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Police Threaten To Arrest Reporter After He Was Assaulted By White Mob Carrying Bats, Guns In Philly

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Police Threaten To Arrest Reporter After He Was Assaulted By White Mob Carrying Bats, Guns In Philly




Dozens of armed vigilantes gathered in Marconi Plaza in South Philadelphia near a Christopher Columbus statue on Saturday evening to “protect it” from vandalism.

A reporter from Unicorn Riot, a non-profit media organization dedicated “to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues,” was assaulted by several of the men on the scene who also slashed his bike tires.



The reporter, Chris Schiano, was quickly surrounded by angry knife and bat-wielding residents who seemed eager for a confrontation. According to video taken by Unicorn Riot, one man attending Saturday’s gathering could be “seen holding a gun appeared to have a military-style patch which read ‘Semper Tyranus,’ potentially in reference to John Wilkes Booth’s assassination of Abraham Lincoln.”

After a few minutes, one of the men in the group can be seen on video grabbing Schiano’s arm as the crowd grew increasingly hostile.

When Schiano offers to the show the group his business card identifying himself as a journalist, a man in a red shirt carrying a baseball bat walks up and appears to slap at his phone, nearly knocking it out of his hand.

“This guy just hit me in the head,” the reporter says moments later as he’s attacked by another man.

A man in a cut-off red shirt can be seen walking up and grabbing Schiano’s front bicycle tire and dragging it toward the street.

A scuffle ensues and ends with a man slashing the tires of his bicycle with what appears to be a pocket knife.




Philadelphia police, who had been standing nearby, finally arrive on the scene to push back the angry mob who can be heard saying they are their to protect their “heritage.”

After several minutes passed, Captain Louis Campione of the Philadelphia Police Department barred Schiano from continuing to report on scene, claiming that he was “inciting a riot,” while appearing to ignore the assault that took place minutes earlier.

Shortly before the reporter was threatened with arrest, the crowd erupted into cheers when a man unveiled a Trump 2020 flag and began waving it above his head.

“Police were also shaking hands with some of the white vigilantes as this was happening,” Schiano reported.





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