They Are Coming For Your Family, Your Strip Malls

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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21 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?

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

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

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

  5. yep – here they are:

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    • 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….

      • 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.

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

        • 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… 😉

  6. 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.”

    • 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?

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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

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