Report: Phoenix announces intent to charge Antifa-supporters as criminal street gang


PHOENIX, AZ- When riots broke out in almost every major city across the U.S. back in May, following the in-custody death of George Floyd, political leaders turned against its officers, and allowed the destruction. 

Police departments were directly attacked from all sides, ranging from politicians, to major media outlets, to social media, to enduring actual physical attacks from the terrorists in the streets. 

Cities were burned, looted, and destroyed. Crime rates have soared, officers have been injured, and businesses have lost everything. In the beginning, local leaders supported these actions, some going as far as condoning the mayhem by calling it the “summer of love”. 

Several months later, as residents began to take issue with the ongoing violence, local leaders did not openly support the chaos, but just chose to turn a blind eye to it. Now, we are in November, and finally some leaders are starting to wake up, stand up, and take action against these individuals who are nothing short of terrorists. 

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has chosen to charge leftist rioters, such as Antifa, as a criminal street gang, and they should be applauded. 

In May, President Trump declared Antifa a terrorist group, and the entire left went wild. With the similar announcement the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has just made, the left is once again flipping out. 

Liberal advocacy groups are rallying together and demanding that the prosecutors drop riot charges against the Antifa-style “protestors”.

According to Big League Politics, 18 Left-wing militants have been charged with various counts of rioting, unlawful assembly, aggravated assault on a police officer, hindering prosecution, criminal damage and obstructing public thoroughfare.

The arrests were made on October 18th, during a Black Lives Matter riot where a Phoenix police squad car was destroyed and rioters deployed smoke devices at law enforcement.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has charged at least a dozen of the left-wing rioters with gang-related crimes, following an investigation into the event.

In response, on Tuesday, November 17th, the liberal left threw a temper tantrum and gathered outside of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office demanding prosecutor Allister Adel grant a free pass to the left-wing youths.

In a statement, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has defended its decision to charge these delinquents as criminal gang members. Their justification was the fact that the individuals used textbook Antifa-style tactics, such as deploying incendiary devices, using umbrellas as weapons, and coordinating their attire in black.

The statement read:

“On October 27, 2020, a Maricopa County Grand Jury issued indictments on fifteen individuals for incidents that occurred on October 17, 2020. The indictment is for several crimes, including conspiracy to commit assault, riot, and assisting a criminal street gang. The attached Grand Jury Indictment outlines all charges.

“While some will attempt to describe these defendants as “protestors,” a grand jury found probable cause to *charge this group with crimes, including the planning of violence.

“Ethical rules regarding trial publicity prohibit MCAO from trying this case in the media or saying anything that might influence a jury in these cases. Therefore, we cannot provide details about the evidence that was presented to the grand jury.

“The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is responsible for felony criminal prosecution in Maricopa County. This office does not condone or support political prosecution of any kind and we encourage members of this community to lawfully exercise their first amendment rights regardless of the cause.

“As County Attorney Adel has publicly stated numerous times, MCAO is committed to protecting the safety of everyone in this community, law enforcement and demonstrators alike. While we fully support the rights of everyone to exercise their first amendment rights, we will not allow violence to take over our streets.

“A charge in a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.”

One can only hope that more major cities follow suit, and start taking a stance against this terrorist organization, and begin holding them accountable. 

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Here is more on the hatred Antifa projects, and the protection they receive from social media. 

WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR – The Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front, a group closely tied to the Portland area Antifa organization, has applauded the arson of a police officer’s or sheriff’s deputy’s home in Washington County, the area south and west of Portland.  

Washington County contains Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, Aloha, Hillsboro, and other large suburban towns.

Local authorities have involved federal law enforcement agencies in an investigation of a home fire that occurred west of Portland.  The home belongs to a local law enforcement officer.  The details and background of this story are chilling.

“This is so cool,” indicates the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front via Twitter:

For reference, the name of the officer, the location of the home, and the officer’s department are not being released by publics news sources.

On Wednesday, the home and a vehicle parked next to the home were set ablaze, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO). 

Speaking on behalf of a joint-department effort, WCSO indicated that they are still investigating, but believe the incident may be linked to recent protests in Portland and could be a form of intimidation:

“There’s concern in this case that the officer was surveilled and followed home.”

Since at least June, with protests occurring almost nightly in the Portland area, and Antifa being the primary motivator and participant group, stories have circulated through the greater Portland police community about online harassment and home vandalizing. 

Lieutenant Greg Pashley of the Portland Police Bureau has explained that the department has allowed officers to cover up the nametags on their uniforms in an effort to stop personalized attacks, both digitally and in-person.

Lt Pashley states:

“There were officers who had concerns that their personal information would be shared, and that somehow their personal lives would be impacted negatively either by threats or intimidation or criminal activity.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATFE), the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue are investigating the fire.

Twitter did not censor the above Tweet from the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front for hate speech, nor did it suspend the group’s account.  In a surprise move, though, Facebook deleted the group’s Facebook page.

For more background, many groups related to Antifa don’t bear the Antifa name.  The primary group, Rose city Antifa, proudly proclaims their anti-fascist status.

Rose City Antifa (RCA) was founded in Portland in 2007, and is the oldest Antifa group in the nation.  While this movement of anti-fascism started in the 1980s, Rose City Antifa is the first to use the “Antifa” name.

The irony of anti-fascism is that the groups are primarily comprised of privileged white people, likely reaching out for identity attention.

One sociologist, Stanislav Vustotsky, tries to convince everyone that these are marginalized people:

“Many militant anti-fascists become involved in this form of activism because aspects of their identity are directly targeted by fascist violence; they are queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, people of color, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and certainly identified in ways that intersected across these categories.

For them, anti-fascism was a means of ensuring their safety from a movement that threatens their very existence and venerates violence as the highest form of action. Even the Antifa activists who identify as cis heterosexual white males are the targets of fascist violence as ‘race’ and ‘gender’ traitors.”

David Marcus with The Federalist directly counters that claim:

“Antifa’s goals are not those of most non-white Americans. Most non-white Americans don’t want to destroy the systems of government, abolish the police, end capitalism, or cripple corporations. The group is absolutely trying to impose a style of anarchy that is steeped in (and almost unique to) whiteness.”

On Thursday after the election, a group of Antifa extremists vandalized a bio-cleaning business in Portland as part of a string of targeted attacks on property since Election Day.

“Last Thursday night, a couple dozen Antifa dressed in black bloc gathered at Colonel Summers Park in southeast Portland.

The planned “direct action” was announced via a digital flyer on social media.  From there, they marched to the office of Rapid Response Bio Clean, a business that contracts with the city of Portland to clean biohazardous material from public spaces.

Part of its contract includes removing and cleaning homeless encampments.

Shielding themselves with black umbrellas, Antifa proceeded to disable the building’s security cameras with spray paint and smash its windows. They wrote, ‘Sweeps kill’ and ‘ACAB’ (all cops are bastards) on the property.”

We at Law Enforcement Today must give proper credit to Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo on Twitter). 

Andy is a Vietnamese-American who has taken extreme mental and physical abuse to report almost daily on the movements of Antifa nationwide. 

With the group’s activity most prevalent in Portland, many of his stories generate from the Pacific Northwest.

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