Crime pays as NYC DAs drop most post-death-of-George Floyd looting and rioting charges

North Michigan Avenue in Chicago last summer after rioting

By John Ruberry

A bit more than a year ago most large American cities were struck by widespread rioting and looting after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. 

Of course for the most part the rioting was termed “unrest” by the mainstream media. In case you think reporters forgot what the word “riot” means, the “R” word was front in center in January news coverage after a pro-Donald Trump mob stormed the US Capitol. 

Local television reporters across the country–who are generally more credible than their dead-tree media counterparts–brought viewers many scenes of unmasked people emptying out stores. Some of the looters even posted their crimes on social media.

Were these outrages open-and-shut case for prosecutors? Yes, but not in the way you think. 

From NBC New York:

NYPD data reviewed by the NBC New York I-Team shows 118 arrests were made in the Bronx during the worst of the looting in early June. 

Since then, the NYPD says the Bronx DA and the courts have dismissed most of those cases – 73 in all. Eighteen cases remain open and there have been 19 convictions for mostly lesser counts like trespassing, counts which carry no jail time. 

Jessica Betancourt owns an eyeglass shop that was looted and destroyed along Burnside Avenue in the Bronx last June.

Those numbers, to be honest with you, is [sic] disgusting,” Betancourt said when told of the few cases being prosecuted.

According to the NBC New York, prosecutors are claiming that there is a backlog of cases because of the COVID-19 epidemic. “If they are so overworked that they can’t handle the mission that they’re hired for, then maybe they should find another line of work,” says former NYPD Chief of Patrol Wilbur Chapman.  True, that.

There is a similar pattern of prosecutorial malpractice in Manhattan too. The DA in Manhattan is Cyrus Vance Jr, the leftist zealot who is on a Captain Ahab-like quest to charge Donald Trump with crimes.

The primary focus of any prosecutor should be to protect the public. But are prosecutors subject to the “CSI Effect” that plagues trials? That is, short of videotaped confessions of criminals, there is always room for a scintilla of doubt–because cases laid out perfectly when presented in a television drama.

Maybe. But instead I suspect there is an even worse possibility.

During the rioting last summer in Chicago I watched live coverage on WGN-TV of a couple of women calmly loading their car with what must have been looted goods. The license plate of their car was readable. Locating the criminals should have been quite easy. I wonder if Cook County’s state’s attorney, the woke Kim Foxx who of course dropped the hoax charges against Jussie Smollett–since reinstated with a special prosecutor in charge–botherered to investigate those two looters?

Yes, I had to bring up Smollett. As a black man and a gay man–that’s a two-fer–the former Empire actor is automatically a double-victim. And since many of the looters were minorities, they are victims too. Not of course the owners of stores that were looted last year even though many of those shop owners were minorities too. The criminals are the victims here, it’s not the other way around. If this quasi-reasoning makes sense to you then I recommend that you watch less CNN and MSNBC–and cancel your subscription to The Atlantic.

Some in the dead-tree media have called these riots and outbreaks of looting an uprising. Here and here, for instance. Meanwhile, the investigation of the attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters, which The Media Elect is calling either a riot or an insurrection–is being aggressively pursued by federal prosecutors, and the allegd perpetatrors are being charged with low-level crimes such as tresspassing. Yes, they should be prosecuted. But to call the Capitol Riot, in the words some federal prosecutors, an “existential threat” to the republic is a gross exaggeration. And some of those alleged rioters are being held in solitary confinement in Gitmo-like conditions, including the moron who put his on Nancy Pelosi’s desk and the so-called QAnon Shaman. Yeah, I get it, the feds have jurisdiction over the Capitol attack, not New York or Chicago prosecutors. But the message to the public should be clear here.

Then there is Antifa, which for weeks was violently attacking nearly every night the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon. Where is the dogged federal investigation of those riots? 

But I fear some in prosecutorial circles sympathize with Antifa, as I strongly suspect they do in regards to the George Floyd “uprising.”

It seems that prosecutors are taking sides. And that in the right circumstances crime pays well for the criminals. 

But civil society cannot survive such a mindset. 

