As you've heard by now, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl last night. The victory led to mass rampages and riots across Philadelphia as fans celebrated. While thousands joined in the shenanigans, the mayor's office said police arrested only three.
That pales compared to the number of Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters police arrested yesterday as they protested police brutality, racism, corporate greed and President Donald Trump.
Protestors at three sites near and around downtown Minneapolis blocked and chained themselves along a light rail transit line near U.S. Bank Stadium, temporarily halting trains carrying fans to the Super Bowl. The StarTribune reports at least 40 people strung themselves across the Metro Transit Green Line tracks near the University of Minnesota before police forcibly removed and arrested 17, citing unlawful interference with transit.
Police are leading arrestees from the #SuperBowl light rail blockade to a. nearby @MetroTransitMN bus that will be used to take them to jail, where they will be booked, processed, charged, and have bonds set. https://t.co/OgE1ozvv9s #SuperBowl52 #SuperBowlSunday #SBLIIBLACKOUT pic.twitter.com/z48OJmp0pK— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) February 4, 2018
Black Lives Matter and supporting organizations including the Anti-War Committee, local unions and Women Against Military Madness, organized the rally to stand with football players and other athletes who decided to "take a knee" at games during the national anthem in protest of police violence and systemic racism.
Despite protests, the Super Bowl continued without issue (unless we're talking about that half-time performance). After the Philadelphia Eagles' historic win, fans took to the street with celebration. However, it wasn't only celebrating that ensued; riots broke out.
"Now that we've taken a knee, we're going to stand up for people killed by the police." We're #LIVE in downtown #Minneapolis as a large protest is moving through the area right around where #SuperBowl52 is happening: https://t.co/OgE1ozvv9s #SuperBowl #SuperBowlSunday #SBLII pic.twitter.com/pd6pGyLFvU— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) February 4, 2018
“We have had several acts of vandalism where windows have been smashed, and some injuries have been reported around light poles that have been pulled down,” the Philadelphia Police Department said in a statement. “We have one report of looting at a gas station. There have been no fatalities.”
In any other situation, BLM activists wouldn't have been able to think about ruining property without being handcuffed. Yet these thugs destroyed the city and woke up this morning like nothing happened. Qwhite interesting, don't you think?