There is so much going on that in a short post I don’t know where to begin.
A good place to start is the Washington Post account by Ashley Parker et al of the pushback of peaceful protesters by police (Park and Secret Service maybe). Most readers has heard the press interpretation. Police think that professional agitators were in the crowd. Police mistook a legitimate journalist from Australia as an activist and smashed her camera.
That is the point of “professional” underground warfare, to provoke law enforcement and administrations into cracking down on people to foment even more “revolution”. That is how “radicalism” always works.
There are a lot of different reasons for the nihilism that goes into this sort of person. Maybe the feeling that the world is so unfair that many people have nothing to lose anyway, which is very dangerous. The feeling that privileged people benefit from the unfair risk taking of others.
Other disturbing reports come out of the woodwork, one that Twitter removed an activist account from a white supremacist that posed as Antifa.
Four police officers were shot in St. Louis. Two in Las Vegas.
Nathan Diller, DCist, reports Ford Fischer's (News2share, Zenger News) impressions of the protests, and they are disturbing.
A Charlotte TV station, talking to some Facebook users, found that some of the violence there was being organized by a white supremacist group. See video.
In a perverse way, I can understand why China brings social credit to an individual (not just a group affiliation level), so that others don't get the idea they have nothing to lose if they fall too far behind.