Between May and June 2020, heroic PPD police officers, outnumbered, outmatched and with no support from local officials, battled the violent hateful BLM mobs rampaging through West Philly.
The racist mobs looted small businesses in the mostly black area, destroying lives and livelihoods, while assaulting police officers and anyone who tried to get in their way. Buildings were set on fire and mobs shrieking “Black Lives Matter” and other racist slogans hurled rocks, bricks and Molotov cocktails at officers who were risking their lives to stop the violence.
Some local residents who had enough also defied the rioting mobs and joined with a community group known as, “Take Back the Streets” to line up and stand in the way of the rioters.
“Shattered windows, burned clothes, businesses destroyed,” the Philadelphia Inquirer headlined its coverage of the aftermath. “In Philadelphia, residents couldn’t find the words and simply shook their heads as they stepped over piles of ash and peered into shattered windows.”
“‘I can’t stop walking or I’ll start crying,’ a woman told her daughter as they stepped over a scorched mannequin.”
The rioters had left behind graffiti taking credit for the attack and referencing the slogans of the BLM hate group, including, “I can’t breathe” and “Justice 4 Floyd” referring to George Floyd, a career criminal who had robbed a woman at gunpoint and whose drug overdose death while being restrained by police had been used to justify the latest round of race riots.
Now the payoff is coming, not for the small business owners, but for the rioting mobs.
New York City offered a record $6 million payout to “F___ the Police” protesters because while restraining them the NYPD officers “frequently failed to wear masks”, now Philly is offering another record $9.25 million payoff to the racist mobs in West Philly. Not to their victims.
“We hope this settlement will provide some healing from the harm experienced by people in their neighborhoods in West Philadelphia,” Mayor Jim Kenney, who has presided over record crime rates, said of the $9 million payoff snatched from the mouths of hungry children.
In 2014, the year before Kenney was elected, there were 248 murders in Philadelphia. In 2022, that number had more than doubled to 516. This year there have already been 92. In 2020, the year of the BLM pro-crime riots, murders shot up from 353 to 499. In 2021, they hit 562: the worst numbers in Philly history. That’s what real “harm” in West Philly looks like.
This $9 million payoff is based in part on a complaint that while police officers were ducking bricks and Molotov cocktails, they fired off tear gas which caused “difficulty breathing” and “mental trauma”.
The officers hit with bricks and explosive devices don’t get to sue for their “mental trauma”. And the small business owners and other civilians are entirely out of luck after suffering millions in losses and untold amounts of mental trauma at the hands of the rioting BLM mobs.
Nor do the more than 30 officers injured in the subsequent riots after they were banned from using rubber bullets and tear gas against the racist mobs trying to kill them. That included the 56-year-old female police sergeant hit by a black pickup truck leaving her with a broken leg.
Philly Democrats made it clear early on that there would be no justice after the riots. Soros DA Larry Krasner, whose pro-crime policies have been blamed for much of the city’s crime wave, announced that he would avoid prosecuting 80% of those arrested. Instead, they’d be routed through a pro-crime ‘restorative justice’ model in which the criminal offers some sort of apology and promises not to do it again. The rioters would then be referred to “education and job opportunities” before conveniently having their records expunged so they can do it again.
It was ultimately up to the feds to provide some accountability, indicting rioters like Derrick Weatherbe who filled shopping carts with looted goods before streaming himself trying to set the store on fire with a stolen lighter, doing the job that Krasner and Philly Dems refused to do.
The head of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce had protested that minority businesses targeted by the racist mobs felt abandoned. “There is no assurance from the city of protecting them. They seem to be more concerned with protecting the offenders.”
Now Philly isn’t just protecting them, it’s paying them.
$9.2 million divided evenly among 300 plaintiffs would amount to $30,000 a head. Meanwhile, small businesses which suffered hundreds of thousands worth of damages, often got nothing.
Philly Democrats are paying their base to riot.
In the aftermath, one store owner described how, “the parts of the floor that weren’t covered in glass and tossed clothing were flooded. Demonstrators had tried to light three fires inside the store.”
“I cried on the way down and tried to get it out then. And I go in and out of wanting to cry again.”
The message to police and business owners is that Philly Democrats will stand with the rioters, not with them.
