LOS ANGELES, CA – Michael Ortiz, 30, was arrested last Friday during a protest over the Supreme Court move to overturn the controversial 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. The group of protestors had gathered in downtown Los Angeles to publicly denounce the decision.
While the demonstrations were mostly peaceful (where have we heard that before), Ortiz took things to a whole new level.
Police say that bottles, rocks and fireworks were thrown and fired at officers as the protest carried into the night.
Ortiz allegedly attacked a LAPD officer with a homemade flame-thrower.
While many will argue (already being seen on social media) that it was simply a can of hairspray and a lighter, the fact remains that an officer was on the receiving end of that flame and had to be treated for serious burns to the face and head. Ortiz can be seen trying to flee the scene after igniting the flame, only to be apprehended by police.
He is now sitting in jail on charges of attempted murder of a police officer. His bail was set at $1M.
We also know that three other officers were injured during the protests after being struck by projectiles. There are also no details regarding the extent of their injuries.
As of now, this is the only information we have to work with.
Los Angeles June 24 Roe v Wade #Antifa riot update:
Michael Ortiz, 30, is the suspect who allegedly used a makeshift flame thrower to burn a police officer's face. Ortiz has been charged with attempted murder & his bail is set at $1m. pic.twitter.com/k8HAvbcFT4
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) June 26, 2022
Another angle shows a rioter at the #Antifa pro-abortion riot in Los Angeles using a homemade flamethrower to try to burn police. Antifa also throw an explosive mortar firework right at @LAPDHQ officers. A suspect who tried to escape was arrested. pic.twitter.com/98vhnv6EmE
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) June 25, 2022
Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore said that while he supports people exercising their 1st Amendment rights, criminal activity as part of that exercise will lead to arrest and a “vigorous pursuit of prosecution.”
“I condemn the violence against officers that occurred last night and into today. Individuals participating in such criminal activity are not exercising their 1st Amendment rights in protest of the Supreme Court decision, rather, they are acting as criminals,” the chief said in a news release.
There was no immediate news on the condition of the officer.
And the mainstream media response?
Interestingly enough, a search of “LAPD officer burned” revealed that you had to get to page 2 of the search before you found any mainstream media reporting on the incident.
Meanwhile, in other protests in the area, Jodie Sweetin, an actress known for her roles as Stephanie Tanner on Full House and the Fuller House reboot, confronted officers on a Los Angeles freeway.
Try searching “Jodie Sweetin LAPD.” There is ample coverage in the mainstream of how she was “shoved” to the ground by police in that confrontation.
The same Jodie Sweetin that has made her thoughts on law enforcement perfectly clear.
— USA = 🗑 (@Petty_Boop_) June 26, 2022
It is important to note that the group she was in had taken to a freeway exit ramp, shutting it down with their protest and there is ample footage that some of those individuals did get physical with officers.
Video from that “shove” does show her engaged with police who push her back toward the protest group. She also appears to lose her footing when she stepped on a rock or other loose debris on the curb.
WATCH: "Full House" star Jodie Sweetin is thrown to the ground by police during an abortion rights protest in Los Angeles. https://t.co/ZDwyCbWePr
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 27, 2022
Now, remove Sweetin from the search string and simply check “LAPD protest.”
More stories about Sweetin being “manhandled” by cops.
The SCOTUS ruling last week has now provided a catalyst for Antifa and similar groups to get back on the streets and cause problems and then scream “police brutality.”
Flamethrowers illegal? #LAPD beating and killing innocent civilians is legal tho?
— MouthGina (@mouthgina) January 30, 2018
“Flamethrowers illegal? LAPS beating and killing innocent civilians is legal tho?”
Unhinged leftist Roe v. Wade protesters result in US Marshals providing security at Supreme Court Justices’ homes
The following contains editorial content which is the opinion of the author, a current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
WASHINGTON, DC- Remember the time unhinged right-wing extremists got hacked off, threatened Supreme Court justices, and doxed their home addresses after they approved gay marriage? Neither do we.
What we will always remember however is how unhinged radical leftists threatened Supreme Court justices to the point where the US Marshals Service has been forced to provide 24/7 security at their homes.
According to the Washington Examiner, the Marshals have been requested by Attorney General Merrick Garland to provide security at the homes of conservative justices in light of recent deranged protests occurring throughout the country by angry liberals upset that they may ostensibly lose the right to murder unborn children.
Of course, if liberals had been paying attention in school about how the whole US Constitution thing works, they might realize that even if the high court strikes down Roe v. Wade, the pro-baby murder gang will still be able to get their abortions in states which permit it.
For example, women (sorry, don’t mean to “misgender”) who want to get an abortion in states such as for example California and New York will be able to do so right up until the child is ready to be born. It will change nothing.
“At the Attorney General’s direction, the U.S. Marshals service accelerated the provision of around-the-clock security at the homes of all Justices, among other actions, last week,” according to a Justice Department press readout.
