An antifa member known as the “Red Commander” was arrested on his way to a protest.

Matthew Banta, 23, lay on the ground in the fetal position, crying his eyes out after being caught with a flamethrower, smoke grenades and fireworks. He accused the police officer of lying on him.

Banta was arrested last month for pointing a loaded gun on a police officer. He also bit and kicked the officer. The suspect was placed under arrest and paid a $10,000 bail for his release. In all, he was charged with:

  • second-degree recklessly endangering, use of a dangerous weapon (point a loaded firearm at an officer)
  • battery to a law enforcement officer, use of a dangerous weapon (biting an officer)
  • battery to a law enforcement officer (kicking an officer)
  • resisting an officer, use of a dangerous weapon
  • disorderly conduct, use of a dangerous weapon

He was also charged with two counts of felony bail jumping and one count of obstructing a police officer after this latest arrest. The police say that Banta often incites people to riot but he denies that accusation.

Peaceful protesters often carry flamethrowers….they come in handy in case a beautiful girl needs her cigarette lit.

More from WBAY:

A responding officer says he saw four individuals walking towards a protest with baseball bats. One man was wearing a metal helmet with goggles and military-style gear with multiple pouches and was carrying an Antifa flag. When the officer pulled his squad car in front of the group, they ran away. The officer caught Banta, who was carrying the flag, and says Banta “dropped into the fetal position and began crying.” He accused the officer of lying on him; the officer replied nobody was on him

Big tough guy in the fetal position and crying? He’s antifa all right. They are only tough when the police lay down for them. I just wonder why he was allowed bail this time, but the judge may not have been told about the previous arrest. Or the felony bail jumping charges. Banta was attending the Green Bay protest as an outside agitator according to the police.

From The Blaze

Persistence doesn’t always pay

You might recall our hero from a report in TheBlaze last month. See, a police officer said Banta pointed a loaded rifle at him — and bit and kicked him — during a Waupaca protest Aug. 1.

A criminal complaint also said a bullet was in the rifle’s chamber, WBAY noted, adding that police found 117 rounds of ammunition on Banta, as well as an 8-inch straight blade knife in a sheath on his belt.

While Banta posted $10,000 cash bond after last month’s incident, a condition of his bond was not being in possession of a dangerous weapon, the station said, citing the Brown County district attorney’s office.

If he gets picked up again, he will be held without bail. He violated his first bail agreement which forbid him from carrying a weapon. Add in two charges of bail jumping and he will be held until at least his trial date. He will get credit for time served.

I am just wondering why President Trump has not declared antifa a domestic terrorist group yet. Protests are never peaceful when they attend. It would allow police greater latitude in arresting and detaining them.

If he is tried on all charges, Banta will have to serve a stiff sentence but it’s no less than he deserves. If more of these rioters were sentenced to prison terms, there would be fewer of them rioting.

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    • Wouldn’t he be considered a domestic terrorist? Red Commander could get a little prison time. Maybe his little butt turn red when he turned into somebody’s little bitch in there!

  • yeah it’s not the White Supremacist (sic) looks like they are to me. These are guys that are just a bunch of losers, stiring up trouble, they don’t care about anyone’s lives,actually not even their own. They are so Pathetic bunch. So this is our Black Lives Matter people, what a shame that Africian American’s are being used, but Black Americans know the difference.

  • Wouldn’t he be considered a domestic terrorist? Red Commander could get a little prison time. Maybe his little butt turn red when he turned into somebody’s little bitch in there!

  • Need to follow the money.These young people are being exploited and brain washed.Put them on a working camp for a year and see what the real world is all about.

  • 🙄 What a warrior. I just wish there was a video of the arrest .. it’d be almost as much of a classic as election night 2016!!

  • Why so many adds. Your headline is never related to the content after clicking on it. Just making money from clicks. Not a true patriot.

  • If he’s sentenced him to the maximum sentence allowed an hold him financially responsible for damages to the American people and property it wouldn’t be enough ! I say Lock this Traitor up and throw away the key. Hard labor not easy labor ! I have met scores of young peoplewho Love America. We should hold accountable for their actions the ones who Hate America. America is a Beacon for the World. Those that try to dowse Her Light should be branded Traitor with No leniency !

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