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Wife of Jan. 6 Prisoner: ‘We’re Being Targeted,’ It’s All About ‘Revenge’

The Epoch Times, 3/11/2022   By Patricia Tolson

The events of Jan. 6, 2021, at the United States Capitol have been described by some as an attempted “coup,” “domestic terrorism,” and a “deadly capitol insurrection.” But the jailed participants, and their friends and family, are convinced Jan. 6 participants are being targeted and threatened because of their support for former President Donald Trump.

“I know they are definitely being targeted, especially in the jail, and us as a family,” said Angel Harrelson, whose husband, Kenneth Harrelson, is in jail on charges of sedition and conspiracy related to his presence at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Angel Harrelson of Titusville, Florida, told The Epoch Times her husband has received death threats in jail and that she and her family have been targeted and harassed by the media. She said her husband also received a postcard in jail that included the family’s home address.

“They’ve threatened his whole family and they’re allowing those cards to get through over there,” she said.

About 700 people have been charged in connection to Jan. 6, and dozens have been sentenced to jail time, house arrest, and probation. More than 500 cases against Jan. 6 defendants remain open, The Washington Post reported in January.

In July 2021, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) formed the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, but only two Republicans—Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois—agreed to participate after Pelosi rejected candidates recommended by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Republicans have criticized the committee, stating the investigation is politically driven.

Despite claims to the contrary by several politicians and media figures, the FBI found no evidence that the breach of the Capitol was a coordinated attack, Reuters reported.

Angel and Kenneth Harrelson .
Angel and Kenneth Harrelson in the parking lot of SpaceX in Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida just before a rocket launch in July 2019. (Courtesy of Angel Harrelson)

Kenneth Harrelson, 41, is a U.S. Army veteran. His wife said he traveled to Washington on Jan. 6 to protect Trump supporters from Antifa, a violent left-wing activist group that often disrupts conservative events.

Kenneth and Angel Harrelson have four children, including an 18-year-old son who will be graduating this year. He enlisted in the Army and will leave for boot camp a month after graduation. They also have a 15-year-old daughter who is mildly autistic and suffering terribly in her father’s absence, Harrelson said.

“She’s a daddy’s girl,” she said.

Angel Harrison said her husband and other Jan. 6 defendants are served rotten food, and that it’s up to family members to raise money for the defendants’ commissary accounts.

"Political Prisoner of War" t-Shirt from online store created by Angel Harrelson to raise money to buy her husband's food at the jail commissary.
“Political Prisoner of War” T-Shirt from an online store created by Angel Harrelson to raise money to buy her husband’s food at the jail commissary. (Courtesy of Angel Harrelson)

“We spend about $125 at the commissary per week, and care packages cost about $125 per month,” she said. She has set up a GiveSendGo account to help cover the continued costs, as well as an online store, selling products in support of those being persecuted as “Political Prisoners of War (PPOWs).”

Angel Harrelson said she hasn’t seen her husband since he went to jail a year ago, and that he’s become depressed. She said prosecutors are angry that he rejected a plea deal.

Kenneth Harrelson was first charged with obstruction, then conspiracy and sedition, his wife said.

Angel Harrelson also said her husband is accused of obstructing police officers by surrounding Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn, but Harrelson said the protestors were protecting Dunn from rioters who had become violent.

Dunn is the officer who made unsubstantiated claims that the Jan. 6 protesters used a racial slur against him.

Prosecutors argue Harrelson was a leader for the Oath Keepers, with access to high-powered firearms. They allege Harrelson is present in photos captured at a Comfort Inn outside Washington, and that he’s seen in photos rolling a cart down the hallway after a riot. Authorities insist there is at least one rifle case on the cart.

Brad Geyer, attorney for January 6 defendant, Kenneth Harrelson.
Brad Geyer, attorney for January 6 defendant, Kenneth Harrelson. (Courtesy of Brad Geyer)

Brad Geyer, attorney for Kenneth Harrelson, told The Epoch Times there were no unlawful firearms involved in the Jan. 6 events.

According to Geyer, the Oath Keepers were there in an official capacity to protect “VIPs” who were speaking during different events during the rally, and “it was standard operating procedure for the Oath Keepers” to “provide a strong defense” in that environment, he said.

