ST. LOUIS, MO – Can we chat about that whole “abolish the police” thing again? Because here’s what it looks like.
Breitbart News reported that a 19-year-old female was battered by another woman at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station in St. Louis on Thursday around 1:30pm.
Ready for this? No one stopped to intervene in the beating, not even the unarmed security guards on duty.
The two women were African-American and about the same age. A video of the incident went viral on Facebook.
It appears the two young women started arguing with each other when the assailant attacked the other woman. There is no record of what the altercation was about.
The Bi-State Development Agency is investigating the incident, but from what they have gathered those security guards should have intervened to help the young woman. The Metro President and CEO Taulby Roach commented the guards, although not armed, are expected to intervene in some manner.
Bi-State Commissioner Derrick Keith Cox mentioned they just worked with a consulting company to make the public transportation safer. The cost of the consulting service was one million dollars.
They did recommend that the security guard be unarmed and only police should be armed.
Cox’s concern now is that using unarmed guards leaves them without a way to protect themselves let alone anyone else.
Roach feels that a gun in this situation would have made the situation far worse. The agency just hired a new Security firm, GS4, in April, costing them $16,000,00.00.
Commissioner Cox was interviewed by FOX2 News’ You Paid For It Team and said:
“At first I was mad. Then it mostly turned, I wanted to cry. Sad that people who depend on the system. How can they feel safe after watching that?”
Cox believes the security guards should be armed with firearms.
Metro President and CEO Taulby Roach, in an interview with FOX 2 News, said:
“Look, certainly in that instance some fundamental intervention, de-escalation. It was a situation that went out of control but can be controlled by just getting in the way, trying to settle people down, have a discussion treat it like a community.”
CEO Roach does not agree with arming the security guards with firearms.
Breitbart News reported that in gun-free zones or areas with no armed police is found to cause a spike in violence. One prime example of this is Orlando’s ‘Pulse’ gay bar which was a gun-free zone but the site of one of the deadliest mass shootings in this nation’s history. Breitbart reported:
“Per Florida’s concealed carry law, those with a license to carry may not carry their firearms into an establishment that serves alcohol.”
Title XLVI Chapter 790, states guns are not permitted in bars. Section (12)(a) informs CCW license holders:
A license issued under this section does not authorize any person to openly carry a handgun or carry a concealed weapon or firearm into: Any portion of an establishment licensed to disperse alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to such purpose.”
In a study on ‘gun-free zones’ it was reported that 89% of the 21st century mass shootings occurred in gun-free zones. These statistics were found by a study conducted by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC).
The numbers were taken from records between 1998 and June 2019. The study also reported that rifles were used in 13 percent of 21st century mass shootings and shotguns were used in only 4 percent. Breitbart reported that all the gun control laws in place are not working.
There are numerous active shooter incidents (Virginia Tech attack, 2007; Aurora movie theater, 2012; Orlando Pulse, 2016; San Bernardino, 2015; and more) where the site was a gun-free zone and Democrats use these incidents to drive gun control legislation.
Legislators should repeal gun control statutes that create gun-free zones so those law-abiding citizens that wish to lawfully exercise their Second Amendment right can ‘fight back’ instead of being sitting ducks.
AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News said:
“The problem is not the gun, but the statutes barring law-abiding citizens from having guns with them for self-defense.”
Last week, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, who has stated
that she is against defunding the police, made headlines and received massive backlash after a Facebook live video Friday afternoon in which she read names, and in some cases, addresses, of anti-police protestors who demanded defunding of the police.
She shared this information in response to a viewer question by a person identified as “Rachel,” who asked about a meeting
Mayor Krewson held with pro-defunding demonstrators earlier that day.
“The conversation wasn’t really a two-way conversation, I’ll be honest with you, because there was a very loud, um, very loud response from the demonstrators.”
The Mayor continued by reading some of the letters protestors had sent, including “demands
” for defunding the police. Many letter writers called for a police budget of $0
. In some cases, she read the name and at times the address of the sender.
Reaction to her sharing of information was harsh.
Local candidate for Missouri state senate Megan Green tweeted:
So not cool to doxx my constituents who support #DefundThePolice
on your FB live today. It’s a move designed to silence dissent, and it’s dangerous. #DoBetter
Sara Baker, Policy Director of the ACLU of Missouri, issued this statement
“Today adds to the list of things we never thought we would have to say. To be clear, it is shocking and misguided for Mayor Lyda Krewson of St. Louis, to broadcast the addresses of those who dare to express a different viewpoint on an issue of public concern. It serves no apparent purpose beyond intimidation.
We are stronger when we foster open dialogue. The chilling of debate should bother everyone, no matter whether they agree or disagree with the mayor on this particular issue.”
Activist Maxi Glamour started an online petition
calling for the resignation of Mayor Krewson. On the petition description, Glamour states,
“On June 26th Lyda directly endangered the lives of protesters by releasing their names and addresses. Amidst community backlash of St. Louis police brutality, Mayor Lyda Krewson consistently campaigns on more funding for the police paid through by tax payers.”
At this writing, the petition has over 16,000 signatures.
Mayor Krewson issued an apology in response to the backlash, stating,
“In an effort to be transparent and accessible to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic, for more than three months now I have been doing tri-weekly community updates on Facebook.
Tonight, I would like to apologize for identifying individuals who presented letters to me at City Hall as I was answering a routine question during one of my updates earlier today. While this is public information, I did not intend to cause distress or harm to anyone. The post has been removed.”
If releasing identifying information of anti-police demonstrators, though notably part of easily obtainable public record, is worthy of a smackdown and apology, surely the same applies to releasing information on law enforcement and those who are pro-police, right?
According to an unclassified intelligence document obtained by the Associated Press
, amid the anti-police riots and protests, personal identifying information about police officers is being shared online.
Specifically, the names, addresses, and email addresses and phone numbers of police officials in cities such as DC, Atlanta, Boston and New York have been shared. In addition, the DHS shared that in Kentucky, there was a “link to a website that contained their full names, the names of their family members, home addresses, specific information about the vehicles they drive and online account login information.”
The AP continues,
“The document warns that the effort, known as “doxxing,” could lead to attacks by “violent opportunists or domestic violent extremists” or could prevent law enforcement officials from carrying out their duties.”
Furthermore, the DHS stated
, “law enforcement personnel will continue to be targeted by this activity.”
Doxxing hits home for many of us at Law Enforcement Today. As many of us are current or retired peace officers, and as all of us are pro-police, we are squarely in the crosshairs of those who would wish to dox and do violence against those with whom they do not agree.
Cops across the country have shared disturbing messages
with us lately: threats, gruesome photos, vandalization.
We ourselves have been targeted
, with death threats, hateful emails, and home visits. One of our editors and writers was advised to remove his Thin Blue Line sticker due to vandalization of cars with pro-police decals.
Because of the harsh reality of doxxing, threats and danger to person and property, we have had to remove names and bylines of writers from our website.
So even as we are seeing and reporting on
hateful doxxing, and worse yet, threats and violence, against those who are pro-police, we have yet to see widespread condemnation of such actions by the left. Activist Maxx Glamour spoke of lives of anti-police protestors being “endangered
” by the act of reading their information on letters.
The ACLU spoke
protectively of “those who dare to express a different viewpoint on an issue of public concern” and called out the mayor for “intimidation,” yet so far has issued no statement on the incontrovertible DHS information on the targeting of police.
The silence of the left speaks volumes when those with pro-police viewpoints are threatened.
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