RIOTS EXPLAINED

A stolen car. A police chase. A fatal crash. A subsequent riot (and riots following the initial riot). Who’s to blame?

Jamie Rayward, the father of Dyllan, blamed police for unnecessarily chasing his son, but said he did not blame the driver of the car who survived and ran off. “I can’t blame him because they knew what they were doing,” he said. “They all were in the stolen car. If they wanted to, they could have said no ‘I’m not going to’.”

Well, yes. But they didn’t. Leading to this non-blamey piece:

Ms Robertson, who said she was not related to Matthew but had been his best friend for four years, appealed for young people to stay calm and call a halt to the violence.

“If they [the young people] want to keep rioting they know they’ll get taken, they’ll get caught,” she said. “They’re going to be locked up and they won’t be at his funeral.”

“He was my best friend,” she said, adding that she met him through her cousin, who had been going out with him. “I saw him in every jail he went to.”

(Via Alan R.M. Jones)

UPDATE. Julie wanted to comment on Sydney’s riots at the Sydney Morning Herald’s online opinion page. Julie didn’t want to leave her full name, however. So this is what the SMH published:

Julie Dodd (please only display Julie)

Posted by Tim B. on 02/28/2005 at 10:47 AM
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