Plano, TX – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a scathing statement that criticized the Plano Police Department’s handling of a recent Black Lives Matter protest that blocked roadways and “illegally shut down traffic underneath a major highway.”
Paxton’s statement was released after a cell phone video of an incident that occurred during the May 2 protest went viral (video below).
The video showed a driver got out of his vehicle and confronted the protesters in helmets and ballistic vests who were blocking the intersection at State Highway 121 and Preston Road.
One police officer was present at the protest and the video showed he did nothing to clear the roadway.
In fact, he told the driver to return to his vehicle multiple times and did nothing to intervene when an armed protester drew some sort of weapon on the driver, the video showed.
“When one man got out of his car to demand the mob clear the way, an Antifa-life character pulled what appears to be a gun and pointed it at the man,” Paxton’s statement read.
“Meanwhile, rather than disperse the crowd or arrest the lawbreakers, the lone police officer told the man to go away,” the statement continued.
In fact, Plano police ended up charging the driver who yelled at the protesters blocking traffic, KIII reported.
“During this incident, a female reported that she was assaulted by a male who confronted the protestors,” Plano police said in a statement. “Due to the position of the crowd, the officer did not witness the assault. The officer de-escalated the situation by removing the male away from the crowd… After speaking with the victim and the suspect, and reviewing video footage of the incident, detectives filed an Assault-by-Contact charge with the Municipal Court against the male suspect.”
The man was accused of having tried to slap a phone out of the hand of a female protester who was filming him, KIII reported.
Paxton said he told his staff to get in touch with Plano Police Chief Ed Drain to get more information about the incident.
“I instructed one of my top deputies to contact the Plano Police Chief to get more details. What he heard paints an even worse picture that the video alone depicts,” the statement read.
Paxton said Chief Drain gave several different accounts of the same incident.
“First, the Chief told my deputy that while the weapon drawn wasn’t a pistol, it was, in fact, a ‘pepper ball gun,’” the statement read. “In a separate conversation, the Chief claimed it was a ‘taser.’ In a recent Facebook post, the Department is now saying it was a ‘electronic control device.’”
“Whatever it was, the police declined to pursue the leftist who brandished the weapon, and no charges are being pressed against him,” the attorney general said.
Paxton also accused Chief Drain of caving to the Black Lives Matter mob.
“Second, the Chief was anxious to excuse the rioters,” the attorney general wrote.
“‘You have to understand the situation,’ urged the Chief. ‘We have to negotiate with these people. Do you expect us to mass arrest the protesters? You know that’s not going to happen,’” Paxton quoted the police chief.
The attorney general said most law enforcement officers wanted to uphold the law and said they were being “held back by politically motivated leaders, crippled by the woke agitators, now aiders and abettors to liberal lunacy,” according to the statement.
He said he supported the right of Texans to “peaceably assemble.”
“But I will never allow our beautiful Texas cities and neighborhoods to become Portland or Seattle or San Francisco because of the unchecked left,” Paxton said.
The attorney general called for crackdown on lawlessness in the state.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below.
The full video here: https://t.co/O46RgMeAfr
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) May 10, 2021