Biden ignores $1B in riot damage while praising George Floyd protesters after Chauvin conviction
President Biden neglected to acknowledge the rioting, looting, arson and worse that reportedly caused more than $1 billion in property damage last year as he praised George Floyd protesters Tuesday following Derek Chauvin’s conviction on murder charges.
The president said the protesters demonstrated “in peace and with purpose,” a description that applied to the majority of marches in support of justice for Floyd. But Biden made no mention of the rioting that also occurred, although authorities from around the country for months warned that bad actors were exploiting legitimate protests to loot and damage property, commit arson and — in some cases — murder.
Despite estimates that only a tiny percentage of protests led to riots, insurance companies reported more than $1 billion in property damage. Factor in overtime for first responders and the total cost surpassed the infamous Rodney King riots in Los Angeles in 1992 as the most expensive in American history.
More than 140 U.S. cities saw repeated protests in the three weeks immediately following Floyd’s May 25, 2020, death.