The San Francisco Police Department took to Twitter earlier this month to proudly display their new rainbow trimmed uniform patches.

A police vehicle was even emblazoned with rainbow decals making the unmistakable statement that the SFPD supports the LGBTQ community.

Captain Troy Dangerfield added to the Tweet “It’s officially the start to #PrideMonth & I am #Proud to stand with the #LGBTQ community of San Francisco.”

 

The SFPD didn’t stop there. According to KQED Arts’ Nastia Voynovskaya, SFPD officers also marched alongside participants in the parade.

However, in the midst of the celebration, the parade came to a halt. A video shared by KPIX’s Katie Nielson shows approximately a dozen people, arms linked, completely blocking the street in a display of protest.

 

KHSU further reports that a protestor in the human barricade called through the microphone:

“The system of policing upholds white supremacy, hetero-patriarchy, gender binaries and capitalist rule.”

The protestors also called for the release of transgender individuals being held in the San Francisco jail. The on-looking crowd was energized by the protests and at one point broke into a chant of “We Support You.”

Nielson further reports that some protestors during the event not only broke barricades but also threw water bottles at San Francisco Police Department officers. KHSU reports that a spokesperson for SFPD confirmed that two protestors were taken into custody.

KQED Arts’ Voynovskaya reports that a campaign called “Cops and Corporations Out of Pride” was organized by a group dubbing themselves Gay Shame. Gay Shame called upon the organizers of San Francisco Pride to entirely ban police presence at the event which drew approximately 1 million attendees.

Gay Shame promotes its “Cops and Corporations Out of Pride” campaign via video segments on their website of various LGBTQ+ personalities opposed to police or corporate participation in pride events.

KQED Arts quotes a video by Miss Major, a former sex worker:

“These m—-rf—–rs are only out to arrest, put us in jail, lock us up, beat us up, get us to suck their d-ck and kick us out naked to go home. Happened to me twice, I know what the hell I’m talking about. They should have never been in the Pride parade.”

LET staff watched the entirety of Miss Majors’ video in which she also says:

“The blue suit is all the same. They are all worthless, unimaginable horrible people and destructive to mankind in general especially to my trans and gender nonconforming community.”

Gay Shame wasn’t the only group calling for San Francisco Pride to reject involvement by corporate entities. A letter signed by 140 staff members of Google requested that San Francisco Pride ban involvement by the technology giant in the 2019 parade as well as affirm that Google would not be welcome to sponsor or otherwise participate in future citing “Google’s failure to act in support of our community”.

Reuters Maria Caspani and Matthew Lavietes report that protestors in San Francisco’s halted parade also cried “Stonewall was a riot” referencing a series of 1969 police raids of New York City establishments with primarily LGBTQ+ patrons. It is reasonable to assume that none of the SFPD officers present Sunday were involved in the events on the east coast 53 years prior.

KHSU reports that one protestor in Sunday’s human barricade yelled through her microphone “Police do not make us feel safe” and was met by cheers of approval.

However, the necessity for the services of the officers are not entirely unrealized. According to Voynovskaya, SacPride, the LGBTQ+ Pride event in Sacramento, banned the presence of police in their event. However, on June 7, only one day prior to events being scheduled to commence, they reversed their decision.

Executive Director of SacPride David Heitstuman says:

“The problem is there are real hate crimes in our community—in the queer community and the trans community,” He continues “It’s super important that we are conscious of the real safety and security concerns of the guests at our events and, unfortunately, the way that’s provided is to use police for those purposes.”  

Despite hurled water bottles and jeers from the crowd, the officers of the San Francisco Police Department not only displayed rainbow flags billowing from their vehicles but most importantly fulfilled their duties to serve and protect one million people of all orientations.

It’s amazing how quickly Americans can forget about the dangers presented with at rallies and parades.  As we reported on Sunday night, for example, a Free Speech rally is scheduled for July 6th in Washington, D.C… and it is shaping up to be bloody.

Members of an Antifa group are promising to act out violently at that rally.

Their target: those with whom they disagree – namely, conservatives.

They aren’t just threatening your regular, garden variety violence, like a fistfight. This time they escalated it in a very specific way.

An ANTIFA member named ‘Pound Your Boy’ posted on a conservative Telegram channel that:

“We already have the Muriatic acid, wax, and balloons.”

These comments led the rally’s co-organizer,Enrique Tarrio, to contact the FBI and DHS, who’ve assured additional security for the event. And why was there the specificity of ingredients?

From Big League Politics:

“According to Tarrio, the threat is especially dangerous due to the use of wax.  Muriatic acid can be purchased in virtually any pool store or home improvement store and is already dangerous on its own with the ability to cause minor burns. It can quickly be washed off with water. By combining the muriatic acid with wax, it will immediately form a film similar to candle wax on the injured person’s skin.”

