Oklahoma City is proving that leadership is key. Unlike Seattle, which allowed a pathetic group of individuals to create a lawless zone infested with crime, violence, and rape, Oklahoma’s leaders have a backbone. On Friday, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater announced the prosecutions of three violent rioters during the George Floyd protests.
One of the men is believed to have burned an Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office van and attempted to burn a nearby bail bonds office. Prater hopes charging the men will deter others from violence. “This is not Seattle. We’re not putting up with this lawlessness here” said Prater.
In sickeningly stark contrast, Seattle leaders actually applauded the lawless zone at first, perpetuating the escalation. The zone, known as “CHOP” which stands for “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” or “Capitol Hill Organized Protest” ended up being around three city blocks of downtown Seattle.
Democratic Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkin defended the zone at first, likely to show her compassion and “woke” attitude towards the Black Lives Matter movement. She even referenced the movement as the “summer of love.” Even Durkin soon realized that “love” was anything but.
As tensions escalated, three people were shot, one of which was killed. Two of the three victims were teenagers, finally prompting for Durkin to call for an end to the zone. “The cumulative impacts of the gatherings and protests and the nighttime atmosphere and violence have led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents,” said Durkin last week.
That’s an insulting way to phrase murder and the total destruction of peoples’ livelihood: “increasingly difficult circumstances.” Her words and early inaction led to death. Likely Durkin will not take any action remotely as strict as the Oklahoma prosecutor and for much more serious criminal actions.
If convicted, the Oklahoma young men could face years in prison.