Capitol cops brandish automatic weapons at HLS protest, “delete” photos

On the 14th of October, an estimated 75 US Capitol Police ambushed animal rights protesters outside Goldman-Sachs at 101 Constitution Ave NW, possibly in response to a false report of a gunshot inside. Some brandished automatic rifles and at least one drew his pistol against activists. 101 Constitution Ave is almost across the street from the US Capitol, putting it in range of these armed thugs.

At one point, the cops brought a bomb-snifffing dog to a car used by protesters-and seized the photographer’s camera. Here is the last video clip shot before the police grabbed the camera and “deleted” everything

If a false report of a gunshot inside was filed, this is the second time such false police report was filed against HLS protesters in DC, and the second time it led to guns.

There have been four major incidents of this type in the last three years. The first was a false police report of an armed home invasion by a Georgetown recipient of a peaceful HLS home demo, leading to the armed detention of the protesters. The second was the December 19 ambush ouside Janet Lambert’s house in which I was nearly killed. The third was a bike-cop ambush of another HLS protest a week later, in which protesters refused to show ID while detained and established the precedent that we do not carry ID and we get away with it.

The final incident was today’s armed ambush of HLS protesters ouside Goldman-Sachs, involving at least one drawn pistol and brandished automatic weapons.

Protesters were outside Goldman-Sachs as part of the continuing Siege of Fortress. Fortress floated a $100M dollar loan to puppy-killing Huntingdon Life Sciences or HLS.


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