ICYMI: GOP Chairwoman Condemns Apparent Act of Political Violence at GOP Field Office in Arizona

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Posted: May 30, 2020 6:45 AM
ICYMI: GOP Chairwoman Condemns Apparent Act of Political Violence at GOP Field Office in Arizona

Source: AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

People have the right to be angry over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has sparked a wave of new protests across the country. Well, some are protests. Others have devolved into outright anarchy, rioting, and abject destruction. Minneapolis, where this whole incident began, is a prime example. The city was looted and burned again last night. As that chaos dominates the news, we have this story coming out of Arizona of a local GOP field office being attacked. Was it a gunshot? First reports feared that someone with a firearm fired through an office window, but police are unsure (via Fox News):

The Republican National Committee told Fox News they believe a gunshot was fired through a window of a GOP office in Mohave County, Arizona during a Trump Victory event Thursday night, but local police say they don't believe the shattered glass was caused by a firearm.

An RNC official told Fox News that at around 7:00 p.m., a group of five GOP volunteers were gathered in the Mohave County Republican Office in BullHead City, Ariz., to host an online “MAGA Meet Up” -- an online tool the campaign uses to talk with supporters-- when a gunshot shattered a window near the front door.

The official described the door as being in “extremely close proximity” to where those volunteers were sitting. 

The official told Fox News that no one was hurt. The official, who called it a “scary situation,” said police are still investigating the individual and their motivation.

But a Bullhead City Police spokesperson told Fox News Friday that they are investigating an aggravated assault and criminal damage incident at the Mohave County Republican Central Committee. But the spokesman said police, at this time, do not believe the shattered window was caused by a firearm.

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The RNC official told Fox News that they want the police investigation to go forward, but that they have "no reason to doubt" their volunteers or their accounts of the incident on Thursday night.

“Last night, another group of President Donald Trump supporters appeared to be targeted when a gun shot was fired into a clearly-marked local Republican office while they were inside hosting an event,” Trump Victory spokesman Rick Gorka told Fox News. “Thankfully no one was hurt.”

He added: “This pattern of violence against our volunteers is sickening.”

GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also condemned the action tweeting, “It doesn’t matter whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, there is no place for these disgusting acts of violence in our politics.”In the meantime, the nation braces for another round of protests and rioting over Floyd. 

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Floyd was arrested on a false document charge, a nonviolent crime, but died in police custody. He was handcuffed, but ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on the back of his neck and kept it there for several minutes. It’s all on video. Chauvin’s kneeling and Floyd’s pleas for help, specifically him not being able to breathe, are audible. It’s ghastly. Floyd later died. This officer-involved death sparked the FBI and the Department of Justice to investigate. All four officers involved in the arrest were terminated, with Chauvin being booked on third-degree murder and manslaughter charges.