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So the Molotov Man was Antifa (and a “hero” to some)

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This is my shocked face.

What were the odds? The maniac who tried to burn down and blow up an ICE detention center in Tacoma yesterday (and wound up being “iced” by the police) was an Antifa member. And we’re not talking about someone vaguely “connected” to the movement. Willem Van Spronsen proudly proclaimed himself to be Antifa. Also, this was not his first run-in with the law at that same detention center. (Seattle Times)

A protest outside the federal immigration detention center in Tacoma last year drew headlines when a 68-year-old man wrapped his arms around a police officer’s throat and shoulders in an apparent attempt to free another protester.

When police got the man into handcuffs, they found a collapsible baton and knife in his pocket, leading to criminal charges.

Early Saturday morning, that man, Willem Van Spronsen of Vashon Island, returned to the Northwest Detention Center, the holding facility for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, this time armed with a rifle and incendiary devices, according to Tacoma police.

Police said Van Spronsen tossed lit objects at vehicles and buildings, causing one car fire, and unsuccessfully tried to ignite a propane tank.

Perhaps not surprisingly, a number of left-wing nutjobs were immediately singing Van Spronsen’s praises, identifying him as a “hero.” The Daily Caller has a list, but here’s one account that definitely seemed impressed.

And, like nearly all politically driven maniacs, Van Spronson had a manifesto, of course. It’s pretty long and incoherent, but here’s a photo of it.

The media is still treating this as almost a local news story, and we’re not seeing much of anything in the way of “deep analysis” of the attack. But if they did show any such interest, particularly as to how Van Spronsen was “radicalized,” you don’t need to look much further than the manifesto. He refers to ICE detention centers as “concentration camps.” In fact, he uses that phrase nearly a half dozen times. This is straight out of the playbook of AOC’s crew and several of the 2020 candidates as well.

So where are all the warnings about “incendiary language” and incitement leading to violence? Or does that only apply if someone is deemed “right wing” these days? Nevermind… I think I just answered my own question.

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Hot tip: If you throw Molotovs, the police will probably shoot you

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Apparently, this isn’t the type of story the media likes to talk about very much. A guy showed up at an ICE detention center in Tacoma, Washington yesterday, armed with a rifle and a duffle bag full of Molotov cocktails and other improvised “incendiary devices.” Needless to say, he wasn’t there to help with their lawn care. After the literal fireworks began, police showed up on the scene. How the encounter precisely played out isn’t clear yet, but the Molotov man wound up at room temperature. Fortunately, none of the responding officers were injured. (Daily Beast)

A man who was allegedly armed with a rifle and throwing Molotov cocktails at an ICE detention center in Tacoma, Washington was killed by responding police officers on Saturday, police said.

Tacoma Police responded to the Northwest Detention Center, a privately run detention facility that holds migrants, at about 4 a.m. on Saturday after an employee called about an armed man outside, authorities told The Daily Beast.

The Washington state man, who has not been publicly identified, was armed with a rifle and throwing “incendiary devices” at the building and nearby cars, setting one on fire. The incident comes one day before ICE agents are expected to carry out mass raids around the country in an effort to round up undocumented migrants.

The officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay while the incident is investigated, as is standard practice in lethal force encounters.

This should really go without saying, but before anyone starts unloading on the cops we should deal with a dose of reality. I don’t care if you are a nutjob with a right-wing political agenda, a nutjob with a left-wing ax to grind, or just a random nutjob with some screws loose. If you show up at a government building with a rifle and incendiary devices and begin torching the place, the cops are going to be there quickly. And if you don’t comply with their instructions, they will shoot you. This guy had burned up at least one car, set fire to a couple of buildings and was attempting to detonate a large propane tank. What did he expect was going to happen?

If you didn’t hear about this, it probably shouldn’t be too surprising. Yes, there are a couple of headlines in the major newspapers and I did see a few segments on CNN covering it. But at least from the pieces I watched, they were almost entirely who, what, where, when stories, absent any great degree of analysis and discussion. I wonder why that is?

Every time some whacko with a MAGA hat so much as takes a swing at someone, we’re treated to hours of endless analysis about how Donald Trump’s violent rhetoric is inspiring people to do harm. But now, after elected Democratic officials, including some presidential candidates, have spent weeks and months vilifying Immigration and Customs Enforcement, accusing them of running concentration camps and demanding that they be shunned by polite society, I take it we’re forbidden from wondering if all of that rhetoric had anything to do with this jackwagon trying to blow up an ICE detention center.

