Posobiec 'fact-checked' by Reuters, Politifact over 'WEF police' claim after being detained by WEF police

"You see the World Economic Forum doesn't have a police force, they are just local police given WEF badges and sent to work for the WEF, it is completely different."

Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal QC

In Tuesday's episode of Human Events Daily, host Jack Posobiec discussed what happened after he was detained by Davos, Switzerland's WEF-encrusted police force, which Reuters recently claimed was false due to a technicality.

"Apparently, the World Economic Forum under Klaus Schwab has its own paramilitary police force called the World Economic Forum police," said Posobiec in a clip. This statement has been disputed by "fact checkers" such as Reuters, who clarify that the WEF doesn't actually have a police force, and instead, "the police badges with a WEF logo are used by local officers in Graubunden to mark the organization’s annual conference."

In response to the fact check, Posobiec tweeted: "You see the World Economic Forum doesn't have a police force, they are just local police given WEF badges and sent to work for the WEF, it is completely different."

Posobiec discussed what happened outside of the WEF conference in Davos, where he said that he had already filmed an entire podcast from the side of the road.

"We did some live vids, did Steve Bannon's War Room, and some other shows. Sitting right there, no harm no foul, no big deal. A couple of plainclothes officers came up to us at one point and said 'hey, can I check your guys' passports, can I check your press credentials.' Sure, no problem, here you go... We've got our equipment out, we've got our cameras and everything, secure event, totally understand," said Posobiec.

Posobiec said that everything resumed as normal for about an hour, when right before they were about to move to another location, vans rolled up to him and his crew.

"We're about to move to another location because we've found a higher location to look down on the city, get some more shots up there, show people on a different side of Davos... as we're charging our equipment and the crew's getting a little something to eat, two paddy wagons full of these armed officers drive up to us like a quick response force, stop their cars, they file out, surround us with 9mm MP5s," said Posobiec. "One guy who's standing close to me was flagging me with his barrel constantly while he's staying there, I asked me to stop, he finally pointed it down, and they said again, 'who are you, we need to check your passports, we need to check your papers,' and we're all kind of looking at each other saying, 'wait a minute, we already talked to officers. We've gone through all of this... Why are we doing this again?'"

Posobiec said that the officers came back and that they asked to go through their belongings: "So they come back, now they're asking us to check our bags, they're going through our stuff, they took us behind the building, behind a stack of tables and individually they frisked us."

The prospect of a WEF police force caught the attention of US leaders, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, who tweeted: "Why was American journalist Jack Posobiec detained at Davos by WEF police? Why does the WEF have police? This appears to be intentional intimidation tactics and it shouldn't have happened."

As reported by Reuters' "fact check": "On May 24, police in the Graubunden canton, where Davos is located, told Reuters that the WEF-police badge is an additional one redesigned every year by the region’s own emergency services."

"This serves the team spirit for use around the annual meeting," the spokesperson said, adding: "The WEF organization does not have a police force."

Politifact also issued their own fact check, stating that "Police did not arrest any journalist in Davos, a police spokesperson said."

They said that the video, taken by Posobiec, was not "physically restrained" rating the claim as "false."

Posobiec hit back at Politifact by posting video evidence of the detainment.

Posobiec also received prominent support from Tom Fitton, Raheem Kassam, and others.


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