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‘Over-policing didn’t cause this, underpolicing did,’ Andy Ngo Briefs U.S. Reps On Riots

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Journalist Andy Ngo, known for his work on exposing Antifa and American political violence, testified in front of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Monday morning.

“George Floyd deserves justice,” Ngo Told Lawmakers. “But so do countless Americans victimized by the riots.”

Ngo briefed the representatives on the violence he’s observed and fallen victim to as a result of the demonization of police and the resulting consequences of less police intervention in conflicts and riots.

“America is experiencing the consequences of police in retreat because of biased media narratives and poor leadership,” Ngo said. “This has allowed violent extremists to cloak themselves under the banner of ‘peaceful protest’ to carry-out widespread arson, shootings, looting and property destruction.”

He specifically cited Portland and Seattle where city councils have stripped the use of tear gas from police, while officers are assaulted with bricks, lasers, and projectiles in the two cities. He also pointed to several other cities across the nation where police have been severely injured.

“In New York, nearly 400 officers were injured in a two-week period. 150 local and federal officers were injured in Washington D.C. in a week. 130 officers in Chicago were injured in a 48-hour period,” Ngo testified.

Ngo reports mainly on the West Coast and has covered the violence shaking Portland for years.

“Like in many cities, law enforcement here [in Portland] is routinely demonized by the public and elected officials,” Ngo testified. “The mainstreaming of police hatred in Portland has created a culture of passive policing and a tolerance of criminal mob behavior. Who suffers the most? Law-abiding citizens and yes, journalists too.”

Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-OH, asked Ngo about his position on President Donald Trump designating Antifa as a terrorist organization.

Ngo said he agrees with the classification based on the actions he’s witnessed — especially a severe assault he suffered at the hands of Antifa in Portland last summer.

“Antifa organized an assault on me within view of the police—who did not intervene. They beat me repeatedly and so severely I had to be hospitalized. I was diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage, among other injuries,” Ngo said. “Since then, I have been harassed and stalked further by people connected to the same criminal organization.”

Ngo continues to report on the crimes and brutality of Antifa — including a video he shared today of Portland protesters once again calling for violence against him.

“George Floyd deserves justice,” Ngo said in his Monday morning testimony. “But so do countless Americans victimized by the riots.”

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Five returned rental cars used by Biden’s Secret Service burst into flames

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A bizarre situation involving rental cars used during one of President Joe Biden’s trips has social media and conspiracy theorists busy with speculation.

The day after President Joe Biden left Nantucket for his Thanksgiving holiday, five Hertz rental cars hired by his Secret Service detail burst into flames in the airport parking lot.

The Nantucket Current tweeted out photos and wrote, “The cars were owned by Hertz, and had just been returned by members of the Secret Service who had been using them during President Biden’s visit, sources said.”

A fire “involving multiple rental vehicles recently used by Secret Service agents erupted early Monday morning at Nantucket Memorial Airport,” reported the Current.

According to a statement from Nantucket Memorial Airport, at 5:22 a.m. on Monday, airport staff observed an active fire through the closed circuit TV system in the rental car overflow area. Local fire and police departments responded and contained the fire.

“Something very fishy going on,” one YouTube user commented on the Nantucket Current’s video. “No freakin’ way was this a coincidence. Absolutely no way,” wrote another.

An investigation is underway. The working theory is that the fire started in a Ford Expedition, which was under a safety recall since May due to a faulty battery junction box that has been known to cause underhood fires. The recall affects 66,000 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators manufactured between December 2020 and April 2021.

“We believe these vehicle fires can be traced to a circuit board supplier that changed manufacturing locations during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic,” according to Ford’s website. “The printed circuit boards produced there are sometimes susceptible to a high-current short.”

“Of the eight fire allegations, six occurred while the vehicle was parked and off, and two occurred while driving,” says the initial March 2022 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the part of the Department of Transportation that investigates car safety issues. Interestingly, the eight vehicles were owned by multiple rental car companies at various locations.

By mid-May, the government had 16 reports of underhood fires in 2021 Expedition and Navigator vehicles. Of those, 14 were rental vehicles and 12 of the fires had occurred while the vehicle was parked with the engine off. Consequently, Ford has advised owners that these vehicles should be parked outdoors and away from buildings.

In an email to Forbes, Hertz confirmed that it was working with the local authorities on their investigation but did not confirm that the Explorer in question had been scheduled for service under the recall.

 

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