Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has pledged to sign a bill that would raise the penalties for protesters who purposely obstruct emergency vehicles from passing through a roadway or a hospital entrance.
The Texas Senate voted 25-5 to pass House Bill 9, which would make it a state jail felony to knowingly obstructing a highway or other passageway and preventing an emergency vehicle that is flashing lights and sirens from passing, as well as obstructing the entrance to a health care facility that provides emergency medical care. The Texas House had already passed the bill by a vote of 90-55.
On Saturday, Abbott made it be known that he would be signing HB 9 into law when it arrives at his desk.
“Legislation cracking down on protestors for blocking roads PASSES in the Senate,” the Republican governor of Texas announced on Twitter. “Peaceful protest doesn’t include blocking roadways & preventing emergency vehicle access. That chaos won’t be tolerated in Texas. Thanks to @StephanieKlick & @DonnaCampbellTX. I will sign soon.”
“In an emergency, seconds matter,” state Rep. Stephanie Klick said when first presenting HB 9. “We all have a constitutional right to peaceably assemble under the First Amendment, but what we don’t have is a right to prevent authorized emergency vehicles that can provide life saving care.”
The bill is a response to last summer’s social justice and police brutality protests that at times manifested into full-scale riots.
The “Combating Public Disorder” law criminalizes “mob intimidation” tactics, such as rioters accosting people at restaurants, plus it would increase penalties for rioting, looting, and violence stemming from protests. The law also provides legal protections to motorists fleeing for their safety from angry mobs.
“We saw unprecedented rioting throughout 2020,” DeSantis said. “We wanted to make sure we protect the people of our great state, businesses and property against any type of mob activity. We’re here today being prepared to sign that bill into law.”
Social justice demonstrations in New York City deteriorated into physical altercations with NYPD officers and a Central Park statue dedicated to American sailors who lost their lives was desecrated with anti-police graffiti.
Hundreds of activists and protesters marched Thursday night in New York City, with some carrying signs that read “Justice for Ma’Khia Bryant,” others waving Black Lives Matter flags, and some were part of a black trans lives matter demonstration, according to the Daily Mail.
“The crowd was part of the Stonewall Protests, which gathers weekly outside the iconic Greenwich Village bar,” the New York Post reported. “The group describes itself as “black queer and black trans activists centered on the acknowledgment of all black life” on Instagram.”
Activists March down midtown Manhattan
Filmed and owned by leeroy
#manhattan #blm #georgefloyd https://t.co/O7TW9jpSWo
At one point, there were tense confrontations between dozens of protesters and police officers. Video from independent photojournalist Leeroy Johnson shows cops getting doused with an unidentified liquid, and there were sounds of a person spitting during the dust-up. One individual screams at the cops, “What the f*** is wrong with you?”
Content warning: rough language
Chaos Erupts at protest in NYC.
Multiple arrests were made
Filmed and owned by leeroy Johnson
#NewYork #BLM… https://t.co/BxHOlngcd3
Protesters converged near Central Park, where they appear to wave flags for the counties of Nigeria and Jamaica, as well as Black Lives Matter, and one that represents the transgender community. Vandals defaced the USS Maine Monument with red paint made to look like blood and anti-police terms such as “ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards)” and “F*** 12,” which is an anti-law enforcement slogan often used by Antifa members.
The USS Maine Monument honors the 266 American sailors of the USS Maine, a U.S. battleship that sank in Havana, Cuba, in 1898.
“We respect’s everyone right to peacefully protest, but vandalism is not part of peaceful protest,” the New York Police Department wrote on Twitter. “We are working to de-escalate the situation to prevent further damage from occurring.”
Six people were arrested by the NYPD on charges ranging from assault to damage to public property, WABC-TV reported. No injuries to demonstrators or police, a police spokesman told Fox News.
We respect’s everyone right to peacefully protest, but vandalism is not part of peaceful protest. We are working to… https://t.co/ETTBFnV9uK
Several hundred protesters gathered at the Ohio Union, which serves as a student activity center and dining area for students of Ohio State University. Students held signs that called for the city of Columbus to abolish its police department, support for Black Lives Matter, another sign that demanded “CPD out of OSU,” and one that reads “ACAB,” an acronym for “All Cops Are Bastards.” The crowd of Ohio State students held a 16-minute moment of silence for Bryant.
A spokesperson for the university issued a statement on the protests: “Ohio State supports the right of our students, faculty and staff to peacefully express their views and to speak out about issues that are important to them. Freedom of speech and civic engagement are central to our values as an institution of higher education.”
Ohio State University students hold a sit-in at the Ohio Union to demand that OSU sever ties with Columbus Police D… https://t.co/0B9FyBUquF
There were more than 500 Ohio State University students who marched in the streets to the Ohio Statehouse, where they demanded that university leadership cut ties to the Columbus Division of Police, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Students now taking to the streets. They’re marching in Ma’Khai’s name. @nbc4i https://t.co/ojdbVZXZk8
The demonstrators issued a list of five demands, which was the same list that was written by three Ohio State student governments in June 2020 as a reaction to the police-involved death of George Floyd.
Ohio State University Police Division immediately cease contracts with the Columbus Division of Police for any and all on-campus investigations, services and events;
OSUPD immediately cease mutual aid service contracts with Columbus police and reevaluate joint patrols to limit the presence of and the frequency of calls to CPD officers and resources in off-campus areas;
Ohio State no longer accept federal, military-grade resources and reduce OSUPD’s budget for expenditures that may be used for further militarization, but rather reallocate the funds to further invest in student support units;
Ohio State’s Department of Public Safety release an action plan, created with student input, that affirms the commitment to Black student safety and overall university safety through disarmed, anti-force and culturally competent practices, and;
Ohio State acknowledge and condemn the anti-Black violence the Columbus police committed against Ohio State students and the greater Columbus community.
On Wednesday, the school responded to the demand of cutting ties with the Columbus Division of Police, “The Ohio State University Police Division (OSUPD) is the primary law enforcement agency on all of our campuses. In Columbus, we contract with the Columbus Division of Police (CPD) for specific services, largely traffic control for athletics events. We also have a mutual-aid agreement in place that allows our OSUPD to assist CPD off campus.”
Last June, an Ohio State University spokesperson issued a statement on the list of demands:
As President Drake wrote on Saturday, George Floyd suffered a horrendous and completely unnecessary death. His killing, and those that have come before, demand that we create a different future. We know our students are hurting, we are here to support them, and we are inspired by their commitment to this cause. We must all work together to end abuse, discrimination, bigotry, and hatred. We will be in dialogue with our student government leaders about the specific concerns they have raised.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday gave his 17th annual state-of-the-nation address to a joint session of the Russian parliament in Moscow, which is arguably his most important given the number of different crises the country faces both at home and abroad.
