Attorney who helped firebomb NYPD car during BLM protests sentenced to prison

https://www.yahoo.com/news/attorney-firebomb-nypd-car-george-floyd-protests-blm-sentenced-prison-142139479.html

Attorney who helped firebomb NYPD car during BLM protests sentenced to prison

By Alexander Nazaryan

January 27, 2023

BROOKLYN — In a dramatic hearing on Thursday, a federal judge sentenced a corporate attorney who firebombed a police car during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests to a year in jail, arguing that his prestigious education — boarding school, Princeton, a law degree from New York University — should have rendered him a peacekeeper, not an instigator.

“You’re not one of the oppressed. You’re one of the privileged,” senior Eastern District of New York Judge Brian Cogan told Colinford Mattis, even as he expressed admiration for what the 35-year-old had accomplished in his life.

The sentencing marked the culmination of a two-and-a-half-year legal battle that saw Mattis and his co-defendant, Urooj Rahman, become symbols of the nation’s political tumult and divisions. Spanning two presidential administrations, their case saw competing imperatives play out in public and in the courtroom, as well as in the media.

To the Heritage Foundation they were “terrorists,” while New York magazine allowed that they could be seen as “civil-rights heroes, even martyrs.” The Daily Mail called them “woke lawyers.” In the pages of the New York Times, they were described by a guest contributor as victims of “deeply ingrained injustices.”

The Justice Department under then-President Donald Trump sought to put them away for at least 45 years. But then Joe Biden became president, and in both cases the Justice Department settled for much less. They ended up pleading guilty last summer to conspiracy to commit arson. Both will lose their law licenses.

“You’re a good guy. No question,” Cogan told Mattis, dressed in a blue shirt and tan khakis. Before reading the sentence — 12 months and one day, a fine of $30,000 and one year of probation — the judge asked for a few moments of quiet contemplation, a final opportunity to think through a case that had become a topic of national interest and a referendum on racism and policing, privilege and justice, not to mention the coronavirus pandemic that seemed to bring those and other forces into inescapable public confrontation.

The facts of the case were never in dispute. But what those facts mean remains deeply unsettled, as the nation continues to struggle with racial and social divisions. Promising attorneys who seemed to embody a fundamental American promise, Mattis and Rahman both said in court that they had allowed anger to consume them.

“I’ll be spending every day for the rest of my life trying to make this right,” Rahman said at her sentencing. She will spend 15 months in jail. Standing before the same judge three months later, Mattis voiced the same sentiment. “I ruined my life with my conduct that night,” he said on Thursday.

In succumbing to anger at a time of profound division, fear and isolation, the two were perhaps no different from many other Americans who see no meaningful outlet for their frustration at what they see as society’s misguided direction. Political violence remains rare, but it is rising. For the most part, the perpetrators are far-right extremists. In this case, the malefactors were progressives, which may be why the case gained national attention.

It was Rahman, a social justice activist who worked in housing law, who threw a Bud Light bottle filled with gasoline — a wick of toilet paper served as the fuse — at an abandoned New York Police Department vehicle in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn in the early hours of May 30, 2020, as New York and many other cities, large and small, across the nation erupted in social justice protests.

Mattis drove the car. But it was he who purchased the gasoline used to make the flaming Molotov cocktail that Rahman threw.

Though generally peaceful, the ragged edges of that summer’s Black Lives Matter protests sometimes devolved into violence, mostly involving destruction of private property. Whereas more than a few defendants from the Jan. 6, 2021, pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol have achieved a measure of public notoriety — several have even run for public office — Rahman and Mattis are the rare social justice protesters privy to the same attention.

Cogan’s obviously genuine compassion for Mattis — who is raising three foster children, for whom he was left to care after his mother died from uterine cancer — was overcome by a sense that the vehement demonstrations that followed George Floyd’s killing needed attorneys to monitor police misconduct instead of partaking in misconduct of their own.

“We really needed you. We really needed the lawyers,” Cogan said as he mulled the “horrible night” that saw violence erupt all over New York. Several officers of the NYPD were accused of overly aggressive tactics in confronting protesters throughout late May and early June 2020.

Mattis’s defense attorney Sabrina Shroff argued that her client’s alcohol abuse and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, prevented him from thinking clearly. She said that late night calls with him could be something of an ordeal.

“He just sounded drunk,” Shroff said.

Cogan appeared unconvinced by appeals to neurodivergence or substance abuse, pointing to Mattis’s educational and professional record as evidence that he had more internal fortitude than Shroff suggested.

Still, the proceedings were informed by the knowledge that a much worse fate could have awaited Mattis and Rahman. In the broadest terms, it was the 2020 presidential election that came to their rescue.

Within hours of their arrest, the case was transferred from state to federal court, an unusual move for a crime that involved no bodily harm or loss of life. The police van they torched had already been vandalized. Trump’s Justice Department plainly wanted to make an example of the duo, as the unstinting June 11 indictment filed against them made clear.

Prosecutors also fought to keep them in pretrial detention, leading to a campaign on the imprisoned pair’s behalf. “The Trump Administration is wielding the punitive force of this system against Colin and Urooj, who are Black and South Asian, respectively, in order to chill popular protest against the unjust status quo,” read an open letter from civil rights and progressive advocacy groups. The letter said that “cruel and unnecessary” treatment the two experienced “reflects the Trump Administration’s animosity towards the powerful and growing Movement for Black Lives.”

A judge set them free on bond that June. Even then, they still faced a potential minimum 45-year prison sentence from prosecutors who seemed determined to see them as domestic terrorists, not hapless vandals. But then came the turnover of presidential administrations; almost exactly a year after the two were first arrested, federal prosecutors — now in Biden’s employ, not Trump’s — gave Mattis and Rahman a plea deal that, were they to accept it, would give them no more than two years in jail.

Conservatives were outraged, with a National Review editorial criticizing Biden for “shameful pandering.” That and similar charges seemed to ignore the fact that Mattis and Rahman have their professional and personal lives ruined for the foreseeable future — and perhaps for the rest of their lives.

Mattis’s defense attorney Shroff said on Thursday that the crime her client had committed was “going to forever mark him.” Speaking a few minutes later, Mattis described the family he was trying to build, the three children from whom he will be separated once his jail term begins in several weeks.

“I ruined that,” he said.

January 27, 2023. Tags: , , , , , . Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr: “This is not Oregon. We are not Washington or New York or California. We’re Georgia. Do not come to our state and engage in violence against our citizens, against our law enforcement or break our laws. It will not be tolerated. You will be charged, and we will not stop until we make sure that everybody that’s been a part of this has been held accountable.”

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

January 25, 2023

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr recently said the following:

“This is not Oregon. We are not Washington or New York or California. We’re Georgia. Do not come to our state and engage in violence against our citizens, against our law enforcement or break our laws. It will not be tolerated. You will be charged, and we will not stop until we make sure that everybody that’s been a part of this has been held accountable.”

CNN recently published this article, which is titled, “7 charged with domestic terrorism after deadly shooting near proposed Atlanta police training facility.”

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. Every city has exactly as much crime as it’s willing to tolerate. The above quote from the Georgia Attorney General is just as much a criticism of those other states as it is of the criminals. I hope all of these criminals are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

January 25, 2023. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Antifa, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

I asked ChatGPT the following question: “Why do protestors burn down their own neighborhoods?” Here’s how it answered:

ChatGPT is a chat bot. You can read about it at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChatGPT

I asked ChatGPT the following question: “Why do protestors burn down their own neighborhoods?”

Here’s how it answered:

It is important to note that not all protests involve the burning of buildings or destruction of property. However, in some cases, protesters may engage in acts of vandalism or destruction of property as a way to express their frustration or anger, or to disrupt the normal functioning of a community or society. This type of behavior is often referred to as “violent protest.”

It is difficult to generalize about the motivations of people who engage in violent protest, as there are many factors that can contribute to this type of behavior. However, some common reasons that people may participate in violent protest include a sense of desperation or hopelessness, a desire for immediate change or action, and a feeling of being ignored or marginalized by those in positions of power. In some cases, outside agitators or criminal elements may also be involved in inciting or perpetrating violence during protests.

Regardless of the motivations behind it, the burning of buildings or destruction of property can have serious and long-lasting consequences for a community, including economic damage, loss of jobs, and harm to individuals and families. It is important for people to find peaceful and constructive ways to express their grievances and work towards positive change.

