College president calls U.S. Capitol riot a ‘stark contrast’ to ‘peaceful anti-police’ George Floyd protests

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ALBION, MI- In a recent news release, Matthew Johnson, president of Albion College, said that the rioters who stormed the U.S Capitol on Jan. 6 were in “stark contrast” to the anti-police riots that took place from coast to coast after the death of George Floyd.

The letter to the Albion community read in part:

“Yesterday’s actions were an attack on the very fabric of our democracy and unfortunately were not a one-off. Rather, they were the logical culmination of a prolonged campaign to undermine our democracy and a clear display of white supremacy.”

He added:

“I am reminded that just a few short months ago, domestic terrorists plotted to kidnap Governor Whitmer. Across the last several years some have sought to undermine the legitimacy of our democratic institutions, fanning the flames of division and hatred with misinformation.”

Johnson continued:

“Yesterday’s actions also stand in stark contrast to a summer of peaceful activism in communities around the country demanding accountability and change in policing systems that lead to police killings of Black people.

“We stand to condemn the actions yesterday, we simultaneously condemn the very disparate actions taken against unarmed peaceful Black and Brown protestors.”

Johnson only mentioned peaceful protests in response to the death of George Floyd and then chose to compare those moments to what transpired on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. 

He did not mention the violent protesting and rioting that took place in large cities like Portland, Oregon and Seattle, WA., which had nightly looting, arson, and vandalism, as well as assaults on law enforcement officers.

The New York Post reported that the rioting across the country cost insurance companies as much as $2 billion, possibly making it the most expensive in U.S. history.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, the looting, arson, and vandalism occurred in more than 20 states from May 26 to June 8, 2020.

Loretta L. Worters, a spokeswoman for the group said:

“It’s not just happening in one city or state, it’s all over the country. And this is still happening, so the losses could be significantly more.”

Claim-tracking company Property Claim Services, Triple-I said that the violence sparked by Floyd’s death was the first “multi-state catastrophe event” ever declared for civil disorder.

According to reports, on May 30, 2020, in the wake of the George Floyd protests, rioters surrounded the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) in Michigan and broke windows, set fires to dumpsters and police cars, and looted several stores. 

In that one city alone and during one violent protest, the rioters caused an estimated $2.1 million in damage while breaking hundreds of windows of businesses and looting stores. According to reports, the city said that the total estimate for structural damage was $748,000.

A damage assessment team put damage estimates for buildings at $448,000 and Kent County’s Ionia facility had damage to the internal sprinkler system, which was estimated to be about $300,000 in damages.

The GRPD estimated a total of $1,200,922.76 in damages with employee overtime of $503,141.73, supplies costing $101,348.41, equipment at $351,432.41, and vehicles at $245,000. In addition, the Public Works Department estimated a total of $57,33o in damages.

Authorities said that 22 people were charged with rioting in Grand Rapids, which is approximately 100 miles northwest of Albion. All but one of those individuals were adults. 

Back in July 2020, The Oregonian reported that the continued riots in Portland that were spurred by anti-police protests cost $300,000 in damage to public buildings and $4.8 million in property damage to businesses.

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‘NCIS: New Orleans’ slams police, attacks them over ‘systematic racism,’ talks about ‘peaceful protests’ by BLM 

January 10, 2021

HOLLYWOOD, CA- A tale of two shows on the same network. While the police drama Blue Bloods didn’t fall into the politically correct trap of “bad, evil cops” and play into the Black Lives Matter propaganda, the same cannot be said about the New Orleans version of NCIS, also on CBS, Fox News is reporting.

On Sunday, NCIS: New Orleans played right into the mainstream media, politically correct rabbit hole by once again attempting to portray the riots that have been taking place across the country as “peaceful” protests.

This harkens back to last summer where, despite our own eyes as we watched buildings burn to the ground, we were being told that the “protests” taking place across the country were in fact “peaceful.” Lindsay Kornick from the Media Research Center took the show to task for its portrayal of the protests despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

In her commentary on the episode from January 3 Kornick wrote:

“The latest episode somehow went further to appease a ‘burn the establishment’ progressive and her mostly ‘peaceful’ crowd.

“The January 3 episode ‘Operation Drano, Part 1’ has NCIS Agent Pride (Scott Bakula) taking part in a commission put forth by the mayor to solve the issues plaguing the city. Sadly, that does not include the actual issues in New Orleans like high crime or taxes but rather the vague progressive issues of ‘systemic inequality.’

In fact, Pride himself claims the city ‘was born’ of systemic inequality. This leads to a heated argument between former police superintendent Michael Holland (Gareth Williams) and progressive voice Allie Briggs (Hannah Hodson).”

Kornick noted the dialogue between the show’s characters mirrored Democrats talking points and much of the mainstream media, as Briggs urges leaders to “burn down” the establishment while criticizing police.

The characters then went on to talk about educational racism, rental and mortgage bias, racial and gender wage gap, homelessness…all the liberal talking points.

The show then slams the New Orleans police department. How so?

In talking about the problems within the department, the character Briggs says:

“Let me count the ways…discrimination, corruption, brutality…”

When Holland talks about his reforms of the department, Briggs comes back:

“You put a band-aid on a gaping chest wound. Retired with honors. But our cops think they run this city. They forget they’re supposed to work for the people.”

