Black Lives Matter-style riots exploded in the city of San Bernardino, California on Friday night, after a police officer shot a man who was resisting arrest while possessing a gun the night before.
Mark Matthew Bender Jr., 35, was shot four times during a struggle with a San Bernardino police officer on Thursday. Authorities encountered Bender when responding to 911 calls reporting a man jumping onto cars while in possession of a gun outside of the King Tut liquor store.
The San Bernardino Police Department revealed footage of the arrest, which reveals Bender ignoring a command to show his hands to a police officer with a drawn pistol and struggling when he’s placed under arrest.
More footage released by the San Bernardino Police Department reveals Bender struggled against officers, and was holding a black object that appeared to be a weapon the moment before he was shot.
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) October 24, 2020
“The suspect was able to physically overpower the officer and retrieved a weapon from his pocket, and was turning to face the officer,” a statement from SBPD said. “At this time, an officer-involved shooting occurred. The officer discharged his duty weapon four times and the suspect was struck multiple times.”
Please see the attached Press Release regarding an incident that occurred in San Bernardino. Also, please avoid the listed area as the intersection will be closed for a few hours pending this investigation. pic.twitter.com/iGrICe8rko
— San Bernardino PD (@SanBernardinoPD) October 23, 2020
In spite of the seemingly strong justification for the use of lethal force, mobs congregated to riot in the streets of the California city the night after the shooting. Rioters stood in the streets and keyed the cars of totally random motorists as a “protest” against the shooting.
BLM rioters are standing in the street in San Bernadino, CA and keying people’s cars as they drive by. You know, to protest against “racism, or something. pic.twitter.com/hLTd3qNou5
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) October 24, 2020
Other rioters assaulted motorists, apparently under the impression that violent acts towards innocent civilians would accomplish something.
SAN BERNARDINO: A BLM protester punches a Hispanic woman in the face and another BLM protester keys her car after BLM protesters shut down an intersection (baseline/waterman) pic.twitter.com/65HeNgRfua
— Drew Hernandez (@livesmattershow) October 24, 2020
Seems like the Black Lives Matter movement has moved beyond the shootings of “unarmed black man.” They’ll now protest for gun-wielding criminal suspects, as well.
Minneapolis Preparing for Civil Unrest as Trial of Officer Charged in George Floyd Death Looms
Could the cop get off?
The city of Minneapolis is preparing security measures in the advance of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of George Floyd. Jury selection in the trial is slated to begin on March 8th, and it’s possible the trial could be over by the end of the month.
Fearing a repeat of the devastating riots that rocked the liberal city in the wake of Floyd’s death in the summer, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has confirmed that as many as 3,000 law enforcement officers will be deployed throughout the city during the proceedings. More than 700 buildings in Minneapolis were destroyed in the summer’s riots, with the mayor going on to request $55 million in bailout funds from the federal damages after refusing to quell the mass crime.
It’s expected that Chauvin’s attorneys will argue Floyd actually died as the result of a drug overdose. Documents from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office reveal that Floyd had ingested a fatal level of fentanyl when he died, and that if not for the altercation with Chauvin, coroners would’ve concluded he died of a drug overdose.
Reports had emerged suggesting that Chauvin earlier considered accepting a plea agreement that would’ve required him to spend ten years in prison. Chauvin’s attorneys sought to negotiate his incarceration in a federal prison, a provision that terminated the deal. AG Bill Barr, at the time in charge of oversight of federal prisons, was reluctant to sign off on the ten-year sentence.
Chauvin’s attorneys will also argue that the kneeling restraint Chauvin used to seeming fatal effect on Floyd was displayed in trainings utilized by the Minneapolis Police Department.
Second-degree murder ordinarily entails a prison sentence of 12.5 years in Minnesota. It’s possible that Chauvin’s ultimate sentence could spark off riots, just as it’s possible that his trial could end in his own acquittal. Riots that follow either outcome could ultimately put the immensely destructive marauding that occurred in summer 2020 to shame, proving that Joe Biden in unable to stop the swelling phenomenon of BLM/ANTIFA street terror merely by being a “nice guy.”
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