Criminal makes mockery out of MA gun laws, waves gun around as cops chase him through streets

SPRINGFIELD, MA- If you want the poster child for the failure of gun control measures, look no further than the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, home of inept RINO Gov. Charlie Baker, and two of the most radical members of the Senate, Democrats Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren and far left nutjob Ayanna Pressley.

Massachusetts of course has one of the stricter gun laws in the nation, yet this past weekend, 43-year-old Jose Montanez was able to acquire a firearm and decide to blast off five shots in no particular direction.

Police were notified of a “ShotSpotter” activation, reporting five rounds of gunfire in the crime capital of Massachusetts, Springfield.

According to Channel 22 in Springfield, police were notified of the ShotSpotter activation at around 7:25 p.m. on Sunday on High Street in the city.

A city-owned video camera captured the moments after the shots were fired, and Montanez was seen running throughout the streets, gun in hand. Channel 22 said crime analysts were able to view the camera in real-time and assisted officers at the incident.

Montanez continued running through the streets, however kept turning around and pointing the gun at officers. Springfield Police spokesman Ryan Walsh said officers were able to ascertain the gun’s slide was locked back, which indicated it had exhausted its ammunition. Montanez briefly put the gun down, then retrieved it. Police said an additional magazine was seen in his waistband.

Criminal makes mockery out of MA gun laws, waves gun around as cops chase him through streets
Jose Montanez runs through streets of Springfield-YouTube screenshot

Montanez continued running around and finally went on to school property, where he tossed the firearm and was taken into custody. The firearm, reported stolen out of the nearby town of Ludlow, Mass., was recovered, as well as the spare magazine.

Criminal makes mockery out of MA gun laws, waves gun around as cops chase him through streets
Jose Montanez in streets of Springfield, MA-YouTube screenshot

Montanez was charged with a bevy of charges, including carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, possession of ammunition without a FID card, and a few other charges.

Criminal makes mockery out of MA gun laws, waves gun around as cops chase him through streets
Jose Montanez, runs through streets of Springfield, MA-YouTube screenshot
Criminal makes mockery out of MA gun laws, waves gun around as cops chase him through streets
Jose Montanez runs from police in Springfield, Ma- YouTube screenshot

The point of all of this? You can have all the gun laws and restrictions you want, but unless the courts do their job, what is the point? The only ones who are forced to deal with draconian gun-grabbing laws are lawful gun owners.

Clearly, Montanez violated what, at least four or five gun laws? Would a sixth, seventh or eighth made a difference? This was not lost on Springfield’s mayor, Dominic Sarno (D).

“After reviewing this most chilling video, these officers showed tremendous restraint in not firing their weapons in this foot chase to subdue this violent offender, who was firing off his gun and pointing at officer’s numerous times,” Sarno said.

“Those officers and residents were put in harm’s way and a very traumatic situation—they could have been injured or God forbid killed. Is this what it is coming to?

Our courts are holding no one accountable, especially repeat violent criminal offenders who are allowed to run roughshod on our streets and neighborhoods, while our brave and dedicated men and women in blue risk their lives with arrest after arrest after arrest to keep all our residents and business community safe.”

Sarno, clearly exasperated by a broken criminal justice system and with Springfield currently holding the “honor” of the most dangerous city in Massachusetts appears to have had enough of the inept, revolving door criminal justice system.

“Now the big question—will our courts hold him or just ‘pat him on the head’ and release him right back to our streets and in our neighborhoods!”

If Sarno wants some answers, perhaps he should speak to Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), one of the vaunted members of “The Squad.”

Pressley is one of the leading proponents of defunding the police, implementing no-cash bail, and virtually emptying prisons of offenders, including violent ones.

Then there’s Markey (D-MA), another proponent of defunding the police and criminal justice “reform.” Markey is also a proponent of disbanding ICE. While Warren said she doesn’t support “defunding the police” per se, the has talked about “demilitarizing the police.”

The issue that drew the most attention from this particular Springfield case is the fact that Montanez was basically making a mockery of the police.

