CHICAGO, IL – The violence has begun.
“Officers are under attack – and it’s going to get worse. Rioters are coming in by the busload and they aren’t letting us do anything to stop it.”
Those were the words of an on-duty Chicago police officer tonight, who spoke exclusively to Law Enforcement Today on the condition of anonymity.
But the images speak for themselves.
The original video was removed from Twitter. The archived footage can be found here.
— Russia’s Favorite Bot (@_somebodys_son_) May 31, 2020
On Saturday night, video footage hit Twitter showing officers violently attacked and dragged through the streets while masked rioters cheered.
The officers fought desperately to get away and protect each other… to no avail.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who has had countless dustups with the police department, held a press conference shortly after 8 p.m.
— Alex Qian ? | ? (@_alexqian) May 31, 2020
She said the protests had “evolved into criminal conduct” and imposed a curfew on the city: from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until further notice.
— MK-Ultra News (@mkultranews) May 31, 2020
Lightfoot said she was “disgusted” after seeing protesters use pipes, hammers and other objects to damage property.
NEIMAN MARCUS LOOTED IN CHICAGO pic.twitter.com/S6zavWZnGE
— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) May 31, 2020
“I’m here to call you out for your recklessness,” she said to rioters.
“I’ve seen protesters hurl projectiles at our police department…bottles of water, urine and lord knows what else,’’ she said.
— Old Yerrrr’errrrr (@_Physicism) May 31, 2020
“I want to express my disappointment and really, my total disgust at the number of others who came to today’s protests armed for all out battle.’
Chicago police Superintendent David Brown was also at the press conference.
— Gino Laurent (@GinoLaurent_) May 30, 2020
“We will be taking you into custody when you destroy property,” or burn cars, said Brown. “That’s just facts.”
The crowd numbers grew to more than 3,000 people by 2 p.m. and started making way onto Lake Shore Drive and shut down portions of the roadway.
This is the scene outside Trump Tower Chicago. Police have set up at Kinzie and State and on both sides of Trump Tower on Wabash. pic.twitter.com/99PChKoXmS
— Richard Roeper (@RichardERoeper) May 30, 2020
By 3:30 p.m., hundreds began to turn violent, throwing fireworks, bottles and we’re told gasoline at officers.
Then came the vandalism, as they hit buildings, cars and a bus shelter.
— lil ebert (@lilebertt) May 30, 2020
It didn’t take long for reports of injuries to come in, including at a police sergeant who had his arm broken near Trump Tower.
It's time for an actual revolution! Downtown Chicago protest tonight pic.twitter.com/OlXd1qOs4d
— liz, mother of all perspectives ? (@lmcgrew) May 29, 2020
By 4 p.m., the crowds had split into multiple groups, escalating violence against law enforcement.
By 5 p.m., there were at least a dozen calls of 10-1, which is a police emergency, as they worked to control the crowd.
— Tony Ho Tran (@TonyHoWasHere) May 30, 2020
Rioters tried to overturn a Chicago police car. Others broke out into fights with police officers.
Around 7:30 p.m. at Dearborn and Hubbard streets, a police vehicle was flipped over.
Mayor Lightfoot, of course, seized the opportunity to attack the President.
“It’s not easy when we have a president who is inciting violence.”
“Let’s be better than him,” said Lightfoot.
Watch below as she’s “better than him”.
"I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump, it's two words, it begins with 'f' and it ends with 'you.’” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot #TrumpResignNow
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 30, 2020
She made sure to urge people to wear masks while rioting.
We’re tracking the riots all across America this weekend.
Now to Philadelphia, where the violence is exploding.
Fireworks over the burning police cars at Philadelphia City Hall pic.twitter.com/Cwyqzx8AVC
— Oona Goodin-Smith (@oonagoodinsmith) May 30, 2020
Saturday afternoon, the Justice for George Floyd rally turned violent as protectors launched attacks on police.
— Joe Holden (@JoeHoldenCBS3) May 30, 2020
Things started peacefully, with a tribute to Floyd early in the day.
Later in the afternoon, protestors marched down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum.
— manuelsmith (@manuelsmith) May 30, 2020
Many were holding signs demanding people speak up.
But as they left the iconic Rocky Steps, things started to heat up.
The demonstrators exercising their first amendment rights at City Hall and the Art Museum did so peacefully. We appreciate their voice and their manner of expression. However, since that time, others have convened in Center City and are committing criminal acts, including..
— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) May 30, 2020
“The demonstrators exercising their first amendment rights at City Hall and the Art Museum did so peacefully,” tweeted Philadelphia police.
Philadelphia George Floyd protest pic.twitter.com/thDxdBxEEg
— Mensah M. Dean (@MensahDean) May 30, 2020
“We appreciate their voice and their manner of expression. However, since that time, others have convened in Center City and are committing criminal acts, including vandalism.
Those acts will not be tolerated, and we strongly encourage everyone to refrain from entering Center City. We will continue provide updates throughout the evening.”
