A complaint is being filed against two officers from the Los Angeles Police Department, after they defended a protester assaulting and threatening a supporter of President Donald Trump.
After antifa announced their intentions to deface Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, supporters of the president held a counter-rally to defend it. There were 75-100 Trump supporters present, outnumbering antifa.
During the event, one of the anti-Trump protesters assaulted Timothy Treadstone, better known as Baked Alaska, who was livestreaming a conflict between the protester and a woman who was out to defend the star.
“The dude literally grabbed my phone and hand, he got in my face saying he was going to knock me out and the cops said that was okay,” Treadstone told Big League Politics. “They were on ANTIFA & BLM side all day it was disgusting.”
When police intervened, it was not to stop the aggressive protester who had just attempted to knock Treadstone’s phone out of his hand while threatening to knock him out.
“You’re going to get that camera out of my face or I’m going to knock you the f-ck out,” the aggressor tells Treadstone as the police made their way over to the altercation.
Immediately, the officers sided with the protester, telling Treadstone that he needed to move further down the sidewalk away from where they were.
“He grabbed my camera and said he was going to knock me the f-ck out!” Treadstone exclaimed.
The officer responded saying, “I understand that,” while continuing to demand that Treadstone leave the area of public sidewalk the pro-Trump group was gathered on.
“You need to go down there right now,” the officer demanded.
“Just me?” Treadstone asked.
“Yes, because as soon as you go down there all these people will follow,” the officer said.
“He came up and threatened to knock me out!” Treadstone attempted to report, once again.
At this point, the first officer appears to call for backup, as the other cop tells Treadstone, “I don’t care.”
“He can say what he wants,” the second officer asserts.
“He can say he’s going to knock me out and grab me?” Treadstone asks.
“He can say what he wants — they’re words,” the officer says of the violent threat.
The officer then begins petulantly whining for Treadstone to leave him alone.
Treadstone has noted that the first officer was chewing tobacco, which in itself is a violation of the LAPD’s rules. It is “prohibited while on duty, or off-duty while in uniform.”
Earlier in the day, a protester claimed that he was a member of the crips and threatened to shoot Treadstone, which police also refused to do anything about.
— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) May 14, 2017
“It’s a shame that our law enforcement who gets incredible support from Trump supporters would refuse to defend an attack from the very people who hate them and want them dead,” Treadstone told BLP, noting that the officers were also caught on his livestream shaking hands with the members of antifa.
Treadstone informed BLP that while we were speaking he was in the middle of filing a complaint against the officers over their conduct.
BABY: CNN’s Brian Stelter Becomes Early Adapter of New Twitter ‘Disable Replies’ Feature
The mainstream media operative doesn’t want feedback.
CNN presenter Brian Stelter has become a quick adopter of a new Twitter feature that enables users to shut down replies to their tweets, essentially cutting off any potential for negative feedback and allowing unpopular verified journalists to propagate their own echo chambers.
The feature was implemented on Thursday by Twitter, and was roundly criticized by many of the platform’s users as a betrayal of the free-speech and democratic ideals the website originally stood for. The feature essentially allows verified and artificially promoted mainstream media personalities to escape criticism for dishonest reporting, lies, and political bias.
Stelter utilized the feature in a tweet about business challenges to the model of traditional print and local media. It would’ve gone without saying that his narrative would’ve been challenged by many Twitter users keen to point out that the erosion of traditional print media has coincided with rampant left-wing and institutional bias within the industry.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 21, 2020
Replies to the tweet are disabled, but many users found a way to ensure that Stelter’s lightweight media proclivities were responded to in kind by those who are critical of cable mainstream media. Users who Stelter follows are able to reply to the tweet, and some who he deems acceptable within his own echo chamber were keen to call him out.
Is this the kind of "news" that needs to be saved? This looks like state TV to me. (P.S. why do you have the comments restricted? Can't take criticism?)https://t.co/LyzHr811jh
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) May 21, 2020
It’s almost certain that CNN hacks such as Stelter will continue to use the anti-democratic and elitist feature, hoping to shield themselves from accusations of dishonesty.
We’ve entered a new dark age of the internet where the original late 1990’s principles of free expression, intellectual curiosity, and open dialogue are being eroded by political and media elites terrified that their neoliberal vision for society is quickly becoming discredited. The ‘disable replies’ feature on Twitter is merely the latest indicator of such a phenomenon, but self-proclaimed ‘objective journalists’ such as Stelter might not prove as able to shut down criticism of themselves as they might hope.
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