Indianapolis, Indiana – We are now over two months since riots had spread to numerous cities across the United States – and Indiana wasn’t immune to the nonsensical response to an isolated incident in Minneapolis in late May.
Now, investigators have started racking up charges against bad actors who decided to engage in felonious behavior on May 30th in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Saturday night riots of May 30 in downtown Indianapolis played out on live TV. The prosecutor told News 8's @RichardEssexIII that 25 people have been charged so far. A number of cases from the riots remain under review. See the court docs in the story. https://t.co/R3NRRvsywg
— WISH-TV (@WISH_TV) July 31, 2020
May 30th was a relatively crummy day for many of business owners across the country, and business owners in Indianapolis weren’t spared from the riotous acts committed by miscreants on said day. Doug Stephens, the owner of Downtown Comics in Indianapolis, described the chaos that happened on May 30th:
“This corner, Market and Penn, was the epicenter of everything going on because of the way the crowd moved and the way that the police pushed them back toward the Circle, and there was a stopping point — it was pretty much a chokepoint — right on the corner right next to my store.”
Looting at T-Mobile, Windsor jewelry pic.twitter.com/FbD8jMiVJZ
— Vic Ryckaert (@VicRyc) May 30, 2020
Stephens noted that due to the acts committed by rioters, those from the suburbs genuinely have no desire to visit that portion of town since it has become defaced and destroyed:
“You know, we are pretty much reliant — the retail and restaurant (businesses) anyway — are reliant on the people from the suburbs coming downtown. It is a tough sell when you have plywood and a lot of sketchiness on the sidewalks.”
Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears is on the forefront of handling the criminal cases that have cropped up from the May 30th riots. Mears explained that what took place in the city created numerous instances of crimes of opportunity:
“People saw an opportunity to take advantage of things. Oftentimes it was alcohol, which obviously didn’t have anything to do with why people were down there for very legitimate social justice reasons.”
This isn’t protesting. It’s organized terrorism set off in cities across the country at the same exact time.
— Just the Facts (@MichalakJim) May 30, 2020
There were two murders that happened during the riots that took place that infamous weekend in Indianapolis. While one person has been charged with murder for one of the cases, the second case remains unsolved and without suspects wanted for arrest.
Despite all the criminal activity that took place on May 30th, Mears is disheartened that there hasn’t been more charges and arrests for some of the more egregious crimes committed that weekend:
“Unfortunately, of the charges that we filed; you don’t see any charges for arson. You don’t see any charges for some of the shootings that took place. We obviously charged the one murder case, but there are some additional matters that are still open to investigation and, if we are in a position to file those cases, we absolutely will.”
Some of the charges that stemmed from the riotous weekend saw people charged with rioting, some with resisting arrest, and of course no riot would be complete without someone getting arrested for looting.
NEWS: Prosecutors say 25 people have been charged so far in connection with the May riots in downtown Indy. A number of cases from the riots remain under review.https://t.co/VePXm1L2Av
— 93 WIBC Indianapolis (@93wibc) July 31, 2020
There’s likely more criminal charges coming down the line for a seemingly innumerable amount of malefactors that made their way through Indianapolis during the weekend of May 30th, and while we’re two months’ removed it shows that police are not done investigating the crimes that took place.
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Indianapolis isn’t the only city still working on the May 30th riots investigation either.
In the state of Washington on July 23rd, King County Superior Court Judge Nelson Lee ruled that media outlets need to hand over any unpublished photos or videos to police with regard to the May 30th riot that rocked Seattle. Thus, affording police the ability to track down even more bad actors and criminals from the violent protest.
Judge rules media outlets have to turn over images, footage of May Seattle protest that turned violent https://t.co/vgxq1ElYFh
— J. W. (@wolfjon4) July 24, 2020
The judge found that the subpoena issued by the Seattle Police Department is completely justified and enforceable, as it serves the departments ability to further investigate the theft of police guns and burning of SPD vehicles that transpired on May 30th.
Police are still seeking the suspects responsible for damaging six vehicles, breaking police car windows, and also stealing the likes of equipment from the interiors which included police weapons. The subpoena is specifically trying to hone-in on a four-block area during a 90-minute window during May 30th.
Arrests for rioting…fixed it for you
— Texican (@texican3006) July 24, 2020
While Judge Lee stated that police can use the footage to secure evidence against those responsible for the arson, vandalism and theft – police may not use the footage to pursue crimes outside of that scope reportedly.
The news outlets subpoenaed were the Seattle Times, and also local tv stations KIRO7, KING5, KOMO4 and KCPQ13. Michele Matass Flores, the executive director of the Seattle Times, claimed that this subpoena put’s their “staff’s physical safety at risk,” as well as their own “independence.”
Flores claimed that the media’s job is to hold the government accountable to the public and not the other way around:
“The media exist in large part to hold governments, including law enforcement agencies, accountable to the public. We don’t work in concert with government, and it’s important to our credibility and effectiveness to retain our independence from those we cover.”
What Flores fails to realize is that adhering to a subpoena isn’t working “in concert” with the government – as that notion implies that there’s a mutually agreed upon collaboration. A subpoena is order compelling someone to share potential evidence – being compelled and working in concert are two totally different things.
However, the media habitually does work in concert with the government – especially when they publish stories about wanted criminals and suspects. The purpose of the media has always been to report on events, instances, and the ilk; but not to hold any one particular aspect of society accountable to the other.
It is unclear as to whether the media outlets will challenge the ruling reached on July 23rd at this time.
While the subpoena in question relates specifically to May 30th, the city of Seattle has been a bit of a hot mess thereafter with regard to the riots the city have dealt with.
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