PITTSBURGH, PA – A protest was held last Saturday in the Pittsburgh suburb of Wilkinsburg honoring 54-year-old Jim Rogers, who died after being tased by police back in 2021.
During that protest, a police officer stopped his car, exited and instructed the protestors to move out of the street. One BLM attendee took it upon themselves to verbally berate the officer.
In response to the officer’s request, the protestor said:
“It is our right.”
The group of demonstrators began to chant, “No justice, No peace, F*ck these racist ass police,” at the officer. As seen in the photos, the “racist ass” cop is also black.
The cinematic photo of #BLM protester Vuestro Merced getting punched by a Wilkinsburg officer after trying to stop an arrest has gone viral. Merced was quickly released from jail & people are using the incident to fundraise cash for the militant activist. pic.twitter.com/hY1jqSC8yS
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) April 17, 2022
The protestor got in the face of the officer, after he was talking to the daughter of the original protestor. As he tried to place the woman under arrest, Vuestro Merced decided to intervene. Merced stepped in between the officer and the woman, pushing the officer away.
The two began struggle with each other before the officer appears to have connected with Merced’s face with a left hook.
Merced fell to the ground and was taken into custody along with the original protestor.
WTAE reported that both individuals arrested had been released.
A person from the Justice for Jim Rogers Foundation, who organized the protest, told the news station:
Drew Hernandez tweeted, “BYE FELICIA: A black Pittsburgh police officer LAYS OUT a BLM protester that refused to clear an intersection after warnings, resisted arrest and clearly interfered with an arrest at a BLM protest yesterday.”
Hernandez was one of the “citizen journalists” that testified at the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.
Is it possible that BLM is trying to usher in “The Summer of Love 2?” Time will tell.
In wake of increased violent crime, NYC mayor calls out BLM hypocrisy: “I thought black lives matter!”
NEW YORK, NY – As authorities in New York continue to piece together what happened this past Tuesday in a Brooklyn subway station, New York City mayor Eric Adams is asking a question that many have been asking for quite a while.
Where is Black Lives Matter now?
When asked by a NY1 anchor how he planned to get a grip in the rising violent crime, which included 12 shootings the night before the interview, Adams went on the offensive. Given the fact that many of the shooters and victims in 2022 were black, Adams simply stated:
“By being consistent with our message. Here is my question that I put out to the city: I thought black lives mattered. Where are all those who stated Black [sic] lives matter? Then go do an analysis of who was killed or shot last night.
I was up all night speaking to my commanders in the Bronx and Brooklyn. The victims were black. Many of the shooters were black.”
And he didn’t stop there.
“It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are? Why are 16, 17, and 18-year-olds out in our streets armed with guns twelve, one o’clock at night? When are we going to start asking these serious questions?
If Black lives matter, then the thousands of people I saw on the street when Floyd was murdered should be on the streets right now stating that the lives of these black children that are dying every night matters. We can’t be hypocrites.”
Major crimes in the city have increased 44% over the previous year. Shootings were up 14% compared to the same time period from 2021.
As reported by Politico, Adams and the leadership of BLM of Greater New York have clashed throughout his campaign and even more so since he took office.
Its co-founder, Hawk Newsome told the outlet “that the mayor was trying to deflect blame after not being able to control violent crime through the police department.”
“He wants us to have a fight in the newspapers to distract people from the real issues. The mayor is great at press conferences and he is really good at making statements, but he lacks efficiency and the ability to lead our city in a safer direction.”
So, what are the ‘real issues?’ Keep reading.
According to one of Newsome’s responses in the interview, “critics of BLM often point to crime committed within the Black community as a larger problem than police misconduct.”
Actually, both are problems that need to be addressed when they happen.
But that wasn’t the question that Adams was asking of BLM. He was pointing to the hypocrisy of the movement.
Adams is merely echoing what many have been asking for a long time. Why aren’t you protesting in the streets in Chicago or New York every day as black Americans are murdered?
They had no problem protesting after the death of Floyd and Breonna Taylor or the wounding of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. But they were oddly silent when a retired St. Louis police captain was murdered during the riots that those protests sparked.
David Dorn was trying to protect a friend’s business when he was shot in the head and left for dead.
So, Adams’ question remains a valid one. Where is BLM when violent acts with black victims do not involve a white perpetrator or the police?
They aren’t protesting in the streets. They aren’t calling for police agency to be defunded or abolished.
But Newsome doubled down on avoiding the mayor’s accurate criticism of the group. Pointing to a new organization called Black Opportunities, he is launching new programs aimed at de-escalation training and neighborhood patrols, all designed to “reduce shootings and violence without having to rely on City Hall or the NYPD.”
“He called on us to do the job of the elected officials and the police department, who have a collective budget of billions,” Newsome said. “He wants to do this from a grassroots perspective. And on behalf of Black Opportunities: We accept his challenge.”
That is not at all what Mayor Adams said.
Here is what he actually said.
“If Black lives matter, then the thousands of people I saw on the street when Floyd was murdered should be on the streets right now stating that the lives of these black children that are dying every night matters. We can’t be hypocrites.”
