George Floyd riots

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The George Floyd riots, politically correctly referred to as "protests", are or were riots at many locations in the United States and elsewhere, starting in Minneapolis on 26 May 2020, after the death of the Black George Floyd in association with being arrested by four non-White and White officers of the Minneapolis Police Department, all four of whom were summarily fired the next day, and later charged with various crimes. Floyd, who had repeated criminal convictions, had heart disease and hypertension, had tested positive for coronavirus, and had the drugs fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cannabinoids in his system when he died. The incident was filmed on body cameras worn by the police, security cameras, and bystander smartphones, contributing to the riots, but may make it unlikely that Floyd's death was intentional.

Video bodycam footage leaked much later, in August 2020, has been argued to support the police officers.[1]

The riots have included arson, assaults on police officers (including by being run over, by Molotov cocktails, and by being shot), large-scale looting and property damages, and many persons being wounded (including hundreds of police officers) and several persons being killed (including two Black police officers).

As of 30 July 2020, 24 people had died in association with the riots.[2] Even a politically correct report published in September 2020 stated rioting at almost 220 different locations.[3] Only the riots that occurred between May 26 and June 8 may cost more than $2 billion only in insurance claims according to a report, making them the most costly riots in American history, costing more than even all of the six major American riots combined during the turbulent 1960s, even after adjusting for inflation.[4]

Antifa has been stated to be involved in the violence. Attorney General William Barr stated that "In many places, it appears the violence is planned, organized and driven by anarchist and far left extremists, using Antifa-like tactics, many of whom travel from out of state to promote the violence." Related to the riots, social anarchists/Antifa created by occupation in Seattle a "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" (CHAZ) or "Capitol Hill Occupied Protest" (CHOP) in Seattle. CHAZ/CHOP was eventually cleared, but rioting have continued in locations such as Portland.

Also related are demands to "Defund the police", with social anarchists actually meaning that the police should be abolished. Numerous police officers are stated to be considering leaving the police, for reasons such as anti-police sentiments in the leftist mass media and elsewhere.

A study estimated that "as a result of de-policing during June and July 2020, approximately 710 additional victims were murdered and more than 2,800 victims were shot."[5]

"The Black Lives Matter movement is linked to more than nine-in-ten riots across the country, according to a recent study. The U.S. experienced 637 riots between May 26 and Sept. 12, and 91% of those riots were linked to the Black Lives Matter movement." Some Black Lives Matter leaders have declined to condemn, or supported, rioting and looting.[6]

The riots and mass migration related disease transfer across the Mexico-United States border have been argued to have contributed to the surge in COVID-19 cases in the United States.[7]

Allegedly neutral Wikipedia has been described as having strong leftist bias and censorship regarding the riots, including regarding the role of Antifa. Furthermore, the Wikimedia Foundation dropped any pretense of a "Neutral Point of View" and declared itself to be an activist propaganda organization. It stated that "Today, and every day, the Wikimedia Foundation stands in support of racial justice and with the movement for Black Lives. [...] On these issues, there is no neutral stance. [...] far more than a website. [...] calls on all of us to shape what we understand of our world." See the "External links" section.

See also

External links

Argued relationships between IQ, personality traits, and riots

Death of George Floyd

Police abolishment

Wikipedia

Antifa

References

  1. George Floyd: The Big Lie https://www.takimag.com/article/george-floyd-the-big-lie/
  2. 24 People Have Died Since Violence Erupted Following George Floyd’s Death https://www.amren.com/news/2020/07/24-people-have-died-since-violence-erupted-following-george-floyds-death/
  3. Riots? What Riots? https://www.takimag.com/article/riots-what-riots/
  4. Nolte: BLM Riots Are Officially the Most Costly Manmade Damage to American Property in History https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/09/16/nolte-blm-riots-are-officially-the-most-costly-manmade-damage-to-american-property-in-history/
  5. Cuts in policing have 'led to 710 murders and more than 2,800 gunshot victims' across the US in what one expert has dubbed the 'Minneapolis effect' amid warning to 'proceed cautiously with defunding cops' https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8787457/Cuts-policing-led-710-murders-2-800-gunshot-victims-US.html
  6. Black Lives Matter Linked To 91% Of Riots Over Three Months, Study Finds https://dailycaller.com/2020/09/17/black-lives-matter-riots-study-data-princeton/
  7. Dr. Atlas: Coronavirus surges linked mostly to protests -- and proximity to US-Mexico border https://www.foxnews.com/media/dr-atlas-coronavirus-surges-linked-mostly-to-protests-and-proximity-to-us-mexico-border
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