A young activist for Black Lives Matter activist, Arturo Gonzalez, says on a Facebook livestream that a professional group of arsonists was hired to burn down Chase Bank and Union Bank in downtown on the 30th of May in La Mesa, CA. Presumably, the same group also burned down the Randall Lamb building which is right next to the banks. These were three of the most important commercial buildings in La Mesa and the Randall Lamb building was considered a historic landmark. This video was made by Gonzalez on August 1, 2020.
This statement confirms what I already thinking from the viewing video of the bank burnings. The banks were engulfed in fire in minutes and were destroyed completely in a very short time. So, I assumed it was a professional job. To see the banks burning, click here. If this kid knows what happened, many people in the local Black Lives Matter movement must also have information about the arson attack and who was involved.
On the day the banks were burned, May 30, the regular, non-professional “protesters” vandalized much of downtown and ransacked many businesses in the area.
These are a few scenes form the protest held in La Mesa, CA by Black Lives Matter terrorists on August 1, 2020. Just two months earlier on May 30, 2020, Black Lives Matter rioted in La Mesa, looted a number of businesses, burned vehicles and burned three major buildings, including two banks. There was a large group of probably about 150 concerned citizens on hand this time, many veterans, to support the police and make sure this so-called “protest” did not devolve again into extreme violence, mass vandalism and arson. It is difficult to say how many were there, because many were scattered around town to protect private property.
I can’t honestly call these events “protests”, because after such lawlessness and destruction, an event that might otherwise be characterized as a legitimate “protest” is now an act of intimidation, aimed at City government and the Police Department. They attacked the police station in the earlier riot and most probably would have burned it down, if they had gained control of it, as Black Lives Matter had just burned down the police station in Minneapolis and took over a police station in Seattle. It seems the intent has been to do in La Mesa what they have done in Portland and Seattle.
There were about 200-300 BLM terrorists present. This is actually a movement of far-left, white, anti-American extremists, they generally have only a few token black people, at least in this part of the country. Many, probably the majority of them were clueless young women, who think it is cool to be part of a revolutionary, terrorist movement.
Black Lives Matter takes it inspiration from the Weathermen and Black Liberation Army domestic terrorist groups of the 1960’s and 1970’s. However, it is camouflaged as a protest movement, which makes it harder for authorities to investigate and shut them down. Today’s terrorists hide behind these naive young people, using them as a human shields and claiming to be “peaceful protesters”.
Hundreds of policemen on hand from law enforcement agencies throughout the County of San Diego. To counter Black Lives Matter were 100-200 local citizens, many of them veterans, who gathered mainly at the American Legion Post across the street form the police station. Some of them were scattered around town to keep watch and some stayed until very late at night to make sure the terrorists did not come back.
The main contingent of concerned citizens was organized on the “Defend East County” (DEC) Facebook group and their effort was largely successful. If there had not been the potential for a serious clash between the two groups, probably not so many policemen would have been called in. If there had been no opposition, the terrorists would have probably had their way again, at least to some extent.
They are obviously trying to intimidate the City via the threat of violence and destruction to do what they demand. Using violence and intimidation to achieve a political objective is the definition of terrorism.
It seems that Blacks Lives Matter has been attempting to do in La Mesa what they have already done in Minneapolis, Portland and Washington State, occupy and control it by terrorist threat. La Mesa is a majority white, liberal suburb. 60-65% voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. The police department is relatively small and not much experienced in dealing with large social disturbances typical of Black Lives Matter. Due to the majority of liberal voters there is pressure on the political leaders in La Mesa to not take the measures necessary to deal effectively with the lawlessness and violence of the activists of Black Lives Matters.
After BLM torched La Mesa, the more mentally-sick, liberal townspeople of La Mesa actually put up pro-BLM posters and murals all around town and right in front of the burned-out ruins that BLM created. It was a very pathetic sight to see.
