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‘The Battle For Berkeley’: Journalists and Organizers Disagree About Police Tactics

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As the nation watched the blood of both free speech activists and their protesters spill into the streets of California on Saturday, there seems to be a massive disagreement between journalists and organizers about the effectiveness of the police.

Organizers claim that the police did a “pretty damn good job,” while journalists known for covering riots assert that the police allowed the situation to boil over far beyond what they should have and failed to protect those in attendance.

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Speaking to Big League Politics, “Patriot’s Day” organizer Richard Black stated that things were not exactly as they seemed on social media.

“We were given some assurances, and their plan for dealing with what was going to go down,” Black told Big League Politics. “Honestly I felt, as did our security detail, that they [the police] did exactly what they said they were going to do.”

Police had promised Black that the event would be protected and run smoothly, as long as neither group crossed over a flimsy plastic orange barrier that was erected between the two groups. The plan was to have police occupy the path between the mesh fencing to keep the opposing groups apart. Black added that he was informed by law enforcement that if people crossed over into their opposing side, their safety could not be guaranteed.

“I felt the police were doing a pretty damn good job,” Black stated. “It is a popular notion to say that the police had been ordered to stand down, but I can tell you as an organizer who was working closely with them, that was not the case.”

However, as the “Patriot’s Day” free speech rally began, things seemed to go in the same direction of riots past — when right-wing speakers dared to enter the city which was once considered a shining beacon of free speech.

“I think a liberal estimate would be that there were 20 police officers, maybe a dozen, in the park when it began,”  journalist Tim Pool, who has covered dozens of riots, explained to Big League Politics. “When antifa arrived, they immediately began stomping over the barrier, and throwing M80s and mortars into the crowd.”

Pool stated that at this point, police backed away to the side of the park. After several minutes of chaos, they moved in and began to separate the groups.

Soon after, Black explained that police immediately began disarming those entering the park, particularly the antifa activists who were in black bloc attire.

“After they were disarmed, police created a physical barricade between them and us,” Black said. He added that anarchists kept attempting to get around the police, but were unsuccessful through much of the event. “Those kids had never ever seen the Berkeley Police stand up to them before. You should have seen their faces.”

Black said that when police reached out to a militant leftist group involved in opposing the free speech rally, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), who has been previously labeled by the FBI as engaging in possible domestic terrorist activities, they were unwilling to cooperate.

“We were the ones willing to follow the law, we were the ones willing to work with police,” Black said. “When they reached out to BAMN, they refused to cooperate.”

Black believes that BAMN’s refusal to even speak with the police, versus his own eagerness to work alongside them, played a large role in how the police interacted with the two opposing groups.

According to Black, Patriot’s Day had their own security team in place as well, considering the lack of action by the department during previous riots in the city. He explained that the team they had organized consisted of both active and inactive military and off duty police officers from other jurisdictions.

“We have off duty cops on our security team,” Black asserted. “Those officers from other jurisdictions told Berkeley Police that if they didn’t do their job they would do it for them. It added more pressure on the department to do what was necessary to make the event run smoothly.”

Black, for his part, is a little upset that so much of the coverage has focused on the violence instead of the speakers. He described watching Brittany Pettibone, a petite and soft spoken woman, discuss the importance of free speech in a red dress — pushing her way through her points as M80s exploded in the background.

“It was a success, it’s a shame there isn’t more footage going around of what was happening on the stage. It was something incredible,” Black said. “It was like a scene out of a movie.”

According to Black, the violence only broke out at the tail end of the event, when the Patriot’s Day speakers had concluded. By this point, the anarchists were pushing a dumpster in the direction of the barrier.

The organizers had informed police that the event was about to wrap up, and that their crowd would be evacuating. At this point, Black says, the police were planning to move in on the anarchists while the Patriot’s Day attendees left in the opposite direction.

“Around 20 to 25 riot police began running towards antifa, and that was our signal to evacuate,” Black explained.

Unfortunately, as tensions rose, and security attempted to keep the area secure, an anarchist threw a smoke bomb at the free speech rally crowd. Hilariously, the wind was blowing in their own direction.

When the smoke began to pour back at them, the antifa began to run and, according to Black, the pro-free speech crowd decided to charge.

Pool explained that though things seemed contained inside the park, the streets became a warzone.

“At first police were doing a good job keeping the crowd divided, then antifa exited the park and went into the street,” Pool told BLP, “but the police just stayed in the park, so huge fights broke out and there were no police at all.”

When asked by Big League Politics if he believed that police had been ordered to stand down, Pool explained that he has no way of knowing the answer to that, without a statement from the department itself.

“It might have been something as simple as they were ordered to stay in the park, I don’t know,” Pool said, adding, “I’ve never been at an event this contentious, and seen fighting in the streets, but no police.”

While wedgies were handed out by the free speech activists, the anarchists in opposition were now armed with bricks, wine bottles, and mace.

As things continued to escalate in the city, and multiple fights broke out, liberal Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer confronted several officers to ask why they were not stopping the brawls that were spreading through the streets.

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“Hey, how come you guys are hanging back?” Bauer asked two officers who were outside the commotion.

