05 Jun 2020 03:05
Not sure where to post this but I just wanted to share some intel I gathered yesterday when I was boots-on-the-ground.
Yesterday I was at the protests in Houston, but as soon as the media went home (most media left at sundown because of lighting issues for their content), things got spicy.
I was working with a couple of my boys to keep everybody in the crowd supplied and on their toes to try and stay ahead of police boxing people in, but at one point we decided to head back to a secondary resupply location in 2nd Ward to prepare for things in case they got more serious. We set up some traffic cones for gas just in case, and headed to the resupply location. On our way there, we saw police reinforcements stacking up outside the loop east of the Eastex Fwy, empty buses and police cruisers all parked in a fenced off lot that appeared to be some kind of autoshop. On our way back from the medical tent and resupply location, we heard a series of fizzling explosions (probably rubber bullets or something since it lacked the characteristic **pop** of gunfire), and a small crowd on bicycles fled past us on Harrisburg Blvd. By the time we managed to get back into the city, shit had already hit the fan. It looked like a scene out of an apocalyptic movie. I saw a couple unconscious people on the ground, unclear if they were sleeping homeless or injured peeps, but regardless we left some guys behind to check up on them and see what's up. My group continued into the city on our patrol and all we could see were scattered signs, debris, and resting police in full gear everywhere. It was a ghost town, no protesters anywhere.
They arrested like 200 people in a blitz, and the last time we all saw them, the crowd was peaceful/unarmed.
05 Jun 2020 03:06
The tactics the HPD seem to be using is to appease the crowds by appearing benign to win their trust and lower their guard until the sun goes down and the media leaves, at which point they did a coordinated strike that was highly effective in ending the protest in it's entirety all at once.
I feel like it's important to share the info bc better comms & organization could have saved those 200 people from being arrested if they hadn't become trapped in a narrow city street.
And again, I wanted to mention, it was for sure a **peaceful protest** because even the agitators, some Antifa guys, were nipped in the bud by the crowd and sent away.
So whatever happened in those 20min, it had to have been some serious shit.
I'm still trying to find someone who was there who could tell me what happened while our crew was gone. 🙁
It was a sad sight to be honest, just signs and debris scattered everywhere without the slightest peep of defiance in the city left. Every last protester, arrested. I wish we could have gotten there sooner, in-time for the police blitz, because I'm still wondering if there was something we could have done to save those 200.
I imagine they’ve misinterpreted the flag. Originally, the snake represented the American citizens, with the “treaders” being the government. It was mostly used by libertarians, and then conservatives adopted it from libertarians. They don’t see the snake as representing America, but as representing conservatives.