Body found in rubble of pawn shop that was torched in riots: “We’re gonna burn this [expletive] down.” 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN –A body was found today in what was a pawn shop which was burned down in an arson during the riots in Minnesota. 

The body, who appears to be a man, was located after police went through the rubble of Max It Pawn on East Lake St.  A spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department, John Elder, advised that the body had what appeared as “thermal injuries.” 

As Minneapolis homicide detectives work the case with arson investigators, attention is being paid to the person who was arrested for setting that fire, Montez Lee. 

Fox News reports in June that the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Agency had gone through video footage of when the pawn shop was set on fire.  Several people are seen on video looting the business when Lee is seen pouring a liquid from a metal container throughout the store. 

Shortly afterward, Lee is seen outside of the store which is on fire with his fist in the air as he says:

“[Expletive] this place.  We’re gonna burn this [expletive] down.” 

Police were able to identify Lee after seeing his tattoos on video.  The pawn shop is near the Third Precinct substation where protests and riots began after the murder of George Floyd. 

The Third Precinct is an area where rioters targeted shortly after the arrests of the officers involved in the killing of Floyd.  As the building was being attacked, the City of Minneapolis released the following tweet:

“We’re hearing unconfirmed reports that gas line to the Third Precinct have been cut and other explosive materials are in the building.  If you are near the building, for your safety, PLEASE RETREAT in the event the building explodes.” 

As the rioters breached the building and began to set it on fire, officers were evacuated by helicopter off of the roof after order to by the Mayor. 

The building and the equipment inside suffered catastrophic damage as a result of the criminal acts of the rioters.  Officials estimate that it will cost roughly $10 million to rebuild just the building. 

To replace all of the equipment inside, to include 911 systems, will cost almost an additional million, not counting the overtime costs for the police department employees. 

President Trump expressed his frustration as the riots were happening on twitter by saying:

“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. 

At total lack of leadership.  Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right. 

These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen.  Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way.  Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.  Thank you!”

The Democratic Governor, Tim Walz, advised that roughly 1,500 businesses were damaged, destroyed, or looted.  As a result, he requested that President Trump declare a major disaster and provide $16 million in federal funds to cover repairs of the damage caused by the riots. 

President Trump denied the request, perhaps because of the political leaders in that state allowing the riots to continue for the length of time that they did.  President Trump had urgently called on Governors to activate their National Guard units and they outright refused, probably because they were afraid of offended the criminals.

Rioting and destroying property are poor ways to voice displeasure of any given situation.  For those that are directly affected by the damage and violence, any underlying message will be drown out by the money they have to spend to rebuild their lives or the funeral or medical expenses they have to pay. 

For at least one family, there is a loved one that will never make it home because they were most likely hiding in that pawn shop away from the looters and the violence.  Unfortunately, he never made it out.

Minnesota Governor asks President Trump – and all of America – to help pay the state’s rioting bills

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – On May 25, 2020, 46-year-old George Floyd was arrested in Minneapolis on suspicion of passing a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill. He resisted arrest and died in police custody.

The riots that have ensued since that time have been devastating to our cities and our economy, as if it wasn’t already hit hard enough by the pandemic. 

Weak leaders refused to step in and allow the police to put an end to the violence, and now they’re seeing the financial damage the destruction has done.

What’s more, some are asking for federal funding to assist. Notably, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has asked President Trump for a disaster declaration, and for financial assistance with the near $500 million in damages done.

Floyd had a long criminal record, including multiple drug convictions and the armed robbery of a pregnant black woman in a home invasion. The officers involved were terminated the following day without benefit of due process. Later on the same day, riots ensued in Minneapolis and other cities.

On May 27, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey made an appearance on The Chad Hartman Show, a local radio news talk program.

He said:

“Would Floyd still be alive if we were white? I believe that the answer is yes.”

According to Frey, Floyd’s death spoke to 400 years of unfairness and inequity faced by African Americans.

