Ugly America: I am Appalled by What's Happening

Mish

Riots continue to spread in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

Riots that have been underway for four days now following the death of George Floyd. He was pinned down by a Minneapolis police officer with a knee in his neck. 

Derek Chauvin Charged With Murder

The WSJ reports Ex-Officer Derek Chauvin Charged With Murder in George Floyd’s Death

It's ex-officer Chauvin because he was fired. The Hennepin County Attorney is investigating the other three officers involved. They stood by and did nothing. 

Riots ensued in the wake of the death have since spread to other cities. 

Yesterday I reported Protesters Attack CNN, Smash Cars in Atlanta and LA.

Things turned even uglier today. 

College Football Hall of Fame

Fires in Downtown Atlanta

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Secret Service Outside the White House

New York Police Officers Protect Barclays Center

Barclays Center

NYPD Van on Fire

NYPD Van on Fire

15 Cities

New York Officer Forcibly Shoves Woman to the Ground

A New York Police officer shoved a woman to the ground and called he a "Stupid Fng B". she ended up in the hospital. 

It is unclear whether the woman was backing away from the officer or moving towards him.

But in the wake of four days of rioting over clear excessive use of force in the death of George Floyd, there is no excuse for this kind of response. 

Officer Allegedly Identified

Pathetic Responses

There is plenty of support for the officer on Twitter. One person called the woman shoved to the ground "a thug". 

Good grief.

The police officer's actions and the support for it will further escalate tensions. 

Perhaps that's what some want.

Trump Threatens Action

Is that supposed to help or is it supposed to incite further violence? 

Killer Mike Speech

I encourage you to play that video, all 8 minutes.

Good Message Bad Shirt

I was almost in tears over some of this, especially the insensitivity of the NYPD officer in one of the videos. 

Killer Mike's message is correct. His shirt is not. "Kill Your Masters" incites the very violence he rails against.

Everyone needs to walk this back.

Mish

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Zardoz
Zardoz

All the people that carry on about their 2nd amendment rights enabling them to keep the government in check are conspicuously absent.

The police straight up murdered a guy, and tried to sweep it under the rug. Again.

For those that have trouble keeping up:

The police are The Government
Donald Trump is The Government
The military is The Government

Are you on the side of The Government?

Dodge Demon
Dodge Demon

The mayor, governor and attorney general just sat back and waited ...

What a surprise!!! Looks like a Paul Krugman GDP enhancement.

Wattsup
Wattsup

What’s happening is just a stark visual of the darkness that has been brewing for generations. Voting in elections is NOT going to change a bloody thing unfortunately staying home won’t change a thing either.

What would have tremendous impact is if the white middle and upper class also took to the streets in non violent protest. Alas, they are way too complacent and comfortable for that to ever happen. They love their security!

Jackula
Jackula

Yeah, this is a problem long in the making. Local government officials are afraid of the police and fire unions. State and federal officials have needed to crack down harder on bad cops for a long time....none of them have done a damn thing to deal with this....same old sad story, and now with all of the unemployed youth? Its gonna be a long hot summer.

tokidoki
tokidoki

The chaos in Oakland seems premeditated. https://twitter.com/AsiaJannelll/status/1266626927885873152

Also in past demos, Oakland Chinatown was spared, but not this time around. There seems to be some truth that there's external forces taking advantage of the situation.

We are one more similar incident away from large scale chaos.

BUT NO WORRIES. As I said, stock market will open BIG on Monday to celebrate this.

Tengen
Tengen

This has been building for a long time. We're a nation that craves simplistic answers to complex questions and are averse to addressing any real problems. We'd much rather kick the can and make the printer go brrrr if possible.

When you combine a terminal decline in economic prosperity with decades of divide and conquer propaganda, this is the result. Somebody commented recently that they figured a crisis like Covid-19 would unite the country, but it's done the opposite. People have been spoiling for a fight and with bad news rolling in all the time, they will have plenty of opportunities to lash out. If anything, it's surprising that we didn't unravel sooner.

Edit: To address Mish's last point about people needing to walk this back, that seems extremely unlikely. We've all been trained to never back down from our critics and Trump is the latest example of this. Talk big, talk loud, never admit error, and never apologize for anything. It's the new American way!

