This is the arrest that caused Black Lives Matter to select La Mesa for a protest that led to the firebombing of downtown and vandalizing and ransacking of many stores and businesses. He was written up for assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. The charges were dropped after the riot in La Mesa a few days later. The local BLM organizer is demanding that the officer be charged for filing a false report, a misdemeanor.
It has been suggested that this incident may have been a setup, because our BLM domestic terrorists needed a reason to attack La Mesa. La Mesa is a sleepy, majority-white suburb with a police force that is not very well prepared to deal with a large civil disturbance, in contrast to the larger, more urban, more experienced city of San Diego.
There were also three large buildings there convenient to be burned, two of them banks, a favorite target of anarchists. The trolley stop made it very accessible for more urban dwellers to come from their neighborhoods to attack La Mesa. Witnesses and videographers appeared immediately as soon as the incident with officer Matt Dages started.
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