Not only does a ‘new Ukraine conflict’ loom amid mounting international pressure for Russia to reduce its forces in Crimea and near the border with eastern Ukraine, but hunger-striking Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s supporters are planning widespread protests Wednesday. Putin’s address further comes days after Biden’s sanctions rollout targeting the Kremlin as well as select Russian companies and government entities last Thursday. Moscow is further trying to get the coronavirus pandemic under control, as it also faces geopolitical roadblocks in efforts to export its Sputnik V vaccine more broadly, and a continued weakening ruble and economy at home.
Putin introduced first that he would focus on domestic issues, but would leave “just a few words about security issues.” While he didn’t unveil any major moves in relation to the Ukraine or Belarus situations in his speech, he did have some interesting things to say about attempts to “organize a coup in Belarus” – which is something “the West is silent on…”.
“Now in his third decade in power, Mr. Putin, 68, appears more convinced than ever of his special, historic role as the father of a reborn Russian nation, fighting at home and abroad against a craven, hypocritical, morally decaying West.“
Pool photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko, via NY Times
Putin said related to Russia’s deteriorating relations with the West, especially the United States, “If someone uses an arrogant and selfish tone, Russia will always find a way to defend its position.”
He also sarcastically and somewhat humorously quipped, “This is turning into some kind of sport — who can say something negative about Russia the loudest.”
Protests in support of @navalny begin in eastern Russia.
His team has called for protests across the country’s 11 time zones at 7pm local, describing it as the “final test between good and neutrality”.
“We behave in a restrained, modest manner. Oftentimes we do not respond to outright rudeness; we want to have good relations. We are not looking to burn any bridges.”
“I hope no one will think of crossing so-called ‘red lines’ against Russia, which we ourselves will define in each separate case. Russia’s response will be symmetrical, fast and tough. The organizers of any provocations threatening our core security interests will regret their actions more than they’ve regretted anything in a long time.”
“But now this practice is degenerating into something more dangerous — for example, an attempt to organize a coup in Belarus and an attempt to assassinate this country’s president…. The West is silent on this matter.”
“You can have any position on Lukashenko’s policies, but staging a goverment coup and planning the assassination of a head of state is too much.”
And on Biden’s recent sanctions…
“It seems that everyone is already accustomed to the practice of imposing illegal, politically motivated sanctions, attempts to impose their will on others by force.”
Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives his annual State of Nation Address in Moscow against a backdrop of growing tensions with Ukraine pic.twitter.com/QlLkaG8ciH
“It was impossible to avoid budget cuts [last year] altogether. To support the creation of new jobs, the state will stimulate business. I’m instructing the government to submit additional measures to support small and medium-sized businesses, including in the tax area, within a month.”
“The pandemic has exacerbated problems of social inequality and poverty around the world. We are faced with rising prices. It is impossible to rely only on targeted, directive measures. This leads to empty shelves, as was the case in the late 1980s. Now, even at the peak of the epidemic, we did not allow this. With the help of market mechanisms, it is necessary to ensure price containment.”
“The main thing is to ensure the growth of citizens’ real incomes.”
“Russia must be ready to develop test systems and vaccines within four days in case of a new dangerous infection.”
“Along with a naturally great anxiety, I personally had a firm conviction that we would overcome all trials [of the pandemic]. Having rallied together, we were able to work ahead of the curve. The number of beds in hospitals has increased more than fivefold… For the enormous work of people in all regions, I want to thank you from all my heart.”
“The three coronavirus vaccines developed in Russia are a direct embodiment of our country’s growing scientific and technological potential.”
“I’m appealing to all citizens of Russia: Get vaccinated. This will allow the formation of herd immunity by the fall.“
Reversing Russia’s demographic decline…
“The demographic crisis of the 1940s and 1990s is hitting us now. The preservation of the Russian people is our highest national priority.”
“Russia will always defend and defend traditional values that have been forgotten in a number of countries.”
“In 2030, the average life expectancy should be 78 years. We will not change our strategic goals in this area. This is a daunting task, especially since the coronavirus has not yet been completely defeated. We see how dramatically the situation is developing in other countries. We need to keep the line on all frontiers of the fight against coronavirus.”
“Our goal is to reach a steady growth of the Russian population.”
He noted that throughout history, the people of Russia had triumphed over their trials and tribulations thanks to their unity.
“And today, family, friendship, mutual assistance, and compassion have come to the fore for us. Spiritual and moral values, which some countries are forgetting about, have, on the contrary, made us stronger, and we will always uphold and protect these values,” Putin pledged.
Putin added that the service of representatives of traditional religions had become “the spiritual backbone of society, as it always was in difficult times.” That said, the head of state addressed the clergy present in the hall, “I would like to take a deep bow before you all. Thank you very much.”
And one interesting note from the speech in the US-funded media outlet Radio Free Europe…
One new development was Putin’s revelation that he is a fan of the “great writer” Rudyard Kipling.
Putin dropped the English novelist’s name while alleging that many countries were making a sport of ganging up on Russia, with “all kinds of small Tabaquis running around Shere Khan…howling to gain the favor of their ruler.”
The assumption is that Putin meant that the tiger king Shere Khan was the United States and the scrap-eating jackals surrounding him were U.S. allies, but he did not give any hint as to which Jungle Book character Russia might be.
Nevertheless, pro-Kremlin blogger Maksim Kononenko described the comment on Telegram as “powerful,” while alleging that Kipling was an “imperialist and a Nazist.” Other commenters on the thread suggested, however, that Putin’s “joke about Kipling being a good writer did not go over well.”
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Meanwhile, the European Union was seen as a bunch of hyenas…
Nothing too exciting in the big annual Putin speech, perhaps apart from suggestion that a coup attempt against Lukashenko had been exposed. Countries being critical of were described as a tiger with hyenas around. I guess he sees as a bunch of hyenas. pic.twitter.com/vbJwThvS7f
The outlet said the the 10-second clip begins with an officer exiting his vehicle at a house where police had been dispatched after someone called 911 about being physically threatened, according to interim Police Chief Michael Woods.
The officer moves toward a group of people in the driveway when a black girl starts swinging a knife at another female who falls backward, the AP said, adding that the officer shouts several times to get down.
Image source: YouTube screenshot
The girl with the knife then charges at another female who’s pinned against a car, the outlet said.
Image source: YouTube screenshot
Then the officer fires four shots, and the teen slumps to the ground, the outlet said, adding that a black-handled blade similar to a kitchen knife or steak knife lies on the ground next to her.
A man yells at the officer that he didn’t have to shoot the girl, and the officer is heard saying, “She had a knife. She just went at her,” the AP said.
The outlet said the girl was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said, adding that it remains unclear whether anyone else was injured.
Police did not identify the girl or her age Tuesday, the AP said, adding that one family member said she was 15, while another said she was 16.
Fast release of bodycam video
Police showed part of the video Tuesday night just hours after incident, an unusual decision for the department, the outlet said, as it contends with public outcry over police-involved shootings. What’s more, the incident took place just minutes before the Derek Chauvin verdict was read, the outlet said.
Interim Chief of Police Michael Woods told WCMH-TV the quick release of the bodycam video is an effort to be transparent with the public. He added that state law allows police to use deadly force to protect themselves or others, and investigators will determine if that force was justified in this instance, the AP said.
