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Antifa Leader Arrested for Assaulting Marines at ‘We the People’s Rally

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Photographic evidence makes identifying suspects much easier. That’s something Tom Keenan, 33, is experiencing first hand. When video emerged of Keenan attacking participants at the “We the People” rally on November 17, Keenan had few options except turning himself into authorities. Now he’s facing charges of criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, making terroristic threats.

Keenan is believed to be one of the leaders of a loosely organized Antifa group in Philadelphia, where the rally was held. Keenan allegedly was part of a larger group of individuals who assaulted a group of Marine reservists.

During his tirade, Keenan called the Marines “Nazis” and “white supremacists.” When video of the event emerged online, the pressure mounted. Shortly thereafter, Keenan turned himself in to Philadelphia Police.

“According to police,” Fox writes, “U.S. Marine Corps reservists called the cops after a group of ‘numerous males and females’ approached them around 3:20 p.m. the day of the rally.”

“The suspects then maced the complainants, and then proceeded to punch and kick them,” the Philly police wrote in a statement. “During the assault, one of the complainant’s had his cell phone stolen by one of the male suspects.”

Not all of the cell phones were stolen, though, so video of the Antifa counter-protest survived and was posted online. It isn’t clear if the reservists were even attending the rally, or if something else set of the Antifa group, resulting in the altercation.

Philadelphia Magazine notes that Keenan has had run-ins with police before. “In 2007, Keenan was arrested as one of the so-called “Love Park 4” after an incident involving a purported Ku Klux Klan rally in the well-known park near City Hall. He was charged with criminal conspiracy, institutional vandalism, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief, among other offenses, and eventually made a plea deal, pleading guilty to one summary offense of disorderly conduct, while all other charges were withdrawn.”

The event itself was bound to draw a counter-protest, though the event organizers stressed that the gathering was meant to be non-violent.

“We the people have been silenced for too long,” the Facebook notice for the rally reads. “It is far beyond time to make a stand and let our voices be heard. Too many times our voices are drowned out by the voices on the left. We need to be louder, we need to be stronger. We will let them know that their violent tactics will not keep us down or scare us away! The Silent Majority must make a stand now!!! This is our time!! This is our day.”

“This event is for all Patriots, Militia, 3%, constitution loving Americans, pro good cop, pro ICE, pro law and order, pro life, pro American value, pro gun and anti illegal immigration…. Will you stand with us? ITS TIME TO SHOW PHILLY WHAT PATRIOTISM REALLY IS!!”