Rusty Nail
Rusty Nail

Every Person Arrested In Saint Paul Last Night Was From Out Of State, Mayor Says

"Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington confirmed evidence of white supremacist groups trying to incite violence; Many posted messages online that encouraged people to go loot in Minneapolis and cause mayhem."

Sechel
Sechel

Thank you for posting the Killer Mike speech. I just saw it an hour ago. It's very inspirational. Yes people need to get angry , but burning the house down is not the answer. It's voting out the people who are the problem and making your voice heard.

Saying it again. Donald Trump quoting segregationists is not helpful, its destructive and designed to incite. He's promoting violence.

Unfortunately we need law and order to help reestablish peace and calm. I say unfortunate because right now the black community does not trust the police and for good cause. The police and community need to work together. And Killer Mike is right. CNN needs to change their tone. They should not be promoting fear on TV each night. And most of all Donald Trump needs to shut the hell up. If he's not going to work towards calming the situation then he's part of the problem and needs to step down. Disgraceful how he thinks he has the moral authority to lecture China on the Hong Kong protests while cities are burning in the U.S. in part because of his own actions.

Donald Trump's been promoting police violence for some time. He he is telling NY police not to "be so nice"

Seb
Seb

Make sure you cover how cops are being agent provocateurs in this whole mess. They caught the cop busting autozone windows, max blumenthal caught cops going in dressed as rioters posing as media and there’s footage of a palate of bricks just placed in Dallas out of nowhere ! Shits wrong on both sides-protestors and cops!!

Sechel
Sechel

Black Americans may have caused to not trust William Barr and the DOJ.

Jeff Sessions, moved to rein Justice Department findings typically prompted the consent agreements. Police in Ferguson, Mo., where the fatal shooting in 2014 of an unarmed black teenager by a white officer set off a national debate over the use of police force, fined and arrested African-Americans in part to balance the city’s budget, the department found. It concluded that the Baltimore police were more concerned with accumulating statistics than reducing violent crime.

Mr. Trump’s first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, moved to rein Justice Department efforts to investigate patterns of allegations of misconduct by the local police.

Shortly after taking office, he ordered a broad review of consent decrees. On the day he was fired in 2018, Mr. Sessions sharply limited their use altogether.

Critics wary of the Justice Department’s intervention in the Floyd case also pointed to statements Mr. Barr made over the past year in which he backed the police and cast protesters as endangering public safety.

He warned in December that critics of the police risked losing law enforcement protection, saying, “If communities don’t give that support and respect, they may find themselves without the police protection they need.” And he said last summer that officers were unfairly scrutinized when people resisted arrest while the fact that suspects who resisted arrest, endangering themselves and the police, “frequently goes without mention.”

Broonze
Broonze

Biden needs to control his people!

Broonze
Broonze

Biden needs to control his people!

Quatloo
Quatloo

I hear people say often that most police are good, that there are only a few bad apples. It depends on how you define ‘good cop’. To me, a ‘good cop’ is someone who takes action to stop a bad cop. By that definition, it feels like there aren’t many good cops out there.

Realist
Realist

I am going to apologize in advance to all decent Americans who abhor the violence that is currently happening in many locations within the US. Having said that:

What else do you expect?

This is what your country has been repeating for decades. And you still haven’t learned a goddamn thing.

Even worse, you elect a f**king white supremacist president who thrives on dividing the country with the politics of hate.

Plus you have a political system that is in a constant state of confrontation, where both sides would rather see the country go down the drain, then ever work with each other.

And you still cling to your BILLION plus guns! How many times have Mish readers proudly said that they are locked and loaded!

Trump even promotes and supports these “decent people” as they walk around in their MAGA hats, packing their pistols, AR-15s and bazookas, while they hang effigies of governors and mayors (providing they are Democrats).

You are merely reaping what you sow.

For decades now, and for decades to follow.

Protests, violence, hatred, division, death.

I guess Trump never realized that the real shithole country was the US.

My condolences.

