LOS ANGELES, CA – Let’s be real, America. Opportunists are looking for any reason to riot. “Police brutality” is nothing more than an excuse.
Need more evidence? Here you go:
The Los Angeles Dodgers just won the Major League Baseball World Series, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in six games. This is the first World Series victory for the Dodgers since 1988.
Before that, it was 1981. They won the Series also in 1955, 1959, 1963, and 1965. We would figure that Dodgers fans would be ecstatic since the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, and San Francisco Giants have won their fair share in the last couple of decades.
We would figure that fans would be exuberant, probably partaking of some adult beverages, sporting some adrenaline and endorphins, rallying into the streets for an impromptu parade of sorts – but that emotion quickly turned to criminal acts last night as fans turned to rioting, looting, setting fires, and assaulting police officers.
Looters and vandals broke into businesses, stealing items, and even broke into a running tractor trailer that had been stopped in traffic, stealing the majority of items in the big rig.
At least one shoe store and a Los Angeles Police Department patrol vehicle were burglarized, with, of course, police equipment being stolen. Glass was broken in several storefronts, and all sorts of objects were thrown at responding officers.
We are still dealing with a large, and at times unruly, crowd in the Downtown L.A. area.
There are several street closures and areas of heavy traffic congestion.
Please stay clear of the DTLA area and expect a large police presence.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) October 28, 2020
There were eight arrests and three officers were injured. Arrests included four for looting, three for reckless driving, and one for assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer.
Police declared an “unlawful assembly” and issued a statement:
“We are still dealing with a large, and at times unruly, crowd in the Downtown L.A. area. There are several street closures and areas of heavy traffic congestion. Please stay clear of the (downtown Los Angeles) area and expect a large police presence.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a statement on the Dodger’s victory and Covid-19 precautions:
“As we celebrate this incredible @Dodgers victory tonight, we need to remember that COVID-19 is still here and still dangerous, Please don’t host or attend victory parties, or gather in large groups to celebrate. Let’s keep L.A. safe.”
As we celebrate this incredible @Dodgers victory tonight, we need to remember that COVID-19 is still here and still dangerous.
Please don't host or attend victory parties, or gather in large groups to celebrate. Let's keep L.A. safe.
— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) October 28, 2020
Vin Scully, known as the “Voice of the Dodgers,” has called games for the Dodgers for sixty-seven years. He issued a statement along with a video on Twitter:
“Let’s show the rest of the country that we know how to celebrate the proper way.”
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) October 28, 2020
Rioting and looting have become the instant reaction for the left, usually coordinated through social media. A man wielding a knife and lunging toward responding police officers was shot and killed on Monday afternoon in Philadelphia, and protests developed immediately, and just as quickly turned to rioting and looting.
Riots spread throughout the downtown and Port Richmond areas of Philadelphia Tuesday night.
Governor Tom Wolf placed the National Guard on stand-by in several areas downtown to quell and contain the rioting and looting. Major stores like Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Dollar General, and others were completely ransacked and virtually picked to the bone.
In addition, people reported that looters were shooting other looters. At least eleven people were shot On Tuesday night, and not by police. In one scenario, a man had filled his car with stolen goods, and that man was carjacked, with the perpetrator of the secondary crime taking the stolen goods and the man’s car.
One must ask – why is looting, rioting, and committing arson the go-to response for the left?
Before we approach the answer to that question, please understand that there is absolutely no question for what happened in Philadelphia Monday afternoon – police were called to a disturbance involving a man threatening others with a knife.
When police arrived, they challenged him and tried to de=escalate the situation, but the man instead ran into the street where officers were standing and lunged at them with the knife. He was shot and killed.
It seems like a simple but very unfortunate scenario. Police were called for a violent man, police arrived, tried to stop the man from hurting anyone, and he attacked the officers. And they defended themselves.
With respect to both the looting in Los Angeles and in Philadelphia, the police and conservative position looking in from outside is plain to see – when you’re morally bankrupt, have no ethics or character, and no old-fashioned “home training,” it may be easy to not respect other people’s property and damage and steal.
