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DHS agent shoves pro-abortion protesters as thousands take to the streets

Department of Homeland Security agents clashed with a crowd of pro-choice activists in Los Angeles that spontaneously took to the streets in protest of a draft Supreme Court opinion showing that it is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade.

They were filmed aggressively driving up to a crowd of dozens of enraged activists which had blocked off streets with their protest in an ‘unlawful assembly’ and shoving them backwards in the face of their fury.

A lone DHS agent was quickly surrounded by screaming protestors – one waving a Soviet Union flag – as he used a baton to ward them off and continually shouted: ‘back up!’

He could then be seen shoving a woman as she approached him, saying: ‘You don’t do that, you understand me? Back up.’

But the protestors swarmed him, shouting at him to ‘get the f*** out of here’ until he received support from another armed DHS agent.

The clashes followed widespread demonstrations that marked cities across the land as news leaked of the Supreme Court’s draft decision to overturn the landmark Roe v Wade ruling that effectively legalised abortions across America.

LOS ANGELES: A Department of Homeland Security vehicle was filmed driving into a crowd of abortion rights protesters in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday night

LOS ANGELES: The agents then got out of the vehicles and told swarming protesters repeatedly to 'back up'

LOS ANGELES: The agents then got out of the vehicles and told swarming protesters repeatedly to ‘back up’ 

LOS ANGELES:  Video posted online showed a DHS agent shoving the protesters backwards in a very febrile situation

LOS ANGELES:  Video posted online showed a DHS agent shoving the protesters backwards in a very febrile situation

LOS ANGELES: The unidentified agent was just on of several who responded to the scene of Pershing Square

LOS ANGELES: The unidentified agent was just on of several who responded to the scene of Pershing Square

LOS ANGELES: Together, they blocked off the streets declaring the protest an 'unlawful assembly' as it was obstructing throughfares in the city

LOS ANGELES: Together, they blocked off the streets declaring the protest an ‘unlawful assembly’ as it was obstructing throughfares in the city

LOS ANGELES: A police officer was seen standing guard near a demonstrator after a confrontation with protesters

LOS ANGELES: A police officer was seen standing guard near a demonstrator after a confrontation with protesters

In the aftermath, NBC Los Angeles reports, an officer was reportedly injured – and the LAPD ordered a citywide tactical alert.

Originally, KTLA reports, the LAPD provided an escort to those attending the abortion rights rally as they walked from the federal courthouse to Pershing Square.

But around 8.50pm, the LAPD sent out a tweet urging people to avoid the area due to ‘police activity.’

Police Chief Michael Moore later said that some of those who were in attendance at Tuesday night’ rally attempted to ‘take the intersection’ and some in the crowd threw rocks and bottles at police officers trying to clear the area.

It remains unclear whether anyone was arrested in the scuffle or what injuries the officer may have faced.

The riots were instigated after Politico reported that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito had written a draft opinion in February repudiating both Roe and the 1992 Planned Parenthood vs. Casey decision.

‘Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,’ Alito writes in the opinion, which was reportedly circulated among the court members. ‘We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,’ he continues in the document, titled ‘Opinion of the Court.’

‘It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.’

Alito’s draft does not necessarily represent the sentiments of other justices who did not pen the opinion, but it’s been suggested that the court’s 5-3 conservative supermajority will likely deliver on the historic reversal. 

Chief Justice John Roberts, who reportedly does not plan to join in the majority opinion, confirmed the legitimacy of the draft as he announced a leak probe.

SEATTLE: Demonstrators gather during a rally in support of abortion rights. US President Joe Biden today said it is a 'woman's right to choose' if she has an abortion as he warned the 'basic fairness and the stability of our law demand' the Supreme Court does not overturn the Roe v Wade ruling

SEATTLE: Demonstrators gather during a rally in support of abortion rights. US President Joe Biden today said it is a ‘woman’s right to choose’ if she has an abortion as he warned the ‘basic fairness and the stability of our law demand’ the Supreme Court does not overturn the Roe v Wade ruling

SEATTLE: The demonstrations were instigated after Politico reported that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito had written a draft opinion in February repudiating both Roe and the 1992 Planned Parenthood vs. Casey decision

SEATTLE: The demonstrations were instigated after Politico reported that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito had written a draft opinion in February repudiating both Roe and the 1992 Planned Parenthood vs. Casey decision

