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
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
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports:
A verbal argument erupted between the victim and supporters of President Donald Trump outside the Buc-ee’s store in the 2800 block of South I-35E, Denton police said. Jason Lata, 44, punched the victim in the face and left the store’s parking lot, police alleged. The victim suffered an abrasion below his right eyebrow and a broken tooth.
Viral video of the incident shows a man in a hat yelling profanities at the victim and screaming “Turn it off!” as an anti-Donald Trump rap song by YG appeared to be playing in the background, according to the Associated Press. The suspect, who was standing with other men who were wearing Trump T-shirts, then punched the victim in the face, the AP reported.
Lata was arrested on suspicion of assault causing bodily injury. He was at the City of Denton Jail late Saturday. Bail was set at $15,000. Officers were dispatched to a hospital about 12:45 p.m. and interviewed the victim.
U.S. security officials are warning that violent domestic extremists pose a threat to the presidential election next month, amid what one official called a “witch’s brew” of rising political tensions, civil unrest and foreign disinformation campaigns.
FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memos say threats by domestic extremists to election-related targets will likely increase in the run-up to the Nov. 3 election.
Those warnings so far have largely remained internal. But New Jersey’s homeland security office took the unusual step of publicly highlighting the threat in a little-noticed report on its website last week.
“You have this witch’s brew that really hasn’t happened in America’s history. And if it has, it’s been decades if not centuries,” said Jared Maples, director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, which published the threat assessment.
Nationwide protests in recent months over racial justice and police brutality have been largely peaceful, but some have led to violent confrontations, including between extremist factions from left and right.
Documented cases of mail-ballot fraud are extremely rare and election experts say it would be nearly impossible for foreign actors to disrupt an election by mailing out fake ballots.
A recent internal FBI bulletin warned that domestic extremists with varying ideologies would likely pose an increasing threat to government and election-related targets in the run-up to the election, according to a person familiar with it. The bulletin was first reported by Yahoo News.
A DHS memo dated to Aug. 17 said ideologically driven extremists and other actors “could quickly mobilize” to engage in violence related to the election. The document, also first reported by Yahoo News, was confirmed to Reuters by a person familiar with it.
The memo said that lone offender white supremacists and other lone offenders with “personalized ideologies” pose the greatest threat of deadly violence.
Trump officials have pointed the finger at left-wing anarchists and anti-fascists during protests against police brutality and racism over the summer, but federal court records provide little evidence showing those arrested for violent acts had affiliations to far-left groups.
Last week, the top two DHS officials acknowledged in congressional hearings, however, that white supremacists have posed the most lethal domestic threat to the United States in recent years.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said during congressional hearings earlier this month that his agency was conducting investigations into violent domestic extremists, include white supremacists and anti-fascist groups. He said the largest “chunk” of investigations were into white supremacist groups.
White supremacist, anti-Semitic, anti-government, and related ideologies were tied to 77 percent of 454 alleged domestic extremist murders in the past decade, according to data compiled by the Anti-Defamation League, a New York City-based anti-hate advocacy organization, and presented at one of the congressional hearings last week.
The New Jersey report outlines three possible scenarios for the November election: a quick election outcome, a protracted process where determining a winner takes months and a legal battle that eventually goes to the Supreme Court.
Each of the scenarios could lead to extremist violence, with the possibility of deadly confrontations between protesters and targeted violence toward police officers, the assessment concludes.
The agency’s report says the extremists will likely be “anarchist, anti-government, and racially motivated,” but does not say which groups pose the greater threat.
The domestic extremist threat has always been present, but is getting more attention this year, according to Mike Sena, president of the National Fusion Center Association, which represents state-run “fusion centers” staffed by federal, state and local public safety personnel who monitor threats and facilitate information sharing.
“We have always had threats during the national election cycles from violent extremists, including terrorist organizations,” he said. “With current events, it is more in the spotlight than ever.”
The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, a bipartisan think tank, said in a June report that the outcome of the election could incite violence by the far-right or far-left.
“If President Trump loses the election, some extremists may use violence because they believe – however incorrectly – that there was fraud or that the election of Democratic candidate Joe Biden will undermine their extremist objectives,” the report reads. “Alternatively, some on the far-left could resort to terrorism if President Trump is re-elected.”
Think about the above. The ones not accepting a vote by the people is the right. They wont accept any reality in which they don’t win everything. What are they 3 year olds? So much for democracy. Hugs
The police are not even trying to hide their disdain and hate for those they want to rule over. The police are proving the point that they are brutalizing and abusing the public. It is a right to protest, but the police don’t like it, so they hurt people, they lash out in anger. Is this serve and protect, or is it a occupying armed force in a police state. Don’t tell me it is just a few bad apples, every officer there who did not arrest the cop who did this is just as guilty. You don’t have the right to run over someone’s head, but they do? Hugs
Patriots Coalition members suggested political assassinations and said ‘laws will be broken, people will get hurt’, leaked chats show
Leaked chat logs show Portland-area pro-Trump activists planning and training for violence, sourcing arms and ammunition and even suggesting political assassinations ahead of a series of contentious rallies in the Oregon city, including one scheduled for this weekend.
