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Room with a View: All around local protests

According to an article published on Wednesday at ocregister.com that appears on the front page of the Thursday printed edition, an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy is under investigation for wearing patches “associated with a right-wing paramilitary group.”

The photo below, provided by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), was shamelessly swiped from ocregister.com:

Photo from CAIR showing unauthorized patches on a PPE vest worn by an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy. Copied from ocregister.com.
Photo from CAIR showing unauthorized patches on a PPE vest worn by an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy. Copied from ocregister.com.

We will take down this photo immediately if either the Orange County Register or CAIR requests that we do.

A number of points:

  • The patches as unauthorized insignia should not be on the deputy’s vest. Minimally, their presence (misleadingly) says that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department supports the two organizations, Oath Keepers and Three Percenters, which is not so.
  • CAIR is not unbiased. Its description of the Oath Keepers/Three Percenters patch as a “symbol of violence, discord and bigotry” should be viewed with skepticism.
  • The Register reporter relying on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s characterization is lazy. SPLC has coasted on a positive reputation earned defending civil rights activists a long time ago. The organization no longer deserves that positive reputation, and its tagging a group as “extremist” cannot be relied upon to be accurate.
  • In visiting the online stores for both Oath Keepers and Three Percenters, I could not find the patch as shown on the deputy’s PPE vest.

I hope and trust that the internal investigation will independently characterize Oathkeepers and Three Percenters, and not rely solely on the testimony of CAIR and SPLC.

All the attention is focused on the one unauthorized badge without any comment on the other unauthorized badge, representing the Gadsden Flag, a symbol of the American Revolution that was revived by the early Tea Party movement that organized a massive march in Washington, DC, years ago that left the Mall cleaner than before the marchers arrived.

As compared to the trash and vandalism of recent days.

That said: both patches should be removed from the deputy’s vest. An admonition should go in his personnel file regarding the incident. But that’s all, unless other evidence is submitted beyond merely wearing the unauthorized patches.

If you are panting after the deputy’s scalp, you need to breathe into a paper bag and calm down.

Vandalism at Long Beach Towne Center and Cerritos Mall

We drove over to check on reports of vandalism at Long Beach Towne Center and Cerritos Mall — not very close to Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach but not all that far from Lakewood Center, which the National Guard has patroled after looting took place earlier.

Workers were busy boarding the windows of the Ashley Homestore at Long Beach Towne Center even as the store was open for business. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.
Workers were busy boarding the windows of the Ashley Homestore at Long Beach Towne Center even as the store was open for business. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

We saw a couple of the medium-sized storefronts either boarded up or in the process of boarding up — but their windows appeared intact behind the boards.

In contrast, two cell-phone stores were not only boarded up but appeared to have sustained damage.

Further north, at Cerritos Mall, the only boards we could find were across the entrance to Forever 21 on the west side of the Mall. The free-standing jewelry store on the east side of the parking lot appeared untouched.

Across South Street, one storefront was boarded up, and the former location of Toys R Us is undergoing remodeling.

Peaceful protest at Los Alamitos High School

A student-organized protest at Los Alamitos High School was entirely peaceful — protestors even wore face masks while holding up their signs. Los Alamitos Police Chief Eric Nuñez stopped by to talk with the protestors.

Planned protest in Cypress on Friday

We have now heard many conflicting reports on a planned protest in Cypress — as to where protestors are supposed to gather, the route of their march, and the target at the end of the march.

Further, we have no reliable information on the organizers of the march.

The only sort-of agreement is on the time of day — in the afternoon.

As the Cypress City Council has called an emergency meeting for today, Thursday, at 1 p.m., perhaps more information will be released this afternoon.

Updates Friday afternoon

The following were posted on the Twitter account for the Cypress Police Department:

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