CHATTANOOGA, TN– On Friday morning, Marie Mott, a Chattanooga activist and city council candidate admitted in a Facebook live post that she removed a Hamilton County flag and burned it in front of the Hamilton County Jail Thursday night.
Mott belongs to the group “I Can’t Breath CHA” and the group posted a video on its Instagram page of Mott removing the flag from the jail and burning it at Miller Park. The video also shows another activist, Cameron “C-Grimey” Williams, pouring accelerant on the flag to make it ignite and burn faster.
On Friday morning, the day after the flag burning, Mott took to Facebook live admitting that she burned the flag and explaining why she did it:
In her video, Mott said she removed the flag and burned it because she:
“Got tired of seeing that flag flying in the wind knowing that right behind that flag there are black, brown, and poor bodies being funneled into our jails, but we have white people who can openly decide to break the law and will not be cited for spreading a virus that is killing so many.”
Mott also said it was in response to the announcement on Thursday from the Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy that police officers would not be handing out citations for violations of Hamilton County’s new mask mandate that went into effect on Friday, though he strongly encouraged everyone to wear one.
Sheriff Jim Hammond said that his deputies will not “harass” residents and will issue warnings when possible. On Twitter, retired Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said he supported Chief Roddy’s decision and he explained why:
“Its unreasonable to ask police to enforce an order with so many exceptions. Police can’t and shouldn’t be deciding on things like valid medical conditions, developmental disabilities, etc.”
Fletcher continued on:
“It’s another example of community leaders asking police to do too much and do things best suited for others. It over-criminalizes a public health issue during a health crisis already impacting people negatively, including financially and would harm the poorest the most.”
Mott said it was “hypocritical” for “white people in church” to be allowed to not wear masks with no consequences during the mandate while her fellow activists have been arrested and charged while protesting police brutality and calling for justice and reform at the CPD and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
Mott and fellow activist Williams, who poured accelerant on the flag, have made social media posts claiming that there are warrants for their arrest. Hamilton County’s Sheriff’s Office spokesman Matt Lea said that as of late Friday afternoon, that was untrue. In an email, Lea wrote:
“There have been no charges filed at this time regarding this incident. We are aware of the incident in question and what transpired during the course of the protest. Presently, I do not have any additional details I can offer at this time.”
After Lea’s statement, Mott did not respond to a request for comment and Williams declined to comment beyond what he shared on social media:
“If they arrest me I just want y’all to know I feel great physically. I am COVID free, so if they try to say I contracted COVID and died, if they try to say I had an episode and hung myself with some sh*t or an of that sh*t is untrue, man. You know how they did Sandra Bland and others I just want to let everyone know I’m in a good mind state. I’m fine and if they try to murder us, that’s what it is.”
Mott took to social media and said:
“You chargin’ me? I’m not afraid to go to jail. It’s a misdemeanor and when you send me in, I will be like the Apostle Paul. I will go in singing the praises unto God. You cannot be a rebel if you’re not willing to get in trouble.”
It is not clear what, if any, charges would arise from this incident. According to state law, the punishment for vandalism is the same as the punishment for theft, which is graded by the value of the property that was taken.
In the meantime in New York, the U.S. Sun reported last month that two New York City Park employees used the American flag to clean the bathrooms. This atrocity occurred one day before Flag Day.
A member of the Guardian Angels told The New York Post newspaper about the incident. The Guardian Angles is a non-profit group that keeps the New York safe.
According to the U.S. Sun, Guardian Angel, Jose Gonzalez, observed an angry elderly veteran confront the employees, informing them that they “can’t use the flag to wipe up urine and shit from the floor.”
American Flag used as a mop to clean toilets by NYC Parks Dept. employees
I think I am going to throw up. The left has shit on everything that's good.
The only thing sacred is their hatred and violence.https://t.co/JGmkDhPqNP
— Geller Report (@PamelaGeller) June 17, 2020
Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa was quoted, by the New York Post, as saying:
“This is an absolute disgrace especially one day before Flag Day, an honored day that no one is discussing in New Your City. Clearly, we are not educating our citizens. At a time when we are all divided, it’s the flag that brings us together.”
Guardian Angel, Jose Gonzalez, took a photo of the flag-turned-mop to clean the Coney Island bathrooms and posted it on Twitter.
Yes, what they did was sick and twisted, but their response when they were caught is the really scary parthttps://t.co/xasTgH3zSz
— ✭ Wayne Dupree ✭ (@WayneDupreeShow) June 21, 2020
The Parks employee really didn’t care and has no concept of what our American Flag stands for.
Gonzalez told the U. S. Sun the employee said:
“It’s just a symbol.”
The veteran stormed away from the encounter, outraged at the disgusting use of our flag.
Our flag has been under attack, along with our police, even more than usual the last few weeks. Law Enforcement Today has been reporting on some heinous acts being done to and with Old Glory. Here’s a recent incident we told you about.
One of these days, protestors are going to burn the flag in front of the wrong American.
Protesters in Portland wrapped an American flag around the head of a statue of George Washington, lit it on fire, and then toppled the statue this past week.
By the time police arrived on the scene, no one was around except a news crew; the statue was face down covered in graffiti, charred remains of the flag on the ground.
“Thursday marked the 21st day of protests in Portland sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
Two groups — Rose City Justice and Lavender Caucus — hosted a sit-in rally at Jefferson High School in the evening where community members shared their experiences with racism to a crowd of a few hundred.
The group did not hold a march.
A separate group of about 20 people met at NE Sandy Boulevard and NE 57th Avenue around 10 p.m. at the site of a large bronze statue of George Washington. Some wrapped the statue’s head in an American flag and lit the flag on fire.
