Friday, May 27, 2005

Original news articles about the attack on the Minutemen in O.C. - Thursday's news

This post compiles the original news articles about the attack on the Minutemen in O.C. on Wednesday night. The first article, written by Marin and Reyes for LA Times, is incredibly flawed and got just about ALL of the facts wrong, including the timeline of events. (Don't ask me how two guys working on one project can get it so entirely wrong, but they managed.)

The second article by the Orange Country Register, is better, and less biased than the LA Times articles, but you have to be a subscriber to acces it. :( So I've reposted it in it's entirety here.

More AP articles followed during the day yesterday, but they mainly followed the LA Times story almost verbatim and I felt no need to duplicate them here.

ALIPAC has an open forum on this topic - huge response! (Their front page article.)

To do less infernal scrolling I've placed the updates in another post for faster access. If you already know the whole backstory, skip this postand go here for real-time updates (including photos, video clips, and eyewitness accounts).

LA Times news article (highly flawed): Violence Erupts at O.C. Protest: Crowd gets rough and police swarm in after a Minuteman event in Garden Grove.
By Monte Morin and David Reyes, LA Times Staff Writers

Wednesday night, Minutemen supporters gathered privately at the Women's Civic Club of Garden Grove (in O.C.) to hear a discussion lead by James Gilchrist, the founder of the Minutemen Project. About 300 protestors, charging that the Minutemen are a racist group, gathered outside to protest the meeting. When the Minutemen supporters tried to leave the event, at least two of their cars were attacked by dozens of protestors. The protestors hit the vehicles with placards and other objects until one of the drivers moved his car to get away from the crowd. He was arrested, though I'm not sure what for yet. (*See the updates for more on this arrest.) The driver of the second vehicle "injured" 3 people as he tried to inch through the crowd. (*Update: this second vehicle was driven by an elderly couple who had their rear window completely bashed in! Eyewitness account here.) The "injured protestors" were taken to a local hospital, but none had any serious injuries, even though the reporters made it sound like it in the opening sentence of the article.

Three people were injured and at least eight arrested Wednesday in Garden Grove after a motorist drove into a crowd of 300 demonstrators protesting a speech by the founder of the Minuteman Project, authorities said.
Quite a spin! It sounds like the motorist deliberately crashed his car into a group of protestors! That's not what happened at all!

Once the second car hurt 3 protestors as it was trying to leave (which is bound to happen if you're swarming a moving vehicle!) (Update and clarification: these "vehicular injuries" happened on the way INTO the event, not upon leaving. The LA Times story got more than a few details WRONG! Truer depiction of timeline of events here.), the crowd erupted into violence and attacked the assembled police officers (Update: this actually happened because the police were trying to hold back the protestors from damaging more vehicles).

Garden Grove Police Lt. David Kivler said the crowd grew increasingly boisterous after the injuries.

He said protesters began throwing filled soda cans at the assembled Garden Grove, Anaheim and CHP officers. At least eight people were arrested on suspicion of felony assault, while others were booked for disturbing the peace.

PICKETING: Police and protesters face off outside the
California Commission for Immigration Reform meeting
in Garden Grove.
Mark Avery, The Orange County Register

Here's a statement from a witness, as written by the LA Times reporters:
A witness, Eric Garcia, 22, of Anaheim said the evening turned ugly about 9 p.m. after the talk.

He said some protesters were in a driveway when someone in a car tried to leave and made contact with the group. "Then all hell broke loose," Garcia said. "People started throwing things, like rocks and bricks and stuff."

Notice how the reporters make it sound like the evening was just lovely up until that point, as if everyone were out on a stroll and just happened to be in the driveway when they were "contacted" or HIT by the drivers who were trying to leave. (Update: clarification from eyewitnesses here.)

Were the Minutemen supporters just supposed to just sit there while hundreds of howling illegal alien supporters banged away on their vehicles? What would you have done? Would you have stayed there or tried to leave? How would you have felt about the damage to your vehicle?

The tensions around this topic are deep and will inevitably erupt like they did in O.C.. I wonder how much more of this American citizens will put up with, and how much longer our political authorities will ignore it.

If we were worried about this in the "future", the future is now..

News article in the Orange County register, with less BIAS: Event turns hostile

An event honoring an anti-illegal immigrant leader Wednesday night was marred by altercations between anti-immigration activists and protesters, resulting in an arrest when two demonstrators were hit by a slow-moving van.

The driver was Hal Netkin of Van Nuys, said Barbara Coe, chairwoman of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform.

Protesters were blocking a driveway when Netkin tried to drive through and knocked two demonstrators to the ground, Deputy Police Chief K.J. Raney said.
Yeah, that's slighty different than the first article that implied that the driver recklessly DROVE into the crowd!

Billy Hall, a member of Coe's group, said shortly afterward that his car window was broken by a protester. Hall said he filed a police report.
I wonder what I would do if my car were surrounded by angry protestors who were banging on it and throwing things so that my windows broke!

I guess this begs the question I asked earlier: Is there an illegal alien uprising brewing in CA?