No arrests were made. Not one. Two police officers appeared on Megyn Kelly's show on the Fox News Channel to make their case. The representative from D.C. Metro was Patrick Burke, Asst. Chief of police there. The man from the Montgomery County police was Captain Paul Stark. Of the two, Stark's answers to Kelly's questions were the most bizarre. His explanations and accounts simply didn't add up. The fact that inconsistencies expressed by Stark were coming from the mouth of a police captain were equally stunning.
BACKDROP: D.C. Metro police allegedly followed fourteen SEIU buses to the Montgomery County border in Maryland and alerted Montgomery County police who then sent three police officers to the home of Baer. The most suspect claim from Stark about why no arrests were made is that by the time his officers arrived, the thugs were leaving and nothing unlawful had been witnessed. He completely dismisses the notion that the protesters were on the property for an hour, saying it was only minutes.
This is simply not believable. As Mike Flynn at Big Government points out, the notion that the following all happened in the span of minutes and before police arrived - police who had been notified prior to the arrival of these protesters - is simply not possible.
1. Fourteen buses would have to park
2. 500 protesters would have to get off the buses, collectively grabbing their signs in unison
3. 500 protesters would have to walk onto Baer's lawn
4. At least one protester gets up on Baer's porch and uses a megaphone to whip up her comrades into a frenzy
5. A fourteen year-old boy is sufficiently terrorized enough to lock himself in a bathroom
I find the most noteworthy portion of this clip to be Kelly's mention to Stark of the claim made by Fox News Contributor Nina Easton, who actually lives in Baer's neighborhood. Easton actually wrote a column about the whole experience and it is very much worth reading. You can read it HERE. Easton wrote:
Intimidation was the whole point of this exercise, and it worked-even on the police. A trio of officers who belatedly answered our calls confessed a fear that arrests might "incite" these trespassers.Note what Easton says here. All three of the officers conceded that arrests might "incite" the protesters. The most telling part of Stark's answer was what he DIDN'T say. He did NOT call Easton a liar or imply that she was wrong. He simply said that he understood it differently.
Probably the biggest reason why I believe Easton over Stark is that intimidating authorities into this exact thing is straight out of the Community Organism playbook. Rule #9 to be exact:
Rule 9: The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself. When Alinsky leaked word that large numbers of poor people were going to tie up the washrooms of O’Hare Airport, Chicago city authorities quickly agreed to act on a longstanding commitment to a ghetto organization. They imagined the mayhem as thousands of passengers poured off airplanes to discover every washroom occupied. Then they imagined the international embarrassment and the damage to the city’s reputation.This tactic EXACTLY speaks to Easton's claims about what she said those three cops told her. No one likes to admit to cowardice or succumbing to intimidation, especially the police. That may explain why Stark is dismissing the charge.
h/t to Mike Flynn at Big Government for the video.