Image source: YouTube screenshot
Protest takes place
After the shooting, hundreds of protesters pushed past barriers outside police headquarters and approached officers as city officials were showing the bodycam video inside, the AP said, adding that many chanted, “Say her name!” and yelled that “she was just a kid!”
Officers with bicycles pushed protesters back and threatened to use pepper spray on the crowd, the outlet added.
Image source: YouTube screenshot
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther defended the officer’s use of deadly force, the AP said: “We know based on this footage the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community.”
Columbus Police release body cam footage of officer shooting, killing girl, 16
Family of teen girl with knife tells different story
The family of the teen girl with the knife, Ma’Khia Bryant, reportedly said she was trying to defend herself from women who confronted her and that she was the one who called police, the Daily Beast said.
“She was a good kid. She was loving,” Hazel Bryant, who said Ma’Khia was her niece, told reporters, the outlet noted. “She was 15 years old. She didn’t deserve to die like a dog in the street.”
Bryant said Ma’Khia had been living in a foster home and that several adult women came to the home and began an altercation with her, after which Ma’Khia called police for help, as well as her biological father and grandmother, the Daily Beast said. Ma’Khia grabbed a knife to defend herself, Bryant also said, according to the outlet.
Bryant — who said the grandmother and father told her what happened — noted that Ma’Khia was in front of the house fending off a physical attack when police arrived, the Daily Beast said, and the police shot her without any warning.
“The police are going to lie. I’m so thankful that someone from the family was actually on the scene,” Bryant said before the release of the bodycam video, the outlet noted. “The police are going to lie. The police are going to cover up for themselves. They don’t care. At this point, I feel like they’re just out to kill black people. They’re not here to protect and serve. That isn’t happening. That’s been over a long time ago. They’re not here to protect and serve. They’re here to kill black folks.”
Ma’Khia’s mother, Paula Bryant, told WBNS that her daughter “was a very loving, peaceful little girl … She was an honor-roll student, and Ma’Khia had a motherly nature about her. She promoted peace. And that’s something that I want to always be remembered.”
“Ma’Khia had a motherly nature about her. She promoted peace,” said the 16 year-old girl’s mother, Paula. https://t.co/vhBauZn3Kc
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is not only facing backlash from Republicans and Judge Peter Cahill for her incendiary comments related to the Derek Chauvin trial, but she also reportedly angered her Democratic colleagues.
According to Fox News reporter Chad Pergram, Democrats found Waters’ comments “revolting” and there is “disgust” among the House Democratic caucus, which “metastasized” after Cahill publicly rebuked Waters.
“Congressional Democrats have a major problem with House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) and her ‘confrontational’ comments in Minnesota over the weekend,” Pergram reported. “Fox is told that rank-and-file Democrats found what Waters said revolting. But that disgust among Democrats further metastasized after Hennepin, MN County Judge Peter Cahill criticized Waters from the bench, describing her remarks as ‘disrespectful to the rule of law.’
In fact, some Democrats would reportedly support an effort to discipline Waters with a formal censure, Pergram reported.
But Fox is told that a lot of Democrats are angry at Waters, are concerned about the optics of potential violence being linked back to her and Democrats generally. Don’t forget how many moderate Democrats were beside themselves following the midterms and the “defund the police” movement.
With such a narrow majority, Democrats can only lose two votes on their side.
Fox is told that some Democrats could in fact support what one lawmaker termed a “reasonably worded” censure resolution to rebuke Waters. Plus, voting to punish Waters may well be good politics for some battleground district Democrats. One knowledgeable Democrat told Fox that some Democratic members are so angry at Waters now that they would relish the opportunity to censure her.
What is the background?
Over the weekend, Waters urged protesters in Minnesota to “get more confrontational” if Chauvin is found not guilty in the death of George Floyd.
“You got to make sure that they know we mean business,” Waters said, also openly dismissing the curfew enacted by law enforcement.
In response, Judge Cahill, who is presiding over the Chauvin trial, blasted Waters, and said her comments could be used by the defense in an appeal to argue for a mistrial.
“I will give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” Cahill said after denying the defense’s motion for a mistrial over Waters’ remarks.
“This goes back to what I’ve been saying from the beginning. I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law, and to the judicial branch and our function,” the judge added. “I think if they want to give their opinions they should do so in a respectful and in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the Constitution to respect a coequal branch of government.”
“Their failure to do so is abhorrent!” he said.
What did Pelosi say?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) outright dismissed criticism, and even defended Waters.
“No, I don’t think she should apologize,” Pelosi said Monday.
“Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the Civil Rights movement. I myself think we should take our lead from the George Floyd family. They’ve handled this with great dignity and no ambiguity or lack of misinterpretation by the other side,” Pelosi explained.
On April 11, 2021, just miles from where George Floyd took his last breaths on Earth as they were squeezed from his body by officer Derek Chauvin, Daunte Wright was targeted by police over an alleged expired tag. Because the American police state is a violent behemoth that knows no self-restraint, a few moments into the stop and Wright would be killed at the hands of those who claim to protect him.
The unjust nature of Wright’s death sparked a massive backlash in the form of protests and riots leading to Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis declaring a state of emergency.
With the curfew implemented and hundreds of protesters arrested for simply being outside too late, the unrest tapered off last week. However, videos have surfaced showing some rather shocking scenes unfold as Minneapolis and the surrounding areas turned into an outright militarized police state.
Even folks who were not involved in the protests have been rounded up under what many are saying appears to be martial law. Over the weekend, a video surfaced of the heavy-handed militarized tactics being used by both police and military who were called in to quell the unrest. It is nothing short of shocking.
According to the person who posted the video, several women, not affiliated with the protests, were attempting to gas up their vehicle — apparently after curfew — when heavily armed soldiers surrounded their car. The soldiers then ordered the women from the car with AR-15 rifles pointed at their heads.
As the completely harmless women, one of them in yoga pants, is ordered out of the vehicle, they are then forced to kneel on the ground with their hands on their heads. The scene was akin to a raid on the Taliban in Kabul but happened in Minneapolis, and instead of the Taliban, it was innocent women in yoga pants.
Naturally, the footage has sparked criticism online with many comparing the scene to martial law.
“Whoever ordered this idiocy shld be unceremoniously & summarily removed from office. Arresting ppl at a MN gas station—pointing military grade assault rifles in their faces—is just outrageous. No elected official shld ever get away w this,” one Twitter user wrote.
“When there is widespread civil unrest, a state basically has 2 options: 1 – make a few concessions to public demands, or 2 – use tyrannical force to quell the unrest. And it’s quite obvious the direction our ruling class wants to go as public anger and despair continues to grow,” another tweet read.
Predictably, the debate online devolved into Twitter users blaming Donald Trump or Joe Biden — depending on which side of the political trough they choose to feed. Unfortunately, both of them miss the point as this militarized police state is bipartisan. It was here long before Trump and began ramping up under George W. Bush during antiwar protests and came to a head under Obama during the Ferguson unrest.
