From John Ringo's Facebook page:
What was going on here was explained by a LEO to much derision from the right.
They had orders not to interfere. Doing so would have cost them their jobs as well as getting them sued.
Having a friend, Griffin Barber, who was a LEO in San Fran and hearing some of his stories of the stupidity he had to deal with, I get their point.
And it's worth remembering that Berkeley was home to some serious beat downs by cops in the 1960s riots. The people who were the subject of the beatdowns are now calling the shots.
What they apparently don't realize is that when law enforcement is disabled, what you get is a lack of law. The correct term for this is 'anarchy' and it never works out well for the weak. The groups they supposedly support.
In any case, none of this is going to work out well. Except, possibly, for the right. Because we are GOOD at violence.
'Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.'
Isaac Asimov (serious lefty by the way.)
'That is because the competent don't wait til it's their last refuge.'
Jerry Pournelle. (Not a lefty.)