SAN DIEGO, CA – On Aug. 24, even California cities like San Diego played host to violent protests over the officer-involved shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
During one such “peaceful” demonstration, a San Diego Police officer suffered a concussion after being struck in the head by an object wielded by one of the protesters.
2/2 Officers moved forward to clear the entrance/exit when an officer was hit in the head with a cane. Several officers were punched. One arrest was made for the assault on the officer with a cane and two arrests were made for resisting/obstructing the officers.
— San Diego Police Department (@SanDiegoPD) August 25, 2020
The person alleged to have injured the officer by striking him in the head with a cane is 19-year-old Joseph Austin Gaskins. Gaskins has since been arrested and is facing charges of assault, resisting an officer, and possession of a dirk or dagger.
As of this time, the officer injured has not yet been named. According to reports, the officer has been released from the hospital and is currently on temporary medical leave while recovering.
Reportedly, several other officers were also assaulted during the violent protest, where an estimated 50 to 55 people had gathered outside the SDPD headquarters building to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
At one point during the protest, police say that those who’d gathered blocked the exit of the building’s parking lot and ignored orders to disperse the area. The officer who suffered a concussion was said to have been clearing out the area when he was attacked by Gaskins.
By the evening of Aug. 24, the crowd size had increased to roughly 100 people after moving toward the intersection of Broadway and 14th Street. By 11 p.m. that evening, the protest had reportedly fizzled out and people left the area.
There were reportedly two others arrested during the protest, but police sources have not yet revealed the identities of those arrested or the charges.
As bizarre as it may seem for people in California to assemble, scream at and assault police officers in California regarding an incident that took place in Wisconsin, over 2,000 miles away, this is becoming pretty common. I guess one might even say this is the “new normal,” since that phrase was tossed around when pandemic-hysteria was in full swing. Take Minnesota, for example.
On the morning of Aug. 25, reportedly 11 people were arrested in Minneapolis after acts of vandalism and destruction took place as roughly 100 people gathered outside of the Hennepin County Adult Detention Center to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
How morally and ethically bankrupt must you be to participate in violent unrest as the result of another criminal's actions that took place in another state on a different day?!
— Tuhmunga (@Tuhmunga) August 25, 2020
Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson stated that while peaceful demonstrations are certainly allowed, rioting will not be tolerated, and malefactors will get arrested if they engage in any form of destruction:
“We fully support peaceful protests, but we can not – and will not – allow demonstrators to destroy property or jeopardize the safety and security of our inmates, our deputies and our jail.”
One officer, speaking on the condition of anonymity to Law Enforcement Today, explained what was happening:
“These rioters told us it was ‘high time’ for all inmates to be released, and that they planned on making that happen.”
Blake’s shooting has sparked controversy, with many news media outlets reporting that he was “unarmed” when he was shot by police. However, that allegation made by media outlets hasn’t been confirmed as of yet.
In fact, one or more witnesses reportedly heard officers tell Blake, “Drop the knife!”
No. Liberals are super pissed a violent rapist was shot.
— Lee Wayzata (@LeeWayzata) August 25, 2020
But even though the Blake case took place in Wisconsin, people in Minnesota are protesting over it. Because protesting something that happened in a different state has become the trendy thing to do as of late, even if it’s not grounded in any logic whatsoever.
As for the protesters arrested in Minneapolis, Hutchinson stated that the charges range from rioting and unlawful assembly to criminal damage. Officials stated that the group of rioters attempted to breach jail security and also broke windows.
One Minneapolis officer was reportedly injured during the riot, having suffered a broken hand during some kind of incident involving rioters.
Who knows, maybe the violent protests stemming from Wisconsin could be coming to a city near you … if they haven’t already.
SEATTLE, WA – Even though Kenosha has been the hotspot as of late regarding riots, it doesn’t mean areas like Seattle, Washington have calmed down.
On August 24th, the Seattle Police Officers Guild office building was attacked with Molotov cocktails, with security cameras catching the video of the incendiary device spreading the flames.
KTTH Radio host Jason Rantz described the arson attack as being perpetrated by “criminal activists” on Twitter.
Video surveillance shows criminal activists attacked the Seattle Police Officers Guild office with two Molotov cocktails. This happened the same night as other activists attempted to cement officers into a precinct the activists tried to burn down.
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 26, 2020
Now, there seems to be a perfect word that accurately describes “criminal activists”. Considering that an activist aims for “political or social change and takes part in activities such as public protests” and that a criminal is…well, a criminal; perhaps the word he was looing for was “terrorists.”
You know, someone who engages in violent action, or the threat of, for political purposes.
According to the captured footage of the incident, two suspects approached the building at approximately 10:59 p.m. on August 24th while clad in dark clothing. The two suspects then appear to converse with each other briefly, before throwing the Molotov cocktails at the side of the building.
The fire burned for approximately two minutes before police arrived on the scene and subsequently extinguished the fire. At the time of the incident, there was no one inside of the building.
SPOG President Officer Mike Solan seems to think of the act as “domestic terrorism,” saying that this was an effort to “kill police officers”:
“What’s shown in the SPOG videos are two criminal actors determined to kill police officers by using Molotov cocktails to destroy private property that could possibly have people inside working.”
