I reject the Aug. 24 Leader headline of an anti-trans protest. I was invited to speak at a permitted event on Aug 15. Clashes, attacks, and public endangerment were not on the part of …
I reject the Aug. 24 Leader headline of an anti-trans protest. I was invited to speak at a permitted event on Aug 15. Clashes, attacks, and public endangerment were not on the part of attendees.
Police Chief Olson issued a permit for this event. He had several conversations with Amy Sousa, the organizer, to assure that the police were informed early and often of the nature of this event.
There were no anti-trans speakers or promoters nor were any attendees, many elderly, involved with “mosh pit” skirmishes. This event was peaceful, in support of women’s human rights, for the well being of women and children. Once again, to speak publicly for the rights of women and children, the right to privacy and safety, has become a cause for riots and assaults on women.
A mob of several hundred transgender supporters created an ear- splitting cacophony for 45 minutes. A cyclist rode through the group hitting me and others. They kettled us. Tattooed men pushed, shoved, and screamed trying to provoke violence. Women were pushed to the ground. I saw people dressed in black with black face masks. I was told by a police officer that he saw weapons on these people: mace, billy clubs, possibly guns. Attendees linked arms to keep attackers from harming me and other speakers.
All the while the seven or so uniformed police across at City Hall stood, watching. People asked them to come provide security and order. The police chief said that they were following a directive, standing down and if people didn’t feel safe they should leave.
The Leader should do a bit more investigation, there is no doubt as to who was doing the attacking. There are police logs, recordings, video, photos, arrests and assault complaints to help reporters get the facts.