’ task force, in several vehicles, confronted a man sitting with a woman in a parked car.


Image source: WCCO-TV video screenshot

The man wouldn’t surrender and pulled out a gun, officials told the station, after which multiple task force members opened fire.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which WCCO said is leading the investigation in this case, indicated that a Hennepin County sheriff’s deputy and a Ramsey County sheriff’s deputy working on the task force hit Smith with gunfire.

BCA added to the station that evidence indicates Smith fired his gun from inside the car and a handgun was recovered at the scene. WCCO reported that spent cartridge cases were found inside the driver’s compartment.

Smith died despite lifesaving measures performed at the scene, the station said, adding that his 27-year-old passenger was hurt by flying glass and treated at a hospital.

The Minneapolis Police Department told WCCO that it was not involved in the shooting.

More from the station:

According to information WCCO has gathered, Smith was convicted of aggravated robbery in 2017, received a stayed prison sentence and was put on probation. Smith also had a felony conviction out of Ramsey County for firearm possession in which he failed to appear for sentencing on May 19. As a result this warrant for his arrest was issued.

The U.S. Marshals Service does not allow for body cameras to be used for officers on its North Star Fugitive Task Force. BCA says there is no squad car footage of the incident.

Anything else?

WCCO added that during the unrest that followed the shooting at least one dumpster fire was seen on a street and several store windows were broken as police in riot gear patrolled the area.


Image source: WCCO-TV video screenshot


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The station added that arrests were made but couldn’t confirm how many.

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VIDEO: Gun-toting restaurant patron puts scare into Black Lives Matter protesters in Louisville

A Louisville restaurant patron put a bit of a scare into Black Lives Matter marchers Saturday night when video caught him pointing a handgun at the protesters in a wild scene amid tables on the sidewalk in front of La Chasse, the Courier-Journal reported.

What are the details?

The paper said the protesters’ demonstration coincided with the 147th Kentucky Derby and was in memory of Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by police last year.

Just after 8:30 p.m., protesters stopped outside La Chasse on Bardstown Road, which is about five miles northeast of Churchill Downs, and the Courier-Journal reported that a man watching from the restaurant’s patio pulled a gun and pointed it at protesters during a confrontation.

It’s not clear what led to the confrontation, but there are numerous examples of leftist protesters caught on video harassing and terrorizing restaurant patrons at their tables in the name of their causes — such as this courageous mob in Washington, D.C., last August:

But apparently the armed restaurant patron in Louisville wasn’t about to let anything like that happen to him.

Video of the confrontation begins with an image of the white-haired man in a blue dress shirt and light-colored pants standing near one of the outdoor tables and pointing a small handgun at the protesters, who are hollering and making gestures — but not daring to get anywhere near him.


Image source: Courier-Journal video screenshot

In the clip, one of the protesters can be heard hollering at the man, “You’re not the only one with a gun!”

Indeed, a pair of men armed with rifles and handguns who appeared to be acting as security for the protesters were seen facing down the white-haired patron and arguing with him.


Image source: Courier-Journal video screenshot

A woman who appeared to be one of the protesters and man who appeared to be restaurant employee did their best to keep things calm.


Image source: Courier-Journal video screenshot

The paper said other protesters told the group to keep moving, and a few minutes later several Louisville police cruisers pulled up in front of the restaurant. The Courier-Journal didn’t indicate if any arrests were made.

The video ends with the white-haired man and another man being led inside the restaurant as the more heavily armed men watch them leave the scene:

Anything else?

A number of Twitter commenters weighed in on a separate video of the incident posted by a Courier-Journal reporter.

While no context for the confrontation was noted in the tweet, it was clear where folks who observed the clip stand on the issue:

  • “THESE BLM turds NEED TO STAY THE F*** OUT OF PEOPLE LIVES,” one commenter wrote. “People that did nothing to harass get harassed in return. It’s going to backfire sooner than you think.”
  • “Bunch of stupid jackasses have pushed good decent people to the brink,” another user said. “Best look out!!”
  • “Good for him,” another commenter noted. “Stop harassing and threatening people eating diner.”
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Motorists who injure protesters blocking traffic might not be liable if Missouri bill passes

A Missouri bill introduced by a Republican state senator says motorists won’t be liable for injuries to protesters who block traffic providing certain conditions are met and that deadly force is OK against protesters who enter private property.

What are the details?

“To think that your right to protest enables you the right to stop traffic and literally stop people’s ability to move about freely in this nation is a gross misunderstanding of our constitutional rights,” state Sen. Rick Brattin said during a Missouri Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Monday,
KMBC-TV reported.

Here’s the wording straight from
Senate Bill 66:

  • “LIABILITY FOR MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVERS DURING A PROTEST (Section 537.570) — This act provides that a person operating a motor vehicle shall not be liable for injuries to another person who blocks traffic if such person was exercising due care and was not grossly negligent.”
  • “USE OF FORCE DURING PROTESTS (Section 563.031) — This act provides that a person may use deadly force against another person if such force is used against a person who is participating in an unlawful assembly and unlawfully enters or attempts to enter private property that is owned or leased by an individual.”

The bill also contains provisions that clamp down on protesters who riot, harass, commit crimes against emergency service providers, and commit vandalism.

Pushback

Of course, not everyone likes the bill — such as Rev. Darryl Gray of the Missionary Baptist State Convention of Missouri, the station said.

“For God sake, authorizing the use of deadly force by non-law enforcement people is creating a recipe for disaster by giving permission to commit bodily harm or even taking a life,” Gray said, according to KMBC. “We believe that human life is more sacred than property.”

Sharon Jones of the Missouri State Conference of the NAACP testified against the bill, the station said: “We really are crossing that line to a point of suppressing free speech, as opposed to just controlling the time and manner of it.”

And the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri is urging a no vote against the bill,
Newsweek reported: “No driver should be able to hit a protester and get away with it. Period.”


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-UPDATED- Questions About The Chaos At The Capitol That Desperately Need To Be Answered

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog. 

Like most Americans, I was absolutely horrified by the violence that I witnessed at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.  I didn’t understand how protesters could have possibly gotten inside the U.S. Capitol, and I didn’t understand why police were slow to respond to what was happening.

In the hours following the attack on the Capitol, lots of reports were going back and forth on social media.  Some of the information was good, and some of the information was not.  I have updated this article to reflect the latest information that we have received.  The following are some questions about the chaos at the Capitol that desperately need to be answered…

#1 How Did Protesters Get Near The Capitol In The First Place?

Well, it turns out that police actually opened up the barricades that were surrounding the U.S. Capitol and purposely allowed protesters to storm the building.  You can see this on video right here

And once the barricades were open, at least one police officer was actually waving protesters onward

#2 Who Was Breaking The Doors And Windows At The Capitol?

