Civil suit by police seeks damages for ‘domestic terrorism’ by BLM activists

Two police officers from Des Moines have filed suit against the Des Moines BLM for interfering with their activity and preventing police from responding to violent protests on July 1, 2020.

Officers Peter Wilson and Jeffrey George filed the suit against six defendants who were present at the Iowa state Capitol during the protest.

The defendants were protesters Indira Dixon Scheumaker, Eva Cecilia Lewin, Anna Renee Gebhardt, Bradley Christopher Penna and Jennifer Marie Erwin.

The police officers allege that the protesters “violently de-arrested” protesters and their actions were “nothing short of domestic terrorism.”

Multiple suits

Stein and Scheumaker put George in a chokehold to prevent him from making an arrest, one suit alleged.

Lewin, Gebhardt, Penna and Erwin allegedly pulled on Wilson’s hands and prevented him from making another arrest, a different case alleged.

The suits ask for actual damages as well as punitive damages, interest, and costs, all of which the law permits.

During the protests by BLM and other groups after George Floyd’s death, at least $2 billion in property damage was done, and over 10,000 were arrested.

Low-level offenses

Most of the arrests were for low-level offenses, however, such as violating curfews, obstructing roadways and carrying open containers. “Failure to disperse” was another frequent charge.

The low-level arrests came even though at least some of the protesters set fires and assaulted police and counter-protesters. Twenty-five people died in the protests, which the mainstream media continued to call “mostly peaceful” even as fires raged in the background of their newscasts.

The “defund the police” narrative gained something of a foothold after the protests, but quickly died down as violent crime surged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most communities that took steps toward defunding police have walked them back at this point, because they quickly saw that defunding police only leads to increased lawlessness and more criminal activity.

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