A blogger, Roger Ogden (me), was arrested by police after being accosted, harassed and abused by a threatening mob of Black Lives Matter protesters in La Mesa, who were trying to chase him out of the area. I was there to take video for posting on my blog. The object of these protests in La Mesa is generally to terrorize the police, city government and the people, so that they will accede to the demands of the organizers of the local Black Lives Matter movement.
Tasha Williamson, the organizer is angry, because I posted video of her threatening to burn down National City in 2018. Our local media censored and withheld that information! Now she is an organizer in La Mesa, which actually HAS been burned down! You can see video of her making the threat at this link below. Tasha ran for mayor of San Diego this year and one would think it would be relevant that she publicly threatened recently to burn down a neighboring city. Reporters from several media outlets heard her make this threat at that time, yet did not report it. Now the town where she currently organizes has been burned down.
The current protest protest on August 11th was also about 1/5th the size of a similar protest about two months ago with the same “Unity Riders” motorcycle group. Black Lives Matter has lost a lot of its luster, probably due to all the violence and destruction going on in its name.
I counted 200 motorcycles at the last such protest in mid-June, almost two months earlier and about 400 participants. This time there were only 33 bikes and about 80 protesters. This is the third event with disappointing turnout in three weeks. If they do not have a big enough crowd to intimidate the community, they will probably soon quit coming. After the previous destruction, every time they come it disturbs the residents of La Mesa unnecessarily. Businessmen start boarding up their shops again.
I pulled out pepper spray when I felt threatened by the mob. One woman claimed that I sprayed her and another that I shoved her. Both were lies. The police arrested me for that reason. The mob did crowd me enough to touch me, though. After a short investigation, police did not find that I had committed a crime and released me after about an hour with a promise that I would leave the area.
The mob probably was committing a crime in trying to force me out of the area, but the police did not want to deal with it. If it had been a more law-abiding conservative, pro-American group doing the same thing in front of the police, I’m pretty sure they would have issue a lawful order or them to stop and would have enforced that order.
Due to the thugs of Black Lives Matter, you can’t even walk in La Mesa any longer in safety, even when a group of policemen are directly watching. I was there to report on the event, so my 1st Amendment rights were denied by the mob as the police watched and they even enforced the will of the mob by removing me.
This incident demonstrates a BIG problem in California and other liberal/progressive states. The Leftists are not forced to obey the law or to respect the rights of others in liberal states such as California, because they intimidate even the police, media and local government and can call out large and very violent and destructive mobs. It is also due to the liberal/leftist voting majority that sympathizes with such groups and does not want Black-Lives-Matter lawlessness reigned in by the police.
The police enforce the will of the group over the law or rights of the individual and rationalize it by the idea of “keeping people safe”. It is a neo-Marxist concept that has become the standard in California law enforcement. In the long run, it would be safer to enforce the law and individual rights and have a civil society, rather than let society gradually descend into total lawlessness. I am not blaming average cops, because the police are limited by the politicians. It a problem with the politicians and with the general public mentality that does not support enforcement of the law.
If groups like Black Lives Matter are allowed to violate lesser laws by marching in the streets without a permit and blocking traffic on freeways, why should they not believe they are also entitled to burn banks, vandalize property, loot businesses and generally terrorize entire cities. It will only get worse until they are required at some point to obey the letter of the law or the lawless mob takes over completely.