This place, Champaign, Illinois, is like River City in the old movie, The Music Man. So it was with astonishment that I awoke yesterday to discover there had been riots! Right here in River City!
Helping restore sanity was local radio talk show, A Penny For Your Thoughts. Guest Rev. Willie Comer discussed the weekend protests and looting in Champaign. Various perspectives were heard from callers. A podcast can be found at this link.
Not here in “River City”, but elsewhere, a rash of reports of pallets of bricks turning up as if by magic in over half a dozen cities over the weekend has investigators trying to get to the bottom of who’s seemingly giving would-be rioters the tools they need to turn what began as peaceful protests violent.  After the 1992 Los Angeles riots which followed the Rodney King verdict, similar suggestions of agents provocateur were heard. Fred Celeni (pronounced suh-LAN-ee) worked as a federal intelligence agent (he said) for the office of U.S. Congressman John D. Dingell. During a meeting, a plan which purported to be a system to handle insurrection was discussed. Celeni was flabbergasted though when he realized the plan was in fact a blueprint on how to start a riot: How you would be able to go in and rile up a community; how you would be able to approach the youth; how you would infiltrate schools.
This morning’s “River City” newspaper carries on its front page a large photo showing a big crowd of happy peaceful protesters. Professor Harold Hill wants to organize a River City Boys & Girls Band, to counteract juvenile delinquency, and good for him. However, noticeable in the photo is disregard for “social distancing”. Meanwhile, elsewhere in this town, it has been ordered by Mighty Lord Pritzker that church services of more than 10 people are not allowed. Dissident pastors have dared to defy Lord Pritzker with outdoor services, congregants spaced at least 6 feet apart, and face masks required. For this “outrage” the forces of Lord Pritzker had cracked down hard. And yet, the march yesterday of the potential River City Boys & Girls Band received a wink and a nod from those same forces!
“The same people who convinced Americans to lock themselves inside for months for fear of a killer virus have forsaken Covid-19 to urge us all to join nationwide protests. If anyone took them seriously before, those days are over,” writes American journalist and political commentator Helen Buyniski. 
At least two autopsies of George Floyd, whose shocking death provided the impetus for riots across America, have been performed. One, an independent autopsy, concluded that his death under Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee was a result of asphyxia due to compression of the neck and back. The other, by the medical examiner in Minnesota, defined the cause of death as a “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” An earlier, preliminary finding, said that there was nothing in Floyd’s autopsy to support the diagnosis of “traumatic asphyxia and strangulation,” and pointed out several underlying health issues that might have contributed to Floyd’s death. Preexisting conditions of “arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease,” as well as “fentanyl intoxication” and “recent methamphetamine use” were specified. 
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 “Piles of BRICKS mysteriously sprouting up near riot hotspots all over US have journalists demanding answers”, Russia Today (RT), June 2, 2020. https://on.rt.com/aifg
 “We were told for months we’d never gather in public again ‘because Covid-19.’ Where do the week’s riots leave ‘social distancing’?”, by Helen Buyniski. Russia Today (RT), June 1, 2020. https://on.rt.com/aif1
 “George Floyd’s death was ‘homicide’ caused by ‘cardiopulmonary arrest,’ fentanyl & meth found in his system – medical examiner”, Russia Today (RT), June 2, 2020. https://on.rt.com/aifo