If you plan on protesting the upcoming firing of Robert Mueller, be careful. Police have already decided that you are the enemy. In fact, they are so sure that they will need to quell “large-scale protests” that cops are now required to keep their riot gear with them at work at all times.
“There is a belief that President Trump will soon move to fire Special Prosecutor Mueller,” a memo from Victor Joseph, commander of the Pittsburgh Bureau of police reads. “This would result in a large protest within 24 hours of the firing. The protest would be semi-spontaneous and more than likely happen on short notice.”
#BREAKING : Pittsburgh Police say they are preparing for possible riots in Pittsburgh in the event that President Donald Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller. https://t.co/OzoUyg3a8q pic.twitter.com/AGIoMcrYLD
— Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) April 18, 2018
While the majority of protests against Trump have been completely peaceful, the Pittsburgh Police Department has identified any and all dissenters as a “threat.”
“We receive information regularly about potential events and/or threats, assess the credibility of the information and plan for a potential event. In this case, we have not assessed the credibility of the potential for disturbances, and we do not have any knowledge of the President’s decision-making process,” Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said in a statement regarding the instructions that detectives come to work armed to the teeth and ready to crush all opposition.
Recently, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked efforts to prevent Trump from obstructing justice by firing the special counsel.
“I don’t think he should fire Mueller and I don’t think he’s going to,” McConnell said of his decision to refuse to allow a vote on a bill that would only allow the special counsel to be fire with “good cause” by a senior Justice Department official. “So this is a piece of legislation that isn’t necessary in my judgment.”
“I’m the one who decides what we take to the floor, that’s my responsibility as the majority leader, we will not be having this on the floor of the Senate,” McConnell says.
Trump has alluded to firing Mueller numerous times as he railed against the investigation into his and his allies’ criminal activity.
If police in a city so far removed from national politics as Pittsburgh are preparing to crack skulls, you can bet similar preparations are being made elsewhere. Definitely go out and protest, but be careful — you are the enemy in a hypothetical, which means you will continue to be the enemy in reality.