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The owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey kicked in their boarded up gym doors after receiving a notice letter Friday threatening to strip them of their business license for defying the state’s lockdown restrictions to remain closed.

Francine Wright, clerk of the Borough of Bellmawr, wrote in the letter to the gym owners that a hearing will occur on Tuesday, August 4 in consideration of “whether to revoke the Atilis Gym’s mercantile license to operate.

“No mercantile license shall be issued to any person or entity which has not complied with the laws of the State of New Jersey or the ordinances of the Borough of Bellmawr,” Wright wrote in the letter dated July 29. “Any person licensed fails to comply with such laws and ordinances after due notice and opportunity to be heard, the Borough Council may revoke such license.”

Letter: New Jersey Threatens Atilis Gym’s Business License: pic.twitter.com/Fierlrd7r2

— Heather Hunter (@heatherhunterdc) August 2, 2020

The gym owners Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti responded to the letter the following day by kicking in their boarded up entrance and reopening their gym on Saturday morning.

This is Ian Smith taking back his gym from NJ Tyrant Gov. Murphy after it was boarded up for defying the lockdowns

Be like Ian pic.twitter.com/ICiBVqi7z5

— Rogan O’Handley ???????? (@DC_Draino) August 1, 2020

 

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I hate the fact that it has to come to this. Governor Murphy can portray us in whatever villainous way he wants, but our hands are forced here and that’s his fault. We are over 4 months into an economic shutdown that was supposed to be 14 days. It is time to end this and resume life in a safe and responsible manner. Small business is not solely responsible for the spread of the virus yet we are targeted as such and unfairly treated. You will not trample on our rights and you will not destroy our lives. We will not back down. Ever. Please share this to show what lengths we have to go to just to make a living for our families.

A post shared by Ian Smith (@iansmithfitness) on Aug 1, 2020 at 5:43am PDT

“It has to come to this … We have to make a statement,” Smith told a crowd outside his business Saturday morning. “[New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy] will go as far as he needs to. He’s made this personal now. And now, it comes to this. We have to wake up early on a Saturday morning and kick our own doors in — just to be in business. Just to feed our families and just to do what is in the constitution.”

Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey this morning. ????????
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— NJ1ST (@_NJ1ST) August 1, 2020

Superior Court Judge Robert Lougy issued a contempt order against the gym owners on July 24. On Monday morning at 5:30 a.m., police arrested Smith and Trumbetti after they refused to leave the gym. Police boarded up their business. (RELATED: New Jersey Gym Owners Arrested After Defying COVID Order)

Can someone tell me why they’re emptying the jails in Democrat states and then filling them with innocent Americans?!

Ian Smith, owner of @TheAtilisGym in NJ, was ARRESTED today for having the nerve to defy @GovMurphy’s lockdowns and open his gym to feed his family

TYRANNY pic.twitter.com/EmHXVEqkWq

— Rogan O’Handley ???????? (@DC_Draino) July 27, 2020

Smith joined “Tucker Carlson Tonight” following the arrest and called out Gov. Murphy’s actions,  saying, “I’m not afraid of tyrants. No American should be. We outnumber them greatly. The only thing they run off of is fear… [Government officials] don’t ever offer any solutions. It’s ‘wear a mask, shut up and wait for a vaccine.’ That’s not public health and I won’t subscribe to it.”

Arrested NJ Gym Owner Ian Smith tonight on Tucker

“They [city officials, media] don’t ever offer any solutions. It’s wear a mask, shut up and wait for a vaccine. That’s not public health and I won’t subscribe to it”. pic.twitter.com/qQJZE6Vms3

— Bubba Smollett (@BubbaSmollett) July 28, 2020

Smith and Trumbetti were charged with fourth-degree contempt, as well as obstruction and violation of a disaster-control act.

Murphy ordered gyms and other businesses to close on March 21 and the gym owners first reopened their gym on May 18 in defiance of the state’s monthslong coronavirus restrictions to keep their business from shutting down. The New Jersey Department of Health followed up with a mandate to have the gym be closed down and they changed the locks. (RELATED: NJ Gym Owners Ticketed For Reopening Amid Government Shutdown)

In a July 1 Facebook video, Smith explained how they were putting their workout equipment outside to accommodate health concerns.

The gym has been raising money for their legal battle via a GoFundMe account Atilis Bellmawr Court Relief.

“You will not trample on our rights and you will not destroy our lives. We will not back down. Ever.” Smith wrote on his Instagram account on Saturday.

