Hundreds of Black Limes Matter rioters shut down Highway 94, a major interstate that connects Minneapolis and St. Paul, for several hours last night. The rioters bombarded police with chunks of concrete, pieces of rebar and other hard objects, injuring 21 police officers. One policeman suffered a broken vertebrae when a concrete block was dropped on his head from above. Around 100 rioters were arrested.
Policemen ultimately dispersed the rioters with pepper spray.
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell was outraged:
“This is the first time in my 28 years we have observed this level of violence toward our public servants,” Axtell said. “It’s really a disgrace.”
The chief said the protesters “turned into criminals. I am absolutely disgusted, [and] I am not going to tolerate it.
Let’s hope not. Let’s hope they don’t continue to tolerate the shutting down of major highways, either.
When mass murderer Micah Johnson struck during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, a stark line was drawn between the peaceful protesters–everyone except Johnson–and the murderer. But it doesn’t take long for those lines to be blurred. Many of the hundreds of rioters who closed down Highway 94 were evidently willing to be murderers, as their concrete blocks and rebar could easily have killed one or more policemen. In truth, on the Left there is not a sharp division between the violent and the non-violent, but rather a continuum that runs from demonstrators to protesters to rioters to looters to rock throwers to arsonists to killers. There is no such thing as a political Left without violence.
Rest assured that we will see plenty more violence before the Black Lives Matter movement has served its political purpose and is put to rest.