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Rantz: Seattle Antifa activist ‘faked’ injury, fueling anti-police propaganda

Dec 23, 2020, 12:47 PM | Updated: Dec 24, 2020, 6:11 pm
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Activists fought hard to maintain a deadly encampment at Cal Anderson Park. (Photo: Jason Rantz/KTTH)
(Photo: Jason Rantz/KTTH)

An Antifa activist faked an injury at a weekend protest in Seattle, a source close to the investigation tells the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. The incident was used to fuel anti-police propaganda on Twitter.

On Sunday, seven black-bloc agitators were arrested at Cal Anderson Park after one spat in the face of an officer reminding them that the park was closed. When that suspect was being placed under arrest, another person from the group tried to intervene.

During the ensuing incident, one person was purportedly injured, offering fodder to online activists to claim police brutality. But it’s believed that the activist completely faked the injury.

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Fake injury spreads anti-police hate in Seattle

Last week, Seattle police cleared a dangerous encampment that had been growing out of control at Cal Anderson Park.

The encampment was the site of frequent assaults, fires, burglaries, and even a murder. But when the city wanted to bring the homeless people into shelter, Antifa and other agitators built an amateur barricade. They wanted to fight to keep people living on the streets during an increasingly cold and wet winter.

The barricade, of course, was a failure. Police moved in, cleared out the encampment, and connected the homeless with services if they wanted to accept them. The social workers on site, however, was chased away by criminal activists assaulting them with bricks and eggs.

The park was closed for repair and clean-up. But Antifa and other agitators showed up to instigate fights with the police. It’s what they do to play victim.

The agitators claimed they were the only ones told the park is closed, which is not true. Officers told people across the park that they had to leave. But when the agitators were approached, they escalated things for their propaganda videos.

Some were seen purposefully coughing on officers, an attempt to scare officers into thinking they would catch COVID-19. Others stood there shouting invective or threatening police. When someone is arrested, the crowd feigns outrage: they’re supposed to be able to do whatever they want.

After spitting on an officer and interfering with an arrest, a 26-year-old was said purportedly left unconscious. On Twitter, a who’s who of Seattle area activists claimed he was a victim of police brutality.

Injury was ‘faked’

A source says the 26-year-old wasn’t injured as claimed.

It was determined through the investigation that any injury claimed was not a result of any interaction with officers and that body cam footage suggests he wasn’t even touched by police. My source says they believe that the man “faked the injury.”

Backing up this claim, I’m told, are the medical staff that saw him. After being taken to Harborview, the source says doctors “were unable to find anything wrong with the subject.”

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Same ol’ strategy

It’s a tried and true strategy.

Antifa and other agitators purposefully escalate interactions with police, record portions of the escalation, and release selectively edited video on Twitter. Activists within their echo chamber retweet, make absurd claims, and some local outlets pick it up and run with it. Seattleites that casually follow stories eventually see some of the footage that appears damning, are none the wiser, and end up developing a negative view of police.

It’s all in the marketing.

Take the yellow house, for example. Activists took over an abandoned home across the street from Cal Anderson Park, a nod to the autonomous zone surrounding the red house in Portland. Yet, after defiantly claiming they wouldn’t leave the yellow house until all sweeps ended and the homeless were given housing, the activists gave up and left. The yellow house is now back in possession of its owner.

It was a publicity stunt by activists signaling their virtue. Ironically, they didn’t even bring in the homeless people from the encampment live in the home. It was the privileged activists who occupied it, even if it was brief.

No punishment

Meanwhile, activists get away with criminal behavior. Whether the cases make its way to Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes or King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, activists are rarely charged unless it’s a particularly egregious act. Even those have a tendency to be plead down to lesser charges.

It’s no wonder activists keep engaging in this behavior. There are seldom consequences, as Seattle has no leaders willing to take on criminal, childish behavior — even though it’s leading to murders.

But what is happening? Police are leaving Seattle in historic numbers, making the city less safe. It’s exactly why we’re experiencing a surge in homicides.

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Rantz: Seattle Antifa activist ‘faked’ injury, fueling anti-police propaganda