On the second night of the Charlotte, North Carolina protests, the participants rapidly dissolved into rioters, smashing up businesses, beating up white bystanders, and hurling objects at police who were trying to protect private property. In one case, a guy was stripped and brutally beaten in a parking garage, and in another, a TV reporter and photographer were assaulted and the photographer nearly set on fire. The violence even shocked some of the protesters.
And now we know why.
In a video interview by CNN — but apparently shoved under the rug — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Todd Walther spoke to anchor Erin Burnett and revealed who most of the protesters are and where they're coming from.
Walther explained, "I still say that this is not Charlotte that's out here. These are outside entities that are coming in and causing these problems. These are not protesters; they are criminals. Protesters fight for a cause. They sit down and discuss it. These are protesters that commit crime. They're criminal. They're out here for a different purpose. They're not here to resolve issues and resolve problems. They're out here for their own good."
"So you're saying that all the people on the streets are not from Charlotte?" Burnett asked.
"I'm not saying all the people, but we've got the instigators who are coming in from the outside," Walther replied. "You've heard reports, even last night, they were coming in from buses from out of state. If you go back and look at some of the arrests that were made last night, I can about say that probably 70% of those had out-of-state IDs. They're not coming from Charlotte."
Many conservative commentators have expressed beliefs that protesters are being shipped in by George Soros-funded Black Lives Matter to cause chaos, like in Ferguson, Missouri, and this report certainly doesn't dispel that.
It certainly supports conservative talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh's claim that "Obama and Hillary want these riots." And Soros, too, who has donated millions to Hillary Clinton's campaign. It certainly suggests that there's truth behind the idea that the anger over police shootings of black people is simply being used as a vehicle to incite massive protests and all-out riots to advance a political agenda.
What do you think?