Email sent to Business Agent of Grand Rapids IBEW Local 876 whose thugs went after my mom.
My name as you can see from my email address is [Free], and I am a recently retired member of the United States Army who served as an Infantryman. Recently some of your members, to include a gentleman named Tony Cummings participated in a political protest near the State Capital in Lansing Michigan. While there, many of your local members participated in numerous acts of malicious destruction of property to include tearing down a tent operated by the political group Americans For Prosperity. Inside that tent was my 66 year old mother. Previous to this incident, several of your local members were involved in a highly publicized assault of a media individual who it appears was attempting to stop this criminal act. That incident aside, members of your local put my elderly mother in danger by causing a crowd serge within the tent, as well as the danger that heavy beams falling on her obviously could have posed an old woman. Luckily she was dragged to safety and only sustained minor injuries.
Upon her escape from the tent, one of your members spit in my mother's face and called her quote "A scab, cunt, whore." I know this man's name because his actions were captured by cell phone camera, and it was displayed clearly on the black jacket he was wearing which also clearly displayed your union name and local. A quick internet search allowed me to find your email address given this information.
I am largely politically neutral and not a fan of either major party, but I must admit any hope you had of winning my piece of public opinion died the minute your man spit in my mother's face, and some of your membership dropped a tent on her.
I am likely not alone in this new, strongly held opinion as this incident is receiving wide media attention. If you have any sense as to the disastrous optics of this event, you will conduct an investigation into who from your union was involved in this senseless attack which has made your membership - and union members in general - look like thugs, and expel them from your union. To do otherwise causes people to suspect that you condone or even ordered the attack. In the new labor environment in Michigan you will now have to win over potential members to pay dues, so you might want to consider how you are publicly perceived. The image of attacking old women will affect people's willingness to join the IBEW. My mother would happily testify as to what she saw and I am encouraging her to press criminal charges. Having members of your local stand trial for assaulting an old woman would further damage your local and Labor's tarnished reputation and I imagine it would be best for the rest of your membership to distance yourself from these people.
Also, you should know that since my mother has been assaulted and since I'm a very good son with a lot of free time on my hands, I will now be escorting my mother to any event I even remotely suspect members of organized labor will be protesting. I am a very capable combatant having served multiple tours of duty as part of both Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, and you should let your members know I will use ALL LAWFUL FORCE NECESSARY to protect my mother from intimidation and assault. This includes lawful deadly force to prevent her or my injury. Please note this is not a threat and I have no desire to seek out you or any of your membership, or anyone else, for any kind of retribution. I have seen enough violence for ten life times and would be happy to never see any more as long as I live. Tracking down the people who hurt my mom is the job of law enforcement. I have however spent my adult life protecting this country and its interests and I will now be providing that service for my mother and her associates at political events. In the interest of peace and safety, I would encourage you to advise your membership to quit bothering people or worse assaulting little old ladies, because big combat vets with nonlethal chemical agents (pepper spray) and lawfully concealed hand guns might not be far behind them.
Best regards and Merry Christmas.
[Free0352] USA, Retired.
Americans for Prosperity: Michigan announced they filed a police report through the Michigan State Police Capitol Post on Thursday afternoon.