Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is speaking out after a Plano officer was filmed kowtowing to a leftist mob blocking a highway.
A video of the event shows the group blocking the highway by an overpass, when a driver of one of the blocked cars gets out to confront them, angrily asking the mob to get off the road.
BREAKING: Plano, TX police officer allows armed left-wing militia to illegally block traffic, reprimands driver who attempts to clear road, defend himself pic.twitter.com/2YTE0dvo9S
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) May 8, 2021
The man then asks a nearby officer why he’s allowing this illegal activity to occur. The video later shows one participant pulling what appears to be a gun on the man. The crowd then mobs around him, appearing on the verge of attacking the man. A Plano police officer—the same one from earlier in the video—takes the side of the mob and pushes the man away from the swarming crowd. The angry man then walks away, with a breakaway group following him halfway to his vehicle.
Afterward, the crowd goes back to blocking the highway with police protection.
Paxton condemned the officer’s actions, stating, “We must not let lawlessness take root in Texas!”
Read my statement regarding a recent episode of mob rule in Plano, TX. And be sure to watch the full 2 min video and see the critical screenshot below. Thank you @JackPosobiec for exposing this! pic.twitter.com/EaYU11Jjsg
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) May 10, 2021
He went on to claim lawlessness already has taken root in Plano, due to its police chief being “unwilling to enforce the law.”
After discussing the video’s contents, Paxton explained that he contacted the Plano police chief for more details. The chief claimed the weapon used by the armed leftist was not a pistol, but a “pepper ball gun.” In another conversation, he called it a “taser.” In a Facebook post, the Plano Police Department then called it an “electronic control device.”
Paxton went on to say the police chief was “anxious to excuse the rioters,” while the driver mobbed by leftist crowds has been charged with “assault by contact” for slapping a person’s hand away from his face.
The armed leftist has still not been charged, even after brandishing a weapon.
Paxton added he would “never allow our beautiful Texas cities and neighborhoods to become Portland or Seattle or San Francisco because of the unchecked Left.”
I call upon my friends and allies across the state to crack down on this lawlessness immediately.