Seemingly unaware that he was being filmed, an officer sitting in the driver’s seat of his police cruiser shrugged, shook his head, and responded that “would be a good question for the chief of police.”

“I mean, I haven’t seen the cops around and people are beating the shit out of each other,” Bauer asserted.

At this point, a second officer who is standing next to the vehicle asked if Bauer was seeking a public statement, and referred him to the public information officer.

“So, they told you to hang back?” Bauer asks.

“As I said, I’m going to refer you to our public information officer,” the officer tells Bauer. “What’s your next question?”

Asking another officer the same question, Bauer faced another wall, as the officer asserted that he is not “at liberty to discuss my tactics.”

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Pool, who has covered the riots in Baltimore, Ferguson, and other contentious protests such as Occupy Wall Street, noted that there are stark contrasts between protests where people are opposing government forces, versus ones like Saturday, where they are opposing each other.

“Berkeley had a similar vibe to covering Ferguson, for sure, but in cases like Ferguson it is sort of everyone versus the police,” Pool said. He noted that on Patriot’s Day, there was an observer from the National Lawyers Guild wearing a black mask.

“Someone wearing a mask is opposing the free speech rally,” Pool said of the legal observer. “That is very strange to me, because the NLG is simply supposed to be providing legal observation. When you look at Occupy, Ferguson, Baltimore — the legal observers were there to protect the rights of all individuals.”

Pool, who aims to present a rare objective and unbiased view in his reporting, explained that in this case, where it is a clash of ideologies between civilians instead of a governmental protest, it is very easy to tell which side many of the journalists and legal observers were on.

“There were ‘journalists’ clearly on the side of antifa, who were wearing all black,” he said, noting he uses the term journalists lightly. “You could clearly see where they held their allegiance.”

We reached out to the public information officer of the Berkeley Police Department to confirm whether or not Interim Police Chief Andrew Greenwood had ordered officers to stand down, but had not heard back by publication. This story will be updated if and when they provide us with a comment.

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Bezos-Linked Thinktank Official Calls for Michael Anton’s Execution for Exposing Anti-Trump Color Revolution

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A top official with the billionaire-backed Berggruen Institute has called for the kidnapping and execution of writer Michael Anton for exposing the color revolution coup that is taking place to oust President Donald Trump from office regardless of November’s voting results.

Claremont Institute President Ryan Williams highlighted the grotesque tweet made by Vice President of Programs Nils Gilman comparing Anton to French fascist sympathizer Robert Brasillach:

The Berggruen Institute has collaborated intently with the Washington Post in the past. The rag, owned by Amazon founder and technocratic globalist Jeff Bezos, worked with Berggruen on WorldPost, which later became Noema Magazine. They regularly publish pretentious drivel that virtually nobody reads.

Big League Politics has reported about the coup attempt that is in the works through the Soros-backed Transition Integrity Project:

A Soros-backed “election integrity” group is setting the stage for a revolution against President Donald Trump after November’s election.

The Transition Integrity Project, an organization featuring a bipartisan group of Trump haters, is claiming that President Donald Trump will cause violence if he disputes the upcoming election results. They are running simulations that they claim indicate that Trump and his supporters will create mayhem.

“All of our scenarios ended in both street-level violence and political impasse,” said Rosa Brooks, a professor of law and policy at Georgetown University, who set up the TIP. “The law is essentially … it’s almost helpless against a president who’s willing to ignore it,” she added.

Revolver noted that Brooks is an operative of George Soros with ties to his Open Society Institute going back decades. She served as Special Counsel to the President at the Open Society Institute in New York from 2006-07.

Brooks’ deep connections to Soros have helped her successfully navigate the ranks of the Washington D.C. elite. She was senior adviser to Assistant Secretary Harold Hongju Koh at the U.S. State Department. She taught at the University of Virginia School of Law before moving over to Georgetown. She is also on the Advisory Committee of National Security Action and the Steering Committee of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security. Her deep state bona fides are second to none.

Two of the Republicans who participated in Brooks’ study are neocons Bill Kristol and David Frum. They were the type of individuals tasked with war gaming as President Trump, the man who they have devoted their careers to opposing. Kristol is now funded by a Democrat oligarch and Frum continues to parrot Russian collusion lies to this very day.

“Our scenario exercises did not end in good places, but important to note that this does not mean that there is something inevitable about chaos and constitutional crisis in the coming months – just that these particular exercises suggest that these are real possibilities,” Brooks said about her study’s findings.

“The goal of the exercises was not to give people nightmares, but rather to identify possible inflection points to prevent or mitigate catastrophic outcomes to the 2020 presidential election,” she added.

Brooks hopes that policymakers act on the findings of her study, adding that “state governors, attorneys general, legislative leaders and secretaries of state need to think through these issues now, and understand the electoral system and relevant laws now, and not wait until Election Day to think about everything that could go wrong.”

Darren Beattie of Revolver has also exposed this dastardly plot by the left-wing fifth column that has implanted itself at the highest levels of government:

The far left is playing for keeps. If conservatives are not willing to do whatever is necessary to defeat this threat, America and Western Civilization will be no more.

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