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Sunday looting extended from Dorchester to Cambridge

Noah FreeMan, owner of Spokehouse, a bicycle shop in Uphams Corner, reports the shop was smashed into and customers' bicycles stolen, during what became extended looting following Sunday night's march from Roxbury to Boston Common.

He reports the landlord is paying to repair the damage to the storefront, but that he's trying to raise money to pay customers to buy them replacement bikes.

Across the river, Cambridge Police report officers responded to the CambridgeSide mall around 1:30 a.m. on Monday after an alarm in one store went off:

Upon arrival officers found the front window smashed and numerous individuals fleeing the scene. Several thousand dollars in electronic merchandise is believed to have been stolen.

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the media did not report much of the looting that went on. Why is that?

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Bigger stories going on and going on elsewhere more convenient for reporters?
Better photos and video elsewhere?

Perhaps the loss of local reporting due to consolidation and no reporters available?

It is a good question, maybe not all just presenting protests as harmless by omission.
Glad you are reporting it here.

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Was the fact the Black Civil war memorial was vandalized by “peaceful protesters.”

How ignorant can one be.

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I think this proves that there is a contingent within the crowd that is there just to cause trouble. The police need to do a better job for sure but the the organizations planning these protests need to self police too. You see someone with spray paint you shut it down, if they resist that then you work with the cops to have them arrested.

I am actually ok with blocking streets. I am ok with lots of civil disobedience but actually destroying stuff is unacceptable behavior.

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This is a movement to defund the police why should everyone respect the police and self-police?

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Just respect the memorials to black Civil War heroes and Boston's women heroes, among others.

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Despite what the sycophantic thin-blue-liners say, local police should not be treated with the same reverence as American soldiers.

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How do you know WHO vandalized the memorial? Did you see it happen? Did you ask the person with the spray paint (or whatever) about their political affiliations and sympathies?

If you think everything that happened *during* Sunday's protest was perpetrated by people who were out marching for justice... you're either clueless or willfully naive.

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were not in the majority, but they were more than likely the kind of people who were prone to lawbreaking to begin with, and used the peaceful protests as an excuse to engage in looting, stealing, vandalizing and fire setting. This was not just in Boston and Brockton, but throughout the United States.

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Please do not assume that the people who vandalized the memorial are the same people protesting for racial justice.

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Please do not jump to conclusions. Thanks.

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Have you seen what they're saying on Fox News, etc?!

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Another ignorant mistake they made was spray painting all over the storefront of a black-owned business in Forest Hills. I know the owner and he just recently opened up his salon and made the window look so pretty. And then someone spray paints all over it.

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You do know that there were two types of crowds there right? Peaceful and then angry.

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Why should they discriminate between black and white memorials? I thought this was all about equal treatment.

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That’s the trouble with bronze, it has no discernible race.
Was that really the WORST part? I question your judgment.
Especially wondering how ignorant one can be. You must be young?

Expressing rage at institutions by commandeering institutional statements such as monuments to highlight your message does make some sense, despite the messages of that particular monument. But yes. Disappointing, destructive, and ham-fisted, but I wouldn’t expect much from vandals. Graffiti artists, yes.

Monuments from 120+ years ago aren’t addressing current problems, so... maybe it doesn’t mean much.

Don’t you think (cret-)infowars is and breitbart (who cite the Boston Globe) are part of mainstream/lamestream media? They are parroting the Globe, after all.
A small part maybe, but big enough and popular enough to be considered as The Media.
Notice I didn’t call ‘em news. Aren’t they news aggregators and opinion sites?

Spray painting is property damage, but it isn’t violence.
What if you spray-painted messages of peace and unification?
Would you be identified as a violent protester or just a dumbbell?

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to protest the killing of a PoC at the hands of police brutality, than to steal your bike.

Was comforted to see the protest last night was largely peaceful. Get loud. Tell the police, government, and anyone who will listen that this was wrong and cannot continue. This is democracy at work.

Rioting and looting do nothing but diminish this just cause.

