Voice News

CA News 2024


DC police struggle to explain why they are allowing pro-Palestinian protest to continue – PJ Media

Just over a week ago, George Washington University officials asked Washington, D.C., police to clear the protest encampment that was disrupting classes and threatening Jewish students.

At 3 a.m. on Saturday morning, April 26, DC officers lined up just outside campus, ready to move in. But then came the order to ‘stop’. According to the Washington Post, police were “concerned about the optics of taking action against a small number of peaceful protesters.”

GWU is located on private property. The managers of that building requested the police to remove offenders. They refused because it would look bad in the media.

“I think here in the District of Columbia we give people the opportunity to have freedom of speech, and that’s what we’re seeing right now. There has been no violence, no violent behavior, no confrontations,” Metropolitan Police Chief Pamela Smith said.

The question is whether students who sing ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’ are not confrontational.

Other students called for the death of administrators and board members.

Senator Rick Scott of Florida said at a pro-Israel rally on campus: “What these protesters are doing is despicable. It’s disgusting, it’s un-American. Everyone has the right to protest, but you have no right to trespass. And you can’t express hatred.”

The hill:

House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) has called on Bowser and Smith to testify before the committee next week about the ongoing protest. Comer’s request to grill officials follows The Washington Post’s report that DC police refused to clear the encampment despite the school calling for it.

“The House Oversight Committee is deeply concerned by reports indicating that the DC Metropolitan Police Department has denied George Washington University’s request for assistance in removing the radical, anti-Semitic, and unlawful protesters occupying the campus and surrounding public lands,” Comer said.

Republican Reps. Lauren Boebert (Colo.), Byron Donalds (Fla.) and Anna Paulina Luna (Fla.) visited the protest encampment and called on city officials to respond to GWU administrators’ request and help the school.

“That said, the mayor has a responsibility to support George Washington. The encampment is now being entered. That’s what the university president and administration said: You are violating GW. They have asked for support from the mayor. Mayor Bowser doesn’t want to come and support them. She has to do her job,” Donalds said.

Police are concerned about the “optics” that will arise if they are forced to remove demonstrators. After students called for the death of teachers and administrators, the protests could hardly be called “peaceful.” The DC police should grow a pair and ignore the PR problem.

Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) said, “I would strongly encourage the mayor to let the police do their job and ensure that at the very least no violations occur. Peaceful protests are fine, but trespassing is against the law.”

Apparently not in Washington, DC