Seriously, folks. Aside from a couple of new polls dropping, a brief blackout in New York City, and some flooding down south, there wasn’t all that much news breaking this morning. And yet I don’t think CNN has spent more than ten minutes total on this attack since I turned it on at six o’clock this morning. Where’s all the deep, penetrating analysis?

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Mayor Pete’s troubles back home are only growing

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Monday morning has arrived and it’s looking like a classic case of “Good News, Bad News” for Mayor Pete Buttigieg. On the good news front, his campaign released their second-quarter fundraising numbers before anyone else and the Mayor is claiming an eye-popping $24.8 million haul for the past three months. Not too shabby, and clearly enough keep his hand in the game well into the summer. He’s also being credited for having a fairly good night at the first debates.

Then there’s the bad news and it’s still emanating from his home town of South Bend. Back home, there are still protests filling the streets and an endless stream of unflattering headlines in the local press. The fallout from a white cop shooting a black suspect dead, followed by people shooting at police officers in the streets continues. Now a popular church pastor and social justice activist is talking to any press outlet that will listen and calling on the Mayor to resign. (Free Beacon)

“To start with trying to heal, the mayor just needs to resign,” activist and pastor Mario Sims told the Washington Free Beacon, adding that Buttigieg should demote Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski to cleanse the department of bad blood.

Sims also added that he believes Buttigieg is racially “tone-deaf” and should consider retiring from politics until he has “spent some time evaluating this.”

“I understand political ambition, I understand that,” Sims said. “But you’re playing games with the lives of the people here, and innocent police officers.”

In addition to Pastor Sims, a former president of the South Bend Board of Public Safety also called for Buttigieg to step down, adding that he “definitely shouldn’t be running for President” in the wake of his handling of this crisis. He went on to add that “Pete is a fraud.”

From the other side of the divide in this dispute, the local Fraternal Order of Police has already issued a statement condemning their mayor for not supporting law enforcement in his city.

How much longer can Pete Buttigieg keep up this balancing act? He’s spending most of his time on the road, speaking about national and foreign policy issues, drawing sizable crowds and healthy poll numbers. But meanwhile, the city he’s supposed to be running is figuratively going up in flames. The national press is taking it relatively easy on him since he’s viewed as a liberal crowd favorite, but they’ve been forced to report on these stories out of South Bend.

If Mayor Pete can’t handle the racial divide in his city of barely 100,000 souls or enforce the law while building bridges between the community and their first responders, how is anyone supposed to believe he can do it on a national level? This is the same mayor who demoted a black Chief of Police and replaced him with a white guy. Is he going to be able to win over black voters in key states like South Carolina?

Donald Trump won Indiana in 2016, but the Democrats would dearly love to steal that state back (in addition to much of the midwest). Democrats have to be wondering at this point whether Buttigieg can carry his own state if community leaders in South Bend won’t even support him.

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Pete Buttigieg’s Problems Mount As His Town Hall Explodes Over Racial Tensions

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Pete Buttigieg, after having the ability to do no wrong early on, has hit some rough seas the past few weeks.

Oddly enough, or not oddly enough given the state of our media, it took events happening in the town he’s supposedly still mayor of to spoil the party for him. Tensions are rising around a police shooting involving an armed suspect and a white officer. I’m not seeing much of any evidence at this point that this specific shooting was anything more than a normal call that escalated due to the presence of a deadly threat, but many are accusing the South Bend Police Department of systemic racism in the aftermath.

We’ll have to see what other details emerge and I will at least leave open the possibility that something more happened, as residents cite a history of misconduct to bolster their claims.

As I wrote a few days ago, things first boiled over onto the national stage in a cringe-worthy viral clip of Buttigieg being confronted by Black Lives Matter protestors. But after initially attempting to weather that storm, things only got worse in the subsequent days.

Yesterday, Buttigieg held a town hall in South Bend to address his constituents’ concerns and things quickly went off the rails.

(Credit to Twitchy for compiling many of these tweets.)

The LA Times did a full write-up on what transpired. Here are some quotes.

When a pastor representing Al Sharpton Jr. was the first from the audience to take the mic during the town hall’s question-and-answer portion Sunday, the crowd jeered at the outsider. John Winston Jr., a community activist, walked up to the front of the stage to confront the pastor as Buttigieg watched, taking the microphone to air his own grievances about the city’s relationship with its black residents.

“They keep begging us to reach out and bridge this gap and whatever else,” Winston, who is biracial, told the audience, recounting the time he tried to host a cookout for police officers a few years ago. “And we reached out, and they said no.”

