Thank you, @StephenL for posting these other stories.
We have an emergency curfew in place In Salt Lake City today. A riot broke out downtown yesterday and the governor called out the national guard. The mayor of the city (a recently-elected woman) was adamant that police make sure no one got hurt. She asked them to remember their peace-keeping duty, and to turn the other cheek when rioters take out their frustrations on police property.
Our county sheriff was also out in the riot talking to protesters—she is a Latina.
The scariest video I saw showed a white man about 50-60 years old climbing out of his car with a bow and arrow (!) and threatening to shoot protesters. He was immediately swarmed and his car was overturned. Charges will be filed against him. (I thought it was amazing in this gun-loving state that a bow-and-arrow was the only weapon we saw.)
Protesters set fire to a police car. That was about the only offense journalists could find even though they had helicopters in the air looking for anything they could focus on. When the car didn’t burn very well, protesters then started moving close to the car so they could get selfies. (!) *Everyone* had a cellphone and everyone was taking video or photos. There was a girl with a megaphone leading others in protest chants—kind of like a cheerleader. The whole thing was very weird.
Twitter lit up with backseat drivers and Monday morning quarterbacks. My own legislative representative posted a jab at SLC leaders telling them they were being ineffective and they should shut the whole thing down with force. He was basically shouted off the platform. I will remember his ridiculous tweets come November.
Utah has a VERY SMALL number of African American citizens, so it wasn’t really a Black Lives Matter protest, it was a protest against general inequality. On our last ballot, citizens voted for Medicare expansion, legalization of marijuana, and fair districting. Every one of these initiatives was then overturned by the legislature, which made people very angry.
Now, with sudden high unemployment and the isolation that the pandemic has necessitated, people are at the end of their rope...