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Thu May 28, 2020, 02:11 PM

VIDEO: Chopper 5 shows police presence at St. Paul Target, surrounding area

VIDEO: Chopper 5 shows police presence at St. Paul Target, surrounding area

Dozens of people tried to loot the Midway Target in St. Paul Thursday.

According to St. Paul Police, a group of 50 to 60 people tried to overwhelm the store's staff. However, police arrived and confronted the group, and the people then dropped the items they'd grabbed and fled.

Immediately afterward, a fight broke out in the store's parking lot, and a person was nearly run over by a vehicle. Despite that, police said no injuries were reported.

The group also attempted to go into nearby small businesses but were stopped by police.

Video at link
https://kstp.com/news/chopper-five-video-stpaul-target-george-floyd-protest/5743762/?cat=1

Is there some link between police reform and Target that I am unaware of?

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Response to sarisataka (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 02:20 PM

1. Just some shoppers mad they missed the big clearance sales yesterday at another location

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Response to sarisataka (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 02:38 PM

2. September 27, 1966: MLK--A riot is the language of the unheard


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Response to ramblin_dave (Reply #2)

Thu May 28, 2020, 03:02 PM

4. For language to be effective

You need to speak to the right people.

I'm not sure the right thing is being said to the right people.

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Response to ramblin_dave (Reply #2)

Thu May 28, 2020, 03:02 PM

5. I don't care what MLK said. No excuses for violent looting and burning.

They could have killed people. There were also several shootings. Do you think he would have supported that as well?

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Response to sarisataka (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 02:58 PM

3. Don't let a riot go to waste. There were also several shootings as well.

Some of those people drove there??

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Response to 58Sunliner (Reply #3)

Thu May 28, 2020, 09:50 PM

8. Apparently a lot of people -- I watched at like 2 am - 3 am last night and I couldn't believe the

amount of traffic. (Most of the streaming was at Lake & Hiwatha and Lake & Minnehaha and nearby), and I thought there's no way there's anywhere near that kind of traffic normally even in that major intersections area at 2 am and 3 am. (For people out of state: we haven't opened bars and restaurants yet, other than takeout only). So all I can figure is not only was most of that car traffic from protesters, but also from protesters who stayed there that late.

Some of those people drove there??


While I'm at it, MetroTransit has suspended ALL bus and light rail trips until Monday. Two exceptions: the shuttle between the two terminals of the airport and the Northstar commuter line.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/MetroTransitMN/posts/

Another aside: I had the illusion until this morning that last night's (Wednesday night's) rioting was just in the area of the 3rd Precinct near Lake & Hiawatha and Minnehaha. This makes clear it was in several places in both Minneapolis and St. Paul:

A list of the buildings damaged, looted in Minneapolis and St. Paul, 5/28/20
https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-news/a-list-of-the-buildings-damaged-looted-in-minneapolis-riots

Plenty more to add to the list from what I've seen on live video early this evening, and I have no illusion that the worst is over for tonight.

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Response to progree (Reply #8)

Sat May 30, 2020, 09:37 AM

9. It looked like people drove there to loot the place.

Looting and burning people out of their jobs and businesses, risking lives because it isn't yours and you don't live there. Especially during a pandemic.

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Response to sarisataka (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 03:38 PM

6. It's shameful to equate rioters and looters with peaceful and effective political action.

They are the anarchists of politics - grifters and thieves taking advantage of a bad situation.

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Response to SharonClark (Reply #6)

Thu May 28, 2020, 04:03 PM

7. In one thread the rioters and looters

Are separate outside agents, grifters and thieves taking advantage of a bad situation. or even Russians.

In the next thread people, in some cases the same posters, are saying it is the protesters lashing out after decades of oppression and legitimate frustration at the lack of change in an inherent racist system.

While they may be two distinct groups, there seems to be a non-zero overlap between them.

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