Chair of Otero County Republican Party Stephanie Garbo shared an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory on her Facebook page May 28 (which now appears to have been deleted) suggesting the recent killing of 46-year-old black man George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer could have been staged as part of a left-wing plot to incite disorder for political gain.


Orchestrated Chaos


"Interesting perspective. I've been suspicious from the get-go," writes Garbo, "because it's in the main media. I am ready for the fallout. If I'm wrong, I'll admit it. I hope I am. This is, in my opinion...


"ORCHESTRATED. CHAOS.


"How do you get control of chaos within your citizenship?


"Martial Law." (Sic.)


The conspiracy Garbo shared that suggests Floyd's death was staged, which there is no evidence of, had previously been posted nearly word-for-word by Bexar County, Texas, Republican Party Chair Cynthia Brehm, as reported in Colorado by the Colorado Times Recorder.


Brehm's post to social media prompted Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to call for the county chair's resignation. U.S. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz joined Abbott in calling for Brehm to step down.


"These comments are disgusting and have no place in the Republican Party or in public discourse," Abbott spokesman John Wittman reportedly told the Texas Tribune on June 4.


Garbo implied in her May 28 post — not just in the shared content but the commentary she provided with it — that Floyd's "staged" death could be part of a plot to instigate "Martial Law."


May 29, the same day Chauvin was arrested for the murder of Floyd, a tweet by President Donald Trump responding to nationwide protests and riots was marked by Twitter for violating the company's content policy, namely for glorifying violence.


Trump said: "I can't stand back and watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right....." [Sic.]


Twitter did not remove the tweet because it determined it was in public interest to remain viewable, according to a company message under the tweet itself.


Trump, whom Garbo consistently supported in her position as Otero County Republican Party Chair, has endorsed violence against political opponents in other recent instances.


At midnight on May 28, the same day that Garbo later suggested on Facebook that Floyd's death could have been staged as part of a left-wing coup de'etat, Trump retweeted a segment from a group called Cowboys For Trump, who stated that "the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat."


Garbo recently shared content from the same group in which a supporter of the president encouraged followers to prepare with firearms against the "radical left."


One day later on May 29, the president tweeted, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," and has since endorsed other broad calls, predominantly from other Republicans, to unleash active duty military upon protesters.


Garbo, at least on social media, has not necessarily distanced herself from calls to violence.


In response to a comment on her Facebook page suggesting that the "tree of liberty needs to be refreshed," Garbo responded, "Fire *looks* ugly and destructive, but it's sometimes necessary for renewal." [Sic.]


June 2, Garbo lamented online about the implied authoritarian rule of Gov. Jared Polis regarding COVID-19 -induced state mandates and guidelines, sharing a post that started:


"They say that if you want to see the character of a person give them power. Well we definitely know the character of the Governor ..."


Garbo serves as the Otero County Republican Chair and is a member of the Otero County Republican Women political group. Prominent members of the group include group leader Colorado GOP Vice Chair Kristi Burton Brown and House cadidate for Colorado District 47, Stephanie Luck.


Footage from May 25 of Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck for over eight minutes as Floyd pleaded, "I can't breathe," until he lost consciousness (he was pronounced dead after being transported to a hospital) went viral and sparked protests across the country and the world.


Chauvin, hands in his pockets, knelt on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds while three other officers were on scene. Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder, second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter; the three other officers involved in Floyd's arrest were also charged.


The Tribune-Democrat sent Garbo multiple inquries and requests for comment through Facebook Messenger and to her official party email address but did not receive comment in time for publication.


After initial inquiries from the newspaper, Garbo did however comment on a news story about La Junta protesters peacefully gathering at La Junta City Park.


"I would have stood up for you for your right to peacefully protest whatever you want," writes Garbo. "That's what America wants. Proud of you for this!"


Attendees of local protests indicated anyone is welcome to join and that peaceful gatherings would continue around 7:30 p.m. on the corner of 10th Street and Colorado Avenue each evening.


Read the full text of the conspiracy theory shared by Garbo:


Interesting thoughts: not mine I copied this... The Floyd event was staged.


Staged Event?


These officers were involved with something, I’m not sure exactly what, but something is just not adding up.


I think there is at the very least the "possibility", that this was a filmed public execution of a black man by a white cop, with the purpose of creating racial tensions and driving a wedge in the growing group of anti deep state sentiment from comon people, that have already been psychologically traumatized by Covid 19 fears.


