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Several arrested after 3rd night of demonstrations in St Louis

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organizers said they were frustrated that a few people who have caused trouble at night could make it harder to spread their nonviolent message.State Rep. Bruce Franks, who has participated in the protests, said those who are violent and vandalizing "are not protesters," but a group separate from those marching in organized demonstrations.

Agent provocateurs?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_provocateur#United_States

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Not one sided. And it's not just about this story but the decades of institutional racism that has damaged the lives of blacks for too long. If racism did exist there would be no more protest then there would be from that Australia woman being killed by the Somali cop. This point proves that too many people believe that there is no such thing as racism. Even if this was a clean shoot like what happened in Ferguson there is the point of how blacks have been treated by the criminal system for too long.

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....If racism didn't exist....

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Just proves that people enjoy protesting

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yup, agent provocateurs in St. Louis, one of the most violent, crime-ridden cities in the U.S.

Just like the dude who stabbed a woman in the neck last week at Berkeley because she held up a sign in support of free speech. Must have been planted there by Ben Shapiro.

The left is not only violent, but delusional. A scary combination.

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Good people on either side of an issue start out with good intentions in their protest but always there is the low life forms who get scrapped up from the bottom of the construction porta potty and start in with the damage. When caught...why threaten them with a felony? Make it one.... What has happened to this fair country that idiots are allowed to turn a legal thing into a form of violence. Make the ones caught pay for ALL the damage and clean up costs in every instance and if they can't pay, put them on a jail party that does it for 13 cents an hour or what ever the pay is. Why should the taxpayer pay for these pure idiots?

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ironswordToday  03:57 pm JST

Just proves that people enjoy protesting

Just how de-humanized does a person have to imagine everyone who disagrees with them to be in order to believe that human beings, honest-to-goodness homo sapiens with thoughts and feelings and loved ones and everything, would rather spend an evening protesting police injustice against their community than an evening enjoying life?

Thoughtful people can disagree about if these people's grievances are worth protesting and are as serious as they seem, but to imagine they don't even really have grievances? To claim they're just out there for the fun of it? Wow. That's hateful on a level even beyond JT posters' usual dog-whistle racism.

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Just proves that people enjoy protesting

Yeah, I'm sure Bobby Sands and his fellow hunger strikers had a ball.

Or countless protesters across the world and throughout history who were fired on, attacked, murdered and sent to gulags.

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The facts as summarized in this case are troubling. However, I don't think any case involving a police shooting would rise to murder one. That requires premeditation. Premeditation implies prior knowledge and planning. A high speed police chase and comments uttered during the adrenaline filled excitement is not proof of premeditation. 

If the prosecutor wants a conviction or a hint of justice, be sure to use the appropriate charge. If you want headlines, charge them with murder but realize you will likely lose the case. A manslaughter charge would have likely obtained a conviction.

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The problem rests with the small groups of Violent people, and their actions probably don't help at all, other than to perhaps, in the minds of the Police, show how much violence that they (the Police) are having to face in that area, and therefore justify their actions ?

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yup, agent provocateurs in St. Louis, one of the most violent, crime-ridden cities in the U.S.

Just like the dude who stabbed a woman in the neck last week at Berkeley because she held up a sign in support of free speech. Must have been planted there by Ben Shapiro.

The left is not only violent, but delusional. A scary combination.

The problem with the radical looney left is, compromise and free speech are unacceptable to the leftists fascists, if they don't like what you say, you should be silenced.

Example...

https://youtu.be/C4WbYlO1eXI

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The problem with the radical looney left is, compromise and free speech are unacceptable to the leftists fascists, if they don't like what you say, you should be silenced.

And the outrage from right wingers over awards ceremonies, SNL, Colbert, the Julius Caesar play?

Threats of involving police/law agencies against posters who have said something deemed offensive by right wingers?

None of the right wingers have ever been on a protest; I'll wager. But absolutely fine in sneering at protests, demos etc.

Let's be honest; right wingers are perfectly capable of saying whatever offensive thing they like. And they do, on a daily basis. It's not the "left" who silence them; it's moderators doing what they're paid to do.

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This St Louis thing is not even protesting, its just vandalism. I watched a guy kick in the window to a nail salon for like 5 minutes then run away surrounded by people wearing masks. What does any of that have to do with what they are protesting?

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This St Louis thing is not even protesting, its just vandalism. I watched a guy kick in the window to a nail salon for like 5 minutes then run away surrounded by people wearing masks. What does any of that have to do with what they are protesting?

You've never been on a demo or a protest, I'm guessing? Your demographic - have they been oppressed? Discriminated against? Has your area been run into the ground? Has it suffered economic depravation? Ever been beaten by cops? Vandalism, looting, venting rage are all byproducts of emotive and passionate protest.

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Non violent protest is the only acceptable response. I don't care about your "feelings" that still doesn't give you the right to break stuff that doesn't belong to you.

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Toasted Heretic - Vandalism, looting, venting rage are all byproducts of emotive and passionate protest.

Vandalism and looting are all considered criminal activity. Violent criminal activity. You appear to be advocating for violence. Or maybe you are just trying to excuse the violence?

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