So, what is worthy of BLM protests? Prior to Adams taking office, Newsome pointed to what the actual issue is in his mind.
In November he said:
“If they think they are going to go back to the old ways of policing, then we are going to take to the streets again. There will be riots. There will be fire and there will be bloodshed. So, there is no way we are going to allow some ‘Gestapo’ come in here and harm our people. We pray for peace, but Black Opportunities prepares for the worst.”
In other words, NYPD needs to do something about it, just not through policing.
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BLM leader who threatened ‘riots, fire, bloodshed’ claims Mayor Adams backed down and listened to activists
NEW YORK CITY, NY – A Black Lives Matter activist who once vowed there’ll be “riots,” “fire” and “bloodshed” if Mayor Eric Adams kept his campaign promise to bring back a plainclothes anti-crime unit to battle New York’s surge in violent crimes has claimed victory, saying the Mayor backed out of that promise.
BLM leader who threatened 'riots' if plainclothes unit was brought back says Mayor Adams listened to activistshttps://t.co/ZsnQsfztUN
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 22, 2022
In November, New York BLM co-founder Hawk Newsome debated the plan for a return to tougher policing with then mayoral candidate Adams during a heated debate at Brooklyn Borough Hall that was livestreamed on Instagram.
During his campaign, Adams promised to bring back a “reinvented: version of the anti-crime unit, which was formerly used to focus on guns, violent crime, and drugs.
I know Hawk Newsome probably really thinks he and BLM played some significant role in mayor Adams decision making, but let's be real it's very clear now Adams promises about crime were given in bad faith and were lies.
— Donald Head (@donnie3082) March 23, 2022
During the debate, the two sparred over policing in New York City, with Newsome telling the former NYPD captain that Black Lives Matter would hold him accountable for future police misconduct. Adams shot back:
“You’re on the ground. Stop the violence in my community. I’m holding you accountable. Don’t hold me accountable.
“Being the mayor, being the borough president, being the state senator — I put my body on the line for my community, so I’m not here for folks to come and say, ‘Eric, we’re gonna (sic) hold you accountable.’
“No, it’s us. We need to do this together.”
Fox News host Bill Hemmer pressed Black Lives Matter leader Hawk Newsome on the Mayor Eric Adams&#039; response to New York City&#039;s crime spike…. https://t.co/SqoxXh3ceO
— SkyNet Platforms: #TheBrain (@SkyNetPlatform) February 8, 2022
Following the debate, Newsome told a crowd outside:
“If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing then we’re going to take to the streets again.
“There will be riots, there will be fire, and there will be bloodshed.”
The new anti-crime units, labeled “Neighborhood Safety Teams” are made up of about 90 officers stationed throughout 25 city precincts. Plans call for teams to be added to the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.
The former anti-crime unit has a long history in New York spanning decades of combating violent crime. However, the unit has spawned some controversies over the years.
Once called the Street Crimes Unit, several high-profile fatal police encounters put a shadow over the important work being done to reduce crime and make the streets safe.
— Tim Fletcher (@TimFlet10458755) December 16, 2021
Facing intense criticism in 2002, the NYPD “disbanded” the units and shifted many of those officers to another plainclothes squad already in place in some boroughs, the Anti-Crime Unit.
In June 2020, following weeks of protests and riots triggered by the killing of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the anti-crime unit was shut down.
Since the anti-crime unit was shut down, crime has surged throughout the city.
Once elected, Mayor Adams created the Neighborhood Safety Teams in place of the anti-crime unit. The unit is dissimilar to previous plainclothes, anti-gun and anti-violent crime units of the past. For example, the new Neighborhood Safety Teams wear clearly identifiable NYPD identification on their backs and chests.
'We are not going to surrender to BLM': NYC mayor-elect Eric Adams warns BLM leader Hawk Newsome not to 'burn down' Big Apple. refuses to back down on reinstating plainclothes NYPD units. Finally this is what NYC the rest of the country needs leadership https://t.co/ljgzdIKMgx
— LaLola (@lamessino) December 10, 2021
Newsome pointed out that Mayor Adams yielded to the demands of liberal groups like BLM, who demanded the Mayor not bring back the anti-crime units he promised:
“These are not the old units as promised. The mayor listened to the people of New York — he listened to us and responded adequately. These new units are clearly identifiable as police officers. And this is something that he changed after our conversation, after that whole dispute.
“This is not the unit that he got elected on. This is a modified unit. And the reason it’s modified is because people made noise and applied pressure, and New York City would not allow for that police unit to come back.”
On Monday, Adams attempted to justify breaking his campaign promise, claiming the new units have been successful:
“When you’re doing something as transformative as this, there are those that are going to look at the pains that they’ve felt in the past and they’re going to be reluctant to move forward. But we’re not, we’re not going to be reluctant.
“It’s a clear message: Do it right. Don’t violate the liberties of people but go after those guns and those who are the trigger-pullers and dangerous in our city.”
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.
And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.
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