There should have been mass arrests in 2020, followed by trials, convictions and prison time, because of the BLM riots. The rioters wrecked, burned and looted 4,700 cities that summer. That doesn’t even include all the riots committed by the Democrats’ other domestic terrorist group that can’t be named.
The riots resulted in 18 deaths and $2 billion in property damage, including $350 million in Minneapolis alone. But instead of jail sentences, the BLM rioters are now getting payouts from the cities that arrested them.
In the earliest days of the riots—before the memo went out that they were not supposed to arrest the rioters—New York City police arrested many of the members of the domestic terror group. The city has just reached a class-action settlement with about 1,000 of those who were arrested. Under the settlement, the rioters will be paid $13 million—because they got arrested.
Each rioter will get a payout of around $9,950. Multiple other cities across the US are in the process of reaching their own settlements because they tried to protect private property and government buildings by arresting the rioters. The people arrested were throwing bricks, breaking windows, damaging buildings and setting fire. Now they’re getting paid.
The lawsuit, brought by the National Lawyers Guild, lists former New York Mayor “Pothead Bill” DeBlasio, retired NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea and other police officials as defendants. But Pothead Bill and Shea are not the ones who will be ponying up the $13 million to pay the rioters.
The National Lawyers Guild filed the suit in federal court in New York City, so the US taxpayers will end up footing the bill to pay for New York City arresting BLM rioters.
City attorneys defended the police officers’ actions, saying they were responding to unprecedented actions when they arrested the rioters. They pointed out that the protesters were throwing rocks and bottles at the cops and setting police vehicles on fire. The attorneys argued that there was no systematic program to stop people who were peacefully protesting, and that the cops only arrested the ones who were breaking the law.
Earlier this year, New York City awarded $10 million to BLM rioters who were arrested in the Bronx. The city’s comptroller says that another 600 individuals have filed solo lawsuits because of their arrests. Settlements in those cases have totaled more than $12 million, and there are many more cases to go.
The really gross thing about all of this is that New York City and other cities are just rolling over for the rioters. They’re settling out of court, instead of going to court and seeing whether a judge will rule that it’s okay to arrest a BLM terrorist for throwing rocks and setting police vehicles on fire. And the taxpayers end up paying for it.
Where’s the concern for the business owners who lost their livelihoods because BLM burned their stores down? Where’s the concern for the residents who had to cower in their homes in fear, and who were unable to go to work, because their city was burning?
Plus, this incentivizes future riots. Why wouldn’t you go riot and loot your local Target store if this is the end result? Even if you get arrested, you end up getting a $10K payout at the end of the process. When you pay the danegeld, you never get rid of the Dane.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors, the communist agitator who founded BLM, took millions of dollars that corporate America donated to her terror group and went on a real estate buying binge in Los Angeles County. She bought four high-end homes for $3.2 million in LA County. Then she bought another $6 million mansion for herself in secret. She even traveled to the Bahamas to check out luxury homes at a resort where Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods have homes.
The head of the New York City chapter of BLM noted, “It’s really sad because it makes people doubt the validity of the movement and overlook the fact that it’s the people that carry this movement.”
Welcome to America in the 2020s. Burn stuff down, injure cops, set things on fire, and then get a big payday for your terrorist actions.