RICHMOND, VA – It’s not often you see a police chief break down in tears. But that was exactly what happened in Virginia on Sunday.
The Richmond Police Chief held a press conference in which he told the media that protesters set fire to a multi-family home.
That house had children inside.
“One incident that is particularly poignant, that truly illustrates the seriousness of the issues we’re facing,” Chief Will Smith told reporters.
“Protesters intentionally set fire to an occupied building on [West] Broad Street. This is not the only occupied building that has been set fire to in the last two days.”
Then they blocked access for the firefighters who were rushing out to save the children.
“They prohibited us from getting on scene,” the police chief continued. “We had to force our way to make a clear path for the fire department.”
Thank God officers found a way into the building and were able to save the child and the rest of the family.
“Officers were able to,” Smith said, with his voice overcome with emotion, “help those people out of the house.”
Chief William C. Smith comments on a challenging situation during last night’s protests in #RVA. You can watch the rest of this @CityRichmondVA press conference here: https://t.co/jvzqcaRA3i pic.twitter.com/LCHrIIAeM2
— Richmond Police (@RichmondPolice) May 31, 2020
We also brought you another heartbreaking scene out of Austin this weekend, also at the hands of Antifa.
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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