SEATTLE, WA – Not only is he a 19-year-old who appears to hate police officers, Jacob Greenburg also is suspected of being the rioter who smacked an officer in the head with an aluminum baseball bat during last weekend’s riot in Seattle.
The targeted officer was not injured, but the impact did crack his helmet. The Seattle Independent Sentinel reported that the blow would have resulted in a critical injury, had the officer not been wearing his helmet.
Greenburg’s Facebook page features anti-police statements and dumpsters ablaze. He appears to be a Black Lives Matter/Black Bloc Antifa member, and he admits to setting those dumpster fires. He may also be a suspect in the fiery Sept. 1 attack on the Seattle Police Department East Precinct, which had been occupied by officers at the time.
His resume gets even better, as it’s been discovered he is the stepson of a former Washington state representative.
Greenburg, despite evidence, allegations and strong suspicions, is out on $20,000 bail. At his Sept. 28 court appearance, the King County Prosecutor’s Office had asked a judge to set Greenburg’s bail at $350,000, but the judge demurred in favor of the suspect.
County prosecutors were making every effort to hold Greenburg fully accountable for his actions, but stated that real accountability came down to the judge’s discretion. Duly freed, Greenburg will appear in court again at a later date.
Casey McNerthney, with the King County Prosecutor’s Office, said in an interview with Seattle’s KOMO News:
“It’s understandable that people in Seattle look at the vandalism, property destruction and violence and say, ‘what’s happening here?’
“The most difficult part I think is for people who don’t understand the court system, who don’t realize that the prosecutor’s office wants to hold people who commit violent acts in jail. Ultimately whether somebody stays in jail or not at a first appearance is up to a judge.”
Greenburg is the stepson of former Democratic state representative Laura Ruderman. She told the court during Greenburg’s appearance that he was a good young man who made “straight As” in school. She also took the opportunity to remind the court of her past legislative position.
According to the same report from KOMO News, Greenburg’s attorney, Jason Lantz, stated that the arrest was a case of mistaken identity. Greenburg and many other rioters were dressed in dark pants and dark hoodies, Lantz said, and it could have been any one of them wielding the aluminum bat. It just wasn’t his young client.
#BreakingNews: suspect in the bat attack against a Seattle cop is the son of former Progressive WA state rep Laura Ruderman.
Jacob Greenberg, 19, was arrested in Kirkland on suspicion of arson. Police think he may also be behind a Molotov Cocktail attack.https://t.co/JX9e8FGOLO https://t.co/ltOPPHsYFy
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) September 29, 2020
Lantz implored the public to believe Greenburg was wrongly singled out:
“Let’s remember what the police think they have, is that in this chaotic situation with dozens, hundreds of people that have very generic clothing, that doesn’t mean they have the right person. They made a snap judgment.”
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On the other end of the scale comes a story LET brought you from Pennsylvania of a judge who sent a message to rioters:
LANCASTER, PA – Apparently one judge based out of Pennsylvania is not all for alleged rioters getting locked up and then being able to snag bail just in time for the next staged riot.
After 13 alleged rioters, 12 adults and one juvenile, were arrested following the Sept. 14 riots in Lancaster, Magisterial District Judge Bruce A. Roth set nine of the adults’ bail amounts at $1 million.
ABOUT TIME!!==>>Lancaster protesters held on whopping $1 million bail each after alleged riots https://t.co/BGPFtpP6Ih via @nypost
— Connie Hair ?? (@ConnieHair) September 15, 2020
This is probably hardly shocking to most, but the threshold to riot has gotten incredibly low for what folks online will call “police brutality,” “state-sanctioned violence” or some other term to vilify police.
In the case of Lancaster, rioters and protesters gathered to “demand justice” for a man chasing an officer with a knife who was fatally shot by police.
The body camera footage in which an officer shoots 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz on Sept. 13 was released relatively quickly and shows Munoz chasing the officer with a knife.
2) Violent protests broke out nearly immediately. Why are these anarchists tearing shit up and threatening the police when they do not even know what happened?
Answer: This is a disruptive ideology not a group that cares about black lives. It's about getting Biden elected. pic.twitter.com/XdV7cQVrF9
— The Grey Ghost Biker – ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ #Survivor 2.0 (@GreyGhost_Biker) September 14, 2020
But if recent times have taught the general public anything, it’s that it doesn’t matter to some whether a police shooting is justified or not – because these protests are seemingly being used as vehicles to spread chaos and vitriol.
People online are claiming that Munoz was suffering from a mental health episode when he chased an officer while swinging a knife (and got dangerously close, too, according to the body cam footage.)
"He had an episode. He was just incoherent and acting out," she said. "I called to find out what the procedure was to get him some help."@DanNephinLNP talked with Ricardo Munoz's sister about his mental health struggles. https://t.co/elcmUwwSxv
— Gillian McGoldrick (@gill_mcgoldrick) September 14, 2020
However, most reasonable people would deduce that it’s not the responsibility of a victim (in this case, the officer being chased) to ascertain the motivations behind someone chasing them with a knife.
Not to mention, Munoz was awaiting trial on separate charges for stabbing four other people in 2019.
Should he not have already been on meds after the last 4 people he stabbed ?
— Allison Duke (@AllisonDuke) September 15, 2020
Nonetheless, the inevitable riots followed suit the day after the police-involved shooting.
Police say that a mob of people began marching from the site of the shooting and to the local police station – while throwing bricks, rocks, glass bottles and even road barricades at officers.
Of the dozen adults arrested during the riot, most were met with charges ranging from arson and rioting to criminal conspiracy and institutional vandalism. The names of the arrestees are as follows:
- Jamal Shariff Newman, 24
- Barry Jones, 30
- Frank Gaston, 43
- Dwayne Montague, 23
- Matthew Modderman, 31
- Talia Gessner, 18
- Kathryn Patterson, 20
- Taylor Enterline, 20
- T-Jay Fry, 28
- Dylan Davis, 28
- Lee Alexander Wise, 29
- Maire Lopez, 32
The juvenile, who was unnamed due to his age, was identified as a 16-year-old facing charges of riot, disorderly conduct, possession of instruments of crime, possession of a small amount of marijuana, propulsion of missiles onto a roadway and institutional vandalism.
Outside of charges related to the typical tropes present during the riots, Dwayne Montague was also charged with possession of an illegal firearm.
Judge Roth has set bail for Newman, Jones, Montague, Modderman, Gessner, Patterson, Enterline, Fry and Davis at $1 million. Said bail amount has reportedly upset Lancaster Stands Up, which describes itself as a “grassroots organization fighting for an America that is for all of us.”
The organization took to Twitter to say the following about the bail amounts:
“The absurdly high bail amounts indicate that what we’re seeing is not a measured pursuit of justice, but a politically motivated attack on the movement for police reform and accountability.”
The arrested are part of an insurgency group that is determined to destroy our society. Their own words… If released they pose a threat to the peace and tranquillity of the community. Bail should be set higher under those circumstances. Hopefully other jurisdictions follow.
— SamSung (@FarmerSamSung) September 15, 2020
Others online are clapping back, explaining that the bail amounts established are a means to not only restore order – but also set a precedent while ensuring that the most egregious of alleged rioters cannot be back out on the streets in 24 hours or less.
Arson provides hope? The hopeful arsonist sounds like an indie film. You should totally pitch that
— Lee (@KaizokuLee) September 15, 2020
However, more and more sympathy perspectives are being shared online with regard to the bail amount, painting the alleged rioters as “providing hope.”
At this point, the only thing they’re likely to provide is a police report attached to a business’ insurance claim.
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