Officer Solan noted that the criminal element present within these types of violent malefactors shows their blatant disregard for others’ lives:
“These people have no fear. They do not adhere to law and order. They could care less about the human beings that could possibly be hurt or killed by their criminal, domestic terrorism actions.”
The SPOG president wants elected officials to address the attack launched against the building:
“I’ve called on our elected officials to profoundly condemn these domestic terrorist’s actions, whom are hurting our community.”
In an unsurprising turn, those who adore the anarchy enacted by these types of folks are acting as though trying to burn down a building is no big deal.
Alycia Ramirez, who considers herself some kind of online activist, had the following to say about incidents akin to this attack on the SPOG building, specifically commenting on an SPD precinct building being targeted by an arson attack the same evening:
“Let’s not forget that precinct and most others have multiple exits. So where is the proof that their intent was [to burn] officers alive? Or is this just more fantastical reporting from you?”
Seriously? Were you there? NONE of this is ok! All of the people involved should spend a long time in jail!
— Toni (@ImLivinginLight) August 26, 2020
It’s a fairly common tactic as of late for these Twitter users who adore the violence being brought by their comrades in the streets to act as though every documented attack is a conspiracy theory or not that big of a deal.
This has also spread to other news outlets, which uncritically report it as fact.
Spread by Jason Rantz and a known Twitter troll. This is not the first time I've seen known right wing trolls get quoted as credible in news articles https://t.co/M2phfB4Mq5 pic.twitter.com/nPyV0UPgfH
— Alycia Ramirez (@AlyciaRamirez3) August 26, 2020
Basically, what these efforts are is an attempt at gaslighting people.
Also, while Ramirez is among those who acts as though crimes caught on camera are being sensationalized, she was also among those sending out calls to not film any possible crimes that rioters commit.
2/ tools for face blurring + metadata scrubbing:
Signal Image Scrubber: https://t.co/3o9OCvNHaj
Image scrubber: https://t.co/VpJDBQqp5z
Video blurring + metadata scrubbing tools:
— Alycia Ramirez (@AlyciaRamirez3) July 26, 2020
Also, it is with little surprise that days before the arson attack against the SPOG building on August 24th, Ramirez was spreading anti-police sentiments online and directly mentioning SPOG and their president, Officer Solan.
This is the SPOG (police union) President signal boosting Attomwaffen Andy.
SPD frequently antagonizes protesters on the Hill and Solan consistently frames protesters as "evil thugs".
— Alycia Ramirez (@AlyciaRamirez3) August 20, 2020
This is the anti-police rhetoric that our men and women in blue are faced up against.
People that clearly hold a severe disdain for policing, pretend like what they’re doing is “activism” and when things turn criminal, they act as though you’re crazy for thinking the actions are criminal.
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Here’s another recent article about Seattle from Law Enforcement Today.
While some peaceful protest groups in Seattle have filtered out many of the violent activists and rioters, Seattle Police Officer Adam Fowler explained the more violent combatants continue to reign terror on the community.
Nearly three month after protests first began in Seattle, Fowler believes a separate group of 50 to 200 vicious and violent activists is not there to protest. Instead, the lawbreakers just want to “damage … something.”
“Those people are very violent, very destructive. They are ruining things. They want to harm businesses, harm things in Seattle.”
Fowler added that this group blames their illegal and divisive actions on law enforcement professionals.
“They want to harm us [police], and quickly try to turn the story on us like we have created something bad. They are going out and seeking us out every night to try to cause these issues.”
Fowler has experienced first hand the physical injuries caused to law enforcement, as three weeks ago he was one of a law enforcement group who arrested 18 unruly fighters. Unfortunately, he was also one of three officers that night who were injured.
According to hotair.com, Fowler was rushed to the hospital after a mortar went off near his eye.
In an interview with local station KING, Fowler described the moment he was hit, by the illegal explosive, before help arrived:
“The only thing I could see was a bright flash and then a loud bang and what felt like a hammer hitting me in the face… I lost my vision momentarily … probably anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute. My first initial thought was ‘I’m going to lose my left eye.”
The mortar had been launched behind Fowler, and when the explosive detonated it hit the officer in the back. When he turned back toward his patrol bicycle, another explosive ignited, causing the damage to his eye socket.
The mortar shells fired by the assaulting crowd are not merely firecrackers. Instead, they are commercial grade explosive devices using a mortar, or a portable, muzzle-loaded weapon consisting of a tube that launches explosive shells, or technically, bombs, in “high-arcing ballistic trajectories.”
The explosives that go into the tubes, the “bombs,” require a license to buy and detonate. They are commercial-grade explosives that must be configured by a licensed professional, in a display that many patriots might view with their families at their local city park on the Fourth of July.
Seattle combatants are not alone in their ongoing assault on law enforcement officers. As stories are published across the country, from Chicago’s July 17th ambush of police in an attack that left 49 officers injured to police cars set afire in Minneapolis, Washington DC and Boston, to a slashed officer’s neck in Jacksonville, FL, out-of-control rioting lawbreakers continue to target the police.
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