There’s a lot to unpack in the story of Los Angeles Police Department officers being prevailed upon to protect Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti’s home, which has been set upon by Black Lives Matter protesters.
The first being that Democrats still don’t seem to grasp that the militant left-wing factions they support, both financially and spiritually, will ultimately turn on them.
But the bigger issue is that this extra burden is placed on the LAPD, even though the mayor tried to appease Black Lives Matter calls to defund the police, as Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council slashed the department’s budget by $151 million.
Citing the budget cut, the LAPD spoke of an earlier staff reduction of 500 in response to more “crippling cutbacks” proposed due to the “extraordinary financial challenges brought about by this historic pandemic.”
LAPD Statement Regarding Proposed Layoffs pic.twitter.com/v8C8hgjQBn
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) December 5, 2020
Yet, with Black Lives Matter protesters turning out in force daily for the past two weeks in front of the mayor’s home, apparently protesting to ensure that Joe Biden does not tap Garcetti for a role in his potential administration, police officers must provide protection.
(Why these people have nothing going on in their lives that would propel them to do something other than protest for two weeks over such a lame issue, is a story all to itself.)
Inevitably, there were clashes with police, as seen on Sunday. Black Lives Matter LA tweeted a video of the encounter, claiming the LAPD “advanced without warning and violently attacked us.”
For the past two weeks, we have been holding peaceful gatherings outside Mayor Garcetti’s mansion, urging @JoeBiden to commit to keeping our failed mayor out of his administration. On Day 13, LAPD advanced without warning and violently attacked us. #BlockGarcetti pic.twitter.com/xWn3JFwgdY
— #BlackLivesMatter-LA (@BLMLA) December 6, 2020
The violence began when officers tried to arrest a person using a bullhorn, which was reportedly in violation of a city code barring “sound exceeding 200 feet,” and others in the crowd converged on the officers.
“After multiple warnings, four officers attempted to make an arrest [for the sound violation] when the crowd moved in on the officers, punching, pushing and kicking,” the LAPD said in a release, according to LAist. “Officers used their baton to prevent the crowd from forcefully attempting to remove the suspect from Police custody. However the suspect ultimately got away.”
They got in a line, put on their helmets and attacked. They brought zip ties today, havent for the other days, clearly intending to arrest. pic.twitter.com/IZAx4UuFJF
— Weird AL ex #CancelRent (@WeirdAlex__) December 6, 2020
In post-Obama America, if people don’t agree with the reasons police choose to arrest someone, they feel justified in taking action to prevent said arrest, even if that means violence.
In looking back, future historians may refer to this remarkable phenomenon as the “Police Acted Stupidly” effect, courtesy of Barack Obama.
The moment LAPD came across the street to attack us captured by @anthonycarrio pic.twitter.com/e3BsEIp0Ul
— People’s City Council – Los Angeles (@PplsCityCouncil) December 6, 2020
The protesters engage as they do because they know that Democratic politicians will intervene on their behalf, and Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif., didn’t disappoint. Not that he acted alone, as a parade of local Democrats denounced police as well.
While it was a weak maneuver for police to use the ordinance against a bullhorn as a reason to engage, the congressman made no mention of the law other than to suggest that it didn’t apply to the protesters.
In regards to @lapd response at Getty House today:
Peaceful protestors deserve the space and protections to make their voices heard. Anything short of that is NOT acceptable.
No exceptions. No excuses.
— Rep. Jimmy Gomez (@RepJimmyGomez) December 6, 2020
In the ensuing mayhem, an LAPD officer is seen swinging her baton, though she was striking the protesters with soft blows.
There was some debate over whether her use of the baton violated department policy, but it should not be lost that protesters no longer give a second thought to physically engaging with police officers.
I’m not even sure where to begin with this video.@ericgarcetti defunding the LAPD by 150 million dollars and forcing them to protect his house from Protesters.
The wildly untrained officer with the baton.pic.twitter.com/J86zTqzTnB
— Kevin Dalton (@NextLAMayor) December 6, 2020
Sunday evening, a large crowd protesting Garcetti’s pandemic-driven Stay-At-Home order turned out at his home.
As a staff writer at The Beverly Hills Courier noted, there was “practically no police visible” — this drawing the prerequisite claims of racism, of course.
Earlier today, LAPD declared an unlawful assembly at a @BLMLA protest, allegedly for use of a bullhorn. No amplified devices here, but plenty of honking. Also, crowd has mostly stopped moving in front of house, which is against city ordinance. Practically no police visible atm. pic.twitter.com/X7yeTSykLv
— Samuel Braslow (@SamBraslow) December 7, 2020
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