People Yelled ‘I Hope They Die’ About Ambushed LA Deputies. They Weren’t BLM Protesters.

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  1. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

    Woops, Lil Johnny Hams

    On Saturday night, after two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were shot in the head while sitting in their patrol car, a handful of people stood outside the hospital where they were being treated and celebrated the attack. At least one person shouted that he hoped the deputies died.

    Right-wing media, including Fox News and Breitbart, latched onto the story, eager to link the small gathering to the massive Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality and systemic racism.

    President Donald Trump and his allies often stoke fears over BLM and the anti-racism protests that have erupted across the nation following the police killing of George Floyd in May, claiming demonstrators are left-wing extremists.

    But it wasn’t just the usual Trump-friendly outlets that made the LA connection. Many headlines and articles in local and national outlets vaguely described the demonstrators as “a group” of “Black Lives Matter protesters.”

    In fact, the demonstration consisted of four people. They were members of the so-called Africa Town Coalition ― a Black advocacy group that is not affiliated with the Black Lives Matter national organization.

    The LA County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Saturday that a “group” was blocking the emergency entries and exits to the hospital and chanting “we hope they die” about the deputies. (One of the wounded deputies was released from the hospital on Wednesday; the other remained in stable condition. No arrests have been made in the shooting.)

    Cellphone video recorded by one of the demonstrators shows the four men walking toward the hospital’s entrance and attempting to get inside before people who appear to be hospital staff members tell them they can’t enter.

    The small group can be heard celebrating the deputies’ injuries and bashing police officers as “pigs” and “murderers.” At least one shouts that he hopes the deputies “fucking die.” Eventually, roughly a dozen law enforcement officers arrive and demand that the demonstrators leave. At least one officer shown on the video draws a gun at the protesters.

    The demonstration lasted less than 10 minutes and resulted in the arrests of one protester and one journalist who was covering the confrontation. The sheriff’s office said the journalist neither identified herself nor carried press credentials. Video of her violent arrest showed both claims were false.

    In a video posted to Facebook on Monday, Africa Town Coalition leader Kevin Wharton Price identified himself as one of the demonstrators at the hospital. He stated explicitly that his group is “not Black Lives Matter.”

    “We’ve been on some actions with Black Lives Matter, but we have our own political agenda,” Wharton said. “Not Black Lives Matter. Not antifa.”

    Price went on to defend the chants, which have been widely condemned by Democrats who support Black Lives Matter, including presidential nominee Joe Biden and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.

    But The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, in an editorial published Sunday, said Democrats needed to do more to ostracize the protesters, who the paper appeared to link to the broad BLM movement.

    “Democrats may fear the wrath of Black Lives Matter, but the backlash elsewhere in America will be far greater if pleasure at cop killing becomes common on the left,” the editorial said.

    In his video, Wharton said his group supports neither Trump nor Biden for president and said “many of us” won’t vote in the election.

    Black Lives Matter ― a massive, decentralized movement against police brutality and racial injustice ― began in 2013 with a hashtag. #BlackLivesMatter was created by three Black activists in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Black teenager Trayvon Martin.

    Over the years, the movement morphed into the Black Lives Matter Global Network and created guiding principles for other official chapters devoted to ending state-sanctioned violence and racism. Principles include acknowledging, respecting and celebrating differences and commonalities, as well as being “unapologetically Black in our positioning,” according to its website.

    Anyone can start a Black Lives Matter group, though that doesn’t make it an official chapter of the national organization.

    Since Floyd’s death, tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. The protests have been largely peaceful, and though their demands vary, all of the demonstrators are unified against police brutality.

    None of the Africa Town Coalition members who showed up at the hospital chanted “Black Lives Matter” or appeared to hold any signs linking them to the movement.
  2. SmalltownMN

    SmalltownMN Active Member

    I don't give a rip which group they do or do not associate with. The bottom line is whomever said such things are lowlife scumbags.
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  3. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

    Right-wing media, including Fox News and Breitbart, latched onto the story, eager to link the small gathering to the massive Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality and systemic racism.
  4. GeneWright

    GeneWright Well-Known Member

    I can get behind that sentiment, but stories like this need to spread because can you see the propoganda campaign the right wing media is spreading to smear BLM? That has dangerous consequences ala Kyle Rittenhouse.
  5. JoeNation

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

    OK, fair enough. See what you think when MSNBC reports that they are members of the Sons of the Confederacy.
  6. SmalltownMN

    SmalltownMN Active Member

    BLM, Antifa, KKK, Democrat, stated, I don't give a rip.

    There is right and there is wrong. Most people know the difference between the two and don't need to be told by any news channel what they should think or do about it.
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  7. JoeNation

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

    I might be thinking that you're missing the point here on purpose. Everyone from every news show is condemning this shooting as heinous as it should be condemned. But using this horrible tragedy to associate a few misguided obnoxious idiots with a movement you happen to want to denigrate only extends and amplifies the original stupidity and which should also be condemned for its callous opportunism. But feel free to completely miss the point anyway.
  8. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Well-Known Member

    But Joe.... @SmalltownMN did expound on the point. I can tell you with all the assurance in the world. I happen to not be a Fox new clone. I work too much. I don't get much of any news..... However... I did watch a live news feed of my own downtown the first week of the BLM protesting when they targeted my city. I watched a police officer hit the ground when something was hurled and hit him in the head. I saw a woman walking her dog come to his assistance. I saw four members of the protest break away and circle the woman and kick her screaming dog into submission. I watched this in my city and I will never be able to unsee it. This was not a Fox news broadcast. It was a local live news feed. All I ever need to know about these people was demonstrated to me on that news feed. @SmalltownMN is 100% on the money. Come down my street and let me see anyone kicking a helpless womans dog into submission for the crime of helping an injured man and see what gifts I have in store for you.... A criminal is a criminal regardless of his race, creed or news selection.
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  9. JohnHamilton

    JohnHamilton Well-Known Member

    Black Lives Matter is violent, Communist revolutionary scum bag organization. The sooner the American people realize that, the better. Ditto for ANTIFA.
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  10. JoeNation

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

    The old man screed.

    I still believe the GOP should be designated a terrorist organization given that they have killed 200,000 people in the last six months.

    Again, for an old man that cannot learn.... There is no ANTIFA organization. It's an ideal that says we shouldn't tolerate Fascists. Apparently the old man is for Fascism. I'm unsurprised.
  11. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

  12. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

    OK, everyone from now on who does violence is "The Tea Party".
  13. JoeNation

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

    The Trump Party.


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