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Man, 40, is shot dead by Arizona cop at point blank range after he answered the door with a gun in his hand after a neighbor made noise complaint, but his girlfriend said they were playing video games

Harrowing police body camera footage shows how a noise complaint in Arizona turned into a fatal police shooting where a man playing video games was shot in the back seconds after opening his front door.

On May 21 around 10pm Phoenix police knocked on the door of Ryan Whitaker, 40, following a complaint about noise from an upstairs neighbor.

Whitaker answered the door with a 9mmgun in hand because he heard a stranger knock on his apartment door in the middle of the night earlier that month, according to AZCentral.

He had been playing video games with his girlfriend Brandee Nees when he answered the door and was killed in less than a minute. 

Harrowing police body camera footage shows how a noise complaint in Arizona turned into a fatal police shooting where Ryan Whitaker, 40, was shot in the back seconds after opening his front door

In July Phoenix police released 30-minute video footage from Officer John Ferragamo's bodycamera showing the moment Officer Jeff Cooke shot Whitaker in the back at least two times. Whitaker's gun pictured circled in red

Whitaker's gun pictured in his right hand when he answered the door

The footage, which blurred his face, showed Whitaker put the gun behind his hand after realizing cops were at the door

He then slowly goes on the ground but within three seconds was fatally shot

When he opened the door he was confronted by two Phoenix police officers and they were surprised by the sight of his firearm.

Just three seconds later Phoenix Officer Jeff Cooke shot Whitaker in the back at least two times at point-blank range, killing him.

The horrific police shooting was just one of several in the police department this year that has reawakened criticism of the force’s use of deadly force.

Following public outrage over Whitaker’s death the police department released 30-minute bodycam worn by Officer John Ferragamo in July who was on the scene with Cooke.

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'The Phoenix Police Department knew from the night of the shooting that this was a false and exaggerated 911 call,' Matthew Cunningham, the Whitaker’s family lawyer, said.

Those two 911 calls complained about people screaming each other and the caller said he couldn’t sleep because of the noise. The second call alleged the shouts escalated into a physical fight.

'It could be physical. I could say yeah if that makes anybody hurry on up. Get anybody here fast,' the caller said to the 911 dispatcher.

In the police report, Cooke claimed he shot Whitaker because he feared for his life

After shots fired Whitaker’s girlfriend walks out shouting, 'Why did you guys shoot him?' She said they were making salsa and playing video games when cops knocked on the door

In the bodycam footage the officers are seen mocking the caller for not giving enough helpful information and insisting officers come quickly.

When they get to Whitaker’s door and knock, Whitaker opens it with his gun visible in his hands then he quickly takes a couple steps out of the apartment as Ferragamo flashes a light in his face.

Ferragamo repeatedly yells, 'Hands' after seeing the gun.

Whitaker then gets on his knees and raises his left hand and puts the gun behind his back, then Cooke fires into Whitaker’s back.

Whitaker’s family says he put the gun down on the ground and was still shot.

After shots fired Whitaker’s girlfriend walks out shouting, 'Why did you guys shoot him?'

'He just pulled a gun on us, ma’am,' Cooke replies.

'Because it's dark and someone just knocked on the door,' she yells back.    

Nees asks the officers why they’re there and they say they received a call about a fight between them.

Nees says that Whitaker heard a knock on his door in the middle of the night a few days earlier but when he looked through the door’s peephole, whoever knocked was gone.

She said that on another occasion a woman who used to live in the complex knocked on his door asking for help because she got into a fight with her partner.

Earlier that day Whitaker had attended the graduation of his daughter (right)

A petition named Justice for Ryan demanding answers into why police acted so quickly with force as racked up over 21,000 signatures

She said they were playing Crash Bandicoot on PlayStation and making salsa when the cops knocked.

'Literally we were making salsa and playing Crash Bandicoot, so there may have been some screaming,' she said. 'It wasn’t domestic violence or anything.'

Nees tells the cops that Whitaker had gone to his daughter’s high school graduation earlier that day.

In the police report, Cooke claimed he shot Whitaker because he feared for his life.

Ferragamo told another cop at the scene he would’ve done the same thing.

In the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officers, law enforcement forces across the country are facing criticism for use of excessive force.

Whitaker’s shooting is one of 11 Phoenix police shootings in 2020, five of which were fatal.

Now it’s up the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to determine whether they’ll file criminal charges against Cooke.

A petition named Justice for Ryan demanding answers into why police acted so quickly with force as racked up over 21,000 signatures. 

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