Assaults on officers rising: Man arrested after biting cop, trying to stab him with his badge


RALEIGH, NC – A domestic dispute led to a physical altercation when a man tried to fight three responding Raleigh police officers. 

According to CBS 17, it all happened around 10 am on New Year’s Day. Officers were called to Supreme Raleigh, a used car dealership, to handle an argument between a man and his girlfriend. 

Kenton Kelly, 30, allegedly had the keys and title to a vehicle but refused to turn them over to her.  

When police tried to intervene, Kelly became even more uncooperative.

That is when he decided it was time to fight three cops. During the fight, police say Kelly bit one of the officers on the neck. They say he then ripped the badge off his uniform and attempted to stab him with it. 

Assaults on officers rising: Man arrested after biting cop, trying to stab him with his badge
Courtesy of the Raleigh PD Facebook page

The officers were taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution. They all suffered scrapes and bruises. 

The suspect was also taken to the hospital and was then jailed.

He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, assault with physical injury on law enforcement, injury to personal property and resisting a public officer. His bond was set at $25,000. 

Just a few weeks ago, a NYPD officer was punched in the face by an alleged shoplifter, suffering severe facial injuries that required hospitalization. 

 Video courtesy of ABC7 New York

In the video, the suspect can be seen striking the sergeant in the face and knocking her to the ground. She suffered a cut and a facial fracture. 

As reported by ABC 7:

“The suspect was last seen wearing a dark-colored hoodie, dark-colored pants, and dark-colored shoes. Police say he is a known shoplifter at the store.”

The brazen assaults on officers seem to be reaching a new high. Sadly, most of these stories do not make the news. And it isn’t just local agencies seeing a spike.

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Border Patrol agent assaulted by armed illegal immigrant carrying loaded handgun, machete, other weapons

CBP El Centro Sector – According to information obtained in a tweet from the El Centro Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gregory Bovino, an armed migrant assaulted a border patrol agent.

The agent was able to subdue the man, even though he attempted to reach for his machete during the altercation. 

Turns out, he had a loaded handgun and several other weapons.


“#ARMED subject assaults #USBP agent. Our agent was assaulted by a man carrying several weapons in his backpack. During the encounter, the man tried to reach for a machete. The agent was able to subdue the subject w/o incident. We also found a loaded handgun in his pant pocket.”

The other items included wire cutters, a rope, a hatchet, a two radio and what appears to be a monocular range finder.

Luckily for the agents that patrol the El Centro sector, their jobs have not been as hectic as their counterparts in places like the Rio Grande Valley sector of Texas, which has seen more than 45,000 migrant encounters.

El Centro has made 5,000 apprehensions during that same time period. This sector is largely guarded by a border wall. Their lighter load, however, does not diminish the danger that is inherent in their roles as protectors.

And this assault is just one example of the threats that some immigrants pose on law enforcement. Yet, the current administration seems to believe there are no problems at our southern border. 

According to Breitbart, more than 200 border patrol officials were assaulted during Fiscal Year 2021. That equates to exactly more than 200 too many.

Just a few days after the El Centro sector assault, roughly 730 miles to the east in the Big Bend Sector of Texas, another CBP agent was assaulted during an apprehension near Van Horn. 

According to a press release from the CBP: 

“While apprehending a group of five subjects early in the morning of Nov. 27th, one subject forcefully resisted arrest and punched the agent in the face in an attempt to get away. He subsequently tried to disarm the agent as they struggled, but was unsuccessful. The subject was subdued and taken in to custody without further incident.

The aggressor and agent were evaluated by medical professionals and found to have minor injuries that did not require further attention.

‘Border Patrol Agents are highly trained federal law enforcement officers,’ said Big Bend Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Chris T. Clem.

‘Encounters like this highlight the potential dangers faced in the course of their duties, even with the COVID-19 Pandemic, smugglers keep bringing people and contraband into the United States illegally, adding to the risk and I commend the agent for his actions in the face of adversity.'”

Andre Mainor-Velasquez, a Guatemalan citizen presumed to be in the country illegally, will be charged with multiple immigrations violations, as will the other members of the group he was traveling with. Mainor-Velasquez is also charged under 18 USC 111, assault of a federal officer. 

In September, a San Diego sector agent attempted to apprehend individuals associated with a smuggling ring crossing the border by using a ladder to scale the wall. She was struck by one of those individuals with what investigators believed to be a 2×4. She was treated for contusions on her arms and facial lacerations.  

The assault resulted in a coordinated response between US and Mexican authorities. Two search warrants were executed. They resulted in the arrest of an American citizen and four Mexican nationals. 

It also led to the seizure of five vehicles, a residential property, an undisclosed amount of fentanyl pills, a half kilogram of methamphetamine, numerous rounds of various ammunition, and a cache of ready-to-use ladders.

“I commend our agents and Mexico law enforcement partners on these arrests and seizures,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke. 

“Assaults against our agents will never be tolerated and as witnessed by this operation, we will always leverage our resources and strong binational partnerships to bring the perpetrators and their criminal associates to justice regardless of where they hide.”