The White House issued an official statement on the Philadelphia situation:
“The riots in Philadelphia are the most recent consequence of the Liberal Democrats’ war against the police. Law enforcement is an incredibly dangerous occupation, and thousands of officers have given their lives in the line of duty.
All lethal force incidents must be fully investigated. The facts must be followed wherever they lead to ensure fair and just results. In America, we resolve conflicts through the courts and the justice system. We can never allow mob rule.
The Trump Administration stands proudly with law enforcement, and stands ready, upon request, to deploy any and all Federal resources to end these riots.”
We don’t have to look back before far to see a similar scenario unfold – The Lakers won the NBA Championship two weeks ago.
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LAPD officers injured, police car damaged, vandalism and looting after NBA championship game
October 12, 2020
LOS ANGELES, CA – For those that still care about professional sports, the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Championship for the first time in ten years. On October 11th, fans rushed to the stadium in celebration of the event.
Many people were captured on camera not wearing masks and another people was captured trying to break out the window of a police car.
Laker fans looted, rioted & attacked police to celebrate their title last night. But aside from the looting, rioting and attacking of police, it was mostly peaceful. https://t.co/s8UjzCPMc3
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 12, 2020
Local leaders had urged all fans not to congregate and stay at home for their celebrations because of the pandemic. However, many people defied that order, much like they do at large protests and riots. Democratic Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti sent out a tweet reminding people to stay home:
Lakers fans trashing police cars pic.twitter.com/Koi9Rk5jvr
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 12, 2020
“As we cheer our @Lakers’ 17th championship, please remember it’s still not safe to gather in groups.”
Hundreds of fans were seen around the Staples Center despite local leaders’ orders for there not to be a large gathering and to stay away from the arena. In order to lessen the ability to get to the stadium, the California Highway Patrol closed interstate exits to the downtown area to prevent people from going toward the Staples Center.
Of course, it did not take long for the people, not social distancing and few wearing masks, to become unruly. Several people began blocking off the streets in order for motorcycles and other vehicles to do spin outs.
In addition, video of the area showed several people who were attempting to damage a marked Los Angeles Police vehicles by kicking out the windshield. Shortly afterward, the police declared an unlawful assembly and ordered the crowd to disperse. The LAPD said:
“Unruly individuals mixed within the crowd began throwing glass bottles, rocks, and other projectiles at officers. That is when an unlawful assembly was declared, and only a limited number of people complied and began to disperse.
A larger portion of the group broke off and began vandalizing businesses while continuing to engage in violent behavior, some aimed at responding officers.”
Officers moved in to disperse the crowd and ordered people to leave the area. Those who refused to do so were arrested.
Other people began attacking the police by throwing champagne bottles at them. Police promptly defended themselves by firing less lethal munitions which sent the crowd, and the attackers, running.
In all, 76 people were arrested and over 30 buildings and businesses were damaged during the celebration aftermath. Eight officers were injured, and three rioters were taken to the hospital for medical treatment after being struck by less lethal munitions.
Despite the numerous fans that were out and celebrating in downtown Los Angeles, other people were disgusted that the event was going on given the restrictions in place because of the pandemic. One twitter user, Abigail Shrier, said:
“This is the city that won’t allow my children to go to school-even distanced, with masks, desks cubicled with Plexiglas.”
This is the city that won’t allow my children to go to school—even distanced, with masks, desks cubicled with plexiglas. https://t.co/AIuVWFz9jB
— Abigail Shrier (@AbigailShrier) October 12, 2020
Elated fans had hoped and prayed for this championship after the untimely death of NBA great Kobe Bryant. Bryant and his daughter were killed while they were flying in a helicopter which crashed on the way to a basketball game.
The NBA played a shorten and condensed schedule this year out of concern for the pandemic spreading. The games were played in a ‘bubble’ in Orlando and no fans were allowed to attend them.
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