Saint Louis prosecutors are declining to pursue criminal charges against Black Lives Matter rioters that trespassed on the property of Mark and Patricia McCloskey in June, setting off an armed confrontation with the couple that became national news.
City counselor Michael Garvin announced that the city had decided “prosecution is not warranted” against the riotous BLM trespassers in the case.
The ‘protestors’ in question had been previously citing for trespassing. At one point, a gate to the private community in which the McCloskeys live was broken open, but it doesn’t appear anyone is being charged for causing property damages to the wall. Some the rioters had threatened and waved pistol magazines at the McCloskeys before they trespassed on their lawn.
Although the BLM rioters are getting off scot-free, George Soros-funded Saint Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner is still pursuing a highly dubious and politically charged criminal case against the McCloskeys for the actions in the standoff. Attorneys working for Garder reassembled the courtroom prop that Patricia McCloskey was holding in the event into a working firearm in order to file charges, and they’re doing so against the wishes of a Saint Louis police captain who declined to sign off on a probable cause statement accusing the McCloskeys of illegally brandishing firearms at the unruly mob that had broken into their gated community.
This is an example of anarcho-tyranny at its finest. The thugs who trespassed and threatened the couple at their own home are being babied and let off the hook, while the couple that merely stood on their own property holding a gun and urging the rioters to move along are being maliciously prosecuted. Fortunately, Missouri Governor Mike Parsons and President Donald Trump have both identified the prosecution against the couple as the sham charges, indicating a pardon would be provided if the case somehow is adjudicated against them.
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:
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