UPDATED– The Seattle P-I.com is reporting how city officials are “faced with growing pressure to crack down on an “occupied” protest zone following two weekend shootings,” while elsewhere around the country there is also trouble in other cities.
In Madison, Wis., two protesters were caught on video rushing up to a state senator and assaulting him.
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State Sen. Tim Carpenter, a Milwaukee Democrat, says he was “assaulted and beat up by a mob,” according to the Fox News report.
“This has to stop before some innocent person get killed,” the senator is quoted as observing.
I took this pic- it got me assaulted & beat up. Punched/kicked in the head, neck, ribs. Maybe concussion, socked in left eye is little blurry, sore neck & ribs. 8-10 people attacked me. Innocent people are going to get killed. Capitol locked- stuck in office.Stop violence nowPlz! pic.twitter.com/Zw2hdfYG66
— Tim Carpenter (@TimCarpenterMKE) June 24, 2020
In Washington, D.C. police actually stopped demonstrators from vandalizing a statue near the White House.
Down in Atlanta, according to Fox News, protesters gathered at the Fulton County Jail to demand release of an arson suspect who allegedly set fire to a Wendy’s restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot by a police officer.
These and other confrontations, including one early Saturday morning in Seattle that prevented police from reaching a shooting victim who died, are raising demands on social media about cracking down on the disruptions, whether it involves seizing areas of cities, tearing down or defacing historic monuments and statues, or blocking freeways.
BREAKING: Organizers of the CHOP appear to be calling it quits and urging their “comrades” to evacuate, go home and prepare to vote for Democrats this fall. This message was posted at Twitter:
Tepid reactions from officials, including one reported by Fox News that described Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway as having “condemned the violence and destruction” don’t seem to be strong enough. When thugs can attack and beat a state senator, prevent police from entering an area where someone has been shot, and seize public property such as a popular Seattle park in the middle of what is known as the “Capitol Hill Organized Protest” zone, or “CHOP,” it probably should surprise nobody that a large part of the public wants this to end.
Writing at Rasmussen Reports, veteran political writer Patrick J. Buchanan observed,
“Today, as was true in the 1960s, the American establishment is on the run. It recoils from mob action but cannot bring itself to condemn those tearing down the statues, for it basically agrees with them and seeks to marshal their energy to help it get back into power in November.
“But this cannot go on,” he continued. “The political and propaganda war on the cops, the vandalism of the statues and memorials, the disgracing and dishonoring of American heroes cannot go on indefinitely.
“At some point,” he contended, “in the near future, the establishment, and its questionable political instrument, Joe Biden, will have to have his Sister Souljah moment, and stand up and stay, ‘This should stop.’”
But are politicians up to the challenge? Will they finally draw a line and say that vandalism, looting and arson are not protected by the First Amendment, and that people who continue engaging in these activities are going to be stopped, by force if necessary?
Protesters demand that police be held accountable for wrongful use of force. What about protesters being held accountable for their illegal actions?
That reportedly is happening in Bellevue, Wash. Police in that city have rounded up about two dozen suspects in connection with vandalism and looting at the famous Bellevue Square in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Theft and property destruction did not bring Floyd back to life.
According to the Seattle P-I.com, Bellevue police expect to make at least 100 more arrests. It may not be the kind of crackdown some folks had in mind, but it is a start.
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