FL Sheriff Warns Looters: Our Residents Have Guns

H/T Bearing Arms.

Florida has a “Stand Your Ground Law” that allows people to defend their homes, businesses and loved ones with a firearm.

Polk County, Florida Sheriff Grady Judd has a simple message for anyone intent on rioting, looting, or burning down homes or businesses: the Second Amendment is alive and well in the county.

Judd said there were rumblings on social media that rioters planned to bring violence into the neighborhoods of Polk County.

“I would tell them, if you value your life, they probably shouldn’t do that in Polk County. Because the people of Polk County like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns, and they’re going to be in their homes tonight with their guns loaded, and if you try to break into their homes to steal, to set fires, I’m highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns. So, leave the community alone,” Judd said.

Not a lot of nuance there. The sheriff says a protest Sunday afternoon in Lakeland, Florida was peaceful, but Sunday evening officers received word of a planned attack on police.

Judd said they received information that law enforcement would come under attack at 8 p.m. near Interstate 4 and Highway 27, but the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol were ready.

Judd said the Highway Patrol did a “marvelous job” helping stop the few who showed up for that alleged effort.

“We are going to hunt you down and lock you up if you engage in any criminal conduct,” Judd said.

Sheriff Judd says that he believes in and supports the First Amendment right along with our other constitutionally protected rights, but he hopes that protesters keep their focus on the death of George Floyd.

“All of that ugliness has taken away from what we’re united about,” the sheriff said. “We’re united about the conduct that you saw with George [Floyd].”

I’m glad to see Sheriff Judd not only speak up in support of residents to protect themselves from those who would seek to do them harm, but I’m not exactly surprised. I’ve had the chance to talk with Sheriff Judd on multiple occasions over the past few years and he’s always been a supporter of the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense, though we disagree about a few things like banning bump stocks. The fact that Judd acknowledged that George Floyd should be alive today is also incredibly important, and the sheriff’s comments echo those made by other law enforcement officers around the nation in condemning the actions that led to the death of Floyd in Minneapolis one week ago. Green County, Tennessee Sheriff Wesley Holt also spoke out about Floyd’s death a press conference on Monday.

“In reference to the George Floyd situation, I have to say that after watching the videos, I was frustrated to see how these officers treated Mr. Floyd even after being handcuffed. These officers have stained every professional law enforcement officer who swore an oath to protect and defend the communities they serve,” Holt said in an email.

Holt said the actions of the Minneapolis officers threaten to overshadow the dedication and professionalism of law enforcement in places like Greene County.

“I have always told our officers at the department to treat everyone with respect as if you were in their shoes. It is disturbing to see how all law enforcement officers are now considered targets for what a few officers chose to do,” Holt said. “We have a great group of law enforcement officers in Greene County who go out each day and put their lives on the line to protect the citizens of Greene County.”

It is possible to be angry about the death of George Floyd and the rioting and looting that’s taken place across the country since his death. In fact, I’d say that’s where most of America is at the moment, though you’d never guess it by watching or listening to the mainstream media. Justice for George Floyd won’t come from broken windows and shattered lives, and the promise of a better country built on the ashes of a burned-out nation rings hollow to most of us. We are striving, however imperfectly, towards the more perfect union promised in the Constitution, and the only way to get there is to start on the common ground where we can find it.

 

Gun Owners Like This Aren’t Helping Things

H/T Bearing Arms.

Idiots like this need to be locked up and lose their right to carry a gun.

Being a gun owner is a responsibility, one that far too many don’t take seriously. However, even those guys aren’t risking anyone else.

With riots in pretty much every major city, it seems, a lot of gun owners are keeping their firearms very, very handy. After all, people are getting hurt or even killed. This isn’t good and no one knows when any of this is going to stop.

However, despite the anxiety many are feeling, this is not how you handle things.

Jonesboro Police have released the name of the suspect who they say pulled a gun in a threatening manner during Sunday’s ‘Jonesboro March for Justice.

In a Facebook post, Jonesboro Police say John Bosze, 32, got out of his black SUV and showed a firearm towards the crowd of protesters, then proceeded to get back in the vehicle and leave the scene.

According to the police report, Bosze’s SUV got into the middle of the crowd and a protestor struck his SUV with an unknown object.

The report states that’s when Bosze got out of his SUV, displayed the gun to the crowd, and then left the scene.

I get that Bosze was probably scared. I mean, being in the middle of a crowd and hearing something hit your car would set off my own anxiety levels to a point that the International Space Station could study them with the naked eye. I get it.