— CBS Philly (@CBSPhilly) May 30, 2020
Officials now say multiple police vehicles have been torched, including a state police car on Broad and Vine. State police say no troopers were injured in that attack.
— ABC News (@ABC) May 30, 2020
As the unrest grew, the Friday’s restaurant building on the parkway was spray painted.
POLICE CAR ON FIRE: A Pennsylvania State Police vehicle was vandalized and caught fire during protests in Philadelphia.
— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) May 30, 2020
They also vandalized a statue of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, spray painting it and trying to topple it and light it on fire.
From our chopper- the Frank Rizzo statue is on fire pic.twitter.com/icHA18mYDm
— Dan Koob (@DanKoob) May 30, 2020
Rizzo served from 1972 to 1980.
THIS IS IMPORTANT: Cops in Philadelphia are standing behind a barrier and are NOT engaging protesters as they burn a flag that they attached to the Rizzo statue pic.twitter.com/nUY1PZrIQD
— Fabiola Cineas (@FabiolaCineas) May 30, 2020
He was praised by supporters as tough on crime.
The 10-foot-tall bronze statue is outside the Municipal Services Building, across from City Hall. It’s not the first time it’s been defaced before and is set to be moved next year.
— Brandon Longo (@brandonlongo) May 30, 2020
According to Mayor Jim Kenney, he believes people have a right to gather and police will allow the protest as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.
Essentially, police suggest he wants to avoid the destruction seen in other protests around the country.
— US Riot Updates (@QuarantineTrac1) May 30, 2020
Black Lives Matter Philly says it has no affiliation with the noon City Hall protest, but a post on the
However, on the protest’s Facebook page said they will be peacefully protesting the lives that have been lost around the country by taking a knee – an act that took place at the Art Museum steps at 2 p.m.
“I want Philadelphians to know that Commissioner Outlaw and her team are committed to serving our community with fairness and sincerity.
Sometimes we stumble, sometimes we fail, but every day the public servants of this city are working to make Philadelphia safer for all of us to live,” Mayor Kenney said.
“Our commitment to you is that we continue to improve this level of service and everyone is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
In the meantime, earlier on Saturday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz joined mayors Jacob Frey and Melvin Carter to drop a bombshell report about the “protestors”.
The message was clear – they aren’t from around here.
And the governor says he has reached out to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, and fully mobilized the MN National Guard for the first time in 164 years. This is a continuing story and presumably we will begin hearing it echoed in other cities.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) May 30, 2020
The trio condemned violent protests in the state and blamed organized outside groups for promoting unrest.
At the same time, they announced they will fully mobilize the Minnesota national guard.
“Lets be very clear, the situation in Minneapolis is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd,” Walz said in a press conference.
“The violent unrest has now turned into attacks on civil society, instilling fear and disrupting our great city.”
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey added to the comments.
“I want to be very, very clear: The people that are doing this are not Minneapolis residents,” he said. “They are coming in largely from outside of the city, from outside of the region, to prey on everything we have built over the last several decades.”
Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said every person arrested in Saint Paul last night was from out of state.
“We don’t know these folks,” he said again.
It’s the first time the Minnesota national guard will be mobilized in 164 years.
The governor called the unrest “an organized attempt to destabilize civil society with no regard for civil life or property.”
“That situation can be expected to deteriorate further with these people,” Walz said.
He went on to add that violent protestors are being fed professional tactics in urban warfare by outside groups.
He said recent days have changed everything.
Originally protests were peaceful, but as more people came from outside of the city, they’ve turned increasingly violent in recent days.
“Our great cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul are under assault by people who do not share our values, who do not value life and the work that went into this, and certainly who are not here to honor George Floyd,” Walz said.
“So if you are on the streets tonight, it is very clear: You are not with us.”
“This is no longer about protesting… This is about violence and we need to make sure that it stops,” Frey said. “We’re in the middle of a pandemic right now.”
Late Friday, the Pentagon allegedly ordered the Army to start preparing active-duty military police units for possible deployment to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in response to the riots ongoing.
Reportedly, soldiers from both Fort Bragg and Fort Drum were among the military bases advised to begin said preparations and poise themselves with the ability to deploy within four hours if ordered to do so.
BREAKING: AP reports: Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy to Minneapolis within 4 hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. https://t.co/oa514uzFqB
— Evan Rosenfeld (@Evan_Rosenfeld) May 30, 2020
Other bases that were said to have received similar orders were Fort Carson in Colorado and Fort Riley in Kansas. The difference being that those bases were reportedly given a 24-hour threshold if asked to deploy.
From what was allegedly said by individuals who claim to have close knowledge of the development, New York’s Fort Drum would likely be the first to be deployed over to Minneapolis.
