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Politifact flagged the original article as “mostly false”, after having been unable to confirm with the same departments the information that Law Enforcement Today independently received.
In the spirit of transparency, but also protecting our sources, we’ve further updated the article below with the information that’s been shared with us by Politifact.
DALLAS, TX.- There is a lot of weird stuff going on with these “protests” turned riots in cities across the country.
All that was needed was a spark, which was the unfortunate incident involving George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Breitbart is reporting that in Dallas, people who were in a position to observe the protests (riots) that took place in that city noted that there were multiple piles of bricks in areas of the city where there was no construction underway.
One of those areas was said to be near the Dallas County Courthouse.
“They” staged a pallet of bricks in Dallaspic.twitter.com/jp9IoUUuRT
— Ali † nabbed Antifa (gotem.gif) (@ali) May 30, 2020
“The Dallas protest was a lot of things,” said National Urban League Young Professionals Communications Chairman Reuben Lael in a Facebook post on Saturday. “But I was very disappointed to see this RANDOM stack of bricks in front of the courthouse. #setup.
— Just M ⭐⭐⭐ (@MFollowsQ) May 31, 2020
Someone else in the video noted that there wasn’t any type of construction going on anywhere in the immediate vicinity where the bricks were piled up.
“There ain’t no damn construction around here,” the voice said. “You’re just gonna set a pallet of bricks right there.”
Why the bricks were placed at that location, or who put them there was not able to be determined.
Law Enforcement Today independently confirmed with two active Dallas police officers that the bricks were in fact there, but it was unclear who put them there or why.
The two officers – who were not authorized to speak publicly on behalf of the department – said it did appear they were “strategically left in places where they would be of benefit” to rioters.
“We’ve spoken with cops in other agencies and in other cities, and they’ve seen the same thing,” said the officer. “We are of the belief that this was planned and coordinated – however at this point it’s too soon in the investigation to say for sure. We have bigger problems to deal with right now.”
However, Politifact reported:
An investigation from NBC News found that some of the bricks shown in Dallas were close to a construction site and had been there for months.
A Twitter user reported another random pile of bricks located on the outskirts of downtown Dallas.
A woman on Titter who identified herself as a 911 dispatcher in the city noted that the protests started out peaceful, however once it got dark outside, protesters stared throwing rocks and bricks at officer and deputies.
So I’m a 911 dispatcher in Dallas. This protest was peaceful until it got dark outside and people started throwing bricks and rocks at the officers and deputies….
And THEN DPD deployed the tear gas…
Protesters initiated the violence this time…#dallasprotest
— RileyLouWho (@Smiley_TheRiley) May 30, 2020
According to Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall, she said that she was nearly hit by bricks during the protest, according to CBS-DFW.
“Everything was peaceful,” Hall said. “Then all of a sudden, bricks started hailing (in), hitting out squad cars, hitting our officers…and then I nearly got hit with a brick.”
Protestors here in Dallas threw bricks at the mounted patrol, harming at least one horse's head. pic.twitter.com/a9T9Edu8QR
— Sgt. Keith Samet (@DD8122) May 30, 2020
“So, once they are under attack from bricks and bottles of water, here comes the disruption,” Hall said. “We are an organization that constantly upholds peaceful protest, but we will not be the target. We will not be the target.”
Politifact spoke with police in Frisco, Texas – outside of Dallas – who shot down suggestions that piles of bricks were staged for riots in their community.
“The pallets of bricks, while they were near the area, it wasn’t along the route or anything like that,” said James Willis, a public information officer for the Frisco Police Department. “Those pallets had been there for over a week.”
The bricks belong to the homeowner’s association of a neighborhood in town, which was planning to use them to repair a retaining wall, Willis said. Once the police told the neighborhood that people were concerned that protesters could use the bricks, the HOA moved them.
Not only in Dallas, but in other cities across the country, bricks have become the weapon of choice for rioting thugs to use against law enforcement officers. It’s sparked questions of where the rioters are getting them.
In San Francisco, a Twitter user reported that multiple piles of “pre-stacked bricks” outside of businesses in the city. Another user reported people breaking bricks down into “throwable sizes.”
Law Enforcement Today was able to independently confirm with law enforcement that bricks were on location – however police did not have any knowledge as to who was responsible for putting them there.
All our sources knew is that the bricks weren’t there the day before… and definitely didn’t belong.
Politifact spoke with Michael Andraychak, a public information officer for the San Francisco Police Department, who weighed in with the belief that they don’t believe that Black Lives Matter protesters are creating piles of bricks to throw at people.
“We have no information to support that,” told Politifact in an email. “Bricks for a construction project were delivered in one San Francisco neighborhood. The contractor was contacted and the bricks were moved.”
Meanwhile in Fayetteville, North Carolina, another user reported a pile of bricks in an area where there was no construction occurring.
“Some random ass bricks, bro; ain’t no construction.”
Law Enforcement Today could not independently confirm this.
Another investigation from BBC News found that bricks show in Fayetteville had also been there since before the Floyd protests began.
Down the road in Raleigh, a news editor at a self-described “progressive newspaper” said that she was “devastated” that bricks were launched through her window while she was inside the building on Saturday night.
— Leigh of House (@LeighTauss) May 31, 2020
“I’m devastated. We are a progressive newspaper. Last night I was inside when the first brick was thrown #Raleigh.”