December 25, 2022. Tags: , , , , . ChatGPT, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

New York lawyer Urooj Rahman gets only 15 months in prison for firebombing a police car during the George Floyd riots

https://www.yahoo.com/news/lawyer-gets-15-months-behind-193513360.html

Lawyer gets 15 months behind bars for firebombing police car

By Tom Hays

November 18, 2022

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City attorney was sentenced to 15 months behind bars on Friday for firebombing an empty New York City police vehicle with another lawyer during protests over the murder of George Floyd.

Before hearing her sentence, Urooj Rahman asked a judge to spare her prison time and give her a “second chance” to redeem herself for what she called a momentary lapse of judgement.

“I’m so incredibly sorry for my reckless and wrong actions,” a tearful Rahman said in federal court in Brooklyn. “I don’t think there’s enough words to express my sorrow and regret. … I completely lost my way in the emotion of the night.”

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan praised her for choosing a career in public interest law to fight against social injustices.

“You’re a remarkable person who did a terrible thing on one night,” Cogan said.

However, Cogan also scolded her for thinking she could get away with violent protest.

“It displays an amazing amount of arrogance. … It’s just a very arrogant way to think,” he said.

Federal prosecutors had recommended a sentence of 18 to 24 months as part of a plea deal.

Rahman and Colinford Mattis were arrested amid clashes between protesters and police on May 30, 2020, during an eruption of demonstrations following Floyd’s killing by a police officer in Minnesota.

Surveillance cameras recorded Rahman hurling an incendiary device into a parked police vehicle, setting fire to its console. No one was injured in the attack, but the vehicle was severely damaged.

Officers arrested the lawyers a short time later and said they found a lighter, a Bud Light beer bottle filled with toilet paper and a gasoline tank in the back of a minivan driven by Mattis, a corporate attorney. Prosecutors alleged the lawyers planned to distribute and throw other Molotov cocktails.

While other lawyers condemned their conduct, some objected to the severity of the charges, arguing that the case was improperly handled as if it were an act of domestic terrorism. When the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn asked that the lawyers be detained without bail, 56 former federal prosecutors sent a legal brief to the court criticizing the government’s handling of the case.

Rahman and Mattis have been disbarred. Mattis is scheduled for sentencing next month.

November 18, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Racism, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot complained about food deserts in her city, but she was afraid to point out their cause

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently complained about the lack of grocery stores in certain Chicago neighborhoods.

But she was afraid to point out the cause.

I’m not afraid to point it out.

Here are some news articles that were published after the George Floyd riots:

NPR Chicago affiliate WBEZ: “In Chicago’s Poorest Areas, Recovery May Be Long, If It Comes At All”

https://www.wbez.org/stories/in-chicagos-poorest-areas-recovery-may-be-long-if-it-comes-at-all/4ec11642-b45f-4c32-9e48-66ab206d14d5

CBS News: “Chicago’s South Side Left With Few Food Options After Weekend Violence”

https://www.cbsnews.com/chicago/news/chicagos-south-side-left-with-few-food-options-after-weekend-violence/

CBS News: “Black Girls Break Bread Steps In As Looting Leaves Food Deserts Even Worse Off”

https://www.cbsnews.com/chicago/news/black-girls-break-bread-steps-in-as-looting-leaves-food-deserts-even-worse-off/

ABC News: “Chicago residents left scrambling for medications and essentials as looted pharmacies, grocery stores remain closed”

https://abc7chicago.com/looted-pharmacies-destroyed-grocery-stores-looting-stay-at-home-order/6227663/

It’s really a shame that Lightfoot is such a coward.

Just yesterday, I wrote this other blog post about crime in Chicago. It’s called, “The pro-crime, bleeding heart liberals kept releasing violent serial criminal Pherris Harrington, 26, of Chicago, so he could continue to commit more violent crimes. The bleeding heart liberals got exactly what they were hoping for.”

https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2022/11/15/pherris-harrington/

Every city gets exactly as much crime as it’s willing to tolerate.

November 16, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , . Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

BLM Rioter Who Murdered Retired St. Louis Police Captain Sentenced to Life in Prison without Parole

https://www.yahoo.com/news/rioter-murdered-retired-st-louis-171948312.html

BLM Rioter Who Murdered Retired St. Louis Police Captain Sentenced to Life in Prison without Parole

By Brittany Bernstein

October 5, 2022

David Dorn

The 26-year-old man convicted of killing retired St. Louis Police Captain David Dorn was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Wednesday.

Stephan Cannon’s sentencing comes after a jury convicted him in July of fatally shooting Dorn in June 2020. The 77-year-old was responding to a burglary alarm at a friend’s pawn shop during a night of Black Lives Matter rioting when Cannon shot him.

Cannon was convicted in July on all of felony charges he faced, including first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, stealing $750 or more, unlawful possession of a firearm, and three counts of armed criminal action.

Dorn’s widow, Ann Wood-Dorn, has said her husband would regularly respond when Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry’s burglar alarm was triggered. On the night of his death – June 2, 2020 – Dorn was defending the shop from looters around 2:30 a.m. when he was fatally shot.

Cannon was one of the robbers Dorn confronted before he was murdered.

His death was live-streamed on Facebook Live. During the 13-minute-long video that circulated online, a young man can be heard saying, “Oh my God, cuz … They just killed this old man at the pawn shop over some TVs … c’mon, man, that’s somebody’s granddaddy.”

Attorney Marvin Teer said Cannon fired ten shots at Dorn as he arrived at the scene and fired off warning shots to stop the looters, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Public defender Brian Horneyer argued during the trial that police had “tunnel vision” in accusing Cannon of the crime and suggested detectives relied on co-defendant Mark Jackson as their main witness despite Jackson being “a man who lies as easily as he breathes.”

Cannon continued to maintain his innocence during the sentencing hearing on Wednesday, KSDK reported.

Wood-Dorn also spoke during the hearing, saying that her husband “became a victim of the very thing he fought against.”

Dorn’s son Brian Powell told Cannon: “I hope your eyes are woke. You still have time to get everything together and make amends with your maker.”

Then-St. Louis police Chief John Hayden previously described the night of Dorn’s death as “mayhem.”

Four police officers were shot, some 55 businesses were attacked, and a convenience store was set on fire. It was just one of countless nights of rioting that gripped nearly every major American city after George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer.

Dorn, an African-American, retired from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in 2007 after 38 years of service. He became Chief of Police for the Moline Acres Police Department the next year.

On the first anniversary of the officer’s death, St. Louis County Councilman Tim Fitch told National Review he remembers Dorn as a “great friend” and “wonderful law enforcement officer.”

“He’s very much missed and the night that he was taken from our community was a horrible evening for everyone in St. Louis,” Fitch said. He added that the violent evening of unrest was “really fed by the defund the police crowd which really whipped up a lot of protests in the St. Louis area that ultimately led to Captain Dorn’s death.”

October 5, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Rioting looting and arson, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Urooj Rahman, the BLM supporting lawyer who bombed an empty police car in New York City, claims that the real victim is herself

https://freebeacon.com/courts/firebombing-attorney-begs-for-light-sentence-citing-inebriation-and-unprocessed-trauma/

Firebombing Attorney Begs for Light Sentence, Citing Inebriation and ‘Unprocessed Trauma’

Urooj Rahman was ‘quite drunk’ during George Floyd riots, court filings show

By Josh Christenson

September 29, 2022

A left-wing lawyer who pleaded guilty to firebombing a police cruiser is asking for a commutation of her sentence, pointing to the fact that she was inebriated at the time of the offense and coping with “unprocessed trauma,” according to court filings.

Attorneys for Urooj Rahman argue the self-described human-rights activist was “numb, disassociated, and inebriated” when she threw a Molotov cocktail into a New York City police car during the George Floyd riots in May 2020. Lawyers say Rahman was also reeling from her many “abusive partnership relationships” and processing “early trauma” from being taunted as a Muslim after 9/11.

On the night of May 29, 2020, Rahman “became quite drunk” after drinking vodka on “an empty stomach” with fellow lawyer and later getaway driver Colinford Mattis. Rahman’s attorneys say the pair’s decision to firebomb an NYPD cruiser was an “aberrational” act meant to protect others from future police violence.

“Tossing the Molotov cocktail was a way of expressing anger at those police officers around the country for whom Black lives did not matter,” Rahman’s attorneys wrote in a September memo to U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan. “It was an act of protest intended to avoid exposing others to harm.”

Rahman’s attorneys have requested she be released on “time served,” saying “her conduct that night was a marked deviation from her otherwise exemplary life.”

The request for a special dispensation builds on a sweetheart deal already reached by Justice Department prosecutors in the case. In June, Rahman and Mattis entered into a second plea agreement that broke their potential 10-year sentences down to a maximum of 5 years. Prosecutors want Judge Cogan to go even lower, arguing for just 18 to 24 months based on the “history and personal characteristics of the defendants.”

