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George Floyd protesters set Minneapolis police station afire
TIM SULLIVAN and AMY FORLITI
May 28, 2020
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When I was a young man living in Detroit I watched this happen. The 67 riots destroyed the city. When people figured out that the police would not or could not protect the lawful, the trickle of people leaving the city turned into a flood. And why not? Why would you want to live in a town where your business or home come be burned out and the police just shrugged their shoulder? And that flood of people leaving was solidly middle class. They had the skills and talent to run and create businesses. Detroit had failed the civilization test and has never recovered.
Minneapolis is failing the same test. The police may have given up the third precinct but they also gave up the community that building was in. You think Target, Auto Zone, or Wendy's is going to rebuild? You think any business in that district is going to be able to buy insurance a week from now? Minneapolis may never recover.
I tell you the people who are not looting that live in the area are feeling pretty vulnerable right now knowing the police have abandoned the area and are allowing a complete break down of rule of law. I lived through this in the Rodney King riots when 63 people were killed and hundreds of buildings were burned and destroyed. It is pretty scary knowing a mob is outside and there are no police that will come to help you if needed. In the Rodney King event finally the National Guard had to come in and restore rule of law, and we had Martial Law where we had to show soldiers ID to be able to come and go from our homes. The businesses that were destroyed and jobs that they supplied to our community were gone and never came back. I moved, because you could tell that what was created was an economic waste land.
When Baltimore was going through their riots a CVS Pharmacy was damaged. The neighborhood had tried for years to get a pharmacy and it was burned. Do you think these retailers will ever go back to this location? Will others?
Now see these protesters turned rioters have committed multiple federal offenses. If they had not done all this things would have been different the police would have been arrested and life moved forward but now everything has been prolonged and now many people will be arrested for destroying private property, business property, city property, state property and federal property. These people have turned from being citizens to be vigilantes.
I worked/retired from the tel. 36 yrs. in Los Angeles. I held many positions through that time. My happiest was on the cord board as a long distance operator. I was also an installer/repairman during the Rodney King riots. I was literally in the middle of it. I was just finished up a repair job and ready to go back to base. I found out about the verdict while doing the repair by overhearing someone. I had no idea of what was happening on the outside. If I didn't leave the place of business when I did, I would have been caught up in a situation like Reginald Denny. I had to go back to work the next day, and there are absolutely no words to describe what I face in the destruction. It was surreal. Streets, businesses, places I went to lunch, etc. were gone with still smoldering red-hot embers. The city was destroyed, but in the end, one had realize that for every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. What is and has been sown, so shall it be reaped.
Where is the journalist with the INTEGRITY to interview the victims of George Floyds' home invasion and armed robbery in Houston for which he was convicted in 2009 and served 5 years in prison?
I live here in the Twin Cities. Obviously, this rioting and looting is not going to help the situation. They should bring in the National Guard. The governor and the mayor are not handling this correctly. Now rioting has begun in Saint Paul. Trump basically said that if the local authorities can't handle it the military could take control. I see martial law coming. It may be necessary. BTW, the riots are occurring for the most part in minority areas. Videos show a particular group of people who are doing the looting. Guess who. So I have to assume they are also the ones rioting.
I don’t understand this. That police building holds evidence for other victims from other crimes. So now those victims are without the evidence needed to support their case.
"We just want the police officer to be held accountable.” But since the widespread riots will clearly prejudice the jury pool, the officer may very well be set free.
What does the burning of an AutoZone, looting of Target, destruction of private property have to with the death of George Floyd?
Will be decades to recovery . Newark, Atlantic City.... 60's riots .. never fully recovered
I will say that it’s refreshing to see that the “new normal” had many of the same things that happened in the old normal.
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