A dark and stormy night of anarchy and violence raged through the streets of Rochester, New York, on Friday night, as Black Lives Matter riots escalated explosively out of control in a third straight night of looting and arson. All the destruction is supposed to be in the name of social justice. The police did their best to maintain order but the battling forces squared off and skirmished with generally non-lethal weapons for hours.
Black Lives Matter rioters in Rochester are now launching fireworks attacks on police. https://t.co/cY7XSLz2C7
— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) September 5, 2020
Mob violence in suburban Rochester
Black Lives Matter mob violence came to the suburbs Saturday night in Rochester, New York. Rioters were filmed as they trashed one restaurant and terrorized the helpless customers in the process. Some are heard yelling, “If you don’t give us our sh*t, We shut this down!”
Law enforcement was too busy controlling the mob to protect residents. The property was considered a write off the minute the thugs kicked in the door. In the video, “tables and chairs are thrown or overturned, glass is broken, and diners are chased away from their meals.” One young female soldier in the army of darkness orders, “We’re shutting the party down!” White diners were demanded to leave. Despite all the violence, the anarchists assured, “there’s no need to run, nobody is going to touch you, calm down!” The sound of shattering glass is heard as “rioters swarm the area.” Reportedly, “two rioters approach a table of six young, white diners, break the plates and glasses on their table and order ‘Get out of here.’ The diners leave.”
— Scootercaster (@ScooterCasterNY) September 5, 2020
Over a thousand rowdy anarchists spread violence and destruction across the city starting from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square in downtown Rochester. They started getting antsy around 6:30 p.m. just before the sun went down. They’re allegedly protesting the death of Daniel Prude back in March. All it took was for his name to show up again in the recent news, to torch off 3 days of looting. That sort of suggests someone is organizing things to suit an agenda.
Suburban police put up a fight
Police in the suburban town of Rochester weren’t about to let the anarchists burn their city to the ground like cops did in progressive places like Portland, Minneapolis and Kenosha. At least not without putting up a fight first. As the rampaging mob made a left turn onto Court street, the violence and mayhem was “met by a large police presence.” Officers with bullhorns declared “Rochester police has deemed this an unlawful assembly” and began launching tear gas. The battle was on.
Protestors blocked East and Alexander. A white vehicle drove through sprayed some sort of mace out the window and ran over a protestor. pic.twitter.com/XVKNsCOUGO
— Patrick Riley (@patrileytv) September 5, 2020
Antifa-trained forces were well prepared with gas masks, weapons, fireworks, improvised armor, and umbrellas for shields. The police went lead free, sticking to beanbags, rubber bullets and tear gas. This time. More violence may require an escalation of force. Not that things didn’t get pretty violent on Friday.
While the mob of anarchists seized control of the intersection at East and Alexander, “A white vehicle drove through, sprayed some sort of mace out the window, and ran over a protester.” Another striking episode of violence occurred when a bus stop went up in flames. “Protesters used umbrellas and homemade shields in an attempt to protect themselves from pepper spray and less-lethal munitions as they face police in Rochester, state of New York,” one observer posted on twitter.
— Atyia Collins (@Atyia_Collins) September 5, 2020
While these kinds of riots have become a nightly occurrence over the past three months, there are a couple of disturbing aspects to the violence which happened in Rochester. This time, Anarchists were spotted “climbing on people’s homes in residential neighborhoods” in addition to the required trashing of businesses. Black Lives Matter rioters were also seen trying to break into apartment buildings. They even threatened one of the videographers. “If you ain’t police don’t record crimes,” one activist warned. “Do not record them!”