Rahman and Mattis each confessed to counts of conspiracy to commit arson and to making and possessing an unregistered destructive device, dodging a previous domestic terrorism sentencing enhancement. The two had pleaded guilty in October 2021 to one count of possessing or making a destructive device, which could have earned them each 10 years in prison.

Since their arrest, Rahman and Mattis have won the sympathy of national media and liberal elites. New York magazine, NPR, and other outlets have run favorable profiles of the two. Rahman has remained under house arrest with electronic monitoring since June 2020, when a former Obama administration intelligence official helped post her $250,000 bail.

Their defenders have said the Trump administration wished to make a political example of the pair, bringing federal charges for a crime that is usually dealt with by local authorities. Rahman’s attorneys in their memo argue the defendant has received harsher treatment compared with another federal case involving an NYPD van firebombed in July 2020. Rahman’s attorneys also say their client’s “commitment to social justice” should earn her a more lenient sentence.

But prosecutors who first took up the case emphasized Rahman and Mattis had a higher obligation to uphold the rule of law. The two “abdicated their responsibilities as attorneys” when they chose to not only throw but make and distribute the Molotov cocktails. A witness testified that Rahman passed the explosives out earlier to rioters. Prosecutors also revealed text messages between Rahman and Mattis showing they planned the attack.

“Bring it to their neck,” Mattis texted Rahman before sharing the location of police headquarters. “Molotovs rollin’,” Rahman responded. “I hope they burn everything down. Need to burn all police stations down and probably the courts too.”

Rahman also gave a video interview before distributing the explosives. “This shit won’t ever stop unless we fuckin’ take it all down,” she said. “The only way they hear us is through violence.”

Rahman and Mattis say they have each been diagnosed with anxiety and depression, for which they have received psychiatric care. Both have also been treated for alcoholism.

A clinical psychologist who analyzed Rahman at the behest of her attorneys said the defendant “[b]eneath her surface functionality is gravely compromised.” Rahman, she says, has two therapists, regularly attends meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, and is prescribed an array of psychiatric medications.

A graduate of Fordham University’s law school, Rahman was a public interest lawyer with Bronx Legal Services. Mattis, a graduate of Princeton and New York University Law School, was an associate at Pryor Cashman, a midsize corporate law firm.

Rahman was due at a sentencing in a Brooklyn federal court on Thursday but successfully petitioned for the hearing to be moved to November 9.

September 29, 2022. Tags: , , , , , . Black lives matter, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Minneapolis neighborhoods face food desert after looting closes multiple stores

https://web.archive.org/web/20200701154943/https://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-longfellow-neighborhood-almost-food-desert-after-riots/570928442/

Minneapolis neighborhoods face food desert after looting closes multiple stores

By John Ewoldt

June 2, 2020

With Cub, Target, two Aldi stores and many small markets damaged by rioting over the past week, Longfellow and about eight other neighborhoods have nearly become a food desert.

“I consider the loss of these businesses devastating,” said Melanie Majors, executive director of the Longfellow Community Council. “Besides just the food, there’s a lack of retail for diapers, formula, household goods, even clothing.”

Many residents of the area shop lower-priced stores such as Aldi or dollar stores. Two of those dollar stores — including Family Dollar on Lake Street — were destroyed in last week’s looting and violence that arose after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis police custody.

One Aldi store on E. Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis reopened Monday after power was restored to it. The frozen foods section had been cleared out due to the outage that started late last week, but shelves were being restocked Monday.

Shashana Craft of Maple Grove purchased groceries there Monday for Headway Emotional Health Services, where she works with Indigenous families.

“I’ve never seen the shelves this empty,” she said. “If people can’t get to their grocery store, they should check with churches or support groups offering free food and groceries.”

Majors said a few places were offering free food and supplies: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church near 31st Street and Minnehaha Avenue; Heart of the Beast Theatre at S. 15th Avenue and E. Lake; and Sanford Middle School at E. 35th Street and S. 42nd Avenue.

Amplifying the problem over the weekend and again on Monday was the fact that Metro Transit was not operating buses or trains. Public transportation will again be shut down on Tuesday.

Sylvester Hudson walked about 40 minutes from Fort Snelling Apartments to the Cub Foods at E. 46th Street and Hiawatha Avenue.

It is the only supermarket left in the Longfellow neighborhood along the light-rail line after four other supermarkets closed because of destruction during the protests.

“I don’t know if I’ll be able to catch a cab, so I’ll probably have to walk,” said Hudson, 70, who brought a two-wheeled cart for grocery transport, as he finished shopping at Cub Foods. “This is the only store left open in the neighborhood that I can walk to.”

Area residents with a vehicle could find open supermarkets nearby at Longfellow Market, S. 38th Avenue and E. Lake, and Lunds & Byerlys in St. Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood.

Although shorter on Monday, there were lines out the door at several of the city markets on Sunday, similar to when Gov. Tim Walz first issued the stay-at-home order to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Business has been up more than 60% at Longfellow Market since the other stores were forced to close, according to manager Terry Mahowald.

“We never planned to be this busy,” he said. “Everyone’s stressed. This is certainly not the way we wanted to increase traffic.”

He plans to add more lower-priced, generic items to help keep prices reasonable for shoppers at the natural and organic grocery.

Home delivery through Shipt or Instacart isn’t an option for the neighborhoods, either.

Delivery services usually pick from stores nearby. With four of them closed, other arrangements are being made.

Target owns Shipt and is working on arrangements to fill delivery orders through other Targets, a spokeswoman said. The Minneapolis-based retailer also has pledged to rebuild the Lake Street store, hopefully by the end of the year.

Mahowald thanked neighborhood volunteers for saving the Longfellow Market.

“We’ve had nearly 25 people from the neighborhood guarding it every night since Tuesday,” he said.

September 13, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Prosecutors Identify Police Supervisor Who Beat Woman on Jan. 6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5f_Ta3qBoc

https://web.archive.org/web/20220901145603/https://www.theepochtimes.com/prosecutors-identify-police-supervisor-who-beat-woman-on-jan-6_4701984.html

By Zachary Stieber and Joseph M. Hanneman

September 1, 2022

The Washington D.C. police officer who beat a Minnesota woman with a metal baton at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is a 19-year veteran with a history of use-of-force complaints.

Victoria C. White, of Minnesota, was struck nearly 40 times in a four-minute span in the Lower West Terrace tunnel leading into the U.S. Capitol, security video footage showed.

The officer who delivered most of the blows was identified in new court filings as Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) commander Jason Bagshaw, 45.

“The tunnel CCTV footage shows that over an almost two-minute span running from approximately 4:07:00 to 4:08:54 p.m., Lieutenant Bagshaw repeatedly struck, or tried to strike, the woman in red with his baton,” U.S. prosecutors said in one of the briefs (pdf).

Bagshaw has since been promoted to commander.

Prosecutors also acknowledged that Bagshaw “threw five left-handed jab punches in the direction of the woman in red’s head or upper body” and included an image showing Bagshaw with his left fist raised while standing near White, or the woman in red.

MPD use-of-force policies advise officers to avoid striking the head.

Bagshaw did not respond to a message. MPD did not respond to requests for comment. The agency said previously it wasn’t aware of the surveillance footage, released in December 2021 by attorney Joseph McBride, showing one of its officers pummeling White.

Bagshaw, the video shows, struck White’s head eight times, then punched her with his left fist. He later made a fist and punched White in the face and head six times. Another officer—with both hands on his baton—jammed the butt of the weapon at White’s face and then rammed her with the baton 10 times, the video footage shows.

Prosecutors attempted to defend the strikes.

“While many observers might instinctively cringe at the sight of a male police officer using a baton to strike, or attempt to strike, the head, neck, and shoulder area of a smaller woman, there are many possible lawful justifications for Lieutenant Bagshaw’s use of force,” they said.

“The woman in red’s location alone was criminal, making her subject to arrest, and it presented a threat to the officers and the U.S. Capitol. Here, there is no evidence in the trial record explaining how the woman penetrated the phalanx of officers, whether she was armed at the time, or if she had threatened or undertaken violent action against an officer. Depending on these circumstances, an officer may have been justified in using violent force against her. It is possible that Lieutenant Bagshaw struck her for no justifiable reason. But it is also possible he struck her to disarm her, or to subdue her after she attacked an officer,” they added.

White’s case was featured in The Epoch Times documentary “The Real Story of Jan. 6.”

“The first blow came to my head by a metal baton,” White said in the film. “It was really bad. I remember trying to keep myself up. I was scared I would be trampled.”

