Tucson citizen journalist Dennis Gilman has become the bane of the the radical right in the Grand Canyon State, relentlessly documenting the activities of neo-Nazi hate groups, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and the state’s Tea Party movement.
His videos and writings have been widely featured in the states alternative media, earning him a major profile in the Phoenix New Times.
A video he’s just posted to his YouTube vlog offers a chilling view of the state’s Tea Party set, captured the hostile ambience at a rally held Saturday on the grounds of the state capitol in Phoenix.
Note that one of the Tea Party crowd who orders Gilman to leave declares that the videographer has no right there because he’s on “private property.” He’s not, but if the event had been held on the grounds of the nearby legislative office buildings, he’d have been right. The state sold the buildings [PDF] three years ago, then leased them back from the new corporate owners.
As the video makes clear, the Tea Party crowd holds no truck with the First Amendment’s right to peaceably assemble, nor with the rights of the free press.
Here’s the video, with Gilman’s comments:
Violent Tea Party Mob Attacks Media. (Raw)
This was filmed on the public lawn of the Arizona State Capitol on September 7, 2013 where the “We Are America Tour” added Arizona racist, former State Senate President . . .Russell Pearce. Pearce is famous for SB1070 and his association and endorsement of neo-Nazi JT Ready, who killed an entire family before killing himself in 2012. The local racists have worked closely with FAIR for years. I was there to film the speakers. It’s a safe guess that if Minute Man Founder Chris Simcox wasn’t sitting in jail for multiple counts of child molestation that he would’ve been a speaker at this event also. Is it any wonder why they didn’t want the “liberal Media” filming them? For my own safety, I refused to leave without a police escort. It took over 7 minutes for any law enforcement to arrive. The video is edited only for length.