JB McMunn
JB McMunn

The 600 pound gorilla that no one's talking about is "qualified immunity". For those unfamiliar with this doctrine, here is a snippet from theappeal.org:

"The Supreme Court invented qualified immunity in 1967, describing it as a modest exception for public officials who had acted in “good faith” and believed that their conduct was authorized by law. Fifteen years later, in Harlow v. Fitzgerald, the Court drastically expanded the defense. The protection afforded to public officials would no longer turn on whether the official acted in “good faith.” Instead, even officials who violate peoples’ rights maliciously will be immune unless the victim can show that his or her right was “clearly established.” Since the Harlow decision, the Court has made it exceedingly difficult for victims to satisfy this standard. To show that the law is “clearly established,” the Court has said, a victim must point to a previously decided case that involves the same “specific context” and “particular conduct.” Unless the victim can point to a judicial decision that happened to involve the same context and conduct, the officer will be shielded from liability."

Last year I - a 67 year old White physician with no priors - was incarcerated overnight after police filed a false report. It cost me $15,000 to get the charges dropped. Even though body cam video clearly showed they lied on my arrest report my attorney said the qualified immunity doctrine would protect them.

The qualified immunity doctrine is a get out of jail free card for the cops. It gives them a sense of being not only above the law, but BEING the law.

Secondly, many police are former military. Military training is very different from civilian law enforcement training. It's more oriented toward lethal force.

Third, most of us don't have a dog in this fight. We have neighbors, friends, relatives, and co-workers of a variety of races, colors, and creeds. Most of us just want to be left alone to live our lives.

No matter what color the victim was, we are all reminded that once the cops think you're guilty, you're screwed, and you will be treated like dirt. As mentioned above, I was incarcerated. I was the oldest inmate and one of two White detainees. I was treated better by the Blacks and Hispanics than by the a-hole cops.

Time to pull their feet to the fire and show the cops actions have consequences. Kill qualified immunity and let the lawsuits roll in. Politicians may not respect rights but they respect liability for lawsuits.

Captain Ahab
Captain Ahab

This is a Democrat-controlled city with a Democrat-controlled state. Minnesota has voted Democratic in every Presidential election for the last 40 years. IMHO, the Democrats have had ample opportunity to fix their racism problems.
To misquote Einstein, "Insanity is voting Democrat, over and over again, but expecting different results."

tokidoki
tokidoki

The only difference between a cop and a soldier in America is that the later lives in a barrack.

Same violence. Different housing.

BaronAsh
BaronAsh

Most of this stuff is organized agit-prop. If we had a real FBI, they would have been all over antifa for some time now and have already busted up the ringleaders and funding sources.

But we don't. Hard to blame Trump for this since the FBI just spent 3 years trying to put him away, even colluding with foreigners to do so. But no doubt most will.

But this is NOT about the death of that man; it's not about racism and all that stuff. This is about bringing the country into a state of chaos, partly to keep various political revelations from getting too much attention, but mainly to make things so painful that the country will vote Trump out in the hope that finally all this hatred and aggression will cease.

It would if that's how it plays out. But so will any semblance of a bona fide Republic as well. However, this sort of thing is a clear sign of desperation; chances are they are about to lose and lose big. Indeed, the Dems might have just lost another 10% of the black vote with this heartless, dangerous BS put on by their more secretive, radical grandees.

In any case, this is mainly manipulated (like the overblown Covid response). Best not to get caught up in the hysterics and let's hope higher authorities (like NG, Feds) can re-establish law and order soon, especially in those jurisdictions where the local authorities seem determined to inflame things by standing down, blaming it all on 'white supremacists' and so forth.

Democritus
Democritus

There is going to be some rioting, like before, and then the dust will settle. Less than 1% of the taxpayers will stop paying. The USA will still do what the elite wants it to do: stay in power, have a lavish life style, have the strongest military in the world, keep Israel on top. So... why would the elite worry at all? Especially if the whole riot thing can be turned in some black-white thing that keeps the masses occupied.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Death of Geoege Floyd ? Seriously Mish ? It was the MURDER of George Floyd by a policeman and 3 accomplices who were also policeman.

Quark711
Quark711

As always, as more time has passed, more facts have emerged. I'll say this up front, but I won't be a bit surprised if mob mentality commentators say I'm excusing the cops' behavior. I'm not. What he did to a handcuffed prisoner who was not resisting (and that's key) is contrary to law enforcement agency policy nationwide.

That said, charging people with crimes is easy. But yesterday, convicting the cop of murder got significantly more difficult.

