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Opinion: Criminal behavior must be stopped
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Atlanta Police detain demonstrators protesting, Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Atlanta. The protest started peacefully earlier in the day before demonstrators clashed with police. - photo by Associated Press

This looting and burning will never cease until there is repercussions and restitution. Just arresting and letting them go will only encourage this type behavior. Burning someone’s livelihood and stealing what they have worked for should have repercussions.

If you go into a business and steal something, you will be arrested and serve time. Black lives matter is racist. Not only do black lives matter, all lives matter. This type behavior has to be stopped and can be if only we had any politicians and law enforcement who had any guts. Babying these thugs/terrorists only encourages them to do the same things again and again as we have seen over the last several weeks. 

Someone suggested giving money for jobs for the inner city young people will solve the problem. No it won’t because I doubt you could get many of them to work. But many are more than willing to loot and steal. This could be stopped in a week if we had men with guts. 

We can thank Obama for starting this type behavior.

Paul S. Barnes

Flowery Branch

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