This is the same man who has tried unsuccessfully for several years to organize counter protests against us. For some time, he would show up alone, on his tricycle, and attempt to drive us away by blasting profanity-laced rap music at very high volume levels. Five years later, we are still out there, twice a week, and he has long since given up and gone home.
The trial started with the judge asking TriPp to describe what happened. When TriPp's testimony began, the judge stopped him and asked that all children be cleared from the courtroom due to the level of profanity the defendant had used. When the prosecutor played the video, the profanity laced shouts and rage from "Toad" could be heard echoing through the chamber, obviously effecting even those who could not see the video being played at the bench.
The defense attorney then tried to make the case that since neither the crowd nor TriPp had actually ACTED OUT when provoked, that Toad wasn't guilty. He moved to dismiss the charges based on this assumption.
The judge denied the motion and in his comments blasted the notion that somehow a crime had not been committed simply because the man being assaulted was a gentleman and kept his cool and did not react in any way. He went on to say that one cannot direct that kind of language, in that manner, at an individual, or at a group ABOUT an individual, and not be guilty of breaking the law. He found the evidence more than sufficient to convict.
At this point, he turned to TriPp and told him, "What happens from here is up to you, Sir. Do you want this man to have a record?" To which TriPp quickly and emphatically replied "YESSIR." He was convicted of the misdemeanor and ordered to pay a fine. The judge's final words to Toad : "Clean your language up, young man"
TAKE AWAY: In this incident, TriPp did EVERYTHING right. He started recording immediately and quietly and calmly created a permanent eye witness of the event that was indisputable. When that video was played in court, the effect was immeasurable, especially as TriPp stood calmly in his new suit, looking more professional than any lawyer in the building. His ability to remain calm and collected during the assault and keep the camera rolling is what made this conviction a slam dunk, something that we train all of our folks to do. Coincidentally, there is an excellent article about this very thing on Lew Rockwelltoday! www.lewrockwell.com/2016/08/vox-day/sjw-attack-survival-guide/
Plans are underway to also file a civil suit. Stay tuned...
The second case, heard the same day in the same court, was to hear charges against this woman, for pouring the contents of her beverage on several of our Flaggers as she walked down the sidewalk in front of the VMFA.
Although she admitted to VMFA Security that the act was intentional, and there was video presented from VMFA security cameras that clearly showed her walking by and slinging the drink at our Flaggers, she changed her story when questioned in court and claimed the act was unintentional and that she only meant to pour the drink on the ground. This after her attorney argued unsuccessfully that the act in itself was not battery.
Because of this, and the fact that she never looked at our Flaggers, or said anything to them when she did it, the judge found that there was reasonable doubt as to intent and dismissed the charges.
We also plan to explore the possibility of filing a civil suit in this matter.
Overall, we are satisfied that we were able to get the conviction and that even though the other case was dismissed, the arrest and trial will serve as a deterrent not only for the woman involved in that case, but for any others who think that just because they disagree with someone or what they say, they have the right to disrespect or assault them. We will not tolerate it and will continue to prosecute any such incidents to the full extent of the law. For those who escape justice in the courtroom, we know that God will vindicate and leave the final judgement in His hands.
Finally, we still have charges pending against this man, Jonathan Romans, who has a history of spitting at our Flaggers and shouting and holding signs that say we are "KKK" members, and prior convictions of curse and abuse. Mr. Romans has four outstanding warrants currently, 3 for disorderly conduct and 1 for assault, but the Richmond Police have been unable to locate him to serve the warrants.
RICHMOND AREA RESIDENTS: Please be on the lookout for this man and call RPD immediately if you see him. (804) 646-5100