When Nina Easton found a mob of union thugs demonstrating at her neighbor’s Chevy Chase house last week, she used her professional skills to ascertain what all the fuss was about. She filed an illuminating report. The mainstream media have avoided the story.
Important elements of the story remain mysterious. The protest occurred in Chevy Chase, Maryland, yet the D.C. police escorted (or “monitored” or “shadowed”) fourteen buses that carried the thugs to their destination at the Bank of America lawyer’s home next to Easton’s. What were the the D.C. police doing with respect to this protest in Chevy Chase? And where were the Montgomery County police?
Mike DeBonis takes a look at these questions in a post on the Washington Post Web site. Over at Big Journalism, Archie Cary fisks DeBonis’s post.
Megyn Kelly convened officers from the D.C. and Montgomery County departments to discuss the demonstration on Fox News. Kelly introduces her excellent interviews of the officers with chilling video of the demonstration at the lawyer’s home. Analyze this:
At Big Government, Mike Flynn comments further on the law enforcement angle to this story:
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.” Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot…
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….In Maryland, 3 police officers police 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.
Flynn introduces his comments with the observation that Bank of America is SEIU’s largest creditor: “Under the leadership of Andy Stern, SEIU leveraged itself to the hilt, largely to support Democrat campaign efforts, and now owes the bank around $100 million. The loan payments are likely playing havoc with the union’s finances.”
Flynn concludes with an explanation of the inherent interest of this story: “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.”
In the words of the song, something’s happening here. I’m not exactly clear on what it is, but I am clear that this is a story deserving our serious attention.