Jesse Arreguin is the Mayor of Berkeley, California and has decided that he has the solution for the violent left wing Antifa group. The honorable Mayor thinks that we should classify them as a gang. Makes a good sound bite, but does not even provide an avenue to get their violent leadership taken to task. The key here seems to be a change in the wind. There are other solutions to the violent groups. Read on.
As Written Byy Jazz Shaw for Hot Air:
It must be a tough gig when you’re the mayor of Berkeley, California. People are constantly marching and fighting all over your town and the media hounds you relentlessly to comment on it all.
But none of that is slowing down Mayor Jesse Arreguin. His latest headache is the plague of masked, black-clad Antifa thugs who have been beating up and beating down anyone who dares to express unpopular thoughts around the country. And nowhere are they more in evidence than in Northern California. So what’s his plan to deal with them? He thinks we should relabel them as… “a gang.” (CBS San Francisco)
Mayor of Berkeley Jesse Arreguin on Monday said it is time to confront the violent extremism on the left by treating black-clad Antifa protesters as a gang.
A large number of masked Antifa activists were seen jumping the barriers at a largely peaceful demonstration in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Civic Center Park on Sunday.
Some began attacking Trump supporters at the rally.
“I think we should classify them as a gang,” said Arreguin. “They come dressed in uniforms. They have weapons, almost like a militia and I think we need to think about that in terms of our law enforcement approach.”
Treating the group as a “gang” may make some sort of sense, but it’s also not a golden ticket to being able to actually do anything about. Gang violence is at pandemic levels in multiple cities around the country and urban law enforcement units in many of these locations …….
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