Showing posts with label riot. Show all posts
Showing posts with label riot. Show all posts

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Veterans "Continue To Serve" clean up after Washington Riot

DC veteran group works to clean up city after attack on Capitol, denounces insurrection
WUSA 9 News
Jess Arnold
January 9, 2021

Navy vet David Smith founded Continue to Serve after watching federal forces tear gas peaceful protesters. Now, his group is helping to clean after the Capitol riot.

WASHINGTON — Days after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, a group of veterans is working to clean the hate out of their beloved city.

Navy veteran David Smith is still grappling with the horrific images from Wednesday's insurrection.

“It almost brings you to tears," he said. "It’s terrible.”

He said it was especially disconcerting to hear some rioters claiming to be veterans as they broke into the citadel of democracy.

“They’re yelling 'I served!' as if somehow that gives them impunity and they can just storm the Capitol, which is not right," Smith said. "To support and defend the Constitution. That’s what we’re supposed to do, not a man, not a president, but the constitution.”

Monday, June 1, 2020

VA Headquarters and monuments damaged by rioters

Protesters damage Veterans Affairs headquarters, several DC war monuments

Military Times
Leo Shane III
June 1, 2020

The Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters and several notable veterans memorials in Washington, D.C., suffered damage Sunday night from protests in the nation’s capital, part of a series of racially-charged outbursts in cities throughout America over the last week.
A man is seen through a shattered window at the Department of Veterans Affairs as he cleans up glass in Washington, Monday, June 1, 2020, after a night of protests over the death of George Floyd. Prosecutors say Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer after being restrained. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
Unidentified attackers broke several windows and spray painted curse words along the sides of VA’s main offices, which sit a block away from the White House.

A car was set on fire just a few yards away from the main entrance to the building. According to multiple news sources, several buildings surrounding the VA were set on fire as protesters moved from areas around the White House to streets north of Lafayette Park.

In addition, VA officials said several department offices in other downtown buildings suffered some damage.
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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Police Officers and Protestors Proved Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Officers walked with protestors

Officers showed up to protect protestors supplies from being destroyed
New Jersey police showed up to walk with protestors

Officers showed up to pray with protestors
Officers showed up to talk to protestors

And here are more reports found on FORBES

In Some Cities, Police Officers Joined Protesters Marching Against Brutality

Lisette Voytko
My 31, 2020
Police officers kneel during a rally in Coral Gables, Florida, on Saturday in response to the death ... [+] PHOTO BY EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

TOPLINE As protests sparked by George Floyd’s death entered their chaotic fifth day, social media filled with images and video of police officers using batons, tear gas and rubber bullets to quell crowds⁠—but some squads joined in with Saturday protesters to express their stance against police brutality, and to show solidarity with the anti-racism movement.

“We want to be with y’all, for real. I took my helmet off, laid the batons down. I want to make this a parade, not a protest,” Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson was seen telling protesters in Flint, Michigan, before he joined the assembled crowd to march, eliciting cheers.

Officers in Camden, New Jersey, helped carry a banner reading “Standing in Solidarity,” and seemed to join in with the crowd chanting “no justice, no peace.”

In Santa Cruz, California, Police Chief Andy Mills took a knee with protesters in the pose made famous by Colin Kaepernick, with the department tweeting it was “in memory of George Floyd & bringing attention to police violence against Black people.”

Two Kansas City, Missouri, police officers⁠—one white man, one black man⁠—were photographed holding aloft a sign reading “end police brutality.”
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Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida Now: John Mina, Orange County Sheriff and Chief Orlando Rolon, Orlando Police Department #TakeAKnee in solidarity with demonstrators. We share the grief in the killing of #GeorgeFloyd. We need to use these opportunities to come together and talk about these issues.

Afghanistan veteran captured woman being beaten in street on video

Video shows woman attacked outside Rochester business

WHAM 13 News
May 31, 2020

Painter, who says he is a veteran of the War in Afghanistan, says it was one of the worst things he’s ever witnessed. He said he stopped recording abruptly because some of the people who attacked the woman in the video started running toward him.

(WHAM) - Disturbing video recorded by a person in Rochester shows a group of people attacking a woman outside a business amid widespread looting and rioting in downtown Rochester Saturday evening.
In the video, a woman pleads with the people smashing the exterior of Rochester Fire Equipment Company on Marshall Street to stop. The woman yelled at the group of people, who were apparently trying to loot the jewelry store next door.