The problem is, that’s not likely to be enough to be considered a threat legally.

Further, since Bosze felt secure enough to exit the vehicle, it suggests that he wasn’t nearly as scared as he might like for people to believe. After all, if you’re scared, why leave the relative protection of your vehicle? Sure, keep your weapon handy in case you get swarmed and the window break or something. Then you might need to defend yourself.

But this?

No, this isn’t the kind of action that will soothe tensions. Instead, it’s likely to inflame them. Bosze, who is white, will likely be held up by those he threatened–and rest assured, displaying that firearm like that was a clear threat–as somehow proof that white people are racist and just looking to shoot people.

Right now, people are angry enough as it is. There’s no reason to pour gasoline on that dumpster fire, which is precisely what flashing a gun at a moment like that is.

Look, it’s vital right now that we all play it smart. Stay away from places where protests are going on. Maintain good intelligence about what’s going on in your city so you know where to go and how to avoid it. If you end up there, do everything in your power to get out without making the situation worse.

But don’t get anyone any ammunition to use against us. Don’t use any degree of force unless you have to. This is not the time for that kind of thing. We’re sitting on the proverbial powder keg and I worry it’s only a matter of time before someone sets the whole thing off.

Son of Minnesota’s Attorney General Pledges Support for Antifa as Trump Calls It a ‘Terrorist Organization’

H/T Western Journal.

The apple does not fall far from the tree.

If you were going to pick a weekend to get on board the antifa train, I’ll say this much: This probably wasn’t the weekend to do so.

The diffuse group of loosely organized groups of privileged thugs fights “fascism” by regularly engaging in fascist tactics designed to intimidate those with whom they disagree, ranging from the Proud Boys to random bourgeois institutions.

It’s unknown how much they’ve contributed to the violence and property destruction during the riots that have transpired in the wake of George Floyd’s death, but members often travel across state lines to engage in such activities, so the amount probably isn’t insignificant.

Given that this property destruction and violence has overshadowed not just the peaceful protesters but the death of Floyd himself, there are few brands right now that have a lower trust level with the general public than antifa.

And yet, there are some people for whom the siren call of antifa is still too much to resist. One of those people is Jeremiah Ellison, a member of the Minneapolis City Council.

You may have heard of his dad — Keith Ellison, former congressman and the current attorney general of the state of Minnesota.

According to a tweet from Ellison fils, he’s decided to cast his lot with the “anti-fascist” brick-throwers who are currently being blamed for some of the violence in his home city.

This came after President Donald Trump declared antifa to be a terrorist organization:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.

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Now, to be fair, there’s almost zero chance this actually sticks because only foreign groups can be designated terrorist organizations. Domestically, The New York Times points out, these groups are dealt with as criminal structures.

There’s also the problem of antifa’s diffuse nature; given that these are small cells of radicals, interlinked only by a set of beliefs, a willingness to use violence to achieve their ends and a tendency to call themselves some permutation of “antifa,” it’s difficult to declare them any sort of overarching organization, much less a criminal or terrorist one.

But never mind that, since Jeremiah Ellison wasn’t terribly interested in these legal niceties.

Instead, his reaction seemed to be more along the lines of: “Oh, President Trump thinks antifa’s a terrorist group? I’m in, baby!”

Jeremiah Ellison@jeremiah4north

I hereby declare, officially, my support for ANTIFA

Unless someone can prove to me ANTIFA is behind the burning of black and immigrant owned businesses in my ward, I’ll keep focusing on stopping the white power terrorist THE ARE ACTUALLY ATTACKING US! https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1267129644228247552 

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.

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“I hereby declare, officially, my support for ANTIFA,” Jeremiah Ellison tweeted Sunday.

“Unless someone can prove to me ANTIFA is behind the burning of black and immigrant owned businesses in my ward, I’ll keep focusing on stopping the white power terrorist THE ARE ACTUALLY ATTACKING US!”

The curious issue is that this is an elected official pledging support for a group that openly espouses lawlessness and embraces violence — and that the elected official is the son of his state’s top law enforcement agent.

Many are under the impression that it is outsiders — including, one would guess, antifa — who are to blame for much of the violence the Minneapolis area has seen.

Son of Top Democrat Pledges Unwavering Support to Antifa

If you were going to pick a weekend to get on board the antifa train, I’ll say this much: This probably wasn’t the weekend to do so.

