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There was a tragic air of familiarity as we watched the mobs looting their way through Philadelphia this week which made the problem even more horrifying.
There is a clear indication among many that there’s an indifferent shrug of acceptance, that help isn’t coming, and that what we are looking at is — for at least the near future — the new ‘normal’.
It is the entirely predictable result of Soros-backed prosecutors who don’t enforce the law, of a compromised media that told us billions of dollars in damage from rioting was ‘mostly peaceful’, or that a mayor of Chicago and a red-lipstick-sporting member of Congress told us were examples of desperate people committing justifiable crimes. AOC once claimed it was so that starving people could have a loaf of bread.
That perfect storm of lack of enforcement and public justification of criminal acts created a perverse incentive to loot with impunity.
Those anti-social incentives were further magnified by social media accounts. Some, by encouraging others to hit a target as a flash mob, others by going viral and getting monetized for publishing criminal acts.
When Philly erupted in riots, and crowds of starving criminals broke into Apple, Lululemon, wig shops, Foot Locker, and various Liquor Stores searching high and low for a loaf of bread to feed their starving children, one social media influencer who goes by ‘Meatball’ was on the scene live-streaming it and egging people on to participate.
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) September 27, 2023
‘Everybody must eat’ she chanted, as they robbed a liquor store.
Not surprisingly, authorities caught up with her.
‘I’ve never been through nothing like that ever in my life, I don’t even know what happened. I need some sleep, I’m scared, I’m traumatized, never again in my live, like seriously,’ said Blackwell.
Blackwell faces charges for burglary, conspiracy, criminal trespassing, rioting, criminal mischief, criminal use of communication facility, receipt of stolen property and disorderly conduct.
On Tuesday, the 21-year-old social media personality told her 181,000 Instagram followers to join her as she ran through the street and drove to several locations hit by thieves.
‘Tell the police if they lock me up tonight it’s going to be lit, it’s going to be a movie! Everybody’s gotta eat!’ she said on camera.
She filmed looters at an Apple store, Lululemon and Footlocker, before moving on to a liquor store where she bragged about grabbing a bottle of Hennessy. —DailyMail
She was one of twenty or so people arrested in the chaotic scenes like this one:
Parents picking up bread to feed their hungry children in Philly tonight. pic.twitter.com/7Izylfjy9O
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) September 27, 2023
The mugshot collection:
The faces of Philadelphia looters including ⬇️ “Meatball”. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/MJoCjKepFD
— Judy ⛳️ (@judytgolf) September 28, 2023
She’s upset. She wants all these charges expunged off her record.
She’s a business woman, she says.
She has feelings, she says.
BLM rioter “Meatball” who livestreamed Philadelphia looting has been charged with 6 felonies. She says she’s “an innocent person.”
She’s now selling her mugshot merch online
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) September 29, 2023
Where was her consideration for the feelings of the people whose lives were turned upside down when she helped lead lootings?
Where was her concern for the OTHER business people and their enterprises when she was whipping the crowd into an orgy of crime?
Meatball, the rioter who live-streamed as she looted in Philly, is already out of jail pic.twitter.com/REOZYpcJ4M
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) September 28, 2023
Did she have a change of heart?
See what happens when arrests are made and consequences are handed down. “Never loot again, stay out of trouble, and never go to jail” pic.twitter.com/pHLjCoiogO
— Curtis Coopy Coop Cooperman (@birdgang1776) September 29, 2023
Depending on how cynically you see this clip… maybe.
One thing can be sure — at minimum, with charges looming over her head, she has taken a big step back from her enthusiastic support of crime.
If nothing else, this changes a person’s public position on the issue…
When that shift of position is held by a social media influencer who played a role in whipping up the riots in the first place, whether this is honest or cynical, it’s at least one small step in the right direction.
This is why, in this writer’s not-so-humble opinion, leaving the deterrent value of criminal enforcement out of the conversation has had a serious negative effect on public safety.
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