The general consensus in the media is that it was Trump supporters that did this, but in this video, you can see Trump supporters actually trying to pull Antifa activists away as they were smashing the glass…

And here is another video where you can hear Trump supporters booing as an Antifa activist tries to break a window…

 

#3 Once Protesters Got Inside The Building, Why Did A Guard Lead Them Up Several Flights Of Stairs?

To me, this video footage is absolutely jaw-dropping

Either the U.S. Congress has the worst security personnel that any of us have ever seen, or this was allowed to happen on purpose.

#4 Who Arranged For Antifa Buses To Be Brought Into The Heart Of D.C. With An Escort?

There have been multiple reports that Antifa activists were brought into D.C. by bus.  In fact, one patriot actually recorded video of four Antifa buses that were brought right into the heart of Washington D.C. with an escort…

 

#5 Were Trump Supporters Responsible For Some Of The Vandalism Inside The Capitol?

Yes, sadly there were some Trump supporters that committed crimes inside the U.S. Capitol.

For example, the man that stole a lectern from the Capitol has been identified as a Trump supporter from Florida named Adam Johnson…

And there were many others that got caught up in the violence as well.

#6 Were Radical Leftists Identified Among The Protesters Inside The U.S. Capitol?

Yes.

Utah resident John Sullivan, the founder of a violent far-left organization known as “Insurgence USA”, was photographed inside the Capitol

He was later interviewed by CNN, but they never asked him what he was doing there…

Over the coming weeks, we will learn much more as law enforcement authorities conduct their investigations.

But it is interesting to note that Congressman Mo Brooks is admitting that he was warned of a potential Antifa attack on the Capitol in advance.  The following is what he posted on Twitter earlier today

Please, don’t be like #FakeNewsMedia, don’t rush to judgment on assault on Capitol. Wait for investigation. All may not be (and likely is not) what appears. Evidence growing that fascist ANTIFA orchestrated Capitol attack with clever mob control tactics.

1. A Congressman warned me on MONDAY of a growing ANTIFA threat & advised that I sleep in my office rather than leaving Capitol complex & sleeping in my condo. I heeded that advice & have slept on office floor for 4 straight nights.

2. Congressman told me he was warned on TUESDAY by Capitol Police officer that intelligence suggested fascist ANTIFA was going to try to infiltrate the Trump rally by dressing like Trump supporters.

3. Capitol Police advised TUESDAY that it best not to leave Capitol complex.

4. Evidence, much public, surfacing that many Capitol assaulters were fascist ANTIFAs, not Trump supporters.

All of this just seems very odd to me.

Just as a debate about the evidence of election irregularities was about to begin in the halls of Congress, riots conveniently broke out directly in front of the U.S. Capitol.

Members of Congress were quickly evacuated, and the millions of Americans that were watching never got to see an honest debate about the 2020 election.

When proceedings finally resumed, the entire atmosphere had completely changed, and all of a sudden hardly anyone was interested in debating whether the election results were legitimate or not.

So who actually benefitted from the riots?

I think that question is the key to this whole thing.

Also, it is important to note that these riots have dealt a severe blow to any political future that President Trump hoped to have.

So with one stone, activists have neutered the debate over the legitimacy of the election and they have devastated the Trump movement as well.

It appears that someone really was playing “3D chess”, and it wasn’t Trump and his supporters.

And this is just the beginning.  As I keep warning, the radical left will never be satisfied until they accomplish all of their goals.

Electing Joe Biden was just a way to get rid of Trump.  The radical left actually doesn’t like Biden either, and they will fight him bitterly if Biden does not go along with their full agenda.

In the end, what they want is a full-blown “revolution” in this country.  And as we witnessed on Wednesday, they will go to extreme lengths in order to get what they want.

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Video shows protesters overwhelming police, pushing down barrier in front of US Capitol as siege begins

A video taken by BlazeTV reporter Elijah Schaffer shows protesters overwhelming Capitol Police to push down a barrier ahead of a mob storming the building, in a chaotic scene that unfolded Wednesday following a rally for supporters of President Donald Trump to protest the outcome of the presidential election.

What are the details?

Schaffer shared the footage online, writing, “This is exact moment the siege of the Capitol building began as the two men in front ripped down a preliminary barrier & rushed officers who were behind a 2nd barrier They then encouraged others to follow their lead. Officers appeared to be taken completely off guard.”

Content warning: rough language

In the clip, someone can be heard yelling from a speaker, “Let’s go! F*** this s**t! We pay your bills, you back the f*** off!” as the crowd wearing MAGA hats and carrying Trump 2020 flags approach a line of officers standing behind a fence marked with an “area closed” sign.

“Move!!” the man with the speaker says. “This is our house. We pay your bills.”

People in the front of the crowd then start shaking the fence, with several shouting “move!” and chanting “USA! USA!” as police attempt to hold their ground.

The mob then pushes the fence and the officers several feet along with it, leaving one female officer apparently injured on the ground. One protester then rushed forward to help her as other officers stepped in to assist, while protesters on the other end of the fence struggled with officers in a fight to enter the grounds.

One officer can be seen throwing a punch and trying to put the barrier back in place, but it was too late. The rioters made their way past police, who could be seen chasing after the crowd.

What else?

The footage was taken prior to Trump supporters storming the Capitol, rushing both the House and Senate chambers as Congress was set to certify the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden.

One female protester was fatally shot inside the building.

President Trump delivered a video message urging the protesters to go home, saying “we have to have peace” while reiterating his claims that the election was stolen.

Later, the president tweeted, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!”

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Sen. Josh Hawley rips ‘Antifa scumbags’ who ‘threatened’ his home with only his wife and newborn daughter inside. The protesters called it a ‘peaceful vigil.’

A group of leftist protesters showed up at Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley’s Washington, D.C.-area home Monday night while only his wife and newborn daughter were there, shouting through bullhorns and allegedly banging on the door in protest of his recent decision to challenge the presidential election results.

Hawley, who was away from his family and back in Missouri at the time, has drawn harsh criticism since becoming the first senator to announce plans to object to the Electoral College certification when electors meet on Jan. 6.

As any young father feeling helpless to defend his family would be, he was incensed over the incident and denounced the “Antifa scumbags” on Twitter late Monday night for causing his family to feel threatened.

“They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door,” he said. “Let me be clear: My family & I will not be intimidated by leftwing violence.”

At least one of Hawley’s neighbors shared the sentiment, as video shows him approaching the group and demanding to know why they were “disturbing our neighborhood and scaring our children.”

A peaceful vigil?

However, in conversation with the Washington Post, the group, known as ShutDownDC, characterized their demonstration much differently.

It was nothing more than a “peaceful vigil,” the activists argued in a Post write-up that described the night’s activities like this: “On the sidewalk in a Northern Virginia suburb, a group of 15 people chanted while holding candles and signs saying, ‘Protect democracy.'”

“This was not threatening behavior,” one ShutDownDC organizer, Patrick Young, told the Post. “This is people engaging in democracy and engaging in civil discourse … This was a pretty tame and peaceful visit to his house.”

