A Black Hawk military helicopter buzzed downtown Spokane, Washington just a day before protesters are set to gather outside the Spokane Valley Police Department to protest the militarization of domestic law enforcement.
According to Infowars reporter Joe Biggs, the chopper flew at low altitude for around 10 to 15 minutes, weaving inbetween buildings.
The sudden appearance of the helicopter in an urban area just 24 hours before the demonstration against the militarization of Spokane Police may just be a coincidence, but it will do little to reduce tensions between residents and the Sheriff’s Department.
The protest is in response to a shocking video which went viral earlier this month which featured a Spokane Sheriff’s Deputy defending the use of an MRAP armored vehicle by saying it was needed to deal with the threat posed by “constitutionalists”.
The video, exclusively obtained by Infowars.com, prompted thousands of comments and a 9 minute video response from Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich in which he claimed that the video was being taken out of context.
The footage shows a Spokane Valley resident asking why police need vehicles that are designed for fighting foreign enemies abroad.
“I mean, we’ve got a lot of constitutionalists and a lot of people that stockpile weapons, lots of ammunition,” one deputy says. “They have weapons here locally.”
Spokane Valley Republican Representative Matthew Shea responded to the video by asking, “Will law abiding citizens who love the Constitution and Rule of Law be hunted down with MRAPs?”
Knezovich’s failure to apologize for the comments and his doubling down on the issue only prompted further anger, leading Scott Maclay, president of the Rattlesnakes Motorcycle Club, to organize the protest.