First, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders apparently arranged for his friends at Black Lives Matter to disrupt his speech in Seattle, days later Donald Trump teamed with Fox News' Megyn Kelly to create a few days of buzz that resonated across the mediasphere.
More recently conspiracy theory propagator Alex Jones dispatched a group claiming to be Oath Keepers to patrol the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Their mission was ostensibly to provide security for media personnel.
USA Today had the audacity to quote the discredited South Poverty Law Center (SPLC) when it described an armed group of patriots that made a show of force in Ferguson last night.
The Oath Keepers organization was described as "fiercely anti-government, militaristic" by the SPLC the report said.
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An armed group of "Oath Keepers" joined the mix of protesters and police on city streets this week, and neither police nor protesters provided a warm welcome. Oath Keepers describes itself as a "non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police and first responders." The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the group as "fiercely anti-government, militaristic." As that development evolved, the St. Louis County, Mo., Police Department released video that the agency says is "pertinent" to the investigation of the shooting by an officer of Tyrone Harris on Sunday. The video was shot from the offices of Solo Insurance Services in St. Louis, the agency said. In the video, Harris is seen pulling a gun from his waistband: Several white men identifying themselves as members of the group carried automatic weapons as they walked amid the protesters early Tuesday. Missouri allows people with permits for concealed weapons to carry them openly. John, an Oath Keeper from Missouri who wouldn’t provide his last name, said his group was at the protest to protect writers with the conservative website InfoWars.com. He said journalists are sometimes robbed or beaten when trying to cover volatile events and that his group wanted to ensure InfoWars writers were free to document the protests. John said he recognized it could be problematic if Ferguson residents and protesters openly carried weapons, but added that his group is highly trained. He acknowledged that anyone with a firearm might be perceived with concern by police already on high alert because people have shot at and hurled bottles and other objects at officers. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar called the group's presence "unnecessary and inflammatory."
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