The audacity of liberal supporters of the #BlackLivesMatter movement is stunning.
In one breath they claim to support our nation’s law enforcement officers, and with the very same breath they whisper words of solidarity with the criminals wreaking havoc on our streets.
Back in the spring of 2015 the city of Baltimore was burning, but Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake still commanded her law enforcement leaders to leave the rioters to their ugly work.
“I’ve made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech…
It’s a very delicate balancing act because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well, and we work very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.”
Rawlings-Blake and other prominent liberals argued that the rioters in Baltimore, along with those from Ferguson, and other well-known convulsions of violence, were not necessarily wrong for acting out in a violent manner.
— Ricky Vaughn (@Ricky_Vaughn99) August 14, 2016
These same liberals also argued that the reasons for the violence were just – in Ferguson it was the “hands up, don’t shoot” reaction to the murder of a “gentle giant.” Except that once the facts were known we learned that Michael Brown was a violent criminal who viciously attacked the officer that killed him. In Baltimore, it was the seemingly heartless killing of Freddie Gray by the criminally careless police. Except that once the facts were known it seemed far more likely that Mr. Gray had actually caused his own death by his behavior while alone in police custody.
But in the latest example of mob-rule violence from the leftist-agitators at #BlackLivesMatter comes without any possible provocation whatsoever.
On Saturday night, an African-American police officer was forced to shoot (and subsequently kill) Syville Smith. Smith fled the scene of a traffic stop at about 2:30 pm and was chased by two police officers who told him to drop his (stolen) gun multiple times. Instead of dropping his firearm, Smith pointed the weapon at the officers who shot the man twice, leading to his death.
None of these facts are in dispute. Multiple witnesses saw the entire scene unfold and nothing about this sad event is the fault of anyone other than the Mr. Smith.
Matt Walsh of the Blaze breaks it down even further:
So, a black cop killed a black gangbanger who tried to shoot him. And that was enough to prompt a night of chaos across another major American city, yet again necessitating the mobilization of the National Guard.
This is just insane. There is no logic to any of this.
Racism? The cop was black.
Police brutality? The guy pointed a loaded gun at the cops.
Systematic oppression? It wasn’t the system that caused Syville Smith to raise a firearm against the police.
No, you can’t look for sanity or coherence here. These are just a bunch of imbeciles looking for an excuse to burn things. Nothing more. If they start up again tonight, I hope the police arrest every last one of them.
None of the facts mattered to the lawless people who decided to riot in the wake of Syville Smith’s death. The only thing that mattered was that they felt the system had wronged them again, and for this perceived slight they would have justice. What form did their justice take? Why, they burned their own community to the ground.
Violence and protests erupted in Milwaukee overnight…
Hours later angry crowds took to the streets, smashing a police car and setting fire to another. One officer was injured by a flying brick; a gas station and auto-parts store were set alight. Police said gunshots were heard.
Aerial video shot by NBC station WTMJ showed a building at a gas station burning to the ground. A second fire broke out at an O’Reilly Auto Parts store less than a little less than mile away from the shooting.
WTMJ said it pulled its reporters from the scene due to threats of physical violence from some in the crowd. The Journal-Sentinel reported that one of its journalists was thrown to the ground and punched.
— Alison Arkin (@Cronikeys) August 14, 2016
There must be a better way to respond to injustice other than to destroy your neighbor’s property, steal the goods from private local businesses, and assault the reporters who would hear your grievances. Sadly, this is where the liberal grievance business has brought us. Instead of working together to see justice done, to restore communities, to build a better future for our children… liberals prefer to burn it all down and then blame the victims for the violence.