Julio Rosas


WAUWATOSA, Wisc. — A caravan of Black Lives Matter protesters had made it about 6 miles from Milwaukee to Wauwatosa Wednesday evening before being stopped by police in riot gear. Rioters in the crowd began to throw projectiles at the police line, prompting officers to deploy tear gas and pepper balls.

It was a scene that has been played out, too often, in American cities since late May, except this time it was not taking place in the downtown area of a major city. It was happening in residential neighborhoods. The protests were sparked after Wauwatosa officer Joseph Mensah was not charged in a shooting that led to the death of 17-year-old Alvin Cole. Cole was killed on February 2 when he opened fire on officers.

Prior to the confrontation, some in the BLM crowd had smashed windows or threw large rocks through windows of businesses along their path. Businesses damaged included a Kumon tutoring center and a dry cleaners, but rioters did not just target stores.

A small apartment complex was then targeted, with people again throwing rocks through the windows. This time other people in the crowd begged the agitators to stop because that was too far even for them. It only stopped after some ran up to prevent more destruction, but by then the damage was already done.

Jeff, the owner of the apartment complex, was busy at work Thursday morning to clean up the mess and was making the repairs to the building.

He told Townhall four people lived in one of the apartment complexes, but only one person was home at the time it was targeted, a 70-year-old woman.

“She was in her bedroom and her front window got smashed…she screamed, she started crying. She called me, by the time I got here…she couldn’t stop shaking. I ended up loading her up into my vehicle and driving her to her sister’s house in Grafton in hopes she would get some rest because I knew she wouldn’t get rest here overnight,” he explained.

Jeff, who has owned the building since 1999, said the other tenants had chosen to spend the night elsewhere. He was still assessing the damage, but an estimated $10,000 worth of damage was done to the apartment.

“I understand the right to protest, I’m completely behind that. But when you damage somebody’s residence, you’ve gone too far, it’s not a protest anymore,” Jeff said.

The caravan fell back after being subjected to tear gas and pepper balls and tried to go around the police line by going around by using the side streets, moving deeper into Wauwatosa neighborhoods. While many stayed on the sidewalks and roads, some agitators were trespassing on peoples’ yards.

One man walked out to tell people to get off his property, particularly to those who were riding motorbikes on his lawn and causing burnouts. He warned the crowd that they could be alienating people in the area who otherwise would support the BLM movement.

The man, Jason Fritz, told Townhall he could have come out of his house with one of the many firearms he owns but he did not want to escalate the situation, adding that while it was within his legal right to protect his home if he felt threatened, he worried how it would play out in the media since it would have been a white man killing a black person.

“I got to have people here that look at me and mock me because I own a house having no idea the struggle I went through to get this house. How I haven’t had a vacation in 14 years so I could save up after my wife [had] a bankruptcy, adopting a child with special needs,” Fritz said, adding he believes black lives do matter but he does not support the Black Lives Matter organization since its founders are proud Marxists.

In a follow-up interview Thursday morning, Fritz, a supporter of President Trump, said he takes issue with BLM protesters marching through neighborhoods filled with people that they perceive as being comfortable. His family has been struggling financially due to the COVID-19 lockdowns negatively affecting his business. So seeing crowds disrespect the last bit of dignity he worked so hard to achieve really upset him.

“I work really hard for these things and that’s what really upsets me. [My family] went through a lot of financially difficult times, from the time we got engaged all the way to now. We have gone through such trials and tribulations…I know how hard we work to put food on the table, to send our kids to the kind of private school to get them the kind of education we want,” Fritz said.

“I’m not comfortable. I’ve been sitting at home since March, with my business destroyed, with my finances really harmed, with my kids trying to homeschool them,” he continued.

Shortly after the caravan’s interaction with Fritz, they stopped to regroup across the street from a Speedway gas station. People from the crowd then rushed in to start looting the gas station and it only stopped after police started to move in.

“There are no winners here. My heart aches for the family of Alvin Cole. I hope the Wauwatosa Police Department is able to continue their important work with this investigation behind them,” State Senator Dale Kooyenga (R) said in a statement. “I also hope that Officer Mensah, his family, and friends are able to put this series of events behind them. The entire Wauwatosa community will be in my prayers and I call on all parties to be respectful of their neighbors and fellow community members today and in the future.”

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Townhall: Wisconsin Residents React to Damage Caused to Homes and Businesses During Chaotic Night In Wauwatosa

The Philadelphia Firefighters and Paramedics Union announced on Tuesday they will be breaking with the International Association of Fire Fighters, who endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden, and will be endorsing President Trump.

“The members of Local 22 respectfully break with the undemocratic IAFF endorsement of Joe Biden and pledge our full support to President Donald J. Trump. The Biden endorsement was done without a canvas of local unions and the consideration of the rank and file IAFF membership,” President Mike Bresnan wrote.

“Local 22 members were surveyed and overwhelmingly chose President Trump,” Bresnan continued. “They know what is at stake in this election and this endorsement should be a wake-up call to IAFF leaders that have lost touch with the will of the membership. There is tremendous support for President Trump among first responders and we encourage other IAFF locals to confer with their members.”

Bresnan wrote that several Philadelphia fire companies were shut down under the Obama-Biden administration and they were able to come back due to the FEMA grants provided by the Trump administration.

Local 22 of the IAFF represents more than 4,500 current and retired firefighters, paramedics, EMT’s and officers of the Philadelphia Fire Department.

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Townhall: Philly Firefighters Union Breaks with National Organization to Endorse Trump Over Biden

CNN anchor Poppy Harlow snapped at White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern on Monday after he accused the New York Times of coordinating a “political hit” with Democrats with their story about President Trump’s tax returns, which was published on Sunday.

Harlow asked Morgenstern how Trump can be “America First” if he has paid more in taxes to other countries than to the United States.

“The documents The New York Times used they wouldn’t even show them to anybody so they could be verified or disputed. The president’s attorneys’ stated he’s paid tens of millions of dollars in taxes. We know this. We know that he donates his salary to the government even when he doesn’t even have to,” Morgenstern explained. “That’s a million and a half dollars in taxes he didn’t have to pay, but this is a story that is another version of it from four years ago on the eve of the debate, coordinated with the Democrats as a political hit.”

“Okay. I’m just going to stop you there. These are remarkable reporters from The New York Times who went through 20 years of documents. It is not okay to accuse them with no facts of coordinating with the Democratic Party,” Harlow interjected.

“Please stop doing that or this interview will end. Brian, stop attacking the press. I have not seen you do that largely before. Stop doing that. I am asking you direct questions. You can put the entire thing to bed if the president would release the records and show the American people what he says is true. Why will he not do that?” she continued.

“So, the press can attack him but he cannot defend himself? That is not a fair position,” Morgenstern replied, adding how even the Times’ story did not find any undisclosed financial ties to Russia.

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Townhall: CNN Anchor Snaps at WH Deputy Press Secretary After He Accuses NYT of Coordinating with Dems

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