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"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." -Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Youngstown, OH — A rather unsettling video from a recent Trump rally shows a Youngstown police officer violently grab a young man by his shirt and proceed to place him in a strangle hold — for peacefully displaying a USSR flag.

While police violence against citizens is nothing new, the fact that the entire crowd reacted with such delight as they witnessed, first hand, a government agent brutally assault a citizen for peacefully practicing his first amendment right to free speech is disturbing, to say the least.

Because someone's political view is different than yours, is no reason to condone state violence against them. When you begin praising police brutality because it helps to silence your political opposition, it is time to re-examine your definition of liberty.

Those willing to condone — and, in this case, relish in — state sponsored violence against their fellow citizen for the sole act of peacefully expressing their point of view are enemies to freedom.

Is this how we make America great again? By using police to silence our opposition?

Naturally, the officer involved in this disgusting display of tyranny was not held accountable in any way. In fact, the police department praised the actions of its officers.

“Those situations can be explosive and we were able to keep everything to a minimum,” said Officer Michael Medvec, with Youngstown Police Department. “We use a force continuum. We react to what they display to us. With those gentlemen that had to be pushed and prodded to get them out of the building, they were at a point where they were ignoring verbal commands.”

Medvec said police kept the Covelli Centre secure “as professionally as it could be handled.”

Apparently, assaulting a peaceful young man for holding up a USSR flag is 'professional.'

Sadly, in the eyes of those who cheered it on, it was beyond professional, patriotic even.

Below are just some of the comments on the video upload to Youtube:

What a fucking moron, waving the soviet flag about. Probably does not even know what that flag represents. The little socialist cuck. Thank god for the Police! Total bad asses.

Yeah, handle 'em like they need to be handled!!! Fuck PC!!!! And fuck the PC libturds!!!

Police Man grabbed that PAID Genetic Misfire by the neck..... give that Cop a Medal !!!


Clone that policeman and send him to every college campus

Hope he bounced the little scumbags head off of the ground outside

There are many more comments that are as ignorant as they are disturbing.

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Would these same people praise the police if they assaulted a Trump supporter who chose to hold a MAGA flag up at a Hillary Clinton rally? Not likely, and this is because the two party paradigm blinds people to logic and reason. Emotion rules and as long as their team is winning, the rights and liberty of the other team matter not.

The two party paradigm is so strong, in fact, that it is highly likely that someone reading this right now is likely thinking that since we are calling out this police violence that the Free Thought Project must be on the side of Antifa or Bernie Sanders or Clinton. Laughably, they couldn't be further from the truth.

TFTP stands for liberty and we stand against those who threaten it — no matter if they champion a donkey, an elephant, a black bandana, a MAGA hat, or even a USSR flag.

In fact, we've called out similar situations before — but on the opposite side. In June of last year, TFTP reported on a dire situation outside of a Trump rally in which Trump supporters were violently attacked without reason. During this attack, police stood by and did nothing as anti-Trump protesters spit on, beat, and attacked them.

We also pointed out last year how Clinton operatives were caught on undercover video talking about getting paid to 'start shit' at Trump rallies and cause chaos.

Naturally, for reporting on the two instances above we were demonized by the left for being pro-Trump.

Until Americans wake up to the fact that no matter which puppet is in office the police and warfare state grows, we can expect this problem to get worse. Sadly, it seems that divide is at an all time high in this country right now — and it is by design.

As long as zombies cheer on police violence against peaceful people, government can lay waste to our rights and no one cares. As long as people fight over right versus left, those at the top will continue to divide and exploit us with no recourse.

As anger and violence grow among the populace, Americans are doing exactly what those in power want them to do -- fight over puppets -- while their savings, economy, and livelihoods are fleeced.

It is high time that humans stop fighting over who they want to rule the world, and start fighting against the people destroying it.

The state takes the approach of coercive violence to force compliance, and it's quite apparent that this approach falls short of its desired result. It's time to adopt peace as the means to the ends -- not just the ends.

In the 20th century alone, governments killed 174,000,000 people as they ostensibly fought for freedom. Where has that gotten humanity?

When hate and violence are used as a means to an end, we end up with people fighting in the streets over who should be the recipient of 30% of their paychecks. Can we not move past this already?

Removal of due process, the initiation of violence, and abuse of power; these are tools of the state, not of the peaceful revolution. Those who would take or harm an innocent life to incite change are no different than the mass murdering sociopaths within the government.

Do not mistake this path with pacifism, as self-defense is the root of all rights, for without it -- we no longer exist. However, one cannot force others to change; they will only change when the information strikes them a certain way. The only thing we can have a direct effect on is our own lives.

It's time we start realizing our true potential as humans and be the change we want to see in this world.