Protests are amazing tools. The work of Dr. Martin Luther King, as far as I can tell, was progressive and supremely effective. And I applaud the advances and positive change he and his team were able to effect in American history. I wholeheartedly support groups that want to effect change in modern society. If reforms are necessary, then count on my unequivocal assent.
However, burning local businesses is a crime punishable by law. Defacing public and private property is still a crime punishable by law. Hindering the free flow of commerce and daily business is a crime punishable by law. Harming or threatening other people is still a crime punishable by law.
I understand that the hoodlums do not represent the majority of the groups protesting for police reform. However, the spokeswoman for the local Black Lives Matter chapter was woefully hesitant and measured in her language in her attempt to de-escalate the violent and destructive behavior that followed the Black Lives Matter protest yesterday in our capital. Additionally, reports reflect that outsiders are coming into our cities and wreaking havoc in the name of these protesting groups.
Local law enforcement has my unmitigated support in their efforts to restore order, protect property and save human lives. Curfews, ordinances and proclamations are just as valid in this current crisis as they were in the response to COVID-19. What I witnessed last night in my beloved Oklahoma City was nothing short of vandalism, violence and unabashed disregard for law and order. Unfortunately, Oklahoma City is now being cited in national news reports as a trouble spot. Spend whatever you must, Oklahoma City, and track down and prosecute every single incident of lawlessness and crime related to last night's debacle. Keep the protests legal and legitimate or the whole cause will go up in flames for the insurrection of a few hoodlums who claim to care.