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Mob Drives Police Away

Rioters in Minneapolis pose for pictures in front of burning Third Precinct (Julio Rosas/Twitter)

This is big. This is big. From a crime beat reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

From the paper’s courts reporter, on the scene. He says that the Third Precinct is on fire:

Celebratory fireworks from the mob!

UPDATE: Libor Jany understands the symbolism of this moment:

UPDATE.2: The evacuation:

UPDATE.3: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Well then.

UPDATE.4: Consider the insanity of this: a public service announcement from the City urging the mob to step back from the police station they’re burning down, in case it goes all splodey-dope:

Good; I hope they shoot anybody who tries to break in:

UPDATE.5: I wanted the President to take a tough stand on the violence, but those fighting words are just going to up the ante, and force a bloody confrontation.

Think of where we are as a country: 40 million unemployed; the economic wrecked by this pandemic, which is not close to being over; we’ve all endured 10 weeks of lockdown; a lot of people — not just inner-city black people — are angry and frustrated and scared and just waiting for something to go off. And summer has just begun.

UPDATE.6: The Progressive Sage Of Flint speaks:

UPDATE.7: What a night in Minnesota! Here are some things that we are not supposed to notice:

UPDATE.8: My gosh, on live television, these moronic cops!

On the other hand, this guy is lucky they don’t arrest people for trying to tell people that what they’re seeing is not what’s happening:

UPDATE.9: This is full of profanity and the n-word, so be warned … but it’s important to realize what the authorities are dealing with. This is an antifa activist on antifa’s web channel. He’s threatening murder and violence.

UPDATE.10: While I was busy staying up all night to finish an editorial project (sun’s rising, I’m going to bed), I see that Black Lives Matter rioters broke into the Ohio Statehouse and vandalized it.

I’m about to crash for some hours. Hope everyone is here when I wake up, and we can make some sense of this.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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