Several of the people then turn on the woman and begin attacking her, hitting and kicking her, and then used boards to hit her.
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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Love is responding to rioters

#LoveInAction responding to rioters

Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
May 30, 2020

There are examples of great bravery happening out of love. It is time to honor those who decided that the destruction and intimidation should not be the response to what was wrong...and they did what they could to help others. There are many examples of this online...and you will find yourself uplifted by human acts of kindness!
Protesters surround an LMPD officer during a protest for Breonna Taylor on May 28, 2020 in Louisville, Ky. The protest organizers surrounded the officer and joined arms to make sure that the crowd did not touch him.(Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal)

A line of almost all white women formed between police officers and black protesters at Thursday night's rally in downtown Louisville calling for justice in the death of Breonna Taylor. (Photo: Tim Druck)

A man carried a woman to safety after she was injured during a demonstration at 6th Street and Jefferson Streets to protest the killing of Breonna Taylor by the LMPD in Louisville, Ky. on May 28, 2020. Sam Upshaw Jr./Courier Journal
A woman was comforted after she was injured during a demonstration at 6th Street and Jefferson Streets to protest the killing of Breonna Taylor by the LMPD in Louisville, Ky. on May 28, 2020. Sam Upshaw Jr./Courier Journal

Volunteers cleaned up charred debris in the alleyway behind Sports Dome on University Avenue in St. Paul on Friday.(SHARI L. GROSS – STAR TRIBUNE)
Volunteers cleaned up charred debris in the alleyway behind Sports Dome on University Avenue in St. Paul on Friday. (SHARI L. GROSS – STAR TRIBUNE)
Volunteers gathered in Minneapolis Saturday morning, cleaning up Lake Street at Nicollet Avenue, near the epicenter of Friday night's protests over the killing of George Floyd.(Parker Yesko for MPR News)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Thug Fuss and Twisted Attention

After Baltimore riots, some leaders slam 'thug' as the new n-word
By Josh Levs, CNN, April 29, 2015
(CNN)A term used by President Barack Obama and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to characterize rioters has given new life to a debate over the word "thug."

"Of course it's not the right word, to call our children 'thugs,'" Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes told CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." "These are children who have been set aside, marginalized, who have not been engaged by us. No, we don't have to call them thugs."

"Just call them n-----s. Just call them n-----s," he said. "No, we don't have to call them by names such as that."

The Rev. Jamal Bryant drew the same comparison Wednesday morning on CNN. The President and the mayor are wrong, he said. "These are not thugs, these are upset and frustrated children."

This is what the word actually means.
1. a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer.
2.(sometimes initial capital letter) one of a former group of professional robbers and murderers in India who strangled their victims.

Give me a break! If Stokes is offended by this word, then he needs to actually take a step back and consider who it was being directed at.

The right to peacefully protest has been defend across the country over and over again but what people take issue with is when those protests are used to commit criminal acts, like robbery and setting fires topped off with attacking police officers.

Destroying businesses and private property is not part of what most folks were trying to do, yet to others it was an opportunity to act like a bunch of thugs. The word is not used to describe color or even as an insult to the protestors. Deal with it!

If Strokes believes children were being called thugs, then he should think about what some of them were doing at the time then rethink how all the rioters actually did more damage to those children than this word ever could.

What kind of a message does committing crimes send? What kind of a message does it send when only some lives matter?

This isn't about all police officers committing crimes, but has always been about a few doing unspeakable acts. No one seems to want to talk about the 100 good cops being injured just doing their jobs, showing up for work.
Nearly 100 Officers Injured Since Monday: Baltimore Police
Nearly 100 officers have been hurt since violence broke out in the city on Monday, Baltimore Police said.

Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said Thursday afternoon that more than 40 officers required some sort of treatment at the hospital.

Protesters have been throwing bricks, bottles and other items at officers trying to contain demonstrations after the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered critical injuries while he was in police custody.

But why talk about the fact that most of those officers are good and ashamed of the few bad ones giving all of them a bad reputation?

That article had "protestors" instead of thugs. Most of the people protesting should take offense with that because most of them were there to publicly show their outrage peacefully. That word should have been replaced with "thugs" or criminals.

Folks can twist and manipulate whatever they want and they seem to get all the attention of the reporters on TV yet there is so much more going on in this country not getting any attention at all.

Does Strokes know about veterans with PTSD in crisis being killed by police officers and SWAT Teams all over the country because they are not getting the help they need? These are some of their stories.
U.S. Air Force dress blue uniform, Francis “Frank” Lamantia Spivey stood with an assault rifle pushed up to his chin just after midnight Feb. 25.

Glendale police fatally shot Joe Tassinari in March 2015, Vietnam veteran.

William Dean Poole, GASTON COUNTY — A veteran was shot and killed by police Monday after he fired his weapon at them, Gaston County authorities said.

Brandon Lawrence, "as observed by officers just inside his residence holding a 23-inch machete"

Brian Babb, a 49-year-old former captain in the Oregon Army National Guard

There was only one protest.
Anthony Hill, a 27-year-old US air force veteran, was shot dead on 9 March at his apartment complex outside Atlanta.

The stories above are only a few of the reports from across the country that I found. How many more are there? Do they merit protests? Why not? They were in crisis because of PTSD and where they were sent!

They risked their lives serving this country but over and over again they didn't get the help the rest of us thought they would get.

The politicians got to say whatever they wanted over and over again yet over and over again we bury veterans. For Heaven's sake! They survived combat but couldn't survived home?