Geyer insists the Oath Keepers were never in an altercation with Capitol Police, and that the group’s members kept their legal weapons in Virginia because firearms are not allowed in Washington.

Harrelson is also accused of searching for Pelosi during the breach and engaging in text messages threatening the House speaker’s life. Geyer said Harrelson did not participate in those messages, which were part of a group chat, and that his phone wasn’t working while he was inside the Capitol Building.

“There was some kind of jamming going on, which makes it difficult for people to communicate with each other,” Geyer said. “If there was something bad going on, people couldn’t warn others to stay away. I don’t think that was a mistake.”

Geyer also noted video showing Capitol Police moving barricades and waving people toward the Capitol Building. Another video shows police holding doors open while protesters file peacefully inside. A third video shows police standing back to allow an orderly group of protesters to pass by peacefully while one officer is seen waving the protesters along, contradicting reports that the crowd forced their way into the building.

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Protesters are seen taking pictures inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

“There was no breach,” Geyer said, noting that prosecutors are fond of using that word. “No breach. Opening the door from the inside and inviting them in makes them invitees.”

Geyer said he will try to identify the police who ushered Harrelson up the steps and held the doors open to invite him inside.

If Kenneth Harrelson is convicted, his wife said the family will lose the veteran’s benefits they rely on for their house payment, car payment, and daily needs.

She said she’s always looked up to the police and trusted the government to find the truth about the situation, but now, she said she feels betrayed.

“I’ve known police officers all my life and a few are my best friends,” she said. “But how am I supposed to trust any of them now when they lie? I know my husband is innocent.”

Geyer agreed and said Kenneth Harrelson is “totally innocent.”

“I assumed that on some level, there would be some level of guilt, that you would be able to find something that he did,” Geyer said. “But his level of innocence is so overwhelming, it was a wake-up call for me.”

Geyer said the fallout from Jan. 6 has led to “a strange, mass psychosis event” surrounding defendants, and that the federal government maintains the façade of the Jan. 6 investigation by demonizing Harrelson and other defendants so they appear dangerous.

“He poses no threat of flight, and any suggestion to the contrary is concocted or made up, but they’re never going to let him out,” Geyer said.

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170 Arrests in Ottawa as Police Continue Operation Against Protesters Opposed to COVID-19 Mandates

The Epoch Times, 2/19/2022, By Limin Zhou

OTTAWA, Canada—Wearing helmets while wielding batons and pepper spray, police smashed truck windows and pushed back against protesters on Feb. 19 as law enforcement continued to close in on the main site of the protest in downtown Ottawa.

Ottawa police said on Feb. 19 that since the law enforcement’s expanded operation began, 170 arrests have been made, 22 license plates have been seized, and 53 vehicles have been towed.

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Police face off with demonstrators in Ottawa on Feb. 19, 2022. (Alex Kent/Getty Images)

A heavy police presence remained in downtown Ottawa, a day after law enforcement escalated operations against protesters opposed to COVID-19 mandates in order to clear demonstrations around the area of Canada’s Parliament Buildings.

Police have cleared many trucks and vehicles from the protest site, and more drove away on Feb. 19, but some still remain. Demonstrators also still remain in the area, with some new protesters joining on Feb. 19.

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A police officer approaches a truck as police deploy to remove protesters in Ottawa on Feb. 19, 2022. (Dave Chan/AFP via Getty Images)
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A police officer smashes a truck window as police deploy to remove protesters in Ottawa on Feb. 19, 2022. (Dave Chan/AFP via Getty Images)

The expanded police operations came following the federal government’s use of the Emergencies Act. Police said they made over 100 arrests and towed 21 vehicles from the downtown core on Feb. 18.

Mounted police and officers on foot advanced on protesters on Feb. 18, knocking down some people. Some police officers were heavily armed, including with assault rifles.

Also on Feb. 19, the House of Commons resumed proceedings after suspending its sitting on Feb. 18 due to police operations on Parliament Hill.

The House is currently debating the Emergencies Act invoked by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Feb. 14 to deal with the ongoing protests.

The Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois are opposed to the measure, saying the situation doesn’t warrant its use. The NDP have said they agree with the invoking the act by the Liberal government.

The House must debate and vote on the measure within seven days after it is brought in by the government.

