Civil Unrest Erupts Amidst Election Drama

(Noted News) — Thursday morning there was still no decisive winner of the presidential election, but that didn’t prevent widespread protests and demonstrations from erupting across the U.S. 

Crowds in the hundreds gathered in Los Angeles, Washington, Raleigh, Portland, and other cities to express different versions of dissatisfaction and anger towards the election process. 

In Los Angeles, the LAPD called out a “city-wide tactical alert” for police in riot gear to tame unruly crowds, ultimately dispersing a protest near the Staples Center and making multiple arrests.

On election night, one woman and 2 men were stabbed near the White House in some sort of confrontation between the right-wing group “Proud Boys” and affiliates of the Black Lives Matter movement. Police are still investigating and have not made any arrests. 

Also in D.C were episodes of chaotic conflicts between various groups of people amongst smoke bombs and tear gas. New York Times reported that arrests were made as a man was hit in the head with a bat after yelling “all lives matter” in the middle of a Black Lives Matter protest. 

BLM protesters were also seen with a giant black and white banner saying “REMOVE TRUMP” near the Black Lives Matter Plaza in D.C.

In Raleigh, arrests were made during unruly protests that involved fireworks and other things being thrown at the police, who later declared the gathering unlawful and dispersed the crowd at 10 PM. 

Chicago took a more preventative stance by lifting the bridges leading to downtown to stem access from protesters. 

Philadelphia, still on edge from the killing of Walter Wallace, has also become a center for unrest as Donald Trump’s legal team prepares a case with the Supreme Court regarding the rules for mail-in ballots.

At least a thousand people marched through Philly chanting “count every vote!” 

“We believe the same systems trying to stop every vote from being counted are the same systems that murdered Walter,” said Bryan Mercer, executive director of Movement Alliance Project.

An organization called Protect The Results has planned at least 520 different protests across the country for the days following the election should Donald Trump refuse to concede to Joe Biden, or forces an end to the counting of ballots. 

In Phoenix, Arizona, Trump-supporting protesters gathered outside the Maricopa County Elections Department demanding that officials “count the vote!” With the mail-in ballots tending to skew blue, many supporters of incumbent President Trump have been vocal about their opposition to them. 

Footage from NBC shows a man with a megaphone saying “Who counts the mail-in votes?” 

A woman answers with another megaphone saying “Democrats! Democrats! That’s who counts them!”

Many Trump supporters believe Fox News called the state of Arizona much too early. Indeed, Fox News was the first to paint AZ blue while publications like the New York Times still have the Grand Canyon State in gray with 88% of the votes counted at the time of writing. 

Rep. Paul Gosar, an Arizona Republican and loyal Trump supporter was among the crowds in Phoenix and said “We’re not going to let this election be stolen. Period!”

Supporters of Donald Trump also crowded election centers in Detroit to demand that they “stop the count!” 

President Trump looked ready to take the state of Michigan until the Democratic challenger made a near-miraculous comeback in the middle of the night to win the Great Lake state by nearly two and a half points. 

Fanning the flames, Donald Trump came out at 2 AM on election night to essentially declare victory and war on the election process, citing fraud. 

“This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election. We did win this election. So our goal now is to ensure the integrity for the good of this nation. This is a very big moment. This is a major fraud in our nation. We want the law to be used in a proper manner. So we’ll be going to the US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at four o’clock in the morning and add them to the list. Okay? It’s a very sad moment. To me, this is a very sad moment and we will win this. And as far as I’m concerned, we already have won it.”

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