Olivia Gatwood, the woman who wrote that provocative tweet, is a Los Angeles feminist poet who, presumably, has never heard of the Golden Rule, nor any other ethical system. Yet her analysis is hardly an outlier. In fact, it is a fair summary of the ethical basis of anyone’s position who accepts, excuses, or “understands” the behavior of the George Floyd insurrectionists. They don’t even have the old, perverted utilitarianism stand-by, “the ends justify the means” to claim as justification. What ends? As I am sure I have noted too many times here already, they have no serious or practical answer to the 13th Question: “What is the “systemic reform regarding race in America” that the George Floyd protests purport to be seeking?” I think it is fair to say that if the enablers of the rioters had a legitimate answer to that question, or indeed if they had even given it serious thought, we would have heard or read it by now. “End racism!” isn’t an answer. Neither is “End white supremacy (as we choose to describe it to bootstrap our political objectives.” Nor is “End over-incarceration without addressing the disproportionate criminal activity that creates it.”
Thus all the injuries, deaths, property damage and social division accomplish nothing, except emotional release. Emotional release is not an ethical objective—not at these prices.
Let’s look at the just the attacks on police and law enforcement and the injuries they caused; this is the “fuck police” section of Gatwood’s exhortation. Listing property damage in detail is too complicated. The list below comes from Fox News; you wouldn’t expect any other news source to compile such a list, would you? It’s also two days old, so you can assume a current list would be even worse.
A 21-year-old man was arrested Sunday for allegedly throwing a brick at a police officer during a Saturday night clash between authorities and protesters. The officer was treated and released from a hospital.
Asbury Park, N.J.
Several protesters were arrested and an officer was injured Monday following heated verbal exchanges between demonstrators and law enforcement, NJ.com reported. An officer was taken to a hospital with a head injury after some threw rocks at the police.
Motor Officer Maximilian Brewer was struck by an ATV Saturday night while blocking traffic near protesters in the city’s downtown. He underwent surgery and is still recovering, WXIA-TV reported. The 42-year-driver driver of the vehicle was arrested on a slew of criminal charges.
The city also fired two officers for using excessive force on a pair of college students while placing them under arrest.
A separate riot after a peaceful protest erupted in the Boston-area suburb Tuesday night that saw a state trooper and several Brockton police officers suffered minor injuries, according to WPRI-TV.
Two law enforcement officers were struck by a vehicle Monday and another was run over during a demonstration in front of the Buffalo Police Department’s E-District. A New York State trooper and a Buffalo police officer were hit and another trooper was run over, authorities said.
The trooper who was run over suffered a shattered pelvis and a broken leg. The other trooper and Buffalo Police officer were treated for minor injuries, authorities said.
Hours of unrest resulted in riots, looting and several police officers reportedly assaulted. They suffered minor injuries, Newschannel 20 in Springfield reported.
People carry signs as they march Monday, June 1, 2020, in Atlanta during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.
An officer was saved by a ballistic helmet when a bullet struck the protective covering Sunday.
More than a dozen people were arrested and 15 law enforcement officers were hurt during Saturday protests, according to media reports. Three Richland County Sheriff’s deputies and 12 Columbia police officers were injured. They were all expected to be OK, WBTV reported.
The Chicago Police Department reported Monday that 132 of its officers had been injured during violent riots.
An undercover Davenport police officer in an unmarked police vehicle was struck twice by gunfire early Monday after several gunshots struck the vehicle. Two other officers inside were uninjured, WQAD-TV reported. The wounded officer was taken to a hospital. The officer’s status was not clear Tuesday.
The trio was called to the area to investigate a suspicious vehicle.
A hit-and-run injured three Denver police officers Saturday night and a bystander, police said. Two of the officers have been released from the hospital. A 37-year-old man was arrested Sunday in connection with the incident.
A pair of Pennsylvania Capitol police officers were released from the hospital following a chaotic protest in Harrisburg on Saturday while responding to calls to assist city police.
A Las Vegas police officer was on life support after being shot in the head late Monday during a protest. A 20-year-old suspect has been charged with attempted murder with a deadly weapon and two counts of discharging a gun where a person might be endangered.
The officer remains in critical condition, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Another shooting was reported at the Foley Federal Building Monday evening, according to the paper. Officers fired upon a man “who was armed with multiple firearms and appeared to be wearing body armor,” officials said. It was not clear if the man was shot or was involved in the protest.
Some 12 officers were injured Friday in a similar demonstration.