A 50-minute long video of the events posted on YouTube by the group titled, “Vigil For Democracy,” shows protesters loudly shouting and chanting outside Hawley’s home and at least one point approaching the door to leave a copy of the U.S. Constitution.


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Video shows Virginia police present at the scene, but it was not immediately clear if any action was taken against the protesters except that one officer asked them to quiet down until her supervisor arrived.

Hawley responds

Later, in response to the group’s press release on the demonstration, Hawley tweeted, “Now ‘vigil’ means screaming threats through bullhorns, vandalizing property, pounding on the doors of homes and terrorizing innocent people and children.”

Then on Tuesday morning, after the Post article was published, Hawley hit the group again on Twitter, slamming their “outright lies.”

The Antifa group “now describe themselves as sweet angels,” he said. “BS. You screamed through bullhorns, shouted down my wife when she asked you to leave, vandalized property, pounded on our door, and terrorized neighbors.”

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Oregon State Police declare unlawful assembly as anti-lockdown protesters storm Capitol building, try to disrupt special session

Oregon State Police declared an anti-lockdown protest at the Capitol in Salem to be an unlawful assembly on Monday, after demonstrators stormed the building as lawmakers met for a special legislative session.

Protesters broke doors and some pushed their way into the locked building, leading to arrests.

What are the details?

Fox News reported that the “Reopen Oregon” protest occurred during a single-day session where legislators met to vote on coronavirus-related measures after Gov. Kate Brown (D) issued an extension of Oregon’s state of emergency from Jan. 2 to March 3.

According to Oregon Public Broadcasting:

The Oregon State Police declared an unlawful assembly as a growing number of protesters pushed their way through the Capitol doors chanting, “let us in” and “arrest Kate Brown.” Police officers donned gas masks as they squared off with protesters, some of whom carried firearms and bear spray, and many of whom were not wearing masks. Among the protesters were members of Patriot Prayer, a far-right group based in Vancouver, Washington, that attracts white supremacists and has engaged in violence.

Footage taken by OPB shows protesters breaking a pair of glass doors to the Capitol in an apparent attempt to enter.

Some demonstrators were able to make their way inside.

The San Francisco Gate reported that according to police:

While entering the building, protestors used chemical agents and bear spray against officers. At least two people were arrested after a smaller group of protestors were successful in entering a portion of the Capitol building. Outside protesters banged their fists against the doors chanting, “Let us in.”

KGW-TV reported that the bills set for consideration during the special session included “a proposed eviction moratorium that includes $200 million in relief for landlords and tenants, a restaurant relief package that includes a provision legalizing cocktails to-go, a bill that would protect schools from some coronavirus-related lawsuits and a measure that would transfer $600 million in to the state’s emergency fund for COVID-19 and wildfire-response and recovery.”

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Police get rid of protesters surrounding pickup truck — then arrest driver, passenger when guns, weapons found inside

After police officers got rid of protesters who were surrounding a pickup truck on the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, on Saturday night, they arrested the driver and passenger of the vehicle for unlawfully carrying firearms, WCDB-TV reported.

What are the details?

Police told the station an officer noticed multiple protesters leave the main group and surround a Chevrolet truck in a parking lot.

But after dispersing the protesters, an officer eyeballed an AR-15 on the back seat in plain view, WCDB noted.

Upon further questioning, passenger Richard Ray, 59, told police there were handguns in the vehicle — one of them in the passenger side door compartment, the station said.

Image source: WCSC-TV video screenshot

The driver, 46-year-old Matthew Constantine, told police he had a handgun concealed in his waistband, WCDB reported. It was loaded, WCSC-TV reported.

Officers also found pepper spray, a wooden club, additional magazines, ammunition, knives, and a Taser inside the vehicle, the station said.

Neither Ray nor Constantine had concealed carry permits, and they were arrested and charged for unlawful carrying of a handgun, WCDB said, adding that Constantine and Ray were released on bonds — $25,000 and $10,000, respectively. They’re scheduled for an initial court date in December.

According to WCSC, if you don’t have a concealed carry permit, and you’re in a vehicle, guns can be kept only in certain parts of the vehicle, such as in a closed truck, glove box, or center console.

What did the police chief have to say?

Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds told WCSC that Ray and Constantine weren’t part of the protest, that their guns were seized, and investigators were still trying to figure out why the men were downtown and why they had the guns and ammo with them.

Reynolds added to the station that the incident underscores the prevailing “concern” of “danger potentially involved but in particular when it’s a busy night right in the area of the peninsula … where the protests were being held at a time when there’s lots of people.”

Protesters were angry that a Louisville, Kentucky, grand jury didn’t return murder indictments against officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, WCDB reported, adding that two protesters also were arrested Saturday night.

WCDB added that the protest was illegal since no permit was acquired for it.


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Video: Protesters harass diners in Florida following Breonna Taylor decision in Kentucky

Protesters in St. Petersburg, Florida, expanded their demonstration to harass diners along the streets on Wednesday following a Louisville grand jury’s decision not to charge officers involved the the raid that led to the death of Breonna Taylor in March.

What are the details?

A reporter for the Tampa Bay Times reported on Twitter that “Protestors are now going restaurant by restaurant to chant at diners on Beach Dr. in St. Pete. A lot of diners yelled back, starting multiple confrontations. This one was the most significant. Protestors took over a couple’s table. Not sure why they were targeted specifically.”

The footage in the accompanying video shows a mob of protesters repeatedly chanting, “Stand up, fight back!” while facing diners at a restaurant before one apparent activist pulls up a seat at the table of a man and woman who were seated together outside the establishment.

The woman at the table quickly stands up and says, “Nope, this is my table!” and unsuccessfully attempts to move the activist from the chair before two more activists fill the remaining empty seats while flashing signs and joining the chant. Additional activists followed and stood to surround the couple.

One activist can be heard telling the man, “why don’t you shut up?” before the first activist who stole a seat told the woman, “I’ll knock your old-a** boyfriend the f*** out.”

Another activist is then seen blowing what appears to be a bullhorn at the couple, standing from a few feet away.

What’s the background?

Protests have been ongoing in cities across the U.S. for months since the death of George Floyd in late May, and Breonna Taylor’s name has been a frequent chant of demonstrators nationwide calling for justice after she was killed during a police raid.

Initial reports claimed that the raid was executed as a “no-knock” warrant, but Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) said during a press conference Wednesday that an independent witness reported that the police did announce themselves before entering the residence where Taylor was in bed with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who has stated that he opened fire, believing the police to be robbers, and police fired back, killing Taylor.

Louisville was placed under a state of emergency ahead of Wednesday’s afternoon announcement that only one of the three officers involved in the raid would be charged in connection with the raid itself. The police officers’ use of force was deemed justified by the grand jury, but one officer was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment because he fired into other nearby residences. No officers were charged with Taylor’s death.

