By Chuck Muth
On Monday, President Donald Trump scolded some of the nation’s governor’s for being wusses in their response to the violent anarchy, rioting and looting that has been occurring over the past several days…
“Most of you are weak. It’s like a war. And we will end it fast. Be tough. … You have to dominate (and) if you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time.”
To which Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak responded… “To suggest that the authorities in Nevada — local law enforcement, the National Guard — are unable, have failed, or refuse to secure and protect the residents of the State of Nevada and their rights, privileges, and immunities, is misinformed.”
Which was followed up a few hours later by this heart-ripping story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal…
“A Las Vegas police officer was shot and critically injured as police attempted to take protesters into custody in front of Circus Circus during a Black Lives Matter protest, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. … Lombardo said the officer was shot as a melee was erupting in front of Circus Circus.”
Sheriff Lombardo then provided additional details of the incident… “Last night as officers were attempting to disperse a large crowd of protesters in front of the Circus Circus, our officers were taking rocks and bottles from the crowd. Officers were attempting to get some of the protesters in custody when a shot rang out, our officer went down.”
The sheriff noted that the officer was in “extremely critical condition on life support.”
In a separate incident, Sheriff Lombardo reported…
“At approximately 11:22 p.m., officers encountered a subject who was armed with multiple firearms and appeared to be wearing body armor.
During the interaction the subject reached for a firearm and the officers engaged him. The suspect was struck by gunfire and transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.”
All of this after a weekend of violent riots and looting in downtown Las Vegas and on the Strip, so it’s not like anyone couldn’t see this coming.
A Fox 5 report on Sunday morning noted that “downtown (Las Vegas) was littered with graffiti spelling out ‘Black Lives Matter’ and varieties of ‘f*** cops.’ Windows of local businesses had been shattered and trash had been left in the roadways.”
The report on Saturday night’s mayhem noted “acts of violence, which included one protester hurling a cinder block at one officer, injuring him as others were pelted with rocks.”
In addition, “one Metro patrol car was burned and two additional cars were damaged, along with buildings. Police said 11 officers were injured overnight Saturday that ranged from cuts to broken bones.” “Peaceful protests,” my ass.
Apparently, President Trump wasn’t “misinformed” at all. This is on Gov. Sisolak who, literally, now has blood on his hands.
These are not protests. They’re riots. And Metro police officers shouldn’t even be in this position, let alone have their hands tied in dealing with it.
Gov. Sisolak — who we all know, thanks to COVID-19, has almost unlimited “emergency” powers — didn’t impose a curfew on the Strip or downtown Las Vegas. Why the hell not?
Why are police officers, small business owners and law-abiding citizens of the State of Nevada not being protected from these mobs of violent rioters and looters by the governor?
Why has the governor issued “house arrest” with his “stay home for Nevada” political catchphrase for law-abiding Nevada citizens —including repeated demands to wear a face mask and observe social distancing — but hasn’t enforced those orders for rioters and looters?
Gov. Sisolak’s “leadership” for both the COVID-19 situation and now the riots has been a disaster for Nevadans — including our economy.
He’s mismanaged both, exercised horrible judgment, operates from a position of fear, and continues to blame the President for his own failures.
The man is clearly way in over his head. But his allies in the Legislature, Democrat and Republican alike, as well as many in the media, continue to just let him lead all of us over a cliff.
If Gov. Sisolak continues to fail to protect us and protect our police officers from this lawless violence and destruction, don’t be surprised if citizens themselves start protecting themselves. And if that happens, it’s REALLY gonna be a bloodbath.
Do your damn job, Governor! Or resign.
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Chuck Muth is president of CitizenOutreach.org and publisher of NevadaNewsandViews.com. He blogs at MuthsTruths.com. His views are his own.
By Chuck Muth