Protesters Demand City Not Buy Armor For Cops, City Responds By Buying Armor

Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters briefly shut down the Duluth City Council on Monday night.

Duluth, MN – Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters temporarily shut down a Duluth City Council meeting on Monday as they loudly objected to the purchase of crowd control gear for the Duluth Police Department.

The shutdown occurred as the Duluth City Council was scheduled to vote on purchase of new protective crowd-control equipment for their police officers on Oct. 22, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and other anti-police protesters set up on the sidewalk of the Duluth Civic Center ahead of the meeting.

When the meeting began, protesters drowned out the business of the council chanting “No Line 3. No riot gear for the DPD.”

The council went into recess after 25 minutes to allow things to quiet down, and then returned and attempted to allow public comment prior to the vote.

But the protesters were having none of it, and attempted to stop any other opinion from being heard

Council President Noah Hobbs tried to get the demonstrators to allow others to comment but his efforts only elicited more chanting and distracting behavior, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

Initially, frustrated councilmembers voted to remove the “riot gear” proposal from the table for the night, but then they changed their minds.

They voted by a show of hands to move forward with purchasing the much-needed equipment for the Duluth Police Department by a margin of 6 to 2, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

Hobbs said the protesters hadn’t influenced his vote, but that he was disappointed they’d prevented other people who attended the meeting from having their say on the matter during the public comment period.

“What is most regrettable is the fact that 50 to 60 individuals didn’t get their three minutes of time to voice their support or their concerns for the agenda item,” Hobbs said.

There were a number of law enforcement supporters present for the meeting, including at least one who was waving a Thin Blue Line flag amidst the black-masked antifa.

Hobbs said there was no point in the council delaying the vote on the equipment, which would still take another month to arrive once it was approved.

“If we did shut it down, we would have had this meeting every day until God knows when,” he said, espousing the view that a delay was only preventing the inevitable.

Protesters launched into chants of “No justice, no peace!” after the city council voted to purchase the new equipment for the police department for about $83,700.

The Duluth branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) had expressed concerns about prospect of buying the equipment and requested the creation of a task force.

They also asked the city council to allow a couple of weeks for the Citizens Review Board to analyze the proposed equipment.

Hobbs pointed out that there was no point in delaying the vote given the wide margin by which the proposal passed the city council.

Comments (68)
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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

I love the headline!

Saints
Saints

I would gladly donate to buy police gear any day!!!... fuck the criminals and their STUPID ideas....

Fearless431
Fearless431

Only cowards cover their faces like these people have done.

angeleyes
angeleyes

love to see a government entity with some guts, need more of these.

RPG156
RPG156

How were those asshats allowed to shutdown the public meeting and how did they reason that the council would consider their actions as anything but a reason to purchase protective gear for the police and thirdly, why didn't the police already have this gear?

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

How were these people not arrested and removed from the me?

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

If they were being that disruptive, why the hell were they not tossed out and arrested for interfering with a public meeting ? What they did was way beyond anything allowed by law. I am happy tho that the board finally approved the gear for their officers. As for that citizens advisory board ? Why should they have anything to do with equipment ? The antifa and other groups are nothing more than domestic terrorists and deserve to be treated as such !

John.Brown
John.Brown

Many cities in the U.S. and Europe have outlawed wearing masks in public. This needs to be expanded across the country. Any protester wearing a mask is a pussy who more than not is prepared to commit violence.

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

WHY WHY are these nuts not removed and arrested?That is NOT freedom of speech.They broke the law in their actions.This country best start cleaning house or we are doomed.The lawless are taking over.They are enemies of this country and turning this country into a 3rd world country.What happened to enforcing the laws?,take away the freedom of speech or movements of others. Just because your Black or wear a mask does not give you the right to break laws .

Bigg59
Bigg59

These people think they can run over law abiding folks and inpose their will by threat or intimidation take away their mask and lets see how brave they are

Skidoo
Skidoo

The reason that these disruptive and violent groups are running around, free to riot, assault people and destroy property is because America is not ready to do what's required. When this county's peace and safety becomes more important than watching tonight's game then Americans will be answering those thugs with the appropriate response.

C911
C911

Lmao! That protest proved they need their riot gear! Antifa is out of control. Happy the officers will be a little safer now.

johnthemagicguy
johnthemagicguy

If it weren't for dickheads like these, the police wouldn't NEED riot gear. Why are they even ALLOWED in a city council meeting wearing masks? If their message is peaceful and just they don't need MASKS. I love how they prevented anyone else from addressing the council in support or against buying the armor. Maybe if these people HAD been allowed to speak, the vote may have been different. I guess I should be thanking these people. Their utter stupidity and disregard for ANYONE else's rights is the reason law abiding citizens want police to get all this shiny new gear.

Flynguy
Flynguy

I can’t post any pics of dillholes getting hammered by water cannons, but that’s what we need. They knock the shit outta some douche nozzles. Buy more riot gear, Duluth... You’re gonna need it!

FiveO
FiveO

Is there no law in Minnesota against appearing at a public meeting in a mask? Don't pull this shit in Oklahoma.