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A protester in Ottawa on Feb. 19, 2022. (Jonathan Ren/The Epoch Times)
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Riot police in Ottawa as enforcement against demonstrators continues on Feb. 19, 2022. (Limin Zhou/The Epoch Times)
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Protesters against COVID-19 mandates gather in downtown Ottawa on Feb. 19, 2022. (Jonathan Ren/The Epoch Times)

Tamara Lich, one of the organizers of the Freedom Convoy, was scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 19 after being arrested on the charge of counselling to commit mischief.

Fellow Freedom Convoy organizer Chris Barber, who was also arrested, appeared before a court in Ottawa on Feb. 18. The presiding judge released Barber on a $100,000 bond and on condition that he leave Ontario and not publicly endorse the Freedom Convoy or have contact with the other major protest organizers.

Police also arrested vocal protester Pat King, who was scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 19. Organizers Lich, Barber, and Benjamin Dichter say King is not one of the leaders of Freedom Convoy.

The ongoing protests against COVID-19 mandates and restrictions were inspired by a movement initiated by truck drivers opposed to the federal government’s requirement that truck drivers crossing the U.S.-Canada border must be vaccinated for COVID-19. As large convoys of trucks and other vehicles drove to Ottawa to protest the mandate, more people who are opposed to various mandates and restrictions joined the movement.

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Police continue operations to clear protesters in Ottawa on Feb. 19, 2022. (Jonathan Ren/The Epoch Times)
With the new powers granted under the Emergencies Act, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Feb. 17 that information is now being shared by law enforcement with Canada’s financial institutions to cut off funding for the ongoing protests.

“The names of both individuals and entities, as well as crypto-wallets have been shared by the RCMP with financial institutions, and accounts have been frozen, and more accounts will be frozen. Crowdfunding platforms and payment service providers have started the registration process with FINTRAC,” Freeland said at a press conference.

An Ontario Superior Court ruled on Feb. 17 that the bank accounts—including Bitcoin and cryptocurrency funds—of Freedom Convoy organizers be temporarily frozen.

The Canadian Press contributed to this report. 

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Brazen Shoplifting and Traumatized Staff Impacting Company Profits

So Dems don’t want to prosecute shoplifting.. Hmm. mrossol

The Epoch Times, 11/24/2021

November 24, 2021 Updated: November 24, 2021
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Best Buy CEO Corie Barry said Tuesday that theft is a growing problem in the company’s stores, and the aggressive behavior displayed by shoplifters is “traumatizing” staff members, which has led to retention issues in the otherwise tight labor market.

Barry told Wall Street analysts on a conference call to discuss earnings that criminals often carry in weapons like guns or crowbars and threaten employees and customers. Consumer electronics have reported an increase in organized crime, according to the CEO.

The company has begun locking up products and hiring more security when possible. The safety of individuals will be prioritized over products, said the CEO. Locking up creates a delay in the customer experience as an employee is required to open up an enclosure each time for the customer.

“This is traumatizing for our associates and is unacceptable,” Barry said on the call. “We are doing everything we can to try to create [an] as-safe-as-possible environment.”

A common tactic is a loosely-formed gang of criminals who burst into the store and make off with an entire shelf’s worth of high-value goods, which they then resell. Barry said in an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that the crime surge has begun to hit the company’s bottom line and its ability to retain staff.

 

Best Buy has reported fourth-quarterly earnings below expectations although shares have gained nearly 40 percent this year despite the supply chain crisis and resulting shortages.

It’s not just Best Buy that has been affected. Other retailers like CVS Health, Neiman Marcus, Kroger, and Walgreens are also facing similar issues, with Walgreens recently closing down five stores in San Francisco because of aggressive shoplifting.

Barry mentioned that San Francisco and other parts of California were “hot spots” for criminal activity but there were problematic areas in other parts of the country as well.

Organized Shoplifting

The Best Buy CEO’s comments come days after a dramatic criminal attack on a Nordstrom store in Walnut Creek, California. On Saturday, a gang of 80 thugs pulled up to the store, blockaded the entry, and ransacked the luxury store. Employees were assaulted in the raid, which was over within a minute.

Then there was another incident with a Nordstrom store in The Grove retail and entertainment complex in Los Angeles where a group of thieves smashed windows, triggering a police pursuit. Three people have been taken into custody.