Amid several nights of destructive clashes, 27 Los Angeles police officers sustained injuries, Police Chief Michel Moore told police commissioners Tuesday, according to City News Service. Two officers — one suffered a fractured skull and the other a broken knee — are recovering at home.
Protesters allegedly shot at officers during a Monday evening protest. No injuries were reported.
Shots were fired at law enforcement officers near a Minneapolis police station last week. On May 28, another police precinct in the city was set ablaze as violent protests surged in the Twin Cities region.
Four Prince William County Police officers were injured Saturday night and several police cars were damaged after officers attempted to shut down a protest, the Prince Williams Times reported. Officers reported rocks and other objects being thrown at them.
New York City
Dozens of NYPD officers have been injured and police vehicles have been damaged amid the ongoing protests. The NYPD has also been criticized for its perceived hard-handed response to demonstrations across the city.
Dozens of police vehicles have been torched and hundreds have been arrested on various criminal charges, including burglary.
In another incident in the Bronx captured on social media, an NYPD officer was seen being struck by a vehicle in what appeared to be a deliberate hit-and-run.
The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating yet another incident in Brooklyn on Wednesday where an officer was stabbed in the neck and two others suffered gunshot wounds in a random “unprovoked” late-night attack.
Two police officers suffered minor injuries Wednesday during a tense confrontation between protesters against police brutality and counterprotesters. The officers were injured when they intervened during a fight between people from both groups.
Oak Lawn, Il.
A total of three police officers suffered non life-threatening injuries during disturbances Monday, according to Oak Lawn police chief Randy Palmer.
Several shots were fired at Oakland police headquarters early Monday. No injuries were reported but three people were detained. A federal law enforcement officer was also shot and killed Friday night by someone in a vehicle at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building, the FBI said. Dave Patrick Underwood, 53, was providing security at a U.S. courthouse.
Another officer was injured in the same shooting, the law enforcement agency said. The officer’s condition was not clear Tuesday.
The Philadelphia Police Department reported multiple assaults on officers since protests erupted in the city last week. Several officers were injured over the weekend while attempting to enforce crowd control. Multiple police vehicles were also set ablaze.
Nine police officers were injured Monday during confrontations with protesters. Some protesters threw objects and canisters at the police, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The officers were treated at a hospital and released.
Two Capitol police officers were hurt over the weekend after they were hit by objects Saturday night. One officer reported being hit with a baseball bat and the other with a beer bottle. Both are expected to recover, WWBT-TV reported.
At least nine law enforcement officers were hurt when violence erupted in Providence early Tuesday morning, WPRI-TV reported.
Sacramento police said seven of its officers suffered minor injuries from being hit with objects Friday.
Salt Lake City, Utah
One police car was torched and 21 police officers were injured Saturday during a night of civil disorder. One officer was hit in the back of the head with a baseball bar, officials said. The officers all received medical care.
Officers were pelted with bricks and bottles following a peaceful protest, injuring at least three, according to KSAT-TV. Authorities made it clear that protest organizers were not to blame.
San Jose, Calif.
An officer was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries and several others sustained minor injuries during a May 29 rally after being hit with rocks and bottles, KGO-TV reported.
Santa Ana, Calif.
Two police officers — one from the Santa Ana Police Department and the other from nearby Anaheim — were injured during a Sunday night protest and hospitalized. Both officers were hit by projectiles in the head, The Orange County Register reported.
Around 50 Secret Service agents were injured late Sunday as rioters set fires near the White House and authorities conducted searches for car bombs in the nation’s capital. Some agents were hurt from incoming bottles and Molotov cocktails in Lafayette Park, just across from the presidential residence.
St. Louis, Mo.
A retired police captain was fatally shot early Tuesday by looters at a pawn shop, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The slaying of David Dorn, 77, was reportedly broadcast on Facebook Live. No arrests have been made.
Hours earlier, four police officers were shot in the downtown area amid ongoing rioting. The officers were shot early Tuesday where a group had been clashing with police, KMOV-TV reported.
Two officers were shot in the leg, one was shot in the foot and another was shot in the arm.
Officials in the nation’s capital said 11 police officers were hurt during demonstrations Sunday evening. The officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and one officer was expected to undergo surgery for a leg fracture after being hit by a brick, WTOP-TV reported. On top that, more than 50 Secret Service agents were injured, some by Molotov cocktails.
Authorities said three officers were hurt Monday night when some in a crowd threw rocks, bottles and cinder blocks at law enforcement. Three officers required stitches, KWCH-TV reported.