Likewise, in the Manhattan borough of New York, @NewsNTD reporter Kevin Hogan posted a video on a tweet, which showed protesters breaking into a construction cache to steal bricks.
“Yo, we got bricks. We got bricks!” the rioters were heard shouting as they tore down barricades.
"Yo, we got bricks. We got bricks!"—#Rioters in Manhattan chanced upon a cache in the street equipped with bricks and a shovel at 10:01 p.m. on Second Ave between St. Marks Pl. and Seventh St. pic.twitter.com/dYB7vHdYqL
— Kevin R Hogan (@KRHogan_NTD) May 31, 2020
Law Enforcement Today has no information to support that bricks were left at this location for nefarious purposes.
Politifact also spoke with police in Kansas, City and reported the following:
In Kansas City, Mo., police spokesman Capt. David Jackson said there was reason to believe that protesters were stashing bricks “for nefarious use.”
“We have located some bricks that have been left in a couple of areas,” he told reporters May 31. “We’re going to do our best to get those picked up and moved so they’re not used. I don’t know who would have put them there — I don’t think they’re doing any type of construction or anything like that.”
Meantime, four and one-half hours southwest, Breitbart reported that armed Texans had positioned themselves at the Alamo Cenotaph Saturday afternoon after the monument was vandalized sometime Friday night. They went there in advance of Saturday night “protests” in San Antonio.
The San Antonio Express-News reported that the monument was defaced with “downward-facing arrows placed next to the statements ‘white supremacy,’ ‘profit over people,’ and ‘the Alamo.’”
The Cenotaph is considered sacred ground for Texans because it memorializes those who died fighting at the Alamo.
“Well, it’s all pretty simple. If you’re mad that George Floyd got murdered, well good. So am I,” said David Ahmad with Open Carry Texas in a video on Facebook.
“If you want to respond to that by burning Target, or a drug store, or looting a liquor store, or destroying the Alamo, you can kiss both sides of my ass. We’re going to put a stop to you.”
He was very clear that some of those there would use “any means necessary” to put a stop to it.
“So just do it right. Protest the man’s death because it should be protested. Things need to change. This bullshit’s got to stop.”
Ahmad warned protesters not to use the Floyd death as an excuse to “tear up the Alamo or tear up a restaurant,” or as an excuse to burn or steal.
A group called “This is Texas Freedom Force,” which describes itself as “Protectors Of All Things Texas” had warned that the “Brown Berets and Black Lives Matter” were going to be rallying at a park near the Alamo.
The group posted on Facebook:
“Given the incident that took place Thursday night (Cenotaph Vandalized) and the fact that PD (police department) did not protect that site, it is up to Texans to watch over our most valuable historical monument and ensure its safety.”
Another man, who described himself as a “Second Amendment advocate” said he was there to protect the Cenotaph. He is a pastor and college instructor.
“They are showing up her to do what they have been doing for a long time. For months. And that’s protecting this place. For years for that matter.” He then spoke the names of Walter Scott of South Carolina, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“To make sure that 184 years ago when our true patriots were fighting to protect the Alamo, that I too can stand and let them know that it’s worth fighting for.”
In response to the “white supremacy” graffiti, he said, “It’s saddening because they obviously don’t know the history of what has taken place.”
— Katherine Catrina Martinez (@KatCatrinaa) May 30, 2020
“That was not just for white people. Or Hispanics. It was for Americans. That was the point whereby we still call the ‘rally cry.’ That rally cry is ‘Remember the Alamo.’ That rally cry is something that has affected me as an African American, as a black man in America, because that rally cry led toward the freedom for all of us.”
There was no violence reported at the Alamo or in the immediate vicinity. The San Antonio Express-News reported that police officers had arrived at the Alamo Plaza in riot and protective gear. They had zip ties and batons in their possession, with a few carrying riot shields.
— /? (@PropheticLaw) May 31, 2020
Police have made a wall separating the marchers from the counter protesters in front of the Alamo pic.twitter.com/JXfx1P2TY1
— Marina Starleaf Riker (@marinastarleaf) May 31, 2020
Of course, not everyone was down with the cause. One person found it “interesting that the police are protecting the ARMED protesters…But yes, let’s still deny white privilege.”
— Belle (@BDaisychild) May 31, 2020
Apparently “Belle” doesn’t know the difference between “armed protesters” who were actually trying to defend liberty and people who are committing anarchy.
— Mariah Medina (@MMedinanews) May 30, 2020
That came later. What started out as a peaceful protest denigrated after nightfall, when the usual array of rioters came out of the woodwork and started problems in the city.
San Antonio had an organized and peaceful protest until about 6:30-7:00pm which when it concluded. After that, whatever happened was not intended for today and happened on individual accords. I had an amazing time and felt so much power thank you SA! #SanAntonioprotest
— carlo (@that_carlo) May 31, 2020
Breitbart Texas later spoke with Brandon Burkhart of This is Texas Freedom Force after the Alamo Plaza was shut down by police. He stated that his people had to form a line in front of Alamo Chapel to keep rioters from breaching the barriers.
“Things kept escalating and it got to the point where they asked the Alamo Rangers to call the riot police.”
— Diana Is Staying Home (@Diana512) May 31, 2020
There was no additional damage done to the Cenotaph, and no damage done to the Alamo itself. Burkhart said they would continue to “have their eyes on the Alamo.”
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