Mayor of La Mesa Dr. Mark Arapostathis, says that the Black Lives Matters “protest” in La Mesa was “hijacked” and turned into an attack, a concerted effort to burn down the City. This event was actually and act of terrorism. If they did not get what they wanted they were prepared for destruction.
The mayor is being too kind. The protest does not seem to have been “hijacked”. Form the beginning the large group of protesters violated the law and put innocent people in danger. This is not considered to be a “peaceful event” when people wantonly break the law and put people in danger.
the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.
Black Lives Matters routinely uses violence and intimidation of police as well as civilians in order to force political change. In this way they are very much like antifa and should also be declared a domestic terrorist organization.
They ignored police orders, which is a crime, overwhelmed them and marched right by them onto a busy freeway, in order to stop traffic in both directions. This puts many people at risk of having a collision and being injured or killed. It shouldn’t be allowed, but anarchist groups like BLM are commonly allowed do it with no consequences. You can all it Leftist / anarchist privilege.
The next thing they did was swarm the La Mesa police station ignoring the police attempts to keep them at a distance and they begin spraying graffiti on the police station throwing rocks at the police and the building. It appears they were trying to swarm into the police station to ransack it and probably would have burned it down as they did other buildings that night. The police after some time declared the event an illegal assembly.
One 59-year-old woman, Leslie Furcron, was struck between the eyes by a stray bean-bag and seriously injured. The BLM prpagandists blame the La Mesa police, but she was part of the rock-throwing mob, about three hours after the event had been declared and unlawful assembly and should not have even been there. Bean-bags fired from shotguns are not accurate at a distance and it seems unlikely the policeman was attempting to shot her in the head. They were firing a lot of beanbags and more likely she was hit in the head by a stray bean-bag.
Later the BLM mob ransacked many stores, burned many cars, sprayed graffiti everywhere and burned down three major buildings downtown, two banks and a building occupied by an architectural firm. Incredibly, residents have put up many pro-BLM signs around downtown La Mesa, even after BLM torched their city.
This is a video by a local news service, OnScene.Tv, which covers the event from beginning to end. It is over an hour of raw video.
The composition of the crowd may have changed somewhat over the course of the night as the more passive participants left and more aggressively violent people arrived. However, right from the beginning the protesters had a large contingent of bad-actors.
Tasha Williamson, who appears to be the main organizer, has said repeatedly in public that property damage is acceptable, as long as the authorities are not acceding to their demands. She threatened two years ago to raise a mob of thousands and burn National City down in a similar situation.
Black-Lives-Matter Organizer Threatens to Burn National City, Ca
Even the slogan regularly chanted by Black Lives Matter marchers, “No Justice, No Peace” is a threat of mob violence unless their demands are accepted. The slogan came into use after the Los Angeles riots of 1992. Black Lives Matter is a movement that approves of violence as a tactic to advance their political agenda and everyone should know that by now, except those who have their head firmly buried in the sand. We should start calling it what it is, domestic terrorism.
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