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Is this what social justice looks like?

Empower Wisconsin | June 3, 2020

By M.D. Kittle 

MADISON — The rioting and the violence playing out nightly that has smashed and burned American cities is also breaking the fourth wall. 

A WMTV photojournalist was attacked early Monday morning while doing a live shot of the carnage on Madison’s State Street, according to a police report. He panned away from his reporter to show “the suspect going through items that had been looted from a 7-Eleven.” 

Michael E. Campbell, 40, no permanent address, threw bottles at the cameraman, then grabbed him from behind and violently shook him and his camera, according to the police report.  

“News management, seeing their crew was under attack, cut away from the live shot,” police said. 

Campbell fled on a bike, but was captured several blocks away on South Park St. and was arrested for battery, disorderly conduct, resisting and obstructing — all while on a probation hold. 

If the demonstrations that have swept across the country following the death of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, were supposed to be about social justice, rage against the system, Black Lives Matter, they rapidly descended into chaos. To be sure, there are peaceful protesters standing up for justice, but they, too, are being attacked by the anarchists and plain criminals that have come for the “free stuff.” 

Protesters beaten

Two men taking part in one of the Madison protests early Tuesday morning approached a woman who was damaging property and looting, according to another police report. The men were then attacked by several looters who beat them with boards and “possibly a crowbar.” 

“One male suffered 12 stitches to his face and had his phone stolen,” the incident report notes. “The second male victim suffered multiple broken bones.” 

That’s not civil disobedience as Gov. Tony Evers and the placating left seem fond of calling it. And it sure as hell isn’t justice. 

But the same liberals who for years have countenanced the kind of street thuggery we have seen in recent days as somehow socially justifiable have been the same supporters of anarchist and hate-spewing groups like Freedom Inc. 

All actions … justified 

“Our organizations will not denounce any black person’s display of grief and/or rage,” said Mahnker Dahnweih of the “nonprofit” Madison organization, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. “All actions against racist state violence are justified, and we will not minimize these contributions to liberation.”

Justified? Like looting and burning down businesses — many of them minority-owned? Like murdering a Federal Protective Services Officer, while he was trying to protect Oakland, Calif. from rioters? 

“When someone targets a police officer or a police station with an intention to do harm and intimidate — that is an act of domestic terrorism,” Department of Homeland Security Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said Sunday at a Washington, D.C., news conference.

According to Freedom Inc., rioters and looters are “freedom fighters.” 

“Thank all the youth freedom fighters who were in the streets fighting last night and Saturday night. Every action is a contribution to liberation,” Dahnweih said.

Taxpayer-funded disorder 

Speaking of contributions, Freedom Inc. has received lots of taxpayer funding for its “liberation” movement. 

As Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday, the state has over the past five years awarded contracts and grants worth $3.6 million to the hate group, to fund advocacy for minority and LGBTQ communities. 

“That includes $876,674 in federal grants awarded by the state Department of Justice since January 2019, when Attorney General Josh Kaul took office. The state Department of Children and Families has paid out $732,403 to Freedom Inc. under Gov. Tony Evers over the past 1½ years,” Bice reported. 

Tax dollars made up a substantial portion of the $3.31 million the group claimed on its IRS form in 2018. 

In other words, you are paying for Freedom Inc.’s idea of “liberation.” 

’Nothing I say will be enough’ 

Meanwhile, Madison liberals continue to cower to the lawless and disorder crowd. Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, spoke Monday to protesters that had shut down the city’s busy John Nolan Drive. The Wisconsin State Journal described her interaction with the crowd as “somewhat tense.”

“Thank you for being angry,” the leftwing mayor told the protesters. “I know that nothing I say today will be enough.” How about ending the city-imposed curfew, so the “peaceful” demonstrators could smash more windows and assault and rob more citizens? The rioters did just that, disregarding the order. The demonstrators also wanted police officers arrested and all black inmates released from the Dane County Jail. 

“Rhodes-Conway said she couldn’t end the curfew, and that the rest of the requests weren’t within her power,” the newspaper reported. “But she said she would talk with the county about the jail and ‘will continue to move funds to black-led organizations.’” Like Freedom Inc., the great “liberators”? 

Madison Police say they will hold criminals accountable. 

“We separate criminal activity from those who are peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights,” said Madison Police spokesman Joel DeSpain. “We see these people as criminals who need to be arrested and held responsible.” 

DeSpain said police will be using public surveillance to identify suspects of the scores of crimes committed in Madison during the protests for justice.  

Karma? 

The Madison Police and Dane County deputies responded to shots fired Monday morning near a downtown parking ramp. They found  Anthony R. Krohn, 36, who unintentionally shot himself in the leg with the firearm, according to the police report. He was taken to the hospital. 

Police said the man was drunk and a felony offender. He was arrested on a charge of possession of a firearm as a felon and intoxicated use of a firearm. 

“It is believed the man and the three friends walking with him at the time were a part of the protesters and looters in the downtown area,” the police reported stated. 

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