Sen. Amanda Chase with sidearm

By Peter Galuszka

State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield County, has always played the clown.

The conservative politician grabbed attention a year or so back when she addressed a meeting at the General Assembly wearing a revolver in a holster on her hip. She’s also feuded with the county Republican Party and was defrocked.

Now Chase is striking again by spreading fears of ANTIFA attacks on mostly white and middle class suburban areas. She says the loosely organized far left group is targeting strip malls at Meadowdale and Hancock Village in Chesterfield County and in Hanover County at Mechanicsville.

She said that members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a pro-gun lobby, would be patrolling some of these areas.

A few problems here:

Chase said her source for source for the ANTIFA tip was Chesterfield Police Chief Jeffrey Katz. Contacted by the Chesterfield Observer, Katz said he was not her source. “At no time did I share any active criminal intelligence with her,” Katz told the Observer.

After the newspaper story, Chase declined comment but her spokesman said that multiple law enforcement officials had confirmed active ANTIFA moves in the area.

Another issue of concern is using citizen right wingers and gun advocates as privatized Robocops. Some show up at demonstrations wearing body armor and carrying assault-style rifles. They are not official police officers with the power to arrest. They are not trained in crowd control. No one knows how much they know about gun safety, which can be scary since they could easily pop off many shots with their semi-automatic, military style, large magazine weapons.

Similar goons showed up at the bloody, white-nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in August 2017. Although they apparently did not do anything violent, they tried as best they could to look like real police. They dressed in combat boots, wore body armor with pockets for large-capacity magazines and some had little Confederate flags attached with Velcro to their home-made uniforms.

About that time I wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post noting that if they tried to bring a fire arm to a public demonstration they could face a year in jail even though Maryland is an open carry state. In D.C., forget it. No guns allowed.

This begs another question – how do you know if someone so armed and attired is a real cop? Some communities such as Fairfax County require police to carry body cameras and have car cameras.

But when federal law enforcement cleared Lafayette Square next the White House of peaceful demonstrators with clubs and tear gas so Trump could use a church for a campaign photo opportunity, the officers had no identifying marks. Some had gear so obscure that one could not tell what agency they were from.

That makes it very hard for the victim of riot police violence to seek compensation or have the assaulting police disciplined.

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer, a Virginia Democrat, has said that his constituents complained about the lack of ID for officers. He’s joining a Democratic legislative effort to require federal officers to wear identification.

“These people could be anybody,” Beyer said.

Such tactics have been used for years by police in some cities during controversial protests, especially during the Civil Rights era. I was at some of those protests years ago and more recently, saw unidentified Russian police attack protestors in Moscow. Putin had “little green men” lead Russian military aggression against Crimea and Eastern Ukraine

So, someone should tell Chase to put a sock in it. Cops need to wear ID markers. Would-be cops and gun nuts must not be pushed on the public.

I have to go to the Wal-Mart and UPS store at Hancock Village in a couple of hours. I’ll let you know if I see any Rambo Wanna-Bees in flak jackets.


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42 responses to “They Are Coming For Your Family, Your Strip Malls”

  1. Interesting that Peter included a denial from Chesterfield Police Chief Jeffrey Katz, but didn’t include a comment/rebuttal from VCDL, indicating he didn’t bother to reach out to 2A group for comment. I wonder why?

    1. I just learned from the VCDL president, “We [VCDL] were not contacted to verify facts. VCDL did not tell members to patrol or not to patrol, but to keep their eyes and ears open and report any trouble to the police.”

      Here’s is what VCDL did do: https://mailchi.mp/c120d1dabfb1/va-alerturgent-chesterfield-watch-your-neighborhoods-tonight?e=%5BUNIQID%5D

      But why muck up a news item with facts and quotes from the people and entities you mention……

      1. LarrytheG Avatar
        LarrytheG

        Any credible reference to the threat itself?

        I don’t put much stock in this.. to be honest.

