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The Independence Journal has one goal;
publish news that matters, now. Through independent fact checking, compiling stories of eyewitnesses, and unbiased reporting on matters pertaining to your rights as an American we will discover the truth. We will not be silenced as we are an independent journal that does not answer to anyone, we will write stories about whatever we want, whenever we want.
The idea to start a politically unbiased media outlet that the average Joe could trust came to us pretty easily, but it definitely took some time to mold the idea and put ink on paper so to say. It was during the COVID-19 Pandemic and the unruly restrictions placed on the American People by our own government alongside the "Boogaloo" movement that got our gears turning. We then decided to start our own media outlet to discuss all things related to Constitutional, Human, and Civil rights.
Today marks 3 days after the tragic and unjustified death of an unarmed 46-year-old man, Gorge Floyd. Officer Derek Chauvin along with 3 other police officers responded to a disturbance call and that is when they arrested and allegedly murdered Mr. Floyd. He died when Officer Chauvin placed his knee on his neck for approximately 9 minutes ultimately resulting in his death while the other 3 officers just stood by and watched.
The city of Minneapolis is in an uproar as to why these officers are not behind bars. Though they were almost immediately fired from MPD, many are still left wondering, and rightfully so, when and if the officers involved are going to be arrested for Mr. Floyd's death.
Though the protest quickly turned into a clash with the police, many found it as an opportunity to come together regardless of race and status. Americans from all walks of life have actively participated in the protests and it is absolutely amazing to see so many people waking up and saying "This is enough." This is the takeaway and this is what matters. There is strength in numbers and no matter what our grievances are, we can come together in these challenging and dark times and stand up to the common evil.
I think the protest going on in Minneapolis has been a long time in the making. I most certainly disagree with the looting and arson that is taking place as these actions discredit the cause. These actions have also lead to the death of another man who attempted to loot a pawn shop with the owner still inside and was shot dead because of it. If you want to clash with the police then by all means do it, but do not ruin the livelihoods of others in the process.
What are your thoughts on this?
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MAY 29, 2020
At approximately 10 p.m. last night, protesters gained access to MPD Precinct 3 building. Shortly thereafter , fire alarms and sprinklers ran as fires were set inside and the building has been left in absolute ruins. It goes without saying the officers that were guarding the building were ordered to evacuate the area for fears that they might be overrun and attacked individually.
Last night also brought the Governor Tim Walz to declare a state of emergency and activate the state's National Guard in efforts to "provide security and restore safety." Roughly 500 National Guardsmen across different specialties to include military police, artillerymen, and truck drivers arrived to assist local and state police. The length of their stay is currently undetermined at this time.
You've might have heard of the Posse Comitatus Act. It is a law that keeps the U.S. Military from being allowed to enforce domestic law. However, this does not apply to the National Guard when operating under state authority. This allows the national guard to enforce domestic law and carry out arrests.
My very brief thoughts:
I really don't have one for the MPD building burning down and quite frankly I'd be there right now if I could be. When it's state buildings that belong to the people and the people want to burn it down, so be it. Like I said in the above, before, don't burn down businesses and ruin peoples livelihoods.
Maybe I'm a little more optimistic than most but I think things will have to get a whole hell of a lot worse for the Minnesota National Guard to start enforcing law and making arrests. Right now they're pretty much on a "observe and assist" mission at the moment. Eyes around the world are watching their every move so I think they're being careful to not do anything irrational given the current situation.
MAY 29, 2020
Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety has announced that former police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Right now there isn't picture evidence of the arrest so this could very well be the the city of Minneapolis trying to alleviate the clash going on between the city and it's police department by telling the public that he has been arrested when he may not be in custody at this time.
MAY 30, 2020
Today makes it 5 days after the death of 46-year-old George Floyd. Protesters are taking to the streets from city to city to express their grievances in the way they see fit; with rioting. With the original protest starting out of Minneapolis and after leaving parts of the city in ruins, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has began to mobilize more National Guard troops into the city in a desperate attempt to regain law and order.
There has also been incidents occurring with protesters from different cities who have tried taking their anger out own innocent bystanders an the freeway as well as attacking journalists who are trying to get the story out for the world to see. We will continue to update this story as it unfolds.
Courtesy of Minneapolis_Protest
A protester tackled, and then police arrest a man who allegedly pointed his rifle at protesters.
Don't be this guy. I'm all for armed protesting but don't go out there and terrorize people.
To the bystanders; DON'T TRY TO PICK UP A RIFLE OFF OF THE GROUND!