Historically, in election years and in politically contested areas or in groups, racial or gun violence incidents are becoming common place. Considering the rising approval rating of President Trump in the black community, an event like this was unfortunately "Predictable"


Consider these points and contrast them to every other police brutality incident you've ever seen.


The filmed portion of the incident was about 10 minutes long. In that amount of time, three officers are holding one handcuffed man down. You only know that because of the pictures taken from across the street. You can't see the other two officers in the video because they are behind the vehicle. During 8 minutes of the entire video, the officer has his knee on George Floyd's neck, which is not taught or approved by any law enforcement agency.


Additionally, other than the Asian officer speaking occasionally to the crowd of bystanders, there is no communication from any of the officers to Mr. Floyd. No talking, no shouting. When have you ever seen a police brutality video without police shouting?


Additionally, the police had no goal. They weren't trying to subdue him for arrest, he was already handcuffed and all they needed to do, was place him in the back of the car. There is no plausible explanation for taking him to the ground and having three men on top of a handcuffed man, a knee placed on his neck. Mr. Floyd presented no threat and was not resisting. The only goal that there appeared to be was exactly what happened: "To be filmed brutally killing a black man".


Think about this, these officers did not care about being filmed, in fact the officer stared into the camera with soulless eyes and an emotionless face, reminiscent of an assassin, as he knowingly killed an American Citizen.


None of the officers spoke among themselves or did they speak to Mr. Floyd. They did not respond to his pleas for life. They just sat and kneeled on him until he was passed out and then waited an additional 4 minutes after Mr. Floyd lost consciousness to ensure that Mr. Floyd was dead and could not be revived.


The bystanders are verbally communicating to the officers, that he isn't breathing. Unlike any other similar incident, you never see the officers getting on police radios. You never see or hear them calling dispatch for backup. No other police units arrive on the scene and strangely enough, the crowd does not seem to grow either.


The scene does not end until an ambulance arrives and they unceremoniously flop him on a gurney. At no point does anyone in a uniform ever check his vitals. "As if they aren't remotely curious about the situation they are in" BTW. who called the ambulance and for what reason? Because if the reason was that Mr. Floyd was having a medical issue, they wouldn't have still been crushing his neck.


Shortly after the video went viral, a fake Facebook page supposedly belonging to the officer, at the center of the murder appears and pictures are uploaded that say "Stand your Ground" and "Trump 2020". A picture of the cop with a red ballcap that says "Make America White Again". A friends list populated with obvious sock accounts and people clearly not his friends. This is the same kind of fake Facebook stunt that happened with a group made to look like support for the men involved with the Ahmed Aubrey case.


Is it mere coincidence that this happens the week after "race" becomes a major political issue after the Biden "You ain't Black" gaffe, started to threaten the black vote the Democrats so desperately count on?


Additionally, there is substantial video evidence to arrest at least one officer now. Why would the local authorities not charge him immediately, unless there was a political advantage not to!


Is it mere coincidence that this happens right about the exact moment the COVID-19 fear campaign falls apart, and after it has psychologically traumatized the entire country and got everyone at each other's throats and suicide attempts are spiking? Is it mere coincidence that this happens after the Auhmed Aubrey case... Which somehow eluded the mainstream media completely until two whole months after he was killed? When has that ever happened? Timing issue? Is it mere coincidence that Supreme Race Baiter Obama was making videos a couple weeks ago connecting COVID with "Systemic Racism"?


FINALLY.... this entire scene plays out with the cop car and license plate that says "POLICE". The plate was perfectly framed for maximum subliminal impact. This also means he was literally just 1 foot away from the back seat of the police car and these cops thought it was smarter to kill a black man on camera, than to pick him up and move him one foot into the back of the police car.


You can draw your own conclusions, but this appears to have all the earmarks of George Soros. Please open your eyes!!!!


Thanks to Chris Tanner for photo and research


ANALYSIS:


The United States implements a judicial system through which it tries those accused of wrongdoing before declaring them guilty. Derek Chauvin will get a trial for the accusations against him; George Floyd will not because he is dead.


FURTHER READING


U.S. Constitution: Amendment I


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


U.S. Constitution: Amendment IV


The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


Tribune-Democrat reporter Christian Burney can be reached by email at cburney@ljtdmail.com. Help support local journalism by subscribing to the La Junta Tribune-Democrat at lajuntatribunedemocrat.com/subscribenow.