As of this writing, Louisville police have announced that two police officers have been shot in Louisville amid ongoing rioting. According to multiple local reports, their wounds are being described as non-life-threatening

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Fla. governor Ron DeSantis proposes law that would protect drivers who kill or injure demonstrators if they’re fleeing a ‘mob’

Flordia Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced on Monday a proposed new law that would protect drivers who kill or injure demonstrators if the drivers are fleeing a “mob.”

The move comes following the death while under police restraint of George Floyd and amid heightened tensions across the U.S. between law enforcement and protesters.

The proposed legislation will be filed for the March 2021 session.

What are the details?

On Twitter, DeSantis wrote, “Today I announced bold legislation that creates new criminal offenses and increases penalties for those who target law enforcement and participate in violent or disorderly assemblies. We will always stand with our men and women in uniform who keep our communities safe.”

DeSantis released the proposal on Monday. It targets protesters and increases existing penalties for such actions as “toppling monuments or blocking roadways,” Insider reported.

The bill, titled the “Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Protecting Law Enforcement Act,” would also criminalize certain road-blocking protests, and violation of the law would create a third-degree felony for those who “obstruct traffic during an unpermitted protest, demonstration or violent or disorderly assembly.”

In the proposed law is a new protection against liability for drivers who kill or injure protesters if they are “fleeing for safety from a mob.”

A portion of the proposal reads, “Driver is NOT liable for injury or death caused if fleeing for safety from a mob.”

Protections for police officers

The proposed law would also include protections for individual police officers and departments at risk of losing funding.

“Florida cities that enact any legislation aimed at reducing funding allocated to their police forces amid activists [sic] call to ‘defund the police’ would have their access to state grants and aid revoked,” Insider reported.

The bill, if passed, would deny bail to any persons arrested for a crime “during a violent or disorderly assembly” until their first court appearance.

Further, the Republican governor is calling for a mandatory six-month sentence for any persons convicted of striking a law enforcement officer “during a violent or disorderly assembly.”

A “violent or disorderly assembly,” according to the bill, is defined as a group of seven or more people who are “involved in an assembly and cause damage to property or injury to other persons.”

‘I will not allow this kind of violence’

During a Monday press conference, DeSantis said, “Our right to peacefully assemble is one of our most cherished as Americans, but throughout the country we’ve seen that right being taken advantage of by professional agitators, bent on sowing disorder and causing mayhem in our cities. I will not allow this kind of violence to occur here in Florida.”

He also added, “[The law will] require a felony if you incapacitate any of the roadways. We see people take over interstates. That is absolutely hazardous. It’s not fair to motorists who get caught up in that, so that will be unacceptable.”

You can read more about the proposals here.


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Anything else?

In May, a protester jumped on the hood of a vehicle during a demonstration in Minneapolis.

Video footage of the incident showed a driver attempting to move through the crowd that swarmed the vehicle. As the driver accelerated, the protester was forced to get off. The driver, according to reports, then made a U-turn and hit the protester, knocking them to the street.

In June, an angry mob smashed the windshield of a police patrol vehicle in Florida while it was transporting arrestees to jail. Police officers were forced to retaliate and go after the rioters.

In July, violent rioters converged on the vehicle of a 58-year-old man with cerebral palsy. The man, who was just trying to make his way down an Ohio street, said that he was worried that the demonstrators would kill him.

The list goes on and on.

What is the opposition saying about this?

Florida House Minority Leader Evan Jenne told Politico, “Most of this stuff is already illegal, [DeSantis] is just hell bent on silencing any voice of opposition. None of this is about policy … it’s about buoying President [Donald] Trump, who has slipped precipitously in the polls. It’s dog-whistle base stuff.”

Ignoring the repeated examples of protesters threatening violence against innocent drivers, the African-American Policy Forum said DeSantis’ proposal was trying to give drivers a license to mow down protesters.

“Ron DeSantis sending as loud a signal as possible that he is okay with, and would even encourage, anyone who wants to use their car or truck to mow down BLM protesters,” the organization wrote in a Monday tweet. “We should not understate how dangerous this is.”

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes added, “Today a GOP Senator released an ad jokingly (?) endorsing killing liberal journalists, and Ron De Santis introduced a bill in Florida making it legal to run over protesters with your car. So it’s not just randos in line at rallies.”

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Remember the little boy who got pepper-sprayed at an anti-police protest while with his dad? Watchdog group finds incident wasn’t intentional.

You may recall a viral video just as George Floyd protests heated up of a child screaming and crying in the middle of a street as adults douse his face with milk to lessen the sting of pepper spray.


Image source: YouTube screenshot

Some people deemed it outrageous that cops would do such a thing to a kid, while others wondered what the boy’s father was doing with his child at the May 30 anti-police protest in Seattle.

Well, last week the city’s Office of Police Accountability — a citizen-led watchdog group — ruled that officers didn’t violate rules when the boy was inadvertently hit with pepper spray,
KOMO-TV reported.

What are the details?

“OPA’s review of bystander and body-worn video found that the boy was not individually targeted,” the report states, according to the station. “He and his father moved towards a protester who had grabbed an officer’s baton and was pushing into the police line. An SPD supervisor used pepper spray to move the protester back. In response, the protester ducked, causing the pepper spray to inadvertently affect the boy and his father.”

OPA director Andrew Myerberg defended the board’s ruling to KOMO: “It’s clearly a directed spray toward someone who is breaking a line, and that force was appropriate for that person.”

The report added that “while the impact to the boy was an unfortunate result, he was not visible on the video at the time of the pepper spraying and therefore could not have been seen by the supervisor,” the station also said.

What did Dad have to say?

During the protest, video shows the boy’s father standing with his son just behind a line of protesters and hollering at police: “Look at his bitch ass!” he yells at one point. Then — balling up his fist — he yells at a cop, “He’s ready to swing somethin’ — his d**k ain’t that big, but that’s why [unintelligible] my black ass!”

Image source: YouTube screenshot

After the boy was hit with pepper spray, his father confronted police: “Hey, you’re a bitch! You just sprayed my 8-year-old son, you whore-ass motherf***er! F*** you!”

Image source: YouTube screenshot

At a press conference over the incident, Mondo Avery seemed a tad more reserved in front of a camera and said in reference to his son, “I felt like I failed him because I couldn’t protect him.”

Image source: KIRO-TV video screenshot

Here’s a statement submitted to
KIRO-TV on behalf of the boy’s family in response the the watchdog group’s finding:

We are deeply disappointed, but not surprised, by the result reached by the OPA. Today, they have confirmed that it is the Seattle Police Department’s position that the use of pepper spray in an intentional and reckless manner that it would strike an innocent child exercising their First Amendment rights is “within policy.” We understand the OPA has said it is “sorry” for these actions. But “sorry” and “regret” is not sufficient. We demand change. OPA did not address … whether the officers could have [taken] steps to prevent this from happening and, even further,
no police officers attempted to render aid to the child, making any apology tough to accept. Moreover, the OPA reached its conclusions by analysis and discussion of body camera footage — tapes that were not provided to the family or their legal counsel before today. The [OPA] also refuses to identify the officers who used force in this incident. All of this undermines the claims of objectivity and transparency that the City purports to value. We continue to demand change, and this confirms that it is still deeply needed because the City of Seattle continues to remain indifferent to the suffering its police, and other City officials, have caused to black and indigenous people of color for decades, including the Avery family.