The diffuse group of loosely organized groups of privileged thugs fights “fascism” by regularly engaging in fascist tactics designed to intimidate those with whom they disagree, ranging from the Proud Boys to random bourgeois institutions.

It’s unknown how much they’ve contributed to the violence and property destruction during the riots that have transpired in the wake of George Floyd’s death, but members often travel across state lines to engage in such activities, so the amount probably isn’t insignificant.

Given that this property destruction and violence has overshadowed not just the peaceful protesters but the death of Floyd himself, there are few brands right now that have a lower trust level with the general public than antifa.

And yet, there are some people for whom the siren call of antifa is still too much to resist. One of those people is Jeremiah Ellison, a member of the Minneapolis City Council.

You may have heard of his dad — Keith Ellison, former congressman and the current attorney general of the state of Minnesota.

According to a tweet from Ellison fils, he’s decided to cast his lot with the “anti-fascist” brick-throwers who are currently being blamed for some of the violence in his home city.

This came after President Donald Trump declared antifa to be a terrorist organization:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.

399K people are talking about this

Now, to be fair, there’s almost zero chance this actually sticks because only foreign groups can be designated terrorist organizations. Domestically, The New York Times points out, these groups are dealt with as criminal structures.

There’s also the problem of antifa’s diffuse nature; given that these are small cells of radicals, interlinked only by a set of beliefs, a willingness to use violence to achieve their ends and a tendency to call themselves some permutation of “antifa,” it’s difficult to declare them any sort of overarching organization, much less a criminal or terrorist one.

But never mind that, since Jeremiah Ellison wasn’t terribly interested in these legal niceties.

Instead, his reaction seemed to be more along the lines of: “Oh, President Trump thinks antifa’s a terrorist group? I’m in, baby!”

Jeremiah Ellison@jeremiah4north

I hereby declare, officially, my support for ANTIFA

Unless someone can prove to me ANTIFA is behind the burning of black and immigrant owned businesses in my ward, I’ll keep focusing on stopping the white power terrorist THE ARE ACTUALLY ATTACKING US! https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1267129644228247552 

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.

8,842 people are talking about this

“I hereby declare, officially, my support for ANTIFA,” Jeremiah Ellison tweeted Sunday.

“Unless someone can prove to me ANTIFA is behind the burning of black and immigrant owned businesses in my ward, I’ll keep focusing on stopping the white power terrorist THE ARE ACTUALLY ATTACKING US!”

The curious issue is that this is an elected official pledging support for a group that openly espouses lawlessness and embraces violence — and that the elected official is the son of his state’s top law enforcement agent.

Many are under the impression that it is outsiders — including, one would guess, antifa — who are to blame for much of the violence the Minneapolis area has seen.

“We are now confronting white supremacists, members of organized crime, out of state instigators, and possibly even foreign actors to destroy and destabilize our city and our region,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey tweeted on Saturday.

“We have evidence that outsiders have been present and, in some cases, have played a very negative role,” Keith Ellison echoed on “Fox News Sunday.” “But I’ve been talking with protesters and trying to get a sense of who some of these folks are and I’ve heard mixed things.”

“Some of the negative stuff has come from people in Minnesota and some of it has come from people on the outside. What I’d say is we’ve got enough to handle on our own and that what we really need to do is refocus on justice for Mr. Floyd. And negative behavior, looting, arson, does not help us achieve that goal.”

Then again, the Minnesota attorney general — not known to be the most moderate figure himself — has also signaled an openness toward antifa:

CrimeWatchMpls@CrimeWatchMpls

This needs to be shared far and wide. This is our very own Attorney General, @keithellison @AGEllison proudly promoting a group that is now destroying our state. This POS needs to be driven from office and driven from the state of .

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To be fair, the original tweet was excused by many as a troll of President Trump. However, to quote the old PSA: “Like father, like son — think about it.”

Keith Ellison was, at one point, the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee and came relatively close to leading it. He’s considered one of the Gopher State’s most powerful politicians and has a robust future no matter how many antifa books he takes pictures of himself holding.

As for his son, it’s unclear what could have convinced him this was a bad idea.

He’s currently sitting on the city council of a metropolis beset by riots and hurting from the death of George Floyd after a police officer knelt on his neck for roughly nine minutes during an arrest. Jeremiah Ellison’s response to this is to cosign antifa in response to the president calling them a terrorist organization.

