Black Lives Matter protesters held a rally in Chicago on Monday in support of the 100+ looters and rioters who were arrested the previous night for causing widespread havoc in the business district. Though the chaos caused more than $60 million in property damage, led to the injuries of at least 13 police officers, and cost stores and businesses untold losses in stolen goods, the BLM activists insisted that it’s all par for the course.
“I don’t care if someone decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike store, because that makes sure that person eats,” BLM organizer Ariel Atkins told NBC Chicago. “That makes sure that person has clothes. That is reparations. Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance.”
One somehow doubts that Atkins would change his mind if he learned that the businesses didn’t have insurance. Also, why is it okay to steal from insurance companies? Oh right. “Reparations.”
Not unlike the George Floyd debacle that kicked off this whole thing back in May, it appears that Sunday’s unrest was caused by misinformation on a grand scale. Police shot a 20-year-old man named Latrell Allen on the South Side after Allen – fleeing the cops – turned and fired shots at the pursuing officers. They returned fire but did not kill him. He’s recuperating in the hospital with attempted murder charges hanging over his head.
Somehow, though, this regrettable situation found its way onto social media with a healthy dose of fake news: The report was that police and shot and killed a 15-year-old boy in Englewood.
Cue the insanity.
“The shooting prompted hundreds of people to descend on downtown Chicago early Monday with vandals smashing the windows of dozens of businesses and making off with merchandise, cash machines and anything else they could carry, police said,” reported Fox News.
Nothing corrects police injustice like stealing an ATM.
Instead of acknowledging that, yeah, it’s pretty messed up to go destroy the city for what appears to be a fully-justified shooting, that idiot Atkins doubled down on his message.
“Police say a lot of things,” he said. “Even though the Department of Justice said with the consent decree they are no longer allowed to chase people, they decided they were going to chase, and they shot this young man multiple times.”
The official Black Lives Matter Chicago organization sent a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times blasting the city.
“The mayor clearly has not learned anything since May, and she would be wise to understand that the people will keep rising up until the [Chicago Police Department] is abolished and our Black communities are fully invested in,” the group said.
Unreal. How can anyone continue to stand with these extremists?