Information from Hennepin County’s Medical Examiner, in an attachment to the criminal complaint against officer Derek Chauvin, said this:

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner (ME) conducted Mr. Floyd’s autopsy on May 26, 2020. The full report of the ME is pending but the ME has made the following preliminary findings. The autopsy revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation. Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.

In addition, the complaint’s Statement of Probable Cause notes Floyd complained of being unable to breathe before Officer Chauvin put his knee on Floyd’s neck: "While standing outside the car, Mr. Floyd began saying and repeating that he could not breathe."

AussiePete
AussiePete

This cop definitely deserves to be prosecuted, but here's some perspective: police killings of African-Americans accounts for approximately 4 percent of homicides of black people. Police killings of UNARMED African Americans accounts for approximately 0.6 percent of homicides of blacks. The overwhelming majority of black homicide victims (93 percent from 1980 to 2008) were killed by other African Americans.

Of the approximately 660,000 annual crimes of interracial violence that involve blacks and whites, African Americans are the perpetrators 85 percent of the time. This means the average black person is 27 times more likely to attack a white person than vice versa.

Both violent and non-violent crime has been declining in the United States since a high in 1993. 2015 saw a troubling rise in murder in major American cities that some observers associated with “depolicing” in response to intense media and public scrutiny of police activity.

Sechel
Sechel

Still think Trump's preferable to Hillary Clinton?

RonJ
RonJ

"Is that supposed to help or is it supposed to incite further violence? "

The National Guard was sent in during the Rodney King riot in L.A. That put a stop to the rioting.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

See my link from bellingcat in the community section if you want to understand who boogaloo really is.

Advancingtime
Advancingtime

The image of a cavalier police officer with his knee on the neck of a handcuffed man that later died have brought people to the streets in protest of police brutality. Abuse, violence, and unnecessary force is not used only on blacks and other minorities but is also employed on whites.

The expansion of the NSA and the militarization of police forces across America reeks of a growing Orwellian police state that should concern us all. Ironically this comes at a time many laws go unenforced. More on this subject in the article below.

jivefive99
jivefive99

The young people have every right to be mad as hell at the crappy situation they are being left with. College loans, crap jobs, government debt to pay for Viking River Cruises for baby boomers. Its sad but totally unsurprising.

MATHGAME
MATHGAME

You will see tomorrow that Philadelphia has been added to that list of riot-torn cities shown in Mish's post ... some similarities ... peaceful protests for several hours, then an influx of "newcomers" and then rioting and looting and fire-bombing are soon underway.

Dodge Demon
Dodge Demon

Mish,

What liability did Rahm Emanual have when he hid the police tape in Chicago a few years ago? No personal liability whatsoever, nobody burned his house, his car, didnt go to prison for obstruction of justice or anything else. He sleeps well, out of state, with private guards paid for by the City of Chicago.

Same goes for the idiot mayor of Minneapolis. He has no personal problems at all out of this. Here is his illustrious background:

He made sure this thing would blow up.

Augustthegreat
Augustthegreat

dodo
dodo

Sorry Mish, which part pf America are you calling "Ugly"?

"Riots ensued in the wake of the death have since spread to other cities."

In case you haven't heard, its not the "death" that started the protests, its the "murder" in plain daylight by yet another "rogue" white officer, captured on video.

And why do you call these protests "riots" while those burning and looting in HK you call anti-Beijing protests?

And while the protests were spreading nationwide, that dynamic duo which you call your government, Pompeo/Trump, together with your vassals UK and Australia and also the EU and whole western MSM were lecturing HK police against the use of force when all they fired were pepper at the HK rioters (that is the term you applied although specifically only to the black protesters) . So why is your government justified in shooting life bullets at black protesters while the police of HK are not allowed to shoot pepper? Either both groups are rioters and deserve to be shot, or both are not.

Tim E
Tim E

The Police are public employees - and under the elected Mayor and Common Council members who appoint an unelected Fire and Police Commission - which have failed to hold the Police accountable. The blame lies with Mayors and Common Council members who continue to appoint Fire and Police Commissioners who look the other way when Police Officers use excessive force - or who have moved the definition of excessive force to exclude outright murder - as in the case of George Floyd - and so many others, to include all People - no matter the color. Those in power who benefit from taxation are the real problem. Time to make government "service' less profitable - just remember that public offices are called offices of trust and profit! Time to take the profit out of it.

