NYPD Detains Black Lives Matter Activists For More Than 30 Hours On Low-Level Charges

Please read all the way to the bottom.   I added more comments at the end.   I know the videos are disturbing of police abusing and attacking people who had not done anything wrong before the police attacked.   The police officer in charge was clearly worked up, angry and itching to assault the protesters.   He made sure things escalated.   The police are acting like a gang now trying to protect their turf.   

Notice in one video a guy simply standing there using his phone and a cop walks up and violently knocks it out of his hand to the ground.  Who has to pay for the damaged phone?  What right did the cop have to do that.   It would be an criminal offence non-police did it, it would be a crime if I did that to you.   Why is it OK for cops to treat the population like this, are they above the law?  Are they now the law, and we have no rights or justice?   Hugs

https://gothamist.com/news/nypd-detains-black-lives-matter-activists-more-30-hours-low-level-charges

On the same night that NYPD officers stood by while protesters attacked civilians and a journalist during a Borough Park protest against COVID-19 restrictions, the police department arrested four Black Lives Matter activists in Bedford-Stuyvesant for low-level offenses and detained them for two nights before they were released.

Activists said that the arrests started when they tried to observe and film police officers, and spiraled out of control from there.

The evening began with a community meeting and dinner in Herbert von King Park, led by the group Abolition Park, who’d previously occupied the plaza outside city hall during the month of July, according to some who attended.

As dinner was wrapping up and most had left, the remaining activists got word there was a large police presence that had gathered nearby on Gates Avenue. Police confirmed they were trying to “secure the perimeter” of a nearby building, responding to reports of someone with a firearm.

Some of the activists started to film the officers on the scene, who then confronted them. Video shows one high-ranking NYPD officer slapping a phone out of an activist’s hand.

Moments later, 22-year-old Nia Peterson, who was separated from the group, was surrounded by officers as she tried to pass them on the sidewalk. Video posted to social media showed her trip while backing up and falling into a tree. As she clamors to her feet, officers close in and surround her while she screams, “Why are you arresting me?”

Hearing of her detention, a small remaining group of activists went to the 79th Precinct to demand her release. Two went inside to ask what had happened, according to 32-year-old Victoria, who declined to give her last name, and was waiting outside.

“We weren’t pushing. We weren’t being violent. We weren’t blocking the streets. We were standing on the sidewalk,” she said. “I really feel like it was a lawful assembly and we were applying pressure for the release of our friend.”

Vineeta, a 21-year-old activist who also declined to give her last name, had gone into the precinct to get information on the arrests, and said she was stonewalled by officers for several minutes before they started donning riot gear. She said that three officers grabbed her and dragged her out of the precinct. Outside, NYPD officers had surrounded the small group of activists with metal barricades and started shoving them. The NYPD confirmed they made three more arrests.

Police say 18-year-old Angel Rivera punched two officers and that they pepper-sprayed him while he resisted arrest. He was taken to Woodhull Hospital, according to the NYPD. Three NYPD officers were treated for injuries at Bellevue Hospital, two for punches, and one for a sprained ankle, after someone pushed them, the NYPD said.

But activists disputed the police department’s claims, saying Rivera had been violently attacked during his arrest. A video shared with Gothamist showed Rivera being tackled to the ground by two officers, while onlookers scream.

“They assaulted Angel,” said Vineeta. “He had his arms behind his back they were dragging him and punching him.”

Vineeta said she was shoved by an officer in riot gear, and the combination of that and watching her friend being attacked, physically sickened her.

“I was vomiting,” she said. “I saw them f*cking up Angel and my whole body went into shock.”

The four activists spent more than 30 hours in NYPD custody—first in the 79th Precinct and later at Brooklyn Central Booking, following their arrest Wednesday night. Three of them had been released on Friday, while Rivera was still in custody as of 5 p.m., according to activists and attorneys.

Peterson, whose arrest while attempting to film NYPD officers led to the confrontation outside the precinct, was released late Friday morning, after being arraigned on charges of obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct, and consumption of alcohol in public, according to activists and prosecutors.

A second activist, Emma Rehac, 18, was charged with obstructing governmental administration, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree for allegedly having a bottle of Adderall, according to a criminal complaint. Jaffari Williams Fox, 22, was also charged with obstruction. Angel Rivera, 18, was charged with assault, obstruction and harassment and had bail set at $5,000, according to prosecutors.

Janie Williams, a criminal defense attorney who was advocating for them before they were assigned a court-appointed lawyer at arraignment, said they spent over 20 hours in the precinct, before being transferred to Brooklyn Central Booking, which is virtually unheard of. In New York, defendants are supposed to be arraigned within 24 hours of being arrested for a crime.

Williams pointed out that three of the four protesters faced low-level charges and that the NYPD could have issued tickets and released them, instead of detaining them for more than a day. When Williams went to the 79th Precinct to serve papers invoking their rights to an attorney, she said she watched as police officers inside threw them into the trash.