Pray for Minneapolis. Pray for its leadership. And if their minds cannot be swayed away from this dangerous foolishness, pray for new leadership.

That ‘White Nationalists Causing George Floyd Riot Chaos’ Talking Point Took Another Devastating Blow

H/T Town Hall.

The arrest records are disproving the white nationalist inciting these riots.

It was yet another night of rioting and looting. Granted, in some areas, the chaos was not nearly as bad as the previous night. Fox News’ Kevin Corke reported that while last night’s law enforcement response was not perfect, it wasn’t nearly as anarchic. That’s probably because every law enforcement agency and their mother were out to ensure the curfew was enforced. For Democrats out there struggling to figure out how to control their cities, a big police presence pretty much ensures law and order is re-established. Just saying. Yet, as the rioting intensified over the past couple of days, especially in Minneapolis, there was this ridiculous talking point that right-wing extremists, specifically white nationalist groups, were creating the chaos. That’s not true.

The reason why the nation is engulfed in flames right now is due to the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police. He was arrested for using a fake $20 bill at a local store. Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the back of Floyd’s neck for nearly ten minutes, which resulted in his death. It was a nonviolent crime. Floyd was unarmed. And now Chauvin has been fired and facing third-degree murder and manslaughter charges. The three other officers with him were also fired. All of this is captured on video, with Floyd crying out that he couldn’t breathe.

Minneapolis saw some of the worst riots. Our own Julio Rosas was there covering the chaos. A police headquarters was overrun and torched by rioters, looting was pervasive, and vandalism widespread. Gov. Tim Walz doled out that talking point, that may be the rioting was caused by white supremacist groups. Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety couldn’t back that up. Also, it was simply not true. A former British Army counterintelligence officer who now specializes in crowd management said based on his reports, the far right is not there. He did warn that those who are creating havoc are “hard-core” guys (via USA Today):

The real hard-core guys, this is their job: They’re involved in this struggle,” said Adam Leggat, a former British Army counterterrorism officer who now works as a security consultant specializing in crowd management for the Densus Group. “They need protests on the street to give them cover to move in.”

[…]

“There are detractors. There are white supremacists. There are anarchists,”  Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said Saturday afternoon.

However, a civil arrest list provided by the public information officer of the St. Paul Police Department shows 12 of the 18 people arrested from Thursday through 6 a.m. Saturday were from Minnesota. Five of them are from St. Paul, three are from Woodbury (part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area), two are from Minneapolis, one is from Mankato and one is from St. Louis Park. Four are from out of state and two did not have cities of residence listed.

[…]

Leggat, the security consultant, said intelligence reports from his colleagues indicate most of the hard-core protesters in Minneapolis are far-left or anarchists, and that far-right groups have not yet made a significant appearance. He said looting is typically done by locals – usually people with no criminal record who just get caught up in the moment.

And now, in New York City, it appears anarchists are the ones creating the mayhem. Not even the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is biased as anything, couldn’t find evidence of white supremacists (via NYT) [emphasis mine]:

Mark Hemingway

@Heminator

I see the “outside agitators don’t exist and aren’t coordinating to cause violence, but if they do exist they’re only white supremacists” narrative is finally dying an ignominious death. https://twitter.com/nickconfessore/status/1267457937146085377 

Nick Confessore

@nickconfessore

Anarchist activists, many from outside New York, have used the protests as cover for a campaign of property attacks, according to NYPD officials, reports @NeilMacFarquhar.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/us/george-floyd-protests-white-supremacists-antifa.html?smid=tw-share 

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In New York City, a senior police official said anarchists had planned to start mayhem in the city even before the protests started, using encrypted communication to raise bail money and to recruit medics. During the demonstrations, they maintained supply routes to distribute gasoline, rocks and bottles, and also dispatched scouts to find areas devoid of police officers, said John Miller, the deputy commissioner in charge of the Police Department’s counter-terrorism and intelligence efforts.

“They prepared to commit property damage and directed people who were following them that this should be done selectively and only in wealthier areas or at high-end stores run by corporate entities,” he said in a telephone briefing with reporters. Such activity was still under investigation, Mr. Miller said, but many participants, he said, were from outside New York. “They instructed group leaders to tell the people following them that this was not meant to be orderly activity,” he said.

[…]

Far-right adherents generated an avalanche of posts on social media in recent days suggesting the unrest was a sign that the collapse of the American system they have long-awaited was at hand. These groups, known as “accelerationists,” attempt to promote any circumstances that might speed that goal.

