Why are progressives surprised
when violence breaks out in the middle of a riot?
The New York Times is headlining its story this way: “One person dead in Portland after clashes between Trump supporters and protesters.” (Not “Trump supporters v. Biden supporters.” Not citizens weary of 90-straight days of rioting versus the looters and burners. But let’s move on.)
After reporting that “A caravan of supporters of President Trump had driven into downtown Portland, which has seen nightly protests for three consecutive months” the Times reveals — one headline, a subhead, and four paragraphs later — that the victim “was wearing a hat with the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a far-right group based in the Portland area that has clashed with protesters in the past.” In other words, a “Trump supporter”! (Presumably, anyway.)
It’s a formula that CNN knows so well, whether it’s Madison, Kenosha, or Chicago. Peaceful protest (if F-bombing, blocking traffic, and harassing citizens can be called peaceful) followed by criminality. Here’s the NY Times again:
On Friday, after a peaceful demonstration in front of Mayor Ted Wheeler’s residence, a crowd went out to a police association building, where some of the protesters set fire to the front of the building before the police dispersed the crowd.
President Trump keeps offering help — having deployed and then (when the Left scapegoated federal law enforcement) — withdrew it. As late as Friday, Portland’s progressive mayor told Trump to stay away, saying the earlier federal presence had made things worse. “Your offer to repeat that disaster is a cynical attempt to stoke fear and distract us from the real work of our city,” he wrote.
No, mayor Wheeler, the real work of your city is buying body bags and putting up more plywood.
Meantime, we see that The (“Cops out of our Schools”) Capital Times has received its emergency talking points from the Biden campaign. Editor emeritus Dave Zweifel is only today denouncing riots after three months of chaos in Wisconsin’s capital city. Only because the chaos in Democrat(ic) fiefdoms is electing Trump.
Back to Kenosha, the Werkes believes that Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old mama’s boy who killed two white BLM protesters in Kenosha and injured another, is (to some extent) a victim himself, however foolish. (High-profile lawyers are bidding to clear him on self-defense charges.) We yield to the hometown Kenosha News:
“[Gov. Tony] Evers’ statement on Sunday [blaming police for the Jacob Blake shooting] fueled the fire before any rioters got here. His insufficient response has put a Wisconsin city and its residents in danger. Now he needs to do everything the state can to help Kenosha and protect its citizens.”
Meanwhile, 3 a.m. this Sunday morning (08-30-2020) in Madison WI, police were called to the 5800 block of Balsam Road (just off Raymond Road on the city’s SW side) for shots fired. Officers located approximately 13 shell casings from different caliber handguns, 3 projectiles, and a building that was struck twice by gunfire. No victims were located.
One Meadowood neighbor reported, “Shortly after that you could hear a car so speeding away followed by sirens.” Another added, “It’s an apartment. The building next to mine was struck, too. And the street looks like a concert just ended — so much trash!”
Don’t need no stinkin’ cameras
The Kenosha police union argues that Jacob Barnes was shot only after he vigorously fought Kenosha police. A camera on the bodies of the three police who responded to a woman’s call for help might have settled the issue. The Black Lives Matter cabal will have none of that.
The WI State Journal reports today that M. Adams of Freedom Inc. doesn’t want policy body cameras:
“It’s not that we don’t know what happened” in police shootings of Black people, Freedom Inc. co-executive director M. Adams said. “The real question is who has the power to interpret the footage and frankly, who has the power to make a determination of wrongdoing?”
“These things do not produce the outcomes we want,” Adams said of the cameras.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: It’s Alix in Wonderland: “Sentence first, verdict afterwards!” That is what “community control” really means. Like Portland and Kenosha.