Twitter has erupted making fun of the “Paytriots” occupying the Melheur Wildlife Center, and suggested names abound…
Once again denuding confederate “Heritage” flag flyers…
“This is a child’s birthday party!”
A woman’s voice is heard on video shouting at a caravan of at least four pickup trucks, each flying Confederate flags, as they pass a party in Douglasville, Ga., the passengers allegedly hurling racial epithets at the attendees. Now 15 people associated with the Confederate flag-toting movement Respect the Flag have been charged with making terroristic threats that day.
Video from the July 25 incident caught the female voice shouting at the passing trucks—and one passenger saying the n-word. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one of the armed men allegedly said “kill y’all [n-word].”
“One had a gun, saying he was ‘gonna kill the [racial slur],’” the birthday party’s host told the paper. “Then one of them said, ‘Gimme the gun, I’ll shoot them [racial slur].’”
The pro-Confederate flag group’s leader, Levi Bush, initially told the press that he and his colleagues “drive around and sell flags,” likely in response to the renewed controversy surrounding the flag following the June murder of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C.
The Respect the Flag Facebook page includes a photograph of its members with a crudely made flag portraying the infamous battle symbol adjacent to President Obama’s face.
Bush told police that his group had been threatened by the birthday partygoers and that he and his friends had to hold off a group of “15 to 20 of them.”
But on Friday afternoon, a Douglas County grand jury found sufficient evidence to charge Bush and 14 others with violating Georgia’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act—a recent law aimed at helping prosecutors establish criminal links between gang members—and making terroristic threats.
According to county district attorney Brian Fortner, the two counts, both felonies, carry a maximum sentence of 15 and five years, respectively. Additionally, two of the 15 accused, Joe Eric Hood and Thomas Charles Summers, were charged with a misdemeanor battery offense related to an incident at a gas station the same day.
Wow…Getting busted in a park named after your Dad! Actually, unlike the New York Police, the Gainsville Police were pretty civilized about things…
Occupy is spreading all over the country.
Not many people plan on getting arrested on purpose, but such was the case with Elias Anthony McDaniel, the 56-year-old son of rhythm and blues legend Bo Diddley who was cuffed for trespassing in a plaza named after his father, according to the Independent Florida Alligator.
McDaniel, who was taking part in the Occupy Gainesville movement, was accompanied by at least four other protesters when he was picked up by the police on Friday morning for being in the park after hours. The protesters claimed they had decided to get arrested in order to prove a point.
“This is my father’s park,” said McDaniel, who resides in Gainesville. “For them to arrest me in that plaza is ludicrous … I’m an American. This is freedom of assembly.”
The members of Occupy Gainesville had procured a permit which allowed them to gather in the park for Wednesday night and Thursday morning, but it did not extend past regular public hours on Thursday night. That’s when the protesters decided to occupy the space for as long as it took for them to be arrested.
Those who were arrested were handcuffed but released several minutes later with a notice to appear. “We’re just enforcing a law,” Cpl. Angelina Valuri said. “We have a job to do.”
Despite being released, McDaniel is still incensed. “There’s a symbolic stone in front of me that says freedom of speech,” he said, referring to a gray stone inscribed with the Bill of Rights. “I feel like a number of my rights have been violated.”