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Salem, OR — Over the years here at the Free Thought Project, there has been a common theme when it comes to who cops support during protests. It is most certainly not Black Lives Matter folks, antiwar protesters, police accountability activists, or any other anti-establishment voice. However, we have seen extreme cases of support for far right groups like the Proud Boys and others.

In one extreme example of police support for the far right, TFTP reported on a case out of Charlottesville in 2017. An openly racist man fired his gun in a crowd — directly in front of police — and was allowed to walk away.

"Hey, n****r!" the crazed racist says right before he fires his gun. Whether he was firing at a specific person or simply trying to terrorize the crowd was unclear. He appeared to be firing in the direction of Corey Long who was in an altercation with another group of people and had made a makeshift flame thrower with an aerosol can. However, what was entirely clear was the reaction from police—there wasn't one.

Though he was later arrested after the video went viral, the support from police — as evidenced by their inaction that day — was clear.

Since then, other groups who lean right have enjoyed similar special treatment at protests.

Sadly, before going on, this disclaimer is necessary: we are not saying right wing protesters are white supremacists. TFTP respects and supports everyone's right to peacefully protest and we do not apply stereotypes to groups based on what they are protesting. As we have reported in the past, many "Proud Boy" protesters are not white supremacists — and, in fact, have openly disavowed racism.

That being said, these right-leaning groups have enjoyed police support for some time — regardless of their views on race — and have been able to get away with things that Black Lives Matter and anti-establishment protesters have not. That is, until recently.

A group of Proud Boys learned over the weekend that their privilege of police support is quickly running out. A prime example of this was captured on video during a New Year's Day pro-Trump rally.

During the rally, as the Proud Boys and Antifa yelled at each other, police declared their assembly unlawful and issued a dispersal order. This is a common theme among police brutality protests, but the Proud Boys in the video below have apparently never experienced it before.

Like so many other protesters have done, when told their assembly was unlawful without being given a reason, the Proud Boys became enraged and yelled at the police that they were doing nothing wrong. That's when police opened fire on the group with pepper balls.

The aggression toward the Proud Boys by police kept escalating as did the animosity between the groups.

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The scene then went full on twilight zone as the Proud Boys began burning a flag — not just any flag either — a blue lives matter flag. As we have reported before, the "Thin Blue Line" flags are common at these pro-Trump protests as protesters — who think they are anti-establishment — hold up the flag of the establishment. However, one person realized the irony of holding up this pro-establishment flag and decided it was time to disavow the police state.

In the video, taken by

As the police dispersed, the right wingers took turns stepping on the thin blue line flag they had originally brought to support the cops.

"You have been declared to be treasonists," one yelled at officers leaving. "Only one punishment for treason."

"Fuck the blue!"

— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) January 2, 2021

" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> Ford Fischer, a man is heard saying, "step on that flag," before a woman attempts to stop them, claiming it was an American flag and should be respected. Just then, another woman cuts in and speaks of the police who used to support them, claiming they have "fallen."

Clearly missing the point that the cops have been beating the hell out of BLM supporters and Antifa for years, the woman says, "when they stand for BLM and antifa, they have fallen."

As they continue to stomp on the flag, another man who is apparently flabbergasted at the actions of police and the lack of support shown to his group, says, "we've been there for you all year!"

As the Proud Boys stomp the flag, the officers then appear to troll them via bullhorn and claim that their stepping on the flag is "treason," adding that there is "only one punishment for treason."

The irony is palpable.

One Twitter user pointed out a possible reason for the reversal in support of the Proud Boys by the police.

"Cops know the political class has changed. They are trying to avoid the defunding and putting up a show. It's refreshing but the little shoving is nothing compared to the Police protests of the BLM protests," user @flipkoin2 tweeted.

Unfortunately, the left is cheering for the oppression of the right, just like the right has cheered on the oppression of the left by the police. Both sides continuously miss the point that the police are here for one reason and one reason only — to protect the establishment — no matter the puppet in the White House. A boot on your throat is still a boot on your throat, no matter if it is a left or a right one.