If this is a typical example of an Antifa leader, they’d better hope that “the revolution” will not be televised.
Matthew Banta, 23, a member of Antifa known as “Commander Red” was arrested on Saturday in Green Bay, Wisconsin, as he and a bunch of his comrades were heading to a Black Lives Matter protest. They raised suspicion for being a “bunch of white people with sticks, baseball bats and helmets.”
When officers approached, many in the group took off running but officials say that Banta “dropped into the fetal position and began crying.”
Banta was armed with several weapons including military-grade 5-minute smoke grenades, fireworks, and a flamethrower at the time of his arrest.
Matthew Banta, 23, is “known to be a violent Antifa member who incites violence in otherwise relatively peaceful protests,” a criminal complaint in his Green Bay arrest record insisted, according to WBAY.
He was carrying stickers and a flag for the controversial group — the name of which is short for “anti-fascist” — along with “military-grade 5-minute” smoke grenades, fireworks rockets, and a flamethrower, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Banta was stopped after being spotted with “a whole bunch of white people with sticks, baseball bats and helmets” heading toward a BLM event in Green Bay, police said in the criminal complaint.
The others fled when a cop blocked them with his squad car, but Banta was stopped and “dropped into the fetal position and began crying,” the police report said. He complained that the officer got on top of him, which police denied, WBAY said.
Source: New York Post
Things aren’t looking good for the Antifa hero, though. At the time of his arrest on Saturday, Banta was out on a $10,000 cash bond for another incident at a different protest earlier in the month.
During that protest, Banta is accused of pointing a loaded gun at a police officer, as well as biting and kicking another officer. One of the conditions of his bond was that he was not permitted to have a dangerous weapon.
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
As suspected, Matthew Banta is a hardcore antifa militant. He goes by the online moniker "The Commander Red." Extremely disturbing that he goes to antifa protests armed w/a loaded rifle. He appears to be friends w/violent Portland antifa suspect Alex Dial aka "Beta Cuck 4 Lyfe." pic.twitter.com/6pzD9jywDP
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 12, 2020
It just goes to show you that these Antifa militants are just cosplaying at being a “revolutionaries.” When things get real, their “militant” persona drops away and they reveal who they are without the masks, shields, and weapons–emotionally disturbed children.
Unfortunately, Banta was released again on $2,500 bond on Monday.
That means that little Mr. Flamethrower is out and about again ready to wreak more havoc.
This nonsense of releasing rioters to go out and riot again is going to get someone killed…oh, wait. That looks like it’s already happened.
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