The night commemorating the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death turned violent in Portland this week, as rioters started a dumpster fire and attacked police officers during an unlawful assembly in the city’s downtown.
Portland Police responded to reports, soon posting an image of a dumpster fire outside of the Justice Center in the downtown area. Reports included protestors throwing spikes in the roadways and throwing frozen water bottles at officers.
Some in the mob later broke out the windows of a local coffee shop. Five people were arrested in the events.
If this is how protestors celebrate when all counts were guilty in the case involving former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, what would they have done if the case had turned out differently? The protestors appear unsatisfied with any response.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken even approved flying Black Lives Matter flags over U.S. Embassy buildings to commemorate the day. However, with the group’s ongoing violent protests, our nation may not want to continue highlighting the controversial movement. A Fox News report shared:
“According to a leaked memo from an anonymous State Department source, the department wrote that it “supports the use of the term ‘Black Lives Matter’ in messaging content” as well as in speeches and foreign diplomatic engagements on May 25 “and beyond.”
The violence continues to point out the contrast between those who violently protest for more rights and law enforcement responding to violent activities. While progressives push to defund the police, their supporters show the need for increased support for police officers in many communities.
Minneapolis is a powerful example. Nearly 200 police officers have left the force since last year, many citing post-traumatic stress. Instead of defunding police, the situation has led to millions of dollars to recruit new officers.
The situation is similar in other leftist communities. Activists push for social workers over officers, yet several of the same cities have experienced spikes in violent crimes in the past year.
Chicago ranks among one of the nation’s deadliest cities, with dozens of shooting deaths already in 2021. Instead of addressing the problem adequately, Mayor Lightfoot has been reportedly only giving interviews to “reporters of color.” How is this going to help improve racism tensions in her city?
Instead of building an administration on race or defunding police, how about addressing the real problems of violence? When criminal activities are allowed and sometimes even encouraged through media attention and lack of enforcement, we should only expect to see more in the future.
Some states, such as Florida, are creating laws to stop protestors from certain actions against law enforcement. These positive actions help encourage and strengthen police officers, letting them know they are supported in their communities.
If more states took this approach, maybe we’d see fewer dumpster fires and safer streets. It’s at least worth a try, and it will definitely work better than looting a Target or breaking out the windows of a downtown coffee shop.