The following is a compilation video from the Office of Police Accountability showing various clips from the May 30 protest. (Content warning: Language):


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Capitol Police forced to respond after left-wing protesters gather outside Lindsey Graham’s house

The United States Capitol Police were forced to protect the house of Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) early Monday after protesters gathered outside his Washington, D.C., home.

What happened?

Democrats, angry that President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate have the opportunity to fill yet another Supreme Court vacancy, have made it clear they will do anything in their power to disrupt the confirmation process, or at least have their voices heard.

Well, every one of Graham’s neighbors was subjected to those voices early Monday.

According to WUSA-TV, left-wing members of the ShutDown D.C. and Sunrise movement gathered outside Graham’s house at 6 a.m. Monday morning. Protesters were seen trespassing on the property, they made noise with bells and sirens, and some even attempted to knock on Graham’s door.

U.S. Capitol Police responded by forming a line on the sidewalk between the protesters and Graham’s house.

“DC residents will be fighting for their children and grandchildren early Monday morning, by insisting that Trump should not be allowed to fill his third lifelong Supreme Court appointment, tipping the court for generations,” ShutDown D.C. said in a statement, WUSA reported.

Both protest groups were formed to advocate for progressive climate policies. However, ShutDown D.C. also states on its website, “As the 2020 election approaches we are making plans to rise up to confront the Trump administration’s attacks on democracy.”

Anything else?

Within minutes of the announcement of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death late Friday, protesters gathered outside the Washington, D.C., home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Left-wing activist Charlotte Clymer tweeted, “We’re now walking to Mitch McConnell’s house to protest.”

Clymer also tweeted the street intersection of McConnell’s house — essentially making public his private address — but that tweet was removed from Twitter because it violated the social network’s rules.

Protesters also gathered outside McConnell’s Louisville home over the weekend, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. Democrats are angry that McConnell essentially blocked the nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016, but has already confirmed that Trump’s latest nominee will receive a vote before Election Day.

About 100 protesters gathered Saturday, the newspaper reported. The demonstrators dispersed in the afternoon after police made one arrest.

“I’m disgusted that Senator McConnell would treat this opportunity in a complete different manner than he treated the opportunity when there was a vacancy when Obama was nine or 10 months away from the election,” one of the protesters told the Courier Journal. “I’m not surprised, but I am disgusted. I think that’s appalling.”

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VIDEO: Security guard pulls gun on protesting mob that stormed lobby of New York City federal building

A security guard pulled a gun on a mob of protesters that stormed a New York City federal building that houses the FBI and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the
New York Post reported, citing video posted to social media.

Image source: WABC-TV video screenshot

What are the details?

The video, which was recorded Wednesday afternoon inside 26 Federal Plaza, shows a female guard who works for a private firm Paragon Systems pointing a gun at protesters who had breached the lobby, the paper said.

“It got intense,” another guard told the Post on Thursday morning. “We are out here every day putting our lives on the line so that everyone else can be safe.”

Here’s the clip, which was originally posted to Instagram:

The paper said about 100 demonstrators marched for 90 minutes to the federal building — and it all stemmed from a recent whistleblower complaint that immigrant women detained in Georgia received hysterectomies without consent.

Police told WABC-TV that the Abolish ICE demonstrators forced their way into the lobby of the building.

More from the Post:

Protesters — some carrying signs reading “ICE & DHS agents of genocide” — occupied the lobby, clapping and chanting as they squabbled with news photographers, incorrectly claiming that they were not allowed to take their photos without “consent.”

The walkway leading to the building was spray-painted “FREE THEM ALL” and a security booth was tagged “QUIT YOUR JOB!!” as a lone officer sat inside it.

And the doors at its Duane Street entrance were smashed and covered with plywood Thursday.

Image source: WABC-TV video screenshot

The paper noted that the incident involving the security guard pulling her gun occurred toward the end of the protest and demonstrators left in about 20 minutes.

The Post said that neither Paragon — which provides security at federal buildings around the country — nor ICE immediately returned messages. But the New York Daily News noted that Federal Protective Service said the incident is under investigation.

So far no arrests have been made in the incident, WABC reported.

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Protesters hang hair dryers on tree outside Pelosi’s house amid salon uproar

A group of women held a protest outside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) San Francisco home on Thursday, stringing a tree outside with hair dryers and chanting about freedom as the Democrat faces backlash for being busted in a salon in violation of the city’s coronavirus restrictions while citizens are prohibited from doing so.

What are the details?

In footage taken by local CBS affiliate KPIX-TV, the demonstrators can be seen hanging blow dryers, an American flag, and other adornments from the tree to create their display. Some of them wore rollers in their hair, and one can be heard declaring, “It’s a freedom tree, everybody!”

KPIX producer Bobby Tooke posted the footage on Twitter, reporting, “Protestors gather outside of @SpeakerPelosi house in #SanFrancisco. They chant about freedom and place hair dryers on a tree.”

Another clip of the protest shared by the San Francisco Chronicle shows a demonstrator telling the group, …”To gather, to make sure everybody has an opportunity to earn a living and feed their families.” The women then cheer and another adds, “The government needs to stay out of it.”

Reporter Jessica Christian tweeted, “None of these demonstrators in front of Nancy Pelosi’s home are salon owners or workers. They’ve all described themselves ‘angry salon customers’ who want to get their hair and nails done.”

Pelosi was caught visiting eSalon in San Francisco on Monday during an appointment solicited by her assistant with a stylist who rents a chair from the salon that has been shut down for months due to the city’s stringent coronavirus regulations. The owner of eSalon, Erica Kious, called Pelosi’s actions a “slap in the face,” saying her business would likely not survive due to local regulations imposed by Democratic leaders.

The speaker’s salon visit — which was first reported by Fox News — drew widespread backlash, but Pelosi was defiant when asked about it on Wednesday, blaming the salon and calling for them to apologize to her.

“I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I’ve been to over the years many times,” Pelosi told reporters. “And that when they said ‘We’re able to accommodate people one person at a time’ and that we can set up that time, I trusted that. As it turns out, it was a setup, so I take responsibility for falling for a setup.”

She insisted, “I think that this salon owes me an apology, for setting [me] up.”

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Disturbing video shows BLM protesters block police vehicle, attempt to open door — but officer fights back

Black Lives Matter protesters, many of whom participated in the March on Washington, shut down major highways across the nation’s capital city Friday night. Videos taken of protesters showed them harassing motorists and police.

What do the videos show?

One disturbing video showed protesters surround a police vehicle and seemingly try and rip that police officer from the vehicle. The video shows protesters attempt to open the vehicle door as the officer inside fights back.

