San Jose police concerned that protecting Trump supporters would further inflame socialist...

San Jose police concerned that protecting Trump supporters would further inflame socialist mob

San Jose Police

San Jose PoliceOn Friday, the police department of San Jose, California, issued a statement in which it said that concerns were raised that protecting Trump supporters at a campaign rally in the city might have further inflamed the socialist, anti-American mob that fell on the rally like a pack of wild mongrel dogs.

According to the statement, the SJPD held off on arresting the thugs seen committing crimes because it “had the difficult task of weighing the need to immediately apprehend the suspect(s) against the possibility that police action involving the use of physical force under the circumstances would further insight the crowd and produce more violent behavior.”

What?

Here’s the statement in full, with emphasis added:

On Thursday, June 2, 2016, approximately 300-400 protestors gathered outside a Trump rally in San Jose. The San Jose Police Department designated two locations for supporters and demonstrators. The Department had an operations plan in place in an effort to ensure the safety of everyone attending the event. However, officers were confronted by some protestors who became violent, aggressive and began to throw objects in their direction. A majority of the violence occurred at the conclusion of the event.   While several physical assaults did occur, the police personnel on scene had the difficult task of weighing the need to immediately apprehend the suspect(s) against the possibility that police action involving the use of physical force under the circumstances would further insight the crowd and produce more violent behavior. As Trump supporters were exiting the Convention Center, officers directed the crowd away from the protestors and suggested alternate routes of egress in order to prevent violence or a large-scale confrontation. This required the forming of crowd control lines of uniformed officers to act as a physical barrier to facilitate the movement of the crowd out of the area. The San Jose Police Department subsequently made four arrests for incidents including assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful assembly. A San Jose Police sergeant suffered minor injuries after a protester struck him with a metal object. The Department is currently reviewing available footage and beginning the investigative process to identify suspects who were involved in criminal behavior, particularly physical assaults, so that warrants can be sought for their arrest. The Police Department encourages any members of the public who witnessed assaults or who are possession of video footage depicting physical assaults to contact the San Jose Police Department and cooperate with the ongoing investigations.

Police Chief Eddie Garcia released his own statement Friday afternoon adding a bit more more detail on how the department handled crowd control. He also defended the department, sayiing it is not an “occupying force” and crowed about four people who were arrested. Here is the full statement:

The violent behavior exhibited by some protestors last night was reprehensible, completely unacceptable and unrepresentative of our democracy and this City. We saw demonstrators behaving poorly and our officers clearing the streets as safely and expeditiously as possible. Officer safety and crowd control techniques are critical and cannot be abandoned when protestors scatter from area to area faster than the police lines can move.

Furthermore, de-escalation techniques are important—not just when someone has a weapon. We are not an “occupying force” and cannot reflect the chaotic tactics of the protestors. Instead, we achieved our goal of clearing the streets and making arrests in an appropriate manner. Our officers should be commended for both their effectiveness and their restraint.

Let me be clear: the violence that occurred last night was not unchecked. Four arrests have already been made, and I have immediately assembled a task force, headed by the Bureau of Investigations Chief Shawny Williams, and in coordination with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, to review all video evidence and investigate all reported assaults or other crimes from last night’s incident. I’m calling on the public as well as media outlets to submit all video evidence to our Police Department so we can root out those whose intentions were to disrupt our civil democratic process and put the safety and welfare of the public and my officers at risk. We will work tirelessly to hold them accountable and bring them to justice.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo also issued a statement:

But that’s not all:

Taken together, it seems officials won’t tolerate violence, except for those times when it’s tolerated, and in cases where enforcing the law will provoke even more violence.

I can’t help but wonder: What would these officials say if a Trump supporter is murdered?  Would they blame Trump?  Would they blame the victim for daring to attend a rally?

Now they’re engaged in damage control.  But the damage has been done…

As for evidence, there’s a whole Internet full of it.  They can start by looking here

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