Snow and cold quiet Ferguson demonstrators, but vandals in sunny California once again rampage
“Only” two people were arrested in Ferguson, Missouri last night, as cold and snowy weather cooled the enthusiasm for rioting there. But in balmy Oakland and Los Angeles, California, the usual suspects turned out to vandalize storefronts, block traffic, and otherwise inflict themselves on people who had nothing at all to do with the ostensible object of their rage. USA Today reports:
Dozens of protesters in Los Angeles and Oakland were arrested late Wednesday during a third night of demonstrations linked to protests over the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo.
Police said at least 130 demonstrators who refused to disperse during a protest in Los Angeles were arrested, while 33 people were detained in Oakland following a march that deteriorated into unrest and vandalism.
In Los Angeles, about 200 or 300 largely peaceful demonstrators crisscrossed downtown streets for several hours in the afternoon and evening, but some were later stopped by riot-clad police near the Central Library.
LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman said an unlawful assembly was declared after some protesters began walking in the street and disrupting traffic. They were ordered to disperse but instead reformed, with police trying to corral them.
Neiman said 130 protesters were arrested, with most appearing calm as they were handcuffed with plastic bands and walked to waiting Sheriff's Department buses.
So, in LA, between a half and a third of the “mostly peaceful” protesters refused to follow a lawful order to disperse after they started blocking traffic and the demonstration was declared unlawful. That says to me that they were not interested in simply having their voices heard, they were intent on harming others. And similar percentages operated in Oakland:
Oakland Police said 35 people were arrested for a variety of crimes. The arrests came after a march by about 100 people.
Force spokeswoman Johnna Watson said small groups began moving through the streets with some vandalizing property, mainly breaking windows.
Once again, about one-thir were lawless.
Lee Cary has demonstrated on these pages, yesterday and today, that hard left groups are behind many of the demonstrations nationwide, and that Ferguson is merely a pretext for advertising themselves to disaffected people, while venting their anger and destructive impulses.
Oakland and Berkeley have been meccas for the hard left ever since the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley, exactly half a century ago, managed to shut down that institution. In response, thousands of leftist malcontents came here and stayed. They and their successors enjoy the same climate, scenery and food that attract so many others who are bent on productive activity. Many have found nominal jobs in government entities that enable them to make a living while remaining available for demonstrations, taking “personal days” and “sick days” as needed. Others get by on SSI, causal work in the underground economy, and some by family money.
This hard-core cadre consists of a few thousand (at most) who will reliably turn out for demonstrations whenever some pretext arises.
By blocking freeways and attacking small businesses, they inflict pain and inconvenience on others entirely innocent. Unfortunately, that seems to provide them with some psychic reward, which tells you all you need to know about these sick, malign people.