I tried to dig up exactly what that representative said, but it’s not hard to ascertain why the crowd got upset. It’s pretty tone-deaf to bring in an outside race hustler to be the opening act at your town hall when the people who actually live in the city want their concerns to be taken seriously by local authorities. Perhaps Buttigieg felt that pandering with an Al Sharpton lackey would reduce the temperature in the room? He clearly miscalculated though.

Other attendees voiced their frustration as well.

But at home, Buttigieg is a much more common figure in American politics: a white politician struggling to connect with his black constituents, many of whom are plagued by grinding poverty and violence that their wunderkind mayor has been unable to eradicate after seven years in office.

“You might as well just withdraw your name from the presidential race,” said a woman in the raucous crowd. “His presidential campaign is over… I believe that today ended his campaign.”

Given the history of attempts to eradicate violence and poverty in low-income neighborhoods across the country, my personal reaction to this is that it’s unfair. Most of the problems with crime in these communities are self-inflicted and there’s very little a police department can do outside of enforcing the law. Even when they do that, they are usually then accused of racial bias and over-policing. So what’s the solution exactly and what exactly do these residents want Buttigieg to do?

Regardless, when you traffic in bad faith attacks, you should expect to get them back and Buttigieg is reaping what he’s sowed. On the national stage, he’s attacked Republicans who’ve done nothing but praise him in the past. He’s gone after the religious views of some and he’s lied about issues dealing with immigration.

Buttigieg had the chance to keep the good faith some on the right initially gave him. He squandered that and how he’s being eaten by his own side. He gets to figure that out on his own.

Right now though, none of this is good for him and he’s going to look even more out of touch at the debate this week while things are burning down in his hometown.

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Mayor Pete faces off with Black Lives Matter protesters in South Bend

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Pete Buttigieg pulled himself off the campaign trail this week to attend to a matter that arose in South Bend, Indiana. It’s his day job, after all, being Mayor of South Bend. There was a police shooting involving a white police officer and a black man early last Sunday.

Sgt. Ryan O’Neill shot and killed Eric Logan, age 54. O’Neill claims that Logan approached him with a knife but O’Neill’s body camera wasn’t on at the time of the shooting. Police responded to a report that a person was going through cars. Logan was in a vehicle in an apartment building parking lot as O’Neill approached him. Logan got out of the car and came toward O’Neill with a knife raised. Then O’Neill shot him. Mr. Logan died at the hospital. As happens these days, a video of the confrontation went viral. As tensions grew in South Bend, Mayor Pete decided to go back to his city and attend to the unrest.

Mayor Pete addressed an angry crowd of Black Lives Matter supporters Friday night during a Justice for South Bend rally. Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski and Buttigieg were confronted by about 150 people with a list of demands.

As the 150 or so demonstrators circled in, the event billed as a march actually spent its first 40 minutes in a tense discussion in front of police headquarters on West Sample Street, featuring shouts, expletives and raw emotions.

A member of the group read a list of demands to Buttigieg, calling for O’Neill to be fired and for a review of the case by the U.S. Department of Justice. It also called for the resignation of Ruszkowski, body camera policy changes, new training and other changes.

Family members of the deceased man were present, including his mother.

“I’m mad because my brother died,” Tyree Bonds, brother of Eric, said in the middle of the loud, intense dialogue. “People are getting tired of you letting your officers do whatever they want to do.”

Shirley Newbill, Eric’s mother, asked Buttigieg and the city to act on her son’s death.

“I have been here all my life, and you have not done a damn thing about me or my son or none of these people out here,” she said. “It’s time for you to do something.”

When Mayor Pete admitted that he saw no evidence that the officer had been disciplined for racist behavior, the angry shouts from the crowd began. One asked if Buttigieg supports Black Lives Matter and another called him a racist. One woman said that he wouldn’t get her vote as he runs for president. Buttigieg rather awkwardly said he wasn’t asking for any votes that day.

Buttigieg told the crowd he would send a letter to the Department of Justice to explain the case and its effects on South Bend. When asked to sign a petition, he declined. Citing the wording in the petition, he would consider one with revisions.

Buttigieg said the department had instituted civil rights and other training, worked on the safety board minority representation and put forth body cameras, and he acknowledged that it has not been enough.

“This isn’t enough, and I get it,” he said. “We set up body cameras, right? And they failed us when we needed them. If you are saying it’s not good enough, you’re right.”

Also, the mayor’s office on Tuesday announced that the police chief had issued a new order that “officers should activate their body cameras during all work-related interactions with civilians.”

Local faith leaders, community organizers, and others have asked for an independent prosecutor to handle the case.

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