PATHETIC: San Jose Police Chief On Why He Let Trump Supporters be Assaulted

Police chief Eddie Garcia says he didn't help Trump supporters because he didn't want to "incite more violence."
Chris Menahan

Jun. 05, 2016

Now we know why San Jose's police chief Eddie Garcia let Trump supporters be viciously assaulted while his officers stood by doing nothing.

Via the AP:
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — This Silicon Valley city and its police department are facing mounting complaints of a tepid and tardy law enforcement response to attacks of Donald Trump supporters after a political rally.

Videos circulating online show physical clashes occurring in front of San Jose police officers dressed in riot gear and standing stoically in a line outside the convention center where Trump spoke. Critics also complained that assaults occurred on side streets near the venue that lacked police presence.
San Jose police chief Eddie Garcia commended his officers’ response to the violence after the Thursday night rally, saying the 250 officers on hand showed “discipline and restraint.”

Garcia said uniformed officers refused to break from their “skirmish line” to break up nearby scuffles because they weren’t deemed life threatening and that “additional force can incite more violence in the crowd.”
Unless Trump supporters were being murdered in the streets, he's not going to have his officers lift a finger -- lest their use of force "incite more violence."

Pictured: A Trump supporter is protected from "additional violence" thanks to disciplined police.

Perhaps in the future his officers can stop policing entirely to assure no violence is ever "incited."
San Jose police arrested four people Thursday. One officer suffered minor injuries after a dozen or more people were punched and car windows were broken Thursday night. Trump hats grabbed from supporters were set on fire on the ground. At least one woman was pelted with an egg.
The videos I posted Friday show at least eight Trump supporters being assaulted.

The Mayor who blamed his constituents' violence on Trump praised the police's non-response:
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, a Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter, criticized Trump for coming to cities and igniting problems that local police departments had to deal with.

“At some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign,” Liccardo told The Associated Press by phone.

Liccardo defended the police Friday.

“San Jose police officers performed admirably and professionally to contain acts of violence and protect individuals’ rights to assemble, protest and express their political views,” the mayor said.
Here how Trump reacted on Twitter:

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