Frightening glimpses of protests around the nation


When I first heard BLM and Antifa together in a sentence, I wondered what connection the Bureau of Land Management had with the Anti-Fascist Action group. Finally I realized it was Black Lives Matter.

Heard there was $10 million damage in Sacramento after the riots on Sunday night. A 7-11 store owner was in tears because his store had been looted and burned after just reopening. Channel 7’s Meteorologist Jessica Burch, a member of the California National Guard, was deployed to help the police protect the city.

Over 30 cities and towns in the United States were damaged or burned during the rioting associated with the protest marches.

A Facebook post: “Late night tonight defending my little town of Snohomish, WA from rioting and looting by antifa thugs. Once we got word they were on their way a thousand concerned citizens showed up, heavily armed. Not a single store was damaged and no one was hurt. Antifa showed up in little groups, saw everyone was armed and waiting, and they decided to move on. I love Snohomish County.”

And then another posting: “We had a protest in Klamath Falls tonight and were told two buses were coming from Portland and were going to riot and burn. Word got out and the populace of the area showed up in town armed to the teeth. Never seen so many AR-15s. Buses did in fact show up, but there was no rioting or burning as they decided to move on. Anyway, I said that to say this. Redding is the next large community south of here. The van was seen going thru the Ag Station in Dorris headed south. Might want to keep an eye out for it.”

I am so glad that members of the Northern California Militia in Cottonwood guarded the downtown stores on Red Bluff’s Main Street on Monday night. No damage or riots.

We are known as a rural, white town that loves rodeos, cowboys, horses and cattle making a good target for rioting, if not prepared.

There were Facebook posts about a truck towing a horse trailer being attacked on a highway in Oklahoma blocked by protesters.

Interstates Rodeo Association posted on June 3:  “I honestly never thought I would ever live to see the day I needed to share tips for staying safe on the road with our horses because of rioters but I know some of you live around or travel through Kansas City, Lincoln, Omaha, Des Moines and some of the other bigger communities so I am posting these tips that were passed along to me this morning. I sincerely hope none of you are ever put in a situation where you need any of this.

“When traveling nowadays use the padlock feature on your trailers. Zip tie, padlock, clip, all will slow down opening your trailer. Make sure you also have tools to quickly cut zip ties, locks, etc., in case you need to get to horses quickly.

“Carry a claw hammer in your driver’s side door, claws up. It doesn’t have to be heavy to give you seconds, 12 oz. can do just as much damage as a heavier one if someone is reaching for you through your window.

“Do not put your rig in park. Hold the clutch. Keep the brake pedal depressed. It takes precious time to shift from park to drive or put your vehicle in gear.

“Plan ahead. Avoid major cities when you can. Outer loops are often trucking routes. Stick to them or follow trucks, they often have more info than you do. A small CB costs about $50 to get a temp set up for your truck. You don’t need a big one to listen. Get one and keep it on when you travel. Mindless chatter can save you time and heartaches. Channel 19.

“Fuel out of the city. Stop an hour to 45 min out so that you have a full tank of fuel in case you run into problems. Check other fluids. Out of fuel and overheating are bad things in good times, now it’s an avoid at all costs thing.

“Lock your doors. If your vehicle has automatic unlock, secure your passenger seat belt through the door handle on passenger side by wrapping it once then buckle it.

“Wasp spray will shoot 10 to 20 feet. In close quarters be aware that you may be affected by its content. It’s really great, though, if you are trying to get people off of your rig or away from it.”

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A protester died after he got caught under a FedEx truck during protests in downtown St. Louis early Saturday morning.

It happened at around 2:19 a.m. in the area of North Broadway and O’Fallon Street.

Early investigation from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department revealed the driver of a FedEx double tractor-trailer was rerouted off the interstate due to it being shut down by protests and began driving down North Broadway approaching Cass Avenue.

Police said he was stopped due to a large gathering of protesters. While he was stopped, several people gained access to the first trailer and started to remove items.

Two men were standing on the passenger side footboard and showed the driver they had guns, according to the police report.

The driver of the tractor-trailer told police he feared for his life and honked the horn and began driving until he was stopped by police.

A man was stuck on the converter dolly between the two trailers and the driver didn’t know, according to police.

Police said eventually the man was caught by the trailer tire, pulled under and was eventually run over by the tire.

He was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Jean Barton has been writing her column in the Daily News since the early 1990s. She can be reached by e-mail at

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