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

All you had to do was point at those idiots and not say a word. That should have been enough to get a passing vote. Are there no laws in Duluth against disrupting a public meeting??? Seems as though its another one of those cities, that allows/empowers lawless idiots to control everything. Near future is very predictable...

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

The Aunt Tifas wear masks and hats because it's like a "safe space" to them, since they normally have their heads up their asses!

61mouse
61mouse

So no one had the balls to remove these assholes AFTER their 3 mins of stupidity

61mouse
61mouse

Should have thrown SAFTY pins at them

Stanracer
Stanracer

The whole protest is laughable. Idiots!

IronRick
IronRick

I make a motion that anyone who wears a mask during a protest be arrested on a 1st. time misdemeanor charge and then any subsequent arrest be charged as FELONIES.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Why are they even being allowed to cover their faces and enter a public meeting? Sorry if you want to cover your face so no one knows who you are stay outside and remain anonymous.

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

"Hobbs said the protesters hadn’t influenced his vote, but that he was disappointed they’d prevented other people who attended the meeting from having their say on the matter during the public comment period." ...... ANTIFA NAZIS BROWN SHIRTS

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

When are these idiots going to realize while they are allowed to protest they aren't allowed to be disruptive....and they probably don't want the body armor worn so they can have a better chance of hurting the officers!!

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Agree IronRick and Ladyfluterby

Masterfranky
Masterfranky

Love when the crowd causing problems just helps make up city official minds immediately to why the equipment is needed, like in the meeting room at that moment.

TeneteLineam
TeneteLineam

So what exactly is their beef with police having protective gear?

HH3
HH3

Why are these people not arrested for disturbing the peace?!!!!! Then have a very large bond set for their release. When it starts to cost them in both time and money they may start to grow up.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

There is no excuse that any of our LE shouldn't have the proper tools and protection to do their job! NONE!

RunCop
RunCop

Why are these scumbags allowed to wear masks?

Steff2001
Steff2001

I am gratified that this city council had the courage to do what is necessary to protect the police during mob violence. I would also recommend that groups wearing masks be unmasked and presented to the public. These cowardly thugs should also be checked for other unlawful activity.

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

THANK YOU FOR ADDING MORE EQUIPMENT TO PROTECT OUR GREAT AMERICAN HERO'S IN BLUE.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"The Duluth branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) had expressed concerns about prospect of buying the equipment and requested the creation of a task force".

Ok, ...and the people of Duluth ,MN have concerns about the disproportionate amount of crime being committed by colored people which necessitates the purchase and use of the equipment. "Creating a task force" will amount to some spit on a snowy day. Fuk the NAACP and Antifa and if you troublesome scum don't like it then stay off the streets. Simple enough. The board should be commended for putting the people of Duluth and the Police first ,staying focused and not succumbing to pressure from dangerous fanatic idiots. Bravo city council.

EMarie
EMarie

Dumb a$$es!

Oldlefty56
Oldlefty56

What’s the real reason they didn’t want the gear to be purchased? It’s because they didn’t want law enforcement to become more effective and proficient. If they accomplished that, then THEY would look better and L.E. would look worse. That’s their goal!

Chas2
Chas2

Another soros disruption put down ! 😎 You go Duluth . From New York

JCMOORE
JCMOORE

If they wear mask then they can't have a say. Take off the mask. Show that you're a registered voter, legal citizen & have no active warrants. Hence, the reason for the mask I'm sure.

Let's have a "no call 911" program started. If you can't support law enforcement then put your name, number & address on there so they will know that if you do happen to need them you are on that list & that way they won't risk their lives to protect yours. God people are just ignorant.

Woobie46
Woobie46

After listening to the brilliance shown by these knuckleheads, I just feel they are very lacking in creativity. And brains. And courage. And a life. And a future.

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

"Hobbs said the protesters hadn’t influenced his vote, but that he was disappointed they’d prevented other people who attended the meeting from having their say on the matter during the public comment period."

What no public nuisance law on the books? When will someone get some balls and toss the trouble makers out or in jail?

Sherb13
Sherb13

Anyone else find it funny that a bunch of "Anti Fascists" love to go around acting like brown shirts?

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

It's nice to see all their "hard" work worked against them.

Barby12
Barby12

They should not have even been allowed into that meeting… With their masks on!… What’s the matter with that city Council

BLMFOREVER
BLMFOREVER

It is clear that the left/liberal SOB's are now being encouraged to be unlawful and become uncivil toward hard working and conservative, patriots. We cannot allow this to happen, and the law enforcement agencies must be equipped with all the latest defensive and offensive equipment that makes them superior in any uncivil and illegal act. It's time to stand up and push back on these people who would destroy our country.

Blue Steel
Blue Steel

Little girls who want to play soldier should join the army. They would have to quit the donut shop diet first.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Talking all that smack, but hiding their faces. That’s like making an anonymous complaint. Glad the city stuck to its guns for once.

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

The national association for the advancement of criminal people doesn't want the riot gear because they know the very people who will cause it to have to be used. Glad the city council did not bow down to democrat terror tactics and cast their votes and did the right thing. If there were no BLM, Antifa, or other hate groups protesting, rioting, looting, burning, or otherwise destroying the property of others, there would be no need for riot gear. Yet, here we are.