Pro-abortion protesters took to the streets throughout the United States on Tuesday following the criminal leak of the US Supreme Court's draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
In Los Angeles, the protest turned violent, and the Los Angeles Police Department declared a citywide tactical alert.
Shocking videos posted to social media showed scenes of violence as rioters began to attack law enforcement officers attempting to control the crowd. A mob attacked LAPD officers that were trying to make an arrest and black bloc Antifa members smashed windows to a DHS vehicle.
According to the LAPD, "A group of protestors began to take the intersection. Officers attempted to communicate, clear and provide dispersal order to the group. The crowd began to throw rocks & bottles at officers. One officer injured."
In Portland, Oregon, protesters including black bloc Antifa committed criminal acts after gathering downtown to protest the High Court's potential court decision.
According to the Portland Police Bureau, "A group gathered in the downtown area and marched at various times. During the marches, some participants committed acts of vandalism, including graffiti and broken windows that damaged government buildings, coffee shops, and others (photos). Some burning material and incendiary devices were thrown at the Mark O. Hatfield US Courthouse, but it's unknown if any damage was caused."
Luke S. Anderson, 31, was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Reckless Burning and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.
In Seattle, Washington, thousands showed up to protest in the heart of downtown where there was a rally at Westlake organized by Socialist city council member Kshama Sawant.
Sawant announced an emergency direct action on Twitter, smearing the Supreme Court as "right-wing." Antifa announced they would also be in attendance and utilized Twitter to organize efforts.
The march began at 6 pm at Westlake and by 7 pm, after Sawant led the group through speeches, the group was on the move making their way across town to Cal Anderson Park.
As the group marched while chanting common pro-abortion phrases, black bloc Antifa militants lit flares and began to chant, "I smell Nazis." Members of the militant group posed with a threatening banner that read, "Burn Our Rights, We Burn Ur State."
A videographer with KOMO News had his camera smashed by Antifa as the group convened at Cal Anderson Park, famously known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ). Aside from that, the Seattle Police Department reported no further criminal acts.
In the nation's capital, thousands of pro-abortion activists gathered outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Hopeful pro-life activists were also in attendance and for both groups, metaphorically, this is their "hill to die on."
A pro-abortion speaker called for violence and said, "We're gonna burn this sh*t down." A person in the crowd replied, "That's right, get scared."
On Monday evening following the Roe v. Wade draft leak, fences were erected around the Supreme Court.
On Monday, an initial draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito and obtained by Politico revealed that the Supreme Court has voted to overturn the landmark abortion ruling Roe v. Wade.
SCOTUS confirmed the draft leak's legitimacy on Tuesday.
Over the past year, many states across the US have written and passed laws that essentially outlaw abortion past 16 weeks. It was the law out of Mississippi that was challenged in the court.
Part of the draft ruling states that "Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division."
A source said that Justices Thomas, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett had voted in the majority with Alito after December's oral arguments, and as the court was set to reach a decision, that remained the same.
Justices Sotomayor, Kagan and Breyer were all opposed to overturning the ruling, which essentially bumps the abortion problem back to the states, or will require Congress to act to create a law on abortion that would be effective across the country.
Politico states that the opinion is 98 pages long, still in draft form, and backs Mississippi's right to make abortion illegal in the state. That the draft was made public is somewhat shocking, and "a rare breach of Supreme Court secrecy and tradition around its deliberations."
Because the leaked opinion is still a draft and is not final, things in the Court could change prior to the release of the official opinion.
"The inescapable conclusion is that a right to abortion is not deeply rooted in the Nation's history and traditions," stated Alito in the draft per Politico.
"The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion," Alito wrote in conclusion. "Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives."
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