These veterans knew how to use weapons yet a tiny fraction of officers are hit by them before they fired the fatal shot. Depending on what part of the country the story ends differently a lot of the time. 

Some of them are taken to get help after facing off with SWAT Teams and sometimes their bodies are put into bags. Why does this happen? It isn't about good cops vs bad ones but more about how they were trained and it is circumstance by circumstance. We may never know because it seems no one cares to find out what makes the difference.

No one care because we have to spend time on folks like Strokes trying to cause outrage over something that isn't even relevant to what happened.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Soldier in Uniform Not Protesting But in Wrong Place at Wrong Time

Soldier in uniform mistaken for protester, Army says 
USA Today
April 29, 2015
A soldier who was shown wearing his uniform at a protest in Baltimore, Maryland, last week was "not actively participating" but a victim of "bad timing," officials said. (Photo: (Photo: 15th Sustainment Brigade Facebook photo))
(USA Today) A soldier who was shown wearing his uniform at a protest in Baltimore, Maryland, last week was "not actively participating" but a victim of "bad timing," officials said.

"The soldier is part of the Maryland National Guard. He was not actively participating in the protest, but his image was captured as he walked home from work near the location where some of the recent anti-police, "Black Lives Matter", Freddie Gray protests have taken place," according to a statement posted on the 15th Sustainment Brigade Facebook page.

The soldier in the photo was wearing the brigade's patch on his right sleeve, and the brigade received numerous messages on its Facebook page after the photo was posted on several military or veterans Facebook sites. read more here

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Awesome Baltimore Veterans Line Up For Police

Awesome Veterans!!
Citizens Line Up to Protect Baltimore Police 
Young Conservatives
David Rufful
April 29, 2015

In a very unexpected turn of events, the community that was targeting and injuring police officers is now lining up…. to defend them. Take a look at this:
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Vietnam Veteran Took Stand Against Baltimore Rioters

Vietnam Veteran took stand against Baltimore rioters and bravo for him. When he said why he did it, he was expressing what a lot of other people feel.

The truth is, the rioters respect nothing but use everything they can to pretend what they are doing has any value at all. It doesn't. They used the death of Freddie Gray to the point where I actually had to look up his name because I couldn't remember it.  It solved nothing when they became the story.

His family asked protestors to respect their grief just for one day, but they ignored it. No one knows what happened right now but the one thing everyone should know is the entire police force is not to blame even though it seems as if a few are responsible.

They attacked police officers even though what was done to Gray was not done by all of them, but that didn't matter. It didn't matter that they were destroying businesses and neighborhood property. Nothing mattered.

It never seems to matter that veterans are killed by police officers everyday all over the country because they do not get the help they need to come home and live in peace. Depending on where they live, some officers are trained properly and the veteran is taken to get help.  In other parts of the country, they are shot quickly. There are hardly no protests at all for them.

Well, one veteran decided he was going to do something about it and he took a stand against the corrupters of Gray's family in pain. Even London took notice.
Baltimore riots: Video shows 'hero' Vietnam vet who told looters to go home and study
London Evening Standard
Published: 28 April 2015

Veteran: Robert Valentine tells CNN's Joe Johns why he has confronted rioters
(Picture: CNN/YouTube)

A Vietnam veteran who stood up to rioters in Baltimore has been branded a hero.

Robert Valentine was interviewed by CNN after he was spotted confronting rioters in the street after a wave of violence broke out following the death of a black man who was in police custody in the US city.

The war veteran astonished news reporters when he delivered a poignant message on camera denouncing rioters.

Speaking to CNN reporter Joe Johns, he said: "I did 30 years, came out Master Sergeant. I've seen more than all this. I've been through the riots already."
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Veteran stands up against rioters
Anderson Cooper 360 | Source: CNN
Added on 9:55 PM ET, Mon April 27, 2015
There was a lot of folks showing great courage and those were the folks showing up to do their jobs in spite of the criminals destroying their city instead of working to make it a better place to live. Protesting peacefully is one thing but this, this inflicted more pain on more people.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Shooting Ignites Riot in Montreal

Shooting Ignites Riot in Montreal AP
MONTREAL (Aug. 11) - A riot broke out and an officer was shot in the leg late Sunday in the Monday neighborhood where a young man was shot and killed by police a day earlier.

Several hundred police officers fanned out trying to track down an undetermined number of youths who began setting fires in the neighborhood before running off.

Firetrucks arriving to fight the blazes in the borough of Montreal North were pelted with beer bottles, while bus shelters were trashed.

People of all ages were seen looting computers, TVs and other items from stores.
Montreal police spokesman Ian Lafreniere said two police officers and an ambulance technician suffered non-life threatening injuries. One of the officers was shot in the leg.

The ambulance technician was hit in the head by a Molotov cocktail that did not ignite.
Police had made some arrests by 3 a.m. Monday but were unable to give many details.
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