Far-left teams similar to antifa seem to make use of skateboards as instruments of destruction, movies captured at protests and riots present.
Anthony Huber, one of many males fatally shot by Kyle Rittenhouse through the 2020 riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, had gained consideration for using his skateboard to assault Rittenhouse. (RELATED: Kyle Rittenhouse Acquitted On All Charges)
Anthony Huber, 26, was shot & killed in Kenosha, Wisc. on the BLM riot. He was filmed chasing down the armed teen and hitting him when he was on the bottom with a skateboard. He has a legal historical past that features prices of battery & repeat home abuse. #KenoshaRiots pic.twitter.com/1rvx7ltKKS
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) August 27, 2020
Skateboards have additionally been used to violently smash via home windows or to assault law enforcement officials.
Antifa-BLM from Portland are marching via Vancouver, Wash. and smashing home windows utilizing skateboards. Police aren’t responding. #antifa https://t.co/UgGPesm9qX
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 1, 2020
Here’s a replica of the video, that was later deleted by the unique poster, exhibiting rioters beating on a CPD officer.
h/t: @CWBChicago pic.twitter.com/JvipmYodZa
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 16, 2020
Skaters seem to have a historical past of taking part in protests a nicely as using the slogan “skate and destroy” to summarize their involvement in protest tradition, based on a weblog put up from skater journal Jenkem.
“Things are replaceable; life is not. No building nor brand no matter how luxurious should be valued at anything even approximating a human’s life, no matter what human,” the article mentioned.
In the put up, titled “A Skater’s Guide To Attending A Protest,” the writers break down the strategy and mandatory provides wanted for attending a protest. One of the instruments they particularly point out is a skateboard, explaining how “it’s pretty cool how many uses a skateboard can have in a protest.”
Skateboards permit protesters to write down protest slogans on the grip, and can be utilized as a “tried and true device for quickly dipping out of tricky situations,” the article mentioned. They are additionally efficient in self-defense and may make a protect and even “if you get enough skaters on the frontline you can link together to form a phalanx on some gladiator kind of tip.”
Tara Szczepanski, a video journalist, can be proven beneath being allegedly attacked by antifa/BLM members in New York with eggs, umbrellas and a skateboard.
Attacked at a #BLM #Antifa #NyC rally, smashed egg in my head, hit with umbrella, spat on, knocked with a skateboard as the group says don’t defend her she’s for Trump. pic.twitter.com/hpSTdIaZt2
— Tara Szczepanski (@PoAmBrotherhood) January 10, 2021
Skateboards have additionally been used to interrupt into shops and smash cop automobiles.
Scary scene in Santa Monica as persons are attempting to guard companies from looters. pic.twitter.com/83gFVY8zkT
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) May 31, 2020
When did skateboards turn out to be riot weapons? First that lunatic slamming one into the entrance window on the CNN heart final night time, now this … https://t.co/EDbuUR1b9I
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 30, 2020
The video beneath exhibits “antifascists” utilizing pepper spray and skateboards to assault “patriots” in Portland.
March began, BIG FIGHT as “antifascists” pepper spray “patriots”, skateboard used as weapon; chaos pic.twitter.com/F11JRB1Seo
— Michael Bivins (@itsmikebivins) August 6, 2017
A skate store primarily based in California, Whatever Skateboards, advertises on their web site that they do customized antifa skateboards.