“I have never seen that in my entire life,” Williams said. “They literally threw their constitutional rights in the garbage and had no problem doing that.”

Williams added she thought the excessively long detention was intentional.

“It’s deliberate hazing that seems to be taking place, specifically targeting this community,” she said. “They are deliberating targeting these young people.”

That same night, a violent demonstration was occuring in Borough Park, where a crowd of ultra-Orthodox Jewish protesters, egged on by right wing provocateur Heshy Tischler, attacked journalists and people perceived as dissenters in the crowd. During two nights of unrest, the NYPD issued no arrests or summonses, though the mayor has subsequently promised an arrest of those who attacked reporter Jacob Kornbluh.

The NYPD didn’t return a request for comment on how they handled the Borough Park protesters compared to Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

In mid-September, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the NYPD should have “clear ground rules, usable ground rules,” on when to enact arrests during protests. When asked about those ground rules Friday, the NYPD and the Mayor’s Office pointed to guidance released on Thursday detailing how protests inside COVID-19 hot-zones would be policed.

“What we have here is something where we absolutely must have consistency of response,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters on Thursday.

“We have to ensure that all communities are treated the same way.”

The US is becoming a police state.   Like other strong arm nations the US now has police that are an occupying army whose function is to keep the status quo for the dictating wealthy powers.    These police are abusing every right and our very own constitution.  Notice they attacked and charged someone for filming them.  For recording their abuses.   That is a crime now to record police breaking the laws on public streets?   Notice the police officer in charge dressed in a white shirt was swearing at the protestors yelling you fuckers have picked the wrong people to mess with, and calling them insulting and derogatory names.   The police are now demanding instant respect or you are arrested, held for a long time, and maybe just released, as if it is a game to the police.   The police are now taking it on themselves to assign punishments, why wait for due process and the legal system.   This is what they have been doing to POC all along, now they are doing it to everyone openly and with anger and pride.   So much for serve and protect, now the police are acting like rulers and thugs.   The police have become violent gangs taking over.    

On a side note remembered all those 2nd amendment people claiming they need their guns to stand up to the fascist government take over to deny them their rights?   Well here it is , happening on video in front of them.  Where are these people to stop the police gangs?   They are with the police gangs, the fascist cops, cheering on the denying of civil rights and the destruction of legal protections.    Hugs

Brian Brown: Send Money, We Can Overturn Obergefell

Brian Brown: Send Money, We Can Overturn Obergefell

Via email from hate group leader Brian Brown:

Conservatives Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh both strongly believe that the constitution should be interpreted as written and, thus, should be reliable votes against the imposition of same-sex marriage. Chief Justice John Roberts strongly objected to the majority ruling in Obergefell. And Judge Amy Coney Barrett has a long record of personal support for traditional marriage and has been sharply critical of Supreme Court rulings that articulate so-called “rights” that are found nowhere in the text of the Constitution.

It takes five justices on the Supreme Court to form a majority. So how does the speculation look now on reversing Obergefell? Thomas + Alito + Gorsuch + Kavanaugh = 4. Barrett would = 5, a majority. Chief Justice Roberts can be fickle so we can’t count on him being the deciding vote. But with Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court, her deciding vote to restore marriage could well be enough to persuade Roberts to stick with his original opinion and overturn Obergefell as well.

You can see how critical it is that Judge Amy Coney Barrett be confirmed to the Supreme Court. The next three weeks are crucial in that regard. That’s why we are asking every NOM supporter to make a financial contribution right away so that we can do everything in our power to help secure her confirmation. Every donation will be 100% matched up to a total match of $10,000. Please give generously.

For this guy, Brian Brown, I can not tell if he is a true believer or just a grifter realizing he can get uninformed or religiously indoctrinated people to send him lots of money over this issue.  The reason I say this is because he has spent his adult career begging for money to stop same sex marriage and then to over turn it.  Everything he puts out includes a beg for money.  Unlike Scott Lively who really is a true believer hater of gays.   I do not know if Lively was molested as a kid but he is venomous and wants gays killed.   Brown just seems to want his nice large salary to continue even though he has failed at everything he has tried to promote.   What do you think?   Hugs

White supremacists remain deadliest US terror threat, Homeland Security report says

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/06/politics/white-supremacists-anarchists-dhs-homeland-threat-assessment/index.html

White supremacist extremists will remain the deadliest domestic terror threat to the United States, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s first annual homeland threat assessment, which details a range of threats from election interference to unprecedented storms.

