Green Bay, WI — Defenders of the Antifa movement claim that since there is no leader, it doesn’t exist and is a fiction of the ‘far right.’ But police in Green Bay, WI say that they have arrested a man who was waving an Antifa flag and carrying “military grade flame devices” in his backpack.
Police Chief Andrew Smith said that Matthew Banta, 23 — whose Antifa handle is ‘Commander Red’ — was arrested on Saturday, August 29th and charged with obstructing and officer and two counts of felony bail jumping.
The police report said that the Neenah, WI resident had a flamethrower, smoke grenades and commercial grade fireworks in his backpack during a ‘peaceful demonstration’ that was rapidly deteriorating into a riot — just like the ‘peaceful protest’ the night before had done.
According to the criminal complaint, Banta is “known to be a violent Antifa member who incites violence in otherwise relatively peaceful protests.”
A local news station WBAY reported:
A responding officer says he saw four individuals walking towards a protest with baseball bats. One man was wearing a metal helmet with goggles and military-style gear with multiple pouches, and was carrying an Antifa flag. When the officer pulled his squad car in front of the group, they ran away. The officer caught Banta, who was carrying the flag, and says Banta “dropped into the fetal position and began crying.”
The Left’s Version Of A Hero Is Embarrassing
The young ‘man’ in question denied coming to Green Bay to incite a riot. He gave no explanation for what peaceful actions he was planning while wearing a metal helmet and carrying a flamethrower and smoke grenades.
Maybe he was going to paint the old neighbor lady’s faded picket fence, ala Tom Sawyer?
Meanwhile, Sheriff Andrew Smith reported what was actually going on when peaceful, if emotional, Banta was spotted by the police. Smith said his officers were in the area after a 911 caller had reported “a whole bunch of white people with sticks, baseball bats and helmets headed… towards the police” on Walnut St. near Webster Ave.
Additionally, this isn’t ‘Commander Red Eyes’ first encounter with the police in Wisconsin. The same station reported:
Banta is accused in Waupaca County of pointing a loaded gun at a police officer and biting and kicking an officer during a protest earlier this month. He’s charged there with second-degree recklessly endangering safety and four other charges (see related story). He posted a $10,000 cash bond. A condition of his bond was that he can’t have a dangerous weapon, according to the Brown County district attorney’s office.
Behold the left’s new class of warrior! Weak, dressed in black, wearing a mask, pretending they don’t actually exist and crying like a baby when captured by their ‘enemy!’
That describes a freedom fighter perfectly!
It sounds just like our Founding Fathers, who were willing to publicly sign their names on the Declaration of Independence saying that they pledged themselves to the cause of freedom at the cost of “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”
This kid can’t imagine what ‘sacred honor’ is. He probably thinks it’s a token to collect while gaming.