Initial reports of the damages inflicted on Kenosha, Wisconsin by last month’s Black Lives Matter riots indicate that more than $50 million of property damage occurred during the events. The Wall Street Journal has reports that the damages were assessed
The hardest-hit business from the mass criminal activity was a car dealership, where rioters attacked and burned dozens of cars displayed for sale in a lot. Rows of vehicles were burned and destroyed by criminal rioters.
This used car dealership in Kenosha that had dozens of cars completely burned out during riots last week now has signs posted asking “Where is our justice?” & “What did our community do to deserve this?” Another says “Help needed” and directs ppl to a GoFundMe page. pic.twitter.com/FBPmQHuM0S
— Garrett Tenney (@Garrett_FoxNews) September 3, 2020
The Danish Brotherhood Lodge, a community organization commemorating the Scandinavian heritage of many inhabitants of Wisconsin and the Kenosha heritage, was also curiously targeted by the rioters. The Lodge was entirely destroyed, with members of the organization combing through the rubble hoping to find documents and items that hadn’t been destroyed.
— Mike De Sisti (@mdesisti) September 1, 2020
The riots were sparked after the shooting of Jacob Blake, a sexual assault fugitive who resisted arrest with a knife when Kenosha police sought to apprehend him. Blake was shot four times on camera, and the local community rose up in riots almost immediately in response.
The damages to Kenosha appear to have occurred in a swift fashion, approaching the damages done in Minneapolis in a far shorter timeframe. The destruction largely came to an end after a shooting incident in which two rioters were killed by 17-year old militia member Kyle Rittenhouse, who maintains that he was acting in self defense.
Minneapolis has already begun a lobbying campaign, seeking more than $50 million in bailout funds from the federal government to repair damages inflicted on the community from the Floyd riots.
WATCH: DC Police Knowingly Route Trump Supporters Through Violent BLM Crowd
They wouldn’t allow them to get through a blockade.
Though the Million MAGA March was a major success, there were too many cases of Black Lives Matter and Antifa hordes antagonizing and assaulting Trump supporters.
Big League Politics has documented some of that footage here. It’s true that DC police can’t be everywhere at once and thus can’t prevent every single assault, but at least one clip from Saturday shows DC police unequivocally failing to protect a group of Trump supporters.
In a video captured by Jorge Ventura below, three Trump supporters ask to get through a manned blockade that appeared to be cordoning off a group of BLM counter-protesters. The police tell the Trump supporters that they’re not allowed through and proceed to reroute them.
But the police rerouted them through the BLM group, which they had to have known would lead to violence.
— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) November 14, 2020
This seems to be the clearest-cut case of police failing to protect Trump supporters. There could very well have been similar cases elsewhere that weren’t documented on video.
Now the vast majority of individual cops are good cops, and we should defend them when they’re unjustly demonized for doing their jobs. Nevertheless, it does not logically follow that the police as an institution are the friend of Trump supporters and conservatives, especially in big cities and The Swamp.
Police are the armed wing of the government, of the state. If the government orders them to back down and effectively allow BLM and Antifa to loot businesses and set cars on fire, the police will do so.
If the government orders them to prioritize arrests only when one side hits back at the antagonizing side (which is virtually always Trump supporters hitting back at BLM and Antifa), the police will do so.
If the US—God forbid—became the kind of country that cracks down on “hate speech,” the police will be the ones knocking on your door telling you to cool it with your social media posts.
Hopefully the assaults in DC and even the chaos that happened over the summer remind us that we have to rely on ourselves for our own safety and security first. We cannot place it entirely in the hands of the police.
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