Thousands of rioters subsequently converged on the city’s business district. In addition to attacking retail outlets, some also damaged the Ronald McDonald House–a charity that provides accommodations to families while their children undergo medical treatment.
Parents and kids were trapped inside during the terrifying ordeal. Although none of the residents were physically harmed, a 2-year-old cancer patient had to miss his birthday party due to the violence.
Ronald McDonald House was far from being the rioters’ only target, with multiple police officers sustaining injuries and a security guard was left critically wounded by gunfire.
Far from distancing herself from the anarchy, Black Lives Matter organizer Ariel Atkins endorsed it during an interview with a local NPR affiliate.
"A lot of people are really attacking our pages," Atkins noted. "They’re like, ‘Oh, you support the looters.’ And yeah, we do, 100%. That’s reparations."
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The left-wing agitator went on to promise that she will "support the looters ‘till the end of the day." She reiterated that message in a speech to supporters:
The embrace of predatory behavior isn't unique to Atkins, as on Thursday a woman in Seattle lead marchers who chanted, "Who do we support? Black criminals."
Not that all of the criminals are black: prosecutors say Jesse Taggart opened fire on an elderly motorist in Utah after he drove past a Black Lives Matter protest. The victim was treated for a gunshot wound to his arm while both his stomach and eye were hit with shrapnel.
For its part, the Trump administration has been using federal law to target some of those involved in street unrest. A New York man is now facing up to 20 years in federal prison for tampering with the brakes on an NYPD cruiser. Those charges came after a state judge released him without bail.
Also facing 20 year federal sentences are two Brooklyn lawyers who stand accused of throwing Molotov cocktails into a police car.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has given no indication on how he would deal with similar criminals, but House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler has publicly declared that violence from groups like Antifa is "a myth." Unfortunately, the kids at Ronald McDonald House found out otherwise.
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