In the film, use-of-force expert Stan Kephart said striking White in the head was a potentially fatal mistake.

“The head is a sphere. What happens when you strike a spherical object with a blunted object, at least resistance and glances off the head. That’s a possibility. The second thing is you can hit them flush and kill them,” Kephart said. “If your intent was to kill them, you should have been using a firearm and not a baton.” Bagshaw’s History

Bagshaw, who started working for the department in 2003 and has been promoted twice since Jan. 6, 2021, has been the subject of multiple complaints over the years.

In one instance, a Washington resident accused him of working with other officers to try to cover up an illegal beating in 2013. Bagshaw falsely said in an application for a search warrant for the man’s home that a taxi driver told him the man looked like a man who had assailed the driver, according to court filings.

Bagshaw testified in a deposition that another officer told him the driver did not know if the man was one of the men who assailed him. The case was settled out of court.

In another case, which is still ongoing, Bagshaw and other MPD officers were accused of violating the constitutional rights of protesters who gathered in Lafayette Square near the White House in the wake of George Floyd’s death. A second case that is ongoing says Bagshaw instructed officers to beat a woman who was protesting the death of her son at the hands of the police.

In a December 2020 incident documented on video shared on Instagram and other social media websites, Bagshaw picked up a man identified as a medic, carried him a short distance, and tossed him to the pavement.

In mid-July 2022, Bagshaw shot an armed man to death in a crowded restaurant district on D.C.’s waterfront. Bagshaw, who was off-duty at the time, said he fired after witnessing Lazarus David Wilson, 23, of Dumfries, Virginia, pointing a firearm at patrons. One Step Toward Justice

White told The Epoch Times she identified Bagshaw as her attacker weeks ago, based on security video and other sources.

She said his identity being made public is just one step toward justice in her case.

Publicity on the details, however, sparked her post-traumatic stress disorder from the Capitol incident and 10 years of domestic abuse by her ex-husband, she said.

“The highest-ranking officer in the tunnel targets her and just absolutely tees off on her and begins to brutally beat her,” McBride, White’s former attorney told The Epoch Times in late 2021.

McBride has called for a special prosecutor to investigate how police officers acted on Jan. 6.

White has said she traveled to Washington on Jan. 6 to peacefully protest.

She said in a lawsuit against Washington police officials and officers that she was illegally beaten and abused, and falsely imprisoned.

Prosecutors charged White, who has said she was unarmed, with four counts, including civil disorder and entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds.

White is attempting to withdraw the suit because she says she is busy preparing for her criminal trial.

According to footage from the scene, White yelled at people who were breaking glass to stop, but later pushed her way towards the tunnel and eventually came to be standing next to officers holding riot shields.

“I admit, I was pushing to get in because I’m assuming it’s just another doorway to go up to the next level,” White said in a podcast interview. Officers were spraying mace and soon began beating her, she said, adding, “And next thing I know, I’m in the police being like pushed backwards like ping pong of sorts and the next thing I know I’m in the State [sic] Capitol.”

Prosecutors have not charged any officers on-duty on Jan. 6, including the MPD officer who shot a woman dead, even though use-of-force reports obtained by The Epoch Times detailed the brutality of attacks on protesters and rioters.

‘Excessive Force’

Bagshaw’s identity was revealed in motions filed after the trial of Kyle Fitzsimons, another Jan. 6 defendant.

Fitzsimons was charged with a number of violations of the law, including assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers.

His public defender has asked for U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras, an Obama appointee who oversaw the bench trial that concluded on Aug. 19, to toss the assault charge because she says Fitzsimons was defending White against Bagshaw’s “excessive force.”

“In response to the display of excessive force and calls for help, Mr. Fitzsimons threw an unstrung bow towards the officer in order to distract him. Mr. Fitzsimons reasonably believed that the woman faced a present threat of death or serious injury and acted lawfully in response to the threat,” Natasha Taylor-Smith, the lawyer, said in a brief.

Americans are able to use reasonable force against an officer’s excessive force, the brief said, citing the Fourth Amendment and earlier decisions in federal courts. That ability comes “if the force used was so excessive that no reasonable officer could have believed in the lawfulness of his actions,” one of the earlier rulings stated.

“Lieutenant Bagshaw’s use of force against the woman in the red sweater was clearly apparent and no reasonable officer could justify his actions,” Taylor-Smith said, citing the surveillance photograph showing Bagshaw’s raised fist.

Fitzsimons could see Bagshaw strike White with a baton, then with his closed fists, and clearly aimed the bow in the direction of the beating, according to the brief. The bow bounced off the helmet of another officer, the government has said.

“The evidence on record is sufficient for this Court to make the inference that Mr. Fitzsimons’s intent was to distract Lieutenant Bagshaw and prevent him from continuing to beat the woman,” Taylor-Smith said. Government Disagrees

Prosecutors urged Contreras not to throw out the charge.

They say there is no evidence that Fitzsimons was aware of White, let alone that he thought she was in danger and believed force was necessary to protect her.

At least five people obstructed Fitzsimons’ view of the beating, including four officers, the government’s brief says. Additionally, White is shorter than the officers standing in front of her, further obscuring the view. The prosecutors argue that there is no evidence “what the defendant perceived or thought when he hurled his bow like a spear.”

Even if Fitzsimons did witness what unfolded, no evidence was presented during the trial proving that Bagshaw violated use-of-force policies or that his actions were otherwise unjustified, prosecutors said.

Bagshaw stopped using his baton against the woman over 20 seconds before Fitzsimons hurled his bow, prosecutors said. And the video footage shows that Fitzsimons began preparing to hurl the bow “before Lieutenant Bagshaw raised his fist,” they said. “The defendant’s use of a weapon thus constituted an unreasonable escalation, fatally undermining his defense-of-others claim.”

September 4, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , . Police brutality, Rioting looting and arson. Leave a comment.

Video – Rachel Maddow: “Just a key point, that yes, there was a pro-Trump rally at which the president spoke. And we can absolutely talk about all the things the president said there. But the idea that that rally is the thing that got out of hand and that somehow resulted in the breaching of the capitol – that rally was very far from the Capitol and the people who, as you say, did the initial breach, that allowed everybody else to come in, they never even went to that rally.”

Rachel Maddow said:

“Just a key point, that yes, there was a pro-Trump rally at which the president spoke. And we can absolutely talk about all the things the president said there. But the idea that that rally is the thing that got out of hand and that somehow resulted in the breaching of the capitol – that rally was very far from the Capitol and the people who, as you say, did the initial breach, that allowed everybody else to come in, they never even went to that rally.”

Here’s video of her saying it:

https://twitter.com/TrumpWarRoom/status/1535082158909538304

June 11, 2022. Tags: , , , , , . Donald Trump, Rioting looting and arson. Leave a comment.

Dershowitz: Jan. 6 Panel ‘Doctored the Tape,’ Edited Out Trump’s Words

https://www.newsmax.com/politics/alan-dershowitz-newsmax-donald-trump-jan-6/2022/06/10/id/1073948/

Dershowitz: Jan. 6 Panel ‘Doctored the Tape,’ Edited Out Trump’s Words

June 10, 2022

Constitutional law expert Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax on Friday that the Jan. 6 committee’s public hearing on Thursday night was ”not a fair proceeding” in that it was ”one-sided” and ”unethical.”

”Take, for example, President Trump’s speech on Jan. 6,” Dershowitz said on ”Spicer & Co.” ”He said at the end of the speech he wanted people to show their voices patriotically and peacefully.

”They doctored the tape,” he continued. ”They edited those words out. If a prosecutor ever did that, they’d be disbarred. You can’t present part of the tape and deliberately omit the rest of the tape in order to mislead the audience, especially when the other side has no opportunity to cross-examine, no opportunity to present its own evidence.”

Citing data from Nielsen Media Research, the New York Post reports that more than 20 million Americans tuned into Thursday night’s prime-time hearing by the House select committee investigating last year’s Capitol attack — a larger figure than watched this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

According to the Post, Thursday’s public hearing was the first of six the committee plans to hold in the coming weeks to reveal its findings about the events of Jan. 6, 2021, when a mob of protesters stormed the Capitol building to disrupt the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College.

Dershowitz went on to say that if the leader of Black Lives Matter had been arrested for inciting violence because a speech they made led to violence, he would defend them ”on the grounds that the First Amendment protects advocacy, it doesn’t protect incitement.”

”So, President Trump committed no crimes,” he said. ”Anybody who thinks that he did fails to understand the First Amendment.”

Because Donald Trump’s side had no opportunity to present its case, Dershowitz said the committee had a ”special ethical obligation not to cheat, not to defraud the viewers, and that’s exactly what the Democrats, with their two Republicans, did yesterday.”