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

The Coming Outbreak of Jeffrey Epstein Disease in Philly, Detroit, Milwaukee, Atlanta & Las Vegas

Nicky Santoro: [voice-over] So the day of the arraignment they had this meeting right at the back of the courthouse. See when something like this happens you know how things are going to work out. It’s always better with no witnesses. So what about Andy?

Vinny Forlano: He won’t talk. Stone is a good kid. Stand-up guy, just like his old man. That’s the way I see it.

Vincent Borelli: I agree. He’s solid. A fuckin’ Marine.

Americo Capelli: He’s okay. He always was. Remo, what do you think?

Remo Gaggi: Look… why take a chance? At least, that’s the way I feel about it.

Casino 1995

Yesterday I mentioned that the Democrat bosses who decided to go all in on election fraud would not stop at murder to keep from being exposed.

While I was referring to the use of Antifa thugs I think there is a second, no less fatal outcome that will be playing out.

Consider this scene from the Movie Casino:

Here is the key text of that exchange in case the clip gets pulled

Ace Rothstein: Four reels, sevens across on three $15,000 jackpots. Do you have any idea what the odds are?

Don Ward: Shoot, it’s gotta be in the millions, maybe more.

Ace Rothstein: Three fuckin’ jackpots in 20 minutes? Why didn’t you pull the machines? Why didn’t you call me?

Don Ward: Well, it happened so quick, 3 guys won; I didn’t have a chance…

Ace Rothstein: [interrupts] You didn’t see the scam? You didn’t see what was going on?

Don Ward: Well, there’s no way to determine that…

Ace Rothstein: Yes there is! An infallible way, they won!

Don Ward: Well, it’s a casino! People gotta win sometimes.

Ace Rothstein: [grows more irritated] Ward, you’re pissing me off. Now you’re insulting my intelligence; what you think I am, a fuckin’ idiot? You know goddamn well that someone had to get into those machines and set those fuckin’ reels. The probability of one four-reel machine is a million and a half to one; the probability of three machines in a row; it’s in the billions! It cannot happen, would not happen, you fuckin’ momo! What’s the matter with you? Didn’t you see you were being set up on the second win?

And this tweet from Scott Adams

There is a reason why Twitter and Facebook and other platforms are in full censorship mode on stuff like benfords law or why a bbc story on how to spot election fraud is accessible by archive today , it’s because Joe Biden #magicballotsTM business is easily understandable by the avg person. And if you think they’re scared now wait till the president starts going on the road to make his case to the American People while presenting his case to the courts.

And now we’re seeing both Rudy and Trump state that they have whistleblowers lined up to talk. Combined with the statistical evidence and and all else they have a good shot, not a great shot of winning at the state level in court but a much better chance at convincing the legislators which is the 2nd path.

But either way there is a problem. No matter what happens with the case a lot of scrutiny is being brought onto the existing fraud that has been going on for years and such stuff can’t stand that kind of thing.

And that becomes a problem for the bosses, because it’s not like they were bringing in the ballots or filling them out themselves. There are a lot of grunts who did the leg work involved here and all of those grunts are potential witnesses to federal offenses.

And that means they are a danger to the bosses. Cue Casino

Now do a expect a bunch of bullet ridden bodies all over the place? Nope (maybe one or two who live in gang area who are “unexpectedly” caught in gang crossfire.

But I DO expect a sudden outbreak of what I call “Jeffrey Epstein disease”. I expect to see “accidents”. I expect to see “suicides”. And I expect to see people unfortunately succumb to the Covid virus all of ordinary people who might seem insignificant but who upon investigation turn out to have had potential knowledge of what went down.

There’s actually two ironies here:

  1. These people are not in danger from the millions of very heavily armed Trump voters disgusted by their stealing of a federal election, but by their political and financial friends on whose behalf they stole it.
  2. The people who are actually safest are the current whistle-blowers and any future ones who come forward in the next couple of weeks because they will have the protection of the POTUS and if there is one bit of optics that the left media DOESN’T want it’s people who have gone under oath concerning the magic ballots & election fraud getting killed.

Even the most dense leftist in denial would understand what that means.