A loud “pop” is then heard, though it was not clear where the sound came from or what made the sound.

(Content Warning: The following video contains strong language):

Another video showed protesters harass a motorist who had become obviously distressed by the protesters and their blocking of the roadway.

“Ha ha, he’s scared as f***,” one of the protesters mocked.

“You have to go home and I don’t give a f***” another protester said. “I don’t give a f***.”

(Content Warning: The following video contains strong language):

What’s the background?

People from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for the 57th March on Washington, commemorating the 1963 March on Washington during which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famed “I Have A Dream” speech.

According to the Washington Post, hundreds of demonstrators stayed in the city after festivities for the March on Washington had ended. Protesters temporarily blocked several major roadways, including entrances and exits into the city.

One protester told the Post their goal was to “choke the city.”

From the Post:

Most of the protesters at Ninth Street wore all black, and many wore goggles and helmets on their heads. One person carried a bat, and another man wore what appeared to be a bulletproof vest.

Blocking highways is a protest tactic regularly used by Black Lives Matter protesters.

Benjamin Jealous, former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told the Wall Street Journal that blocking highways is used by demonstrators “who feel like they have no other way to get their community and the world to stop and take notice of what’s happened.”

Unfortunately, though, blocking roadways can have deadly consequences.

In fact, just last month, a protester was struck and killed on a Seattle highway.

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Kelley Paul delivers blunt message to media for calling ‘bloodthirsty mob’ peaceful protesters

Kelley Paul, the wife of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), delivered a blunt message to the media and Joe Biden’s campaign for refusing to denounce the “bloodthirsty mob” that attacked her and Sen. Paul.

What’s the background?

Kelley’s comments came after she and her husband were surrounded by an angry mob upon leaving the White House early Friday morning, where they watched President Donald Trump give his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination.

Video of the tense situation showed a large crowd of protesters screaming at the Pauls and shoving police officers who were protecting them.

But the media largely ignored the violent nature of the mob. The Associated Press said, “Sen. Paul complains about ‘angry mob,'” while NPR called the protesters “peaceful.”

What did Kelley say?

Kelley told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the protesters were anything but peaceful.

According to Kelley, the “bloodthirsty mob” threatened that “they were going to ‘eff us up.'”

“At first I was trying to look in their eyes and trying to have any kind of reason or to see someone as a human being and I realized they did not see us as human beings,” Kelley explained. “I really thought that we were going to lose our lives. I thought someone was going to throw a brick. It was the most terrifying moment of my entire life.”

Then Kelley shared her message for the media and the Biden-Harris campaign.

“I am furious,” she said. “I’m furious that Biden and Kamala Harris are not denouncing this. You tell me if you are surrounded by a mob, that will not let you move, that is screaming in your face, that is holding you completely hostage, and you cannot walk to your hotel and you are on a dark street, you tell me that’s not violence. You tell me that is not an attack.”

Shockingly, Sen. Paul added that he thought the mob was going to kill him and his wife.

“I truly believe we would have been killed,” Paul said. “The police saved our lives because these thugs would have killed us. They would have stomped us and killed us.”

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Tennessee puts violent protesters on notice with new law that significantly increases criminal punishments

Violent protests in Portland, Seattle, and Chicago have made headlines for months. In those Democrat-controlled cities, far-left protesters riot, loot, and cause widespread destruction that costs the city and businesses millions of dollars.

Last week, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) quietly took action to prevent similar chaos from happening in The Volunteer State.

What are the details?

During a special session convened by the governor, the Republican-controlled General Assembly passed HB8005, a bill that significantly increases the criminal punishment for violent and disruptive protests.

From the Associated Press:

Most notably, the new law now states that those who illegally camp on state property would now face a Class E felony, punishable by up to six years in prison, rather than a misdemeanor. Felony convictions in Tennessee result in the revocation of an individual’s right to vote.

The bill also imposes a mandatory minimum 45-day hold if convicted of aggravated rioting; enhances the fine for obstructing emergency vehicles from accessing highways; requires a court to order restitution for damaging state property; and creates a Class C felony offense for aggravated assault against a first responder — which carries a $15,000 fine and mandatory minimum 90-day prison sentence.

Lee signed the bill into law on Thursday without a press conference, the AP noted.

The bill, introduced by state Rep. William Lamberth (R), became necessary after months of protests at the state capitol, which the bill said “have resulted in vandalism and defacement of property, overnight camping on public property in violation of state law, and other risks to public safety,” WZTV-TV reported.

Indeed, after signing the bill, Lee confirmed the bill was a response to violent protests earlier in the summer.

“I think what we saw was a courthouse on fire and businesses being broken into and vehicles being damaged. We saw lawlessness that needed to be addressed immediately. And that was done so,” he said, the AP reported.

What was the response?

Because the bill increases the criminal punishment of some crimes to felony status, the ACLU denounced the bill, suggesting that it could infringe on voting rights.

“We are very disappointed in Governor Lee’s decision to sign this bill, which chills free speech, undermines criminal justice reform and fails to address the very issues of racial justice and police violence raised by the protesters who are being targeted,” ACLU of Tennessee Executive Director Hedy Weinberg said.

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Judge who halted removal of Columbus statue makes it ‘crystal clear that she will not tolerate mob rule,’ attorney says

An attorney praised a judge for putting the brakes on the Philadelphia Art Commission’s plan to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus from Marconi Plaza, where heated demonstrations have taken place in favor of and against the monument in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Attorney George Bochetto represents a group of South Philadelphia residents fighting to keep the statue in place, and he told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Judge Paula Patrick — who issued a temporary stay — made it “crystal clear that she will not tolerate mob rule or kangaroo tactics.”

Bochetto added to the paper that the judge’s stay is “not just a victory for the Columbus Statue, [but] a victory for civilized society.”

What’s the background?

In June, about 100 people — some of them carrying bats, golf clubs, sticks, and even guns — decided to protect the Columbus statue from possible vandalism given that left-wing rioters in other parts of the country beheaded, toppled, and vandalized statues and monuments in their fury over racism and Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

The crew of folks protecting the Columbus statue attracted the attention of those against it, and things got heated between the two sides.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney indirectly referred to the behavior of those guarding the statue as “vigilantism,” and District Attorney Larry Krasner called them “criminal bullies.”


Armed Group Surrounds South Philly Christopher Columbus Statue | NBC10 Philadelphia

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Afterward, the city covered the Columbus statue in plywood, the Inquirer said, and a police cruiser has been stationed near the statue to make sure things stay calm.

More from the paper:

In July, city officials proposed a plan to remove the statue, arguing it threatened public safety and should be relocated “in recognition of the fact that Columbus’ legacy includes the enslavement, forcible removal, and the devastation of the Indigenous people that he encountered, and that in this current moment in our country’s history, the statue can no longer be displayed on public property.”

