Minneapolis, Minnesota turned into a war zone Tuesday evening as police in riot gear were forced to deploy “flashbang” grenades, teargas, and beanbags against rock and bottle throwing protesters. Local residents have legitimate reasons to be furiously angry with their police but crucial inconsistencies suggest the plot could go a whole lot deeper.
Was the riot staged as a distraction?
Why would the Deep State want to start a race war? That’s a question that some Americans are speculating about in the wake of a truly disturbing series of events which began on Monday then evolved into a riot by Tuesday evening.
It started when four police officers murdered an unarmed black man in front of horrified bystanders, knowing they were being recorded. That’s not normal by a long shot. One rogue officer could possibly “snap” and lose control but in this case a second officer assisted in the murder while the other two stood guard and kept the bystanders at bay.
That is cold-blooded, calculated, first-degree homicide. Why? Are these cops dirty? Does someone have something to hold over their heads which makes the penalties they now face worth doing what they did? Those questions are only the tip of the speculation iceberg. Another question is how did the peaceful protest morph into violence seemingly on cue?
It was clearly a murder
The police got a call on Monday about a “forgery in progress.” That is not a violent crime. When the four officers arrived, they found 46-year-old George Floyd sitting in his car. He got out. The police claim he resisted arrest but there isn’t any video to back that up. What the video does show is that Floyd appeared to cooperate.
A camera from a nearby restaurant shows an officer escorting a handcuffed Floyd from the car and sitting him down on the sidewalk. After a moment or two, him and another officer escort him out of camera view with the suspect’s hands still cuffed behind his back. The next time Mr. Floyd appears on camera, taken on a cell phone by a bystander, he’s lying on the ground, with an officers knee on his neck gasping and begging for relief. “Please, I can’t breathe, please, man.”
Angry bystanders were forced to watch in helpless horror for minutes until George Floyd lost consciousness. An ambulance eventually took him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The family’s attorney, Benjamin Crump, describes the incident as an “abusive, excessive and inhumane use of force.” Especially when used on “a man who was being detained by the police for questioning about a non-violent charge.” There is simply no excuse for it and stunned city officials agree. They said so hours before the riot started.
Officials admit Floyd’s death ‘unjustified’
Mayor Jacob Frey couldn’t believe he had to admit to his community that members of their police department are violent killers who deserve the strictest justice available for desecrating the laws they were meant to enforce. The chief of police, Medaria Arradondo told reporters Tuesday morning that he personally called in the FBI to probe the horrific crime. These men are shocked by what happened because there is not one shred of justification. It was clearly an assassination of an unarmed black man.
Mayor Frey openly admitted that no matter what the investigation uncovers, it’s already crystal clear that the death of George Floyd “was unjustified” and “race was a factor.” According to the mayor, “Being black in America should not be a death sentence.” He’s furious that “we watched as a white police officer pressed his knee into the neck of a black man. For five minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help.” Those four men knew exactly what they were doing. It seems they were intentionally trying to start a race war.
All four of those men received training which clearly makes the knee on neck technique forbidden. “The technique that was used is not permitted,” the mayor notes. It’s “not a technique that our officers get training on.” Two used it and two watched. Nobody objected. “Our chief has been very clear on that piece. There is no reason to apply that kind of pressure with a knee to someone’s neck.”
First the protest, then the riot
After the news conference, the community had a right to their peaceful protest but since the police had already notified them that they couldn’t defend the obviously wrong actions of their criminal officers, who are now looking at federal charges, the community had no reason to riot. The police were firmly on their side, not trying to hush it up, cover it over, or even justify the use of force. They admitted it was wrong.
Not only did the Antifa-style bandannas come in handy as anti-Covid-19 masks, it seems that most of the community had their black lives matter signs all ready to go. Or, as some are speculating, did someone have a convenient supply all ready to pass out just before the rally?
Another interesting thing to note is that as soon as the fight broke out, all the sponsorship signs were put away. They’re all over the peaceful protest images but surprisingly absent once the tear gas starts flying. Someone tipped off the organizers to avoid the bad public relations images of tear gas swirling around a BLM sign.
Things got ugly at sundown
What started out as a totally peaceful demonstration turned into an ugly riot at sundown. That’s when someone produced a whole shopping cart full of rocks for bystanders to throw at the police station. In an instant, everything went chaotic.
The thousands of gathered protesters started hurling water bottles as “demonstrators wheeled a shopping cart full of rocks just outside the precinct and dumped the rocks on the ground for people to throw,” CNN reports. “A police cruiser’s back window was shattered when someone threw something at it.”
Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct were forced to defend themselves, firing non-lethal projectiles and tear gas into the crowd. Police fired “foam marking rounds,” but no rubber bullets, after some protesters became unruly. Thankfully, a heavy downpour ensued which calmed and dispersed the crowd.
The four criminal police officers are reportedly “cooperating in an investigation.” The union official told reporters, “now is not the time to rush to (judgment).” He has an obligation to stand up for the union members he represents but he’s not going out on a limb to justify their actions. The public is going to demand some hard answers about the origins of this seemingly engineered riot.