LOS ANGELES: Police Chief Michael Moore later said that some of those who were in attendance at Tuesday night' rally attempted to 'take the intersection' and some in the crowd threw rocks and bottles at police officers trying to clear the area

LOS ANGELES: Police Chief Michael Moore later said that some of those who were in attendance at Tuesday night’ rally attempted to ‘take the intersection’ and some in the crowd threw rocks and bottles at police officers trying to clear the area

LOS ANGELES: It remains unclear whether anyone was arrested in the scuffle or what injuries the officer may have faced in the riots

BOSTON: Protestors gathered in Boston to vent the feelings at the draft decision by the Supreme Court to strike down Roe v Wade

BOSTON: Protestors gathered in Boston to vent the feelings at the draft decision by the Supreme Court to strike down Roe v Wade

BOSTON: Some protestors shows signs in support of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was viewed as a bulwork on the bench against conservative designs to strike down the abortion law

BOSTON: Some protestors shows signs in support of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was viewed as a bulwork on the bench against conservative designs to strike down the abortion law

NEW YORK: Thousands of protesters gathered at the Foley Square in New York City on Tuesday

NEW YORK: Thousands of protesters gathered at the Foley Square in New York City on Tuesday

NEW YORK: An aerial view showed the size of the crowd in Manhattan who showed up to protest a draft decision by Justice Samuel Alito that would overturn Roe v. Wade

NEW YORK: An aerial view showed the size of the crowd in Manhattan who showed up to protest a draft decision by Justice Samuel Alito that would overturn Roe v. Wade

NEW YORK: More than 3 thousand people rally on Foley Square for abortion rights in a issue where feelings run deep

NEW YORK: More than 3 thousand people rally on Foley Square for abortion rights in a issue where feelings run deep

OAKLAHOMA CITY: Pro-choice activists rally in the wake of the GOP-led state signing a bill banning abortions  after six weeks

OAKLAHOMA CITY: Pro-choice activists rally in the wake of the GOP-led state signing a bill banning abortions  after six weeks

OAKLAHOMA CITY: Abortion-rights supporters rally at the State Capitol after Governor Stitt signed the bill restricting abortions to before an heartbeat can be detected in the embryo

OAKLAHOMA CITY: Abortion-rights supporters rally at the State Capitol after Governor Stitt signed the bill restricting abortions to before an heartbeat can be detected in the embryo

WASHINGTON DC: Security personnel guarded the Supreme Court on Tuesday as protesters waved signs outside

WASHINGTON DC: Security personnel guarded the Supreme Court on Tuesday as protesters waved signs outside

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: One woman showed up to a protest in San Francisco with a hanger reading 'Never Again'

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: One woman showed up to a protest in San Francisco with a hanger reading ‘Never Again’

There are 18 states that have near-total bans on their books, while four more have time-limit band and four others are likely to pass new bans if Roe is overturned

There are 18 states that have near-total bans on their books, while four more have time-limit band and four others are likely to pass new bans if Roe is overturned

But the rally in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday night was just one of dozens to prop up across the country after Politico reported that Justice Samuel Alito wrote a draft opinion in February repudiating both Roe and the 1992 Planned Parenthood vs. Casey decision.

‘Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,’ Alito writes in the opinion, which was reportedly circulated among the court members. ‘We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,’ he continues in the document, titled ‘Opinion of the Court.’

‘It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.’

Alito’s draft does not necessarily represent the sentiments of other justices who did not pen the opinion, but it’s been suggested that the court’s 5-3 conservative supermajority will likely deliver on the historic reversal. 

Chief Justice John Roberts, who reportedly does not plan to join in the majority opinion, confirmed the legitimacy of the draft as he announced a leak probe.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Following the news, abortion rights activists took to the streets throughout the country

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Following the news, abortion rights activists took to the streets throughout the country

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA: One abortion-rights activist held up a sign arguing for 'no forced pregnancies' outside the federal building in Oakland

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA: One abortion-rights activist held up a sign arguing for ‘no forced pregnancies’ outside the federal building in Oakland

WASHINGTON DC: Throughout the day protesters flooded the steps of the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON DC: Throughout the day protesters flooded the steps of the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON DC: Young women scream their anger in the nation's capital outside the Supreme Court yesterday