“The Philadelphia Police Department did not simply harm and terrorize individual people exercising their right to protest,” Rachel Kleinman of the Legal Defense Fund, claimed. “It inflicted wanton violence and devastated a predominately Black community.”
The violence was inflicted by protesters on police.
As Councilwoman Jamie Gauthier, who is black and and an opponent of the police, wrote during the riots, “At first things appeared calm, but it quickly turned into a standoff, with protesters throwing bricks and other objects in the direction of the police. As protesters became more aggressive, police ratcheted up their aggression and intimidation”.
The fact is that the violence did not begin with the police. And the police heroically tried to get it under control. Instead of paying the cops, police-defunding Democrats are paying the rioters.
The New York City and Philly payoffs are part of a larger pattern of state-sponsored BLM violence. Wounded police officers and civilians have tried to sue BLM organizations and chapters in vain, but it may be time for them to sue the governments that have promoted, enabled and funded the race riots that took lives, wrecked neighborhoods and killed hope.
BLM has functioned as the contemporary equivalent of the KKK. Both BLM and the KKK were covert arms of local Democrat governments which used the violence to intimidate political opponents. Municipal governments have promoted BLM, undermined law enforcement efforts to stop the racist violence and offer record payoffs knowing that this will inspire future riots. It’s time for the small businesses devastated by government-backed riots to sue cities like Philly.
The riots won’t end until BLM’s state sponsors are held accountable for their crimes.
Spurwing Plover says
Snakes, Worms Fleas and Rats they sit higher then those Blood sucking Leaches(Trial Lawyers) who file these stupid lawsuits.
Algorithmic Analyst says
Worms do a lot of good to the soil. Plus the birds love to eat them 🙂
Algorithmic Analyst says
Reducing the cities to a primitive state similar to Africa before the colonial period.
Dana F Harbaugh says
Go to ChatGPT and query “self=feeding extortion loop”… it’s a form of a mafia-type protection racket, but used across the globe in cyber crimes that are designed to enslave the payees.
The Marxists have figured out how to create a similar extortion loop thru guilt-trips, online shaming and threats of urban violence.
And as we’ve learned, BLM and the DEI gestapo have snagged more than EIGHTY BILLION dollars from guilt-paralyzed corporate and deep state America.
Just think how much destruction in the name of “revolution” can be accomplished with so many permanent, yet easy, payment options.
Like Government Money going to Union Projects; the Money then gets donated to the Democrat Party.
Steven Kardas says
You see the leftist narrative is that the Police must take the abuse to right the wrongs of the past. They insist that the members of Law Enforcement of have an obligation to not resist in the slightest when attacked. Essential they are to be BLM punching bags so the rabble of miscreants can vent their righteous rage about racism. This payout continues to reinforce the official government policy that Black Folks are completely uncountable for their behaviour no matter what they do and the rest of us just have to put up with it.
Steve Chavez says
ISN’T THAT INCOME from a job and must be reported to the IRS, to EBT, to unemployment, to housing OR ARE THEY COMMITTING TAX EVASION?
THAT, COMRADES, IS HOW YOU GET THEM LEGALLY! Did the city, employers, get signed W-9’s to then send them 1099’s that are filed with the IRS? Anyone who doesn’t report that income, is flagged. A letter will be sent soon.
Maybe now that there is going to be 86,000 new IRS agents, they can look into the tens of thousands of these peaceful protesters and their unreported income. Are they going to get a pass due to their (D)?
REMEMBER THE MOVIE, “THE FIRM.” Mitch McDear caught his firm cheating and over-billing. The FBI agent wanted The Firm for mafia ties. In the end, McDear details records that The Firm committed MAIL FRAUD. “Twenty Years per infraction. Doesn’t have teeth but it’s more than what you had.” BOOM! Everyone is going after THE MOBS, but doesn’t see that there is a LEGAL WAY TO GET THEM!
FOLLOW THE MONEY and I guarantee it will lead to Soros & Obama Inc.! Obama IS a Black Supremacist and started it all under the direction of Rev. Wright and his BLACK Liberation Theology!
