On Monday, reporters berated Brooklyn Center, Minnesota Police Chief Tim Gannon for using the term “riot” to describe the violence that took place Sunday night after the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright by a veteran police officer. They complained he used the word riot even though Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington reported that twenty businesses were broken into at the city’s Shingle Creek shopping center.
We reported that after news reports of the shooting were viewed, along with videos posted on social media of the incident, violence broke out in the Minneapolis suburb, and then Chief Gannon released body camera footage of the event and suggested that the shooting was a tragic mistake by the officer who thought she was grabbing her Taser but by mistake grabbed her firearm. After Wright broke free from the officer trying to cuff him and jumped back in his car to attempt to drive away, the other officer thought she was firing a Taser but instead shot Wright as he tried to drive off in his car.
It’s crazy that the media was shocked that Gannon referred to the violence as a riot when they weren’t there when protesters outside the BCPD building grew violent and numerous rioters began throwing frozen sodas, rocks, bricks, and other objects at police officers. It was like they had the blunt objects-turned-weapons ready to go for the next uprising.
The reporters got triggered during Monday’s press conference in the way Gannon described the things he witnessed overnight.
“What was your decision to issue a dispersal order while they were peacefully protesting in front of the police station?” one reporter asked also later citing that “CO2 canisters and gas,” were used.
“Just so that everybody’s clear, I was front and center at the protest, at the riot,” Gannon started out.
“Don’t do that,” one reporter interrupted.
“There was no riot,” another pushed back.
“It was,” Gannon shot back, standing his ground. “The officers that were putting themselves in harm’s way were being pelted with frozen cans of pop, they were being pelted with concrete blocks. And yes, we had our helmets on and we had other protection and gear but an officer was injured, hit in the head with a brick … so we had to make decisions. We had to disperse the crowd because we cannot allow our officers to be harmed.”
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Gannon: "I was front and center… at the riot."
Reporter: "There was no riot."
Gannon: "There was… the officers that were putting themselves in harm's way were being pelted with frozen cans of pop, they were being pelted with concrete blocks." pic.twitter.com/aM5rfjYpxx
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 12, 2021
Can you imagine just ten years ago watching reporters argue with a police chief about the definition of a riot? They were not there to report the news; they were there to push the same old narrative that a white cop shot and killed an unarmed black man just to murder him. Some of these clowns even likened the incident to what happened to George Floyd. This incident had absolutely nothing whatsoever in common with the Floyd incident in Minneapolis. But that will not stop these activists who claim to be reporters from spreading misinformation to fit their narrative.
Some in the press appeared to be upset that was an accident. They wanted blood on the streets. Do you doubt me? Just look at the headlines over the Derrick Chauvin trial. The headlines are straight out of the prosecutor’s mouth without anything whatsoever being reported about the cross-examination of witnesses. That’s where the real story lies, but our media is no longer interested in reporting. The prosecution’s case is falling apart and the Defense team hasn’t even started their defense yet.
The press has an agenda to fulfill. They want more riots. They want more city property destruction. The media want to set up a scenario where people think that no matter what it’s a slam dunk; the police killed Floyd, and the only way that Chauvin would be acquitted would be because of systemic American racism. They were hoping the Wright shooting would be able to support their lying narrative and when it didn’t they got angry.
Last year, after George Floyd died while in Minneapolis police custody, NBC reportedly told its journalists to only refer to unrest in Minnesota as “protests” and never “riots.”
MSNBC host and “Today” co-anchor Craig Melvin shed some light on how the network was framing its reporting at the time.
“This will guide our reporting in MN,” he tweeted. “‘While the situation on the ground in Minneapolis is fluid, and there has been violence, it is most accurate at this time to describe what is happening there as ‘protests’ — not riots.'”
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However, in the aftermath of the riots they called protests, the city was destroyed. Businesses were left in rubble. Innocent People’s lives were destroyed, and these reprobates pushed the narrative that nothing but peaceful protests took place. It became one of the biggest gaslighting operations I’ve ever seen as about 99 percent of the media followed that narrative even during some reports of fires going on behind the reporter; it was still reported as mostly peaceful.
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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