I thought it might be appropriate/desirable to have a separate thread in which we discuss how/why yesterday happened, what should have been done differently, what repercussions who should bear, and what should be done differently to prevent recurrences?
It just boggles my mind that the rioters were allowed to get as far as they did. It will be interesting to know who felt the precautions were sufficient, and how the initial contact transpired such that the barricades were breached. The disparity between security yesterday and the BLM protests is awfully stark.
I also can’t imagine why there were only 13 arrests. If these folk were not arrested when they were in one place, presumably unarmed, how realistically is it to pursue them once they disperse? And if these folk do not bear some repercussions, how can the government ever arrest any protestors in the future?
What was the point of calling out the Nat’l Guard so late? It seemed they appeared when things were pretty much calmed down. Were they basically intended to enforce the curfew? BTW - how could it be a curfew when there was still so much traffic on the streets?
Then there are the political repercussions. A lot of talk was made about Trump, Cruz, etc having “blood on their hands”, but will they be treated as pariahs? Or will this enhance their standing among their base?
I’m truly not trying to advance any particular political agenda - tho I AM disgusted with the perpetrators and instigators. Just trying to make sense of something I never thought I’d see.