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Joe Nocera

Riots Breed Chaos, Violence and Most Likely Covid-19

The pandemic seems to be forgotten amid the rage, but the demonstrations will only make it worse.

So much for social distancing.

So much for social distancing.

Photographer: Seth Herald/AFP/Getty Images

Like so many Americans, I didn’t get much sleep Friday night. All night long, I kept refreshing my Twitter feed, watching and re-watching the videos of the rioting that took place in cities nationwide in reaction to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier in the week.

I saw a New York police officer throwing a young protester to the ground, calling her a vile name as he did; a police car going up in flames in Dallas; an assault on the CNN building in Atlanta; a police officer in Louisville, Kentucky, shooting a pepper-spray ball at a camera operator. And on and on.