Clearly, in light of the current atmosphere that police cannot do anything right, the fact that they employed some restraint in this case can be viewed as a good thing, especially when video came out showing the gun “appeared” to be empty.

The fact that Springfield needs such a robust shot detection system in the first place would be the first point of concern for residents of Springfield, which was famous at one time for being the birthplace of basketball and the childhood home of Dr. Seuss, but which now has devolved into Western Massachusetts’ version of the Wild West.

Some have criticized the ShotSpotter system (not necessarily the one in Springfield) as ineffective, and the system has been subject to litigation. But clearly at least in this case, the system worked as designed.

However the video footage tells us a lot more. Here is a guy that apparently has a lengthy criminal history record, dancing around in the streets of Springfield on a Sunday afternoon, waving the gun around like it was nobody’s business and having police chasing him down like an old-fashioned kid’s game of cowboys and Indians.

Springfield, aside from the ShotSpotter system also has what appears to be a rather advanced video surveillance system in the city, as the attached video shows. The video quality is actually rather impressive, which could raise Fourth Amendment concerns, so those who are concerned about government overreach might raise some issues.

We are not necessarily concerned with our local and state law enforcement officials, but from what we’ve seen of some federal resources, clearly there is room for concern; look no further than the FBI’s aggressive targeting of January 6 protesters while ignoring those rioting in cities over the past 13 months.

The bottom line is this, as addressed earlier. Massachusetts has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, but this criminal managed to get his hands on a firearm. More gun laws—be it one more or a dozen more—wouldn’t have prevented Montanez from getting this gun.

Fortunately, all he did is pop some shots off in the air. This situation could have turned out much worse—for innocent people, for the Springfield police and for Montanez himself.

As Mayor Sarno alluded to, hopefully this guy isn’t put back on the street by some liberal judge. Next time, the city might not be so lucky.

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Last year, Law Enforcement Today reported on an anti-police mural that was painted in the city of Springfield. For more on that, we invite you to:

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The following editorial content is written by a former police officer and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

SPRINGFIELD, MA- The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has lost sixteen police officers in the line of duty, the most recent being the shooting death of Officer Kevin Ambrose on June 4, 2012.

Prior to that, the last two officers shot and killed in the line of duty occurred on November 12, 1985 when officers Alain Beauregard and Michael Schiavina died in the line of duty.

So, how does the city remember its fallen police officers? By approving a Black Lives Matter mural in which the letter “T” contains a depiction of the Blue Lives Matter symbol, surrounded by red dripping blood and skulls instead of stars. But it’s “not anti-police.”

Criminal makes mockery out of MA gun laws, waves gun around as cops chase him through streets
BLM Anti-Police Mural-photo: Instagram

Turtleboy Daily News, a blog that originates out of Worcester, Massachusetts discovered the mural. And it is nauseating.

This is the third go-around for Black Lives Matter murals in the Western Massachusetts city, best known as the home of the Basketball Hall of Fame and Bondies Island, the city’s sewer treatment plant which gives of an aroma befitting of the mural mentioned above.

The first mural, painted in the street in front of Springfield City Hall was defaced when a wanna-be NASCAR driver decided to burn rubber on it. That mural was in fact defaced three times. Think there is maybe a message there, not sure.

This time, they’re not taking a chance with anyone burning rubber on the mural—this time, they’re painting it on a building.

Criminal makes mockery out of MA gun laws, waves gun around as cops chase him through streets
BLM Mural Springfield-photo courtesy: Instagram

One of the “artists” painting the mural, Frankie Borrero said:

“I love working with the community, and as an artist this message brings the community together.”

Unless of course you are a police officer or support police officers.

Borrero and the other “artists” want to send a “powerful message” to those who damaged the first mural three times.

“This is just because we got no action on the defacing of the other mural, and we know that there is someone that’s known for defacing the first time,” bellowed Springfield City Councilor Trayce Whitfeld.

Each of the “artists” were given a letter which ends up spelling out “Black Lives Matter” to design and paint.

Borrero explained that he got the letter “T”, which he claimed “has put a balance, sort of like a scale, weighing out the justice system, the hand in the middle reaching out.”

