Anarchists torch Minneapolis post office, “Justice Center” in Portland which houses jail and PD

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Irony. On the same week where the federal government started sending out stimulus money in the form of debit cards, looters who may be looking for that stimulus money torched a post office in Minneapolis, in the process possibly destroying debit cards intended for those very people.

The Denver Post reported that the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service mailed out around 4 million “Economic Impact Payments” over the past week, which was intended for those who were not part of the first round of direct deposits.

Although it is unknown for certain if any of these debit cards were at this particular post office, located at 31st St. and 1st Ave. in Minneapolis, odds are that location had at least some of the debit cards.

Fox News reported that the post office was set on fire by rioters in the Twin Cities.

Most of those who would have been receiving the debit cards tended to be those who didn’t file their taxes electronically or who are on fixed income, such as social security or welfare.

So, in other words, by burning down the post office, the very people who did so may have shot off their own foot. And also screwed over seniors in the Minneapolis area who could have truly used that money.

Meanwhile in Portland, Oregon, anarchists disguised as “protesters” started a riot in that city.

KATU-2 in Portland reported that a so-called “peaceful protest” escalated into violence, as mobs of angry thugs broke windows and stole merchandise from businesses because, well justice for George Floyd.

Portland’s mayor condemned the violence, saying:

“I couldn’t be more disgusted with the people engaged in this activity.”

The station reported that just after midnight, Portland Police announced that the downtown area of the city was not safe and encouraged people to leave immediately.

The police also reported three separate shootings, with two victims that occurred in the downtown area. All were believed to be related to the demonstration.

Just before 11 p.m., the anarchists congregated at the Justice Center in the southwest area of the city. It was reported that graffiti was sprayed onto the building, and windows were broken. The center is home to the county jail, as well as police headquarters.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reported that a small fire was also set inside the Justice Center. Police in riot gear move in shortly after 11 p.m. and dispersed tear gas and used loudspeakers to move the mob away from the Justice Center and regain control of the building.

After the incident at the Justice Center, Mayor Wheeler said in a tweet:

“Portland, this is NOT us. When you destroy our city, you are destroying our community. When you act in violence against each other, you are hurting all of us. How does this honor the legacy of George Floyd? Protest, speak truth, but don’t tear your city apart in the process.”

After being dispersed from the Justice Center, the mob then moved to the business district and broke into stores including the Apple Store and Louis Vitton.

They later brought items into the street and set them on fire, as police continued to deploy tear gas.

Officials said that firefighters also responded to a fire at the Chase Bank downtown, while windows were also broken at the Capital One bank downtown, with rioters seen entering the building with flares.

Wheeler declared a state of emergency in the city just before 4 a.m. Saturday morning. The order implements a curfew effective immediately, which lasts from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The Portland Police Bureau announced that 13 people had been arrested in connection with the violence on a variety of charges, including theft, burglary, riot and arson, with more arrests expected.

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Medical Examiner: Medical Conditions, possible intoxicants in Floyd cited as cause of death

The violence was particularly difficult for Wheeler, who in another emotional tweet divulged that his mother was dying.

“ENOUGH. I had to leave Portland today because my mother is dying. I am with family to prepare for her final moments. This is hard, this is personal, but so is watching my city get destroyed. I’m coming back NOW. You will be hearing from me, @PortlandPolice, community leaders,” Wheeler said.

In a later interview with KATU, Wheeler was understandably angry and slammed those who had turned what started out as a peaceful demonstration into anarchy.

“[This] has morphed into something completely different that has nothing to do with the memory of George Floyd, and has nothing to do with peaceful demonstration,” he said.

“There is no value [in the violence] expect the value of self and the desire to steal things and cause destruction in our community.”

Ironically last August, according to investigative reporter Andy Ngo, Wheeler invited someone to speak at a community event who defended antifa, who most likely were front and center in the riots in Portland. You reap what you sew. 

The demonstrations turned anarchy stemmed from an incident in Minneapolis where a police officer was seen kneeling on the neck of Mr. Floyd after he had been arrested for passing a counterfeit $20 bill.

In a video of the incident, Floyd can be heard telling the officer, “I can’t breathe.” Floyd died afterward, and the belief was widely held that he died of asphyxiation from the incident.

However, a medical examiner on Friday released preliminary findings which indicated that “underlying health conditions” led to the death of Mr. Floyd.

The police officer, Derek Chauvin was charged on Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Based on the findings of the ME, the charges may have a hard time sticking, however that is up to a jury to decide.

The autopsy, according to the story in Fox News, said that there was “nothing to support strangulation as the cause of death,” while stating that the “combined effects of being restrained, potential intoxicants in Floyd’s system and his underlying health issues, including heart disease” were all factors in his death.

Floyd’s family has retained Dr. Michael Baden, who is a forensic pathologist and former New York City chief medical examiner for a second opinion. Baden confirmed the news to Fox and said he would be traveling to Minneapolis Saturday. He said he would reveal his findings next week.

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