A huge black crowd of Juneteenth revellers cheered as a white woman was brutally beaten to a bloody pulp in the streets of a Long Branch, New Jersey district during the nation’s first Juneteenth federal holiday.
Police later responded to the scene while retail employees remained trapped in their shops as the rioters commemorated the end of slavery on the streets outside.
According to local media reports, the Juneteenth celebration, held in Long Branch’s Pier Village, descended into a full-blown riot with hundreds of people smashing up local businesses and property throughout the Pier Village area.
Nationalfile.com reports: Local police advised residents to avoid the area, dispatching officers in riot gear to quell the unrest as retail employees, many of whom are under the age of 18, remained trapped in their places of employment as the crowd targeted storefronts for destruction.
Additionally, police advised that “numerous fights” involving attacks on officers had broken out in the streets.
So Juneteenth was declared a holiday so people could riot.Who knew?