There was one difference, however, and some folks pointed out how the mainstream media didn’t even pick this story up at all now that Trump is out of office.
“This is the “return to normalcy” people were wanting. Because last year….whats happening in Minnesota, Portland, and Chicago right now would be on every news station and would be the top topics on Twitter. But now that the orange man is gone….we can talk about Cats again,” wrote one Twitter user.
Though this person is likely pro-Trump, his point holds merit. The national guard ordering women out of their car at gunpoint for pumping gas after curfew is most assuredly a national story — yet we couldn’t find a single mainstream media outlet who covered it.
When you watch the video below, remember as the mainstream media fills the airwaves with divisive propaganda, they are choosing not to show Americans the massive police state being constructed around them.
Police officers in Albuquerque took a defiant stand last week after one of their own was disciplined for miscommunication during a counterprotest in New Mexico’s largest city earlier this month.
What is the background?
During a counterprotest on April 11 for a Proud Boys rally that never happened, police detained Deyontae Williams, who they say was armed with a rifle, KOB-TV reported.
There was subsequent confusion over whether Williams, who said he is not associated with Proud Boys, would be charged with a crime.
“There was a lot of concern throughout because this gentleman did have a child with him,” APD spokesperson Gilbert Gallegos told KOB. Ultimately, police charged Williams with one charge of child endangerment. Williams later told KOB that he had not been charged, but the APD said he simply had not yet received his summons.
How did officers respond?
Twenty APD officers resigned from the department’s emergency response team last week after the department placed one member of the ERT on leave due to the confusion over Williams.
The department cited a breakdown in the chain of command for the disciplinary action taken against the officer.
“Chief Medina made it clear that we cannot have a breakdown in communication during critical incidents. We have worked hard to earn back the public’s trust. We will lose that trust if we resist accountability and culture change,” an APD spokesperson told KOB.
In total, 17 officers, two sergeants, and one lieutenant resigned from ADP’s emergency response team.
Shaun Willoughby, the president of the Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association, said the officers resigned because they don’t feel supported by APD management.
“They don’t feel supported here, and they don’t feel trust. They feel second guessed, and they don’t feel that they can do their job, no matter how perfect they do their job, without getting in trouble,” Willoughby told KOB.
“They’re damned if they do, and they’re damned if they don’t,” he added.
While the officers who resigned from the emergency response team did not resign from the APD altogether, Willoughby explained that about 20 others officers have resigned from the APD over the last two months.
“We are seeing a dramatic increase of Albuquerque police officers applying to go to other departments,” he said. “Morale, let’s not even talk about it because it doesn’t exist. There is no morale. Your Albuquerque police officers are absolutely miserable at work— nobody’s happy.”
While speaking to protesters in Minnesota on Saturday night, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) hurled language that could be perceived as incendiary. Waters launched into a fiery rant during an appearance in Brooklyn Center, where she commanded protesters to “get more confrontational” if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty of murdering George Floyd.
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” Waters said of the Chauvin trial. “And we’re looking to see if all of the talk that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd.”
“If nothing does not happen, then we know, that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice,” Waters continued. “But I am very hopeful, that I hope that we’re going to get a verdict that will say, ‘Guilty, guilty, guilty!’ And if we don’t, we cannot go away.”
Waters ranted to angry demonstrators who had gathered to call for justice in the police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright. The Democratic representative from California told the Minnesota crowd that “we are looking for a guilty verdict” in the trial of Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd.
A reporter asked if Chauvin was guilty of manslaughter, Waters reacted by saying, “Oh no, not manslaughter, this is guilty for murder. I don’t know whether it’s in the first degree, but as far as I’m concerned it’s first-degree murder.”
Waters was also asked what protesters should do if Chauvin is not found guilty of murder.
“Well, we got to stay on the street,” Waters told protesters. “And we’ve got to get more active. You’ve got to get more confrontational. You got to make sure that they know we mean business.”
Maxine Waters is marching in Brooklyn Center tonight and told people to take to the streets if Chauvin is acquitted https://t.co/RemfvCCLAn
Waters also said that she didn’t comply with curfews implemented by law enforcement.
“I don’t think anything about curfew. I don’t know what curfew means,” Waters stated. “Curfew means that I want you all to stop talking. I want you to stop meeting. I want you stop gathering. I don’t agree with that.”
When Waters was asked if she was going to stay out past curfew to demonstrate with protesters, she responded, “I’m not gonna stay out here. I came here from Washington just to be here to make sure that I let my voice be heard among all of those who have been putting so much time on the street. And so I am hopeful that the protests continue.”
There was an 11 p.m. curfew in Brooklyn Center on Saturday night, which was the seventh night of protests against the police killing of Wright. There were 136 arrests made Friday night in connection with protests outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department, according to law enforcement.
Maxine Waters comes to the Brooklyn Center protests and makes bold to proclaim she’s not afraid of the curfew. She… https://t.co/t41LJj7i5H
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up and if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” Waters commaned.
Maxine Waters calls for attacks on Trump administration: “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in… https://t.co/z7vSo7lkcp
The Oklahoma Senate passed a bill this week that would give legal protections to drivers who hit protesters with their vehicles while fleeing during a riot. The legislation would also create new penalties for rioters.
House Bill 1674, as previously reported by TheBlaze, would create a new section of law to protect motorists that strike one or more persons while fleeing from a riot from criminal liability if the motorist had a reasonable belief that their actions were necessary to protect themselves from serious injury or death. The bill would also impose penalties for protesters that “unlawfully obstruct streets or highways, blocking vehicles,” KFOR-TV reported.
“We actually saw this happen here in Oklahoma last year when a Tulsa family was surrounded by rioters. Through no fault of their own, they were caught in a dangerous situation, and fearing for their lives, they were attempting to get away,” bill sponsor state Sen. Rob Standridge (R) said. “The prosecutor declined to file charges, but that may not always be the case. This bill will protect innocent people trapped by a rioting mob.”
Here is video of the incident to which Standridge referred:
Any driver who “unintentionally causes injury or death” while fleeing from a riot in their vehicle would be protected under the proposed law.
Individuals who “unlawfully obstruct” approaching vehicles from using a public street, highway, or road or endanger a vehicle’s or person’s safe movement would be subject to misdemeanor penalties. Those found guilty could be punishable by up to one year in county jail and/or a fine ranging from $100 to $500, as well as liability for damage to person or property, according to KFOR-TV.
“This bill adds to language in existing law regarding riots and is directly in line with the Tulsa district attorney’s decision over the summer that protected a motorist fleeing a riot,” state Rep. Kevin West (R), one of the bill’s co-authors, explained. “This is an important protection for citizens who are just trying to get out of a bad situation. When fleeing an unlawful riot, they should not face threat of prosecution for trying to protect themselves, their families or their property.”
However, critics say the bill would infringe upon Oklahomans’ right to protest.
CAIR-OK, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, released a statement opposing the bill after it passed the Senate Wednesday.
