WASHINGTON, DC – During Sunday protests in DC, a rioter apparently arrived to get ready for violence to take over.
A man clad in all black ran in front of a crowd with a hammer and started smashing up the street, presumably to make weapons against police for rioters as they started to arrive.
“TAKE HIS ASS!” Rioter causing damage is detained & handed over to police by peaceful protesters in D.C.
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 1, 2020
A video shows a group of protesters tackling the rioter and taking him into custody briefly before handing him over to police, saying:
“Take his ass!”
Riots in Washington DC : This is the scene near the White Housepic.twitter.com/2OKGrZmHGP
— Shark NewsWires (@SharkNewsWires) June 1, 2020
Police can be seen on the video assuming custody of the man.
They had to physically pull some of the protesters away who assumedly were angry at the man turning their peaceful protest into something it shouldn’t be.
Too bad this group wasn’t in the same area as some other rioters, particularly around the WWII memorial.
MPD announces arrests have been made in reference to Felony Riot Acts that occurred on 5/30 & 5/31 in the District. We're also seeking the public's assistance in identifying additional suspects.
Have info? Call (202) 727-9099/text 50411
— DC Police Department #StayHomeDC (@DCPoliceDept) June 1, 2020
The National World War II Memorial. The National Law Enforcement Memorial. Both tributes to the fallen… both reportedly defaced by Antifa this weekend.
In the wake of last night's demonstrations, there are numerous instances of vandalism to sites around the National Mall. For generations the Mall has been our nation’s premier civic gathering space for non-violent demonstrations, and we ask individuals to carry on that tradition. pic.twitter.com/LmIHfW2AHj
— National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) May 31, 2020
Not just in Washington D.C., but all across the country, rioters targeted landmarks that paid tribute to the fallen.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) June 1, 2020
On the outside of the National World War II Memorial’s central fountain, vandals asked whether black veterans count. Apparently they don’t count enough for the vandals to respect their memory.
— Jon Nicosia (@NewsPolitics) May 31, 2020
The Friends of the National World War II Memorial hit back on Twitter, pointing out that the memorial honors and remembers the one million black veterans who served.
With all the news we get, how have we missed these images? How can you do this at the Lincoln Memorial? How can you do this at the WWII Memorial? pic.twitter.com/nY6Z16tjz8
— suzanne sigona (@suzanne_sigona) June 1, 2020
The National Park Service said several memorials across Washington, D.C. were vandalized, including the Lincoln Memorial.
Antifa membervwearing a swastika button. Desecrating a wwII memorial fits right in! pic.twitter.com/vqB2QBX0tP
— Esther F G (@Esther13631516) June 1, 2020
That’s where someone spray painted “Y’all not tired yet?”
“In the wake of last night’s demonstrations, there are numerous instances of vandalism to sites around the National Mall,” the National Park Service for the National Mall said in a tweet with photos of defaced monuments.
“For generations the Mall has been our nation’s premier civic gathering space for non-violent demonstrations, and we ask individuals to carry on that tradition.”
The National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC has been Vandalized pic.twitter.com/aFQa8WwDqz
— Rob O'Donnell (@odonnell_r) May 31, 2020
It’s not just war memorials.
From D.C. to Sacramento and between, the attacks on tributes to the fallen continued.
Multiple statues and structures were vandalized today in Sacramento during the protests, including the California Peace Officers' Memorial monument. It was created back in 1988 to honor the men and women of law enforcement who lost their lives in the line of duty. @fox40 pic.twitter.com/iPwZlPRmtE
— Bridgette Bjorlo (@bridgettebjorlo) May 31, 2020
In one case of vandalism, the thugs couldn’t even spell the word they were trying to spray paint.
Someone spray painted “Deciet” on the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in the North Shore pic.twitter.com/4cBUML5fvH
— Mick Stinelli (@MickStinelli) May 28, 2020
With messages from “murderers” to “fuck the police”, the vandals – reportedly Antifa members or supporters – all seem to have evaded capture.
