Just when you thought the never-ending protests across America couldn’t get any worse comes a troubling news story out of Los Angeles.
It isn’t the size of the demonstration that stands out. In fact, it was relatively small. It’s what happened to one woman, aged 71, and the circumstances surrounding her assault that make it particularly egregious.
In particular, the protesters’ bizarre “excuse” for what happened will have you shaking your head.
CBS Los Angeles reports:
Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher says a 71-year-old staffer at his Huntington Beach office was knocked unconscious during a protest, but the protesters say they were delivering Valentine’s Day cards.
— Indivisible OC (@indivisible_oc) February 14, 2017
The “assault” on Rohrabacher’s district director, Kathleen Staunton, happened Tuesday afternoon during a protest by a group calling themselves Indivisible OC. Police confirmed they were called to the scene, but made no arrests.
Staunton was trying to exit through the front door of Rohrabacher’s office to visit a restroom when, according to Rohrabacher, a protester yanked the door open, causing her to fall and hit her head. The door also pushed over a 2-year-old child who was apparently brought along with the crowd, but she was not injured, the congressmen said.
The official statement issued by the Indivisible group almost defies belief:
They claimed that they had innocently gone to the office to “hand deliver a Valentine’s Day card,” but were met with a locked door.
The group blames what happened on “Rep. Rohrabacher’s disdain for visiting constituents,” as if they were just ordinary taxpayers bringing her a well-meaning gift, instead of presumably well funded professional protesters with axes to grind.
Another aspect of the story stands out as well, but not because it is unique — quite the opposite:
Police were called to the scene but made no arrests.
We hear this time and again, particularly at the recent Berkeley riots and other attempts to shut down conservative speakers at publicly funded universities: That police don’t charge anyone with assault or other felonies even though they are clearly happening before their eyes.
Why is this?
If peaceful citizens can’t be sure that the police are willing to protect them from attack, or arrest those responsible if it occurs, the resulting distrust and resentment will shred the fabric of society. It could even result, unfortunately, in vigilante justice.
Source: CBS Los Angeles