“This law is dangerous and meant to discourage Oklahomans from exercising their constitutional right to peaceful protest,” CAIR-OK government affairs director Lani R. Habrock said. “This bill is one of many across the country seeking to suppress the voice of the people.”
In a statement to TheBlaze, Standridge responded to CAIR-OK, characterizing the incident in Tulsa last summer as a violent crime committed against the family in the vehicle.
“Surrounding a vehicle full of innocent people, then threatening to drag them out and beat them up, is not constitutionally-protected, it’s not peaceful, and it’s not a protest. It’s a crime. If it’s illegal to hitchhike on the interstate, which it is, it certainly should be illegal to deliberately block traffic and menacingly threaten passersby,” Standridge said. “If we ignore what happened in Tulsa last summer it emboldens every anarchist and Marxist to run roughshod through our streets.”
The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt for either his signature or veto.
A white protester in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, must have been scratching his head extra hard Thursday night after he was caught on video getting verbally taken apart by a group of irate black protesters who ordered him to leave the area.
What are the details?
The clip posted by the Washington Examiner’s Nic Rowan shows at least four black protesters — three men and one woman — cursing out the lone white protester.
“If we f***ed you up, that would be wrong, right?” one man holding a water bottle asks the white protester.
Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @NicXTempore
“That would be wrong,” the white protester responds.
Soon a voice from side bellows out, “Alright then shut the f*** up and protest, bitch!”
The man then tells the white protester, “If y’all like that s**t, go that way.” Presumably from the text accompanying the video, some protesters were upset at their comrades who were throwing water bottles at police.
Suddenly a woman — who delivered the most stinging rebukes — tells the white protester, “You’re a guest in a black space, remember that! You’re white; you already don’t belong! if you can’t be a guest in a black space, get the f*** out!”
Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @NicXTempore
After a pause, the white protester tries to explain himself, “I’m not trying to—”
Then the woman interrupts him, “But you are! So get the f*** out!”
The man then issues a warning to the white protester, who still isn’t leaving: “You’re still arguing, so I’m gonna tell you one more time, and then I’m not gonna talk to you. Go that way.”
Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @NicXTempore
The woman then orders the white protester that he and his “compadres” need to “go find y’all some other f***ing business, ’cause you’re clearly here for the wrong motherf***ing reasons. Get the f*** out!”
With that, the white protester finally takes the hint and walks away, and the clip ends. (Content warning: Language):
A group of white protesters tell people to stop throwing water bottles at the police. A woman curses them out: “If… https://t.co/VRoDFQeXiK
Rowan noted in his above tweet that white protesters had been telling other protesters to not throw water bottles at police — and one might assume by the riot act the white protester was read that he was a guilty party.
However, another clip appeared to show that same white protester confronting another white protester for throwing a water bottle at cops.
(Content warning: Language):
This happened after these kids tried to get other protesters to stop throwing water bottles at the police. https://t.co/9RvOANmGyS
The second clip shows a white protester in a beige jacket looking from side to side before launching what appears to be a water bottle over a fence toward police.
With that it appears the white protester who soon would get eviscerated by the black protesters confronted the guy for chucking the bottle. “Don’t throw s**t,” he tells him.
So it’s not clear why the black protesters were so angry with the white protester who apparently was attempting to keep things peaceful.
Some Twitter users found the cognitive dissonance of whole thing rather telling:
“They are realizing it’s stupid-ass white liberals instigating s**t and ruining the message,” one commenter said. “Finally.”
“Just recently they caught on that BLM was mostly comprised of white left-wing trust-fund babies,” another user wrote. “Notice how they are campaigning lately in the news showing it is completely a black movement now?”
“Antifa is going to have a hard time with this one,” another commenter observed. “They are all over Twitter cursing out ‘action policing’ but now they have POC protestors telling white protestors how to protest. Wonder how they will demonize the POC ‘action policing.’ F*** Antifa. Stop hijacking peaceful protests.”
What’s the background?
Thursday marked the fifth straight night of protests in Brooklyn Center following the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man, by a police officer during a traffic stop Sunday.
Wright resisted arrest and was fatally shot by Officer Kim Potter, who said she intended to use her Taser but mistakenly grabbed her service weapon instead.
A lone man was caught on video furiously confronting a large group of left-wing militants gathered in front of police Wednesday night in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, where protests and riots have ensued nightly since the police-involved fatal shooting of Daunte Wright over the weekend.
What are the details?
Independent journalist Brendan Gutenschwager posted the clip on Twitter and said the man “briefly tried taming the line of umbrellas” and stood “between them and police” and was “discouraging agitation” of officers.
It isn’t clear who the man is or exactly why he’s angry at the militants, but leftist protesters toting their umbrellas to hide their identities have long inflicted violence upon others in the streets and damaged and destroyed property.
“Don’t you dare start this s**t!” he yelled at the group, grabbing one of the umbrellas and pointing his finger through the opening. “Not here tonight! Not here tonight!”
At one point the man’s body shook as he clenched his fists and jumped in place while screaming at the mob:
Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @BGOnTheScene
One of the militants hollered back at the man that “they’re the ones that are starting that s**t!” presumably in reference to police. Another militant who sounded like a female yelled at the man, “Yo! Get the f*** outta here!”
Another militant questioned why the group should be “peaceful” and then screamed at police, “There’s no such thing as f***ing peaceful! You f***ing killed from the beginning, bro! F*** you!”
The man began trying to engage the latter militant when the clip ended.
Content warning: Language:
“Don’t you dare start this s***” A man briefly tried taming the line of umbrellas, standing between them and police… https://t.co/kqXoI0tu0e
“White Antifa [millennials] can’t stand a black man talking back,” one user declared.
“Brooklyn Center population 30K plus. Where’s the other 29,999 to stand with this man,” another commenter wrote. “I believe you have these idiots outnumbered folks!”
“Bless that man trying to defuse all of those angry protesters from the police,” another user said. “Wished they would listen to him.”
“Can’t help but notice the white voices screaming at him,” another commenter observed. “I think for some it’s a sport, sadly, which is not what it should be about.”
“Telling a black man ‘Yo, get the f*** out of here’ for those that are there in support of Black Lives Matter,” another user noticed. “What a world we live in.”
“After the dust has settled, these Antifa clowns will be back in Seattle or Portland, [and] this man will be in Minneapolis cleaning up the mess these pricks left,” another user opined. “All for the sake of racial justice.”
Unruly protesters at the Brooklyn Center Police District in Minnesota chased away a CNN camera crew that was covering the killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright by former police Officer Kim Potter. The media members were pelted with eggs, and one CNN employee was knocked off his feet after being hit in the head with a water bottle on Wednesday.
While covering the fourth day of protests over the death of Wright, a CNN crew was harassed and assaulted by some of the people participating in the demonstration. Video taken by Washington Examiner reporter Nic Rowan shows a member of the CNN crew being struck in the head with a water bottle, which caused him to fall to the ground.
Some of the protesters mocked and laughed at the man being injured, “A bottle of water knocked you out?” Another person ridiculed the man by saying he was “fainting from some water.”
