It’s the cops. The protests were a response to unchecked police brutality, and the cops respond with more violence.
So why do the authorities think they can get the situation under control by sending in more squads of black-armored thugs wielding batons and pepper spray? We need institutional change, not more of the same cranked up on more opportunities to abuse civilians. This is the most goddamned stupid, counter-productive response our governments could commit. Next thing you know, they’re going to send in military units to quell the people, and it will get even worse.
These aren’t mere riots. This is an uprising.