Skip to comments.Black Lives Matter Occupies St. Louis
Posted on 09/20/2017 7:44:18 AM PDT by SJackson
Rioters wreak havoc after cop acquitted in killing of heroin dealer.
St. Louis was rocked Monday by a third consecutive night of riots organized and carried out by Black Lives Matter after a white cop was acquitted Friday of first-degree murder in the death of a notorious black criminal.
At time of writing, ABC News was reporting that more than 160 people have now been now arrested, as police have been aggressively arresting more people to curb property destruction and police assaults.
The virulently racist Black Lives Matter movement, which, along with its Antifa allies should be designated a terrorist organization, has long welcomed the deaths of blacks at the hands of law enforcement, treating their passing as a profit center and recruitment opportunity. Supporters of the movement riot on cue nowadays to advance the cause, and loot stores, advancing social justice with each new flat-screen television they liberate from their oppressors. Strangely missing from the movements mission statement are its commitment to ramping up anti-police hysteria, and boosting minority resentment of white Americans whom they blame for more or less all problems in their personal lives and in the country.
The mostly peaceful protesters, as the mainstream media consistently describes left-wing rioters, took to the streets of the Missouri city Friday after former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, 36, a white man, was found not guilty of first-degree murder in the Dec. 20, 2011, shooting death of drug dealer Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, a black man, after a high-speed chase and crash. Stockley said he fired on Smith repeatedly in self-defense. At the time, Smith was on parole for convictions related to drug-trafficking, theft, and illegal gun possession. A bag of heroin was found in the car Smith was driving.
According to police, protests Friday started out peaceful but were no longer peaceful as of the next night. Over the weekend a minimum of 32 people were arrested for blocking highways, damaging property, throwing bricks at police and rocks and red paint at the house of the citys mayor, Lyda Krewson, a left-wing Democrat who makes excuses for the rioters.
Krewson green-lighted further violence by saying she was appalled by what happened to dead heroin pusher Smith and is sobered by this outcome. The useful idiot added, I will continue my work to create a more equitable community. Members of the thousand-strong angry mob departed only after cops tear-gassed them.
John Sexton traced the marchs degeneration into mob violence over the course of Sunday. He noted the change in tone used by police on Twitter over a two-and-half hour period.
From @SLMPD at 7:27 p.m.: The demonstrators have returned back to police headquarters on Olive where they continue their peaceful demonstration. #STLVerdict[.]
At 8:06 p.m.: Group near HQ throwing debris @ officers following a traffic stop. If group cannot be peaceful, they will be ordered to leave. #STLVerdict[.]
At 9:34 p.m.: Agitators are breaking multiple windows at Olive & 10th. Officers are heading to scene. #STLVerdict[.]
And at 9:43 p.m.: We have reports of significant property damage in Downtown #STL. Will update soon. #STLVerdict[.]
It was a repeat of the pattern weve seen over and over, Sexton wrote. A peaceful protest march that lasts through part of the day followed by a late-night turn to rioting and vandalism.
Authorities vowed to act against lawbreakers.
People setting out to do damage are being arrested and these criminals we've arrested should be held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, St. Louis Interim Police Chief Lawrence OToole said early Monday.
We're in control, he said. This is our city and we're going to protect it.
In a delightful, ironic role reversal, some police patrolling the city reportedly chanted the radical battle cry, Whose streets? Our streets.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) won his post partly by slamming inept left-winger, then-Gov. Jay Nixon (D), for allowing the demonstrations following the Aug. 9, 2014, death of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson to spiral out of control.
"I will protect people's constitutional right to peacefully protest, but violence will not be tolerated, said the governor, who activated the National Guard to deal with the left-wing mayhem. We will protect people's lives, homes, and communities."
Stockley maintained his innocence and appealed for calm.
"I can feel for and I understand what the family is going through, and I know everyone wants someone to blame, but I'm just not the guy," said Stockley, who left the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in August 2013. Not long after, the weak-kneed members of the St. Louis police board threw away $900,000 of taxpayers money by settling a wrongful death lawsuit with Smith's survivors.
Stockley waived his right to a jury trial. The trial judge, St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson, found prosecutors did not meet their evidentiary burden for the first-degree murder charge or even for a lesser offense such as involuntary manslaughter because they failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Stockleys use of force was not justified in self-defense.
Prosecutors claimed at the trial that got underway Aug. 1 that Stockley planted a revolver in Smiths car to justify the shooting, but that gun did not appear in any of the video footage taken by multiple cameras at the scene of the incident.
The gun in question was too large, the judge found, for the accused to have hidden it from the various cameras. Nor did the prosecution adequately account for the wound Smith received as he sat inside the vehicle on the drivers side at the time of death. Because the wound was on the lower left abdomen, it is possible Smith was reaching for something to his right, the judge determined.
