Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.

After the peaceful protests ended in many cities, the rioting began.

It wasn’t just graffiti and burning dumpsters. But it was also businesses, including many which had only just reopened their doors after weeks of being closed, by government order, in response to the coronavirus. 

Looters hit big chain stores and mom-and-pop storefronts, alike:

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) delivered an impassioned appeal to protesters Friday, saying more than half of business owners in the metro area are minorities.

“You’re not protesting anything running out with brown liquor in your hands and breaking windows in this city,” she said. “So when you burn down this city, you’re burning down our community.”

In Los Angeles, looters ran off with pricey sneakers from the boutique Flight Club after that city’s protests turned violent, according to media reports.

And in Seattle, there was the widely shared video on Twitter of a young woman walking down the sidewalk carrying an entire strawberry-topped cheesecake on a plate after a Cheesecake Factory was looted during protests.

In Minneapolis, the epicenter of the unrest, immigrant small business owners were reminded of the horrors they thought they had left behind:

Abdishakur Elmi sat in his car Friday watching flames rage from the building next door to his Hamdi Restaurant, which he opened after migrating from Somalia in 1996.

“I don’t see the government,” Elmi, 55, told the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t see the power.”

He noticed East Lake Street mainstays were looted, including a Nordic bakery and meat market. Elmi and his restaurant supplier, Mohammoud Abdi, told the Times the damage reminded them of their younger days in Somalia, where militants ruled.

“We don’t have law and order,” said Abdi, 47.

And it’s a weird time, indeed, when Dennis Rodman is a voice of calm and reason. Rodman implored those running amok to stop: “We’re human beings, not f**king animals.”

Image Credit: By Jamelle Bouie [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons