Despite the Democrat-spun phrase and Joe Biden talking point, a spokesperson for the National Police Association asserts, “No, Antifa isn’t just an idea.” In an exclusive interview on Antifa and far-left activism, The Post Millennial spoke with Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, a retired sergeant turned-police advocate who spent nearly 30 years in law enforcement commanding positions in investigations, narcotics, hostage negotiation, crime prevention, and field training. Late last month, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden claimed that “Antifa is an idea, not an organization” on the presidential debate stage. During the first televised face-off, moderator Chris Wallace cornered President Donald Trump to denounce white supremacists for the umpteenth time.
Culture & Race
Ottawa’s Black community is calling for answers from the Ottawa Police Service about the death of a 23-year-old man who fell from a window of his family’s 12th-floor apartment during a police raid earlier this month. A video of the incident shows heavily armed Ottawa police officers entering the apartment on Jasmine Crescent on the morning of Oct. 7. The SWAT team officers executed a no-knock warrant, also known as a “dynamic entry.” Shortly after, Anthony Aust fell to his death from a window. His stepfather, grandmother and two younger siblings were home at the time. Ontario’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), said last week it had not yet interviewed key officers who were present at the raid.
Students at the University of Ottawa are condemning a letter signed by 34 professors at the school defending a colleague who was suspended for using the N-word in class. Part-time University of Ottawa professor Verushka Lieutenant-Duval was suspended Sept. 23 after a student complained she had said the N-word during a class as an example of a word that a community has reclaimed. In response to her suspension, 34 professors in multiple departments, signed a letter of support for her on Friday — the day Lieutenant-Duval returned to teaching — saying that the use of the term can offer educational value and that a classroom is a place for debate.
Left-wing activists attacked a pro-free speech rally in San Francisco over the weekend, injuring multiple protesters and police officers monitoring the event. A small number of protesters gathered at United Nations Plaza on Saturday afternoon protesting censorship by big tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter. More than 100 left-wing activists showed up at the demonstration in a counter-protest that quickly grew violent, according to The Mercury News.
The ugliness that we have recently witnessed including rioting, billions of dollars of property destruction, assaults, murders and grossly stupid claims about our nation has its origins on college campuses. Two websites, College Reform and College Fix, report on the despicable teachings on college campuses across the nation. Let us look at some of it. In response to Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson’s tweeting that he supports “citizen soldiers” in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Tressie McMillan Cottom, a black professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science declared that “they have deputized all white people to murder us.”
Four Liberal cabinet ministers called for an emergency debate in the House of Commons after a dispute between commercial fishermen and Mi’kmaw fishers in southwest Nova Scotia turned increasingly violent last week. “We share the concerns of Canadians across the country and are deeply appalled by the recent events in Nova Scotia. We strongly condemn the acts of violence, racism and threats,” Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller and Public Safety Minister Bill Blair wrote in a Sunday letter to House Speaker Anthony Rota, who will decide whether the matter proceeds to a debate.
The San Diego school district has done away with grading because apparently it is racist. California’s second largest school district has decided that since minority students cannot make the grade, grades should be dispensed with altogether. “This is part of our honest reckoning as a school district,” San Diego’s schools VP Richard Barerra said. “If we’re actually going to be an anti-racist school district, we have to confront practices like this that have gone on for years and years.” Those practices, apparently, include expectations and assessments as to how well students are meeting those expectations. Using an outcome based assessment approach, it was determined that teachers are failing minority students by grading them not based on their academic achievement, but on their skin colour.
A Minnesota judge last week ordered the release of police bodycam video that shows a 2019 arrest of George Floyd by Minneapolis police where Floyd is seen behaving erratically and uncooperatively, just as he was during an arrest this year. Floyd died on May after being arrested by Minneapolis police. Four fired Minneapolis police officers face charges in connection with Floyd’s death. Thomas Lane, one of the fired officers, had sought to have the 2019 video released. Earl Gray, Lane’s attorney, said the video is crucial to the case, according to WCCO. “It shows a false narrative by the state,” Gray said. “The state is portraying Mr. Floyd as somebody that he isn’t, and if you see the 2019 video and compare them, they’re almost identical.”
The Seattle Police Department has released footage of a suspect throwing a torch into a patrol car while an officer was inside. The incident took place Thursday around 1:30 p.m. In the video, an officer approaches a suspect brandishing a flaming piece of lumber as he walks down an alley.
France is preparing to expel 231 foreigners on a government watch list for suspected extremist religious beliefs, a police union source said on Sunday, two days after a Russian-born Islamist beheaded a teacher. France defines extremists as “people who, engaged in a process of radicalisation, are likely to want to go abroad to join terrorist groups or take part in terrorist activities.” Of the total number of suspects, 180 people are currently in prison and 51 were due to be arrested in the next hours, the police union source said.