Antifa has always managed to be elusive when it comes to getting justified sentences for the behavior of individuals within the group during their riotous demonstrations throughout the United States.
Well, this week, some justice has finally been served to an Antifa thug who viciously assaulted someone coming to the aid of another individual being assaulted.
This past June, Antifa demonstrators took it upon themselves to beat up conservative journalist Andy Ngo and others in Portland, Oregon. In one particularly gruesome attack, local conservative Adam Kelly had his head split open with a baton.
CONTENT WARNING: Police have declared a civil disturbance after a violent brawl broke out between left- and right-wing protesters today. Video by Sergio Olmos/Underscore. Full story: https://t.co/dJMlSoDkg6 pic.twitter.com/fx8hELNziW
— Portland Tribune (@ThePortlandTrib) June 29, 2019
He suffered a concussion and needed 25 staples to close the wounds. Gage Halupowski, the 24-year-old man who pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in the attack, was sentenced to 70 months in prison this past Friday.
Andy Ngo, the conservative media journalist who was also assaulted at the very same event, posted the following on Twitter regarding the outcome in court, while including images of the injuries sustained by Kelly:
“Antifa militant Gage Halupowski sentenced to nearly 6 years in prison for striking a man on head from behind w/a baton during riot. He was masked at the time & assaulted an officer while trying to escape. His lawyer says sentence is too severe.”
Breaking: Antifa militant Gage Halupowski sentenced to nearly 6 years in prison for striking a man on head from behind w/a baton during riot. He was masked at the time & assaulted an officer while trying to escape. His lawyer says sentence is too severe. https://t.co/g0VNdtPYcx pic.twitter.com/aSNYum9xzV
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) November 2, 2019
Halupowski’s attorney, Edward Kroll, argued the nearly six-year sentence, citing it as:
“One of the harshest sentences I’ve seen for someone with no criminal background and young age.”
While Kroll admitted that his client had made “a really terrible decision” and recognized that the Antifa thug had been captured on camera, his rebut to the sentence was that at least two other people assaulted Kelly with weapons as well.
You know, much like when you catch your kid doing something bad and when it’s time for consequences, they say “well they did it too”, pointing at their peers around them.
On same day I was beaten in June by antifa militants, the same people rushed over to another part of downtown & started rioting. Here is the GRAPHIC video of them striking victim on the head when he attempted to help older man being beaten. There has only been 1 conviction here. pic.twitter.com/M26RT9qroj
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) November 2, 2019
Still, having the audacity to say that a six-year sentence is “one of the harshest sentences” for what some could describe as attempted murder is almost laughable.
I understand that a lawyer’s job is to defend their client and mitigate any negative outcomes geared towards their client as well, but that doesn’t mean you have to say objectively stupid things in the process.
Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marrero didn’t buy into the rhetoric of the sentencing being harsh at all, in fact, she thinks the defendant got off easy. She said both Kelly was lucky to have survived the attack, which she described as:
“completely unexplainable, completely avoidable and didn’t need to happen.”
Marrero also noted that first-degree assault and riot charges were initially considered in the case, which the assault charge alone carries a potential 90-month sentence.
As for the “at least two other people” mentioned by Halupowski’s attorney, Marrero had also noted that another person has already been indicted and that more are currently under investigation regarding the June 29th attacks.
Marrero also made sure to address any speculation that she’s siding with a particular political ideology in her pursuit of justice, saying:
“My office has individuals charged on both sides of the political spectrum. We are not picking sides based on political affiliation, political views or anything like that.”
That’s exactly how it should be. People, on either side of the political spectrum, should not be engaging in unprovoked attacks on the streets because they disagree with them
The biggest issue with the far-left, militant group is that they feel justified in their actions, even the gratuitous assaults they commit. For some reason, Antifa and their sympathizers think as long as they call someone a “fascist” that they have a free pass to cause grievous bodily harm to them.
They demonize their political opponents by comparing them to Hitler and then engage in the kind of red-shirt tactics the fascists and other totalitarians employed to take power. No matter who your preferred candidate is in an upcoming election, you should go to prison when you start hurting people because you don’t like how they vote.
What made the attack on Kelly even more egregious was that he was actually trying to help two innocent bystanders who were actively being assaulted on the street. A local man by the name of Sam Resnick said he was walking toward a Starbucks when antifa activists, whom he personally knew from a previous dispute, shouted slurs at him and shoved him.
Thereafter, a man later identified as John Blum came to pull off the assailants attacking Resnick. According to Resnick, when recounting Blum coming to help him, stated “the mob just started attacking” Blum for helping him.
