Gun battles in the park have become the new normal as liberally inflamed chaos spreads from coast-to-coast. Someone caught cell phone video of rioters in Indianapolis, Indiana, who lost their damn minds. It’s not about George Floyd when protesters come armed and start a shootout in the middle of a crowd.
Senseless gun fight confuses both sides
Neither the police nor the activists have an explanation for what happened Saturday night, May 30, in the heart of Indianapolis. The best motivation that either of them can come up with for the impromptu gun fight is the rioters lost their damn minds.
Police Chief Randal Taylor agrees with young activist Malik Muhammad that things aren’t supposed to be this way. They both look at the “shattered storefronts and boarded windows that now dominate popular downtown thoroughfares” and shake their heads over the riots and violence. Two fatal shootings show that the their is more behind what’s going on than what happened in Minnesota.
They differ on a few key issues though. Muhammad insists that the “volleys of tear gas, pepper balls and intimidation” were unprovoked, but the police chief counters that unlike the rioters, “not a single officer discharged a firearm.” Cops showed “restraint” while the looters were “violent” and “selfish.” Mayor Joe Hogsett notes, “the violent behavior of a selfish few last night was not designed to move our nation toward greater equality. There is no just cause that is furthered by pulling a gun and shooting an individual in the middle of our downtown streets.”
A county-wide curfew
The mayor placed his town on a county-wide curfew Sunday, warning that anyone not “traveling to work or seeking medical care and the like,” could be arrested and fined up to $10,000. “There is no just cause that is furthered by destroying the livelihoods of thousands of families, including black families, families who will now find themselves without work due to businesses closed by these violent acts.”
Two men lost their lives in separate gun battles. The first happened around midnight at Vermont and Talbot then another shootout occurred about 2:30 a.m. Sunday at Market and Pennsylvania streets. One arrest was made after the suspect turned himself in.
Overall, nearly 30 people were arrested for crimes related to the fires, fights, and property damage. They’re still trying to total up all the “damage done to businesses, vehicles and city monuments,” Deputy Chief Josh Barker explains. It was “extremely extensive.” This isn’t normal but it keeps happening anyway. “Once more,” the mayor insists, “we awake to a morning defined by unproductive destruction instead of the meaningful dialog our city requires.” Gun battles should not be the new normal.