Columbus ‘Paramilitary’ Police With Weapons Abduct Protester In Unmarked Van

The black van and red van in the background are unmarked. A police cruiser is visible near the red van in another video. The identity of the figure in the red T-shirt, who is apparently being arrested, is uknown.Screengrab / T. Doug Doucette / Twitter

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The men with rifles, T-shirts, jeans, and an unmarked van wore police vests and were accompanied by a marked cruiser.

Multiple social media accounts have posted video of apparent police in Columbus, Ohio apprehending a protestor and escorting them into an unmarked van.

  • Described by some users as appearing to be “paramilitary,” the personnel in question wore vests emblazoned with the word “police” and wielded assault rifles. One seemed to hold a can of pepper spray.
  • They dressed in jeans, T-shirts, and baseball caps and drove an unmarked van with blacked out windows.
  • Some video footage shows the unmarked vans stopped near groups of protestors. The apparent police then exit the vehicle and seem to escort a presumed protestor into the vehicle before driving away.
  • In one video, when a person off-camera asked, “What the [expletive] is going on?” a vest-wearing figure holds up a hand and only says, repeatedly, “stay back.”
  • One video portrays a marked police vehicle nearby. Another shows the marked police vehicle following an unmarked red van as it drives away.
  • Numerous social media users expressed explicit outrage on Twitter.

One user, possibly named Pat Deering based on the URL of a Facebook page link on his profile, Tweeted,

@mayor[ Andrew J. ]Ginther[ (D-OH)]… Who are these people? We're using some sort of paramilitary [expletive] now? Despite repeated requests, none of these men identified themselves. You need to tell us who they are right [expletive] now, you useless lump.

The Columbus Dispatch also describes the figures as police and reports that when they arrived, they searched for Jay Rocc, who was present at the protest.

  • Police found Rocc and established a safety zone around him, the Dispatch describes. They confiscated an AR-15 he had brought to the protest and was visibly carrying, but they did not arrest him. Police say the weapon was used in another crime.
  • Police arrested a different, unidentified individual. The Dispatch writes, “The status of the arrested man is unknown; information requests to the police and mayor’s office have not been returned.”

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Comments (38)
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RobertofromIndo
RobertofromIndo

Let me fix the headline for you: "Police make arrest."

Didnaziseethatcoming
Didnaziseethatcoming

Breonna Taylor was sleeping.

Max357
Max357

What this article fails to tell you, only the most violent of agitators were taken into custody this way. For example, the individual you see on the ground had pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed the gun at multiple people and grabbed one man by his t-shirt and stuck the gun to his forehead. Why don't you do real investigative journalism and report facts?

thegreatwcfields
thegreatwcfields

Is it absolutely certain that this is an arrest, or were the authorities merely recovering one of their own undercover?

JohnnWick
JohnnWick

Welcome to 3rd world country USA brought to you by Dumb ass Donald Trump

Kradek
Kradek

Has there been follow up on this. The culprits should be easy for cops to ID

Kradek
Kradek

Yeah, using the MO of Argentinian colonels.

Beowulf32
Beowulf32

Asshole much its unbecoming.

AuntieWarhol54
AuntieWarhol54

Sounds like they took a boogaloo boi out. What protestors brought AR-15s other than RW nationalists. Sound like the police did y'all a favor.

Kradek
Kradek

Is there an update to this?


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