In the messed up mindset of liberals, a terrorist maniac—who planned to kill who knows how many people—is the victim after police fatally shot him in the line of duty.
Last year, outside the detention center in Tacoma, Washington, an antifa member named Willem Van Spronsen tried to choke a police officer in an attempt to obstruct justice. But, according to the media propagandists, he was simply “trying to free another protestor.”
However, that same man returned to the center with weapons of war on Saturday. He tossed lit objects at vehicles and buildings, but couldn’t set a propane tank on fire, as intended.
Oh yeah, and CNN praised and promoted the violent group he belonged to.
The leftist Seattle Times reported:
Officers were called by an ICE employee who saw the rifle. Soon after they arrived, officers reported “shots fired,” said Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool, although it is unclear who fired first or if Van Spronsen fired at all.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office classified his death as a homicide.
The four responding officers all opened fire and then took cover, uninjured. After medical aid arrived, officers found Van Spronsen dead. He had multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s office.
Immigration is increasingly a flashpoint American politics, and Van Spronsen’s death came on the eve of Sunday’s planned national raid by ICE targeting thousands of undocumented immigrant families who the government said missed court hearings or who had received removal notices. Seattle is not among the 10 cities being targeted in the raids.
Deb Bartley, a friend of Van Spronsen’s for about 20 years, described him as an anarchist and anti-fascist, and she believes his attack on the detention center was intended to provoke a fatal conflict.
“He was ready to end it,” Bartley said. “I think this was a suicide. But then he was able to kind of do it in a way that spoke to his political beliefs … I know he went down there knowing he was going to die.”
She and other friends of Van Spronsen got letters in the mail “just saying goodbye.” He also wrote what she referred to as a manifesto, which she declined to discuss in detail but predicted would be taken by authorities.
Maru Mora-Villalpando, an activist with the group La Resistencia, which has frequently protested the conditions at the detention center and broader immigration policy, said she did not know Van Spronsen. Nor was La Resistencia involved with the June 2018 protest at which he was arrested, she said.
However, the group believes, based on information provided to them, that Van Spronsen was targeting the detention center’s parking lot, which includes a fleet of buses that transports immigrants to the Yakima airport, where they are deported.
The group is actually well-loved by the liberal media. Weasel Zippers reported on how CNN promoted th group:
Here he is in a Facebook pic from the John Brown Gun Club and wearing their hat.
— Jake Hanrahan (@Jake_Hanrahan) July 14, 2019
John Brown Gun Club appears to be synonymous with “Redneck Revolt” and was featured with a CNN promo here:
What is the Redneck Revolt? Who is John Brown? What is @WKamauBell doing in Tacoma? Don’t be confused, all will be revealed an all-new #UnitedShades, Tonight at 10p ET/PT. Take notes, there will be a quiz later! pic.twitter.com/gxMTV3zD3l
— CNN (@CNN) May 5, 2019
You can actually see Van Spronsen in the video at about :04.
And then CNN’s W. Kamau Bell actually asks people to “do what they can to support” the group pointing to what is now a protected tweet.
As you are watching the #UnitedShades episode about @PugetSoundJBGC & the good work they are doing to actively end white supremacy just understand that being on my show is bringing a lot more harassment their way. Do what you can to support them. https://t.co/hJCEjTdXnh
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) May 13, 2019
This all of course followed a lot of demonizing of ICE from people like the ‘Gang of Four.’
Antifa terrorist Willem Van Spronsen carried out this terrorist attack after weeks of Democrats claiming migrant shelters are “concentration camps” and whipping up hatred against ICE and CBP https://t.co/cluqAdgc4x
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) July 14, 2019
5/ In his alleged “manifesto” found elsewhere online, van Spronsen specifically invokes AOC’s “concentration camps” rhetoric to describe ICE facilities where a tiny subset of people in our country without US permission, are detained..
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) July 14, 2019
Showing that he was indeed whipped up by the Democratic demonization.
Other media also featured this group as somehow “heroic.” Newsweek claimed that they were “protecting minorities” with guns.
It’s unclear how setting fire to a detention center full of illegal aliens (some of whom were likely minorities) would have helped them.
This is how the left treats killers, and violent lunatics.