  2. Interesting that Peter included a denial from Chesterfield Police Chief Jeffrey Katz, but didn’t include a comment/rebuttal from VCDL, indicating he didn’t bother to reach out to 2A group for comment. I wonder why?

    1. I just learned from the VCDL president, “We [VCDL] were not contacted to verify facts. VCDL did not tell members to patrol or not to patrol, but to keep their eyes and ears open and report any trouble to the police.”

      Here’s is what VCDL did do: https://mailchi.mp/c120d1dabfb1/va-alerturgent-chesterfield-watch-your-neighborhoods-tonight?e=%5BUNIQID%5D

      But why muck up a news item with facts and quotes from the people and entities you mention……

      1. LarrytheG Avatar
        LarrytheG

        Any credible reference to the threat itself?

        I don’t put much stock in this.. to be honest.

  3. Peter Galuszka Avatar
    Peter Galuszka

    I don’t understand what a 2A group is.

    1. 2nd Amendment

  4. Peter Galuszka Avatar
    Peter Galuszka

    I don’t understand what a 2A group is.

    1. 2nd Amendment

  5. LarrytheG Avatar
    LarrytheG

    I actually think Chase and her compatriots should get even more press.

  6. LarrytheG Avatar
    LarrytheG

    I actually think Chase and her compatriots should get even more press.

  7. Steve Haner Avatar
    Steve Haner

    Second Amendment, Peter. 2A. That’s ok. I didn’t know “1312. “

  8. Steve Haner Avatar
    Steve Haner

    Second Amendment, Peter. 2A. That’s ok. I didn’t know “1312. “

    1. Steve Haner Avatar
      Steve Haner

      That reeks of a social media lie, Larry. But of course you believe it!

      Whoops! Just saw that the NYT says it happened, which of course makes if official and true. Anybody who did that is just as despicable as the cops in Minneapolis, and if they think it funny or helpful, they are idiots. Gas on a fire….

      1. LarrytheG Avatar
        LarrytheG

        Hey Steve – just FYI – I almost never post anything from Twitter because I almost never go there but regardless – most anything I post, I try to verify at more than one source AND I usually provide a reference to boot – and if not and asked, will do.

        The folks in this picture exist for real – and Amanda Chase is more than likely a kindred soul… but that is pure speculation on my part.

        That’s why I think she should get MORE coverage – so more folks can see who she is and what she represents… and do we want it ….in Virginia.

        1. Steve Haner Avatar
          Steve Haner

          She will not be Governor of Virginia. I sadly cannot claim with certainty she will not be the GOP nominee.

        2. LarrytheG Avatar
          LarrytheG

          re: “She will not be Governor of Virginia. I sadly cannot claim with certainty she will not be the GOP nominee.”

          Is this the same GOP that is hammering Northam for being a bad governor and we need a better one?

          geeze…

          I would have thought the GOP would have put up someone who would show Virginia how to be a proper Governor… I’ll bet Sherlock and SGillespie know someone… 😉

    1. Steve Haner Avatar
      Steve Haner

      That reeks of a social media lie, Larry. But of course you believe it!

      Whoops! Just saw that the NYT says it happened, which of course makes if official and true. Anybody who did that is just as despicable as the cops in Minneapolis, and if they think it funny or helpful, they are idiots. Gas on a fire….

      1. LarrytheG Avatar
        LarrytheG

        Hey Steve – just FYI – I almost never post anything from Twitter because I almost never go there but regardless – most anything I post, I try to verify at more than one source AND I usually provide a reference to boot – and if not and asked, will do.

        The folks in this picture exist for real – and Amanda Chase is more than likely a kindred soul… but that is pure speculation on my part.

        That’s why I think she should get MORE coverage – so more folks can see who she is and what she represents… and do we want it ….in Virginia.

        1. Steve Haner Avatar
          Steve Haner

          She will not be Governor of Virginia. I sadly cannot claim with certainty she will not be the GOP nominee.

