The following editorial is the opinion of the author, a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
USA- Law Enforcement Today recently reported on a Rasmussen/National Police Association poll released on July 21 that show more voters favor a Congressional investigation into the violent Black Lives Matter/Antifa riots last summer than the so-called January 6 “insurrection.”
Far more voters want the race riots of 2020 investigated than the Jan. 6 Capitol protests, including overwhelming majorities of blacks and Hispanics.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 23, 2021
With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to compare and contrast the two.
As we have seen since January 6, Democrats have seized on the incident to commission a January 6 inquiry, no doubt reminiscent of a Spanish inquisition, ostensibly to look into what led up to the siege at the US Capitol. Unfortunately, this inquisition committee will be nothing more than a politically charged witch hunt with the intention of laying the entire blame for the incident on former President Trump and his supporters.
That became quite clear when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejected House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) request to seat Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN) on the committee.
Pelosi was apparently afraid of what they might seek to gain information on, such as why repeated requests from former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund for national guard troops were summarily rejected. That of course falls on Pelosi, who is in charge of Capitol security.
Instead, Pelosi chose never-Trumpers such as Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-MI), classic RINOs whose only interest in being on the committee is to throw Trump and his tens of millions of supporters under the bus.
The Jan. 6 incident has also given rise to the Biden Justice Department, and sleepy Joe himself alleging that “radical white extremism” is the “greatest threat to our Democracy,” and the “greatest threat to our national security,” more than al Qaeda, ISIS, Russia or China.
Meanwhile, Biden, the Justice Department and the rest of the Democrats totally ignored the violence across the country that started last year and continues in some cases unabated today. The organized riots of last summer have given way to skyrocketing violent crime this summer.
According to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), 95 percent of the riots that took place last summer were linked to Black Lives Matter. Six percent of the protests which occurred between May 26 and Sept. 5 involved rioting, looting and similar violence, including 47 fatalities, The Frontier Post reported.
Of the 633 incidents coded as riots, 88 percent were coded as involving Black Lives Matter activists. All told, there were 12,045 incidents.
The rioting wasn’t only concentrated in large metropolitan areas, but also found its way into smaller cities such as Fort Collins, CO., Cottonwood Heights, Utah; Gilbert, Arizona; and Davenport Iowa. The riots spread across 47 states.
The riots that took place last year caused an estimated $2 billion in damages across the country, overtaking the 1992 Los Angeles riots that took place in the wake of the initial Rodney King verdict, which caused $775 million in damage. According to Axios, adjusted for inflation, those costs would amount to $1.42 billion.
The damage estimate, provided by Property Claim Services only accounted for damages caused between May 26 to June 8, 2020 according to The Sun.
Loretta L Worters of the Insurance Information Institute told The Sun that since the damages were from “all over the country” and not in just one state, which could account for the large sum. She also said, “And this is still happening so the losses could be significantly more.” And it is.
No specific estimate is available for all the damage caused by riots that continued throughout last summer and into the fall, but it would be easy to assume you can multiply that $2 billion by a factor of four or five. In Portland, Oregon alone, the riots continued for over 100 consecutive nights, including the siege of a federal courthouse.
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The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) explained the losses above do not account for damages that were not insured. According to FEE, 75 percent of US businesses are underinsured and about 40 percent of small businesses have no insurance at all. Those numbers do not factor into the $2 billion figure.
It also doesn’t account for lost business or personal pain and suffering, upon which you cannot put a price tag. This also doesn’t consider people who lost their means of income due to businesses damaged.
That figure also doesn’t consider the long-term economic impact that riots have on communities. For example, a study of the 1992 Los Angeles riots concluded that above and beyond the damages that were done, it led to an economic decline of $3.8 million in sales activity and $125 million in lost tax revenue.
The most ludicrous thing about these riots is the disproportionate impact they have on the black community. A 2005 study that examined similar riots from the 1960s discovered “negative, persistent and economically significant effects of riots on the value of black-owned housing,” leading to a “10 percent decline in the total value of black-owned property in cities.”
Newsweek reported that in Minneapolis alone, over 1,500 businesses were damaged in the riots, with many expected to take years to rebuild.
And what of the personal cost the riots wrought? According to The Guardian, 25 Americans were killed in George Floyd-related riots between the end of May and the end of October last year. Eleven were killed directly participating in riots, while 14 died in incidents linked to the political turmoil.
To make matters worse, a number of deadly crimes occurred in the vicinity of protests which have not been tied directly into the riots.
And what of police officers? According to the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) as cited in American Military News, over 2,000 police officers sustained injuries in just the first few weeks of the Floyd riots in the time period between May 25 through July 31, a total of 2,037 injured officers. The report only covered MCCA-affiliated cities. At the White House, some 60 U.S. Secret Service Agents were injured, some seriously as real insurrectionists attempted to breach the White House fence, American Military News reported.
Meanwhile in 2021, the number of officers feloniously killed in the line of duty has soared 40%, with officers being rammed by vehicles, killed by gunfire or stabbed to death, the Washington Examiner reported. In addition, ambush assaults of officers is up by 91% over last year, Fox News reported.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported last June that some 10,000 persons had been arrested in connection with the sometimes peaceful, usually violent riots that took place across the country in the wake of the Floyd death. Those arrests occurred in only the first days after Floyd’s death sent the country into a psychotic frenzy.
A majority of those arrested have had their charges dismissed, while many of them found themselves getting bailed out courtesy of Hollywood leftists such as Steven Carrell and others, along with political hacks such as Kamala Harris and Ilhan Omar.
Now, let’s contrast the billions of dollars of damage during the George Floyd riots with the Capitol “insurrection” on January 6.
According to The Hill, the worst “insurrection” in world history on January 6 caused an estimated $1.5 million in damage, according to a plea document entered for one of those arrested in connection with the incident. Defense attorneys told The Washington Post that prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office were seeking $2,000 in restitution for every felony case, $500 for each misdemeanor case.
In other words, the Department of Justice has dispatched hundreds of FBI agents nationwide, posted pictures on social media of the bandidos who trespassed at the US Capitol and jailed some of those arrested in solitary confinement for over six months for $1.5 million in damage.
What about injuries? Well the New York Times, which virtually ignored the riots last summer in Minneapolis, Portland, and so on called Jan. 6 “one of the worst days of injuries for law enforcement in the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
One-hundred forty police officers were injured—73 from the Capitol Police and 65 from DC Metro, obviously a disturbing number. The contrast between how the two incidents were reported is what is infuriating.
The Times seemed far-less concerned about police officers having commercial-grade fireworks shot at their heads, being shot and stabbed than they were about the officers on Jan. 6.
The fact that the Times let politics skew its reporting about Jan. 6 vs the summer of riots would almost be laughable if it weren’t so sad. As to the comparison, 140 officers pales in comparison to the thousands (more likely tens of thousands) of officers injured during the Floyd riots all last summer across the country.
How many people died at the US Capitol on January 6? Well, despite leftists breathlessly referring to it as a “deadly” insurrection, only one person died that day as a direct result of the incident—Air Force veteran and Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed woman shot to death ostensibly by a plain-clothes, black US Capitol police officer.
How “damaged” was the Capitol? In other words, how long was it that our “Democracy” was shut down for? Mere hours. How many members of Congress were injured or directly threatened? None. How many protesters were arrested in connection with the siege? Over 500. And as stated, many of them are in solitary confinement, held without bail, and if some reports are correct being subjected to physical and psychological torture. In the United States of America.
A tale of two “riots.” One gets a special, albeit politically tainted “special commission.” The other gets ignored. Biden’s America.
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