Minneapolis Burning: This Happened Because Antifa Weren't Punished After Charlottesville And Inaugural Riots
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See, earlier: "It Will Come To Blood"—Reflections On The Left's Anti-Trump Inauguration Tantrum

The burning of a police station in Minneapolis may have been the work of organized antifa, because the police were unwilling to fight the rioters. Riots happen because police are afraid to fight the rioters, for fear of political and legal consequences, and because rioters are never punished.

If you want more riots, how you get more riots is by not punishing rioters.
 
In Charlottesville After Two Years: An Alt-History Of What Should Have Happened, Charlottesville Survivor imagined what might have happened if antifa—and local officials—had been prosecuted for their part in the riot.

 

August 12, 2019 In Alt-America

In a press conference, Department of Justice prosecutors relied heavily on a report produced by the city of Charlottesville that claimed local officials, including Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas, deliberately fomented violence in order to shut down the Unite The Right Rally in 2017. “Heather Heyer died because the police department turned the streets over to anarchy after declaring an 'unlawful assembly,'” said one prosecutor. “There’s evidence to suggest this decision to shut down this rally was pre-planned by both state and city officials, constituting willful defiance of an injunction by a federal judge that indicated the rally should go forward. Worse, enabling violence was part of this plan, potentially opening these individuals to serious charges and civil liability. All Americans, regardless of their opinions, have the right to state them so long as they are not directly threatening others.”

To the initial dismay of congressional Republicans, the Trump Administration blamed local and state Democratic leaders for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. However, former Mayor Wes Signer, former Governor Terry McAuliffe, and former Chief of Police Al Thomas have all found themselves increasingly under fire as witnesses have confirmed there was a pre-determined decision to create disorder and shut down the rally. “Rather than engage the crowd and prevent fights, the CPD plan was to declare the event unlawful and disperse the crowd,” according to the "Heaphy Report" [PDF] copies of which were distributed by the DOJ to reporters “to make sure you finally read it,” in the words of one spokesman. “The Operational Plan outlined the steps by which an unlawful assembly could be declared,” the report continued.[More]

That never happened, though, in spite of the fact that after Ferguson and Baltimore it was one of the things Trump was elected to do. The administration did try to prosecute the rioters who tried to shut down the Trump Inauguration. I wrote about it at the time—see "Well, That’s Different." DC Rioters Face 10 Years Prison + $25k Fine For "Felony Rioting."

This attempt to restore the rule of law was overruled by pro-riot, anti-trump kritarchs—see Scandalous J20 Verdict: Sabotage by Judge Lynn Leibovitz Upholds Left’s Right To Riot=Another Step On Road To Civil War and Evil Triumphs in D.C. As Prosecutors Drop Remaining Charges Against Trump Inauguration Rioters.

When the press refuses to say "riot" when reporting a riot and the legal system won't punish the rioters, you'll get more riots.

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