The mayor of a Louisiana town has come under fire after he allegedly told police and other emergency responder personnel not to assist the city ahead of Trump’s upcoming visit.
The Shreveport Times reported that President Trump is scheduled to attend a rally on Thursday at 7 p.m. in CenturyLink Center to endorse Republican Eddie Rispone in his bid to unseat Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards in the Nov. 16 Louisiana governor election.
KPRC radio reported on Wednesday that while emergency crews and police planned to help prepare for the upcoming rally, Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins has ordered them to not get involved.
“This order pertains to traffic control and the fire department bomb squad,” the report noted.
A text from a department supervisor to officers seemed to confirm the allegations.
“We have been advised to stand down assisting with the Trump motorcade Thursday. LSP will be taking over. The Mayor has advised he does not want SPD or SFD involved,” the text reportedly read.
KEEL reported that while they’d reached out to the mayor’s office for clarification, they’ve been unable to get a comment about the actions.
Free tickets to the president’s event were available online, and Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker said that the venue was expected to fill up quickly, only offering about 14,200. Reports said that recent rallies have drawn massive crowds and thousands of people went without tickets.
Locals are apparently outraged over the decision, saying, “this is hypocritical for a combat veteran, a West Point Grad, to deny services to the Commander in Chief.”
Adrian Perkins is reportedly a veteran who was deployed during the Iraq War. He spent his Veterans Day speaking to students at his former school.
“It really allows the students to get to know the sacrifices that the veterans are out there making every single day,” Perkins said. “It gives them exposure to it, which is critical in a democracy that we live in.”
But it seems as though Perkins isn’t holding his tongue when it comes to his political views.
Former first responders said that they did the job regardless of how they felt about it. The president is the president and you protect him, no matter the circumstance.
A local sheriff says that people should give Trump a chance.
Sheriff Steve Prator said to KEEL News in an interview, “I didn’t like Clinton. I was Chief of Police and we protected him. I actually gave him a business card and asked for Weed and Seed Grant money. He had someone call me and we got several million dollars.”
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KEEL reported that State Representative Dodie Horton also commented on the matter, saying she was “shocked and appalled” at the decision.
“We are shocked an appalled that Mayor Perkins has displayed such a lack of respect for the office of the Presidency. Civility doesn’t exist in the Shreveport Mayor’s Administration,” Horton said.
President Trump’s visit to Minneapolis went about exactly as most people thought. As thousands turned out for his speech, many wearing “Cops For Trump” shirts, police say a violent crowd formed outside the venue.
And among those angrily protesting and lashing out at police officers?
Democrat State Representative Aisha Gomez (DFL-Minneapolis).
The Star Tribune’s Andy Mannix was live streaming outside the event when he spotted Gomez in the crowd, participating with the protest, according to Alpha News.
Reports estimated that about 20,000 peaceful supporters came out to watch the president speak. But it wasn’t long before a group of masked protesters descended outside the Minneapolis Target Center where Trump’s speech was taking place.
Violent clashes broke out and police were forced to deploy chemical irritants in an attempt to break up the crowd.
As in Portland, San Jose, etc, what happened in Minneapolis last night shows how far-left rioters seek out & chase down outnumbered Trump supporters trying to leave.
Antifa calls oppositional words & ideas “violent” so they can respond w/actual violence. pic.twitter.com/Y4q8qCtG9c
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) October 11, 2019
Masked protesters allegedly threw bottles at police, vandalized cars and harassed police.
This isn’t exactly the kind of situation you’d find elected leaders involving themselves in… especially not on the front lines of a heated protest.
But sure enough, there was Rep. Gomez right there with them.
Apparently after police drove the crowd back, Aisha hopped on a call with Mayor Frey. She posted on Twitter that her “request” to have officers back down was granted.
I am on 6th and Hennepin. I just received a call from Mayor @Jacob_Frey that he spoke with the Chief and honored my request that they not use anymore chemical irritants on the crowd.
Video from before the line of police fell back approx. 5 minutes ago. pic.twitter.com/3IS1j4feGq
— Aisha Gomez (@RepAishaGomez) October 11, 2019
She continued to tweet about the event, claiming officers used their OC spray before a bottle was thrown at the cops, but was proven wrong by video evidence.
I just watched video of this particular incident involving police and it shows the opposite of what you claim you witnessed, State Representative Gomez. Were you lying to the public or did you not witness what you claimed to have at the antifa rally in Minneapolis? https://t.co/iDimrCzNIk
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) October 12, 2019
Her participation was condemned by Republican Rep. Nick Zerwas (E- Elk River).
“This type of behavior is unacceptable, and elected officials have no excuse for joining those who were at the center of the chaos last night in downtown Minneapolis.”
It’s no surprise the event led to an eruption of violence, especially after the comments made by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey days before the president’s visit.
“Under ordinary circumstances it would be an honor to welcome a sitting President of the United States to Minneapolis and to showcase all our city has to offer on the national stage,” Frey said. “But these aren’t ordinary circumstances. Since taking office President Trump’s actions have been reprehensible and his rhetoric has made it clear that he does not value the perspective or rights of Minneapolis’ diverse communities.”
He went on to say that Trump would never be welcome.
“On October 10, our entire city will not stand behind the President, but behind the communities and people who continue to make this city – and this country – great. While there is no legal mechanism to prevent the president from visiting, his message of hatred will never be welcome in Minneapolis.”
Videos posted to Twitter caught attendees trying to leave, but they’re caught by violent protesters who lash out, striking them, which is ironic, considering they claim to oppose violence and oppression.
Apparently that’s only when they agree with that particular point of view.
This female @realDonaldTrump voter was hit in the face by a leftist protestor after his rally in Minneapolis. If anyone can help ID the criminal her please report her identity to @MinneapolisPD. RT so more people see this. Will Mayor @Jacob_Frey apologize? pic.twitter.com/XP9ubObvrA
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 14, 2019
As Gomez walked among the crowd, protesters made their opinion very clear, calling for violence against police and anyone who supported the president.
One sign read, “Blue Lives Don’t F—king Matter”.
Others chanted, “Save a life, kill a cop!”
During the protests, black police officers were harassed for being part of the department, being called “Uncle Tom” and other race-baiting terms.
The guy with the pink backpack is calling officers of color "Uncle Tom." pic.twitter.com/532O65CECs
— Rochelle Olson (@rochelleolson) October 11, 2019
Another elected city official made a public statement, condemning the protests and acts of violence — especially the fact that a city leader was marching alongside.
“Thousands of Minnesotans, protesters and rallygoers alike, gathered peacefully in downtown Minneapolis yesterday to exercise their first amendment rights. Our law enforcement officials did an incredible job ensuring the safety of those on both sides. However, a group of protesters engaged in illegal behavior after the President’s speech, assaulting rallygoers, hurling bottles at the police, and throwing traffic cones at cars. Marching among them was a sitting legislator. Governor Walz and Speaker Hortman should be crystal clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable, and elected officials have no excuse for joining those who were at the center of the chaos last night in downtown Minneapolis.”
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