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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and fellow member of the Squad Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., vowed Saturday to contribute to a fund that is raising bail money for the 36 counter-protesters arrested at the "Straight Pride Parade" in Boston. Nine of the counter-protesters arrested have been charged with assaulting police officers, the Boston Herald reported. Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley both tweeted out a link to a crowdsourcing page called The Solidarity Against Hate Legal Defense Fund, which has raised nearly $25,000 to pay bail and other legal fees of those arrested while protesting the march.

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FTA:
"At least some of the counter-protesters were identified as Antifa, the controversial far-left group."

I'm getting a little tired of this narrative from the media. Please tell me; How has protesting against fascism EVER become "controversial" in America?

#1 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2019-09-04 01:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#1 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT AT 2019-09-04 01:27 PM | FLAG: SMFH

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-09-04 01:53 PM | Reply

"I'm getting a little tired of this narrative from the media. Please tell me; How has protesting against fascism EVER become "controversial" in America?

#1 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT "

It hasn't. But do you really think these people are in jail for simply protesting? Of course they're not. They're in for other offenses since protesting is not illegal.

So AOC is seeking to bail out people charged with god knows what -- but most likely violent acts during protesting.

#3 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-04 02:22 PM | Reply

So AOC is seeking to bail out people charged with god knows what -- but most likely violent acts during protesting.

FTA:

"Nine of the counter-protesters arrested have been charged with assaulting police officers, the Boston Herald reported."

Bad ideas generally get you arrested.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-09-04 02:27 PM | Reply

From the Boston Herald:

Three of the 18 anti-Straight Pride Parade protesters being arraigned Tuesday were ordered to "stay out of Boston" by a judge who said he wouldn't even allow one of them to visit relatives in Jamaica Plain.

All three were accused of assault and battery on police at Saturday's downtown parade, with two of them also arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on disorderly and resisting arrest charges. Others also arraigned Tuesday were told to stay out of downtown. A total of 36 were arrested and must report to court this week.

Judge Thomas Horgan said the three risked being put in jail for 90 days if they didn't follow his instructions. The three are only allowed to return to the city for court dates and lawyers' appointments, the judge added.

Benjamin Boyd, Kenneth Kraft Jr. and Timothy "Sage" Rego were each arraigned on multiple charges including assault and battery on a cop. All pleaded not guilty.

Judge Richard Sinnott, in a different courtroom, denied requests from prosecutors to dismiss the charges of disorderly conduct against seven protesters if they completed community service.

"We're very happy with the judge's decision," said Larry Calderone, vice president of the Boston Police's Patrolmen Association.

Over a dozen people were set to be arraigned today on charges of assault and destruction of property, with only 10 going before a judge before the court took a break from session for lunch.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-09-04 02:40 PM | Reply

Innocent till proven guilty is such a hard concept, aint it, ROC?

How many thousands of Americans, protesters especially, have been wrongfully accused of assaulting a police officer?

www.chicagoreporter.com

She is bailing them out, not busting them out of jail. It is a legal action. It saves the taxpayer loads of money. She isnt claiming they are innocent of charges, but your fauxrage tribal reaction projects an assumption of guilt on the part of the accused, and on the part of those who help the accused make bail.

Protesters are arrested on BS 'cover charges all the time. It is a police tactic.

thehill.com

#6 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-09-04 06:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"Protesters are arrested on BS 'cover charges all the time. It is a police tactic."

It's almost cute, them pretending not to know that!

psmag.com
Prosecutors at the Department of Justice announced on Friday that they were dropping charges against the remaining 38 protesters who were arrested during the J20 protests at the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

The Department of Justice had issued felony charges to over 200 inauguration protesters, only one of whom pleaded guilty, as HuffPost reports. (Twenty protesters have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.)

In pursuing their case, prosecutors had relied on far-right sources, such as Project Veritas and the Oath Keepers, for portions of their evidence, as Elizabeth King reported for Pacific Standard at the time, and were also accused of burying some recordings, and selectively editing others. Some free-speech advocates were especially concerned that the Department of Justice seemed eager to prosecute street medics.

Prosecutors dropped earlier rounds of charges in the J20 Protests last December and again this past May.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-09-04 06:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Antifa Unveils New Pumpkin Spice Molotov Cocktails For Fall Protests

PORTLAND, OR"Antifa has unveiled a new pumpkin spice Molotov cocktail for the fall protest season.

Developed in conjunction with Molotov Cocktails, Inc., the preferred provider of makeshift explosives for the leftist protestors, the throwable incendiary weapons are made with real, organic, locally harvested pumpkin spice. They taste and smell like pumpkin spice, which is important for the angry white people who make up Antifa.

#8 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-09-04 06:56 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Republiclowns are scaredy cats.

#9 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-09-04 07:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

American Right-wingers: "If armed Government agents arrest you, you must be guilty of something."
Also American Right-wingers: "But I don't trust them with my tax money."

#10 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-09-04 07:37 PM | Reply

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LOL, Whatsleft asked why protesting became controversial, I point out that there were 18 counterprotesters arrested, some of them for assault and battery on a police officer (a felony) and you all lose your shht.

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-09-04 10:06 PM | Reply

Isn't this the same bartender that said she couldn't afford rent a while back?

#12 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-09-04 10:15 PM | Reply

"Isn't this the same bartender that said she couldn't afford rent a while back?"

Actually, she's an elected Congresswoman, who got a significant raise since her bartending days. She also hails from a district where the rent is probably higher on average than where you live.

