Update June 1, 2020: looks like the answer is yes. US Attorney General Bill Barrsaid Saturday that far-left extremists and anarchists were behind the violent protests against police brutality in more than a dozen cities, and warned that federal law enforcement could take action against them.
Two days after the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of a police officer, protesters demonstrated in a number of major US cities.
The unrest followed nationwide outrage and horror over the video of George Floyd’s last moments alive.
Images of the riots show a consistent picture: At the initial protests and the first clashes with police, we see prevailingly white activists. Only later at night, when the violence escalated and buildings were set on fire, the white protesters retreated and we see mostly African Americans rioting and looting.
Four Minneapolis police officers involved in the man’s death have been fired — but Floyd’s family say they want murder charges against them.
In 1967, Martin Luther King did condemn riots (“The Other America” speech at Stanford University)
“…I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard.”