Some demonstrators called for a medic to attend to the CNN employee, but he got up and said, “I’m fine. It’s all good, people. No worries.”
Footage from the tense scene shows protesters chase away the CNN crew. Someone in the crowd screams, “Get the f*** out of here!” Eggs were hurled at the CNN crew as they briskly walked to their car to escape the mob that was following them.
“We’re leaving. We don’t want any trouble,” the man who was hit with the water bottle told the crowd. The vehicle was battered with eggs as they drove away.
Protesters just chased the entire CNN crew away from the police precinct. https://t.co/r6TGmnBxIH
CNN reporter Miguel Marquez gave an update on Twitter. “My team and I are fine and I appreciate your concern,” Marquez wrote. “I hope for equal justice under the law and will continue to report on this vital story as it unfolds.”
Earlier, Marquez noted that “tensions already higher at the front gate of the Brooklyn Center PD.”
Tensions already higher at the front gate of the Brooklyn Center PD. #DauteWright https://t.co/XU7pNatxrM
An unlawful assembly was declared at the BrooklynCenter Police Department on Wednesday night.
On the fourth day of protests against police brutality in Brooklyn Center, 24 people were arrested, according to Minnesota State Patrol Colonel Matt Langer.
Also on Wednesday, former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter. Porter, a 26-year veteran of the force, was later was released from jail on a $100,000 bond, the Washington Examiner reported.
Tensions have been running high in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, after police shot an unarmed man during a traffic stop, reportedly over an air freshener. The incident has sparked protests that descended into violence.
Police shootings are completely out of hand in “the land of the free,” but burning, looting, and destruction of the property of those who had nothing to do with this murder are also out of hand. Remember:
The rightful response when a person doing the bidding of the ruling class murders someone is anger. But resorting to violence of any kind is still not going to solve the problem or bring back the slain.
“All he did was have air fresheners in the car and they told him to get out of the car,” Katied Wright said.
It’s illegal for drivers to hang items from the rearview mirror that may obstruct the view of the road.
According to police, the officers who stopped Wright’s car “determined that the driver of the vehicle had an outstanding warrant,” and sought to take him into custody. It’s unclear what transpired next, with police saying that Wright “re-entered the vehicle,” which prompted one of the officers to open fire.
Wright then drove “several blocks before striking another vehicle,” and was pronounced dead at the scene, while a woman in the passenger seat was injured in the crash and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Daunte’s mother said her son was heading to a car wash when he was pulled over. She also accused police of leaving her son’s body lying at the scene for hours. -RT
In the Brooklyn Center neighborhood of Minneapolis, police have killed 20 year old #DaunteWright. Angry neighbors have descended in the scene, smashing a police cruiser as armored officers stand nearby. pic.twitter.com/S05Kl9aVuV
Protesters chanted Wright’s name, ignoring the orders of riot police to back off, and faced off with the officers standing guard at police headquarters.
HAPPENING NOW outside the Brooklyn Center police station – a large crowd has formed after the police shooting of a 20-year-old man earlier today. – Police in riot gear have used gas and rubber bullets to try and clear the crowd. More info here: https://t.co/qeuNrRn64Opic.twitter.com/ARK3Rs3g5g
Unfortunately, the protests are not solely against the rulers who use the police to kill others. They have been marred by widespread looting as others use this as an excuse to take from others, and steal the fruits of other’s labor. It’s wrong when the government does it and it’s wrong when the public does it. Theft, including taxation, should never be tolerated if we seek a civil society. Footage shows looters ransacking a footwear store. They also reportedly broke into a Walmart.
New research found that homicides rose in American cities that experienced Black Lives Matter protests between 2014 and 2019.
The findings come after America experienced one of its most protest-loaded years in recent history following the death of George Floyd. Demonstrations in support of black lives, and against police violence, took place in cities across the U.S., and even garnered international support.
What are the details?
Travis Campbell, a Ph.D. student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, discovered a significant rise in homicides in American cities where Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrated between 2014 and 2019.
In fact, Campbell found a 10% increase in homicides in such cities, translating to thousands of more-than-expected deaths.
On the other hand, Campbell found that Black Lives Matter protests often resulted in a significant reduction in police-related shooting deaths, the stated goal of protesters.
From 2014 to 2019, Campbell tracked more than 1,600 BLM protests across the country, largely in bigger cities, with nearly 350,000 protesters. His main finding is a 15 to 20 percent reduction in lethal use of force by police officers — roughly 300 fewer police homicides — in census places that saw BLM protests.
Campbell’s research also indicates that these protests correlate with a 10 percent increase in murders in the areas that saw BLM protests. That means from 2014 to 2019, there were somewhere between 1,000 and 6,000 more homicides than would have been expected if places with protests were on the same trend as places that did not have protests.
Why the increase?
Vox suggested two possibilities for the increase in homicides.
“[O]ne possible explanation is that police morale drops following scrutiny, leading officers to reduce their efforts and thereby emboldening criminals. Another is that members of the public voluntarily withdraw from engagements with the police after a police homicide delegitimizes the justice system in their eyes,” Vox reported.
Deepak Premkumar, a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, has similarly observed a significant rise of 10% to 17% in murders and robberies following highly publicized police-involved shooting deaths.
Indeed, the so-called “Ferguson effect” suggests there is a rise in violent crime following such incidents because of a reduction in proactive policing.
Unfortunately, due to the scope of the research, last summer’s protests were not included in the study.
However, crime in major cities did skyrocket last year.
In fact, 63 of 66 of the largest American police jurisdictions reported increases in violent crime last year, which continues into 2021. Overall, there was a 33% increase in homicides across major American cities, CNN reported.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Portland was vandalized and set on fire late Saturday night. Videos show federal agents reacting by firing crowd control munitions at the crowd of black bloc rioters in Oregon’s most populated city.
Shortly before midnight, nearly 100 black bloc demonstrators gathered at the ICE building in Portland for a planned protest, according to independent journalist Grace Morgan.
(Content Warning: Graphic video):
I’m at the ICE facility in Portland OR, for a big planned protest. So far close to 100 black bloc have gathered and… https://t.co/EBGnxWtdSe
Footage posted by Post Millennial editor-at-large Andy Ngo showed federal agents attempting to get out of the building, but the barricade prevented them from exiting. Law enforcement was forced to exit out of the rear of the building.
Last night, #antifa in Portland barricaded the front of the @ICEgov building. They then set it on fire while federa… https://t.co/coiA3rbW6z
“An #antifa gives the #BLM fist salute while the crowd cheers on the burning of the @ICEgov Portland facility last night,” Ngo wrote on Twitter. “Officers were trapped inside when antifa set the building on fire.”
The mob chanted, “Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground!”
“Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground”
An #antifa gives the #BLM fist salute while the crowd ch… https://t.co/1BaxztbUhR
A video journalist was terrorized and physically assaulted by Antifa supporters because he was documenting an “anti-eviction march” in Detroit.
