Rioter ‘purposely’ hit by driver in Denver sparks debate as unhinged mayhem spreads

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As riots and mayhem continued spreading Thursday to Denver, Los Angeles, St. Paul, Columbus and other cities in response to the killing of George Floyd, so did the “resistance,” so to speak.

Case in point: Video footage from Denver showed a frustrated commuter barreling through a crowd of unruly, road-blocking protesters and then turning around to purposefully aim her vehicle at one of the demonstrators in apparent retaliation.

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The stunning footage triggered mixed responses, with some social media users defending the woman’s “right to self-defense” against a man who’d clearly jumped on the hood of her car, and others portraying her as a “monster.”

Look:

Unlike the riots and mayhem, this act of “resistance” appeared to be in a vacuum, as there were only a few other instances of people pushing back against the rioters.

Conversely, the examples of rioters robbing stores, vandalizing police cars, setting the American flag on fire and trying to burn down stores were legion.

In Columbus, Ohio, rioters were seen breaching the Ohio Statehouse:

In Louisville, Kentucky, seven people were shot during riots:

“Of those reported injured in the demonstration, two were taken for surgery and five were in good condition, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said early Friday morning. Mr. Fischer said no officers discharged their weapons and that the violence came from within the crowd,” The New York Times reported the morning after.

In Los Angeles, California, rioters swarmed a police car:

They also set an American flag on fire:

In St. Paul, Minnesota, more stores were robbed and vandalized:

Meanwhile in Minneapolis, where the riots first sprung up earlier this week, the city’s “thugs,” as President Donald Trump called them in a tweet, continued their burning spree by swarming and then burning down an entire police station.

“Rioters broke into the precinct around 10 p.m. local time, after police on the rooftop previously tried to disperse a gathering crowd using ‘flash bang’ shots and tear gas,” Fox News reported. “The rioters entered the building and sparked the fire after police officers on the roof were rescued by helicopter.”

“A short time later, city officials warned the rioters that the risk of an explosion existed at the site because of unconfirmed reports that gas lines may have been cut.”

But relief may finally be in sight for the beleaguered city. As of late Thursday, 500 soldiers with the Minnesota National Guard were en route to affected areas.

Moreover, the president had made it clear that he was ready to send in the military if necessary.

“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis,” he wrote in two tweets that were later censored by Twitter. “A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.”

“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”

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