Oklahoma is done putting up with the lawlessness and riots and have told allegedly violent protestors not to mess around because ‘This is not Seattle.’
Despite Seattle’s own Mayor calling their riots the “summer of love,” Oklahoma prosecutors have charged three more violent protestors who have participated in demonstrations that were “triggered” by the killing of George Floyd. The terrorism and store looting “justified” in the name of George Floyd has gone too far and many cities are starting to fight back.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater has charged a 18-year-old, 21-year-old, and 26-year-old with terrorism after they burned down a Sheriff’s office van and attempting to burn a nearby bail bonds office. The 18-year-old, Malachai Davis, was in a Facebook video with brass knuckles outside a bail bond business and trying to break the windows. The 21-year-old, Antonio Ortiz, was accused of burning the sheriff’s van May 30 along with a crowd of individuals also attempting to burn the bail bonds business. The 26-year-old, Christopher Ruffin, had recorded the burning van on Facebook Live and is quoted saying that every single one of those that kill black people need to die.
Prater says he hopes the charges will deter future violent protests. “This is not Seattle. We’re not putting up with lawlessness here,” Prater said.
Prater’s reference is to the six block autonomous zone known as the “capital hill autonomous zone” established by protesters on June 8 related to George Floyd’s death. The violence plagued by the zone are not as “peaceful” as they once were. There is little police presence in the protest zone and the impact it has had on businesses and residents are catastrophic.
Those charged by Oklahoma’s Attorney David Prater could face years in prison if convicted. Numerous officers have also identified many protesters from social media videos and have charged them with assault and battery upon an officer. The videos from Facebook have shown protesters throwing rocks at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, shoving police officers, and interfering with sergeants who were trying to take homicide witnesses into police headquarters for an interview.
Prater’s get-tough approach will hopefully defer others from going too far during protests in the future but who’s to say where Oklahoma Socialists will point the finger next. The “movements” have played it safe and smart rioting in cities with Democratic Mayors, but rioting in Oklahoma City and attacking the police station there? Not a smart move…