”They cheated the viewers of hearing the actual words that Donald Trump spoke,” he said.

To ensure a fair hearing, Dershowitz said there should have been an independent commission, one like the 9/11 Commission.

”People would take seriously a nonpartisan, non-biased commission,” he said. ”But nobody should take seriously this one-sided basketball game in which only one team is allowed to shoot for the basket, and the other team is not even allowed to defend.”

June 11, 2022. Tags: , , , , , . Donald Trump, Rioting looting and arson. Leave a comment.

EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE: Secret Video Recordings LEAKED from Inside “The Hole” of DC Gitmo — First Footage Ever Released of Cockroach and Mold Infested Cell of J6 Political Prisoner

The videos are at the link:

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/exclusive-footage-secret-video-recordings-leaked-inside-hole-dc-gitmo-first-footage-ever-released-inside-dc-gitmo-political-prison/

EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE: Secret Video Recordings LEAKED from Inside “The Hole” of DC Gitmo — First Footage Ever Released of Cockroach and Mold Infested Cell of J6 Political Prisoner

By Cara Castronuova

May 25, 2022

Secret video recordings have been leaked exclusively to The Gateway Pundit from deep within the walls of the DC Gulag. See the series of eight videos below.

This filthy facility is notorious for inhumane and torturous conditions. It is where many Political Prisoners from January 6th are being unconstitutionally detained by the United States Government pre-trail.

The video recordings below feature Brandon Fellows, a 27 year old January 6th prisoner who has been in the Gulag since last June of 2021. According to Fellows, his crime was “taking two hits of marijuana in the Capitol after having a conversation with police who told him he could go inside.”

The first video shows Fellows, excited to be talking to a camera and civilization, collecting what appears to be black mold from the faucet of his sink where his drinking water comes from. He places it in a tiny bag and shows it to the camera:

Fellows was able to get the mold sample to an attorney to send to a lab for testing. Please donate to help Fellow’s legal team test the mold sample at a science laboratory and pursue legal action against DC Gitmo for endangering J6 prisoners. According to experts, mold in drinking water can be deadly.

No outside witnesses, visitors or journalists are allowed to visit the insides of DC Jail where the J6 Political Prisoners are being held. Even United States Legislators have been turned away by the warden. There is no recording allowed at the jail. Therefore, no footage of this type exists in the world that documents the plight of the American Political Prisoners of The Biden Regime.

Fellows is facing up to twenty years in prison if convicted. There will more than likely be legal ramifications directed towards Fellows when the Regime learns of these videos.

Please help Brandon Fellows by donating to his legal fund here.

The personable Fellows has Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a form of Autism. Coupled with his dark and sarcastic sense of humor, he makes for a fascinating narrator.

“My dark sense of humor is like a defense mechanism for me,” said Fellows. “It helps me deal with everything going on.”

In the next video Fellows shows us an electrical fire waiting to happen (or electrocution of a prisoner) in his cell as loose live wires protrude from the wall. Very dangerous and disturbing:

This video series documents Fellow’s time in extensive solitary confinement, where he spent 22 hours a day in his cell. His “rec” time was spent in anther solitary cell with a TV in it for 1-2 hours per day. He was not allowed out of his cell at all between Fridays and Mondays. That is less than 10 hours outside a cell in a week of 168 hours!

“I wanted people to see that we are real and to prove what we are dealing with,” said Fellows about the videos

“Brandon Fellows is very brave for getting this footage out,” said a fellow J6er also housed at DC Gitmo. “It will help us all.”

The next video show the cockroach infested sink that the men get their daily drinking water from. No wonder there have been reported problems of diarrhea and intense stomach pains to advocacy groups. See the video below:

In the next video, Fellows talks about the “re-education tablet” that is provided to him in his cell a few times a week. Fellows calls it a “racist tablet”, says that is is “anti-white” and pushes the Islamic religion on prisoners. See the tablet here:

Another video shows a visibly shocked Fellows get emotional after seeing a small handful of grapes on his food tray. We reported last week that Fellows and the other detainees were denied fruit and fiber in their diets, causing major constipation leading to the chronic overuse of laxatives then leading to painful diarrhea and dehydration. Many of our readers wrote to the DC Jail to complain on behalf of Fellows, perhaps this small portion of grapes he received was due to that effort. See Fellow’s heart-wrenching reaction here:

In this video Fellows shows us the filthy floor left coated with remnants of the jail population’s feces. This was after the guards put him back in a cell that had an overflowed toilet without sterilizing the floor:

This next video shows what “rec” time is like for a January 6er in “the hole”, or the “SHU” (Special Housing Unit). “Rec” is basically the time allowed out of the cell. For Fellows, that was six hours total in NINE DAYS. Fellows was handcuffed during rec while he watched a TV alone on a wooden chair in another cell. There is a microwave in the cell he was not allowed to use because his right to purchase food from commissary was stripped. See the “rec” room here:

Saving the most graphic for last, this last video gives very special insight to the conversations that go on in DC Jail in the middle of the night. Because Fellows was thrown into “the hole”, he had to endure the late night screaming of the “general population” outside of the “Patriot Pod”.

The “Patriot Pod” is where the J6ers are being housed away from the “general population”. Non-convicted J6er’s are not privy to any of the jail’s facilities like the rest of convicted prisoners are. This includes use of a cafeteria, gym, jobs, classrooms, outdoor areas, barber shop or religious services.

“These J6er’s are second class citizens at DC Jail,” said Tina Ryan of Citizen’s Against Political Persecution. “They don’t have the option to use the jail facilities like the other prisoners do- including the convicted murderers and rapists. Because they are Trump supporters they are being treated worse than men that have been convicted for murder.”

After a year of getting to know many of the January 6th political prisoners, it is worth noting that many of these men remain strong and unbroken. It is a privilege to get to know them and serve as a first hand witness to the strength of mind, willpower and God that keeps them whole.

Please help Brandon Fellows by donating to his legal fund. If found guilty by a jury, Fellows faces decades in prison.Fellow’s legal team plan on getting the mold (that is now in their possession) tested in a science lab and possibly suing the government for putting these pre-trial detainees in an unsafe, if not deadly, environment.

You can write Brandon Fellows via mail by sending letters or cards to:

BRANDON FELLOWS – Prisoner 377943

DOC-DC-CTF

1901 D ST. SE

WASHINGTON, DC 20003

May 25, 2022. Tags: , , , , , . Police state, Rioting looting and arson. Leave a comment.

Zero jail time for Black Lives Matter arsonist who set a school on fire

https://nypost.com/2022/02/05/man-who-tried-to-burn-minneapolis-school-during-blm-riots-gets-probation/

Man who tried to burn Minnesota school during BLM riots gets probation

By Andrew Mark Miller

February 5, 2022

A man convicted of attempting to set fire to a high school during the Black Lives Matter riots in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd has been sentenced to five years probation.

Mohamed Hussein Abdi, 20, was handed the probation sentence in a U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota, Thursday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit arson, according to court documents obtained by Fox News.

Abdi was also ordered to pay just over $34,000 in restitution to Gordon Parks High School in St. Paul.

Court documents state that the sentence was “imposed pursuant to the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984.”

The presiding judge, Reagan-appointed District Court Judge David S. Doty, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.

Abdi was arrested in June 2020, a month after he entered the high school through a broken glass door during the Floyd riot and could be seen on security footage pouring liquid from a white container onto the floor and then into a trashcan. Abdi then took a liquid-soaked garment and sent fire to the trash can before running away as flames and smoke began to spread.

It has been estimated that rioting across the nation following Floyd’s death destroyed over $1 billion worth of property.

More than 1,500 businesses in the Minneapolis St. Paul area were damaged or destroyed during the riots totaling roughly $500 million in damages.

February 6, 2022. Tags: , , , , , . Black lives matter, Racism, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

Black Lives Matter activists threaten ‘riots’ [and “fire” and “bloodshed”] if Mayor-elect Eric Adams reinstates NYPD anti-crime units

https://www.yahoo.com/news/black-lives-matter-activists-threaten-030000354.html

Black Lives Matter activists threaten ‘riots’ if Mayor-elect Eric Adams reinstates NYPD anti-crime units

By Chris Sommerfeldt

November 10, 2021

NEW YORK — Leaders of the city’s Black Lives Matter movement on Wednesday threatened “riots” and “bloodshed” in the streets if Mayor-elect Eric Adams reverses the abolition of the NYPD’s controversial anti-crime units.

