Steven Nelson Lopez, a participant in Black Lives Matter agitations in the Louisville, Kentucky area, was arrested for fatally shooting a photographer in Jefferson Square Park following a dispute with another protest.
Journalist Tim Pool reacted to this news on Twitter:
He was the one firing indiscriminately into the protest camp
One of the BLM protesters was arrested for shooting and killing a journalist in Louisville
He was the one firing indiscriminately into the protest camp https://t.co/0X2EmzTFWg
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) June 29, 2020
Lopez is now facing charges of murder and first-degree wanton endangerment, according to a report that Louisville Metro Police officials released on June 28, 2020.
Lopez is accused of murdering Tyler Gerth, a Louisville photographer who participated in these protests.
On the night of June 27, MetroSafe Communications reported multiple gunshots being fired off at Jefferson Square Park. Officers arrived at the scene and found one person shot in the face in the middle of the park, according to details highlighted in Lopez’s arrest citation.
A number of witnesses were able to identify Lopez, who regularly went to the park, as the gunman. Video footage of the incident showed Lopez shooting a handgun into the crowd.
A number of people in the crowd fired back, shooting Lopez in the leg, per the citation’s account of the events.
Lopez was sent to University of Louisville Hospital and arrested and charged at 10:47 p.m. that night.
Protesters recounted that Lopez had an altercation with another person at the park on June 27, but it wasn’t Gerth.
Lopez had a previous police record before the shooting on June 27, which featured criminal actions such as third-degree trespassing and not maintaining his car insurance.
Although the horrific death of Breonna Taylor, people justly protested this death.
However, radical opportunists have taken advantage of the situation and are causing mayhem.
Governments at all levels need to step in and restore order if we want any semblance of productive policy discussions to continue.
Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?
America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad
Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.
Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy.
In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”
Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.
That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.
Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:
“Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”
Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 24, 2020
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”
All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting:https://t.co/0g3jpVPsDm
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 24, 2020
The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change.
Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.
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