The thefts are reportedly part of organized crime networks that recruit mostly young men for $500 to $1,000 to steal high-value store merchandise. The goods are then shipped to other parts of the country or resold online. The number of crimes has seen an increase during the holiday season, according to law enforcement officials.

“Crew bosses organize them, they’ll give him the crowbars, and in some cases even rent them cars, or provide them with escape routes or a list of products to actually go out and steal. It looks very chaotic but it’s actually very well organized,” Ben Dugan, president of the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail, said to ABC News.

Retail security guards are not equipped to handle such aggressive criminal behavior. They’re not trained to subdue suspects or pursue them, but instead, to simply “observe and report,” according to mall security expert David Levenberg.

“The value of the merchandise is not worth somebody being injured or killed,” he told ABC News.

Levenberg added that cities with progressive prosecutors like Los Angeles and San Francisco are the hardest hit. “The consequences are minimal and the profits are substantial,” said Levenberg.

Many do not consider the recent spate of thefts in places like San Francisco as “shoplifting” because the term denotes an effort to conceal the crime.

One of the reasons behind this increase in criminal behavior is that, according to California state law, stealing merchandise worth $950 or less is just a misdemeanor, which means police won’t bother to go after the criminals. In cases when they do, and capture the perpetrator, prosecutors will let it go.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed a new law in which he made shoplifting, even below $950, a crime but only when an organized syndicate is behind it and they plan to resell the stolen goods.

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Hamstrung by New Law, Portland Police Make No Arrests in Latest Riot

DOJ and FBI were not able to send any help; they are too busy monitoring and tracking down parents who show up at school board meetings. mrossol

The Epoch Times  10/22/2021

As a group of about 100 anarchists raged through a Portland neighborhood on Oct. 12, police reportedly remained in their vehicles.

Some say their inaction is a direct result of confusion over an Oregon police-reform law passed last summer, which restricts how they can respond to such crowds.

In less than two hours, the group did an estimated $500,000 of damage to 35 locations, including banks, retail stores, coffee shops, and government buildings.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers issued verbal warnings through a megaphone.

“Those who refuse to leave the area are subject to arrest,” the warning blared on a loop. “The bureau will investigate crimes and will make arrests either tonight, or in the future.”

 

Meanwhile, the anarchists blocked the streets, smashed windows, set off illegal fireworks, lit dumpsters and trash cans on fire, and tagged buildings with spray-painted messages like “kill cops” and “anarchy means attack.”

Some group members laid down in front of bureau vehicles to attempt to prevent a police response. Police believe that some people involved in criminal activity were changing clothes to further stymie efforts to identify them.

According to a public statement by Portland police’s Lt. Jake Jensen, they did not intervene because of Oregon House Bill 2928 and the restrictions placed on law enforcement in a crowd-control environment.

Instead, Jensen said that investigators will work to track down those behind the vandalism at a later time.

The law, which took effect last summer as part of Oregon’s police-reform initiative, prohibits the use of crowd-control tools commonly employed by law enforcement—including pepper spray, rubber bullets, beanbag rounds, and sound and light devices.

The only exception, according to the law, is when the circumstances constitute a riot, which has also been narrowly defined in the law, and if an officer reasonably believes such tactics are necessary to “prevent more destructive behavior.”

Lt. Jensen “was providing his own interpretation of the law,” said police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Allen.

“The entire bureau membership has been made aware of the potential implications of House Bill 2928 and that it’s being analyzed by the City Attorney’s Office,” Allen told The Epoch Times. “Until we have some clarity on the bill we have to follow the most restrictive interpretation of it.”

Finding that clarity could be tricky.

“Attorneys are interpreting [the law] differently, so it’s a question of intent versus interpretation,” Andrew Fromm, a spokesman for the Oregon House of Representatives, told The Epoch Times.

“The law clearly allows Portland police to use effective tools necessary to control violent crowds,” said House Minority Leader Christine Drazan, a Republican.

“However, activist attorneys are deliberately misinterpreting legislation to prevent police from intervening,” she said. “They have no business putting law enforcement and community safety at risk.”

Democratic Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office issued a statement as well.

“Our legal team at the City Attorney’s office is reviewing HB2928 to better understand how it will affect PPB’s operation during the management of crowds.

“We will be working closely with our colleagues at the Oregon State Legislature and Department of Justice for further clarification to remain in compliance with this new law.”

Meanwhile, no arrests have been made.

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