Black Lives Matter Mob Storms Rochester, Attacks Property, Trashes Businesses
Radical-left activists target homes in New York City residential neighborhood
A violent Black Lives Matter attack mob has stormed Rochester, New York City, targetting residential homes and trashing property and businesses.
The radical-left BLM activists descended on the residential neighborhood on Friday night.
Video shows aggressive mobs climbing on people’s homes, smashing windows, destroying cars, and looting and vandalizing businesses.
The chaotic clashes came after police body-camera footage was released of the March arrest of Daniel Prude, a black man who died of asphyxiation a week later.
Rioters set fires and threw objects at police, who declared the unrest an unlawful assembly after the evening started peacefully, reports said.
Human Events Managing Editor Ian Miles Cheong tweeted out a video purportedly filmed on the scene.
“Black Lives Matter activists are now climbing onto people’s homes in Rochester,” Cheong wrote on Twitter.
Black Lives Matter activists are now climbing onto people’s homes in Rochester. pic.twitter.com/JffhYf4nzf— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 5, 2020
Others videos showed people being harassed, businesses being trashed, and property being destroyed.
President Donald Trump retweeted one of the videos where someone had commented, “‘Thank you’ – Trump campaign ad team."
Black Lives Matter rioters try to break into apartment buildings. pic.twitter.com/xcEb6fns9F— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 5, 2020
“If you ain’t police don’t record crimes,” one far-left Black Lives Matter activist said.
“Do not record them!”
Rochester pic.twitter.com/XmGis0RxsV— special agent viti (@selfdeclaredref) September 5, 2020
Rochester pic.twitter.com/Q1I9C4IjqT— special agent viti (@selfdeclaredref) September 5, 2020
Another video showed one of the fringe activists saying that their efforts needed to be directed “toward the white folks.”
Rochester pic.twitter.com/6wKoUoU0d1— special agent viti (@selfdeclaredref) September 5, 2020
Other videos showed law enforcement officials beginning to take control of the scene by pushing the far-left extremists out of the area using crowd dispersal techniques.
Rochester pic.twitter.com/6jj45f5bsz— special agent viti (@selfdeclaredref) September 5, 2020
Earlier Friday, the leader of Rochester's police union defended seven officers linked to Prude's death, saying they followed police protocol, accoridng to Fox News.
A day earlier, the city's mayor suspended the officers, pending an investigation into the case.
"An officer doesn't have the ability to go off-script," union President Michael Mazzeo told reporters at a news conference, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported.
"They have to follow protocol and do what they are trained to do."
Prude, 41, died March 30 of asphyxiation, with drug use a contributing factor, after police placed a "spit bag" over his head during his arrest a week earlier.
The bag is intended to protect police from possible infection from a suspect's saliva.
Friday's protest in Rochester started off peaceful but soon turned contentious and police declared an unlawful assembly.
Officers fired tear gas and pepper balls at protesters in an attempt to get them to disperse, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.
New York City police arrested several rioters in Manhattan on Friday night after several buildings were vandalized, reportedly causing thousands of dollars in damage.
The rioters were a small segment of a larger peaceful protest that saw marchers travel down Lafayette Street.
Footage obtained by WNBC-TV in New York City appeared to show the rioters, dressed in black, breaking off to smash windows of a Starbucks, then joining back up with protesters marching down the street.
Jason Liang, who operates the Lafayette Street coffee shop called the vandalism “disheartening.”
“You’ve got the right to do whatever you want but why hurt other people’s property?” he said to WNBC.
He said the location was already hurting due to the coronavirus and didn’t know if he’d be able to open the store Saturday.
Some nearby businesses also were damaged.
"We are waiting on a more precise number of arrests, location for the arrests and a more precise number of businesses that were vandalized," police officials said, according to WABC-TV.
About 300 people are near Lafayette and Canal in Manhattan, chanting "every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground". pic.twitter.com/4D2uA6Z23N— NYC Protest Updates 2020 (@protest_nyc) September 4, 2020
One man upset about the incident suggested to a reporter on camera Thursday that racially-charged violence would be the response if “justice” does not come.
“Black lives do matter, okay?
"We want to see those officers arrested, and if we don’t—we tired.
"We are tired. We tired of it, man,” the man said.
“They act like black people—we want justice all over the world, we want equal pay, we want equal rights, when you go to court, we wanna be treated equal.
“It’s unequal all the way across the board,” he said.
“We tired of it. Black lives do matter, okay?
"We tired of these police killing people.”
“We gonna put matters into our own hands if justice don’t come,” he added.
“I’m being honest with you. We got a 100,000 deep, ready.
"Ya’ll need to know that.”