        2. LarrytheG Avatar
          LarrytheG

          re: “She will not be Governor of Virginia. I sadly cannot claim with certainty she will not be the GOP nominee.”

          Is this the same GOP that is hammering Northam for being a bad governor and we need a better one?

          geeze…

          I would have thought the GOP would have put up someone who would show Virginia how to be a proper Governor… I’ll bet Sherlock and SGillespie know someone… 😉

  9. Peter Galuszka Avatar
    Peter Galuszka

    LarrytheG. Where’s your sense of humor? Amanda would be a lot more fun than Ralph has been.

    1. LarrytheG Avatar
      LarrytheG

      Peter – you are 100% right.. it would be like Virginia getting it’s very own Trump… 😉

  10. idiocracy Avatar
    idiocracy

    Last time I checked (which admittedly was a few months ago), Charlottesville is not in Maryland:

    “About that time I wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post noting that if they tried to bring a fire arm to a public demonstration they could face a year in jail even though Maryland is an open carry state. In D.C., forget it. No guns allowed.”

    1. LarrytheG Avatar
      LarrytheG

      but in Virginia? In Charlottesville or Richmond?

      you know, given all we hear about the 2A “right”, it appears that Washington DC, and a bunch of other states are violating the Constitution, no? The courts have not ruled so?

      1. idiocracy Avatar
        idiocracy

        I think it’s an error. It makes no sense to refer to Maryland in that context.

  11. idiocracy Avatar
    idiocracy

    Last time I checked (which admittedly was a few months ago), Charlottesville is not in Maryland:

    “About that time I wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post noting that if they tried to bring a fire arm to a public demonstration they could face a year in jail even though Maryland is an open carry state. In D.C., forget it. No guns allowed.”

    1. LarrytheG Avatar
      LarrytheG

      but in Virginia? In Charlottesville or Richmond?

      you know, given all we hear about the 2A “right”, it appears that Washington DC, and a bunch of other states are violating the Constitution, no? The courts have not ruled so?

      1. idiocracy Avatar
        idiocracy

        I think it’s an error. It makes no sense to refer to Maryland in that context.

  12. TooManyTaxes Avatar
    TooManyTaxes

    And we continue to hear silence about the local officials that permitted and permit bad cops to remain on the force, with guns, badges, batons, and the force of law. George Floyd was a human being, murdered by a bad cop with a long list of complaints, whose record was ignored by a mayor and his hand-picked police chief. Silence = Death.

  13. TooManyTaxes Avatar
    TooManyTaxes

    And we continue to hear silence about the local officials that permitted and permit bad cops to remain on the force, with guns, badges, batons, and the force of law. George Floyd was a human being, murdered by a bad cop with a long list of complaints, whose record was ignored by a mayor and his hand-picked police chief. Silence = Death.

  14. Peter Galuszka Avatar
    Peter Galuszka

    LarrytheG. Where’s your sense of humor? Amanda would be a lot more fun than Ralph has been.

    1. LarrytheG Avatar
      LarrytheG

      Peter – you are 100% right.. it would be like Virginia getting it’s very own Trump… 😉

  15. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
    Dick Hall-Sizemore

    These Antifa rumors on social media are largely false. The FBI has said that it has no evidence of Antifa involvement in the the George Floyd protests (despite what the President said). In fact, on at least one occasion, according to Twitter, a white nationalist group created a fake Antifa posting. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/06/rightwing-vigilante-armed-antifa-protests

    1. LarrytheG Avatar
      LarrytheG

      The right has got to have their boogeyman… otherwise their supporters might find out the truth…

  16. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
    Dick Hall-Sizemore

    These Antifa rumors on social media are largely false. The FBI has said that it has no evidence of Antifa involvement in the the George Floyd protests (despite what the President said). In fact, on at least one occasion, according to Twitter, a white nationalist group created a fake Antifa posting. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/06/rightwing-vigilante-armed-antifa-protests

    1. LarrytheG Avatar
      LarrytheG

      The right has got to have their boogeyman… otherwise their supporters might find out the truth…

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