Empower Wisconsin | June 25, 2020
MADISON — The “activist” whose arrest apparently sparked a riot in Madison Tuesday night is no hero, as video clearly shows.
Devonere Johnson, 28, who likes to refer to himself as Yeshua Musa, was caught on camera Tuesday afternoon carrying a baseball bat and a bullhorn into Coopers Tavern on the Madison Square. He is seen harassing patrons and is clearly causing a disturbance before several police officers respond and take him into custody.
It’s then that Johnson invokes the ghost of police brutality victim George Floyd in what clearly appears to be a calculated performance designed to incite anger in the Black Lives Matter and radical left community.
It worked. Demonstrators marched off to the Dane County Jail demanding law enforcers “free Yeshua,” part of a violent night that included tearing down two iconic statues, threatening motorists, and badly beating a state senator whose “crime” was attempting to take a video of the mob ripping through Capitol Square.
“This is not a peaceful protest, so if you came out here for a peaceful protest, you missed it,” one organizer said, according to the Wisconsin State Journal “We’re done being peaceful. Now we demanding justice.”
In the video, Johnson follows an unidentified white man into the restaurant. With the baseball bat in one hand and bullhorn up to his mouth, Johnson repeatedly accuses the man of being a racist. Just how he comes to that conclusion is not clear.
A restaurant employee tries to intervene.
“I wouldn’t be here right now if this guy wasn’t a racist,” Johnson blasts into the megaphone. “But that’s the world we live in …”
He then goes into a rant about Jesus not being a “white man with blond hair, blue eyes, and pink lips.”
Johnson eventually realizes that the restaurant manager is attempting to call the police.
“F*%k the police department. They know what time it is,” Johnson blares.
And then Johnson goes about confessing to the crimes he is accused of committing.
“My name is Yeshua Musa, and I am disturbing the f%*#ing shit out of this restaurant. And I got a f#*%ing bat!” he declares.
Another video shows police attempting to arrest Johnson, who is clearly resisting.
As five officers try to subdue the suspect, Johnson several times looks into the camera and speaks. “What am I under arrest for?” he demands. “They’re hurting me.” The officers, at least in the video, appear to be doing all they can to not hurt the flailing, kicking suspect. Johnson yells. “You’re on my back.”
And then he drops the bomb.
“I can’t breathe!”
That three-word plea has become a lightening rod in the weeks following the death of George Floyd, a middle-aged black man, at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer. Floyd’s agonizing struggle for air was also caught on video and became the rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement and all concerned about police brutality. It sparked massive demonstrations, some peaceful, some devolving into rioting and looting — as has been the case in Madison on multiple occasions over the past month.
Johnson is not in anywhere near the same position or danger that Floyd was in. The video clearly shows that. But he invokes those three powerful words. Why?
He’s been arrested before. Court records show he has three previous convictions, including a felony theft in 2016 and misdemeanour charges for theft and being a passenger in a stolen vehicle.
The unidentified leftist filming Tuesday’s arrest injects his opinions. He’s clearly not bright, but he’s in on the performance.
“He was voicing his voice,” the guy tells police. “You cannot arrest him for using a megaphone.”
“Don’t talk on the radio, talk to us,” the cameraman says, as if law enforcement’s first priority is considering the feelings of the radicals involving themselves in police business.
As officers move away from the scene and take Johnson to a nearby squad car, Mr. cameraman gets a little nerve up.
“Are you f-ing kidding me! F*%# You. F*%@ you so much!”
Watch the video of the arrest here.