After reading the local newspaper and TV station accounts, and looking at social media, the consensus is that the order of events yesterday in Rochester was:
- There was a large, peaceful protest by BLM.
- A group of mainly white Antifa types started committing mayhem like smashing windows, tagging, turning over police cars, starting fires, etc. This happened mostly in the city center.
- Looting by mainly black looters spread out from the city center to poorer neighborhoods, targeting the retail stores in those areas.
While this was happening, there were false reports to police and on social media that far exceeded what rioters and looters were doing, such as the false report that rioters had let animals loose in the zoo.
Today BLM volunteers are helping city workers clean up.
The one thing that’s different from the stories I’ve seen from other cities is that police did not attack the press or peaceful protesters.
Is this the pattern in your city, if you had protests?
My sole observation at the moment is that we’re probably going to have a hell of a COVID-19 uptick in a couple of weeks.