American Police Knew That Violence At Protests Were Being Carried Out By Right Wing Provacateurs

Social media plat­forms like Facebook are now basi­cal­ly troll farms for right-wing lies and pro­pa­gan­da; their aim is obvi­ous­ly to (a) dis­cred­it the Black Lives Matter Movement, & (b) show that Black pro­test­ers are not exact­ly pro­test­ers, but vio­lent extrem­ists who want to destroy America.
Of course, nei­ther is true, but as we learn as we go along, there is noth­ing that white suprema­cists will not do, includ­ing com­mit­ting mur­der and arson, to main­tain and retain white supremacy.
In many cas­es, the so-called Black anar­chists cov­ered up in black gear from head to toe, are not Black peo­ple at all, but far-right ter­ror­ist white supremacists.
In par­tic­u­lar, on Facebook, they are obvi­ous; they use false accounts to cre­ate pro-police groups. Through their “back the blue cam­paign,” this cre­ates a false, illu­so­ry effect that has fooled some cops into believ­ing that they are real allies. That they are pro-police, when in fact they are dan­ger­ous domes­tic terrorists.
The truth of the mat­ter is that as police Departments con­tin­ue to react with incred­i­ble vio­lence toward gen­uine pro­test­ers, instead of fix­ing their depart­ments, white, right-wing ter­ror­ists are allowed to com­mit crimes, some­times in the pres­ence of police, and walk away.

According to Ryan Devereux of the [Intercept], [a cache of law enforce­ment mate­ri­als was recent­ly hacked and post­ed online under the title “BlueLeaks,” pro­vid­ing an unprece­dent­ed look at the com­mu­ni­ca­tions between state, local, and fed­er­al law enforce­ment in the face of the nation­wide protests. In an analy­sis of near­ly 300 doc­u­ments that ref­er­ence “Antifa,” The Intercept found repeat­ed instances of Antifa and left-wing protest­ing activ­i­ties cast in car­toon­ish­ly grim terms along­side more sub­stan­tive reports of lethal right-wing vio­lence and threats that have received scant men­tion from top Trump admin­is­tra­tion officials.]
Even though American Law enforce­ment agen­cies knew that the por­tray­al of Black pro­test­ers in a light that depicts them as ter­ror­ists were false, those agen­cies remained silent, even as Donald Trump & William Barr paint­ed a fake & fraud­u­lent narrative.
Law enforce­ment offi­cers across the coun­try were shar­ing detailed reports of far-right extrem­ists seek­ing to attack the pro­test­ers and police dur­ing the country’s his­toric demon­stra­tions, a trove of new­ly leaked doc­u­ments reveals, accord­ing to the same reporting.

They flood Facebook posts that show police beat­ing up gen­uine BLM pro­test­ers with pro-police pro­pa­gan­da; they use the most vit­ri­olic and insid­i­ous com­ments to describe Black pro­test­ers and demand that police not only fur­ther abuse the pro­test­ers but kill them.
On the ground, far-right gun-tot­ing white mili­tias sup­pos­ed­ly sup­port­ing police, are allowed to roam the streets of cities all across the coun­try. In con­trast, the very same police bru­tal­ize gen­uine pro­test­ers against police violence.
In case after case, police stand by and watch as heav­i­ly armed mili­tia mem­bers assault and intim­i­date unarmed protesters.
It has now become clear that demar­ca­tion lines, [to the extent that one exist­ed], between Police and white suprema­cist groups, have all but dis­ap­peared. There is no pre­tense anymore.
For those rea­sons, Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old, could cross state lines from Illinois into Wisconsin, where he killed two peo­ple and seri­ous­ly injured one oth­er under the pre­text that he was there to pro­tect Wisconsin’s businesses.
Kyle Rittenhouse was not old enough to have the weapon he had, but that did not mat­ter to the police who greet­ed Rittenhouse and oth­er Militia ‑mem­bers, as they hand­ed out bot­tles of water to them and thanked him for being there.
(Yup, back­ing the Blue).

The infa­mous Umbrella man, Branden Michael Wolfe, has been linked to white Supremacy, even though he pre­tend­ed to be a mem­ber of Antifa, a group that is more myth than real­i­ty. According to Law enforce­ment, there is real­ly no Organization know as Antifa; in fact, the group’s name is an acronym for the words Anti-Fascists.
Therefore, it fol­lows that Donald Trump and his lap­dog min­ions like the Florida Drunk Matt Gaetz would demo­nize this group and label them domes­tic terrorists.
One Pro-Police web­site describes Antifa this way. Antifa, short for anti-fas­cist or Anti-Fascism Action, is a rad­i­cal far-left-lean­ing polit­i­cal move­ment, made up of most­ly autonomous groups spread through­out the United States. The move­ment has ties to anar­chism, oth­er rad­i­cal left groups like By Any Means Necessary, and is known for its mil­i­tant pres­ence at protests. Some of the bet­ter known, loose­ly orga­nized Antifa groups include Torch Antifa, Antifa Sacramento, and NYC Antifa.
Fas​.org summed up Antifa this way.

