If the police shooting of Marc Duggan sparked the riots in London, why didn’t the police shooting of this 19-year-old do the same in the USA?
The answer is simple: the police didn’t let it happen. They quickly came out with their riot gear to disperse the protesters who gathered that night. And that was the end of it- no riots in San Francisco. In London, they likely did more than just let the fire burn by itself: they probably used provocateurs, as reported by young people on the scene who tweeted that people posing as reporters tried to bribe them to go looting.
HOW TO SPOT A COP IN A PROTEST
1- They look like cops, i.e. pretty big and/or buff.
2- They act like cops, i.e. pretty unfriendly and aloof with a telltale bad vibe.
3- They dress like people who are dressed up like protesters, i.e. their clothes look new and not worn-in like the rags on every other hippies’ back.
4- Or they dress up like ‘anarchists’, often with face coverings, but their police-issue boots give them away.
5- They instigate violence.
Here are some examples from Canada:
G20 in Toronto:
Montebello, Quebec, 2007
I am just waiting for some footage like this to come out of London.