The characters then engage in dialogue, with Briggs saying:

“I call out fascism when I see fascism….people are dying in the streets and you expect them to compromise? We don’t have to burn down the city. Just the establishment.”

Of course, the one person who doesn’t think the police are racist is seen as the unreasonable one.

Kornick wrote:

“This leads to Pride trying to get Holland to reconsider his mindset on viewing the city as inherently racist. He even goes so far as to peddle the usual lie that the ‘vast majority’ of [Black Lives Matter] BLM protestors are just peaceful idealists being dragged by a few bad actors. Strange how the police never get that benefit of the doubt.”

For some context as to the media narrative of the “peaceful protests,” an MSNBC reporter, Ali Velshi, reporting live from Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd was speaking about the “protests,” telling viewers that those involved were “not generally speaking unruly” as buildings burned behind him.

Then in July, an ABC reporter filed a similar report describing a California protest as “peaceful,” which included “protesters” lighting a courthouse on fire, vandalizing a police station, and shooting commercial grade fireworks at police officers.

In a rare moment of accidental honesty, CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell admitted that “mostly peaceful” protests would cost between $1 to $2 billion in claims as a result of damage from looting and arson.

Yet another reporter from the king of fake news, CNN, was reporting from Kenosha, WI, during protests following the shooting of Jacob Blake.

National correspondent Omar Jimenez, while reporting live with a building on fire behind him, had the chyron at the bottom of the screen reading, “FIERY BUT MOSTLY PEACEFUL PROTESTS AFTER POLICE SHOOTING.”

Getting back to “NCIS: New Orleans,” the character who was “pro cop” eventually “relents to the BLM message and even agrees to work with the commission to try to reform the cash bail system.

Kornick wrote:

“To see a long-running show like ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ go so low as to sell out New Orleans to appease whiny progressives like Allie is disappointing on its own. To see it sell out New Orleans while still peddling BLM lies is just the final nail in the coffin.”

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Meanwhile, for more on how the long-running NYPD cop drama Blue Bloods handled the BLM issue, we invite you to read our prior reporting on that.

‘Blue Bloods’ episode destroys Black Lives Matter anti-police rhetoric, shoots down idea of ‘systemic racism’

 

December 8, 2020

A recent episode of the CBS hit series “Blue Bloods” offered a refreshing counter to the anti-police rhetoric that has injected much of pop culture, Hollywood and network tv productions. 

And frankly, the show’s episode didn’t even do anything that radical to accomplish it. The episode’s theme merely portrayed one of the series’ protagonists as not subscribing to the notion that systemic racism is rife within policing. 

It’s a rather peculiar spectacle that a character story arc in a tv drama is doing something bold or refreshing by both presenting an allegory of a current, real-world social topic and showcasing the juxtaposed perspectives related to said social topic. 

But, as other police dramas on tv have done as of late, the narrative related to racism in policing is getting a prominent spotlight by crafting storylines to imply it’s existence in police forces as being endemic.

Recent examples include episodes from “Chicago PD” and “Law and Order: SVU.” 

But with the Dec. 4 season premiere of “Blue Bloods,” we see Tom Selleck’s character – Commissioner Frank Reagan, confronted by Whoopi Goldberg’s character – City Council Speaker Regina Thomas – over allegations of “system racism” in the police force. 

Whoopi Goldberg’s character alleges that the NYPD has a serious problem with systemic racism and racial profiling, which her character rhetorically asks of Selleck’s character: 

“Do you really not see what’s going on here?”

Selleck’s character quickly responds to that question with his take on what he’s observing in the presented narrative: 

“I do. Every single cop is being painted with the same brush. And when anyone in my rank and file conducts themselves in a way that is not worthy of the uniform, they get dealt with.”

The exchange continues, mirroring real-world talking points that have been hurled back and forth in recent months.

Goldberg’s character snaps back with: 

“Every cop is wearing the same uniform, so if you get stopped walking while black, how do you know which one is walking up on you?”

Once again, Selleck’s character responds noting that the same sentiment can be experienced on both sides of the hypothetical scenario: 

“Okay, how’s a cop to know what he’s walking up on? See, that fuse gets lit both ways. At least we can agree on that.”

As the show’s episode progresses, viewers are treated to perhaps one of the most respectable adaptations of the ongoing discourse between the anti-police crowd and those who are backing up police. 

Not because it portrays some sort of vehement tribalism – but because it creates a platform in which the nuance of the matter can be explored. 

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Throughout the episode, Selleck’s character acknowledges that when police officers step over the proverbial line, they’re dealt with accordingly. 

But from what Selleck’s character also acknowledges during the episode when conferring with Goldberg’s character, is that even if he conveyed to critics of the NYPD and police that he does handle bad cops efficiently, those critics would likely never believe him. 

After coming to that realization, Selleck’s character in the show came close to even resigning as the police commissioner. That is, until one of his colleagues on the show explains that “a willingness to speak the unpopular or inconvenient truth” is needed in police leadership. 

Luckily, that perspective in the episode afforded Selleck’s character a change of heart when it came to resigning from the force. 

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