Dangerous overnight chaos: Minneapolis BLM violently looted Target, Walgreens, CVS and more

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Correction: The report initially referenced the “fatal shooting” of George Floyd. 

Black Lives Matter extremists in Minneapolis looted and rioted Thursday evening after a criminal suspect was fatally shot by police after he reportedly drew his gun on them.

The same extremists reportedly remained completely quiet about a 9-year-old girl who’d died exactly a week earlier from another gang shooting gone wrong.

“Law enforcement say they arrived around 2 p.m. Thursday in an attempt to apprehend a suspect wanted in an arrest warrant for illegal firearm possession,” local station KARE reported of the criminal suspect’s fatal shooting.

“Authorities say the suspect was sitting with a female when the suspect drew a gun on officers, after failing to comply with their commands – at which point law enforcement says they fatally shot the person,” the station added.

While the suspect hasn’t been formally named, he’s reportedly been identified by his friends on social media as Winston Boogie Smith Jr.:

Unlike the murder of 9-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith, which went mostly unnoticed, Smith’s shooting inspired immediate rage expressed in the form of rioting and looting.

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The rioting and looting follows a familiar pattern of behavior that’s become commonplace ever since the death of criminal suspect George Floyd last year.

It also coincides with an explicable lack of interest in fatal shootings — oftentimes of children — that don’t involve the police.

Three children have been shot, two killed, in Minneapolis in the past month alone because of criminal activity. The latest victim, Smith, was shot in the head on May 15th while playing on a trampoline during a friend’s birthday party.

After two weeks of being in critical care, Smith died on May 27th.

“Trinity becomes the second young girl to die from a stray bullet to the head in north Minneapolis in the past eight days,” station KSTP reported last week.

“Aniya Allen, 6, died on May 19, two days after she was shot while in her family’s car on the way home from McDonald’s. On April 30, 10-year-old Ladavionne Garrett Jr. was also shot in the head while sitting in the back seat of his parents’ car, en route to his grandmother’s house in north Minneapolis,” according to the station.

For these three children, there have been no “protests,” no rioting, no looting.

Meanwhile, the suspects responsible for these shootings remain on the loose. Rev. Brian Herron of Zion Baptist Church suspects it may be because of a culture that prioritizes “not snitching.”

“We’re calling on people to be more vigilant about reporting what they’re hearing, reporting what they’re seeing. It’s not snitching — it’s saving lives,” he told KSTP last month.

Allen’s aunt Amanda Davis agrees.

“She don’t know about gangs. She don’t know about guns. That’s not what mama teaches her, that’s not what her family teaches her. So when you say, ‘No snitching,’ that’s dumb, because this baby is innocent. What about her life? Her life matters,” she said last month to Minnesota Public Radio.

The alleged problem with “snitching” is that it leads to criminals being arrested. And being arrested means criminals being held accountable for their actions — something that sometimes translates to them being fatally shot while resisting arrest and fighting the police.

And while it may seem senseless and counterintuitive to those who haven’t bought into Black Lives Matter’s narratives, to some people, the lives of these uncooperative criminal suspects matter the most. They certainly seem to matter more than the lives of children such as Smith, Allen and Garrett …

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