It was at that point that Kelly had seen Blum and Resnick being assaulted, with Blum being struck several times in the head with batons by the Antifa mob, that he decided to help the two individuals. It was during that selfless act to help the two men that Kelly started getting engulfed by the mob and struck in the head repeatedly.
A GoFundMe fundraiser raised $14,317 to pay for Kelly’s medical care after the assault.
Well, Halupowski has plenty of time to reconsider his methods of disagreement while in prison. Unfortunately for him, there’s no “safe spaces” inside of prison, and he’ll quickly find out just how tough he is on day number one when he hits the yard.
In the meantime, New York went in the opposite direction with the sentencing of an Antifa thug.
This week we reported that an Antifa extremist was jailed for 18 months for assault while Proud Boys members got four years.
A member of the far-left group Antifa was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Wednesday for the brutal attack of a Trump supporter, while a pair of members of the far-right group Proud Boys were handed down a sentence of 4 years each for a similar incident.
Here’s the kicker: the attack on the Trump supporter was unprovoked, while the Proud Boys members maintain that they acted in self-defense.
Why the major difference for the punishments if they were both similar crimes?
Let’s dive in.
32-year-old David Campbell pleaded guilty to two counts of felony assault in September after he was caught brutally beating a Trump supporter who was leaving a political event in a Manhattan club.
Lot of media outlets dedicating coverage to Proud Boys verdict today were dead silent when an ANTIFA member plead guilty to felony assault for his role in a brawl last year and got 18 monthshttps://t.co/JQbh959gzM
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) October 22, 2019
Prosecutors say that a 56-year-old man was leaving the ‘Night for Freedom’ party in January of 2018 when a member of Antifa began following him through the streets of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. Campbell was one of approximately 80 masked members of the group protesting outside of the venue.
During the attack, prosecutors said that Campbell choked and punched the man.
Mike Cernovitz, the original organizer of the event, said that now that the case is closed he plans on launching an investigation into the group.
“Now that the criminal case is closed, I will also be taking legal action against Mr. Campbell and his confederates. It is time to find out who is funding Antifa,” Cernovitz said to the New York Post.
Campbell took a plea deal in the case and was sentenced to 18 months behind bars for the attack.
So, Campbell went to the event and then followed his victim, targeting him and beating him. Let’s look at the next situation.
The Proud Boys, a self-declared free speech group, didn’t get so lucky with their punishment. Following a brawl between group members and Antifa protesters on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in October of 2018, two Proud Boys are now facing sentences of four years in jail each.
Thank you those who’ve submitted info regarding the violent incident which took place on 10-12-18 in the UES. As we further the investigation, we urge additional victims/complainants/witnesses to come forward. If you have info, call CrimeStoppers, 800-577-TIPS pic.twitter.com/amUhGvCJLg
— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) October 15, 2018
Maxwell Hare, 27, and John Kinsman, 40, were sentenced by a New York City judge on Tuesday, with the sentences coming in at six-months over the minimum sentence for alleged gang assault, attempted assault and riot.
The altercation took place after group founder Gavin McInnes gave a speech at the Metropolitan Republican Club. When attendees were leaving the venue, Antifa members gathered to protest. Instead of releasing the groups into the streets to clash, members of the NYPD instead diverted the Proud Boys members toward a different street while directing the opposing group another way.
As the Proud Boys walked down Park Avenue, they told authorities that they saw a group of masked Antifa members walking toward them. Instead of walking away, the group said they ran toward each other and began fighting. While prosecutors argued that the Proud Boys started the fight, they maintained that they were acting out of self-defense.
A video captured outside the scene of the fight seems to show masked members throwing a bottle before the fight ensued.
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The bloody battle ended as quickly as it began as a total of 10 Proud Boys members were arrested in connection with the incident.
Regardless of the way the fight started, how is it that they’ve managed to get more than twice the punishment for nearly the exact same crime?
“This was not a schoolyard brawl,” the prosecutor said. “These are adults who should know better.”
We’re not arguing for either side, but it sure seems like a double standard, considering Campbell was also an adult who should have known better.
Police did comment that if they would have been able to identify the Antifa members involved in the fight, they would have also charged them, but they were never brought in. And even in they had faced charges, they probably wouldn’t have faced as stiff a punishment. Those that were contacted by authorities reportedly refused to cooperate in the investigation.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 22, 2019
The judge commented on his ruling.
“I know enough about history to know what happened in Europe in the ’30s when political street brawls were allowed to go ahead,” Judge Dwyer said. “We don’t want that to happen in New York.”
Both Proud Boys members apologized for their actions, saying they regretted their mistakes.
“I’m sorry about the whole mess. I regret the entire incident,” one said. “I made a mistake.”
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