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National Guard Deployed to Philadelphia After Violence, Looting Explodes for the Second Night

National Guard Deployed to Philadelphia After Violence, Looting Explodes for the Second Night

Looting stores, rioting in neighborhoods.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, activated the Pennsylvania National Guard to Philadelphia after violence erupted for the second night in a row.

From Fox News:

Several hundred guardsmen will assist local agencies in “protecting life, property and the right to peacefully assemble and protest,” Lt. Col. Keith Hickox said in a statement Tuesday. “We are able to conduct operations in support of civil authorities to enhance local law enforcement’s ability to provide continued public safety and critical infrastructure security.”

The move by Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, to activate the guard is a stark difference from other Democratic governors who have been hesitant or slow to mobilize troops in response to unfolding unrest.

The Philadelphia Police Department will also beef up its presence across the city in anticipation of possible unrest over the death of Walter Wallace Jr., 27, city leaders said.

“For today and this evening, we anticipate the chance of additional incidents of civil unrest and, as such, we will be taking additional steps to ensure order,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said during a news conference along with Mayor Jim Kenney and city leaders.

All you need to do is watch these videos. Somehow looting and destroying private property helps bring racial equality.


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The Friendly Grizzly | October 28, 2020 at 7:21 am

A Chick-fil-A in Philadelphia was broken into and damaged

I guess their CEO’s idea of us shining a black man’s shoes didn’t mean much…

I’m sure UPenn and Comcast put the pressure on Wolf to do this. Thanks, Amy and Brian!

2smartforlibs | October 28, 2020 at 7:26 am

This is liberal leadership in action.

Mostly peaceful protests? Meanwhile…back in the jungle…

Don’t you just LOVE! the “New Normal”… :/

    Whitewall in reply to PaulB. | October 28, 2020 at 8:19 am

    I’m waiting for “sympathy riots” to break out around the country right through the weekend. Not sure the DNC-MSM-tech oligarchs can stop it.

Paul In Sweden | October 28, 2020 at 8:18 am

Back in the 80s as I recall; the Philadelphia police dept. did not need the National Guard to clear out violent radical groups.

Wal-Mart, presumably, has cameras in the parking lot.
License plates on record.
Whatcha gonna do about it, Gov?

“The move by Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, to activate the guard is a stark difference from other Democratic governors who have been hesitant or slow to mobilize troops in response to unfolding unrest.“

Riiiiiiiight. Let’s see what the troops actually do once they are deployed. Consider the words of Lt. Col. Hickox:

“… protecting life, property and the right to peacefully assemble and protest…”

In comedy this is know as a “triple”. The first two statements (protecting life, protecting property) are the bland setup to the zany punchline (peacefully assemble and protest). If the past is any guide, the National Guard will be given orders to stand down (except for a carefully scripted show of force for the TV cameras to create the illusion of peace) and not interfere when the burning, looting, raping and murdering resumes.

    Exactly. There’s a threshold on this kind of activity. For random looting and occasional arson, the National Guard are just visual props. Why? They can’t arrest anybody, and they’re going to get into deep crap if they shoot anybody, so all they can do is stand around and look police-y.

    Which brings us to the nut of the problem: The police cannot police here. Anybody they arrest will just get released, if anybody uses force against them during an arrest, they are not permitted to respond in kind or they’ll be the ones in jail, and every cop knows it.

    It’s a problem of perception. The violent criminals know they are going to get away with their acts, so they feel free to commit them. The police know they are not permitted to stop the criminals, so they don’t. The store owners know if they shoot any looters, the DA will spare no expense in putting them away for life *and* the looters will happily turn around and burn their business to the ground while it is unprotected *and* the lawyers will pick over the bones of their life’s work while they’re in jail.

    The solution is to let police, police. All those cars coming into the Wal-Mart parking lot? Evidence in an investigation of first degree burglary. Track the license plates back to their homes and tow them to the police impound yards where police forensics teams can go over them, sometime in the next few weeks. Anybody picked up on the street with video showing them in the vicinity of the looting? Witnesses. They’re going to need to be interviewed, held for three days or so during the investigation, before making bond. Suddenly, being around looting becomes a giant hassle instead of a way to get a hundred bucks of stuff you probably didn’t need in the first place. When that happens, the looting will magically stop.

      paracelsus in reply to georgfelis. | October 28, 2020 at 12:36 pm

      So, If I’m reading you correctly, the problem is the DAs, The other problem is the no-bail, get-out-of-jail card.
      solution: 1 rail, 1 barrel of hot tar, one large bag of feathers

      While you are essentially correct, in your assessment, there is one slight mistake.

      The National Guard, when activated by the Governor of his state, is not a military unit. It is an organ of the state and is a law enforcement arm of the Governor’s Office. Under these conditions, members of the Guard can legally arrest or detain people, for criminal violations. Whether the Guard exercises those powers or not depends upon the ROE issued by the Governor.

    I prefer the old reliable “looters will be shot on sight”. And since these “peaceful protests” lead to night after night of looting and pillaging, how about BANNING THEM!!!!

smalltownoklahoman | October 28, 2020 at 8:53 am

Can’t be having bad press like these riots this close to the elections! All about trying to preserve the vote for their side.

Well, that’s educational. I’d been wondering if looting or arson are the way to advance Social Justice, but since I don’t see any arson, it must be the looting which will do the job. Good, glad to clear that up.

Of course, looting a Dollar Tree implies that maybe we’re not talking about terribly large quantities of Social Justice here; just a little tweaking around the edges.

Anacleto Mitraglia | October 28, 2020 at 9:28 am

So, I’m listening to yesterday (10-27) morning’s news on the radio stating that Governor Wolf was activating the Guard after a night of rioting and looting. This morning (10-28) I’m listening again about all the rioting and looting that occurred on the second night and I’m left wondering where the Guard was the second night. Am I misunderstanding something? 😉

No one can do scum like Philly

Can the rioters and looters still vote for Biden if they are in jail with no bail?

Now stores will be loathe to reestablish in these neighborhoods, and the left will whine about “food deserts,” now to become “store deserts.”

You reap what you sow. Thanks a lot, Democrat Socialists.

    Geologist in reply to Dimsdale. | October 28, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Mail in ballots will be delivered to any and all jailed “peaceful protesters” regardless of citizenship and past felony convictions. After all, they have demonstrated their good character and their love of this country by their sacrifices!

When will racists quit trying to arrest people who don’t want to be arrested?

In Oklahoma with the riots months ago the guard was mobilized and two guardsmen were assigned to each police officer. Some but not a lot of property damage occurred. Arrests were made.

A few days later a protest in a local small town was met with numerous country guys Open carrying ar-15s who lined up in front of the glass windows. No one got hurt, no windows broken, no stores looted. Protesters had the opportunity to have their say.

I guess these responses by officials and private citizens kinda took the fun out of the riots (protests?). There hasn’t been much in the way of riots/protests since.