More and more we see the same faces in and around “civil rights” protests, but rarely in a leadership role. These appear to be the paid protesters and provocateurs who are bringing anarchy and revolution to America to advance the progressive socialist democrat agenda and to keep identity politics in the forefront. Hanging back and haranguing the crowd into action.
An example can be found in Chicago, Illinois where the police observed and stopped a person who appeared to be carrying a concealed weapon. Remembering that Chicago has an extremely high rate of gun violence in spite of some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation, one would think that the residents and progressive socialist democrats would support the police in investigating further.
Upon being stopped, the suspect whipped out his wallet, ostensibly to provide identification. When an officer reached for the suspect, the suspect turned and revealed what appeared to be a handgun and ammunition before turning and running into the street. When the suspect appears to reach for his weapon he is shot multiple times.
Of course, the social media blew up… the suspect was unarmed; the suspect was shot in cold blood, the suspect was shot in the back while running away, the suspect had a concealed carry permit, the suspect was executed by the police and on-and-on. The conclusion: police brutality against an innocent back man, Harith Augustus, 37 years-old.
The protests, apparently under the direction of unknown protesters and provocateurs, grew increasingly rowdy and dangerous to the general public. Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said the baton-wielding police officers confronted approximately 150 “protesters” shouting murderer and the usual obscenities. Rocks, bottles, urine were thrown at officers and protesters jumped on police cars.
After two days of what was close to a riot or civil insurrection, the Chicago Police Department released the body-cam footage of the encounter where the gun and ammunition can be seen as well as the furtive movements of the suspect’s hands towards his weapon.
What the officers saw…
What does “justice” look like?
The tragic events are irreversible. So “justice” should look like an impartial recitation of the facts and a determination if the shooting was “in policy.” Something that that cannot be done in a few days. If the shooting was “out of policy,” those involved should be sanctioned. But the fact remains, it all started with the suspect who refused to comply and chose to flail, resist, and then run – reaching for a gun in the process. When police are on the street, they do not have the opportunity to leisurely review video replays and close-up photos to determine intent. They must act in a split second or possibly lose their lives. Considering the number of law enforcement officers who were assassinated or gunned down after hesitating, it should be a reasonable expectation for a non-compliant armed individual that they might be shot in the process of resisting.
The progressive spin…
“There’s so many unanswered questions. I don’t think that people are satisfied with the video.”
Having a licensed gun does not convey “concealed carry” privileges which require a different license and is next to impossible to get in Chicago without a political connection.
There is money to be made and media attention to be exploited…
You can rest assured that some activist attorney will proceed to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family – possibly settling with the City because the politicians would rather pay out taxpayer’s money than face negative media coverage.
There was no legitimate reason, especially under Chicago’s strict gun laws, that the suspect should be walking around with a gun and additional ammunition.
There is little or no doubt in my mind that the progressive socialist democrats are deliberately denigrating law enforcement – the very people who are sworn to keep the community safe – with the sole purpose of rallying the base using purported racism, class warfare, and identity politics.
And, the question few people in progressive circles rarely ask is a simple one: if these armed black men are so innocent, why do they continue to confront, challenge, or resist police commands; or attempt to escape custody? More specifically, why would Harith Augustus, the father of a 5-year-old daughter and a well-known barber in his South Shore, act in this manner?
We are so screwed when a partisan political fifth column attempts to destroy America from within using political correctness, class warfare, and identity politics. And, in a nutshell, that is the modern Democrat Party with their socialist/communist agenda.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius