Shops, Amazon truck RANSACKED in Santa Monica as LA police & SWAT struggle to stop looting spree (VIDEOS)

Looting broke out in the Santa Monica neighborhood of Los Angeles amid ongoing protests against police brutality, forcing local officials to declare a curfew.

Online videos show multiple instances of looting by hooded mob in Los Angeles. Goods from an Amazon truck have been apparently stolen by a large group of people, judging by one video.

A Vans store and a Nordstrom store were among other targets for the opportunists.

The crime spree is reported as dozens of cities in the US are gripped by mass protests triggered by the death of black man George Floyd in Minneapolis, who died in police custody after a white officer kneeled on his neck.

In the wake of the chaos, the neighborhood officials announced they will be joining other parts of the city in enforcing a curfew starting 4pm.

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WATCH swarms of rioters DESTROY west Philadelphia neighborhood

A horde of rioters swept through a poor neighborhood in Philadelphia, setting fire to police vehicles and looting corner stores. Amid the chaos, the city has ordered all businesses closed.

The rioters wrecked a line of police cars, as the officers themselves stood by and watched the destruction, video footage captured by Fox 29 shows. The smashed cars are then set on fire and left to burn in the middle of the street.

Looters then swarmed into grocery stores and drugstores. These businesses were not “ritzy designer shops,” reporter Steve Keeley noted, but stores “where people without cars walk to for food, medicine and clothing.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney implemented a mandatory city-wide curfew starting on Sunday at 6 pm. However, as the rioters continued to sweep through the streets, the curfew was moved up two hours.

It is unlikely that the more violent among the rioters will heed the order however. In Minneapolis – the epicenter of the unrest, mobs of people defied curfew orders earlier this week to burn down businesses and torch two police precincts to the ground.

Amid the chaos, President Donald Trump called on authorities to restore “Law & Order in Philadelphia, NOW!” 

Call in our great National Guard like they FINALLY did (thank you President Trump) last night in Minneapolis.

Since the death of George Floyd – an unarmed black man – at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis on Monday, riots and looting have broken out in at least 75 cities across the US. Though a growing number of states have called in their National Guard troops, the unrest continues nationwide.

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Obama adviser Susan Rice knows who’s responsible for the George Floyd riots. You guessed right, it’s RUSSIA!

In a statement that will surprise absolutely nobody, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice has declared that Russia – and not outraged Americans – is responsible for the anarchy on the US’ streets. How original.

After five straight nights of nationwide riots, a war of words has broken out between the right and left over who’s responsible for the worst of the looting and destruction. Authorities in Minnesota – the epicenter of the unrest – have blamed ‘White Supremacists’ and drug cartels, while President Donald Trump and the Justice Department have blamed left-wing ‘Antifa’ militants, with Trump announcing on Sunday that he’d designate the loosely-knit group a “terrorist organization.”

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With just about everybody but the rioters themselves getting the blame, Susan Rice – former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama – chimed in with a tried and true villain: Russia.

“I would bet,” she told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Sunday, “this is right out of the Russian playbook.”

Rice at least admitted that she’s “not reading the intelligence these days,” essentially confirming that her theory was plucked from thin air. 

Blitzer didn’t push back on Rice’s claim, and Rice went on to accuse Moscow of trying to “disintegrate” the US from within. “I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that they’re funding it in some way, shape or form,” she added, another theory pulled from the ether.

That an Obama administration official would blame Russia for America’s woes is unsurprising. After all, Obama-era intelligence heads and Democratic lawmakers spent more than two years attempting to frame President Trump for “colluding” with the Kremlin.

But she’s just one of several liberal talking heads to smell Russian meddling in the burning streets of Minneapolis and beyond. Former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial went on CNN on Saturday to suggest that Russian agents were stoking riots, while a host of #Resistance types took to Twitter earlier in the week to declare the unrest part of “Russia’s master plan.”

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“I was wondering how long it would take the mainstream media to find a Russian angle,” Global Policy Institute researcher George Szamuely told RT. “Of course, there’s not the slightest evidence for this, but that’s to be expected.”

Trump, meanwhile, was a little more blunt. “Here we go again,” he tweeted on Saturday. “Fake News @CNN is blaming RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA. They are sick losers with VERY bad ratings!”

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