The violence filling American streets since the killing of George Floyd – resulting in the destruction of minority-owned businesses in some locales – is presenting an unprecedented challenge to law enforcement.
Cities across the U.S. are in flames as riots continue in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for several minutes. In the aftermath, at least 40 cities, including the nation's capital, have declared curfews to try and quell the growing unrest – with only moderate success. In some cities, the violence has gotten so bad that the National Guard has been called in to help police attempt to restore order.
"This is a level of violence and anarchy that we've never seen in history for this country and for the challenges facing law enforcement," says The Wounded Blue's Randy Sutton, a highly-decorated former police officer. "It's never been more dangerous. It's never been more threatening."
"We've never had it on this level," she tells OneNewsNow. "At least 30 cities had violent rioting. And you add to that … the pandemic [and] people who had been locked down, some for as long as two months. This is a powder keg. The whole situation was like a perfect storm, in my opinion.
"And the worse part of it all: Whose businesses are getting destroyed? Black and minority-owned businesses."
Sutton laments that most cities are barely trying to fight back.
"The most frightening aspect of this to me … seems to be the complacency of leadership that's allowing the violence to continue to spiral," he describes. "It's shocking to me. The few number of arrests that have taken place during all of this looting and rioting and shooting and killing is stunningly small.
"The only way it's going to end is if city and community leadership stands up, works together, and allows law enforcement to stop the violence," Sutton adds.
There's a political element in all of this, says Fischer.
"If you look where all the riots are, the majority of [them] are in Democrat cities – and these people are supposed to be leaders. Where are the governors [and] the mayors of these cities calling in the National Guard?" she asks. "They're not calling them in. They're standing by and letting people riot."
According to Fischer, many of those same officials who won't lay a finger on the rioters will send police officers after law-abiding citizens who violate Covid-19 lockdowns.
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