While most Americans agree what happened to Minnesota resident George Floyd last week was a tragedy that should not go unpunished, they also share similar negative views about the looting and rioting that is taking place in his name.

Peaceful demonstrations and redressing grievances with leaders are actions enshrined in our Constitution because they were understood to be “inalienable rights” – that is, rights that are inherent to human existence and not subject to approval by governments – by our Founders.

But acts of looting and rioting are not a redress of grievances. They are not First Amendment-protected protests. They are criminals acts and, in some cases, constitute domestic terrorism, especially when rioters attack and kill police officers trying to keep the peace.

Monday night four St. Louis police officers were shot trying to bring order to portions of the city that are being overrun by anarchists and thugs. Cops managed to arrest dozens of people who may have been involved in shootings but who were also allegedly involved in looting and destruction of property

It’s less likely now that they’ll be held accountable for their lawlessness, however, because the St. Louis city prosecutor who should be investigating and preparing to pursue charges against these individuals just let many of them go.

And to the surprise – and outrage – of Missouri law enforcers, including state Attorney General Eric Schmitt.

“In a stunning development, our office has learned that every single one of the St. Louis looters and rioters arrested were released back onto the streets by local prosecutor Kim Gardner,” he wrote on Twitter after Gardner, whose candidacy was backed by Left-wing anarchist George Soros, let dozens of suspects go.

“To see that kind of level of violence and rioting that went on, police officers being shot and shot at, a retired police captain being murdered, people throwing rocks and gasoline and frozen water bottles at police officers, firefighters being assaulted and blocked from doing their job, businesses that have served the community for years being burned to the ground, it’s unfathomable that every single person arrested that night has been released,” Schmitt told local NBC affiliate KDSK.

“It is stunning,” he continued, vowing to prosecute as many of those suspects as possible.

The affiliate noted further:

St. Louis police arrested 36 people between Sunday and Tuesday – 25 of whom were arrested during riots that erupted late Monday and into early Tuesday morning during which four police officers were shot. The charges included misdemeanors and felonies for burglaries, property damage, assault, interfering with arrest, stealing and trespassing and unlawful use of a weapon.

Only two of those 36 arrests resulted in summons, leaving the remaining 34 under “Pending Application of Warrant” or “Refused” for police follow up status, according to the police department.

Gardner’s spokeswoman said her office has requested additional information from police for two cases.

‘Stunning’ is, of course, one word you could use to describe Gardner’s action. But the phrase ‘criminally negligent’ also comes to mind.

It is simply unacceptable that, at a time when St. Louis police officers are barely able to respond to calls and the National Guard has been mobilized to help quell the rioting, a local prosecutor would so blatantly side with the criminals.