Open Carry Texas Exploiting Mike Brown and Eric Garner Deaths for Anti-Cop March

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A few months ago I wrote an article warning progressives and people who generally oppose radical anti-government groups that they were being used and manipulated by supposed “police accountability” groups. The truth is most of these organizations like Cop Block aren’t out to hold police officers accountable, they’re fear-mongering radicals who oppose government and often get caught blatantly editing or sensationalizing stories to slander police officers.


Their motives are derived from their anti-government ideologies and have nothing to do with actually advocating for police accountability. They just use the lie that they’re “wanting to hold police officers accountable” to try to mask the fact that they have an agenda to create distrust among citizens and the police so that more people will unknowingly support and fund these radical anti-government groups masquerading as something that they’re not. In fact, many of these organizations spend countless nights out harassing cops, hoping to get some kind of reaction out of a police officer so they can post that incident on the internet as another “example of out of control police behavior.”

There are other groups that are cut from the same mold as these “police accountability” groups like Cop Block. An open carry advocacy organization such as the infamous Open Carry Texas is one of them. This is an organization that often stages “protests” around the Dallas/Fort Worth area openly brandishing loaded AK-47’s and AR-15’s along city streets. They also often go around scaring the hell out of ordinary residents by showing up to random retail stores or restaurants in large groups of heavily armed individuals with assault rifles.

And they’re also the group that’s now trying to exploit the controversial deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner to stage a supposed “Massive March Against Police Overreach and Brutality.” But the truth is, they’re using these two incidents to stage what will be nothing more than a pro-gun, anti-government propaganda fest disguised under the premise that they actually care about holding police officers accountable.

Like I said, it’s what these groups do. They’re either out “protesting” with loaded military style assault rifles strapped to their backs or they’re out following cop cars around trying to harass officers out doing their jobs, hoping to lead them into some kind of an altercation so they can post the video onto YouTube as an “example of police injustice.”


And now they’re exploiting these two deaths to fool unsuspecting people into coming out to one of their events where I’m sure they’ll pretend that they’re out there calling for police accountability. But what they’re really trying to do is get more people on their “pro-guns/anti-government” side by using this “march” as a bridge to reach people who otherwise would have nothing to do with their pro-gun/anti-government idiocy.

It’s why I’ve always cautioned people to be weary of any “advocacy group.” Because while we should always make sure we’re holding people accountable from any walk of life, often these “advocacy groups” are blatantly biased organizations trying to push their own agendas rather than factual information.

Because while these “police accountability” groups claim they’re “just holding police officers accountable for their actions,” my question is – who’s holding them accountable for their actions?



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • mjw1952

    All of this is just feeding into the agenda of the oligarchs who are controlling our country. If we fight among ourselves we will forget how they are screwing all of us. As they get more power, more tax cuts, more for themselves.

  • Occams Razor

    I think these guys are Anti-Government Overreach. Anti-Officer-Misconduct. There’s a big difference, and with the events of late to say there is not a problem shows a contemptible bias. These issues must be address and resolved for progress to be made. No one wants tyranny or war. Most people I know want peace, although the Oligarchs seem to want slavery. When those in charge see themselves as mentors rather than seeing those whom they lead as resources then we will have a better world.