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Democratic Campaign Manager Violently Assaulted At Texas ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Rally


Democratic Campaign Manager Violently Assaulted At Texas ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Rally

During a rally organizers said was to “protest the unconstitutional occupation of Portland,” on Sunday, Hank Gilbert’s campaign manager was allegedly assaulted by a group of “Blue Lives Matter” counter-protesters.

Gilbert, a Democrat from Tyler, is running against U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Republican, for the 1st Congressional District.

The protest took place in Tyler’s downtown square on Sunday afternoon.

Ryan Miller, the alleged victim, was reportedly attacked by four protesters.

“Miller was attacked by at least four protesters, some of whom were armed, and sustained blows to the head and other parts of his body, as well as a large gash under his eye,” a press release from the campaign stated. “The incident occurred as officers from the Tyler Police Department drove around the square idly, waving at the Blue Lives Matter counter-protesters who had come to support Gilbert’s opponent. ”

According to the press release, counter-protesters disrupted the rally by shouting, “Louie! Louie! Louie!” repeatedly. Counter-protesters also shouted ‘Louie” as Miller was being assaulted.

A police report has been filed with the Tyler Police Department, the press release stated.

Andy Erbaugh, a spokesman for the Tyler Police Department, said TPD officers responded to a report of a fight at the downtown square Sunday afternoon. When the officers arrived at the scene, they broke up the fight, Erbaugh said.

“We had more than 100 people RSVP to participate in this protest, and were flooded with calls, texts, and emails in the 20 minutes before it began with folks telling us they would not be getting out of their cars after seeing the mass of armed counter-protesters who had descended upon the square,” Vince Leibowitz, a consultant for Gilbert, said in the press release.

One of the men involved had white supremacist tattoos, Gilbert explained in a tweet.

GOP supporters also said that they should have just shot Gilbert.

A Democratic Committeewoman was also punched in the chest.

Gilbert called on the Texas Rangers to investigate how the Tyler Police Department handled the alleged incident. He also said he will be calling on the City of Tyler to do an internal investigation to see if “proper procedures were followed.”

“The Tyler police were idly driving around the square in their patrol cars and waving at the counter-protesters who were heavily armed,” Gilbert said in the press release. “They didn’t get on the square until the violence was well underway and weren’t even near the scene of the actual protest until Ryan had already been beaten up. This is after we were told by the city last week there would be a sufficient police presence downtown for our rally.”

In the press release, Gilbert also said he would be calling on the FBI to investigate the organizers of the counter-protest to determine whether they had intended to engage in pre-meditated violence.

“We fully intend to make sure that felony charges are brought against the person who stole Ryan’s brand new iPhone, which costs enough that theft of that device is a felony in Texas,” Gilbert said in the press release. “We also intend to ensure that those who attacked Ryan are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”


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