The Post has a good story about one white kid who was arrested for his role in the rioting in Pittsburgh:
Police identified Brian Jordan Bartels, 20, of Allison Park, Pa., as having “kicked off” the escalation in Pittsburgh, one of several examples of peaceful assemblies against police violence creating opportunities for pandemonium. […]
In footage that spread widely online, a man identified as Bartels, who faces charges of vandalism and rioting, wore a bandanna emblazoned with the symbol of the Animal Liberation Front, a leaderless international resistance movement that pushes for animal rights. In the footage, he raised his middle fingers to black protesters who begged him to stop. At Bartels’s home in a Pittsburgh suburb, officers found spray paint and firearms, according to an arrest warrant reviewed by The Washington Post.[…] [A] friend, a 17-year-old who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she feared online harassment, said Bartels was militant about veganism but otherwise espouses views that do not fall neatly along ideological lines. Another teenager who moved in the city’s pop-punk scene with Bartels said Bartels loathed establishment forces, no matter their partisan makeup. But neither understood why Bartels would have smashed a police vehicle in broad daylight, as police accuse him of doing.
The story talks about a pattern seen in other cities (including my home town of Rochester) of white people with different agendas (right-wing, left-wing, whatever) using protests as an excuse to start chucking rocks and tagging.
Speaking of white, entitled idiots who want to leverage protests for their own ends, it was good to see that both the Post (expected) and the Times* (unexpected) front pages were clear that Trump had peaceful protesters tear gassed so he could have a photo op. Also, there was little discussion of his threat to call out the Army, but here’s my question on that: how, exactly, would that work? Do they just roll into states and cities that Trump thinks have a problem, no matter what the governor or mayors say? The answer is, simply, that it wouldn’t work, and Trump has no intention of calling out the Army — it was just something to say on the TeeVee, just like the bible was something to hold in a picture. (More on that from Jennifer Rubin.)
* The Times lead front-page headline “Trump threatens force; Police and Protesters are Injured” is still much worse than the Post’s “Protests intensify across US” because the story is the protesters, not Trump, who pretty much absented himself for a couple of days until his manhood was questioned, then lashed out. And, I’m guessing that far few police were injured than protesters. So it’s still a smelly Baquet of shit, as usual.