WildBull
WildBull

Do you think this would be so bad without masks and 3 months of lockdown? Anxiety was high to begin with.

BillSanDiego
BillSanDiego

I suspect this is about more than George Floyd. I suspect this is three years of pent up hatred incited mostly by "the resistance" and "not my president." The Democrats have been trying to discredit authority of governance since November of 2016, and the violence spreading across the nation suggests to me that they have succeeded.

Jdog1
Jdog1

Right now the two groups I detest most are fighting each other, Government vs. liberals. With a little luck, they will substantially diminish each other...

Jdog1
Jdog1

"Kill Your Masters"

Unfortunately, our system is irreparably corrupt. The government no longer serves the people, it only serves its corporate masters. It does it by both threat of, and by actual force against its citizens. Force is unfortunately all governments and the corporations who control them understand.
The American people are no longer free or prosperous. Their freedom has been stolen by a corrupt government and their prosperity stolen by the socialism known as Wall St. The government and the corporations will not give up what they have stolen without a fight. That is the simple truth. When the masters of Wall St. run for their lives, only to find their private jets burning at the airport, that will be the day you see change.

jd72
jd72

It is plain to see that cop killed Mr.Floyd knowingly, you can call it racism or any other ism you can think of but the real reason is most people have hate in their hearts. They hate God and as a result Satan can influence them to do evil that is what happened here, if that cop feared God he would not have done what he did because he would know he will have to answer to God for what he has done.

Fl0yd
Fl0yd

Killer Mike name or pseudo-name, T-Shirt caption, word choice and passion are inflaming, IMO.

What would we say if we turned the table. That's have a large vocal white male named and dressed similarly, speaking similarly about his perspective of the world. Let's say "Killer John", with a T-shirt with inflaming caption, speaking with passion and anger, etc.

My take is that too many officials and influencers are capitalizing and surfing the situation rather than calming it down.

JustDaFactsJack
JustDaFactsJack

I don't support Trump nor "the wall." But I also won't take lectures on tolerance from snug denizens of a deeply racist neighbor who overwhelmingly re-elected a Prime Minister who is a fan of dressing up in blackface.

When this situation is over, the US will come back stronger than ever. But Canada will still be Canada -- a country that has only ever won participation trophies.

Montana33
Montana33

Great video from Killer Mike. He's very eloquent and on point. I love that he encourages voting and completing your census form. Be heard and be counted. The census is worth on average $15,000 in Federal funding per person but can be worth up to $20,000 per person (over 10 years) for schools, roads, health care, housing and more. For instance, the covid stimulus money is distributed using the census. If every American voted, the Republican party would be upended. I've been working on voter registration every week for more than a year - and my impact is nothing compared to a few sentences from influencers like Killer Mike or Taylor Swift.

Whisper2018
Whisper2018

The FED is the greater increaser of inequality, injustice and violence in this country....dig deeper youll see that whats happening is not about black violence and looting vs white or brown but in reality this is about legalized looting and violence by the FED sponsored elite: corporations, banks and well connected against the bottom 90% of the society...this division will only get worse from here....

Freebees2me
Freebees2me

@Realist

Only confirms that ignorance runs deep @Realist

bradw2k
bradw2k

Mish, thanks for recommending the Killer Mike speech, very reasonable and passionate. Too bad we have a president who can't provide half as much leadership! We are seeing the real cost of having a demagogue in the White House. It's been fun to see Trump slap the libtards and lifer politicians around as they deserve, but here we are in real crises (3 or 4 multiplied, I lost count) and all we can count on from our president is an endless stream of toxicity and unreason as he is more than willing to burn it all down to get re-elected.

bradw2k
bradw2k

I'd never heard Killer Mike, found this: "They boots was on our head" - in song "Reagan" 2012

Wellington Waterloo
Wellington Waterloo

In the final analysis we need the thin blue line. Blue Lives Matter. The tyranny of the minorities, including illegal aliens supported by corrupt politicians, have created an America almost unrecognizable.
This must stop or it will lead to civil war.

Jdog1
Jdog1

Gee Mish, I really do not know why you be appalled? This is exactly the result any conservative would expect as the result of liberal policies. Liberalism has directly caused all the problems we now see in these ravaged cities.


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