Brandon Gutenschwager is an independent reporter who has developed a massive following on Twitter for his thorough coverage of protests and riots across the country — from Seattle to Washington, D.C., to Portland. Gutenschwager, who goes by @BGOnTheScene on Twitter, has had his on-the-ground footage featured on cable news programs.
On Saturday afternoon, Gutenschwager was in Detroit covering an anti-eviction march, which included Black Lives Matter supporters and reported Antifa members.
“Just got assaulted attempting to cover an anti-eviction march in Detroit this afternoon,” Gutenschwager wrote on Twitter, and included a video of the attack. “A member of the protest ‘security’ ran up, grabbed my camera and forced me against a building.”
Gutenschwager pointed out that the man who assaulted him was wearing an Antifa pin on his flannel shirt.
“A man wearing an Antifa pin committed the first assault during the march,” the photojournalist said. “Camera stopped a few times while he attempted to steal it. Eventually, others in the group urged him aside to release me from against the building.”
A man wearing an Antifa pin committed the first assault during the march. Camera stopped a few times while he attem… https://t.co/LAlTbm7kYk
Another man at the march in the Greektown district of Detroit, who was wearing a “PRESS” patch, screamed at Gutenschwager, “You’re not f***ing welcome here!” Gutenschwager said the man “accosts me and tries to force me to leave.”
Because Gutenschwager was harassed, he was only able to capture very little of the actual anti-eviction march, but one video shows the crowd chanting, “Black homes are under attack, tell me what do we do, rise up fight back!”
Was able to capture a brief portion showing the original purpose of today’s demonstration, an anti-eviction march.… https://t.co/PlYrWgGIG1
While walking alongside the march that had Black Lives Matter flags, a man blindsided Gutenschwager and smashed him into the wall. Gutenschwager suffered injuries from the attack and was bleeding.
“Wow! I was just straight-up assaulted on the streets of Detroit,” he said on camera. “Straight-up assaulted!”
“A man rammed me against a concrete fence and barricade, bloodying my mouth and elbow as well as putting me in a chokehold while stealing my camera,” Gutenschwager tweeted. “That was then thrown over a fence, which I eventually was able to retrieve and continue recording.”
At this point, Gutenschwager decided to leave the event for his own safety.
“Praying no other reporters had to endure this while out today,” he said.
Had to leave for my own safety at this point. Lip is busted and am scraped up from the barricade. Praying no other… https://t.co/b2Q2WahOFU
While the United States has staved off the worst of hyperinflation, for now, Lebanon is not so fortunate. Violence has erupted in the streets as people’s currency is worthless and they can no longer afford to buy food.
This is all a part of a larger agenda. The central banks and the ruling class want a digital dollar in order to permanently control people. By intentionally collapsing the currency, they think people will line up to get their digital wallets and pittance from the state in exchange for total slavery, and sadly, some will.
If you want a glimpse into the future, however, let’s take a look at what’s happening in Lebanon…
Lebanon’s currency collapse has accelerated and with it the economy and people’s living standards, according to a report by ZeroHedge. It appears the Lebanese people have had enough, and the widespread protests pose the biggest threat to the nation’s stability since the 1975-1990 civil war.
Lebanon is heavily reliant on imports, particularly of commodities and consumer goods, and recent price surges have worsened the situation for an already beleaguered population, now living under the specter of potential widespread hunger. This has all been exacerbated by their government and we will not be shielded from this here in the United States. Once the central banks cease to manipulate the monetary system they set up to enrich themselves, the facade falls and we could very well see similar situations in most corners of the U.S.
As if that’s not bad enough, the Lebanese Energy Minister Raymond Ghajar said that cash to fund power generation was running out, warning that the country may be plunged into darkness by April, according to a report by RT.
Prepare now, because this kind of currency meltdown may hit fast and without warning. Banks won’t be able to supply you with currency and what you do have will be worth less than toilet paper.
Make sure you have barterable goods. Those could be gold or silver, but could also be soaps, canned foods, water, and other necessities. Know how to barter and what will be of value if the current monetary system does crash because the solution that will be proposed will be further enslavement you will never be able to escape from.
Once this happens, it’s up to us to live outside their system and make it work or be destined to be a cog in the machine of control forever.
There were several protests in American cities on Saturday, which was the one-year anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death. Some of the peaceful protests escalated into unrest and violence.
In Louisville, crowds gathered to call for justice for Taylor, who was shot and killed by a Louisville Metro Police Department officer when a raid turned deadly after her boyfriend Kenneth Walker exchanged gunfire in the early hours of March 13, 2020. The LMPD declared an unlawful assembly after protesters were “blocking the roadway and forcing vehicles, while armed, to turn around.”
Protesters are in the 1300 block of River Road. They have been blocking the roadway and forcing vehicles, while arm… https://t.co/cOBt5ktoks
Photojournalist Brendan Gutenschwager shared a video of protesters telling police officers to “jump” off a skyway over a road in Seattle, where there were reported to be 100 black bloc agitators. A Starbucks was spray-painted with graffiti and windows were smashed by the mob. The Seattle Police Department said they made 13 arrests, including one for assault on an officer.
The crowd chants “Jump!” at police officers filming from a skyway over the road here in Seattle #Seattle… https://t.co/lKUcNYQmDV
In Portland, where unrest has happened regularly for months, there were several acts of violence on Saturday night. Protesters marched towards the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, which is where rioters set fires on Thursday. Vandals spray-painted “police are murderers” on the federal courthouse. Rioters attempted to knock down the plywood boards protecting the courthouse in video provided by KOIN-TV reporter Jennifer Dowling.
Just prior to these comments, some people were kicking & punching the plywood boards on the federal courthouse buil… https://t.co/f0BIIoPhcC
In Los Angeles, several storefronts were destroyed by violent rioters.
Andy Ngô, editor-at-large at the Post Millennial, shared video of the damage with the caption: “Antifa smashed out windows and vandalized businesses in Los Angeles overnight in a riot organized for Breonna Taylor.”
#Antifa smashed out windows and vandalized businesses in Los Angeles overnight in a riot organized for Breonna Tayl… https://t.co/GFPYq1yeVy
Many of the protesters in L.A. were seen wielding black shields with white fists painted on them, and some were waving Antifa flags.
Videographer Tomas Morales was reporting from Hollywood, where he wrote, “Antifa/BLM smashed windows of a CVS & an Asian Grill tonight for Breonna Taylor. BLM/Antifa spray painted all along Gower street in Hollywood for Breonna Taylor.”
Hollywood: Antifa/BLM smashed windows of a CVS & an Asian Grill tonight for Breonna Taylor https://t.co/9wfkYMSWcv
President Joe Biden tweeted about the Breonna Taylor death on Saturday.
“Breonna Taylor’s death was a tragedy, a blow to her family, her community, and America,” Biden wrote. “As we continue to mourn her, we must press ahead to pass meaningful police reform in Congress. I remain committed to signing a landmark reform bill into law.”
Biden called Antifa an “idea” during the 2020 presidential debate in September.
