Journalist Michelle Lhooq claimed officials put a “trans femme protestor” in “an unmarked van” in New York City. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes labeled it “a kidnapping.” Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) called it “terrifying.”

The NYPD explained the “Warrant Squad uses unmarked vehicles to effectively locate wanted suspects.” An NBC reporter even corrected Hayes.

Ah, the dangers of social media. A person with millions of followers can tweet out fake news and it takes off like wildfire.

Hayes and Nadler

NYPD Response

Nitpick about the response! I don’t see protestors throwing anything at the officers.

NBC Reporter

Procedures

I do not see any corrections on Hayes’ or Nadler’s timeline.

The Democrats and other activists claim the same thing happens in Portland, OR. Law enforcement officials explained:

Federal Protective Service (FPS) Deputy Director of Operations Richard Cline noted that the uniforms that the officers are wearing have only a name linked to their badge number. The reason that they are protecting the officer’s identities is because “about 38 of our officers that are out there have been doxxed and their personal information has been put online,” he explained.

Mark Morgan, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said that his agents that are being deployed have a “unique identifier” on them because agents are being doxxed, which he said jeopardizes the lives of the agents’ families because the rioters are “putting out their home information and they’re suggesting that individuals go to their homes.”

“So, yes, I as the acting commissioner have authorized and supported removing their names from their uniform,” Morgan said. “Instead, what we have though is a personal identifier, so we can identify and we have each identifier associated with a specific name so we have all that information internally and we’ll share that with the appropriate entities when it’s necessary.”

Morgan added, “So, I hope that puts to rest the lies and false rumors about they’re not properly marked.”

These protestors want to get away with their crimes. The Constitution protects your natural right to peacefully assemble, not commit crimes.

Reporters have a responsibility not to spread fake news. You want President Donald Trump to stop calling you fake news? Then stop tweeting and reporting fake news.

 

 
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