“If he thinks that they’re going to go back to the old ways of policing, then we are going to take to the streets again. There will be riots, there will be fire and there will be bloodshed because we believe in defending our people,” said Hawk Newsome, co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, after a heated meeting with Adams in Brooklyn Borough Hall.

“So there is no way that he is going to let some Gestapo come in here and harm our people,” Newsome told the Daily News. “We pray for peace but … prepare for the worst.”

On the campaign trail this year, Adams drew ire from progressives by vowing to reinstate the anti-crime units, which were disbanded at the height of 2020′s Black Lives Matter protests.

“We will shut the city down. We will shut down City Hall, and we will give him hell and make it a nightmare,” said Chivona Newsome, a BLM co-founder and sister of Hawk Newsome.

During the sitdown — which took place behind closed doors, but was livestreamed on Instagram by an attendee — Adams and the BLM activists got into a shouting match as they argued over police policies.

The incoming mayor erupted when Hawk Newsome told him the organization would hold him responsible for any future misconduct by NYPD officers.

Adams replied: “You’re on the ground: Stop the violence in my community. I’m holding you accountable.

“Don’t hold me accountable,” Adams went on. “Being the mayor, being the borough president, being the state senator — I put my body on the line for my community, so I’m not here for folks to come and say, ‘Eric, we’re gonna hold you accountable.’

“No, it’s us. We need to do this together.”

Adams’ finger-pointing prompted Chivona Newsome to interject: “You’re the mayor of New York! There’s only so much we can do.”

“I disagree,” Adams replied.

Chivona Newsome pressed on, telling Adams she believes public safety will improve if as mayor he creates better jobs and education.

“That’s a government issue,” she said.

But Adams wouldn’t have it and interrupted Newsome: “You need to be corrected. You need to be corrected based on what you’re saying. Don’t tell me, ‘I need to do this’ … say, ‘We need to do this.’”

The activists were furious after the meeting.

Hawk Newsome said he heard nothing from Adams to suggest he will seek to fundamentally reform the NYPD.

Earlier in the meeting, a third activist, Dez Marrero, tried to elicit specifics from Adams on his plans for the police department, telling the soon-to-be mayor that he uses “the word ‘we’ a lot” without elaborating.

“We have been doing a lot to hold the NYPD accountable,” Marrero said. “What are you going to do to hold the NYPD accountable?”

Adams dismissed the question.

“Brother, I mean, have you been living under rock?” Adams said, adding he has been “fighting injustices” over the course of his decades-long career as an NYPD captain and a politician.

“The same things I’ve been doing over the past 35 years I’m going to continue to do, and maybe you should look at those things I have done.”

Chivona Newsome told The News after the meeting that she was personally offended by Adams’ way of speaking to her and her fellow activists.

“I don’t know if it was misogyny or ageism, but as the only woman in the room, as the co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, Mayor-elect Adams thought it was best to correct me, and he wants to know how he can hold me accountable,” she said.

“We are holding him accountable whether he chooses to hold himself accountable or not.”

November 11, 2021. Tags: , , , , . Black lives matter, Racism, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

San Francisco keeps making it easier and easier for shoplifters to destroy businesses

https://twitter.com/KTVU/status/1412291979048718337

https://www.yahoo.com/news/looters-ransack-san-francisco-neiman-141600425.html

Looters ransack San Francisco Neiman Marcus in broad daylight: Video

By Jake Dima

July 6, 2021

Looters were captured on video Monday ransacking a Neiman Marcus in San Francisco as thefts continue to plague businesses in the area.

At least nine suspects smashed display cases, snatched handbags, and jetted out of the building before law enforcement arrived to the scene at about 6 p.m., according to footage. The suspects were seen running out of the store with their hands full of merchandise before entering an apparent getaway car that sped off down a busy intersection.

A man was caught on video in June filling a garbage bag with what appeared to be hair products before leaving the drugstore on his bicycle. A security guard, who was recording the incident, tried to grab the individual, though he eluded custody.

Walgreens shuttered 17 of its stores in the San Francisco area in the past five years, and the company said thefts in the area are four times more likely than anywhere else in the country as executives budgeted 35 times more for security personnel to guard the chains.

Target executives in the city also decided to limit business hours in response to an uptick in larceny.

Shoppers can no longer buy products in the chains after 6 p.m. after once being permitted to shop until 10 p.m.

“For more than a month, we’ve been experiencing a significant and alarming rise in theft and security incidents at our San Francisco stores,” a spokesperson for Target said at the time.

San Francisco Police Lt. Tracy McCray faulted District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s “criminals first agenda” for the uptick in theft incidents.

“What happened in that Walgreens has been going on in the city for quite a while,” she said in June. “I’m used to it. I mean, we could have a greatest hits compilation of people just walking in and cleaning out the store shelves and security guards, the people who work there, just standing by helplessly because they can’t do anything.”

“The ‘criminals first’ agenda from the district attorney [is to blame] because he’s not prosecuting any of those crimes as felonies [or] as a commercial burglary. [Criminals realize,] ‘This is gonna get slapped down to a misdemeanor,'” she continued.

Thefts under $950 are considered a misdemeanor in McCray’s area of operation, she added, and suspected criminals are often issued citations instead of spending time in jail ahead of their court date. In some cases, she said, thieves will have their case thrown out if they skip their court appearances.

Neither the San Francisco Police Department nor Neiman Marcus immediately responded to requests for comment from the Washington Examiner.

July 6, 2021. Tags: , , , . Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Ashli Babbit’s Killer is a Dangerous Incompetent

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/07/ashli-babbits-killer-dangerous-incompetent/

Ashli Babbit’s Killer is a Dangerous Incompetent

By Larry Johnson

July 1, 2021

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Ashli Babbit’s Killer is a Dangerous Incompetent

A picture is worth a thousand words. So these two pictures tell you two thousand words worth of Ashley Babbit’s. He is demonstrably incompetent.

There are four critical rules for handling any firearm, especially a pistol:

Treat every gun as if it is loaded until you inspect it to ensure there is no ammunition in the chamber.

Always point the gun in a safe direction (in other words, do not point the gun at anything or anyone you are not prepared to kill or destroy).

ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.

Know your target and what is beyond. You do not fire at a target if there is a person or persons behind the target that do not pose a threat.

Look at the big picture. This moron has his finger on the trigger and is pointing his gun at other security personnel. He is violating all of the gun rules listed above. Every single one.

Making matters worse is what he is doing with his left hand. He is carrying something. When you have the finger of your right hand on the trigger and you are simultaneously using your left hand to grasp or hold something you are likely to cause a sympathetic movement with your trigger finger. The man in the blue shirt is damn fortunate that he was not shot in the back by this clown.

The lack of training discipline this man exhibits is alarming. And the results of this incompetence was the murder of Ashli Babbit. If a cop on the street in any city in America handled a pistol like this he or she would have their gun taken away and be sent back to training. Making matters worse–he took an innocent life.

July 1, 2021. Tags: , , , . Guns, Rioting looting and arson. Leave a comment.

Ashli Babbitt’s Family Sues to Learn Identity of Officer Who Shot Her

https://www.theepochtimes.com/ashli-babbitts-family-sues-to-learn-identity-of-officer-who-shot-her_3845674.html

Ashli Babbitt’s Family Sues to Learn Identity of Officer Who Shot Her

By Zachary Stieber

June 5, 2021

The Metropolitan Police Department is being sued by the family of Ashli Babbitt to learn the identity of the law enforcement officer who fatally shot her in Washington on Jan. 6.

In a 7-page document filed this week in District of Columbia court, relative Aaron Babbitt asked a judge to compel the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Washington’s police force, to search for and hand over records he asked for in a Freedom of Information Act request.

The records include video footage of the shooting of Ashli Babbitt inside the U.S. Capitol, documents that identify the officer who shot her, and police training records of said officer.

The plaintiff submitted the request on April 21 and the MPD acknowledged receipt on the same day, according to the lawsuit. But as of June 4, the department has failed to produce the requested records or demonstrate that they are lawfully exempt from production.

Under Washington code, the MPD was required to do one or the other within 15 business days, or by May 12.

Alleging a violation of the Freedom of Information Act, Aaron Babbitt is asking the court through his lawyer, Terrell Roberts, to order MPD to conduct searches for all of the records requested and order the defendants to produce by a certain date all non-exempt records, as well as blocking the police agency from continuing to withhold the records.

The lawsuit should be merged with a similar action filed by the watchdog group Judicial Watch, the filing states.

The MPD, the U.S. Capitol Police, and the law group representing the officer who shot Babbitt did not return requests for comment.

The officer who killed Babbitt works for the U.S. Capitol Police, according to federal officials. The Department of Justice in April said prosecutors decided not to pursue charges against the officer because officials “determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution.”

