From the looks of it, the nightly riots we witnessing in America are populated with hardened criminals and rabble-rousers, none of whom are fearful of arrest or assault.
These cathartic moments of chaos often come on the heels of peaceful protests, when the do-gooders head home for the day. This is when the ne’er-do-wells burst onto the scene with their arson, battery, and calamity – the ABC’s of extremism in America today.
Loose identifiers such as “Antifa” and “Boogaloo” are how we describe the most radical of these groups, some of whom have styled themselves militarily in order to give off an air of authority.
But this chiseled, rugged exterior doesn’t seem to square up with the reality of the situation.
A Neenah man had a flamethrower, smoke grenades and fireworks during a demonstration in Green Bay Saturday night, according to police and prosecutors.
Matthew Banta, 23, is charged with obstructing an officer and two counts of felony bail jumping.
The criminal complaint says Banta “is known to be a violent Antifa member who incites violence in otherwise relatively peaceful protests.” Police say he’s known as “Commander Red.”
The commander is apparently also a crybaby.
A responding officer says he saw four individuals walking towards a protest with baseball bats. One man was wearing a metal helmet with goggles and military-style gear with multiple pouches, and was carrying an Antifa flag. When the officer pulled his squad car in front of the group, they ran away. The officer caught Banta, who was carrying the flag, and says Banta “dropped into the fetal position and began crying.” He accused the officer of lying on him; the officer replied nobody was on him.
There’ll be no Antifa “medal of honor” for “Commander Red”.
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