Protests for the sake of destruction accomplish nothing except to further alienate and stigmatize your agenda.
In Milwaukee, destructive and violent protests have broken out after a police shooting, which, at this point, seems quite justified and excusable. Hardly an event calling for such egregious protests.
But then again, certain select groups appear to enjoy destroying and razing without compunction. When you’re a professional victim, the nuance of that which triggers you is not as important as the display of misplaced anger.
Protesters fired gunshots, hurled bricks and set a petrol station on fire in Milwaukee on Saturday night, hours after a patrol officer shot and killed an armed suspect who fled after a traffic stop, authorities said.
The 23-year-old suspect, who had a lengthy arrest record, was carrying a stolen handgun loaded with 23 rounds of ammunition when police pulled over the vehicle for suspicious activity, authorities said. A second suspect who fled from the vehicle was quickly taken into custody.
The force did not disclose the race or the name of the suspect or the uniformed officer.
After the shooting, which occurred in a predominately African-American area of Milwaukee, protesters fired shots and hurled rocks as police attempted to disperse the crowd, which local media reported numbered more than 100.
And this little tidbit of obligatory woe-is-us grandstanding:
“This is a warning cry,” said the Milwaukee alderman Khalif Rainey. “Black people of Milwaukee are tired. They are tired of living under this oppression.”
So I guess carrying loaded weapons is not grounds for being detained and questioned in the interest of avoiding the infliction of “oppression?”