(Fresno) Arias, protesters get physical in confrontation at Councilman’s apartment

The people are getting angry.  Weeks of lost jobs, under house arrest (the political term is “shelter in place”.  In Fresno it has gotten so bad the cops closed down a waffle diner—where the owner and the customers voluntarily came.  While hospitalizations and death are down—the number of cases are up—but ONLY because of the massive testing that is going on.

Schools are closed, restaurants are closed, jobs are closed—but on the border of Fresno is the city of Clovis—and it is opening.  The ability of government to govern is now being challenged.  Its validity, credibility and authority is being lost the longer politicians demand massive amounts of money from the Feds, for the purpose for keeping their cities, counties and States closed.

This is no longer about health and safety.  It is about power and control.  The people see it—which is why protests are growing across the State and nation.  It is the politicians that are causing chaos, despair, suicides, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence.  Their “cure” has turned into a disease worse than the virus.  People are dying because of policies.

Arias, protesters get physical in confrontation at Councilman’s apartment

Alex Tavlian, The Sun,  5/12/20 

Confronted with protesters on the doorstep of his downtown apartment, Fresno City Council President Miguel Arias found himself in the middle of a scuffle on Tuesday afternoon.

A group of protesters, joined by conservative activist and media figure Ben Bergquam, visited Arias’ downtown Fresno apartment to confront the Fresno City Council President over the city’s continued shelter-in-place order and push for businesses to fully reopen.

Video shows Arias and protesters engaged in a minor shoving match on the stairwell of Arias’ second floor apartment.

Following the incident, Fresno Police issued a citizen’s arrest citation to Miguel Arias on three counts of misdemeanor battery.

The protest comes two days after another physical confrontation occurred with a Fresno Police officer and the father-in-law of Asm. Joaquin Arambula (D–Fresno) outside of the Waffle Shop in northwest Fresno.

Following the fracas, the Fresno Police Department deployed officers to the homes of all seven City Councilmembers and Fresno Mayor Lee Brand.

Brand is no stranger to threats of similar doorstep confrontations. Following his announcement of an extension of shelter-in-place to May 31, he too faced threats of protests at his home in northeast Fresno.

After the incident at Arias’ home, the protesters made their way to Brand’s home – police detail present – where they talked to him for about 10 minutes before dispersing.

“A group of 20 to 25 people protesting the City’s shelter in place orders came to my house this evening,” Brand said in a statement. “When they arrived, I went out to answer their questions and we had a peaceful discussion on my sidewalk.”

“After 10 minutes, they left and I went back inside. I’m willing to talk with anybody who wants to have a civil conversation about the best way to keep our city safe and healthy.”

Two of Arias’ fellow council members condemned the move by protesters and potential threats against city officials.

“You can differ with people politically. You never attempt to intimidate them or go to their home,” Councilman Garry Bredefeld said. “I hope there are laws against this kind of outrageous behavior and if there are people are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. This should never ever happen.”

“As a Council member that has been publicly threatened before, I take these threats very seriously and that’s why I have a concealed carry weapons permit,” said Councilman Luis Chavez. “I will not tolerate anyone threatening me or my family.”

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  1. Mary M Cunningham says

    The politicians don’t want people to go to their home and threaten them but that is what they are doing to us. Be a sheep or risk fines or jail. Send police to educate the sheep at any display of freedom.

  2. Otis Needleman says

    By all means, go to their homes. They are keeping you under house arrest. Let them know what you think. It’s your freedom at stake.

  3. Really??? says

    We demand low cost apartments regardless the owner cannot survive.

    We demand minimum wages that put businesses “out of business.”

    Try not doing it. They will shut you down. If you don’t shut down they will get a court order. What is the final power of these types? Armed Police.

    Now to protect themselves (you know those wonderful Democrats) from public outrage who do the call? the Cops.

    This is what you get when you decide Centralized Dictatorship is what you vote for.

    Still voting Democrat? Why?

  4. Robert Pegram says

    Any police “officer” who enforces unconstitutional orders is violating his/her oath of office and therefore has impeached himself/herself. By his/her actions is impersonating a police officer (technically a “California Peace Officer”). Impeachment makes his/her badge void when worn. It is not the department badges as a whole, but each “officer” individually who no longer holds the position. He/she has, in effect, resigned. and has no legal authority.

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