Littwin: Tear gas, anger and confusion on the streets of Denver, finger pointing in the Capitol

“In a real sense our nation’s summers of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay,” MLK said in 1967.

Let’s start with the obvious. People around the nation have gathered in protest of George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police — thousands were at the state Capitol on Saturday, many of them lying together on the lawn, chanting “I can’t breathe” — and that the protests, mostly peaceful by day, have often gotten out of control by night.

Early on Saturday, Mayor Michael Hancock called for a strict 8 p.m. curfew. No one seems to be able to remember the last time Denver had a curfew. This is not Minneapolis. The city isn’t burning, but a dumpster fire was. And the cops were battling with protesters late into the night after a level of vandalism that shocked the city. 

My view is from in front of the computer, on social media, and the view, even through the tear gas clouds, was devastating.

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  1. Hey Mike:

    I wonder if you lefty liberals, CNN, Jesse Jackson, Reverend Al Sharpton, famous athletes and celebrities, etc., etc., will attend the funeral for retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn?, who died this past week while trying to protect his city from looters. I am sure the death of this law enforcement officer won’t mean much to those of you who hate and blame the police for everything. 🤔. #BLUELIVESMATTER

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