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Given that many of these black owned businesses were broken into and looted very late at night, after 1:30 am (Urban Grape and Laced in the South End, Pure Oasis and Spokehouse in Dorchester), this leads me to believe that this may have been targeted action specifically AGAINST these particular businesses because they are black-owned.

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Please read Adam's post about the interview with the owner of Clarendon Wine on Boyalston.

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black-owned businesses?

That kind of action and behavior is unacceptable and wrong, no matter who does it. Destroying businesses and fucking up people's livelihoods and depriving the communities of daily ongoing services of some sort or other will hurt the cause, as well as the community.

The people who engage in these kinds of actions and behaviors will end up hurting themselves as well, if and when they end up being arrested, convicted in a court of law, possibly serving jail sentences, and ending up with criminal records, particularly if they're aged 18 or over.

When a person over 18 gets a record, it follows them as long as they live. Getting a record as an adult of 18 or over will invariably reduce one's chances of getting any type of education or job, or whatever.

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White supremacist groups, for one.

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Be mindful about using the term POC, when you really mean Black people. POC is a blanket term that can often erase Black people from the narrative (even when we are the central protagonists.)

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It took me quite a while to figure out what that abbreviation stood for. In fact, the first thing that came to mind was something totally inappropriate, that starts with the same 2 letters. And I just couldn't understand why the anon writer would be so insulting to the victim of such a horrible crime.

Don't assume that everyone is up on the latest abbreviated lingo.

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I'm hearing capitalizing Black is now the proper way.

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Don't also capitalize 'white'. (you'll thank me later . . )

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In my three years at Stanford Law School, there were no professors who were women of color. Harvard Law School hired its first woman of color, Elizabeth Warren, in 1995." --Laura Padilla, Fordham Law Review 1997

I agree that PoC is not just Black people, it can be white with blonde hair. After all, Elizabeth Warren was the first Woman of Color hired by Harvard Law. They said so. She committed ethnic fraud to steal a job reserved for a Black person but now parades around as a champion of racial justice. It would take a heart of stone not to laugh.

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https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2018/09/01/did-claiming-native-a...

In the most exhaustive review undertaken of Elizabeth Warren’s professional history, the Globe found clear evidence, in documents and interviews, that her claim to Native American ethnicity was never considered by the Harvard Law faculty, which voted resoundingly to hire her, or by those who hired her to four prior positions at other law schools. At every step of her remarkable rise in the legal profession, the people responsible for hiring her saw her as a white woman.

The Globe examined hundreds of documents, many of them never before available, and reached out to all 52 of the law professors who are still living and were eligible to be in that Pound Hall room at Harvard Law School.

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You really are a tired, trite, shameless, unoriginal liar.

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I think the rioting and looting is a result of systemic racism. Kick someone down long enough and they just might get up and act up. And maybe get what they need along with it. Just a thought.
I’m not sure why people do it after sports events tho???

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Respectfully, why doesn't he have insurance to cover this?

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Victim blaming? Really?

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I realize why I would come across that way. What I should have said was, "His insurance should cover this." Standard business insurance (which any bike shop owner would need in case someone gets injured from a faulty repair to a bike or trips over the threshold to the door) includes property coverage, and standard property coverage includes damages from civil disturbance. A lot of businessowners may not bother with insurance claims after the rioting because they were not covered for losses from having to close because of the coronovirus pandemic.

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I mean, if you want to call out the response as callous or indifferent, ok. But it's not "victim blaming".

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Maybe he does, maybe it's not enough to cover everything, maybe as a newer small business he didn't yet have all ducks in a row.

Fact of the matter is, he's working to make things right on his end. And neighbors are willing to assist.

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Maybe he does and there's a deductible, or items are only replaced at a percentage of the value, or the "value" the insurance company gives isn't as much as the actual cost to replace inventory or equipment, or the insurance companies denies certain items in the claim, or...

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They are going to force cities to enact curfews, not that they would obey them but the law abiding protesters probably would, so it might be easier to round up the troublenakers

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In the Boston Bike Party Facebook group, I also see a report of looting at Community Bike Shop in the South End.

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And Back Bay Bicycles

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Not many CambridgeSide businesses have windows directly on the streets, but Best Buy does, and they sell electronics.

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