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Matt77 Posted: 22:44 May30 2020 Post ID: 3451098
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I'm sure you've heard about these riots that have been going on. Things have been brewing for a while with a few incidents of police officers shooting unarmed black men. After George Floyd, they've got out of hand now.

Rioters are smashing windows of businesses, looting supermarkets and small businesses, and throwing stuff at the riot squad. They've become angrier and angrier because it took a while for the officer responsible for Floyd's death to be charged. Not to mention Trump.

Trump began tweeting that the riots shouldn't be happening and that sensible protesting is the only option. It was non-threatening tweeting from him. But the rioters were angry, because they've tried peaceful protests in the past and it hasn't done anything. Then Trump tweeted, spread out over the course of the past few days, the following:

....These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won?t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!

...but nobody came close to breaching the fence. If they had they would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen. That?s when people would have been really badly hurt, at least. Many Secret Service agents just waiting for action. "We put the young ones on the front line, sir, they love it, and....good practice." As you saw last night, they were very cool & very professional. Never let it get out of hand. Thank you!

So, who is wrong here? Should the protestors/rioters tone down their actions? Are they right to go this far, given that their previous attempts at being heard didn't work? Is Trump right for being so forceful? Should the government do something?

Also interestingly, it was revealed that NFL owners definitely had a political influence for their teams not to sign Colin Kaepernick. Apparently a few teams have been interested over the years, but the owners blocked it. I wonder if all these protests will force NFL owners to cave and eventually sign him. He'd be one of the best backups in the league and could be useful for a contending team.

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Sanzano Posted: 01:43 Jun01 2020 Post ID: 3451110
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I saw the same sort of thing in Barcelona recently Matt, the peaceful protestors come out during the day and the looters come out at night. Not sure how this one is going to get resolved...

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Matt77 Posted: 07:46 Jun01 2020 Post ID: 3451112
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I think the only way it gets resolved is if the Democrats win the election. Because Trump has made it clear he won't listen to the protestors' demands. He's instead calling them thugs, and suggesting they will be shot at and attacked by vicious dogs if they continue. He's not going to give them anything, and the protestors aren't going to stop until something is done.

If as I expect Trump wins the election by a large margin, then there is going to be trouble. I'm not trying to bash Trump; I'm simply saying that the two parties of Trump vs Protestors do not like each other.

Worryingly, there are civilians going out and trying to attack protestors, and vice versa. There was a man that brought a crossbow and shot at the protestors 3 times (there is video of him in the middle lane of a busy street), before being interviewed by Fox News saying he was defending his business (there was no business). The protestors also burned his car. There was also an incident where a man ran at protestors with a sword to try and depend his local pub, but then the protestors knocked him over and started kicking at his head, and could have seriously hurt him (or worse).

And all of these riots/protests are going on in a country with 1.1 million active coronavirus cases.

What a mess. If you're reading Warrior, stay safe...

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Warrior13 Posted: 07:47 Jun01 2020 Post ID: 3451113
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I wish people would recognize discrimination is not partial to only one race.

Additionally, the officer was arrested and will be charged and sentenced - what more do people want?

Peaceful protests are fine. Taking advantage of a situation by rioting in anarchy in order to benefit one's self is no better than what that officer did to the victim.

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Matt77 Posted: 08:02 Jun01 2020 Post ID: 3451116
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I agree that they are going too far, but they've been trying peaceful protests for years. My best guess is that they want police officers to chance their attitudes and understand that race shouldn't matter. And yes 95% of officers are not racist and are not aggressive. They want to try and get through to that 5%, and hope that the government can do something (I don't know what) to make that happen.

I think this whole situation being combined with Trump probably being the most-hated President ever by Democrats and neutrals, and him refusing to sympathise, makes it 10x worse. Also there was an incident a few weeks ago where an African American man was out jogging and unarmed, and was shot dead by a police officer. I think it was just a build up of everything, and the protestors are lashing out with built-up anger.

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