Those in favor of keeping the statue at Marconi say it celebrates Italian American culture in a city steeped in Italian heritage. Those against it say it’s a painful reminder of atrocities against Indigenous people directed by Columbus. The statue has been at the plaza since 1976.

What now?

The statue’s removal will be paused until the judge rules on another motion to prevent moving the statue while the case is appealed, the Inquirer said, adding that attorneys said the city cut legal corners in the case and rushed the process to dismantle the statue.

The art commission voted 8-0 — with Commissioner Joe Laragione abstaining — in favor of the statue’s relocation as long as the city report every six months on progress regarding a new location for the statue accessible to the public, the paper said.

“It’s a serious piece of art, it was a gift of the Italian government in the 1800s. It needs to be stored and protected so that something can be figured out,” Commission Chair Alan Greenberger said, according to the Inquirer. “The worst thing in my view that can happen, as many of you said, is that it stays in storage and is forgotten.”

Some commissioners questioned whether removing the statue would set a precedent for taking down other pieces of public art in Philadelphia, the paper added.

More from the Inquirer:

The commission’s deciding vote comes two weeks after the Philadelphia Historical Commission
also endorsed a city proposal to remove the statue on the grounds of public safety. Commissioners said that if it were allowed to remain at Broad Street and Oregon Avenue, it would continue to be a flash point for protests, making the statue itself susceptible to damage.

“As Philadelphia — and the nation — continue to reckon with the deep legacy of racism and oppression in America, it is critical that our public spaces are seen as safe, welcoming and inclusive for all people,” city spokesperson Lauren Cox told the paper. “Philadelphia’s public art must reflect the people and spirit of our city, not divide us.”

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Black Lives Matter mob shoots at black cop, physically assaults him at girlfriend’s home they vandalized

A black police officer said protesters chanted “black lives matter” while shooting at him and punching him at his girlfriend’s Wisconsin home Saturday night.

Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah
posted on Facebook that protesters “tried to kill me. I was unarmed and tried to defend my property and the property of my girlfriend. We were both assaulted, punched, and ultimately shot at several times. A shotgun round missed me by inches. Not once did I ever swing back or reciprocate any the hate that was being directed at me. I am all for peaceful protests, even against me, but this was anything but peaceful. They threw toilet paper in her trees, broke her windows, and again, shot at both of us as they were trying to kill me. There are children that live there any the knew that. The irony in all of this is that they chanted Black Lives Matter the entire time, but had zero regard for any of the black children that live there or me, a black man.”

What’s the background?

Over the last five years, Mensah fatally shot three people in the line of duty, most recently a 17-year-old earlier this year,
WITI-TV reported. Mensah’s fatal shootings in 2015 and 2016 were ruled justified, but he was suspended in July over the Feb. 2 fatal shooting of Alvin Cole, the station said. The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office is still reviewing the Cole case, but Wauwatosa’s mayor called for Mensah to “transition from the Wauwatosa Police Department’s employment,” WITI said.

The
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Mensah was suspended with pay, and the families of the people he fatally shot — two were black; one was Latino/Native American — said they plan to pursue legal action.

What happened Saturday?

Wauwatosa police said between 50 and 60 people gathered at the home Saturday to protest Mensah, where he was physically assaulted and a single shotgun round was fired into the home, the paper said.

Police added that protesters began to vandalize the home around 8 p.m. and that while Mensah “attempted to establish a dialog,” he “was ultimately physically assaulted,” the Journal Sentinel said, citing a police department release.

As Mensah went inside, “armed protesters approached the rear door and a single shotgun round was discharged by a member of the group into Officer Mensah’s backdoor,” the paper added, citing the release.

Neighbors told the Journal Sentinel they heard fireworks and loud noises near the house throughout Saturday night.

“There was a bunch all at once, which we thought were firecrackers, and then after that, there was one louder one,” a neighbor Monica, who asked that her last name not be published, told the paper. “It was pretty scary.”

Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Sunday
called the incident “domestic terrorism” and said officials “must take action”:

Mensah says protesters have targeted him before

Mensah late last month told WISN-AM that roughly 100 protesters came to his home on the night of July 27, the Journal Sentinel reported in a separate story.

“To call me a murderer, without any conviction, without any charges, and then to do something like this, again, I’m angry, I’m frustrated, I’m confused,” he said during the interview, the paper reported.

Mensah added that “it’d be one thing if there was any kind of cause, whatsoever, for my actions. But I defended myself, several times. Proven that I defended myself several times,” the Journal Sentinel said.

He also said he believes he was suspended to appease protesters, WITI said in a separate story.

“They knew all about this in 2016,” Mensah said, according to the station. “They didn’t have an issue with it in 2017. They didn’t have an issue with it back in 2018. They didn’t have an issue in 2019. Now, it’s 2020. Let’s just suspend him for no reason.”

A
GoFundMe for Mensah’s legal fees set up in mid-July has raised over $73,000 as of Monday afternoon. The Wauwatosa Peace Officers Association is paying for Mensah’s attorney, the paper added.

What did the mayor have to say?

Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride said he would meet with the police chief and other city officials Monday morning to ensure Mensah is “fully protected and that criminal behavior of this kind will not happen again,” the Journal Sentinel said.

“The City of Wauwatosa has always supported and protected the right to peaceful protest,” McBride added in his statement, the paper said. “Last night’s event was not a peaceful protest; it was criminal behavior. If the perpetrators of this criminal behavior are identified, they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent allowed by law.”

(H/T:
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Antifa protesters allegedly attack veteran in wheelchair — then learn lesson they will never forget

Antifa protesters in Colorado learned a lesson on Saturday that they will never forget: Don’t attack a man in a wheelchair.

According to the Rocky Mountain Collegian, a pro-police rally in Fort Collins turned violent when Antifa protesters, wearing their signature black-clad outfits, attempted to crash a “Back the Blue” rally being held outside the Fort Collins Police Services building.

Video of the incident, which gained attention online, showed that pro-police demonstrators responded by forcing the Antifa protesters away through a nearby neighborhood.

“So, we are currently marching the Antifa commie bas****s out of the neighborhood because nobody wants Antifa in the neighborhood. Nobody wants them here, so we’re marching them out,” the man who recorded the video said.

As pro-police demonstrators continued to force out the Antifa protesters, whom they labeled “commie scum,” violence suddenly ensued. The video shows the pro-police demonstrators and the Antifa protesters brawl in a small ditch, with the pro-police demonstrators getting the better end of the Antifa protesters.

A man with a bullhorn announced, “You guys came to the wrong city, boys and girls.”

(Content Warning: The following video contains strong language):

Police then arrived and broke up the brawl.

Witnesses confirmed that the Antifa protesters allegedly attacked a veteran in a wheelchair, triggering the brawl.

“How you like that? Communists going after dudes in wheelchairs,” the man behind the camera said in a second video.

Fort Collins Police Services spokesperson Kate Kimble confirmed that police made three arrests and issued one situation as a result of the violence.

