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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison appeared on Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday” to talk about the ongoing riots in Minneapolis.
The interview began with Ellison agreeing somewhat with Attorney General Bill Barr’s contention that outside influences have been affecting the situation in Minneapolis.
“We have evidence that outsiders have been present and in some cases have played a very negative role, but I’ve been talking with protesters and trying to get a sense of who some of these folks are — and I’ve heard mixed things,” he said.
“Some of the negative stuff has come from people in Minnesota, and some of it has come from people on the outside.”
Listen (disable your adblocker if the video doesn’t appear):
Wallace then pressed Ellison about whether blacks in Minneapolis have reason to distrust or fear local police officers. The AG said that the answer is yes.
“Sadly, yes,” he said. “There is a history that has been repeated time and time. I want to say many officers are great people. I know so many of them. … But it is an endemic problem in the Minneapolis Police Department.”
The discussion then pivoted to Ellison’s remarks two days earlier that riots are a method for the “unheard [to] get heard.”
Questioned about these remarks, he told Wallace that the anger of rioters must not be dismissed.
But what he failed to address was the pain felt by the countless innocent Americans who’ve been hurt and devastated because of the actions of his beloved rioters.
“The violence really is a negative thing, but I think what Martin Luther King was trying to say is, rather than simply dismiss the outrage and the rage that people express after decades, really centuries of state-sponsored oppression for African Americans, let’s look at the roots of that rage and try to address it rather than just pound it down with massive force,” he said.
“I mean, people are upset for a reason, and to dismiss those reasons, means we’re going to be relegated to dealing with them again and again. I mean, it was actually John F. Kennedy who said ‘where peaceful change is made impossible, violent change is inevitable.'”
But nobody has dismissed the pain felt by those affected by George Floyd’s killing. It’s been acknowledged by virtually everybody, including President Donald Trump.
Moreover, the cop responsible for sitting on Floyd’s neck has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
But thanks to the irrational anger and hatred from the left’s beloved rioters, countless more are now hurting because their businesses have been burnt to a crisp, they’ve been physically assaulted or they’ve been outright murdered — yes, murdered.
“A federal law enforcement officer in California was killed and another critically injured after being shot while providing security at the U.S. courthouse in Oakland near one of the increasingly violent protests unfolding around the country,” the Associated Press reported Saturday.
Below is a photo of the victim, Dave Patrick Underwood:
Dave Patrick Underwood was shot and killed in what appears to be a driveby shooting. From his sister – “My brother, Dave Patrick Underwood, a federal officer, was murdered 5/29/20 in Oakland California, while on duty during the riots. This Violence Must Stop.” #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/Yqm29ixGxi
— Giosué (@yehoshuaODoyle) May 31, 2020
Yet neither Ellison nor any other Democrat elected to office or running for the presidency has remarked on Underwood’s tragic death.
Instead, Democrats and their media allies have been running nonstop cover for the very sorts of rioters and hooligans responsible for Underwood’s murder.
The Internet is littered with columns and news stories about MLK’s words, which for clarification were uttered during the height of the Jim Crow Era.
Meanwhile, Hollywood celebrities and staff members for presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s staffers have been bailing rioters out of jail, thus offering them another chance to cause untold harm to the innocent public.
As the FNC discussion continued, Wallace then asked Ellison whether he’s satisfied with the third-degree murder and manslaughter charges that have been filed against the cop accused of killing George Floyd.
The Minnesota AG responded by saying that the charges fit for now, though the situation may change.
“We are very early in this process,” he said. “Very early. It is not uncommon to amend charges. It is not uncommon to add defendants. The fact is that the investigation is still going on.”
Watch the rest of the interview below:
Ellison’s remarks Sunday were a follow-up to what he’d said Friday.
“Martin Luther King [Jr.] said many years ago that riot is the way that the unheard get heard,” he’d said at a press conference. “He didn’t condone it, but he said to the nation — as a person who always protested peacefully — that don’t just dismiss that and ignore it, and relegate it to just criminality and bad behavior.”
“Actually ask yourself what’s going on there, and is it something that we as a society absolutely must pay attention to? I think we must pay attention to it.”
It’s hard to not just relegate riots to “criminality and bad behavior” when the fruits of the riots — e.g., stores being looted — have nothing to do with George Floyd.
Case in point:
‘White supremacists’ have begun looting and destroying every single store and restaurant in downtown Cleveland pic.twitter.com/QnfLjns0Mk
— Liberty Hangout (@LibertyHangout) May 30, 2020
“White supremacists” just looted the Nike store on Michigan Avenue.pic.twitter.com/0H3YGI0py7
— thebradfordfile™ (@thebradfordfile) May 31, 2020
Looting the Cheesecake Factory in downtown Seattle. pic.twitter.com/lzCqf0Kozm
— Mark Bski 🇺🇸🐶 (@MarkBski) May 31, 2020
Large crowds in Scottsdale Arizona looting several stores in the Fashion Square area. AT&T, Apple Store, Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel, Urban Outfitters among those breached. Police now forming skirmish lines nearby. https://t.co/X7KSlKV0dK pic.twitter.com/bv66qXETGY
— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC) May 31, 2020
Looters ransacking stores along Bay Street in Emeryville. Massive amounts of merchandise being stolen.
Police says no protesters are among the looters. pic.twitter.com/52cbFeCE9m
— Maria Medina (@MariaKPIX) May 31, 2020
#BREAKING Looting at Vermont and L in NW #DC. @JoshRosenthalTV LIVE in front of Continental Wine & Liquor Continuous coverage now on @fox5dc: https://t.co/6p2DMCJC88 #breakingnews #dcprotest #GeorgeFloyd #GeorgeFloydProtests #FOX5DC pic.twitter.com/Ght1LhOLFg
— angie goff (@OhMyGOFF) May 31, 2020
Some looting at a downtown DC T Mobile store. Still the exception at least for now, at least from this side of Penn. pic.twitter.com/YTv7e3atOU
— Sharon Weinberger (@weinbergersa) May 31, 2020
You may have noticed that some of the tweets above referred to the looters as “white supremacists.” They were mocking the Democrats, including Ellison, who’ve claimed without evidence that white supremacists/nationalists are behind all the rioting.
It’s also hard to not just relegate riots to “criminality and bad behavior” when said riots are hurting so many people, including this woman:
The next time anyone tries to tweet, post or talk about the shameful & lawless riots going on, remember the video of this woman & remember what this is all really about, getting justice for #GeorgeFloyd
The looting & violence must end. Now. Everywhere
— PARIS (@PARISDENNARD) May 30, 2020
And this man:
“Burn it down,” they say from their multimillion dollar homes and cable news sets.
“Burn it down,” from their secured, gated communities.
Never once thinking of the destruction it causes to black small business owners pic.twitter.com/c5euidcD2x
— Rob Smith 🇺🇸 (@robsmithonline) May 29, 2020
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