Antifa hatred has been expanding beyond white supremacists as the group continues to find power and influence under the liberal media spotlight.
A potential Antifa statement may have been made on Sunday on an overpass in Albany, New York, according to the Washington Free Beacon. A banner bearing the anarchist symbol commonly used by Antifa members stated “More Dead Cops”.
The banner promoting the murder of police officers was troubling to many citizens in the area. One resident, Jonathan Falk, was horrified by the statement, stating, “It’s absolute horror. We’re talking about people who put their lives on the line every day for strangers for not a lot of money, and they’re getting so disrespected. It’s terrible.”
John Cooney, a retired police Captain, says police shouldn’t worry about the message, and should try to move on. “To be frank, to worry about the statement made on the banner today would be a waste of our time. We will continue to do our job and serve the citizens as we always have.”
While Antifa hasn’t taken credit for the banner, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say the anti-cop, pro anarchists support the sentiment.
The Daily Wire reported that Antifa members in Philadelphia were forming anti-cop workshops as part of their “Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement.” Their “Our Enemies in Blue” workshops promote violence against police officers, and glorifies historic criminals considered to be revolutionary heroes by Antifa.
The workshops also taught Antifa members various battle tactics that would enable them to effectively combat police during demonstrations. The workshops also discussed utilizing guerilla tactics commonly used in the Rojava Revolution in Syria — where the fight against ISIS rages on.
The Philadelphia Antifa group argued that these anti-cop workshops were necessary based on allegations that cops were oppressing Muslims, LGBTQ people, and African Americans. A statement released to the press said, “The destruction of black life continues unabated as millions languish in the plantations of the modern day slave system.”
The Daily Caller reports that Antifa members were attacking police officers as part of a riot in Portland (in June 2017). At the time, Portland Police reported on their official twitter feed that officers were being attacked with projectiles such as “Bricks, motors, and other projectiles are continuing to be thrown at officers in Chapman Square.”
According to The Blaze, an officer was shoved to the ground by Antifa protesters last July when police officers in Philadelphia tried to break up a fight between Antifa members and Trump supporters. The article has two videos, and both show the altercation — including an officer in the back of the crowd getting shoved onto the floor before being rescued by fellow officers.
Antifa has gotten so bold in their anti-cop movements that they’ve even resorted to attacking a jail, according to the Washington Times. Antifa members marched upon Hennepin County Jail in Minnesota, burned the county flag, and raised their own “Antifascist Action” flag.
A spokeswoman for Hennepin County reported the incident to CNS News reporters, stating, “This lasted for under 30 minutes at which time we replaced the flag with a new one. We do not condone the actions taken Monday.”
Whether or not the banner in Albany belongs to Antifa, these events do show the growing support for anti-cop sentiment in our country, as well as the willingness some possess to commit violence against men and women in blue.