There is no timeline as of now for bringing the lawsuit asserting constitutional violations.

A scheduling conference in the new lawsuit is slated to take place on September 3, according to court records. Superior Court Judge Florence Pan is scheduled to hear the case.

The officer through his attorneys has defended his actions, which were captured on video footage in the chaos that ensued when various groups stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. The officer claims he shouted at Babbitt, who was attempting to climb through a broken window into the Speaker’s Lobby, adjacent to the House chamber, to stop, but Roberts has alleged there is no evidence of that happening.

The new action is part of an effort to collect records before filing a lawsuit asserting the officer violated Babbitt’s constitutional rights, Roberts told The Epoch Times.

“It’s commonly done in cases like this where you can get access to police records and things like that through FOIA actions,” he said.

“The complication here is that the Capitol Police are not subject to FOIA. However, they used the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia to conduct their investigation. In other words, the United States Attorney’s Office did a criminal investigation and relied upon the Metropolitan Police Department to conduct their factual investigation. And so now that they’ve decided against bringing charges I am going to seek any kind of records that they may have collected in their investigation, including any records which identify the officer.”

June 5, 2021. Tags: , , . Rioting looting and arson. Leave a comment.

Prosecutors seek to drop first Capitol riot case because there is no evidence that the suspect broke any laws

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/prosecutors-seek-drop-first-capitol-riot-case-n1269239

Prosecutors seek to drop first Capitol riot case

The case against Christopher Kelly of New York City is the first of nearly 500 stemming from the Capitol to collapse for lack of evidence.

By Pete Williams

June 1, 2021

Federal prosecutors told a federal judge Tuesday that they intend to drop a Capitol riot case against a New York man accused of having been inside the Capitol during the siege in January.

It is the first of the nearly 500 Capitol riot cases to collapse for lack of evidence.

The man, Christopher Kelly of New York City, was arrested Jan. 20 after the FBI said a paid confidential informant told agents that Kelly was posting material on a Facebook Messenger app about the riot and his plans to be in Washington on Jan. 6. The informant said a photo taken inside the Capitol was also posted, according to the FBI.

In the charging documents filed in court, an FBI agent said, “I believe the messages and image … reflect that Chris Kelly was using this account to inform associates that he had breached the Capitol and was inside.”

The court document accompanying the charges included photos that the FBI said showed Kelly on the Capitol grounds, but they did not include any further indication that he entered the building.

Other riot cases have included data from cellphone service providers indicating that defendants’ phones were inside the building. This case did not. Nor did it include any photos of Kelly himself inside the Capitol or offer any direct proof that he was among the rioters.

In seeking to drop the case Tuesday, a prosecutor wrote that, “upon reflection of the facts currently known to the government, the government believes dismissal … serves the interest of justice.” The motion to dismiss said the government and defense counsel “have discussed the merits of the case.”

Kelly’s attorney, Edward MacMahon Jr. of Middleburg, Virginia, had no comment.

June 1, 2021. Tags: , . Rioting looting and arson. Leave a comment.

In Portland, Oregon, armed protestors stand in street, block traffic, and assault driver, sending him to the hospital

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zmb_LeFg4SM

May 10, 2021. Tags: , , , , , , , . Antifa, Black lives matter, Idiots blocking traffic, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Minneapolis City Council candidate encourages rioters to burn down wealthy neighborhood 

https://alphanewsmn.com/minneapolis-city-council-candidate-encourages-rioters-to-burn-down-wealthy-neighborhood/

Minneapolis City Council candidate encourages rioters to burn down wealthy neighborhood 

According to her campaign website, Ortega was a policy aide at Minneapolis City Hall and spent ten years working in city government. 

By Anthony Gockowski-

April 17, 2021

A Minneapolis City Council candidate encouraged those who “feel like burning shit down” to target the city’s wealthiest residents instead of causing further damage to poor communities.

“Just a personal thought — just in case y’all feel like burning shit down, the poor community is not your oppressors. FYI — lake of the isles has more then [sic] needed and won’t be missed,” Rita Ortega wrote on her personal Facebook page, which is under her full name of Margarita, according to screenshots shared widely on social media Friday.

A popular tourist attraction, Lake of the Isles is surrounded by some of Minneapolis’ most luxurious homes, owned by the city’s wealthiest residents.

Presumably, Ortega’s comments were made in the context of this week’s riotous behavior in Brooklyn Center, where 20-year-old Daunte Wright was killed by police Sunday.

In a follow-up post, Ortega seemed to argue that her comments were justified because the wealthy “have the insurance and means to rebuild.”

“Division has been created and continues not by my hands. I’m not the greedy one living in million dollar mansions while people are sleeping in tents and on the street,” she said.

Ortega said she went to visit Lake of the Isles to “pray for healing, just to be met with more pain of seeing another injustice, that our home is not ours and the rich get to live in happiness and luxury where our ancestors used to pray and live.”

According to her campaign website, Ortega was a policy aide at Minneapolis City Hall and spent 10 years working in city government.

She was profiled in the Washington Post Monday and said she has “always felt we’ve never really needed the police.”

“The only way forward is abolishing the police,” she said on Twitter shortly after Wright’s death. “No institution should be allowed to murder in our communities with impunity.”

April 18, 2021. Tags: , , , . Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

A progressive organization called Civis Analytics fired a data analyst because he did the job that he was hired to do

https://web.archive.org/web/20200702024337/https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/stop-firing-innocent/613615/

Stop Firing the Innocent

June 27, 2020

David Shor, for example, was until recently a data analyst at a progressive consulting firm, Civis Analytics. (Emerson Collective, the majority owner of The Atlantic, is an investor in Civis Analytics.)  Shor’s job was to think about how Democrats can win elections. When Omar Wasow, a professor at Princeton, published a paper in the country’s most prestigious political-science journal arguing that nonviolent civil-rights protests had, in the 1960s, been more politically effective than violent ones, Shor tweeted a simple summary of it to his followers.

https://twitter.com/davidshor/status/1265998625836019712

Because the tweet coincided with the first mass protests over the killing of George Floyd, it generated some pushback. After a progressive activist accused Shor of “concern trolling for the purposes of increasing democratic turnout,” a number of people on Twitter demanded that he lose his job. Less than a week after he tweeted the findings of Wasow, who is black, Civis’s senior leadership, which is predominantly white, fired Shor.

April 1, 2021. Tags: , , , , . Cancel culture, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Sen. Graham says Kamala Harris could be impeached if GOP takes over the House

Kamala Harris tweeted support for a bail fund that bailed out murderers, rapists, kidnappers, shooters, and looters.

This is from the Washington Post:

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:JLB0qMRVNqwJ:https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/09/03/kamala-harris-tweeted-support-bail-fund-money-didnt-just-assist-protestors/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Kamala Harris tweeted support for a bail fund, but the money didn’t just assist protesters

September 3, 2020

One defendant, Jaleel Stallings, was charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting at police during protests on May 30, county records show. MFF paid $75,000 in cash to get Stallings out of jail, according to MFF interim director Greg Lewin.

MFF also paid $750 toward a bond for Chylen Evans, who was charged with looting a liquor store, clothing store and mobile store.

On Aug. 10, Minneapolis television station KMSP aired a report documenting how, after receiving the torrent of donations, MFF had bailed out a number of people charged with violent crimes, including posting $100,000 for a woman accused of killing a friend and $350,000 for a twice-convicted rapist charged with kidnapping, assault and sexual assault in two separate cases.

After Lyden’s report aired, Lionel Timms, a man whom MFF bailed out on an assault charge in July, was charged with committing third-degree assault on Aug. 14, leaving the victim with a traumatic brain injury and a fractured skull.

Now the New York Post is reporting that Harris could be impeached, based on the precedent that Democrats just created with their impeachment of Trump:

https://nypost.com/2021/02/14/sen-graham-says-kamala-harris-could-be-impeached-if-gop-takes-over-the-house/

Sen. Graham says Kamala Harris could be impeached if GOP takes over the House

By Mark Moore

February 14, 2021

Sen. Lindsey Graham warned that Republicans could move to impeach Vice President Kamala Harris — arguing that former President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial over provoking the Capitol riot “opened Pandora’s Box.”

Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” a day after the Senate voted 57-43 to acquit the former president on a single charge of “incitement of insurrection,” the South Carolina Republican argued that the vice president’s support for a fund that bailed out protesters over the summer could leave her liable for the same punishment.

“And if you use this model, I don’t know how Kamala Harris doesn’t get impeached if the Republicans take over the House,” Graham said.