On May 4, 2020, 6 armed protesters were arrested for disobeying Texas Governor Abbott's stay at home order and trying to assist a business owner in keeping his doors open. They were posted outside Big Daddy Zane's Bar wearing body armor and sporting rifles in an attempt to deter police and other government officials from closing down the business owned by Gabrielle Ellison, 47.
Not long after they arrived, did the Ector County Sheriffs Office show up in an armored vehicle and arrested the 6 protesters for felony unlawfully carrying of a weapon on licensed premises. Among the other 2 arrested was Gabrielle Ellison for violating the Governor's order and a bystander was arrested for interfering with a peace officer. Which brings the grant total to 8 arrested.
In light of these events, This is Texas Freedom Force, a nonprofit organization committed to preserving the rights of Texans has organized a 2nd demonstration to take place on D-Day (June 6th) of this year. Their goal is to directly inform the Sheriff through protest how he has disregarded his oath to uphold the Constitution.
What I don't understand is how these men were arrested for the above when they weren't even on the premises of the bar? Furthermore, why were they arrested at all? They were protesting and last time I checked, that is your God given right and I don't recall him delegating the authority to the state to decide when and where you can protest and in what circumstances to protest in.
I like to think I'm a pretty level headed guy and I don't think you should wave a weapon around while you're severely intoxicated or, have been drinking at all for that matter but come on. Are they serious? Charging them with a felony for carrying on the premises they weren't even on is absurd! I think and for the lack of a better phrase, it's a cop out charge. Surely they wouldn't be arrested for protesting alone (despite that actually happening in the U.S., I know) so they're stuck charging these men with a felony.
Although I support this demonstration entirely, I will be in attendance of this demonstration armed with only a video camera and a notepad and will update this post as is unfolds.
In case you too are interested, I will leave the details of the protest below.
6840 W University BLVD, Odessa, Tx 79764-8578
UPDATED: June 9, 2020
Armed protesters with "Open Carry Texas" and "Texas Freedom Force" gathered outside of Big Daddy Zane's Bar in a demonstration calling for charges to be dropped against the eight individuals who were arrested earlier in May for defying Texas Governor Abbott's stay at home order. The bar owner and key organizers took time to thank a crowd of roughly 300 for coming out to show their support, nearly in tears.
Not long after, however, did this demonstration turn into a political rally with speakers identifying a man who's name is currently unknown running for Sheriff in Ector County as well as endorsing the "non-puppet" President Trump.
Although we, at The Independence Journal, were thrilled to hear about citizens not only exercising their 1st Amendment rights but also their 2nd Amendment right in public, we do not believe that the organizers should have used their platform to endorse candidates running for any type of office. To further our stance that this demonstration was not what we thought it would be, organizers went as far as allowing a man to yell into a microphone his personal and poorly composed speech attempting to discredit protesters across the United States for protesting the systematic racism that currently exists not only in our country but across the globe.
We still strongly believe in your right to express yourself in whatever way you see fit. However, had we known that this protest was going to be used for the reasons above, we would not have driven 8 hours to attend.
Courtesy of the Associated Press.
El Pasoans gathered Sunday evening in what started off as a peaceful demonstration calling on justice for 46-year-old George Floyd who was allegedly murdered at the hands of former officer Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis Police Department. Many took this opportunity to express their grievances with not only the El Paso Police Department but policing across the United States.
While organizers called for the protest to remain peaceful, some officers had something else in mind. At approximately 10:20 p.m. the EPD began deploying tear gas and the use of less-than-lethal methods at Memorial Park in attempt to disburse the crowd and for the protesters to "go home".
Back at the EPD Headquarters building, protesters were calling on the line of police officers to take a knee in solidarity. Not long after, the EPD started asking demonstrators to go home in which one responded "this property is owned by the people' followed by the chants: "hands up, don't shoot" and "no justice, no peace."
With the protests being peaceful and the empowerment of El Pasoans standing together regardless of race or gender, we have faith that no matter the adversity we may face, we will overcome these challenges together.
UPDATE: JUNE 2, 2020
Protesters alongside the activist group, Brown Berets Del Chuco, gathered for a demonstration against the El Paso Police Department earlier this evening in light of the recent events that occurred on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Although the activists and organizers of tonight's protest called on the crowd to remain peaceful, there were a few participants that instigated fellow demonstrators while expressing their support for the police. After about 20 minutes of antagonizing the crowd, the EPD swooped in and removed these select protesters from the protest in an attempt to diffuse the situation and prevent it from escalating.
Later in the protest a small crowd of about 20 gathered around and started to dance in what looked like a display of unity. With this protest reaming peaceful, El Pasoans are showing the world what makes us El Paso Strong.
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