Charlottesville's got some splainin' to do...






Folks, take a good, hard look at this photo. What you are seeing is what is known as a "gauntlet". The police create a wall of bodies on two sides, to "separate" protesters from hate group members. This very arrangement is actually inviting confrontation. That's right, it is inviting it. Why on earth would law enforcement create a situation in which you place two groups that you supposedly suspect might have confrontational issues in such close proximity to each other? Sorry, but I don't buy their excuses.  I find it extremely hard to believe that any seasoned law enforcement officer in their right mind, would approve of an arrangement like the one seen above, in the midst of a situation as volatile as the ones we are seeing play out in Charlottesville. Is this what we are going to see on August 12th? It almost makes you wonder if this arrangement was intentional? While you contemplate that little nugget, you might want to listen to what Lisa Provence had to say on the Schilling Show about this fiasco, and also read her new report here. From the report:




"After the Klan left, there was a scuffle on the ramp leading up to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, and two people were detained there, says Gorcenski. “It was a very, very confusing situation,” she says. Police were giving contradictory instructions, and people on the ramp had nowhere to go, she recounts.
Solidarity Cville alleges one of the people sitting on the ramp was kicked in the head three times by police. In a video the group provided, it appears an officer trying to get around them stumbled against one of the seated protesters, Tracye Prince DeSon, and looks horrified when people start shouting that he’d kicked the activist.
DeSon claims police used pepper spray on him six minutes before the first tear gas was fired. A video shows a Charlottesville police officer with a cannister in his hand, and moments later people in the vicinity are filmed coughing and reacting to an irritant, including this reporter.
A number of people, among them street medics, bystanders, ACLU observers and journalists, have discussed getting tear-gassed, and many of them said they didn’t hear the order to disperse, nor the warning that a chemical agent would be used.
Solidarity Cville’s Laura Goldblatt says medics were treating a woman in distress on the grass beside the juvenile court when the first tear gas went off beside her.
C-VILLE photographer Eze Amos was behind police taking photos of a dancing man when the first cannister went off and the wind shifted. “Around my mouth was burning, around my eyes were burning,” he says. “I was choking.”
Civil rights attorney Jeff Fogel also got tear-gassed, and says it was unreasonable to order people to leave immediately after the Klan left. “Two people were arguing at the end and police said it was an unlawful assembly,” he says. “Does that justify using tear gas on 100?”"





Restoring the honor! 





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  1. Folks, Charlottesville is not the first time that we have seen this exact same situation. In 2015, immediately following the lowering of the Confederate flag in Columbia, SC, the Loyal White Knights faced off with protesters. From a USA Today report:

    "A local reporter described the scene as "very tense" and another said at least three scuffles occurred between the two groups as members of the KKK arrived and left. Some people threw bottles and at least one police officer was hit, though no one was injured, the reporter tweeted."

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/07/18/kkk-african-american-group-plan-overlapping-rallies--sc-capitol/30340763/

    In the case of Charlottesville, we did not see the same violent clashes that erupted in Columbia, but, we did see the exact same method used by police. In Columbia, they marched the Klan directly through a throng of protesters. Now you tell me, if you're a LEO trying to keep the peace, is this a good idea? Are we to believe that police are that inept? Contemplate this, reported by BET at the time:

    "State police created a physical barrier between the opposing sides, but couldn't prevent tension from escalating and violence from breaking out. Racial slurs were volleyed back and forth between the sides, with the Panthers chanting "Black power" with raised fists and the Loyal White Knights of the KKK giving Nazi salutes with shouts of "white power.""

    http://www.bet.com/news/national/2015/07/19/black-panthers-kkk-hold-competing-rallies-at-south-carolina-statehouse.html

    Hmmmm... imagine that. They created a physical barrier, but still couldn't prevent scuffles from breaking out. I would also note that this was the State Police, take that however you like. I recall that there are currently some questions about State Police actions in Charlottesville if memory serves me correctly?

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  2. I have not independently confirmed the claims in this blog post, but if accurate, raises eyebrows.

    http://www.snookandhaughey.com/constitutional-law/unlawful-assembly/

    We need civilian oversight, not just in Charlottesville, but nationwide.

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