In what should be considered a domestic terrorist attack, BLM and antifa firebombed downtown La Mesa, burning the three most prominent buildings to the ground, two banks and an irreplaceable, historic building owned by an architectural firm. The anarchists also set a fire to burn down City Hall and the Police Station, but the fire petered out. Dozens of businesses were vandalized and looted.
There was a consortium of law-enforcement agencies, including the FBI, investigating this attack on La Mesa. The three commercial buildings burned so quickly and completely that it appeared to be a professional arson, but they never got to the bottom of who burned down these three buildings to prosecute the ringleaders. At least one insider said that it was a professional arson. However, to appease BLM/antifa they are prosecuting this policeman for a felony, who was just trying to do his job and had to deal with a belligerent person who felt entitled to defy police officers.
UPDATE: The jury returned a verdict of “not guilty” on 12/10/2021. BLM and antifa failed in their attempt to have this policeman convicted of a trumped-up charge of filing a fake report on Amaurie Johnson.
Dages was scapegoated by La Mesa city officials and La Mesa Police Department. La Mesa city government refused to stand up to ringleaders of the mob. They tried to bribe Matt Dages with a large, six-figure payment, if he would just leave and get them off the hook. Dages refused the bribe and decided to defend himself. He lost his job and was charged with a felony, due to intimidation by the violent BLM/antifa mob, but also because some members of La Mesa City government are leftists and actually support the terroristic tactics of BLM/antifa and demanded that the San Diego County district attorney prosecute the officer.
District Attorney, Summer Stephan is prosecuting this officer in what amounts to a political show trial to appease BLM/antifa terrorists, who threatened to attack La Mesa again and other cities throughout the County if their demands to scapegoat and punish Officer Dages were not met.
If any mistakes were made in this arrest, something like this would have normally been handled via the administrative process or even in civil court, not by filing felony charges on the officer. The felony charge is just a result of government officials bowing to political pressure and implied or explicit terroristic threats from BLM. DA Summer Stephan used the felony charge as the easy way out of a bad situation for her. Rewarding arsonists, looters and terrorists for their crimes will just mean you get more of he same in the future.
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(The Pipe Hitter Foundation is raising money for Dages, the same people that raised defense funds for Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher. “Pipe Hitter” is slang for an unapologetic American.)
BLM/antifa justified the riot (attack) in La Mesa with this minor police encounter. BLM had planned to riot in San Diego on that day, until this event happened. However, La Mesa is a easier target with a small, suburban police force and a majority white, liberal population. After the George Floyd death, BLM had promised to take their riots to the white suburbs. La Mesa was the perfect opportunity, with a very leftist City Council and situated on a rail line that was convenient transportation for rioters, looters and arsonists, who flooded into town that night using the trolley system.
Some think that the incident with Officer Dages arresting Amaurie Johnson was a setup, planned to provoke a police officer in order to justify an attack on La Mesa. Amaurie’s friends were on the spot in about 30 seconds to take video that went viral and led to the riot and arson attack on La Mesa. An attorney was also already on site within a few feet also taking video and shouting legal advice to Amaurie. Even if it was only a chance occurrence, BLM and antifa certainly took full advantage of it.
All of San Diego should be supporting him and his family in clearing his good name as a police officer. See the videos below.
Christina Dages makes the point in the above video that they would not try to bribe them to leave if Officer Dages had done anything wrong. People will often fight like hell if they feel they have been wronged in an outrageous way. That is exactly what Dages and his wife are doing. They are fighting this injustice tooth and nail.
You can follow updates on his court case at this Instagram channel:
See the full, police body cam video here.
Read the police report that they claim was falsified here. (Amaurie Johnson’s name has been blacked out.)
Background videos, the BLM/antifa attack on La Mesa
This is a response by the police to to an incident where a rioting woman, Leslie Furcron, was accidentally shot in the head with a beanbag several hours after the event was declared an unlawful assembly. Furcron, a grandmother, did not fail to disperse, she rushed to the site after she saw from a livestream that it had become a riot, in order to join the riot and see them burn down the police station.
The Mayor of La Mesa called it an concerted attack and an effort to burn the city to the ground. They tried, but failed, to burn down the City Hall and the Police Station. They also attacked policemen with deadly weapons, large rocks.
This is a video of the main organizer of Black Lives Matter in San Diego, Tasha Williamson, with an entourage of other radicals, observing buildings in Downtown La Mesa being torched and burned to the ground by BLM/antifa supporters.
Tasha Williams issued a slightly veiled threat that violence and destruction will spread to the entire County if Matt Dages is not fired. Later, they added the demand that Dages be prosecuted. This prediction of violence was issued in front of Matt Dages home just a couple hours before the looting, vandalism and arson began in La Mesa, which did tremendous damage as seen in the previous video.
It just seems that BLM and their antifa allies terrorized La Mesa and County officials to the extent that they unjustly had Officer Dages prosecuted, due to threat of retaliation from the mob of arsonists and vandals if they refused.
The last part of this video above is Tasha Williamson in 2018 threatening to burn down nearby National City if they did not fire their Chief of Police. She never made good on that threat, but La Mesa was actually burned down.
For more information and video about the BLM/antifa attack on La Mesa, click here.