Day Two of the 2020 Philadelphia Riots are in the books, and naturally, it’s more of the same. Police vehicles were burned, businesses were looted and vandalized, and officers were injured. The city was not remotely prepared for these attacks, as it took the mayor nearly two days to realize, “Hey, the Ben Franklin Bridge leads right to Center City. Maybe we should shut it down?”
Jim Kenney finally made the decision Sunday afternoon, days after the Soros’ thugs arrived in town.
Looting and violence spread in Philadelphia Sunday as the fallout of protests over the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis continued.
The funniest part of this is seeing Antifa claim “No justice, no peace,” days after the officer involved in George Lloyd’s death was arrested and charged with murder. Sorry jackasses, but everyone gets their day in court.
In West Philadelphia Sunday, people broke the windshields of various police vehicles, setting one alight near the intersection of Market and N. 52nd streets. Firefighters also responded to a building fire near 52nd and Walnut streets, the same area where stores are being looted.
Responding officers used tear gas and fired non-lethal ammunition to disperse some of the crowd.
Sadly, no one used lethal force. Let me tell you about Sunday night…
We had seven detectives working, and in the first two hours, we handled a shooting, a stabbing, a carjacking, two robberies, and three commercial burglaries (lootings). The thugs were well aware more of the force was battling with other thugs in Center City, so they spread out to other neighborhoods for their crimes. We had massive amounts of looting in our division, multiple assaults on police, and overall lawlessness. Halfway through the tour, a street supervisor said – over the radio – that a business owner was unable to come to his looted business, so the patrol car should resume patrol.
And that’s when Philadelphia officially died.
The supervisor’s order started gaining traction to a point where the city – most likely the mayor – effectively said, “f**k it, it’s Thunderdome.” The police were, at least “unofficially,” going to ignore looting and allowing the terrorists to have space to destroy. Now, mind you, the order was not made verbally or in writing – how could it be? – but the city virtually told us to stand down.
A few hours later, we received a call that the store the supervisor said to abandon was on fire.
Shortly thereafter, we received an order that we were not to leave the building; allegedly for “our safety,” because the mobs were headed to our building. (As if we can’t handle ourselves among some thugs. I brought three mags with me, just in case.)
A half hour later, the divisional boss went over the air ordering our building be locked and secured, and the parking lot be closed to foot and vehicle traffic.
In the meantime, the a-holes were still shooting people, looting businesses, and setting cars and buildings ablaze. The problem there was all the businesses in Philly closed their doors – screwing me out of dinner – so the stores were ripe for the picking. Ironically, if the places were open, it would be less likely they’d get hit.
I have no idea how long these riots are going to last, but I am fairly sure today will be another day of anarchy. I have no confidence the department will do what’s necessary to stop these criminals, because they don’t want to pay the overtime, they don’t want the optics, but mostly because they do not have a plan.
Either way, these have been the most dangerous tours of my career.