For whatever reason, the first day of May has become a day of rioting in Seattle. Oh, it’s not a group riot. It’s a select collection of knuckleheads who are made up of locals and troubled kids from other cities, who use the march to support workers (big in communist countries, mind you) to break windows and vandalize downtown businesses.
Last year, it was if our police force was caught off guard, as mask and hood wearing vandals would do their damage and then duck back into the crowd. To them, this is just a big game and a way to punish the successful. The second any of them were arrested, they’d start screaming “police brutality.”
By the way, quick side-note. Do you really think that the stores paid for all the damage caused by vandals? Muck like graffiti and shoplifting, it’s the rest of us that pay. The stores merely increase prices to cover whatever insurance doesn’t cover. Just sayin’….
So, back to “What to do about the cowards who cause the damage on May Day?” Again, it’s not a large number, so here’s my plan:
Set up phony video crews, like TV news teams–a reporter, a camera guy-complete with call letters and have them video-taping away so you capture high-quality video of the destruction.
Next, set up a swat team of paint guy snipers, who shoot anyone who throws a brick through a window or smashes a car windshield is marked….so when police arrest them and they deny being the vandal, we have video proof.
Do that a couple of years and watch the event return to just a march instead of a license to loot.
Better ideas welcome. But just standing by and protecting the right to riot doesn’t work.
Thank you for posting this. I am fed up with the annual riot-in-Seattle May Day and want to see it prevented, but as you have outlined, the roots of the rioting are difficult to pull out.