In this day and age, any officer-involved shooting is likely to spark a riot. The media has gotten everyone so conditioned to the idea that police are simply gunning down folks for fun that they don’t bother to get any facts before deciding to burn everything to the ground.
We’ve seen this time and time again.
Unfortunately, we also saw it again last night.
Angry crowds took to the streets in West Philadelphia overnight after police shot and killed a man armed with a knife Monday, with some in the crowds throwing rocks and bricks at police and some looting or vandalizing businesses.
At least 30 police officers were hurt, police said. One was hospitalized, a 56-year-old sergeant who was struck by a pickup truck at 52nd and Walnut streets early Tuesday. Her leg was broken, among other injuries, police said.
All the officers, except for the one struck by the truck, had been treated and released as of early Tuesday.
The violence followed protests in response to the death of Walter Wallace, a Black man who police shot and killed Monday in the city’s Cobbs Creek neighborhood.
Police said several stores were looted, including several Rite Aid stores in West Philadelphia, clothing and shoe stores and at least one restaurant. They could also be seen trying to break into a check cashing store and going in and out of a beauty supply store.
In other words, it was a significant riot.
I mean, if 30 police officers are injured, I’m going to say it’s a big thing.
Here are screenshots taken this morning after I actively looked for Philadelphia on their sites. First, CNN:
Note the time and date. Plenty of time for CNN to have filed some kind of report on their website.
CNN isn’t the only one to ignore the riot, though. MSNBC did as well.
Both sites were sorted by date, meaning any recent news should have been at the top. Instead, there’s nothing. This is despite 30 law enforcement officers being injured in the line of duty during civil unrest over the killing of an armed suspect.
Now, I get that Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed and sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice, but these sites have the capability to cover more than one story at a time. So why the silence on the riot?
Of course, both networks are known to lean fairly leftward, to put it mildly, and riots don’t play well with many Americans. It tends to push them toward GOP candidates. With the election just days away now, it wouldn’t be difficult to imagine these networks trying to downplay any such unrest lest it benefit Republicans.
Then again, they might just suck at their jobs.
Either way, unrest in Philadelphia that can only be described as a riot happened, but if you stick with most mainstream media outlets, you’re probably going to miss it. Kind of makes you wonder what else they’ve failed to report on in recent weeks, doesn’t it? Does the name “Hunter Biden” mean anything to anyone?