Steve Chavez says
DON’T FORGET that Oprah and Michelle sat in those pews too. Notice how Oprah, A BLACK SUPREMACITS, got the scoop by interviewing another Black Supremacist, Meghan Markle, who went after the WHITE Royals. Oprah only did so knowing that Markle was going to go after WHITES. The Feud Continues.
NOW THE BLACK SUPREMACIST MOVEMENT is going after anything White and openly saying it. They don’t allow WHITE’S in meetings. Blacks Only Student Unions and Dorms. Blacks only Graduations. Any Black Conservative is “The Blackface of White Supremacy.” White-guilt! White lash! Even me, “The Brown Face of White Supremacy!”
AND THEY GET AWAY WITH IT! IMAGINE IF WE SAID THE SAME AGAINST BLACKS! OH GOLLY!
Steve Chavez says
HERE IT IS AND SAID OPENLY!
People of color “need to get away from white people and have some community with each other,” according to White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo, who lauded racially segregated “spaces” during a discussion about promoting “racial justice.”
WHAT IF SOMEONE SAID ON NATIONAL TV: “White People need to get away from Black People and have some community with each other.”
THIS WAS IN A FORUM OF DEI so I guess Whites, MAGAS, pro-lifers, Christians, even Jews, are not part of the DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION? THREE IN THE PANEL WERE WHITES. LOL!
Philadelphia is a huge Democrat city where 110% voter turnout and 109.9% for whatever Democrat is running is normal. You would think after all this mayhem the residents of Philadelphia might even consider a Republican.
Nope- the Democrats currently in control will win re-election by a landslide. The citizens have spoken and are getting exactly what they voted for.
Steve Chavez says
It’s hard to beat people who throw FREE money out of airplanes.
DEMOCRAT CAMPAIGN SLOGAN: “Free Free Free but you must Vote for Me Me Me!” sc
“Democrats are addicting everyone to FREEBIES, as addictive as Heroin, so when we ALL become JUNKIES, we have to Vote for them in order TO GET OUR FIX!” sc
How disgusting. A real “Pay to Pillage” plan. As about all economists ever have pointed out, you get more of what you subsidize.
As far as I can determine, BLM campaigns, marches, slogans, riots, setting fires, vandalism and looting hasn’t saved one single black life. If I’m wrong, please you BLMers show me and everyone here all the black lives you have saved.
As soon as you get those millions please start making a list of all the black lives saved with each dollar. And BTW: List all the black and white lives lost or ruined during that peaceful BLM demonstration.
Robert McClain says
What is the difference between East Berlin and West Philadelphia? The former could build a wall to keep people from escaping. In the end, not even a wall could prevent Communism’s demise. Communitarianism is the latest brainstorm by Reds who must staunch the outmigration of city residents. This includes incorporating the surrounding suburbs into a city’s taxable base. Naturally, the suburbs want nothing to do with that idea. Also naturally, that leads “intellectuals” to accuse the suburbs of racism, sexism, white supremacy, and greed.
Cities, in general, are oh so 20th Century. We don’t need them, and in fact, many suburbanites rarely brave the Sure-kill Expressway even to attend a Phillies/Eagles/Flyers game. Let the zombies have the cities and make additional movies about it, say the Walking Dead II, III, IV, and V.
Justin Swingle says
Referencing the Wright and DeLisi report, Dr. Williams comments on another reality: that the rate of black homicide and armed robbery as well as other violent crimes are as is as much as 15–30 times more than whites, for example, and he points out the silliness of criminologists’ claims that mass incarceration rather than criminality has decimated the black community.
Walter Sieruk says
This is horrendous evil and madness. It seems that America is starting to break down. That’s just what those destructive violent vicious Marxist subversives of BLM want. We the American people must not let them succeed in fulfilling in their deluded demonic despicable scheme.
Walter Sieruk says
The evil unreasoning lawless violent and destructive man and woman of the hate-filled Communists entity BLM along with their wicked horrible male and female deluded irrational illogical Marxist comrades of Antifa.
Which both groups that have malicious members full horrendously terribly ludicrous and unsound ways of thinking.
They are all a strong reflection of the Bible verse of Ecclesiastes 9::3. Which reads “The hearts of people are full of evil and their is madness in their heats while they live , and afterwards they join the dead.” [N.I.V.]