Supporters of former President Donald Trump held a parade in New York City on Friday, but were met by counter-protesters. The event featured the unfurling of a 50-foot “Trump 2024” flag, and a march from Trump Tower to Times Square, but tensions flared after a counter-protest was staged.
A large crowd of Trump supporters marched down Fifth Avenue and carried Gadsden and thin blue line flags as well as large banners, including one showing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi depicted as being evil while ripping up a copy of Trump’s 2020 State of the Union speech.
As the Trump supporters made their way to Times Square, NYPD officers attempted to keep counter-protesters at bay. However, there were several tense exchanges and multiple arrests.
Video journalist Ford Fischer from News 2 Share shared footage from the event, including the moment where a counter-protester confronted a group with “Asians for Trump” signs. The counter-protester gets in the face of one Trump supporter and screams, “Fight me, Fight me then!”
(Content Warning: Explicit language):
“As the rally rounded into the pedestrian plaza on Broadway and 42nd street, the group stopped and several counter-protesters began yelling that someone had a knife,” Freedom News TV reported.
Video journalist Oliya Scootercaster of Freedom News TV shared footage of the Trump parade, including the arrests of several counter-protesters. As NYPD arrests one counter-protester, police officers find a hammer hidden in his jacket. The man said the hammer was for “protection.”
Several people were arrested during a Trump Rally in Times Square this afternoon.
The original rally planned was to… https://t.co/1yd7mLuVbv
NYPD confiscated multiple weapons during the event, including brass knuckles and a knife. NYPD said one police officer was taken to the hospital after a liquid, which was believed to be bleach, was thrown into his eyes.
“Four arrests were made for various crimes, including assaults on police officers and weapons possession,” NYPD announced on Twitter. “Violent actions will not be tolerated from those who claim to be ‘peaceful protestors.'”
The parade was to show support for Trump running for president in the 2024 election. Last Sunday, Trump made his first public appearance since Inauguration Day at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Trump hinted that he may run for president in 2024.
“But who knows, I may even decide to beat them for a third time,” Trump said, which made the CPAC crowd cheer loudly.
The ruling class desperately needs as many people as possible to take the COVID-19 vaccine. This push to get an mRNA vaccine in the veins of everyone is resulting in a diligent effort to censor ANYTHING that could cause “vaccine hesitancy.”
The United States government, Joe Biden’s White House, has “hands-on” involvement in censoring any information that could result in someone thinking for themselves and rejecting the vaccine.
“Disinformation that causes vaccine hesitancy is going to be a huge obstacle to getting everyone vaccinated and there are no larger players in that than the social media platforms,” a source with direct knowledge about the cooperation toldReuters.
“We are talking to them… so they understand the importance of misinformation and disinformation and how they can get rid of it quickly”. -RT
The White House has previously acknowledged working with tech giants like Facebook and Google on the issue of censorship of free speech, but any direct engagement was not confirmed as of yet,Reuters reported.
The Biden administration wants digital platforms to suppress content that can result in events like the anti-vaccination protest at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in late January, the source said. The arena has been repurposed as a drive-in mass vaccination site, one of the largest in the U.S., after being used for Covid-19 testing since May.
CA is working around the clock to provide life-saving vaccines to those on the frontlines of this pandemic.
The protests against this mRNA vaccine are growing, and with it, government oppression and tyranny. The only good news is that all of this censorship is having the opposite effect that the ruling class wants. It’s not “keeping us slaves in line,” but making us more resilient while waking up the masses to the slave state we have always lived in.
The U.S. is undergoing a period of record-low public trust in the traditional mainstream media and widespread disillusionment in the two-party political system of democracy, which we all already know is nothing more than mob rule. The institutional crisis was aggravated by the economic damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic reaction by the masters against the slaves and has sent many people looking for solutions to having a master.
We all need to wake up. Government is slavery and they are proving it time and time again, daily. If we ever expect to be the free human beings we were born to be, we need to start to realize what’s really going on here. There’s a reason they need everyone vaccinated, and it should be utterly clear by now that it isn’t about our health – it’s about keeping us slaves on the plantation.
A top court in The Hague issued a “shock” ruling that curbs the power of civic authorities to impose sweeping coronavirus-related curfews which should have significant reverberations legally for similar scenarios in other countries.
“The curfew must be lifted immediately,” the court said in a statement, underscoring that the Dutch government is abusing its powers by violating freedom of movement and assembly in particular. The pandemic curfew must be reversed immediately, the government has been told, which comes after weeks of fierce protests by an angry population that seems to have rejected it in unison.
In the official court statement, the Hague deemed the invocation of the Extraordinary Powers of Civil Authority Act to impose a national curfew is not justified on the basis of the COVID-19 emergency. The law allows the government to circumvent normal legislative channels to impose curfew in “very urgent and exceptional circumstance”.
“The curfew is a far-reaching violation of the right to freedom of movement and privacy and (indirectly) limits, among other things, the right to freedom of assembly and demonstration,” The Hague court said.
“The Preliminary Relief Judge ruled that the introduction of the curfew did not involve the special urgency required to be able to make use of the [act],” the Hague said. One key issue cited is that the government had plenty of time to discuss and consider such a curfew through the normal legislative process, thus “the use of this law to impose curfew is not legitimate,” according to the ruling.
The Netherlands’ curfew had been among the most draconian in Europe and the world. While early in the pandemic during the first wave of lockdowns a number of countries had imposed such curfews, since January 23 Dutch citizens were ordered to remain home between the hours of 9 pm and 4:30 am, which would result in steep fines if violated. It was to be in effect until March 2.
The curfew, the first in the Netherlands since World War II, sparked several days of riots when it was introduced on 23 January https://t.co/SeOaDKuTrr
While there were “exceptions” in cases of medical emergencies or work deemed “essential”, Dutch citizens by and large were an outrage, expressing their frustrations through multiple nights of protests and rioting, which resulted in hundreds of arrests.
The Hague ruling was triggered by the Virus Truth Foundation filing a lawsuit that sought to get the curfew overturned as a violation of civil rights and the national Constitution.
Meanwhile, in a sign of a continuing legal fight to come… because “science”:
DUTCH PM RUTTE: CURFEW STILL NEEDED EVEN AFTER A COURT FOUND IT HAS NO LEGAL BASIS
Virus Truth Foundation noted on its website, “We fight for the preservation of a democratic constitutional state in which our children still have the opportunity to develop themselves in freedom and to live a life with their own beliefs and opinions.” It’s hailing the ruling as a major victory.
Crucially this had been the first such curfew imposed on The Netherlands since World War II, which is in part why it was greeted with such hostility among the public. Demonstrators noted it was neither wartime, nor is the country under threat of invasion.
Yes, #TheGreatReopening is happening as we speak. No, it will not be televised (or even YouTubed). Find out the details as James highlights the resistance movements that are rising up around the world on this week’s edition of #SolutionsWatch.
Yes, #TheGreatReopening is happening as we speak. No, it will not be televised (or even YouTubed). Find out the details as James highlights the resistance movements that are rising up around the world on this week’s edition of #SolutionsWatch.