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Conservatives Richard Falknor on 04 Jun 2010 01:37 pm

Montgomery County: Goons, Cops, Tongue-Tied Pols.

“The left’s civilized elite are still living a delusion, gliding through toga world, while the more unstable elements, the SEIU trash, the anarchists, the ACORN hirelings, are starting to lose it. It will get worse as the Obama dream continues to shred under the pressure of reality. The American left has begun to crack — deterioration has set in, and it is beginning the long slide into goonhood.” – – J. R. Dunn

The Service Employees International Union staged protests Sunday May 16 at the homes of two Montgomery County, Maryland bank executives.

Unfortunately for them, a journalist, Nina Easton, was the neighbor of one of the executives.

Easton reports in her “What’s really behind SEIU’s Bank of America protests?”  – –

“Now this event would accurately be called a ‘protest’ if it were taking place at, say, a bank or the U.S. Capitol. But when hundreds of loud and angry strangers are descending on your family, your children, and your home, a more apt description of this assemblage would be ‘mob.’ Intimidation was the whole point of this exercise, and it worked-even on the police. A trio of officers who belatedly answered our calls confessed a fear that arrests might ‘incite’ these trespassers.”

. . . . .

“SEIU has said it wants to organize bank tellers and call centers — and its critics point out that a great way to worsen employee morale, thereby making workers more susceptible to union calls, is to batter a bank’s image through protest. (SEIU officials say their anti-Wall Street campaign has nothing to do with their organizing efforts.) Complicating this picture is the fact that BofA is the union’s lender of choice — and SEIU, suffering financially, owes the bank nearly $4 million in interest and fees. Bank of America declined comment on the loans.”

. . . .

Sunday’s onslaught wasn’t designed for mainstream media consumption. There were no reporters from organizations like the Washington Post, no local camera crews who might have aired criticism of this private-home invasion. With the media covering the conservative Tea Party protesters, the behavior of individual activists has drawn withering scrutiny.

Instead, a friendly Huffington Post blogger showed up, narrowcasting coverage to the union’s leftist base. The rest of the message these protesters brought was personal-aimed at frightening Baer and his family, not influencing a broader public.”

The blog Big Journalism has followed the outrage from the beginning.  Archy Cary on May 21 emphasizes The blog – –

“So, let’s sum this up:  A caravan of SEIU buses receive a Metropolitan (D.C.) Police Department escort to a private home in Maryland where the protesters, from all appearances, violate Montgomery County law by engaging in a stationary protest.  The Montgomery County police were not informed by their cross-jurisdictional colleagues of the impending, unusually large protest pending in their jurisdiction.

What’s up with that? Had the mob decided to torch the house, the D.C. police would not have been authorized to intervene. Not their jurisdiction. They’re just escorts. Meanwhile, a teenage boy is home alone, frightened by what’s happening outside his front door.

There’s something very wrong with this picture.”

Big Journalism’s Frank Ross declared on May 27 – –

“This clip of Fox News’ Megyn Kelly interviewing representatives of the D.C. Metropolitan Police and the Montgomery County Police Department will make your blood boil . . . .”

 “DC Bank Protest: So, SEIU Now Owns the Cops Too?”

Big Government’s Mike Flynn asks some hard questions – –

“There are a few points to be made. First, the DC police official says emphatically that their police officers did not cross into Maryland…except when they did. It seems one of their officers, according to their official, made a wrong turn and didn’t fully understand the DC/Maryland border and may have ‘briefly’ been inside Maryland. A wrong turn and a brief excursion through the Maryland suburbs is hardly worth mentioning if that is all that really happened. No one would notice, nor remark on, an errant 30 second diversion through Maryland streets. This story has the classic feel of a diversion; a pat, simple excuse to cover up any other behavior that comes to light. Any future eyewitness accounts of DC police cars at the scene? Yeah, that was that one cop who didn’t know her jurisdiction’s borders and was ‘lost’.

Second, the Maryland police official says, contrary to other statements made by his department, that they were immediately notified by DC police that the protesters were entering their jurisdiction. According to the official, Maryland police met with DC police at the border to get a situation report and then proceeded to the protest. When they arrived, the official claims, the protesters were already dispersing.

Remember that the official says that the site of the protest is ‘one or two blocks from the DC border.’

Fourteen buses start crossing the Maryland border (at which point we’re supposed to believe the Maryland police were immediately notified),they find parking on residential streets, unload their protesters, assemble 500 people on a private lawn, engage in threatening verbal abuse long enough to force a 14 year old boy to lock himself into a bathroom…and the Maryland police get there as they are dispersing? Is their police headquarters in Delaware?

Thankfully, I don’t live in Montgomery County. This is the kind of public safety and police protection for which they pay ridiculously high property taxes? They get a ’situation report’ that 500 protesters are targeting a private citizen’s home and they send 3 police officers? Really? They could only spare 3 officers on a Sunday in Montgomery County?

I hate to say this, and I will no doubt be attacked for it, but stories like this make one feel that the police are not on our side. A few weeks ago, police in Quincy, Illinois deployed a full contingent of riot police to deal with a couple hundred tea party protesters who where singing patriotic songs on public property. In Maryland, 3 police officers . . . watched as 500 union thugs stormed private property in an act of intimidation and did nothing because, as the police official notes, there weren’t any ‘no trespassing’ signs at the property. (I wonder if he has ‘no trespassing’ signs at his home.)

Sometimes it is the small story that illuminates the overall narrative. Let’s dispense with all the semantics and timelines and legalese. Last week, 500 union thugs descended on a private home and terrorized a teenage boy. They violated someone’s most personal space, their home. And they attacked their most precious gift, their child. The police in two jurisdictions knew about this. They did nothing.”

The Washington Examiner pulled no punches in an editorial  “No more police escorts for union thugs UPDATED: Police union responds, DC Police deny.”

The lamentable tale was picked up by bloggers across the US – – Sound Politics in the Pacific Northwest reports “Local SEIU Chapter Refuses To Condemn Actions in Maryland — And threatens to call police!”

Perhaps — before Maryland became a one-party state — there was a time when Montgomery County public officials would promptly order a full-scale inquiry into this frightful affair. There are simply too many unanswered questions relating to Maryland public safety.

Of course, Montgomery County still has an Inspector General who could review electronic and paper police records – – and take sworn testimony.

What is even more disheartening is that Maryland state and local incumbents and challengers of both parties seem to lose their voices when it comes to cops and goons. (If we have missed any Maryland state or local politician’s questioning of the police handling of these protests, we would welcome receiving such a statement.)

When will “organized labor” descend on a Maryland home near you?

But be careful if you videotape Maryland police in action – – the Maryland State Police, apparently believing they are law unto themselves, ridiculously invented a charge of felony eavesdropping for ” recording [a] trooper without his consent.” As Reason’s Radley Balko explains  – –

“For a recording to be illegal, one of the parties being recorded must have a reasonable expectation of privacy. A cop,acting as a cop, with his gun drawn, while standing alongside a public roadway, has no such expectation. On April 15th, Graber was released and the charges against him were dropped.”

ADD-ON:  These videos give us the face of SEIU here and here.

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