14 arrested after protests turn chaotic in Raleigh

After three months of social unrest that has often devolved into violent riots in major cities, those who encouraged it should now be realizing that rampant lawlessness is not playing to the Democrats’ advantage.

As protests, vandalism, and arrests rocked the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina over the weekend, it stands to reason that the battleground state may well have just swung sharply in President Donald Trump’s direction.

As seen in videos posted on social media and shared by the Citizen Free Press website, hundreds of people aligned with the Black Lives Matter movement were seen breaking the curfew in the downtown area of both cities and shouting vile anti-police rhetoric while engaging in vandalism of government buildings and local businesses.

“Mostly peaceful” …

Local outlet WITN reported that an anti-police protest in downtown Raleigh on Friday turned violent after nightfall as the windows of small businesses were smashed, a Wake County building was spray-painted, and a memorial for fallen deputies was vandalized. Video footage from the scene shows some of the carnage. (Caution: Some explicit language.)

Local ABC-affiliate WTVD persisted in perpetuating the broader media narrative that the “demonstrations” were “mostly peaceful,” even as the outlet acknowledged that 14 individuals were arrested during Friday night’s events.

All of those arrested were charged with violating the city’s 10 p.m. curfew. A few also received additional charges for disorderly conduct, trespassing, resisting arrest, and even assault on a police officer.

On Saturday, the protests shifted to Durham, where, again, WVTD described the estimated 200 participants as “peacefully protesting” even as it reported that windows on a courthouse and several small businesses were smashed — yet no arrests were made that night.

Video doesn’t align with media reports

Similarly, the Raleigh News & Observer reported on Saturday night’s events — and hinted at the anti-media sentiment of the demonstrators by noting that nobody would speak to reporters and demands were made for cameras to be turned off — in what was otherwise described as a “relatively quiet” night in downtown Durham.

Videos posted to YouTube from the events tell another story, however, as the crowds were loud and angry as they destroyed police barricades and created a generally lawless scene.

To be sure, there are still more than two months to go before the election and much can change between now and then, but if this sort of chaos continues or grows worse, North Carolina may well swing to Trump come Election Day.

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