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The First Shooting

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Chile 1973

It really is only a matter of time before a Trumpite murders a protestor. And probably also only a matter of slightly longer time before organized violence against protestors becomes normalized.

The victim of a politically charged shooting at a public speech by Milo Yiannopoulos in Seattle is calling for dialogue and “restorative justice” rather than criminal charges.

The victim, whose attorney asked that he not be identified by name, was shot in the stomach while protesting at a speech by the rightwing provocateur at the University of Washington on Friday night. He remains in the hospital and has undergone multiple surgeries, his attorney, Sarah Lippek, said on Tuesday.

The shooter was a Trump supporter who sent a Facebook message to Yiannopoulos asking for an autograph while waiting in line for the controversial event, according to the Seattle Times.

The shooter turned himself into University of Washington police on Friday night but was released “in consultation with the prosecuting attorney’s office” and “pending further investigation”, according to police.

UW police major Steve Rittereiser declined to provide an update on the investigation but said two suspects had “presented themselves to us at the police station”. The prosecutors’ office recommended that police release them, he said.

The investigation is ongoing, but Rittereiser said “there were no outstanding suspects in this case” and that the release of the suspects “did not pose any danger to the campus community”.

He just shot someone in the gut who he didn’t like because of his politics, but poses no danger. OK.

Although do you need really need organized violence if you can just make protest illegal?

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