From the Rocky Mountain Collegian:

The Larimer County booking report shows two arrests made by officer Christopher Young and one arrest made by officer Jason Haferman. All three people arrested were charged with disorderly conduct, one person with an additional charge of possession of an illegal weapon and one with an additional charge of resisting arrest.

“We respect everyone’s right to peacefully assemble to voice their concerns,” Kimble said. “For the safety of our community, acts of violence, destruction of property and other unlawful behavior will not be tolerated.”

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Gun-toting protesters descend upon neighborhood of cop who fatally shot a black man — then one resident pulls out gun of his own

On the one-year anniversary of a police-involved fatal shooting of a black man, protesters descended upon the Colorado Springs neighborhood of one of the officers involved in the shooting and demanded his firing,
KRDO-TV reported.

What are the details?

While there wasn’t any violence at the Monday protest, the fact that some demonstrators were carrying guns didn’t sit well with a few residents.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot

Dion Elmore told the station in a
separate article that he believed such a show of force “was almost like an intimidation tactic.”

KRDO said there was at least one confrontation between the armed protesters and several drivers in pickup trucks who were blocked by the crowd.

Here’s more of what appears to be the same confrontation between the driver and protesters:

Afterward, the station added, the armed protesters moved out of the way and let the drivers through.

But one resident wasn’t messing around

KRDO noted that one of the drivers in question retrieved a rifle and stood guard in his driveway while he called police.

Indeed, reporter Andrew McMillan tweeted that after the now-armed driver faced down the crowd, “protesters put their hands up and walked away.”

Another resident, Bobby Cox, told KRDO that while he and his wife were warned in advance about the protest, they were still nervous not knowing what could happen.

“You hear all these things, see all these things on TV, it’s a little scary,” he said. “At our age, we don’t want to be confronting anybody or anything like that. There wasn’t anything like that going on.”

Here’s video of the protest. The portion with the resident holding a rifle begins just after the 30-minute mark.

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The station said the neighborhood targeted by protesters is near Pulpit Rock Park where one of the officers involved in the shooting — Sgt. Alan Van’t Land — allegedly lives. The Associated Press said Van’t Land’s residence was roped off at the time of the protest, and no one appeared to be inside the house.

The outlet added that Van’t Land and Officer Blake Evenson were cleared of any wrongdoing by a grand jury for the shooting. The officers said they didn’t see a gun before shooting 19-year-old De’Von Bailey last August as he ran away but believed he had one as he was holding his waistband, the Denver Post reported.

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Husband of LA district attorney facing charges for pulling gun on BLM protestors at his house

The husband of Los Angeles County’s first black district attorney has been hit with three charges of assault with a firearm stemming from him pulling a gun when an estimated 30 Black Lives Matter activists showed up at the couple’s home demanding to see his wife earlier this year.

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The Los Angeles Times reported that David Lacey, husband of L.A. county chief prosecutor Jackie Lacey, was charged by the California attorney general’s office over an incident in early March where he was recorded on video brandishing a gun at protestors who showed up on his front porch calling for a meeting with his wife.

On March 2, a Black Lives Matter representative named Melina Abdullah rang the doorbell of the Lacey household, and Mr. Lacey came to the door. He is seen pointing a gun during the confrontation, telling the activists to get off his porch and warning them that he was prepared to shoot them.

Mrs. Lacey later said that her husband was “profoundly sorry” for the exchange, adding, “I do not believe it is fair or right for protestors to show up at the homes of people who dedicate their lives to public service. It was just him and I in that house and we really didn’t know what was about to happen.”

In an interview released by CNN last month, Mrs. Lacey condemned the radical views pushed by some Black Lives Matters activists, including the defunding of police.

The Hill reported that following the news of Mr. Lacey’s criminal charges, his attorney, Samuel Tyre said in a statement that he was “disappointed” that his client’s actions were considered “criminal behavior.”

“We disagree entirely with their assessment,” Tyre argued, adding, “but we have the utmost faith in the justice system, and we are confident that the correct result will be reached.”

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Mr. Lacey’s case has similarities to another case happening in the middle of the country which also involves a couple defending their home against protesters.

The BLM movement gained an enormous boost following the death of George Floyd in late May — two months after the incident at the Lacey household. The movement has since been joined and allegedly hijacked by affiliated groups in protests across the country, with demonstrations descending into violence, looting, and even murders.

A St. Louis couple, the McCloskeys — both of whom are attorneys — were charged last month for bringing out firearms to confront protesters who had broken down the gate to their gated community and allegedly threatened their lives.

The McCloskeys’ attorney, Joel Schwartz, released a statement at the time, saying, “I, along with my clients, support the First Amendment right of every citizen to have their voice and opinion heard. This right, however, must be balanced with the Second Amendment and Missouri law, which entitle each of us to protect our home and family from potential threats.”

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Protesters sue Seattle, claiming they need ‘expensive’ protective gear to demonstrate safely

A group of protesters has filed a lawsuit against the city of Seattle, claiming the police department’s anti-riot tactics have forced demonstrators to buy prohibitively “expensive” protective gear in order to continue to enjoy their First Amendment rights.

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KIRO-TV reported that the suit was filed Monday “on behalf of five protesters who attended the July 25 protest on Capitol Hill that police later declared a riot, seek[ing] an order from a judge to stop the city from using controversial tactics on protesters, including blast balls and pepper spray.”

“Because protestors now must purchase expensive equipment to be assured that they will be able to protest safely,” the filing claims, “the indiscriminate use of weapons by [the Seattle Police Department] implicates equal protection.”

It went to on say that “each of the Plaintiffs was unable to protest for a period of time for want of additional gear necessitated by SPD’s unmitigated and indiscriminate tactics utilized without restraint.”

The plaintiffs further argue that “the continued misuse of war munitions by SPD against civilians turns the streets — a public forum and site of protest — into a pay-to-protest racket where only a privileged few who are wealthy enough or popular enough to crowdsource funds to purchase gear akin to that used by the police department they fund can truly be in the streets.”

Fox News reported that some of the items listed as necessary protest gear “included boots, gloves, helmets and gas masks.”

The Seattle City Council is currently considering plans to slash its police spending by at least 50%, a prospect that was not lost on the plaintiffs who declared, “It is chilling to the bone that this quelling is occurring at the hands of SPD — the agency whose very existence is being challenged, its funding debated this week.”

The Seattle City Attorney’s Office issued a statement to KIRO in reaction to the suit, saying they would look into the claims. The plaintiffs are asking for a judge to order the city to cease using certain “less-lethal weapons to control and suppress demonstrations,” and to pay for the protesters’ costs associated with filing the lawsuit.

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Seattle descended into chaos as part of the nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd in late May, and part of the city became occupied and turned into what was known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.

The police department abandoned its precinct in the area for weeks, leading to delays in responding to calls over several blocks. Multiple people were shot and at least one person was killed during the cop-free CHOP take-over, but police were eventually able to dismantle the encampment, arresting dozens of demonstrators.

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