One of the main people involved in organizing the destruction in La Mesa had actually threatened the City Council in 2018 to burn National City, if they did not meet her demands. Her name is “Tasha Williamson” and she actually ran for Mayor of San Diego this year. In spite of her high profile and the presence of a number of reporters at that meeting in National City, none of our local news organizations reported her threat to burn down National City. This is how sick society has become, at least in California. A terrorist threat against a city does not even get reported here.
Leslie Furcron is a 59-year-old grandmother. She was “wilding” with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) mob in La Mesa when she was shot between the eyes with a beanbag. This came 3-4 hours after violence started. The protest had been declared an unlawful assembly at that time by the La Mesa police and the crowd ordered to disperse. She was livestreaming the mob action when she was shot. The riot took place on May 31, 2020 in downtown La Mesa, but the police response to the incident only became available seven weeks later. So, now the entire story is known from several angles.
The Black Lives Matter mob had been spraying the police station with graffiti and throwing rocks and bottles at the policemen and the station. They were also mobbing the station. If they had been able to get control of the station, it would certainly have been ransacked and burned down, like they burned three other, large major commercial buildings that night to the ground. The rioters set fire to an annex of the City Hall, but it petered out before the entire City Hall was consumed. Furcron says in her livestream that the mob was going to burn the police station down. She rushed to the site to join the mob and cheer them on as they tried to burn it down.
The incident was used by local anarchists to justify the ransacking, vandalizing and torching of downtown La Mesa.
This first video is Leslie Furcron live-streaming her arrival at the riot up until the time she was hit between the eyes with a bean bag and taken away in a car to a hospital.
The third video was produced by a bystander of the shooting aftermath. The white bean bag can be seen stuck in her forehead. The bean bag has a cloth skirt on it which gives it more stability in its trajectory. Bean bags are not accurate at the distance in this case and it seems highly unlikely the policeman intended to shoot her in the face.
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 interfering with an investigation, a misdemeanor. The charges were dropped after the riot in La Mesa a few days later. The local BLM organizer is demanding that the officer be fired and charged for filing a false report, a felony.
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. Witnesses and videographers appeared immediately as soon as the incident with officer Matt Dages started.
Black Lives Matter organizer, Tasha Williamson, livestreams at 8:50 PM to her followers that the “revolution has started”. According to the police timeline, the reports of looting of the Vons stores started at 9:12 PM. A little more than two hours later, at 11.11 PM Chase bank was reported to be on fire and the other two buildings were torched only minutes thereafter. This live-stream by Tasha Williamson could have been a green-light to start the ransacking of businesses and the following arson attack on La Mesa. Williamson was on site to view it when the burning of the banks started.
The three most major buildings in downtown La Mesa burned to the ground. They were Chase bank, Union bank and the Randall Lamb building, owned by an architectural firm. The Lamb building was an historic building. Williamson often says in public that destruction of private property does not bother her when their demands are not being met.
The woman that she says was just shot by a Sheriff’s deputy was Leslie Furcron. She was hit right between the eyes by a stray beanbag and was very seriously wounded, but she survived. Beanbags are fired from a regular 12-gauge shotgun. It not very accurate beyond a short distance and there was a crowd of people. I don’t believe she was shot in the head on purpose. A beanbag to the head can easily kill a person. It could have glanced off another object and hit her or some other such scenario.
She was part of a mob, which was attacking the police station at the time she was hit. The protest had been declared an illegal assembly about three hours earlier and ordered to disperse. It was a shame that she was badly hurt, a grandmother, but it was illegal for her to be there in the first place. If she had just followed the law, she would not have been injured. She was reportedly live-streaming the mob action at the time.
The Black Lives Matter mob had been spraying the police station with graffiti and throwing rocks and bottles at the policemen and the station. They were also mobbing the station, as if they had planned to overwhelm the police and takeover the station. If they had done that, certainly the station would have been ransacked and maybe burned down, like they burned three of the most major buildings that night in La Mesa.
Form the beginning, this protest was never “non-violent” as Tasha Williamson and many other BLM supporters claim. It was a threatening mob from the start, which wantonly broke the law, endangered others and disobeyed lawful orders from police officers. This lawlessness evolved that night into extreme violence.