Meet John Alice, owner of JA Painting and Remodeling Philadelphia
John Alice has been identified as one of the mobs armed with Bats, Guns and Hatchets to “Protect” Christopher Columbus Statue In South Philly. He instigated the altercation that led to the attack of a Unicorn Riot reporter on Saturday, June 13th. The mob were creating what they called a Trump Autonomous Zone. Alice’s brother, Michael Alice, is a former cop who interestingly enough had police brutality complaints against him and was arrested for domestic violence.
Tne Unicorn Riot in thread of tweets wrote, “This man in first photo is who initiated the group assault on our reporter – he noticed he was being filmed and instantly bee-lined for us to demand we stop filming him. As he left, police passively watched him strike our reporter’s bike with a metal bat.”
Racist vigilantes gathering with bats and guns at the statue of Christopher Columbus at Columbus Square in South Philadelphia, some of them just assaulted our reporter pic.twitter.com/kvUn9dLTaV
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) June 14, 2020
His Brother, Michael Alice is a Former Cop
John Alice has a 45-year-old ex Philadelphia police officer who was charged in 2015 for assaulting his girlfriend.
The Philadephia Inquirer reported
Officer Michael Alice, who was assigned to the elite Highway Patrol unit, surrendered at the Internal Affairs Bureau and was charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, and two counts of violating an order for protection from abuse.
Alice, a 12-year veteran of the force, and the woman were at their home on May 24 when a verbal argument escalated to a physical assault, police said. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey has suspended Alice with intent to dismiss’
He is Married
John Alice is married and has children as per a screengrab of his Facebook account. He posted a picture of his wife and child back in 2014.
Men With Bats, Guns and Hatchets “Protect” Christopher Columbus Statue In South Philly
The past weeks of protests have seen demonstrators throw a Christopher Columbus statue into a Virginia lake. They beheaded a Christopher Columbus statue up in Boston. Just over the Ben Franklin Bridge in Camden, officials removed a Christopher Columbus statue from a city park. And the one down 95 in Wilmington, Delaware, saw a similar end. But here in Philly, there’s a much, much different scene playing out.
Here in Philly, we’ve got men armed with bats, guns and hatchets “protecting” the Christopher Columbus statue in South Philadelphia’s Marconi Plaza, a small park at the intersection of Broad Street and Oregon Avenue.
The first reports of armed individuals “patrolling” in the park emerged on Saturday, June 13th. Protesters say they were harassed and, in some cases, assaulted by some of the statue’s defenders. It didn’t take long for police to show up and put barricades around the statue. And on Sunday, some pro-statue residents marched to a house where they believed Mayor Jim Kenney to be.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner took to Twitter on Sunday to address some of the incidents surrounding the Christopher Columbus statue.
“Hey, bat-wielders,” he wrote. “Saying you are ‘defending’ something doesn’t prove you really are. And using a bat–or anything else–for an illegal purpose (such as assaulting or threatening or harassing people) is a criminal act. Prosecutors and police will uphold the law in Philly, consistent with their oaths, against criminal bullies. So save your bats for a ball game. And save your hatchets for chopping wood. We remain the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.”
Saying you are "defending" something doesn't prove you really are.
And using a bat–or anything else–for an illegal purpose (such as assaulting or threatening or harassing people) is a criminal act.
— DA Larry Krasner (@DA_LarryKrasner) June 14, 2020