The Black Lives Matter-inspired protest in Missouri has already drawn parallels to the Ferguson riots and the riots in Baltimore that struck just a few years ago. Well, the Missouri governor is not going to make the same mistake that Baltimore’s mayor did.
“We had leaders who wanted to give people a safe space to loot and to burn,” Governor Eric Greitens (R) said. “Now in Missouri if you loot the only safe space you’re going to have is in a jail cell.”
Governor Greitens further added, “If you’re going to riot we’re going to cuff you. Violence and vandalism is not protest. It is a crime”
It seems that several members of the Missouri political class wanted to follow the template set by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Two years ago, after a string of black and white police officers were acquitted of charges concerning the death of Freddie Gray, a black man with an extensive criminal history, Baltimore erupted into a multi-day riot that required the response of the National Guard.
It was later revealed that Baltimore police officers initially took a hands-off approach because the mayor had told officers to give the rioters a “space” to destroy. This decision not only cost the city millions in property damage, but the very next summer, the city of Baltimore’s homicide rate exploded.
From Friday to Saturday, two riots broke out in the city of St. Louis after a former member of the St. Louis Police Department, Jason Stockley, was cleared of all charges by a judge in the 2011 shooting death of suspected drug dealer Anthony Lamar Smith.
On the first night, a crowd of about 1,000 protesters descended on the city, and some even managed to break two windows in the home of the city’s mayor, Lyda Krewson.
The next night, after a mostly peaceful demonstration, hundreds of protestors refused to disperse in University City and other areas.
So far, St. Louis police officers have arrested 43 individuals. Additionally, 10 officers have also reported injuries as severe as a broken jaw and a dislocated shoulder.
Anyone doubting the seriousness of Governor Greitens’ threat should do a little research on his background. The Missouri Republican may have graduated from Oxford and may also be a best-selling author, but his greatest accomplishment was his tenure with the US Navy SEALs.
Black Lives Matter protesters are exploiting the St. Louis verdict to loot and damage property. Do you believe that laws should be passed to exact additional charges for looters?
From 2001 until 2017, Lieutenant Commander Greitens was deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, the Horn of Africa, and the Philippines. He is also the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and numerous other medals.
It is refreshing to see some fight left in the Missouri government. America must learn from Governor Greitens that following down the path of Detroit or Baltimore is the way towards municipal suicide. In order for liberty to flourish, security must come first. Each and every riot should be shut down with appropriate force until the message gets out: BLM does not control the streets.