“Occupiers say police arrived suddenly before a protest march, pouring from vans to order residents of 540 NW Seventh Street into the building’s courtyard before searching both people and apartments,” huffingtonpost.com reports. “Three Occupy [Miami] members were reportedly handcuffed before being released; three others were taken to police headquarters for questioning. No one was arrested.” So what was that all about? “They said that they had gotten a tip that we had ‘long guns’ and were going to use them at our protest,” Occupy member Thomas Parisi told Miami New Times. “But we are a peaceful movement and told them that we had no intention of doing anything like that.” Anonymous tip, SWAT team, a little ride downtown for some questioning and, you’ll love this bit . . .
A photo taken by one member who was detained suggested he was taken to MPD’s Special Investigations Unit, which houses the Narcotics Unit, the Intelligence and Terrorism Unit, and the Joint Interdiction Unit. Miami Police have not yet responded to requests for comment, and the FBI would not confirm one eyewitness report that FBI agents were also present.
“It is not uncommon for the FBI to assist local law enforcement,” FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock told HuffPost. “In this case, we are not going to discuss if this is one of those instances.”
When the Occupy movement was in full flower, TTAG journeyed down to the protestors and found the majority of those interviewed were in favor of the Second Amendment. Say what you will, but if the left joins centrists and the right in antipathy for militarized police, that’s a good thing, not a bad thing.
Or, as Reverend Wright testified, the chickens have come home to roost.