May 1, 2007 again saw the outrageous protest demonstrations by
and for illegal aliens in many American cities this year. It isn't enough that
they disrespected our laws by breaking into our country, they then insist on
using our own constitutional rights to protest against enforcement of our laws
which should have been enforced at the border in the first place. To add insult
to injury, and with the help of the liberal media and lawyers, they are now
suing the police and the City of Los Angeles for the way they were treated.
We're supposed to feel sorry for them and outraged at the police?
The trouble started when Hispanics began throwing rocks and
bottles at the police from outside the park where the demonstration was being
held. Protest organizers were granted a permit to demonstrate inside the park,
not in the streets. The police attempted to force the offenders back into the
park while being pelted with debris. One officer was knocked off his motorcycle
by the protesters and 7 officers were injured. Who was the genius who granted a
permit for illegal aliens to protest in our country anyway? Something just
doesn't seem right here.
The media, and in particular KABC, KCBS, and KCAL, reported the
demonstration as peaceful until the police began moving in. They never mentioned
the 50 to 100 Hispanic agitators who began the attack on the cops. They were
more interested in showing video of the police pushing and striking at media
reporters and cameramen who disobeyed orders to move out.
They had a field day showing video of a Mexican protester with
marks on his body from rubber bullets, and a camera-woman falling down after
getting into the cops' faces and refusing to move as ordered. She is now filing
a lawsuit claiming severe injuries and unable to work as a result of police
brutality. In the fall, she claims to have sprained her ankle and fractured her
wrist. It's interesting to note, however, that in the video shown on tv of her
adventure and shot by another cameraman, she was able to get up and pick up the
heavy camera with the very arm she claims to have fractured. She showed up later
for the media wearing a sling and a lawyer.
From what I have observed in the abundant videos of the
violence shown on the local stations, I see nothing wrong with the way the
police acted. They were being provoked, not only by Hispanics but by media
cameramen as well. The crowd had moved along as ordered but a few stayed behind
to provoke the police and taunt them with debris throwing and charging at the
police lines. Reporters and cameramen who stayed behind and refused to cooperate
with police were forced to move, by force. That's what the police do, that's why
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa returned early to Los Angeles from a
trip to El Salvador to make a public statement to the media. In that statement,
he asked for anyone involved in the skirmish to come forward with their
complaints against the police whether they are in the country legally or
not. He accused the police of using excessive force and promised a full
investigation, then said "We will not rush to judgment".
Democrat State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, who represents
the park district, said police deliberately led troublemakers back to the
peaceful demonstrators before beginning their assault. "The only logical
conclusion I can come to is that somebody wanted it to bleed into the march so
that they can do some target practice on some of the immigrants that were
marching," Nunez said. It sounds like Nunez has already made up his mind, no
need for an investigation. He also needs to learn the difference between
"immigrants" and "illegal aliens". Obviously, he didn't notice that no one was
"marching" until the police ordered them to.
"The events of yesterday, with all that we do, should not have
occurred," said Police Chief William J. Bratton. "We should not be engaged in
attacks on the media." "The individuals were there to provoke police.
Unfortunately, they got what they came for", Bratton added.
John Mack, president of the five-member Police Commission,
which sets policy for the Police Department, said he was "deeply disturbed and
very disappointed" by the images. "This was not a pretty picture. This incident
raises serious concern regarding the use of force by some individual officers,"
said Mack, who is one of Bratton's bosses.
KTTV reporter Christina Gonzales claims to have suffered a
separated shoulder, while camerawoman Patti Ballaz claims a broken wrist and
possibly a broken hand.
KPCC radio reporter Patricia Nazario said she was hit in the
back and ribs with a baton, then hit her head and twisted her ankle while
falling from a blow.
One thing all these delicate and breakable little ladies have
in common is Hispanic last names, and all seem to be extremely clumsy and
susceptible to injury from falling on the grass.
There were a number of reporters and cameramen from Spanish
speaking Los Angeles radio and tv stations involved in provoking the police as
well. Without stirring up some action, their stories would have hardly made the
news. What we have here is another case of reporters creating the news instead
of reporting it.
KCAL-TV cameraman Carl Stein said that his camera was tossed
and that he was thrown to the ground. "I'm sore, and I'm sore about what
happened," Stein told viewers. "It was like open season - take a whack, have at
Well, that's not exactly true. I saw video of his encounter
with the cops. He was violently arguing with them and refused to obey their
orders. He got pushed when he refused to move and fell, dropping his camera.
The cops have already been convicted in the media of
wrong-doing. Not only have they been convicted by the media, but also by their
superiors and politicians. The real problem here is that these convictions are
all based on edited video clips released by the media that, as usual, don't show
the other side of the story.
This whole thing is about drawing attention to the police and
away from just one more problem being caused by illegal aliens. If our
federal government would do their job, these police officers would never have
had to deal with this.
This is the same tactic the Left always uses to promote their
point of view. They tell a lie, promote that lie over and over again in the
media, then take a poll and announce that "most Americans" agree with their lie.
Well of course they do because that is all they ever see in the media.
I saw all of the video clips from the immigration rally in Los
Angeles and wondered what the news anchors were talking about at the time. I
didn't see the police using any unnecessary brutality or force that wasn't
called for, and they didn't start the trouble to begin with.
Later, when I saw Police Chief William Bratton stating "this
was wrong, it shouldn't have happened", I thought he was talking about a park
full of illegal aliens protesting against American immigration enforcement. I
agreed with him that it was wrong for them to be in the country, to be
protesting against our laws, and to be allowed to simply walk home instead of
being arrested and deported.
Then I realized he was talking about the police and realized
also what political correctness has done to this man.
Remember Rodney King? Remember how the video showed all the
"excessive police brutality" used on him? Do you also remember that it wasn't
until much later that we learned the whole story and saw the video from the
beginning, instead of just the part the media released? That was why the
officers were not convicted in a court of law. Their actions were justified.
Remember that every time you see the cops being convicted in
the media based on video released by the media. It's the same way they report on
Iraq, and that is why the mainstream media is no longer trusted by a growing
number of Americans.