Last month they were pushing the idea that the coronavirus pandemic and the demonstrations against shutting down public life might be their moment to incite discord.

The groups are not monolithic. There are factions that express solidarity with some in the African-American community in their animosity toward the police, a position dating to violent showdowns in the 1990s between white supremacists and law enforcement in places like Ruby Ridge, Idaho.

Others, however, believe that sparking a race war would ultimately bring about the establishment of a pure white ethnic state in at least part of the current United States.

Signs of any organized effort or even participation in the violence were relatively rare. “I have not seen any clear evidence that white supremacists or militiamen are masking up and going out to burn and loot,” said Howard Graves, a research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center who tracks white supremacist and other anti-government extremist groups.

Yeah, these aren’t right-wing groups, anarchists are also not white supremacists. The media has a herculean task of making Democrats look good in an election year. Well, you can’t do that when all Democrat-led areas are on fire because their leadership is weak and allowed portions of their cities to be surrendered to the mob for destruction. So, you blame white supremacists in yet another pathetic and failed effort to tie them to the Trump administration because that’s what liberal media outlets do to any Republican that occupies the Oval Office. And then, reality slaps them in the face. Sorry, liberal media, this narrative is dying. It’s probably already dead. You propped up the Trump-Russia collusion myth, one of the most embarrassing exercises in recent memory. Don’t do this with these phantom right-wingers setting fires everywhere. The evidence is not there.

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Lt. Edward “Butch” O’Hare, Feb. 1942

On Feb. 20, 1942, the flattop Lexington was steaming toward the Japanese base at Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, when it was approached by two enemy flying boats. Their crews managed to signal its coordinates before American fighters flamed the planes, and the Japanese immediately launched an attack against Lexington.

That chance encounter had dire implications for the U.S., which couldn’t afford the loss of a single ship and certainly not a carrier.

American radar picked up two waves of Japanese aircraft. Mitsubishi G4M1 “Betty” bombers—good planes with experienced pilots.

Six American fighters led by legendary pilot Jimmy Thach intercepted one formation, breaking it up and downing most of the Bettys.

The second wave, however, approached from another direction almost unopposed.

Almost.

Two American fighters were close enough to intercept the second flight of eight bombers. The Navy pilots flew Grumman F4F-3 Wildcats, which like…

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Black Former Police Captain Killed While Reportedly Trying To Stop Looting

H/T Western Journal.

It is time to leave some of these thugs dead and dying in the streets to stop this crap.

A retired St. Louis City police captain was reportedly shot and killed outside of a looted pawn shop on Monday night.

Police found 77-year-old David Dorn outside of Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry store around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, KMOV reported.

KMOV anchor Laura Hettiger reported that Dorn was “trying to stop the looting” at the pawnshop.

Laura Hettiger

@LauraKHettiger

: a retired @SLMPD Captain was killed overnight. Sources tell me he was trying to stop the looting at Lee’s Pawn Shop in North St. Louis. @kmov https://twitter.com/Alyssa_Toomey/status/1267803513410723841 

Alyssa Toomey@Alyssa_Toomey

Two police officers just arrived at Lee’s Pawn Shop in North City, where a retired St. Louis police captain was killed overnight, according to @ESOP_STL @KMOV

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Police said Dorn was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering a gunshot wound to the torso, KTVI reported.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Police Chief John Hayden said Dorn died while using his law enforcement training, so the department is wearing mourning bands.

“He was the type of brother that would’ve given his life to save them if he had to,” The Ethical Society of Police in St. Louis tweeted.

“Violence is not the answer, whether it’s a citizen or officer.”

Ethical Society of Police – ESOP@ESOP_STL

One of the people murdered last night was a retired St. Louis City Captain. He was murdered by looters at a pawnshop. He was the type of brother that would’ve given his life to save them if he had to.

Violence is not the answer, whether it’s a citizen or officer.

RIP Captain!

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Dorn spent 38 years with the St. Louis Police Department before he was hired as the Moline Acres police chief in 2008, according to a 2008 report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

He started as a rookie patrol officer in 1969 and was a captain when he retired in October 2007.

Although he had retired from the police force, he missed some aspects of the job, so he applied to be a police chief a few months later.

“I missed the camaraderie,” he said.

“I didn’t particularly miss the job. I had retired and I wasn’t doing anything. I was contemplating my next move when the job opportunity came up.”

China: U.S. Is a ‘Failed State,’ Trump May Drop ‘Atomic Bomb’ on Rioters

H/T Breitbart.