In a televised press conference, Frey said:

“Being black in America should not be a death sentence.”

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz calmly stated that “to those who are afraid, I not only see you, I hear you, and I stand with you. We will get answers. We will seek justice. George Floyd didn’t deserve to die, but George Floyd does deserve justice.”

Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan was more passionate. She said that “we,” meaning the government, “will seek justice.”

She added, however, that they can never return to normal, because “normal” means that “black and brown bodies are not safe.”

Frey clearly implied that Floyd’s death was due to racism, not poor police practice, overzealousness, or any other cause. Flanagan also emphasized racism as the cause of Floyd’s death. Walz was equivocal in his statement, which was worded in a way that could be interpreted as support for protests or caution against rioting.

All three of these officials provided tacit approval to varying degrees of the premise that racism played a causative role in Floyd’s death.

Keep in mind that all of this occurred prior to the completion of an investigation or review of evidence.

Instead, public release of the video of Floyd’s death by seventeen-year-old Darnella Frazier allowed premature conclusions to be drawn, guilt to be assessed, and punishment determined by the public, not law enforcement.

It was an extra-judicial process that was said to be stage-managed by interested parties such as the Marxist group Black Lives Matter and the domestic terror group Antifa. State and local officials who lacked the resolve to resist public opinion encouraged the protests and riots that followed by doing nothing or by vocally supporting the protesters.

Now, those same public officials are asking for up to $500 million in federal funds in disaster relief.

There is no question that the riots in Minneapolis and other major cities around the United States have been disasters to the concerned communities. The question is whether the federal government should pay to clean up the mess.

President Trump, frustrated by inaction on the part of city officials, encouraged governors to call in the National Guard to quell unrest. To his credit, Governor Walz heeded the president’s advice, and called in the National Guard, though it was several days after the majority of the damage had been done.

Other governors did not call in the Guard, and some of those are still experiencing dangerous protests as this is written, over a month after the protests began.

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Minneapolis mayor Frey and other officials encouraged protesters by validating the idea that racism killed Floyd. They also validated the idea that the police department in Minneapolis and nationwide was rife with systemic racism.

Both of these positions are reckless and antithetical to what is known of “systemic racism” a characteristic so difficult to find that it is either so well-disguised it is invisible or it doesn’t exist. They are also reckless regarding the circumstances of Floyd’s death, which hadn’t been investigated at the time the statements were made.

It is possible that local and state officials in Minnesota and other states contributed to the riots by first encouraging the people involved, then by not doing anything to stop them, and third, by ceding territory, such as Minneapolis’ third precinct house, which burned to the ground.

The result is widespread and expensive destruction across the country. If that is the case, why should the federal government bail out cities for their own mismanagement? The riots didn’t “just happen,” like a tornado or hurricane, well outside of human control.

The riots were controlled exclusively by humans, at least some of whom held positions of responsibility and had the authority to put measures in place to stop the riots and mitigate the harm.

More to the point, the riots were criminal acts, in some cases aided and abetted by city officials, such as Seattle’s mayor Jenny Durkan, who only ordered rioters removed from the illegally occupied “CHOP zone” after several murders in the area and demonstrators approached her own home, several weeks after the occupation began.

By waiting as long as she did to restore order, damage was compounded daily as private and public structures were vandalized and looted, residents and shopkeepers were prevented from utilizing their property, public services were reduced to an unsatisfactory minimum, and resources were diverted from residents who needed them.

Who normally pays for damages resulting from criminal acts? Insurance and/or the criminals themselves.

In this case, thanks to a windfall of donations to BLM and other so-called “social justice” groups, it is possible to make significant recoveries from many of the primary motivators behind the protests and riots.

Hundreds of millions of dollars from private and corporate donors across America have already been transferred to the accounts of groups involved in the protests as of June 14, 2020 (Goldmacher, 2020).

Would it be too much to ask that they too contribute to a good cause?

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Author: Chris Elliot