Scott Lively and Brian Camenker, two of the most unhinged and deranged anti-gay bigots you will ever see, spoke this past weekend at a tax day event hosted by the Massachusetts Tea Party Coalition and the Tea Party Patriots. A lot of protesters were there and the police got pretty rough with some of them. Here’s a picture of one of the cops choking a protester.
The protester in the picture explains what happened:
We had plans to “Mic Check” the event, with some language about how their supposed “family values” actually destroy families that have LGBT members in them etc. Some of us were dressed up, others were attempting to go “stealth”. I was one of the “dressed up” people — wearing a wig, glitter, some make up, and a black bandana over my face. We were in the crowd ready to mic check when the Antifa group came marching in carrying a banner, chanting about women’s rights. I think they were more protesting the Tea Party in general as being a neo-fascist group rather than specifically protesting the anti-LGBT hate groups being represented.
Anyway, a Tea Partier grabbed their banner, an altercation developed, and the Occupy Boston groups started chanting “FASCISTS OUT”, as the Tea Partiers chanted “USA! USA!” (oh the irony…)
Two of our protesters were arrested, and I moved away from the crowd to show solidarity with them and follow as they were arrested. After that, I moved back into the crowd, and a Tea Partier knocked the wig off my head. I picked it up said to him “Why do you think it’s okay to knock my wig off my head?”. He replied “Oh, my hand slipped”.
I was going to continue talking to him but then the officer in the picture approached me and said “okay, take your shit and get out of here”, shoving me back. I said to him “Don’t shove me.” He then said “Don’t shove you!?” and then choked me, for a short period of time. My comrades reacted pretty quick, taking those pictures, getting his badge number, etc. He was rough with several other people, grabbing one of my comrades’ phone out of his hand when he tried to take a picture etc.
Those in attendance report that one of the speakers at the event said into the microphone, “we will not be silenced by faggots.” I’m not sure whether that should be considered ripping off the mask to reveal one’s bigotry, or putting on the hood to reveal it. The Boston police department say it’s reviewing the incident after seeing the picture. But how sad that it’s a black police officer doing it. Does he know nothing of history? He is replaying the civil rights struggles, with himself as the thug cop choking protesters rather than the victim.
And by the way, MassResistance, Camenker’s group, is lying about it, claiming that the police did nothing.