The U.S. Antifa move­ment appears to be decen­tral­ized, con­sist­ing of inde­pen­dent, rad­i­cal, like-mind­ed groups and indi­vid­u­als. It“s tenets can echo the prin­ci­ples of anar­chism, social­ism, and com­mu­nism. Members do not nec­es­sar­i­ly adhere to just the tenets of these philoso­phies, how­ev­er. Among many oth­er things, they may also sup­port envi­ron­men­tal­ism, indige­nous pop­u­la­tions’ rights, and gay rights.

Headline after head­line blared out the facts police knew that the man break­ing store win­dows and set­ting fire to stores was actu­al­ly a white suprema­cist try­ing to stoke a race war, but that was not the nar­ra­tive that Donald Trump and William Barr want­ed into the pub­lic domain.
According to the Star Tribune, a masked man who was seen in a viral video smash­ing the win­dows of a south Minneapolis auto parts store dur­ing the George Floyd protests, earn­ing him the moniker “Umbrella Man,” is sus­pect­ed of ties with a white suprema­cist group and sought to incite racial ten­sion, police said. A Minneapolis police arson inves­ti­ga­tor said the act of van­dal­ism at the AutoZone on E. Lake Street helped spark a chain reac­tion that led to days of loot­ing and riot­ing. The store was among dozens of build­ings across the city that burned to the ground in the days that followed.
“This was the first fire that set off a string of fires and loot­ing through­out the precinct and the rest of the city,” Sgt. Erika Christensen wrote in a search war­rant affi­davit filed in court this week. “Until the actions of the per­son, your affi­ant has been call­ing ‘Umbrella Man,’ the protests had been rel­a­tive­ly peace­ful. The actions of this per­son cre­at­ed an atmos­phere of hos­til­i­ty and ten­sion. Your affi­ant believes that this indi­vid­u­al’s sole aim was to incite violence.”

The fore­gone is only a cou­ple of instances of that gaslight­ing that Trump, his per­son­al Attorney/​Attorney General William Barr, and oth­er right-wing dem­a­gogues feed the pub­lic about these events.
Given a com­plete­ly free hand, Donald Trump and William Barr would have police across America hunt down and destroy inno­cent Black Americans who demon­strate jus­tice and respectabil­i­ty while ignor­ing the real and present dan­ger white Militias pose to the Republic.
Remarkably the lies and dis­in­for­ma­tion seeps right into the minds of the throngs of une­d­u­cat­ed, low infor­ma­tion peo­ple who sup­port Donald Trump and hate Black people.
They argue con­tin­u­al­ly that Black black crimes are a far greater threat to Black peo­ple than Police killing Black people.
Unfortunately, some igno­rant Blacks also fall vic­tim to that nar­ra­tive because they have been vic­tims of Black on Black crime somehow.

So let us look at the facts, when Black peo­ple kill oth­er Blacks, they go to prison. The Jails and pris­ons are filled with them; they do not get paid vacation.
Blacks kill blacks 90% of the time, accord­ing to research data. Whites kill whites 82% of the time as well. What that shows is that peo­ple kill who they are around.
When the con­se­quences of slav­ery and the social con­struct of Jim crow and gov­ern­ment insti­tu­tion­al­ized racism is con­sid­ered, it is small won­der that Black peo­ple are not walk­ing around stark rav­ing mad.
Yet, what the imbe­cil­ic Donald Trump and some of his min­ions like Rudolph Giuliani would have you believe, is that Black People Killing Black peo­ple is our real prob­lem. Still, police mur­der­ing our chil­dren, our broth­ers and sis­ters are quite okay.
People can abuse us and take advan­tage of us when we are igno­rant of what is hap­pen­ing around us.
For those rea­sons, dur­ing slav­ery, our enslaved fore­bear­ers were not allowed to read or be privy to any information.
The Slavers under­stood that an informed per­son could not be a slave.
Asked what the great­est threat to the American sys­tem was, the racist FBI direc­tor J Edgar Hoover who abused every pow­er he was giv­en, replied, ” a uni­fied black race.”

Today, I believe that the Black American pop­u­la­tion is divid­ed into four groups, (a) an edu­cat­ed group that is work­ing like hell to dig the race out of the morass it’s in, (b) a group that is men­tal­ly still enslaved, those we must leave alone, © those who refuse to take up a book or any device to learn about what is hap­pen­ing around them, and final­ly, (d), the group that only picks up the Bible.
Either way, we are a long way from eman­ci­pa­tion as it ought to be, because our peo­ple have made a con­scious deci­sion to serve their for­mer mas­ters, wor­ship god and ignore their lives on earth, or trust that the very same peo­ple who enslaved our fore-par­ents are now bet­ter more enlight­ened and con­sci­en­tious peo­ple who would not do the same today.

Mike Beckles is a for­mer police Detective cor­po­ral, busi­ness­man, free­lance writer, a black achiev­er hon­oree, and pub­lish­er of the blog mike​beck​les​.com. 
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