“Because she actually bailed out rioters and one of the rioters went back to the streets and broke somebody’s head open. So we’ve opened Pandora’s Box here and I’m sad for the country?”​

Graham was referring to Harris’ support of the Minnesota Freedom Fund, before she became President Biden’s running mate, which helped protesters post bail.

“If you’re able to, chip in now to the​ ​@MNFreedomFund​ ​to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota,” she said on Twitter in June.

But the fund, which opposed the concept of cash bail​​, was used to secure the relief of a number of convicted ​violent ​criminals as well as protesters over the summer​ who were rallying against the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.​​

A Fox News report found that ​among the people bailed out by the MFF were a suspect who shot at police, a twice-convicted sex offender, and a woman accused of killing a friend.​

It wasn’t clear who allegedly “broke somebody’s head open,” however.

Graham also spoke about the possibility of impeaching Harris in an interview earlier this month with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, when he ​tried to discourage Democrats from calling witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial, noting that it would prolong the proceedings and implicate Harris.

“If you’re going to pursue this, and you want to start calling witnesses, and you want to drag this thing out, it would be fair to have Kamala Harris’ tape play where she bailed people out of jail,” Graham said.

“What more could you do to incite future violence, than to pay the bail of the people who broke up the shops and beat up the cops​,” Graham added. ​”How’s that not inciting future violence? Be careful what you wish for, my Democratic colleagues, be careful what you wish for.”

During the trial, T​rump’s legal team played a series of videos in their defense of Trump showing a number of Democrats urging followers to “fight,” including Harris, to make their case that the former president’s comments at a rally of supporters before the storming of the Capitol did not incite the crowd.​

The Senate acquitted Trump of provoking the riot by a 57-43 vote, which fell far short of the 67-vote margin needed to convict. 

Graham, who was among the Republicans who voted to acquit, said the former president may have pushed “narratives about the election that I think are not sound and not true,” but he does not believe th​at​ Trump’s words incited the mob.

“The president is a handful and what happened [at the Capitol] on 6 January was terrible for the country. But he’s not singularly to blame. Democrats have sat on the sidelines and watched the country being burned down for a year and a half and not said a damn word, and most Republicans are tired of the hypocrisy,” Graham said.

He also said he spoke Saturday night to Trump, who assured him he was looking to return to fighting for Republicans to regain their majorities in the Senate and House.

February 15, 2021. Tags: , . Kamala Harris, Rioting looting and arson. Leave a comment.

FBI Mocked For Using Lewd Photoshopped Image In Criminal Complaint Of Capitol Riot

https://www.inquisitr.com/6472927/fbi-photoshopped-image-capitol/

FBI Mocked For Using Lewd Photoshopped Image In Criminal Complaint Of Capitol Riot

February 12, 2021

The FBI appears to have used a photoshopped image from the Capitol riot as evidence in an arrest warrant for Brian P. McCreary, The Daily Mail reported.

The doctored image replaces a 19th-century painting of a Kentucky senator with the lewd meme called “Wood Sitting on a Bed,” which portrays a nude man exposing his genitals. According to the publication, the viral internet image is known for its shock value and is often sent to unsuspecting recipients without context.

The mistake was acknowledged and mocked by many on social media.

“This is unreal! The people working in the FBI must be idiots,” one user tweeted.

Seamus Hughes, the deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, suggested the mistake was not a common one.

“I’ve studied extremism for 15 years, I’ve reviewed mostly every court record for decades,” he tweeted.

According to The Daily Mail, the image went sent to the FBI by one of McCreary’s co-workers. Nevertheless, the meme appears to have slipped past investigators before it made it to the Wednesday warrant filed by special agent Emily Eckert.

The image is one piece of evidence that shows McCreary’s involvement in the Capitol riots on January 6. The picture shows McCreary behind the notorious QAnon Shaman Jake Angeli, who is leading a group of men as they stand in the halls of the historic United States building. Per Global News, Angeli is currently in jail and was moved from Washington to Virginia on Thursday after a federal judge ordered that he receive organic food as long as he’s in custody. Previously, Angeli refused to eat food that was not organic.

According to the FBI, McCreary was arrested and charged with three counts of violent entry, two counts of illegal entry, and disorderly conduct.

“McCreary told the FBI he traveled to D.C. to attend Donald Trump’s rally on the National Mall because he was upset that an audit had not been carried out into voter fraud,” The Daily Mail reported.

Others, including the infamous QAnon Shaman, are arguing they were tricked into storming the U.S. Capitol by former President Donald Trump, who spoke at the nearby Stop the Steal rally held shortly before the riots. The former president is notably also facing scrutiny for possible incitement of violence.

February 12, 2021. Tags: , . Rioting looting and arson. Leave a comment.

House impeachment manager Democrat Rep Jamie Raskin falsely claimed that Trump supporters took part in the “burning of a church.” In the real world, it was actually BLM protestors who burned the church.

https://summit.news/2021/02/11/democratic-congressman-jamie-raskin-falsely-claims-trump-supporters-took-part-in-burning-of-a-church/

Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin Falsely Claims Trump Supporters Took Part in “Burning of a Church”

It was actually BLM extremists.

By Paul Joseph Watson

February 11, 2021

House impeachment manager Rep Jamie Raskin falsely claimed that Trump supporters took part in the “burning of a church” and “impaled” police officers during his speech in the Senate yesterday.

“That’s before the second Million MAGA March – a rally that ended in serious violence, and even the burning of a church,” said Raskin.

That statement is manifestly false. Trump supporters never set fire to a church.

https://twitter.com/KBoomhauer/status/1359694424242933763

The historic St John’s Church in Washington, DC was set ablaze by violent extremists back in May, but the culprits behind that were Black Lives Matter demonstrators.

Either Raskin has confused the two or he is deliberately mistaking the burning of a BLM flag by former FBI informant and Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio. The flag was stolen from a church, but at no point was a church set on fire.

February 12, 2021. Tags: , , . Black lives matter, Rioting looting and arson. Leave a comment.

After defending massive numbers of left wing riots for much of 2020, the hypocritical left is now upset about one right wing riot in 2021

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

February 11, 2021

In my opinion, left wing criminals and right wing criminals should be held to the same standard.

In my opinion, anyone, whether they are on the left or on the right, who smashes windows, commits arson, damages or destroys someone else’s property, commits assault, commits murder, or commits insurrection, should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

But that’s not how those on the left feel.

Those on the left have a huge double standard when it comes to wanting to prosecute people who commit these kinds of crimes.

For about half of last year, left wing rioters burned down city after city, destroyed many small businesses, turned neighborhoods into food deserts, murdered more than a dozen people, caused half a billion dollars of damage in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and declared that part of Seattle was an autonomous zone that was independent from the rest of the country. The mayors of these cities allowed, praised, and even encouraged many of these illegal activities. Charges against many rioters were dropped. Many other rioters had their bail paid for by left wing supporters, including the current Vice-President of the U.S.

But now that one right wing riot happens, where far less damage was caused, and far fewer people were murdered, the left is all of a sudden acting like they think rioting is now a bad thing.

This hypocrisy sucks.

Here are some examples, with links to sources:

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan defends insurrectionist ‘Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone’ as ‘patriotic’

https://nypost.com/2020/06/11/seattle-mayor-defends-capitol-hill-autonomous-zone-as-patriotic/

Nearly 70% of charges against Portland rioters were dropped by progressive District Attorney.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/portland-rioters-da-prosecuting-charges

Kamala Harris tweeted support for a bail fund that bailed out murderers, rapists, kidnappers, shooters, and looters.

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:JLB0qMRVNqwJ:https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/09/03/kamala-harris-tweeted-support-bail-fund-money-didnt-just-assist-protestors/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

$500 million in damage caused by protestors in Minneapolis-St. Paul area:

https://www.startribune.com/twin-cities-rebuilding-begins-with-donations-pressure-on-government/571075592/

17 people killed by protestors between May 25, 2020 and

https://www.fox6now.com/news/deadly-unrest-here-are-the-people-who-have-died-amid-george-floyd-protests-across-us

Left-wing insurrectionist CHAZ area responsible for 525% spike in Seattle crime. Compared to similar, previous time periods, the CHAZ area had 2 additional murders, 6 additional robberies, and 16 additional aggravated assaults (include 2 additional non-fatal shootings).

https://summit.news/2020/07/02/left-wing-chop-zone-responsible-for-525-spike-in-seattle-crime/

Neighborhoods where stores were destroyed became food deserts overnight.

https://www.marketplace.org/2020/06/04/neighborhoods-where-stores-were-destroyed-become-food-deserts-overnight/

February 11, 2021. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

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