Protests in OKC Charged with Rioting, Terrorism as Prosecutor Declares: 'This is NOT Seattle'
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While Leftist Democrats in the city of Seattle and the state of Washington dither in anguish and impotence as a group of domestic terrorists continues to occupy several blocks in the middle of the northwest city, the rest of America is watching.
Some are watching and learning, hoping to emulate the ‘success’ of the Marxist anarchists who set up shop (or CHOP, as it were).
Other Americans, however – and no doubt the majority of us – are watching with some combination of horror, anger, and disgust as lawless thugs make a mockery of the civil society.
Whether or not Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan acts to re-empower her neutered police department and orders them to retake the zone by any legal means possible remains to be seen. It sure isn’t Donald Trump’s problem, as many people seem to think.
But regardless, other authorities in other parts of the country are not about to allow rogues and malcontents to run loose in their cities, setting up ‘autonomous’ little ‘countries’ and vandalizing, looting, and attacking the innocent to their heart’s content.
Places like Oklahoma City, for example.
As The Oklahoman reports, a county prosecutor isn’t about to look the other way while the citizenry is terrorized:
Protesters blamed for the violence that broke out in Oklahoma City the last weekend in May were charged Friday with terrorism, rioting and assault.
If convicted of the felony offenses, they could be sentenced to years in prison.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater made the decisions himself on the charges in a get-tough approach meant to deter others from going too far during protests in the future.
"This is not Seattle," Prater said Friday. "We're not putting up with this lawlessness here."
No doubt scores of Americans are cheering, “About time!”
The paper noted further that five additional people were charged in connection with the painting of murals in downtown Oklahoma City earlier in the week. They have been accused of inciting to riot and of interfering with a police sergeant who was attempting to take a witness to a homicide downtown for questioning.
"Several people were carrying flags that were identified as belonging to the following groups: Antifa, Soviet Union (communism), American Indian Movement, Anarcho-Communism (solid red) and the original Oklahoma flag ... currently adopted by Oklahoma Socialists," OKC police reported.
"Several known supporters of anti-establishment organizations were present in the crowd."
Police charged Isael Antonio Ortiz, 21, of terrorism for allegedly burning an Oklahoma County sheriff's van May 30 and attempting to burn a bail bonds business "along with a large crowd of other individuals."
Charged with him in connection with the burned van was Eric Christopher Ruffin, 26, whom police said encouraged the "wanton destruction" while ignorantly recording it on Facebook Live.
During the video he is quoted as saying every single one of those that kill Black people need to die and "that's what happens when you got numbers outside."
So, in Oklahoma City anyway, you can peacefully demonstration and protest, a right recognized by the Constitution’s First Amendment, but you cannot cross the line into acts of violence and terrorism.
If more prosecutors thought like Prater, I believe there would be a whole lot less rioting and destruction going on right about now.
But the larger point is this: Elected officials who put up with anarchy will get more of it; those who don’t will get less.