After remaining silent for a couple of weeks over the impending decision and the sometimes violent protests which accompanied it, Garland last week spoke out (finally) against the “rise of violence and unlawful threats of violence” directed at public servants, saying they are “unacceptable and dangerous to our democracy.”
“I want to be clear. While people vote, argue, and debate in a democracy, we must not—we cannot—allow violence or unlawful threats of violence to permeate our national life. The Justice Department will not tolerate violence or threats of violence against judges or any other public servants at work, home, or any other location,” Garland added.
In addition, the Justice Department discussed plans to “enhance coordination, intelligence sharing, and technical support as it relates to judicial security” in the coming weeks and months following the unhinged protests earlier this month outside the homes of several conservative-leaning Supreme Court justices.
Prior to Garland’s order being released, a declassified memo from the Department of Homeland Security dated May 13 spoke to an “increase” in political violence if and when the Supreme Court returns a ruling similar to the draft opinion leaked May 2.
The memo, obtained by Axios led to some evasion from the Department of Homeland Security, which didn’t answer question about its veracity but told the Washington Examiner that it “is committed to protecting Americans’ freedom of speech and other civil rights and civil liberties, including the right to peacefully protest.”
In anticipation of possible violent protests at the Supreme Court building, fencing was erected to protect both the infrastructure as well as the justices.
It is expected that a final ruling in the case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is expected prior to the end of the court’s term in either late June or July.
For more on the pro-abortion zealots, we invite you to:
WASHINGTON, DC- “Domestic terrorism as defined by the White House, from a June 2021 release:
“…activities that involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion, or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.” [emphasis added]
With that in mind, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) wrote to the Department of Justice last week, asking why that agency has not labeled a violent attack on a Madison, Wisconsin anti-abortion center as “domestic terrorism.”
Last week, a group of pro-abortion zealots attacked the Wisconsin Family Action clinic in Madison with Molotov cocktails in response to an illegal leak of a draft opinion from the Supreme Court indicating the probable overturn of Roe v. Wade, the ill-advised and seemingly unconstitutional ruling which gives women a constitutional right to murder their unborn children.
On May 13, Johnson’s office issued a press release announcing Johnson’s letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas regarding collective silence on the attack in Madison.
In the attack, the pro-abortion group, Jane’s Revenge also painted a threat on the building, “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either.” That would seem to indicate an existential threat to that facility.
In his letter, Johnson took the agencies, along with Joe Biden to task, claiming none have made public remarks, nor have issued statements condemning the Madison attack.
“I want to reemphasize that your silence on this abhorrent attack against a pro-life organization is deafening and your continued silence could be construed as a tacit endorsement of such attacks against those who hold different or opposing political believes from those of this Administration,” he wrote.
Continuing, Johnson asked, “What actions are DOJ, FBI and DHS taking to assist state and local law enforcement regarding incidents of harassment, intimidation, and potential domestic threats against pro-life organizations?”
The Federalist reports that Jane’s Revenge, which claimed responsibility for the attack also issued a statement, in which they wrote:
“Wisconsin is the first flashpoint, but we are all over the US, and we will issue no further warnings.” They also further warned that “next time the infrastructure of the enslavers will not survive.”
In his letter, Johnson further admonished the violent protesters who engaged in sometimes violent and deadly protests in 2020.
“In 2020, extremists exploited demonstrations across the country to incite riots that resulted in the loss of life, more than 2,000 injuries to law enforcement officers, and over $1 billion in property damage,” Johnson wrote, citing International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) numbers.
“There are currently mobs outside the residences of the Supreme Court, Justices appointed by Presidents George W. bush and Donald Trump…and once again, DOJ, FBI, and DHS have yet to condemn these activities.”
Despite the fact that such protests are against federal law, and in the case of Virginia state law, the demonstrations have been endorsed by the White House.
“I know that there is an outrage right now about protests that have been peaceful to date,” outgoing White House flack Jen Psaki said in a press briefing last week. “We certainly continue to encourage that outside of judges’ homes.”
In his letter, Johnson gave Garland, Wray and Mayorkas until May 27 to respond to his letter while admonishing them for their silence, relating their silence to the targeting of parents at school board meetings last year with them being compared to domestic terrorists.
Johnson then outlined three requests:
- Has DHS or FBI designated the group, “Jane’s Revenge,” as a domestic violent extremist organization? IF not, please provide your reasoning.
- Will DOJ provide resources to identify and prosecute those responsible for the attack to the Madison Police Department?
- What actions are DOJ, FBI, and DHS taking to assist state and local law enforcement regarding incidents of harassment, intimidation, and potential domestic threats against pro-life organizations?
Senator Johnson probably shouldn’t hold his breath, given the radical nature of this administration.
The thing with domestic violence and “terror” threats all depends on which side of the political spectrum you reside. For a previous piece on this topic, we invite you to:
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