WASHINGTON DC: Young women scream their anger in the nation’s capital outside the Supreme Court yesterday

LONDON, ENGLAND: A protest outside the US embassy in London sprung up as Brits and expat Americans among others made their feelings clear

LONDON, ENGLAND: A protest outside the US embassy in London sprung up as Brits and expat Americans among others made their feelings clear

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA: One woman was overcome with emotion as she protested for national abortion rights

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA: One woman was overcome with emotion as she protested for national abortion rights

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: A man held up a sign urging 'healthcare for all (except Alito)'

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: A man held up a sign urging ‘healthcare for all (except Alito)’

But in the meantime, pro-abortion rights activists from the steps of the Supreme Court to New York City, Nevada, Texas and California took to the streets Tuesday to protest the draft decision.

In downtown Seattle, the New York Times reports, thousands of people called for an escalating series of mass action, including possible national strikes if the Constitutional right to abortions is demolished.

The protests there reportedly featured speakers saying they need to risk arrest through civil disobedience.

Some smaller protests, though, like the one in Louisville, Kentucky, just featured a few dozen people held signs in front of a court house.

Meanwhile, outside of the Supreme Court in Washington DC protesters gathered throughout the day, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren even joining it at one point.

‘I am angry,’ the Massachusetts Democrat fumed. ‘Angry and upset and determined.’

‘I am here because I am angry, and I am here because the United States Congress can change all of this. Angry, but committed,’ Warren intoned.

She accused conservatives of ‘plotting, carefully cultivating these Supreme Court justices so they could have a majority on the bench who would accomplish something that the majority of Americans do not want.’

‘They knew what they were getting when they voted for these people. And this is what they want. It is up to the rest of us to make the legislative process work,’ she said. 

Warren was among a group of Democrats who were recounting recent history that set up the court’s 6-3 conservative majority: including the filibuster of Obama nominee Merrick Garland, the rush to confirm Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the last weeks before the 2020 elections after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the clash over Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the third of President Donald Trump’s nominees.

‘What should be investigated and prosecuted is the fact that people who were nominated to the Supreme Court stood up and said they believed in the rule of law and precedent, and then at first opportunity, changed direction by 180 degrees and are going for a full repeal of Roe,’ she said. 

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined demonstrators during a protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined demonstrators during a protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday

WASHINGTON DC: Women lead the protests in Washington DC accompanied by a rainbow flag, waving placards and speaking through a megaphone

WASHINGTON DC: Women lead the protests in Washington DC accompanied by a rainbow flag, waving placards and speaking through a megaphone

WASHINGTON DC: Outside the Supreme Court, where the justices have made their apparent decision to strike down Roe v Wade

WASHINGTON DC: Outside the Supreme Court, where the justices have made their apparent decision to strike down Roe v Wade

But conservatives are now focusing their efforts on finding the person who leaked the draft decision, with GOP Senator Mike Lee of Utah saying whoever leaked the explosive memo ‘needs to be brought to justice’ in an interview on Fox News soon after the report.

‘This entire kerfuffle has been brought about as a result of an unscrupulous person trying to subvert 235 years of tradition, trying to subvert the way the Supreme Court operates,’ Lee said.

He also released a statement on Monday night calling the decision ‘well-reasoned’ but further panned the leak as ‘dangerous, despicable, and damaging.’ 

The Utah conservative is on a Senate subcommittee that will hold a hearing at 10 a.m. on Monday about ‘transparency and accountability for 21st century courts.’

‘I have questions about whether that person should ever be allowed to practice law. That something that will be worked out in due time. These are small circles. As a former Supreme Court clerk I can tell you there are very few people in the entire building who had access to the opinion,’ he said on Fox.

 ‘I am virtually certain there are number people inside the court, probably figured out who it is. That person needs to be brought to justice and held to account to what they did. This is the first and what I predict will be a series of other attempts to delegitimize the supreme court of the United States in the coming months.’

Following suit, moderate Republican Senator Mitt Romney on Tuesday morning called for both an investigation and consequences.

The Utah lawmaker began his statement by lauding the reported high court decision and said: ‘Laws regarding abortion would now be returned to the people and their elected representatives.’

‘The breach of the Court’s deliberative process, however, is an appalling affront against a critical institution and should be fully investigated and those responsible should be punished.’ 

Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri said the leaker should be disbarred if they are a law clerk. 

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