The ChiComs are nuttier than a squrriel turd.

China’s state-run Global Times propaganda newspaper fretted on Tuesday that President Donald Trump may use a nuclear weapon against rioters destroying neighborhoods in the nation’s biggest cities, declaring America a “failed state.”

The Chinese Communist Party has used its propaganda arms in the past week to denounce not just President Trump, but American democracy as an inferior system to Chinese authoritarianism and promote the claim that only iron-fisted one-party rule will result in racial harmony in the United States. None of the articles on racism in state media have mentioned that Chinese businesses in Guangzhou, one of the country’s largest cities, banned black-skinned people from hotels, restaurants, and other locales last month after the Communist Party perpetuated the claim that only foreigners could infect people with Chinese coronavirus.

Instead, the Global Times claimed in one article that the riots throughout America “expose a ‘failed state’” under the “weak, irresponsible, and incompetent leadership of President Trump. Riots have targeted impoverished neighborhoods in many cities, beginning in Minneapolis, after a police offered killed Minnesota resident George Floyd on video. Floyd was unarmed and did not appear to be resisting arrest, instead pleading with the officer to let him breathe. The officer has been charged with third-degree murder.

“The protests exposed long-standing issues in the US, including racial inequality, discrimination and a polarized society, which have been amplified under the Trump administration, some Chinese and U.S. observers said,” the propaganda outlet, which has published multiple bigoted columns against Americans and others in the Western Hemisphere, asserted. It went on to blame Trump for “using the racial problem to polarize American society.”

The article also claimed that Chinese people witnessing the riots from afar “were shocked, not ‘satisfied,’ because the U.S. image in their minds has been ruined.” That claim directly contradicts the Global Times‘ coverage from Monday, where it proclaimed that Chinese “netizens” were “cheering” in response to the riots, celebrating them as retribution for American officials supporting peaceful pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Another column published Tuesday by the Times unfavorably compared China’s reaction to peaceful protests in Hong Kong – including widespread, filmed violence and accusations of racism and murder – to police action in the United States, which has largely allowed unchecked rioting and looting in many cities. Despite the reality of this contrast, the propaganda magazine asserted the Americans were “ruthless” compared to the communist state.

“As we all know, no violent protesters were killed on the spot during riots that have engulfed Hong Kong since summer of 2019,” the newspaper claimed, falsely referring to the peaceful protests as riots and not acknowledging deaths that protesters have accused police of perpetrating, as well as rape and torture. “But demonstrator [sic] has been killed only one week after the unrest began in the U.S.”

“How ruthless these U.S. politicians are! They talk about humanity, justice, and morality all the time. They condemned Hong Kong police simply for the latter’s use of tear gas and water cannon against violent rioters. The U.S. unrest just began a few days ago, but police already fired shots at protesters before efforts for peaceful dialogue were even made,” the newspaper continued.

“Where are the human rights? Where is their respect for life? The US politicians show zero tolerance to unrest, but they launched countless attacks on other countries’ efforts to safeguard the rule of law,” the column concluded. “If this was organized subversion, what would they do? Will they drop an atomic bomb?”

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement returned to the streets after a brief Chinese coronavirus-triggered hiatus last month. In protests last week, Hong Kong police arrested over 300 people, among them about 100 children. Images of the arrests showed police forcing protesters, previously socially distancing peacefully while marching, to huddle together on the ground in close quarters, potentially exacerbating the spread of the coronavirus.

In other violent incidents in the city through the past year, protesters have said that some among them have died mysterious deaths that the police has chosen not to investigate. An unnamed woman accused the police force of gang rape, resulting in police seeking her arrest but not investigating the claims.

Protests began again after a year of Hong Kong residents accusing the Communist Party of breaking with the “One Country, Two Systems” policy Beijing agreed to when it took over Hong Kong in 1997. In May, the Communist Party’s National People’s Congress (NPC), its lawmaking body, passed a “national security” law that would enable the arrest and punishment of anyone present in Hong Kong if considered to be engaging in “secession” or acts against the national security of the Communist Party. Protesters contend that this effectively nullifies Hong Kong laws that prevent violations of freedom of expression and assembly, and thus violates “One Country, Two Systems.”

Protests throughout the past year objected to a proposed law in Hong Kong that would allow the extradition of anyone in the city if accused of violating Chinese law. Hong Kong tabled the bill, but the NPC law effectively imposes the same police action it would have permitted.