GREG EDWARDS, 31
During the speeches outside the public library, they were talking at the bottom of the hill and people were standing on the top, going up the hill. And at the very top there was a very menacing kid in a patriotic clown mask with an assault rifle watching over us for like 35 minutes. We’re in an open-carry state so he was technically not doing anything wrong. Except the Bangor PD was there, having a conversation with him the whole time, like within five feet of him the whole time, which is good. I mean, we were at an event disparaging—not disparaging but, like, calling for major reforms and calling for the defunding of the police—but then also because of America, I’m glad somebody with authority is standing there to protect us from some menacing white kid with an oversized gun.
DJUAN WASH, 36 WAUKEGAN, ILLINOIS
They were targeting Porche [a fellow organizer in Kenosha], at one point, and they sent two plants to her front yard. I told her not to engage with them because I knew that it was a setup. Prior to me pulling up on scene, thirteen cars full of Trump’s secret police hopped out of their cars to harass her. And later that night, they were watching where we were staging at, and because the curfew was in effect, we wanted to make sure that Porche was safe. And not even five minutes after I left, I was pulled over, snatched out of the car. I was trying to call someone to notify them what was going on. And they kept yelling, “Stop resisting, stop resisting, stop resisting”—even though I was literally just standing there. They had three people that had their hands on my arms. So I mean, I wasn’t resisting, I was literally laughing at them. And just, you know, explaining how fucking ridiculous—excuse my French—just how ridiculous this entire situation was. Sat on the curb. And one of the