Violence roils big cities after Taylor grand jury decision
Murder, mayhem and melees continued over the weekend in the ground-zero urban centers of the Black Lives Matter protests with at least 50 shot — eight fatally — in Chicago, arson breaking out in Louisville, and dozens of arrests in Portland and New York after riots broke out.
The violence marks five days of protests since the decision by a Louisville grand jury not to indict any officers in the death of Breonna Taylor.
In Chicago, the dead included a five-year-old girl who was stabbed to death by her mother, another woman who was pulled from the Chicago River dead from stab wounds, and 50 people who were shot over the weekend, including eight who died.
“Overall, shootings and murders are up 50% compared with last year, according to Chicago Police Department statistics. Through Sept. 20, police have recorded 560 murders in 2020 compared with 374 murders during the same time in 2019. Murders this year are already higher than they were during the same time frame in 2016 — Chicago’s most violent year in recent memory,” says the Chicago Sun-Times.
In other cities outside of Illinois, the violence was tied directly to BLM protests.
In Louisville, police say that Black Lives Matter rioters attempted to light fires and caused damage at multiple locations including the explosion of a car filled with fireworks in a university parking lot downtown. Police also say that a fire was set outside a church with windows smashed at several locations.
Video released by police in Louisville shows rioters using plywood that they brought to use as shields against police to start fires in the street.
In Portland, police say that they arrested 30 BLM protesters from around the country over the weekend including people from Fontana, California; Alberta, Canada; Minnesota; Seattle, Washington; and San Antonio, Texas, after protesters blocked roadways and “individuals in the crowd threw projectiles at officers” and refused orders to reopen the streets.
Police seized a drone from one vehicle, bear spray and a baton while clearing out protesters.
The protests came after several hundred Trump supporters rallied peacefully in Portland on Saturday.
“I’m pleased to say that through the unified efforts of Oregon State Police, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, and the Portland Police, events earlier today were free from serious violence. Thanks to those who demonstrated peacefully. May that continue throughout the evening,” said Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell.
In New York, police broke up protests in West Village arresting 12 people over the weekend.
“Dramatic video shows NYPD officers, some in riot gear, arrest a group of protesters in the midst of outdoor diners in the West Village on Saturday night,” says the New York Post.
“The protesters — who were later hit with charges that include disorderly conduct — had been gathered on the sidewalk and a pedestrian island on Hudson Street near 10th Street.”
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