American Patriot Rally is mainly peaceful

Rally organizer Chester Doles carries Trump 2020 banner.

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The American Patriot rally in Dahlonega ended without violence or property damage today although one person was arrested hours before the rally started and two were arrested during the rally.

University of North Georgia police arrested Joshua Parker for possession of a knife on campus at approximately 10:30 a.m. Counter demonstrators Rachel Scott and Ronald Watson were arrested for inciting a riot after they snuck into the staging area reserved for the event organizers.

counter protester arrested

Aside from that, the event was uneventful. Rally organizers sang the Star Spangled Banner, recited the Pledge of Allegiance, paid tribute to President Donald Trump then departed.

There was one staging area for the organizers, another for counter protesters and another for the media. Each was cordoned off by steel barriers backed by a row of police officers in full riot gear.

The staging area for the organizers was in front of the Welcome Center. On the other side of the Dahlonega Gold Museum members of Antifa and the Socialist Coalition of North Georgia (SSCNC) carried signs and sang Viet Nam-era protest songs.

Sheriff Stacy Jarrard

An overwhelming show of force by law enforcement officers made it crystal clear there would be no violence on this day. Antifa and SCNG were outnumbered 3 to 1.

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said nearly 600 police officers from 36 local, state and federal agencies kept the event peaceful.

After the event, Jarrard expressed his gratitude to officers who came from as far away as Savannah.

“It just goes to show you how law enforcement officers respond when they are needed in another area. All I did was send out a simple email and I immediately got a reply that they were on the way.”

Mayor Sam Norton also expressed his appreciation.“I am humbled by this outpouring of support from our local, state, and federal partners during these events,” he said. “I would also like to thank all the residents and local business owners who sent messages of support to our officers. That is a true reflection of the people who live in our small town.”

There were three distinct winners at the rally today – the First Amendment to U.S. Constitution, the outstanding law enforcement officers and the City of Dahlonega.

The organizers were allowed to exercise their right under the First Amendment. Antifa and the Socialist Coalition of North Georgia did the same. The City of Dahlonega remained unscathed.




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  1. John knight September 14, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Biased Bill, does Chester get a reach around after your usual op-ed piece?

    • Bill Johnson September 15, 2019 at 7:41 am

      Thanks for reading Fetch Your News John. Try hitting those law books a little harder and stop drinking that Antifa kool aid.

  2. Chester Doles September 15, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Law enforcement nationwide, should use the way, Dahlonega’s rally was handled, as a model. Sheriff Jarrad, did an excellent job ! The rallies intent was to honor our President and America . But also to flush out and expose, the growing dangers of socialism in Dahlonega and across America. I wanted to get our local socialist, to step out of the closest and they did. Now were all aware, that there presence is real. I was honored to have Mrs. Lucretia Hughes speak at our event and look forward to, doing more events with her. Thanks Lucretia!

  3. Sonja Norrell September 15, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Our awesome sherreif did amazing job at keeping the peace and protecting us on campus Stacey Jarrard we thank you bunches.

    • Bill Johnson September 15, 2019 at 8:09 am

      Couldn’t agree more Sonja and thank you for reading Fetch Your News.

  4. David Lafalle September 17, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Nice job hiding any mention of the white supremacy origins of this rally. Even Doug Collins (who usually isn’t afraid to stick his greasy fingers into any of these MAGA things) didn’t want to have his name attached to it.

  5. Pamela Bellamy, L.Ac. September 29, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Well, I’m glad to know that you and Fetch Your Biased News has an agenda to support White Supremacist White Nationalism. Why do you not mention the 30 + Pastors and Ministers who stood peacefully with 100+ good people from Dahlonega and surrounding areas who were protesting not the rights of people to speak whatever putrid message of fear and hate they choose to embrace, but rather the message itself. I support your rights to speak any vile noncense you wish. I have the rights, granted by the 1st Amendment, to call you out on your hate and fear. Carry on, lil’ hate bearer.

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