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Report: Biden’s border policy has helped create a population increase of 1.8 million foreign-born people – this year

Washington, DC – During the first 8 months of Joe Biden’s first term, the US saw a population increase of more than 4.1% amongst those born in foreign countries. This makes one of the largest single year increases since the US started tracking these statistics in 1960. 

45.7 million foreign-born individuals residing in the US are comprised of both legal immigrants and those who are in the country illegally. 

Please take note, this is not an argument against foreign-born persons living in the US.

Our nation is a place where anyone is welcome, as long as their story includes doing things the right way and being productive members of the communities where they live, work and play.

It is a statement regarding this record growth amongst the method many of them are using to get here. 

For some perspective, in 1970, the US population was 203,392,031. At that time, there were 9.6 million people of foreign birth, comprising 4.7% of the entire population. Today, the percentage has grown to almost 14%, growing at a rate of 3.76 times over the past 41 years. 

The growth of the entire population over that same time period is .63 times, with nearly 28% of that increase coming from foreign-born persons.

However, this is not about the past 41 years. It is about what the policies of the current administration is doing at our southern border. Which is nothing. 

When we look at those same figures over the past year, which include 3 months of the Trump administration (which was doing everything it could to stem the flow of illegal entries and over-stayed visas), the percentages of growth paint a very telling picture. 

The increase in foreign-born people residing in the US from October 2020 to September 2021 (Fiscal Year 2021), was 1.8 million. The estimated population of the US heading into 2022 is 334,805,269. That is an increase over the beginning of 2021 of 1,890,196 people. 

So, what do these numbers mean?

The population growth in the US is comprised of three things. Deaths, births and migrations. If the overall growth of the US was 1.89 million, and there were 1.8 million new foreign-born individuals in that increase, there were roughly 90,000 additions in the variance between deaths and new births, also known as natural increase.   

Before we simply cast the blame at the feet of the President and his failed policies, we have to take into consideration that numerous states saw more deaths than births over the past two years thanks to the pandemic.

But, even if you take the numbers from the 2019, there were 2.7 births for every death recorded across the country. That equated to a natural increase of 893,707, accounting for 46% of the population increase from 2019 to 2020. 

But this year, the net gain through natural increase accounted for only 4.7% of that growth. 

So, where does Biden and his lack of concern of the crisis at our southern border come in?

Given that the White House Press Secretary, Jenn Psaki, stands fast that the President knows first-hand what is going on down there because he visited El Paso, Texas in 2008, it is hard to argue that this administration has a clue about the battle being waged by local, state and federal law enforcement as the tide of illegal border crossing continue to increase by record numbers.

Luckily, the Vice President, whom Biden put in charge of controlling the immigration problem, also visited El Paso.

That is only a 12-hour drive from where the major issues are occurring in places like Del Rio and La Joya, Texas. The former was then scene where nearly 15,000 Haitian migrants we camped out under a bridge. While 2,000 were expelled and returned to Haiti, the remaining number were permitted to stay in the US. 

But it isn’t just Rio Grande River crossing that are creating increased numbers and threatening our national security as people unfriendly to the US pour into the country. 

Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas testified before the Senate recently, said that he could say with any confidence what number of Afghan nationals evacuated in the botched withdrawal from that country had been thoroughly vetted before boarding a plane to the US. 

Close to 130,000 were airlifted out of the country. Many are still awaiting final disposition of their vetting and will wind up being resettled in the US, Germany, or several other countries. 

Mayorkas indicated that roughly 50,000 of those will wind up in this country before the process is complete. 

According to a report on PBS:

“‘We have a moral imperative to protect them, to support those who have supported this nation,’ said Mayorkas, who as a child came to the U.S. as a refugee from Cuba with his family. 

‘Our mission is not accomplished until we have safely evacuated all U.S. citizens who wish to leave Afghanistan or lawful permanent residents, all individuals who have assisted the United States in Afghanistan,’ he said. ‘This effort will not end until we achieve that goal.'”

According to that same article, more than 25,000 of those Afghan nationals are being housed on US military installations.

The eight bases, along with the total numbers are: Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, 8,800; Fort Bliss, Texas, 6,200; Fort Lee, Virginia, 1,700; Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst, 3,700; Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, 650; Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, 800; Fort Pickett, Virginia, 3,650 and Camp Atterbury, Indiana, 65.

The federal government is refusing to enforce its own laws on immigration. They are forcing the states and local municipalities to fight this crisis. Even the federal courts have ruled that this administration must reinstate some of the policies put in place by his predecessor.  

Yet, they continue to dodge question, cast blame on previous President’s policies, and handcuff federal agents from doing their jobs, signaling to people all over the world that they can simply walk into this country…no questions asked. 

They even included immigration reform in the recent House version of the spending bill. In essence, 6.5 million people in the country illegally, since as early as 2011, would be given back-dated work permits totaling 10 years.

This would allow them to apply for legal permanent residency, which is the first step towards citizenship. If the Senate passes the spending bill as is, that measure would be included and signed into law. 

While it is easy to concede that most of those are simply seeking a better life for themselves and their families, it must also be agreed that there are large numbers of people who are bad actors and have no intention of doing anything but causing harm to Americans. 

And the policies of this administration are allowing it to happen. 


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