#13 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-09-04 10:25 PM | Reply

"and you all lose your shht."

Actually, the police are the ones who did that, and the prosecutors, with all these charges.

It's weird, that you're a practicing lawyer, and you're actively denying the reality in how people charged in political protests tend to fare in the courts. That seems like it ought to run contrary to the ethics requirements of your profession, though on the other hand I can understand if requiring honest conduct from lawyers in their domain of expertise was deemed bad for business.
What is your agenda?

Is it "and you all lose your shht."
Nothing more?
???

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-09-04 10:34 PM | Reply

Wow, you are right, Snoofy, 15% of the charges brought against the 200+ protesters arrested in DC during the inauguration were dismissed.

You do know that is about average for civil unrest charges...right?

#15 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-09-04 10:40 PM | Reply

Isn't this the same bartender that said she couldn't afford rent a while back?

POSTED BY MUSTANG AT 2019-09-04 10:15 PM | REPLY

She's a congresswoman and who you are again???

#16 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-09-04 11:13 PM | Reply

Snoofy wants to protect domestic terrorists from destroying Main St and assaulting cops.

These are violent anarchist lunatics you're coddling. it's #racist

#17 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-09-04 11:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Snoofy wants to protect domestic terrorists"

Only to the extent mandated in the Constitution.
Don't you?
???

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-09-05 12:28 AM | Reply

The only thing a judge cares about is proof. If you can't prove it, it didn't happen. COP and Live PD episodes make you think everybody's guilty, especially when a suspect throws away merch and says, "That's not mine." If cops don't find it on the suspect, can't prove it was his, in court." If cops can't prove assault, they have to let the suspect go. Cops like you to think that if you don't shut up, or if you poke them in the chest with your finger, you're automatically going to jail for life. What they don't tell you that assault can only be proven if they victim was taken to the hospital and there's a record of it or s/he's bruised. Bail is simply paying a tax to remain free until the trial. Most of these trials are dismissed because of lack of evidence or the officer is a no show. THEN the bail money is returned to the payor. The judge doesn't about the victim being gay.

AOC isn't doing anyone favors. Discrimination (officer arrested me for being GAY) is hardly ever proven. Research on Google. She'll bail out people that have a case and she knows she's going to get her money back. Anyone who has a violence charge that's provable (with a dash or body cam) stays in the pokey picking up the soap in the shower. Media doesn't report that. Oldest trick in the book.

Nothing is ever free. Once you get into politics, your capacity to lie increases exponentially. Never work for the govt or a hospital. Never date anyone who works for the govt or hospital. Had I listened to the doctors just two years ago, I would have lost both of my legs, the ability to walk, and they would have billed my insurance over $400,000.

DTA: don't trust anyone.

#19 | Posted by Goose_Boils at 2019-09-05 06:46 AM | Reply

Seems fair. Trump offered to pay the attorney's fees for morons who beat people up at his hootenannies.

#20 | Posted by anton at 2019-09-05 11:40 AM | Reply

Whatsleft asked why protesting became controversial,

#11 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

No. I asked "How has protesting against fascism EVER become "controversial" in America?"

Some on the right have essentially tried to blanketed every liberal protester in America as belonging to a loosely organized group calling themselves 'Antifa', and then attempted to label them ALL as troublemakers. The truth is that only a very small percentage of them are actually trouble makers. In a broader term, antifa stands for anti-fascism.

I ask: How has protesting against fascism EVER become "controversial" in America?

The answer is that it's only controversial to protest fascism if it increases ratings for the media, or if you're a fascist.

#21 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2019-09-05 12:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Wow, The Democrat party just reaches new lows. Now AOC supports people who attach the police for doing their job. There wasn't even any

"American Right-wingers: "If armed Government agents arrest you, you must be guilty of something."
Also American Right-wingers: "But I don't trust them with my tax money.""

Well that's terrible logic. If we go by your sarcasm, what you are implying is that you can hire a Security Guard to guard your home, and fire your Accountant and have the Security Guard do the finances. Wtf? Trusting someone with your money is far different than trusting them with your life or safety.

#22 | Posted by humtake at 2019-09-05 12:11 PM | Reply

How has protesting against fascism EVER become "controversial" in America?

The answer is that it's only controversial to protest fascism if it increases ratings for the media, or if you're a fascist.
#21 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT

The latter describes the DR's resident Trumpublicans.

#23 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-09-05 12:13 PM | Reply

ummmmmm Where's the video...?

Seriously...Where's the video...?

Every protest I've seen... Police have body cams... official press has vid cams... and everyone has an iPhone and you can see them sticking out their arms to film everything going on... especial between cops and protestors. Expect protestors have friends filming them and I'm sure Police has agents posing as protesters filming everyone...

Soooooo the question again is... Where's the video...?

#24 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-09-05 12:38 PM | Reply

The answer is that it's only controversial to protest fascism if it increases ratings for the media, or if you're a fascist.
#21 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT

The problem is they define "fascism" as anything they disagree with. Ditto for hate speech.

Anybody who thinks Ben Shapiro, Arthur Murray, Heather MacDonald, etc are fascists or engage in "hate speech" need to have their heads examined.

#25 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-09-05 01:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trusting someone with your money is far different than trusting them with your life or safety.
#22 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

Correct, so why do Cons trust their lives and safety to Government agents, but not their money? Which do you think is more important?

#26 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-09-05 01:32 PM | Reply

As long has she utilizes her own money [not the taxpayers] she is more than welcome to do as she wishes.

#27 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-09-06 01:33 PM | Reply

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