The fact that Stockleys, not Smiths, DNA was found on the gun, doesnt prove Smith failed to touch the gun, Wilson found. Besides, not too many drug pushers are unarmed.
"An urban heroin dealer not in possession of a firearm would be an anomaly," the judge indicated.
Wilson rejected the governments case, saying it was "not supported by the evidence." "This court ... is simply not firmly convinced of the defendant's guilt," Wilson wrote in a 30-page ruling. "Agonizingly, this court has (pored) over the evidence again and again."
Authorities initially declined to pursue the case, but in May 2016 Stockley was charged with first-degree murder at a time when prosecutors were being pressured by the U.S. Department of Justice, then controlled by Democrats, to put the hurt on cops. The Democratic Party, through the DNC, has officially endorsed Black Lives Matter, whose members demand the murder of police officers and who claim police death squads wander the fruited plain in search of black victims.
President Barack Hussein Obama and both of his attorneys general, Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, were perfectly content to sacrifice cops like Stockley on the altar of left-wing identity politics. They wanted payback not justice, which helps to explain why the Obama administration did not enforce civil rights laws when white Americans were the alleged victims.
The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a black preacher, said angry black activists dont care about facts.
The acquittal of Stockley gave Black Lives Matter license to riot and assault police. What began as a protest march erupted with a wild mob tearing through downtown St. Louis and through the citys affluent areas. Protesters said they wanted whites to feel the pain.
Protesters burned American flags, damaged police cruisers and destroyed businesses. At least 10 officers were assaulted with bricks and bottles The violence caused local businesses to cancel major venues. Protesters also temporarily shut down a major mall in St. Louis. They chanted, You kill one of us, we kill your economy, and they carried Black Lives Matter signs.
Black leaders dont want peace, Peterson said. They identify more with Black Lives Matter than they do with decent whites and police. They dont want a solution; they want revenge against whites.
Peterson is correct.
Revenge against whites is one of the key animating principles of the American Left today.
And so when opportunities arise to make whites pay for wrongs supposedly done to blacks, the Left will continue to be there, throwing gasoline on the fire.
Ask Jesse Jackson:
The BLM phenomena is interesting. Overall it is true that black lives really don’t seem to matter especially to other blacks. The amount of lethal violence within black communities is a constant. Whether it is due to self loathing, intoxicant use or whatever, there is about a five percent mortality rate for black males due to violence in urban areas by the time they reach forty five years of age. The vast majority of the deaths are from other blacks. BLM of course blames “racism” for this carnage, projects responsibility on whites and is enraged by white indifference to high black mortality rates. Publicly they acknowledge no fault in black behavior for the situation.Blacks also have a primordial fear that one day they could be the victims of an organized real genocide. They do have a limited point . Despite the politically correct posturing, the majority of whites wish to live among themselves and have as little to do with blacks as possible. Blacks in turn despite their own rhetoric wish to live among whites and engage them because they know their lives will be better. Witness the frenzied migrations of Africans to reach Europe despite barriers and real racism. Just the way it is. The dynamic is not likely to change, only the political response.
Yep they are doing a good job destroying jobs for the minorities in downtown St. Louis. Breaking all the windows at street level at the Marriott St. Louis Hotel will make it easy for convention planners to stay away from STL.
All the store fronts and the hotel windows were broken in the street (Washington Ave) that fronts the convention center.
Is St. Louis safe for convention visitor? If I was another city I would sell that hard and show them the video and pictures of the Marriott hotel. Do you want your attendees walking the streets in St. Louis?
Very sad what is happening there. Billy Joel is in Busch Stadium on Thursday evening. Lets see if that concert happens?
Last Weekend U2 and Ed Sheeran were canceled. What an economic hit to everybody involved.
Hat Tip: https://curmudgeonlyskeptical.blogspot.com/
Good photos. Eeerily similar to the photos of GOP riots after Obama’s elections.
This is what always happens. They burn down and destroy their own neighborhoods with their riots. Businesses no longer will locate there nor will the destroyed businesses come back. It ends up looking like a boarded up disaster zone. Then they complain that they have no local grocery stores, restaurant or other types of local small businesses.
The decent, law abiding citizens in those neighborhoods who have to live with the results.
Black Lives Matter is an oxymoron ,,,, Chicago ,, Detroit ,,Baltimore , St Louis and please don’t forget the 72% black abortion rate .
BLM is a farce ,, the laughing stock of any moral minded civilized human being .
Those people should be on the phone to their elected “leaders” demanding the Rule of Law be enforced.
They made be doing just that but unfortunately many of these elected "leaders" are all in with the rioters - the "leaders" don't have to live in the disaster area neighborhoods.
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