Well, isn’t this just about exactly what you’d expect from young men who only emerge from their parents’ basement to loot and destroy small businesses in the name of “justice”?
Wisconsin law enforcement has revealed that a suspected member of Antifa, who was arrested after allegedly being armed with a flamethrower, cried in the fetal position prior to being arrested during a Saturday night protest in Green Bay.
Matthew Banta, 23, is charged with obstructing an officer and two counts of felony bail jumping.
The criminal complaint says Banta “is known to be a violent Antifa member who incites violence in otherwise relatively peaceful protests.” Police say he’s known as “Commander Red.”
A responding officer says he saw four individuals walking towards a protest with baseball bats. One man was wearing a metal helmet with goggles and military-style gear with multiple pouches, and was carrying an Antifa flag. When the officer pulled his squad car in front of the group, they ran away. The officer caught Banta, who was carrying the flag, and says Banta “dropped into the fetal position and began crying.”
“It’s worrisome when people associated with Antifa come here to Green Bay from out of town for the purpose of protesting here or for the purposes of committing violent acts,” Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith said. Worrisome? That has long been a tactic used by riot makers. Matters not. That is like riot makers pointing out that police call in the national guard and neighboring officers from out of town to quell riots.
“An unlawful assembly is three or more people who gather in such a manner where property damage, or personal injury is likely to occur,” he continued. “We determined this was happening on Washington Street. What was happening was a large group of people had blocked traffic on the street had engaged in throwing a bottle at somebody, were pulling up manhole covers off the street and were blocking traffic.”
Police say that 15 protesters were arrested after the “demonstration,” as we’re calling them now, was declared unlawful. Why are police allowing the rioters to assemble in the first place?
They apparently did not comment on whether or not the other 14 of these “protesters” was as pathetic as flame boy.
Banta had, however, been charged in August with biting, kicking, and pointing a firearm at a police officer at a protest in Waupaca.
He does not appear to have been such a big man once he ended up in police custody.