Western Mass News reported that organizers of the vandalism, er mural want to see more action.

“We would like the mayor’s administration and the D.A.’s Office, come forward with that person,” Whitfield said. “So, we can maybe prevent or defer (sic) folks from coming down and doing that again in the future.”

Gee, wonder why they would want the person identified? Prevent them from “doing that again in the future?” Ah yes, dox them, get their address published and harass the crap out of them. Got it.

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The mural in front of City Hall on Court Street has once again been “repaired” and are hoping the new mural will “send a message to the community.”

The question is, who is paying for all of this? If you guessed the taxpayers of Springfield, you are probably onto something.

 Turtleboy hit it correctly:

“…every time one of these politically charged, anti-police children’s drawings on public property gets ‘defaced,’ they’ll get more work. Because God knows they can’t create anything of value that someone would purchase on the free market. They are completely dependent on the government paying them to doodle on brick buildings.”

Touché’ Turtleboy.

The “T” painted by Borrero is clearly anti-police imagery. The Blue Lives Matter imagery in the letter is obvious and using that imagery which is used primarily to honor police officers killed in the line of duty is the epitome of ignorance.

Criminal makes mockery out of MA gun laws, waves gun around as cops chase him through streets
BLM Anti-Police Mural-photo courtesy: Instagram

Whitfield, however says that the mural is not anti-police.

“We know all lives matter; I want to make that point clear. We know police lives matter as well,” she said. This isn’t anti-police; we need to create awareness for what’s happening to a lot of black people in the nation.”

Yes, we know…nine for all of 2019. True carnage.

Whitfield apparently made allegations of racism at the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2017 where she publicized of an alleged racial slur posted on her son’s dormitory door. The problem is, it never happened.

Criminal makes mockery out of MA gun laws, waves gun around as cops chase him through streets
Springfield City Councilor Tracye Whitfield- photo courtesy: Facebook

Evidently, five black cadets at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School had found graffiti containing a racial slur on the dormitory doors, along with the words “go home.” It was later discovered that one of the five had been the one who wrote the graffiti, in order to get out of a jam for an unrelated misconduct complaint.

When she was contacted after the truth came out, she remained indignant.

“It’s still a slur—whether it was a white person or a black person who wrote,” she said. “My son still experienced it. We still experienced it.”

The incident went viral when Whitfield posted it on her Facebook page and it was shared across the country. The press became aware of it, and it basically went national, which got to the point where the Superintendent of the Air Force Academy gathered all 4,000 cadets together. But Whitfield continued to play the victim.

Criminal makes mockery out of MA gun laws, waves gun around as cops chase him through streets
Whitfield Racism Hoax Air Force Academy- photo courtesy: Facebook

Whitfield also led a mob to protest at a bar in Springfield because the establishment had implemented a dress code, which she claimed “targeted communities of color.”

Criminal makes mockery out of MA gun laws, waves gun around as cops chase him through streets
BLM protest at Nathan Bills Springfield photo: Facebook screenclip

What was the dress code? No plain white t-shirts (anti-redneck), no shirts that hang below the thigh (fat guys who lost weight), no do-rags (fat, bald guys who lost weight) and no “excessively low or baggy pants.” (people who haven’t learned to pull their pants up).

The below Twitter post was put up by “Bishop” Talbert Swan, a local anti-police zealot and proponent of defunding the police. Oh, and he also wants the city to establish a citizen’s review board, which would have disciplinary authority over the Springfield Police Department. 

The protesters claim the dress code was implemented after the bar was targeted for a protest by anti-police zealots due to its reputation as a “cop bar.” Time was that private establishments were permitted to implement dress codes. Not in the era of mob rule apparently.  

The protest must have worked because they managed to shake down the business for $6,500 which was used for the vandalized mural on Court Street.

Mission accomplished.

We’ll leave you with this.  Watch the video below.  You’ll meet Kyle Ambrose.  He’s a police officer.  And his father was that officer we talked about in the beginning of this article… who was killed in the line of duty.

This is what warriors look like.

 

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