A Georgia man was arrested on Sunday for making hoax death threats against protestors calling for criminal charges in Ahmaud Arbery’s death.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which earlier arrested Travis and Gregory McMichael for their involvement in the shooting death of Arbery, arrested Rashawn Smith for what they’re claiming are fake death threats. Smith allegedly created a fake Facebook account in which he posed as a racist Donald Trump supporter, who was threatening to kill protestors demanding criminal charges in the Arbery case.
Smith was arrested in Midway, Georgia. He’s facing one count of dissemination of information relating to terrorist acts. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed that the online death threats Smith made on a fake account were hoaxes.
Smith created a Facebook User ID of an unwitting individual to post a hoax threat. https://t.co/nfzIdsBMAE
— GA Bureau of Invest (@GBI_GA) May 11, 2020
Screen capture alleged to be of the death threats Smith created showed a lengthy Facebook posts in which a man named John Hutto defended the McMichaels. The post contained a threat to “organize a mass shooting in Brunswick,” and had set off a firestorm of commentary among pro-Arbery protestors who claimed they were being genuinely targeted.
The threat, in which ‘Hutto’ claims that he’s going to get away with a mass shooting on the basis of his political connections, is clearly of doubtful veracity.
This incident would appear to be a classic hate hoax in which a narrative of persecution is deceptively constructed in order to further the agenda of a supposedly targeted political group. Protestors have appeared outside the residence of the McMichaels and the Glynn County courthouse, in some cases at the urging of unscrupulous Black Lives Matter organizer Shaun King.
Fresno City Council President Blames ‘White Nationalists’ After Attacking a BLACK Conservative on Video
He apparently feels he is above the law.
A contentious video has gone viral of a Fresno City Council President Miguel Arias assaulting conservative activists who confronted him outside of his apartment.
The video can be seen here:
Wow. Things are getting a little out of hand in Fresno… Fresno City Council President clashed with conservative activists outside his apartment. pic.twitter.com/DAEwgaeQ1M
— Veronica Miracle (@ABC7Veronica) May 13, 2020
An in-depth report about the confrontation can be viewed here:
Fresno City Council President Miguel Arias is charged with 3 counts of misdemeanor battery after shoving members of the group Frontline America who showed up at his apartment. That group of conservative activists runs a YouTube channel & Facebook media page & often hosts protests pic.twitter.com/4NjKh0ptfk
— Marie Edinger KMPH (@MarieEdinger) May 13, 2020
Arias is being charged with three counts of misdemeanor battery because of his thuggish behavior demonstrated in the video. Pathetically, he has attempted to blame his brutish actions on supposed white nationalists.
“What would anyone do in this situation if our kids were just a few feet away while a mob of grown men approached our front door?” Arias asked in a statement.
“The leaders of this group are self-proclaimed white nationalists known to be armed, and have previously made threats against me. Keeping my family safe is priority number one, and this group intended to intimidate, not dialogue,” he added.
The only problem with Arias’ story is that one of the activists who he battered on video is a black man, suggesting that his characterization of them as white nationalists is severely off-base.
The group Arias is referring to is called “Frontline America,” which was founded by Ben Bergquam. Bergquam does not call himself a white nationalist, but instead refers to himself as a “Christian conservative husband, father, son, and brother who loves this country and the values it was founded on” and “an unashamed, politically incorrect, social conservative that believes that abortion is murder, homosexuality is sin, and transgenderism is insane.”
Arias is also claiming that the protesters were guilty of trespassing, although there is no visual evidence backing up his story.
“I asked him to leave, I told him this wasn’t the place, this was my home, and he refused to do it, so I moved him out of the way and I escorted him down the stairs,” Arias said. “Folks didn’t want to give way to my private property, so I moved them out of the way.”
Frontline America activists also confronted Fresno Mayor Lee Brand at his home, and he had a polite and cordial discussion with the conservative protesters.
“A group of 20-25 people protesting the City’s shelter in place came to my house this evening. When they arrived, I went out to answer their questions and we had a peaceful discussion on my sidewalk. After ten minutes, they left and I went back inside,” Brand said.
Arias appears to believe that crying about non-existent white nationalism will allow him to behave like a common thug. When he goes to trial, he may find out otherwise.
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