The chats on the GroupMe app, shared with the Guardian by the antifascist group Eugene Antifa, show conversations between Oregon members of the Patriots Coalition growing more extreme as they discuss armed confrontations with leftwing Portland activists, and consume a steady diet of online disinformation about protests and wildfires.
At times, rightwing activists discuss acts of violence at recent, contentious protests, which in some cases they were recorded carrying out. At one point, David Willis, a felon currently being sued for his alleged role in an earlier episode of political violence, joins a discussion about the use of paintballs.
Where other members had previously suggested freezing the paintballs for maximum damage, Willis wrote: “They make glass breaker balls that are rubber coated metal. They also have pepper balls but they are about 3 dollars a ball. Don’t freeze paintballs it makes them wildly inaccurate” [sic.]
Another prolific poster is Mark Melchi, a 41-year-old Dallas, Oregon-based car restorer who claims to have served as a captain in the US army.
Melchi has been recorded leading an armed pro-Trump militia, “1776 2.0” into downtown confrontations in Portland, including on 22 August. At several points in the chat he proposes violence in advance of those confrontations, and appears to confess to prior acts committed in the company of his paramilitary group.
In advance of the 22 August protest, Melchi wrote: “It’s going to be bloody and most likely shooting, they’re definitely armed… so let’s make sure we have an organized direction of movement and direction of clearing or other Patriots will be caught in the possible cross fire. When shit hits the fan.”
He advised other members to ignore weapons statutes, writing, “I saw someone say bats, mace, and stun guns are illegal downtown. If you’re going to play by the books tomorrow night, we already lost. We are here to make a change, laws will be broken, people will get hurt… It’s lawlessness downtown, and people need to be prepared for bad things.”
Following these comments, several rightwing demonstrators were recorded using gas and bats on 22 August, where Melchi and his militia were also present.
In other remarks ahead of the day, Melchi draws on what he claims is his group’s history of traveling to multiple states to engage in violence at protests.
“My Group 1776 2.0. Has been fighting Antifa in Seattle, Portland, for months”, Melchi writes, adding “this won’t be a simple fist fight. People will get shot, stabbed and beat.”
He also claims police cooperation in interstate violence, writing “Yes, going after them at night is the solution… Like we do in other states, tactical ambushes at night while backing up the police are key. You get the leaders and the violent ones and the police are happy to shut their mouths and cameras.”
Melchi nevertheless recommends that members disguise themselves to avoid the consequences of homicide.
“We must be ready to defend with lethal response… Suggest wearing mask and nothing to identify you on Camera…to prevent any future prosecution.”
Alex Newhouse, the digital research lead at the Center for Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at the Middlebury Institute, said of the group that “the main mechanism that makes these communities so dangerous is the incessant desensitization to the idea of political violence”.
Newhouse said that the ideas expressed in the group were entrenched in “extreme nationalism – that a few strong men with guns can together take out an evil that is at once imagined as an existential threat, and pathetically weak”. Newhouse added that the group’s discussions “fit within a broader trend of rightwing extremists becoming more accelerationist over time”.
The chatlogs became fractious at the peak of Oregon’s recent wildfire emergency. While some members said they had gone to rural areas to “hunt” imagined antifa arsonists, others became concerned about the dangers.
As early as 9 September, the baseless idea that the fires were a coordinated arson attack was treated as settled fact, with Melchi writing: “People have officially died from these Antifa Fires. I’d shoot them on site” [sic], and another user, Dub, responding: “Yes sir if I see them they are getting dropped where they stand.”
When adverse consequences of vigilantism became evident, leadership attempted to bring the group back under control. After a member of the group reported that an associate had been arrested in Lane county for “holding [someone] at gunpoint”, the group’s administrator, who used the user name Patriot Coalition, wrote “STOP HOLDING PEOPLE AT GUN POINT- STOP PULLING YOUR WEAPONS… VIDEO- TAKE PICTURES AND CALL 911.”
Along with antifascist demonstrators, Democratic politicians are also the target of violent fantasies in the chats. In particular, Portland’s mayor, Ted Wheeler, is demonized and nominated as a possible target for assassination by the group.
On 24 August, a user identified as “Trent-Medford” writes, “Fuck wheeler… guess what soon as we are done with these punks. He’s next freakin coward !!!!!!”
User T Durden went further. In response to news that an alleged arsonist had been released on bail, and without encountering disagreement, they wrote: “Maybe we need to start taking care of the justice ourselves!”, adding, “Start with justice on our DA and then move on to the governor. Maybe by the time we get to the first judge, they will have changed their tunes.”
There is more at the link above. These are cult tRump supporters. These people think it is patriotic to threaten others, to intimidate others, to hurt others, to violate the laws just to get what they want. They want the right to become occupying armies ruling over everyone else. No rule of law. These are criminal gangs. tRump loves to talk about MS-13 but these people are a fascist gang just as dangerous. Hugs