It's astonishing that they use the picture above to illustrate this Fake News attack on alt-right figure Nathan Damigo, seen here fighting back against a masked, dreadlocked young woman who was part of the antifa rioters at Berkeley:
In one of several videos from the Patriot's Day event, prominent neo-Nazi Nathan Damigo is seen running into and sucker-punching a young woman in her face. Damigo — a 30-year-old California State University, Stanislaus student, former felon and organizer of neo-Nazi group Identity Evropa — was thrust into the media spotlight following the election of Donald Trump, who relied throughout his campaign on the support of the so-called "alt-right," described by the Associated Press as a "white nationalist movement."
In the video, an instantly-recognizable Damigo can be seen attacking 20-year-old Louise Rosealma, a member of the Oak Roots anarchist collective. The video went viral over the weekend, leading to calls for Damigo's arrest and his expulsion from CSU Stanislaus.
The astonishing part of this is that the picture they used clearly shows that that the young woman is wearing a black sap glove, designed for punching people's lights out, on her right hand. (N.B. only on her right hand.)
The "heavy black gloves" are quite popular among police in some regions and flatly banned by department edict in others because of their connotation of brutality. Essentially, sap gloves are good-quality gloves that have powdered lead sewn into the area of the knuckles and first digits of the fingers, or into the palm to create a sort of reinforced-fist effect. One brand, the Poly/ Steelwall™, is completely reinforced on the back, from fingertip to edge of wrist, with a layer of steel mesh in addition to the powdered lead.
....there are many who view sap gloves as something akin to brass knuckles—a thug's weapon, not a policeman's, and one that puts the cop in a bad light if he's accused of using that weapon overzealously.
You can buy them on Amazon.com, but probably shouldn't bring them to a riot. One women in South Carolina called the set at right"perfect for women with small hands." Of course, she was using them to protect her hands during outdoor shooting, not rioting and punching people.
An alternative is Oakley's Pilot Gloves, which aren't weighted—they're designed to protect your knuckles from breakage when they bang against things:
Of course, they also protect your knuckles when you punch people, which has led to complaints.
I think the police, if they were interested, would be suspicious of a masked rioter who showed up to a riot wearing one of these on her right hand—in the California heat.
Also worth mentioning—Nathan Damigo's Identity Evropa, while it may have Deplorable opinions, is a political organization, not an anarchist rioting collective, but the young woman's Oak Roots Anarchist Collective is, in fact, an organized criminal organization:
In the TeleSur story above, the young woman is quoted as saying:
"They attacked with the intent to kill (and) I paid the price for being ill-prepared but I have no regrets that I showed up," the young woman said.
Well, she was fairly well-prepared—does she mean that next time she'll bring an actual gun or knife?