Tarrio also said:

“We will not be intimidated with these tactics of fear and fascism. We will celebrate our First Amendment without apology.”

Unfortunately, Pound Your Boy wasn’t done.

“How’s DC coming along? Cant fight if you cant see. I want to blind as many of you c— suckers as possible. A nice balloon filled with Muriatic acid, covered in wax will so do the job.”

Considering threats like these, the already evidenced acts of violence and the events of this weekend in Portland, why are law enforcement agencies not taking Antifa more seriously?

According to numerous news sources, the Department of Homeland Security officially named Antifa as a domestic terrorist group.

Back in 2017, the DHS reported: the so-called “anti-fascist” group is described as a “subset anarchist movement” who focus on issues “involving racism, sexism and anti-Semitism,” by inciting violence across the United States.

These masked menaces are an absolute threat to the communities where they protest. Busted windows, burning cars, overturned newspaper machines, and more importantly, injured people are the norm when Antifa is involved.

Saturday, journalist Andy Ngo was violently attacked by Antifa in Portland, Oregon, where he was beaten, milkshaked (laced with quick-dry cement) and robbed, resulting in hospitalization.

“It starts with milk shakes, then it escalates to what happened to Andy Ngo, and now they’re threatening us with acid attacks,” Tarrio said.

And Portland’s mayor is now under attack.

As detailed in another piece today on Law Enforcement Today:

“Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has made national headlines again this week after masked antifa members took over the streets in what turned into a violent clash between two differing political groups.”

Reports indicated that officers, journalists and even bystanders were caught in the crossfire of the group’s chaos. 

Multiple people reported being hit by a substance that was thought to originally be milkshakes, but actually turned out to be quick-drying concrete mixtures in paper cups. The mixture could apparently harden within a matter of minutes.

Wheeler reportedly kept completely quiet on Saturday as hundreds of protestors gathered in the streets to raise their voices against the notorious Proud Boys group. Previous protests between these groups have led to violent outbursts in the past. 

So where was Mayor Wheeler while his streets descended into chaos and his police force was assaulted? That question was voiced by many online… Where was Mayor Wheeler? Answer: nowhere to be found.

Back in October, Wheeler addressed his hands-off approach to the increasing number of incidents involving the antifascist group.

“This is the story of Goldilocks and the two bears. The porridge is either too hot or it’s too cold,” he told reporters. “At any given moment in this city, the police are criticized for being heavy-handed and intervening too quickly, or they’re being criticized for being standoffish and not intervening quickly enough.”

Ngo was on the street during the heated protests. Video captured masked antifa members punching, kicking and throwing things at Ngo. Antifa protestors also threw trash cans, newspaper stands, eggs and patio furniture into the streets, according to a KPTV report. 

The protest was eventually condemned as an unlawful gathering and police began using pepper spray and zip-tie cuffs to control the situation.

A total of three arrests were made.

“During today’s events, there were multiple assaults reported, as well as projectiles thrown at demonstrators and officers,” police said. “There were also reports of pepper spray and bear spray being used by people in the crowd. Officers deployed pepper spray during the incident.”

This continues a long legacy of these types of violent gatherings within the Portland city walls.

In an article carried by Blabber, they simply ask:

“Where were the cops when all this was taking place? As soon as you get word that a mob of people clad in black with masks covering their faces have shown up and are heading for a showdown with the Proud Boys, how do you not call in every available officer and get them on the scene? This was an obvious Antifa mob and Portland has plenty of experience with them. Were they ordered to stand down or did they simply not take the threat seriously?”

In April, Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts decided to pull deputy support for Portland calls altogether. He wrote an email to his deputies, stating his concern for their safety. 

“I will not place you at unnecessary personal and professional risk,” the email read. 

The city of Portland is largely patrolled by the Portland Police Bureau and receives support from neighboring counties like Clackamas Sheriff’s Department. With this decision, remaining officers in the area will no doubt feel the stress of being understaffed.

The decision to stop responding to routine calls was made following a statement released by the Portland Police Association. Due to the overwhelming ‘anti-police’ attitudes in the city of Portland, some officials are stepping in to say ‘no more.’

“The reason the Police Bureau is experiencing catastrophic staffing shortages, drastically declining recruiting success, and the inability to retain officers is due to one core issue: the intense anti-police sentiment in our City that City Council seems to share,” the post from the PPA read.

What does it say when Antifa has literally taken over the streets where they protest, where their lawlessness is so pervasive that even law enforcement agencies are concerned for their safety?

What does it say when a sheriff’s office no longer responds to calls? Is it going to become a scenario where the general public is forced to defend themselves against the violence coming from this far-left group that hides behind masks and helmets?

If it comes to that, then what? Will prosecutors go after those that incite the violence, or will they come after those who were merely defending themselves?

One way or another, something has to be done about these lawless “protestors.” And that something needs to happen soon.