This is the law enforcement memorial in Sacramento CA! Thugs did this! pic.twitter.com/CDJGqPo7JA
— Don Schwartzer (@Cmdr10HenryRet) May 31, 2020
We spoke with a United States Marine combat veteran who was livid. “Joe” currently does contract work with law enforcement, and so he’s asked us to keep his identity confidential.
But he put it best.
“Hey Antifa – you’ve disrespected my brothers and sisters who died in combat. You’ve spit on the graves of my brothers who died on duty. It’s time to step up and meet me nose to nose in the street. Then we’ll see how tough you are.”
Speaking of disrespecting those who serve… tonight, we’ve received disturbing footage out of Austin.
It shows a group of Antifa militants taunting the homeless under an overpass, then lighting a homeless man’s mattress on fire.
Law Enforcement Today spoke with an Austin police officer on the condition of anonymity. He said the homeless man is known in the area and believed to be a combat veteran who has battled PTSD for years.
Apparently Austin police are reviewing the footage and trying to identify the suspects.
In the video, the homeless man rushes to recover his mattress from the fire while shouting, “I live here!”
“What are you doing?!” he cried. “I live here! What are you doing! What the fuck are you doing?!”
Antifa taking the fight to the elitists, showing the villainy of capitalism by……..
burning a homeless man’s bed…
ARREST THESE TERRORISTS! pic.twitter.com/nrSn6RxMX7
— SierraWhiskey is Writing Comics (@SierraWhiskey9) June 1, 2020
On Saturday, President Trump declared that he’ll be designating Antifa as a terror organization. And things are heating up quickly.
The Minnesota National Guard has been armed and is on high alert.
This is after the FBI reportedly warned of a ‘credible, lethal threat’.
Minnestota National Guard’s top general said his soldiers are armed after receiving FBI warning about “credible, lethal threat” against his forces
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) May 31, 2020
The National Guard’s top general requested military police units from out of state as a result of the threat. He has not requested active-duty forces yet.
Minnesota National Guard’s top general says he has requested military police units from other states, but has not requested active-duty forces yet
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) May 31, 2020
These threats reportedly came after officials worked to determine if extremist groups had infiltrated police brutality protests across the country.
Definitely hope this doesn’t happen to your humvee pic.twitter.com/S4gw8T5OZX
— MOST VICIOUS PAWGS (@upsetterofchuds) May 29, 2020
Law enforcement is looking into if they deliberately tipped largely peaceful demonstrations toward violence.
Just in: Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen says his soldiers are armed & "carrying ammunition" in their magazine pouches based on "a credible lethal threat" to Minn NG conveyed by the FBI on Thursday. Can be upgraded based on local conditions.
— Jack Detsch (@JackDetsch) May 31, 2020
To make matters worse, they’re investigating if foreign adversaries – such as Russia – were behind a growing disinformation campaign on social media.
— Pete Hegseth (@PeteHegseth) May 30, 2020
On Saturday, an Antifa activist group put out a message that encouraged people to consider Minnesota National Guard troops “easy targets,” according to two Defense Department officials.
— John D. (@thinkthinkthin6) May 31, 2020
The activists were encouraged to steal “kit”, or the weapons and body armor used by the soldiers.
The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, reports one outlet.
Now, soldiers with the Minnesota National Guard have been armed during all missions at protests across the state.
The soldiers are sometimes – but not always – armed. Yet for the past few days, they haven’t been armed as they’ve moved into parts of the state taken over by riots.
In the state, the troops do not currently have the authority to make arrests, and are there to act essentially as extra security for police.
There are currently more than 4,100 National Guard soldiers and airmen in Minneapolis.
Hours after President Trump declared that he’ll be designating Antifa as a terror organization, they reportedly made the ultimate threat – we’re bringing the war to the suburbs.
Now authorities are on high alert.
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