Since 2018, White supremacists have conducted more lethal attacks in the US than any other domestic extremist movement, demonstrating a “longstanding intent” to target racial and religious minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, politicians and those they believe promote multi-culturalism and globalization, according to the report.
“As Secretary, I am concerned about any form of violent extremism,” wrote acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf. “However, I am particularly concerned about white supremacist violent extremists who have been exceptionally lethal in their abhorrent, targeted attacks in recent years.”
The assessment, which comes less than a month before Election Day, was the subject of a recent whistleblower complaint alleging political influence at the department. White supremacy was at the forefront of the first presidential debate last week, when President Donald Trump declined to condemn White supremacists. He instead blamed ​what he called “antifa and the left​” for violence and told the far-right Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.”
Concerns about White supremacy have resonated with voters ahead of the presidential election. Most voters in a recent CNN poll (64%) say Trump has not done enough to denounce White supremacist groups, after being asked to do so at the debate. Among people of color, that rises to 76%.
Last month, DHS whistleblower Brian Murphy, who previously ran the department’s intelligence division, alleged in the complaint that top political appointees instructed career DHS officials to modify intelligence assessments to suit Trump’s agenda by downplaying Russia’s efforts to interfere in the US and the threat posed by White supremacists. Murphy was reassigned amid concerns that his office gathered and disseminated intelligence on US reporters.
Wolf has denied that the department tried to soften the threat. “I think if you look at the document, Russia is mentioned somewhere in the document between 30 and 40 different times, so if we were trying to downplay Russia, we didn’t do a very good job, I would say,” he told CBS News, which first published the assessment Tuesday.
Murphy alleged he had been instructed to modify the section of the assessment on White supremacy in a “manner that made the threat appear less severe, as well as include information on the prominence of violent “left-wing” groups.”
The final threat assessment concludes: White supremacist extremists “will remain the most persistent and lethal threat in the Homeland.” Leaked draft versions of the report had slightly different language and placement regarding the threat.
There is more information at the link above including the denials and back tracking from the DHS political appointed director.   Hugs

GOP-backed Senate candidate Lauren Witzke appeared in a video for a white nationalist website to push racist tropes

https://www.mediamatters.org/vdare/gop-backed-senate-candidate-lauren-witzke-appeared-video-white-nationalist-website-push

Republican Senate candidate Lauren Witzke is continuing her outreach to white nationalists by promoting her campaign in a video interview with the white nationalist site VDare. The Delaware Republican Party has continued backing Witzke despite her appeals to far-right extremists.

Witzke is running for the U.S. Senate in Delaware against incumbent Democratic Sen. Chris Coons. As Media Matters and others have documented, Witzke has frequently interacted with white nationalists and anti-Semites during her campaign. She has also praised the violent neo-fascist Proud Boys for helping her campaign.

Additionally, Witzke is a supporter of QAnon, the violence-linked conspiracy theory that started on message boards and has been labeled a potential domestic terror threat by the FBI.

The Delaware Republican Party and Chair Jane Brady have been supporting her campaign. Brady told Delaware Public Media last month that Witzke has “shown great energy, she’s very bright, and she’s worked very hard. And she’s earned the support of the party.”

One of Witzke’s main policy plans is “a full 10-year moratorium on all immigration,” a proposal that is also supported by VDare, an anti-immigrant white nationalist site. The Southern Poverty Law Center states that VDare “regularly publishes articles by prominent white nationalists, race scientists and anti-Semites.”

During the nearly 26-minute interview, Witzke and Brimelow primarily talked about immigration. She also pushed false white nationalist tropes, including stating:

  • “We are bringing in people from Third World countries. We are bringing in cartel members and we’re doing it 100% legally.”
  • “People are so worried about being called, you know, labeled a ‘white supremacist’ when, you know, we are giving our country away to foreigners. They are dismantling our culture, they’re taking down our historical monuments. They’re voting against our interests.”
  • “We see that in [Rep.] Ilhan Omar’s [D-MN] district, you know, a district of refugees, they elected, you know, a Third World dictator, is what they did. And now it looks like the Third World.”

Media Matters contacted the Delaware GOP and Brady for comment but did not receive a reply from them as of posting.

Shortly after contacting the state party and Brady, Media Matters received an email from Witzke stating: “America is tired of Communist media outlets like CNN and the rest absurdly smearing Americans who want to limit immigration — including African Americans, Cubans, and Jews — as white nationalists or somehow fringe. Protecting the rule of law and our southern border is as American as apple pie.”

The culture in the US is and always has been a culture of accepting immigrants and blending other cultures into the existing one.   The melting pot.   The problem now is the white supremacists are not worried about culture, they appropriate other cultures as the rest of us do, but they are worried about demographics shifts and their loss of majority.   Hugs

QAnon/GOP Senate Nominee Lauren Witzke Does Video Interview With White Nationalist Group VDare

QAnon/GOP Senate Nominee Lauren Witzke Does Video Interview With White Nationalist Group VDare [VIDEO]

Read the full article. As previously reported, Witzke has an arrest record for meth and heroin possession and has claimed that she used to smuggle drugs for Mexican cartels. VDare takes their name from Virginia Dare, who is believed to have been the first white child born in what would become the United States.