MUST WATCH TV: If you’re still unclear what impact the rioting and violence is having on the most vulnerable among us, please listen to Stephanie, a disabled Minneapolis woman who offers her heart-wrenching experience after last night’s violence. Great work by @BenryNews pic.twitter.com/k73Q65Psvs
— Tom Hauser (@thauserkstp) May 30, 2020
If units are dispatched, hundreds of soldiers would find themselves on the ground in Minnesota under the authority of the Insurrection Act of 1807.
Essentially, the Insurrection Act is the power vested in the president to deploy military forces on American soil in the event a general state of lawlessness is transpiring and state and local police forces can no longer handle the situation.
The Pentagon has reportedly ordered the Army to prepare to imminently send military police to Minneapolis. https://t.co/UYoDC6Aoqe
— graham starr (@GrahamStarr) May 30, 2020
Minnesota’s National Guard was already activated in response to the riots, but it seems intervention on the Federal level is on the horizon.
— Shahab (@SSMoghadam) May 30, 2020
This type of response, in terms of potentially using the Insurrection Act, is something the nation hasn’t seen since the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, California. Which, all things considered, these active riots in Minneapolis carry very similar parallels to what took place in L.A. 28 years earlier.
Man reacts to his business being burned and looted during the 1992 LA riots. This was captured by a freelance journalist as police and media would not enter the area fearing their safety. pic.twitter.com/k2nJakoUgB
— Elliot “Salsa” (@SalsaElliot) May 30, 2020
These orders were said to have stemmed from a phone call that President Trump held with the national security advisors back May 28th.
It was said that Defense Secretary Mark Esper and National Security Advisor Robert O’ Brien were among those on the phone call with the president to discuss response options to Minneapolis.
#BREAKING: The Pentagon orders the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis.
Soldiers from Fort Bragg in NC & Fort Drum in NY have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called. (Per AP)
— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) May 30, 2020
Attorney Brad Moss, who is based out of D.C., stated the following about this potential response:
“If this is where the president is headed response-wise, it would represent a significant escalation and a determination that the various state and local authorities are not up to the task of responding to the growing unrest.”
However, White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah claims that there are no discussions happening about deploying military personnel to Minneapolis.
In an email response to whether there was any merit to the military intervention rumors, Farah wrote the following:
“False: off the record – title 10 not under discussion.”
Yet, sources are saying that these orders are in fact very real, and exist within a classified system called the Secret Internet Protocol Router. Abbreviated as SIPRNet, this is a communication line used by the State Department and the Department of Defense to transmit classified information.
Protesters have clashed with police in cities across the US over the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of officers in Minneapolishttps://t.co/7TszgqXOeu pic.twitter.com/uEtGsxOWdd
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 30, 2020
In a not-so-shocking comparison, Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine Pelosi attempted to compare the demonstrations in Michigan about the stay-home orders to that of the riots in Minneapolis:
“Trump orders military police on alert to go to Minneapolis …. note that he did NOT do this in response to armed insurrection by largely White crowds storming the Michigan capitol.”
#Breaking: Trump orders military police on alert to go to Minneapolis …. note that he did NOT do this in response to armed insurrection by largely White crowds storming the Michigan capitol.
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) May 30, 2020
Yet, even the most recent demonstration in Michigan about the stay-home order didn’t result in any violence, looting, or burning buildings. The only things that happened at these protests in Michigan over stay-home orders were that people showed up lawfully armed, voiced their opinions, and left.
What has been happening in Minneapolis has resulted in the city looking like a scene straight out of Escape from New York – buildings on fire, large and small businesses looted and completely decimated, and violence breaking out.
Take note of the obscene media double standard when it comes to protests. Media smeared and slimed peaceful lockdown protestors in Michigan. But when it comes to the looting and violent riots in Minnesota, where masks and social distancing are non-existent, media are silent.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 28, 2020
The comparisons between the Michigan and Minneapolis has been picking up steam online, but it’s perhaps one of the most ill-conceived comparisons. One started and ended as a protest, the other started as a protest and has morphed into chaos and destruction, several days in a row and in multiple locations around the nation.
Just for the sake of providing an example, here’s a video of a lockdown protest that happened in Michigan earlier in May:
Protest against Michigan COVID-19 stay-at-home orders in downtown Grand Rapids. Senate Majority Leader @SenMikeShirkey just led crowd in singing “God Bless America”. @WOODTV pic.twitter.com/TVcpfgDT9x
— Leon Hendrix (@LeonHendrix) May 18, 2020
Now, here are just a few of the myriad of videos showing the aftermath of all the looting, fires, and riots in Minneapolis:
MINNEAPOLIS 5/29 – We're all running. Everyone. So much love to my colleagues in the field last night and all these nights to come. Forza, famiglia. pic.twitter.com/BeoIxnKEEb
— john minchillo (@johnminchillo) May 30, 2020
USA: Aftermath of riots, looting and fires in Minneapolis over death of George Floyd. pic.twitter.com/rZkVkf4wtp
— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) May 28, 2020
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) May 30, 2020
When looking at all that has happened thus far in Minneapolis, it would hardly be shocking if there were indeed plans to send in military units to restore order to the devastated city.
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