Why Are Police Standing Down at Violence-Prone Rallies?

Updated on August 29, 2017
ACLU Tweet from Charlottesville
ACLU Tweet from Charlottesville

The ACLU, CNN, the New York Times, and most importantly, protesters who were actually present in Charlottesville and other rallies are asking questions which used to be mocked as "conspiracy theories." After a textbook demonstration in Boston of how to keep possibly antagonistic sides apart, in order to keep the peace, the world is asking, as is a lawsuit against Charlottesville, why police in that city seemed to be not only not stopping confrontations, but encouraging them.

Hawk Newsome, president of Black Lives Matter of New York, told CNN the affiliate WCAV:

"The police actually allowed us to square off against each other...There were fights and the police were standing a block away the entire time. It's almost as if they wanted us to fight each other."

The New York Times reported that witnesses said police pointedly ignored a gunshot during the fracas in Charlottesville. Rosia Parker, a community activist, told the Times:

“We all heard it and ran — I know damn well they heard it...They never moved.”

The Times reported that a 25-year-old woman named Kendall said she had been chanting at the white-power protesters when one of them punched her in the nose.

The woman told the Times:

“I moved quickly to the police and said: ‘A man attacked me! Please help me! I need your help. He’s right there!'...They didn’t move a muscle. Only a few of them had the courage to make eye contact with me.”

Joining in the criticism is the ACLU. On it's website, ACLU of Virginia’s Executive Director Claire Gastanaga wrote:

"The policing on Saturday was not effective in preventing violence. I was there and brought concerns directly to the secretary of public safety and the head of the Virginia State Police about the way that the barricades in the park limiting access by the arriving demonstrators and the lack of any physical separation of the protesters and counter-protesters on the street were contributing to the potential of violence. They did not respond. In fact, law enforcement was standing passively by, seeming to be waiting for violence to take place..."

Gastanaga noted that at a previous KKK rally with counter-protesters present, police placed barricades and themselves between the assembled groups, resulting in effective separation and prevention of violence. In other words, it's not as if the police do not know how to head off violence. In Charlottesville, they just didn't.

Boston conservative rally, August 19, 2017.
Boston conservative rally, August 19, 2017.

And in San Francisco last Saturday, the anti-white supremacist but conservative group Patriot Prayer was forced to cancel a scheduled rally after, according to organizers, the city government and city police withdrew their plan to keep the sides separated. Fearing violence in which many "innocent people would be hurt," Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson cancelled the rally.

Violence was feared because Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, a former Speaker of the House, labeled Patriot Prayer, in a widely reported press release as a "white supremacists," "hate" group. In turn, the characterization was guaranteed to attract the presence of a black-clad, masked group calling itself Antifa for "anti-fascists," although many have called the name misplaced, and said it is the group which acts in a fascist manner.

The masked group violently attacks anyone expressing views which it deems "alt-right" or "far-right," even though Patriot Prayer has repeatedly, specifically denounced white supremacism, racism,and Nazism. The founder, Joey Gibson, has also rejected anti-Muslim Islamophobia.

In Boston, rally organizers also specifically denounced white supremacists and other racist ideologies, but nevertheless were so labeled by the media.

As described by the Anti-Defamation League, however, "alt-right" thought includes believing that Seth Rich was murdered by the DNC, or that there is a highly placed paedophile ring operating out of Washington, DC, frequently referred to as "Pizzagate."

In Berkeley, on the day after the cancelled rally, Gibson literally had to run for his life as the masked group "Antifa" chased him (video below.)

Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson chased by "Antifa" in Berkeley

Some believe that current events such as these reflect a deliberate strategy to provoke violence in the streets by power-brokers seeking an excuse to crack down on civil liberties. In Charlottesville, a photographer from Nigeria, Eze Amos, told the New York Times he and others believe there was a deliberate stand-down order. Amos told the Times:

“Somebody is not telling us what happened...Those cops did not just decide to fold their arms and watch this happen.”

In Berkeley, as Gibson crashed through a police line escaping the black-clad, mask-wearing mob chasing him with clubs, the police could be seen standing doing nothing to arrest the attackers.

Patriot Prayer is scheduled to hold a Freedom March in Portland, Oregon on September 10th. Patriot Prayer describes its mission as an effort to "unite moderates" who lean both conservative and liberal, reject "extremists" of both the left and the right, and to restore civility and "respect" in political dialogue.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Guess who 

      11 months ago

      Do not buy into this bs propaganda. In Charlottesville there were 6 buses of mixed Antifa, Blm, kkk shirt people. You going to tell me these people would ride the same bus? When is the last, if ever in your life, have you seen a person with a kkk shirt? They were paid out of state rioters compliments of Soros, DNC, Virginia's so called leaders! This was a complete 100 % set up! Kessler paid by CNN. Others paid by rent a riot paid by Soros. It was shameful! Torches, bricks, metal, acid, wood with nails, rocks & more. Right given permit. Then taken. Court gave back. Who contacted Antifa Blm kkk clad people? Who knew? Virginia Governor, mayor, vice mayor. Wes Bellamy a racist. Posted ugly things about white women and men! Most corrupt crap I've ever witnessed. Got there late! Odds 5-1 with the right being 1. Forced in the middle. Outnumbered. Governor ordered state police to stand down while people were bloodied by the left. Sadly a few Trump people were there. Car driver Hillary fan. Kkk democrat Kessler.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, soapboxie.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://soapboxie.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)