Police: Hell’s Angel Sparked Destructive Riots in Minneapolis

July 29, 2020

  • July 30, 2020 at 1:09 pm
    Craig Cornell says:
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    • July 30, 2020 at 1:25 pm
      Andrew G. Simpson says:
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      FYI: The police, not Insurance Journal, identified and reported the man as a member of Hell’s Angels. And nowhere does the story say he was responsible for all of the destruction.

      • July 30, 2020 at 1:41 pm
        Mike Urbanek says:
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        But wait – I thought the MPD was a racist, lying, cheating, step-on-people’s-feeting organization. But if the narrative fits…

        • July 30, 2020 at 2:06 pm
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          Similar to what Andrew said about the article, nobody is saying those adjectives apply to ALL the officers.

      • July 30, 2020 at 1:42 pm
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        Andrew, that’s exactly what the article says and every article that’s been written about this one incident and this one individual in the last 48 hours says the same thing – “This was the first fire that set off a string of fires and looting throughout the precinct and the rest of the city.”

      • July 30, 2020 at 2:05 pm
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        No they did say he “sparked” the riots. And no, the MPD did not really “identify” him…”… through an emailed tip last week” … {I knew a Hells Angel and they do not take snitches very well) how he was a member of Aryan Cowboy Brotherhood and “Several of its members were present in Stillwater, in eastern Minnesota, late last month when a Muslim woman was confronted by a group of men wearing white supremacist garb.” So it had to be him! Anyway, if he was NOT responsible for ALL the destruction, why aren’t they going after the others?

        • July 30, 2020 at 2:17 pm
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          ” if he was NOT responsible for ALL the destruction, why aren’t they going after the others?”

          Who said they weren’t? After all: “Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder told The Associated Press on July 28 that the investigation remains open and active”

      • July 30, 2020 at 2:22 pm
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        Key words: “set off a string of fires and looting” Now, how would anyone know the fires and looting would not have happened at all, but were connected? Only through bald faced, fact-free speculation. Aren’t journalists supposed to exercise skepticism?

        Here is what the article said that YOU decided to publish.

        “. . . police say the man’s actions soon led to an arson fire that was the first of several that transformed peaceful protests into chaos.

        “This was the first fire that set off a string of fires and looting throughout the precinct and the rest of the city,” Minneapolis police arson investigator Erika Christensen wrote in a search warrant affidavit this week, the Star Tribune reported.

        The riots spread to other parts of Minneapolis and St. Paul and caused an estimated $500 million in damage.”

        Ergo: Whitey did it all.

        • July 30, 2020 at 3:12 pm
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          “Whitey did it all” is not an accurate analysis of ‘one person did a bad thing before other people did bad things too’ and that the “investigation is still open” which implies cops are looking to arrest the other bad people who did bad stuff (and therefore they aren’t actually trying to pin everything on whitey).

          • July 30, 2020 at 4:59 pm
            Craig Cornell says:
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            Have you read the Madness of Crowds? If so, you understand how this crap can spread with people who are NOT out to “peacefully protest” but are open to violence and looting if given the opportunity.

            What difference does it make that the guy was a Hell’s Angel? That he was white? That he had connections to white supremacy? None.

    • July 30, 2020 at 2:05 pm
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      “police say the man’s actions soon led to an arson fire that was the first of several that transformed peaceful protests into chaos.”

      Do you not trust the police department’s account? You a cop hater or something, Craig?

      • July 30, 2020 at 2:25 pm
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    • July 30, 2020 at 2:18 pm
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      Who said that? After all: ‘“This was the first fire that set off a string of fires and looting throughout the precinct and the rest of the city,” makes it seem obvious to me that they’re not saying one man did all that destruction.

      • July 30, 2020 at 2:24 pm
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        That sentence did not separate the fires and looting as unrelated. The sentence connected them all.

      • July 30, 2020 at 2:25 pm
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        Read the headline: Police: Hell’s Angel Sparked Destructive Riots in Minneapolis

        The city of Minneapolis police chief asked for 400 officers in the last budget and got 14. But one person: “Sparked Destructive Riots in Minneapolis”

        The only “one” person is the officer on Mr. Floyd’s neck. But that officers background does not fit the narrative.

  • July 30, 2020 at 2:44 pm
    Craig Cornell says:
    Hot debate. What do you think?
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    “Hey, everybody. I never thought about looting and setting fires or destroying the police station before. But look at that guy over there starting a fire. Now I think it is a GREAT idea. You all agree with me? You do? YAY! Thanks, white supremacist, for the cool idea. But remember, I am not responsible for my actions; that guy is.”

    • July 30, 2020 at 3:08 pm
      Rosenblatt says:
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      Herd mentality, mob mentality pack mentality … whatever you want to call it … it’s a thing you should learn about if you don’t know,

      That said, I think ANYONE who caused damage (regardless of who did it first) should be held responsible for their actions. I don’t think anyone here would disagree with that.



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