Their numbers grew over the next hour until there were enough people to pull the statue to the ground. They quickly scattered. A KOIN 6 News crew found the statue face down and covered in graffiti. Portland police arrived a short time later.”
The monument and its base were covered in spray-painted text such as: “Murder,” “Big Floyd,” “F— Cops,” “BLM,” “Damn white men” and “White fragility.”
A self-proclaimed “citizen journalist” posted the video to Twitter, using multiple hashtags, to include ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards).
— Garrison Davis (Teargas Proof) (@hungrybowtie) June 19, 2020
Speaking of journalists and hashtags…how about this post from KOIN 6’s own Jennifer Dowling:
Speaker says “the time is now”. #BlackLivesMatter. #koin6news #pdxprotest #Portland #PortlandAutonomousZone #BLMPDX #RoseCity #protest #2020Protests #BlackTransLivesMatter #autonomouszone #rosecityjustice #BLM #NoJusticeNoPeace #SayHisName #SayHerName #BreonnaTayor #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/juX9rtUm0Z
— Jennifer Dowling (@JenDowlingKoin6) June 19, 2020
So much for unbiased reporting. And before you think it was an isolated tweet…here are a few more from the Portland news anchor.
Protesters are being told to go west by police. Officers are announcing it is an “unlawful assembly”. #koin6news #PDX #Portland #protesters #Oregon #2020Protests #BLMpdx #BLM #Juneteenth #BLM #police pic.twitter.com/dfNXxPNHQy
— Jennifer Dowling (@JenDowlingKoin6) June 20, 2020
— Jennifer Dowling (@JenDowlingKoin6) June 20, 2020
What does not show in these images, are the BLM fist logos that Dowling and other KOIN reporters have intertwined in their hashtags.
Now, back to statues.
“On Sunday, a statue of Thomas Jefferson, the United States’ third president and author of the Declaration of Independence, was defaced and torn down outside a Portland high school.
Photos obtained by Oregon Live show the base of the monument was spray-painted in black with ‘slave owner’ and ‘George Floyd.’
The statue, which was situated in front of Jefferson High School, was yanked down following a protest against police brutality organized by Rose City Justice.
‘There’s an interesting piece of history up here… Mr. Thomas is all beside himself,’ one protester said of the statue being toppled.
‘We’re taking this city back,’ the organizer added. ‘One school at a time. One racist statue at a time.’”
Statues commemorating and memorializing our founding fathers are not the only things being vandalized as part of the “peaceful” protests that supposedly seek love and tolerance.
Police in the city of Dover have arrested a 42-year-old suspect they allege to be responsible for vandalizing the Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial. What led to this suspect’s arrest, according to police, was a misplaced cell phone left at the scene of the memorial.
This law enforcement memorial in front of Legislative Hall helps us remember the brave men and women – in Delaware and across our country – who have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting all of us. This kind of vandalism is unacceptable.https://t.co/noVs6dqKz6
— Governor John Carney (@JohnCarneyDE) June 12, 2020
Authorities have charged Kyle Bullock for the damage sustained by the Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial on June 12, after locals reported seeing someone hitting the memorial with a sledgehammer in the early morning hours.
The Dover Police Department had gotten the call about the vandalism at approximately 5:35 a.m. on the 12th, but when police arrived at the scene, there was no suspect initially found.
The memorial, which portrayed a kneeling officer, was shown to have sustained severe damage to the portion of the officer’s neck.
At the scene, police also found a discarded axe and two Delaware state flags that had been allegedly urinated on.
But there was more at the scene than just the axe and desecrated state flags – police also found a cell phone.
Bullock had shown up to the scene of the vandalized memorial while officers were investigating the damage and told police that he’d lost his cell phone while participating during a protest sometime earlier and was seeing if police had seen one lying around.
Authorities say that video evidence obtained later on during the investigation showed the person in search of his cell phone happened to also be the vandal they were looking for.
Police were said to have quickly obtained a warrant for Bullock’s arrest, and took him into custody at his residence during the evening of the 12th.
Bullock was arrested for felony criminal mischief resulting in damage over $5,000 and was held on a cash bond of $5,100.
This anti-cop sentiment has been widespread, and even managed to make it’s way into the great state of Texas.
There’s been a myriad of instances of vandalism and graffiti that have cropped up during the protests that swept throughout the country.
But one vandalism case depicting a police officer hanging from a noose found on the side of a Houston tattoo shop is very telling of the sentiments of some of these vandals among the protesters.
The disturbing mural was said to be found along the side of the building of 290 Ink in Houston. Apparently, the owner of the tattoo parlor had painted over the alarming depiction of violence upon discovering the graffiti.
Houston Police Officers’ Union President Joe Gamaldi had a picture of the vandalism, and posted said image to Facebook with the following caption:
“We are better than this Houston. Also, the dirtbag who painted this didn’t even get our uniform shirt right.”
On the post, Gamaldi further noted that while portions of the population are emotional at this time, showcasing images of killing police officers does not meaningfully contribute to the national dialogoue:
“We realize emotions are running high, but this solves nothing and helps nothing. We are very thankful to the owner of this property, who after discovering this hateful graffiti, painted over it immediately. This image does not represent the view of 99.99% of Americans and we will not let hate run our city. We are #HoustonStrong.”
A mural depicting a peace officer hanging from a noose was discovered on the side of a building in Houston, Texas. https://t.co/YPX7y5BTHE
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) June 6, 2020
The police union president also mentioned within the post that if anyone has insight as to who might have painted the abhorrent depiction, to please reach out to their Facebook page via Messenger.
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