While the Sacramento Bee still was calling the downtown protests “peaceful,” most of downtown was destroyed Sunday evening by rioters.
“A relatively peaceful day of protests in Sacramento descended into a second night of anarchy Sunday as looters and vandals roamed through pockets of downtown and midtown, smashing windows and looting stores,” the Sac Bee reported. “Some businesses were hit for the second night in a row.”
Black Lives Matter rioters blocked traffic on I-5.
Sacramento police used tear gas to break up a large group at the Capitol.
Rioters even flooded in to my downtown Sacramento neighborhood and threatened neighbors and homes.
“The National Guard should have been called in early yesterday, which is the Mayor’s call,” a neighborhood friend who was on the police scanner reported. “By not doing so, this city is being destroyed and our safety is being put at great risk, because it is allowed to be. Absolutely disgusting.”
Here is a list of some of the destruction highlights in Sacramento Sunday night, into Monday morning:
Tony’s Deli at 12th and J had its windows smashed for the second night in a row, and the interior vandalized.
Building at J St. and 8th on fire.
Businesses looted at L St. and 10th.
Rioters threw fireworks at police.
Rioters broke into Target again – approximately thirty individuals.
People broke into BestBuy
Boost Mobile breached and looted.
O’Reilly Auto Parts windows broken, looted.
Land Park Pharmacy plate glass windows broken; store vandalized.
BevMo in Midtown was looted again Sunday night.
Rite Aid on K St was set on fire, but the sprinklers inside put it out, probably destroying all of the product.
On 16th St, Starbucks, Mikuni, PF Changs and Pieology were vandalized.
Safeway at S and 19th vandalized.
An ATM was stolen from the Wells Fargo on the corner by Safeway.
Fleet Feet was looted.
Miosa Bridal vandalized.
Multiple corner liquor stores looted near G St.
Restaurants looted, cars vandalized on the street and in parking structures, and reports that windows at City Hall broken.
On Broadway, Walgreens was boarded up from Saturday’s riots.
Two vacant buildings across from Golden 1 Credit Union on Broadway had many windows broken.
Is this enough destruction for Mayor Darrell Steinberg?
There were reports that Sacramento Police Department officers were overwhelmed by the rioters.
This destructive chaos was inevitable in Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego because of the stunning lack of leadership by California Mayors.
Members of the media could hardly hide their excitement at the destruction and crowds – finally they had footage to support “if it bleeds, it leads” – because the media loves violence.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg refused to issue a curfew Sunday evening, even after the violence, chaos and destroyed businesses Saturday night. In neglecting his responsibility to the people of Sacramento, Steinberg effectively authorized the destruction of downtown, the many small, privately owned businesses, and violent attacks on police.
Rule of law must be returned, and the people must demand it.