(Natural News) Three members of the radical leftist group Antifa have been charged with looting a Target store in Austin, Texas on May 31. The district attorney for Travis County, Margaret Moore, has charged the individuals following a joint investigation by the Austin Police Department (APD) and the FBI. Both the damage to Target and the merchandise stolen reportedly cost a total of around $20,000 dollars. The three people arrested were Lisa Hogan, 27; Samuel Miller, 21; and Skye Elder, 23. All three suspects are natives of Austin and members of Antifa.
The individuals were arrested on charges of burglary of a building. Hogan has an additional charge of rioting because officials believe that she was behind a Facebook livestream that encouraged people to join them in looting the store. APD said they were monitoring her livestream and matched the images being broadcast with what officers witnessed on the ground. Miller, on the other hand, has an additional charge of criminal mischief as authorities believe he was responsible for destroying surveillance cameras outside Target.
Hogan, Miller and Elder have their bonds set at $25,000 for each charge.
NEW: Mugshots of the three suspects in custody.
Lisa Hogan, 27
Samuel Miller, 21
Skye Elder, 23
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The incident occurred at Target located in Capitol Plaza, Austin. On the day of the looting, APD officers were conducting surveillance of the building after they received information that one or several Target stores could be possible sites of looting and property destruction, similar to how the Minneapolis branch was ravaged by Antifa on the first day of the rioting. While Target had the foresight to shut down 175 of its stores nationwide, the Austin branch was not one of them.
At around 5:45 p.m., police witnessed 20 to 30 people gathering right outside the Target store. Officers recounted that certain members of the group proceeded to rip off the pieces of plywood that store employees had placed on the doors to prevent illegal entry into the premises, while the other members held up sheets in an attempt to conceal their illegal activities.
After a few moments, the glass in the Target’s front door was shattered and the looters poured in. Shortly afterward, members of the APD Special Response Team arrived. Their arrival made Hogan, Miller and three other unidentified looters walked away briskly from the front of the store. Four of the five members of the group got into a black sedan driven by Elder. Hogan, Miller and Elder were arrested shortly after. (Related: Illinois man charged with attempting to INCITE RIOTING; Antifa hijacking peaceful protests to start riots and cause violence.)
“While I fully support the rights of freedom of speech and assembly, I cannot tolerate the subversion of peaceful protest by engaging in wanton destruction and theft. These arrests are important to protecting not only the property owners, but, even more importantly, the peaceful protesters whose message should be heard,” said DA Moore.
“These acts of vandalism and looting will not be tolerated,” said APD chief of police Brian Manley.
Listen to the Health Ranger Report by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, as he talks about how Democrats in places like Minneapolis, Los Angeles, New York City and many others across the United States are folding to Antifa by pledging to defund and abolish their police departments.
Antifa arrives at Austin with petition to defund APD
The calls to defund police departments have picked up a lot of steam thanks in no small part to the engineered riots, and Austin is no stranger to this. A group known as the Austin Justice Coalition have launched a petition for the APD to be defunded.
The Austin City Council, which is composed of 11 Democrats, including Mayor Steve Adler, is scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss possible police reforms. The Austin Justice Coalition has demanded that the councilmen commit to several action items, including:
- The resignation of APD Chief Manley and Chief of Staff Tom Gay, the APD chief of police and chief of staff, as well as the APD’s civilian management lead, Assistant City Manager Rey Arellano.
- To slash the APD’s $400 million budget by $100 million and to continue slashing the budget for the next few years while the city tries out “alternatives to policing.”
- To expand spending on non-police-based public health and safety programs and in other alternative community security programs.
- To compel the APD to stop “enacting violence” on people, including actual criminals like Antifa, in Austin.
Q: Will city council pledge support @AtxJustice to reduce police budget by $100 million and support other changes proposed by AJC?
A from @DGarzaforD2: I will pledge to support that. Let's divert & reinvest $$. *note: not all city councilmembers are on this video conference*
— Mike Marut (@MikeMarutKVUE) June 8, 2020
Worryingly, several members of the city council have already folded to Antifa. Four members of the council have stated that they have “lost faith” in Chief of Police Manley, with some openly considering defunding or even disbanding the APD.
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