Tampa Mayor says President Trump had better not send in the feds (unless she asks him to)

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TAMPA, FL – With President Donald Trump planning to host a local fundraiser in Tampa on July 31st, with a second stop on Miami on August 1st, there are allegedly already protests in the works from those who fancy the president as some sort of racist.

When it comes to the possibility of federal agents being deployed in Tampa in preparation for bad actors potentially being present at the fundraiser – Tampa mayor claimed that the feds should only come when they’re called, and not when there’s an anticipated need for their presence.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor stated the following about feds potentially showing up in Tampa Bay:

“If the community needs assistance with their violent crime, they should request assistance, not the other way around.”

Well, that sounds all good-and-well, but many communities that have had resources deployed need the help and local leadership have just acted like they have things under control. Not to mention, Tampa hasn’t exactly been a quiet city since protests started breaking out in late-May across the country. 

Some instances even involved protesters getting arrested, then released, and then re-joining groups of protesters to agitate police procedures in Tampa. 

Granted, however, Tampa has not come close to the likes of cities like Seattle, Washington and most of all – Portland, Oregon. 

Just recently, the U.S. Attorney’s office brought federal charges against five people who were arrested by federal agents after rioting in Portland outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on July 21.

Two of the arrestees are attorneys and one is now alleging that she was sexually assaulted by an officer.

Jennifer Lynn Kristiansen, Zachary Duffly, Paul Furst, Wyatt True Ash-Milby and Caleb Ehlers were all arrested and charged.

Kristiansen and Duffly are attorneys in the Portland area. 

Kristiansen, 37, was charged with one count of misdemeanor assault on a federal officer as well as a misdemeanor charge for failing to obey a lawful order. She pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Upon her release, Kristiansen claimed that she was protesting as part of a group of mothers. She said in an interview with Heavy that she was sexually assaulted during the arrest.

In her interview, Kristiansen said:

“We were being pushed back, we’re walking backwards.”

She said there was a big crowd behind them as they walked backwards. She continued:

We’re linked arm to arm, so we’re slow, but we are leaving.”

She said she was then pushed by an officer, who was about 6’2″ tall (she said she’s about 5′ tall), with a baton. She then heard the woman to her left scream that the officer had hit her breast.

Kristiansen claimed that she then used her arm that was free to put herself between her and the officer with the baton.

She said if the officer swung again, she wanted it to be her arm that would be hit, not the other woman’s breast again. She said then another federal officer arrived.

Both officers only had tags that said “Police DHS,” no name tags or anything else identifying themselves or their agency.

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Kristiansen said:

“I’m a lawyer and even I don’t know what that means.”

According to Kristiansen, the newly arrived federal agent said to the other one:

“This is the one that hit me.”

The officer who had hit them with a baton looked at her and said:

“This one hit you?”

When the other officer responded yes, the officer started to pull her off the line, she said. The other moms tried to pull her away from the officer, but then two officers in camouflage grabbed her.

She said she later realized that one had wrapped his arm around her sternum.

The push-pull of the officer and the crowd of rioters left Kristiansen with bruises and tenderness around her chest.

Kristiansen then described what was likely a simple search for weapons, and is now blown up into a “sexual assault”: 

“Before we go in, he pushes me up against the wall, facing the wall, and uses his left hand to cup my right breast. And his right hand to flip up my skirt and grab my right butt cheek.

“[The] thought went through my head, ‘How much worse is this going to be?’ ‘Is this the day I get raped against the building?’ Then it was over and he was dragging me inside.”

While there is no body camera footage available to confirm or deny the claims, typical police protocol involves searching individuals following an arrest to ensure there is no weapons on them, or contraband, depending on the arrest.

When possible, agencies typically try to have female officers search female subjects, however, that is not always possible to do. When searching females, officers are trained to search the bra line as this is a common spot for females to hide contraband or weapons.

In addition to alleging officers of sexually assaulting her, Kristiansen says officers never read her her rights. As an attorney, Kristiansen should know that it is a common misconception that officers need to read Miranda rights directly following an arrest.

The only time Miranda rights must be read is when an officer makes a custodial arrest, plans on questioning the arrestee, and would like those answers to be admissible as evidence in court.

An officer that arrests someone for committing an offense in front of them rarely reads rights as they witnessed the offense, giving them all that they need for a report or court. Even if they wanted to question her, they would hardly do so right there in the midst of the riot.

Kristiansen wrote in the Wall of Moms group after her release:

“To the angels who called NLG, and were therefore able to let my husband know what happened, thank you from the bottom of my cold, black heart. …

My husband has heard me tell the whole tale twice now, and has stopped being angry at me for being careless (his perception, just based on what he saw from the live feeds), and is now *livid* at the men who roughed up & groped his wife. My bruises are SPECTACULAR.”

As officers, we hear the opposite gender mention how they got “groped” often. But for an educated attorney to show up, participate in a riot, and then be surprised that she was checked for weapons after assaulting an officer is a new low.

It’s a new, sad low.

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