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Milo Shutdown at Berkeley Domestic Terrorism, FBI Should Probe

Milo Shutdown at Berkeley Domestic Terrorism, FBI Should Probe

In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, a fire set by demonstrators protesting a scheduled speaking appearance by Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos burns on Sproul Plaza on the University of California, Berkeley campus. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

By Thursday, 16 February 2017 10:39 AM Current | Bio | Archive

On February 1, 2017, there was a domestic terrorist attack on the University of California, Berkeley, by a group of organized terrorists utilizing violent "black bloc" tactics.

Their mission: shut down Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative senior editor for Breitbart News who was invited by a student group to speak at the university. These insurgents attacked both Milo, Trump supporters, and the local police with sticks, fireworks, and Molotov cocktails. They endangered the lives of innocent civilians by assault them, setting fires, and destroying property.

Why do I conclude that this act was domestic terrorism? Terrorism is defined as: The unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property in order to coerce or intimidate a government or the civilian population in furtherance of political or social objectives. This organized group was shutting down free speech and attacking pro-Trump supporters — utilizing violence for the furtherance of their social objectives.

Once the police identified these insurgents, all dressed in black with masks and carrying weapons such as pikes, wooden shields, clubs, and Molotov cocktails, the police should have immediately engaged and stopped them from attacking. However, some reports say that the mayor told the police to stand down and not to protect the innocence from harm.

These 100 officers were under the command of Chief Margo Bennett, who had sufficient time to prepare based on prior incidents that have occurred when Milo lectured. There is absolutely no excuse for police not to respond to the cry for help from citizens being attacked. These officers were equipped with full riot gear and prepared to engage, however they were ordered to "shelter in place" at the Martin Luther King Building and ordered to lock the doors and do nothing as the carnage took place outside.

My sympathy is with those people who were attacked and the police officers who sat by and watched this horrible attack and were not able to respond. In my 25 years as a New York City Police Officer I have been part of many demonstrations and riots. Not once were any officers told to stand back and watch innocent civilians being attacked — if we did we faced disciplinary action. Apparently, this new police response to insurgents, which was invented by Democrats, is occurring more and more countrywide.

I implore every police officer to uphold their oath of office and if ever ordered to stand down when crimes are being committed in their presence, to disobey that unlawful order and take action to save lives. I also beg all the police unions to unite in this cause to protect officers from any reprisals for upholding their oath of office.

One of those who should be investigated by the FBI is Yvette Felarca, a Berkeley school teacher and national organizer of BAMN "By Any Means Necessary." She was a recent guest on Fox News' Tucker Carlson show. She admitted to being one of the insurgents at this attack, appeared to condone violence, and stated that Milo should not have to right to free speech because she believes he is a fascist. It turns out that Felarca is the real fascist, where her and her group want to shut down free speech and violence is a necessary option. This group's website, bamn.com, also advocates Trump must go by any means necessary. It appears that Felarca and this group are a danger and that they should be dealt with according to the law.

If citizens are being attacked or property being damaged it is unlawful for a mayor or anyone else for that matter to prevent sworn police officers from protecting innocent civilians from harm. Anyone who does is complicit and should be prosecuted. Police officers should know that being ordered to stand down when people are being attacked is an unlawful order and does not have to be obeyed. Police Officers take an oath to protect citizens and must enforce the laws of that state. However, because of the Democrats' War on the Police, officers most likely stood down because they may have feared scrutiny or possible criminal prosecution.

It is clear that officers did not respond and that someone did order them to stand down, once that person is uncovered they need to be prosecuted and every innocent person who was injured in this attack should not only sue the City of Berkeley and UC Berkeley, they should file a federal criminal complaint against them for violating their civil rights.

All too often when domestic attacks like this occur in cities run by pro-criminal Democrats those arrested aren’t properly prosecuted and usually walk with a slap on the wrist and are not made to pay for the destruction that they inflicted on property and others, therefore they are occurring more frequently.

The only way to deal with these domestic terrorists is to prosecute them under the Federal Terrorism Laws and or the RICO statutes. President Trump should direct the Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions, to order the FBI to investigate this group of terrorists and ascertain who provided them financial and material support and once that is determined those persons should be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Only then will civility be brought back to this country and peaceful protests will once again reign.

Harry Houck is a CNN law enforcement analyst, retired NYPD Detective First Grade, and USMC veteran. Follow him on Twitter, @HarryJHouck, or Facebook. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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On February 1, 2017, there was a domestic terrorist attack on the University of California, Berkeley, by a group of organized terrorists utilizing violent "black bloc" tactics. Their mission: shut down Milo Yiannopoulos.
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Thursday, 16 February 2017 10:39 AM
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