It sucks that they're now rioting aimlessly without a cause, but it's great to see people remind their government that their power comes from the consent of the governed. The entire reason a government can make laws is because WE give our consent to allow them to govern us. WE choose to listen to them. Theoretically (and quite literally, as Gandhi showed us) if we choose to disobey them, they effectively lose a significant amount of power and control. People need to look at the big picture. They're choosing to only talk about the youth who are involved for no other reason than to steal things. Most of them probably don't give a shit about the guy the cop killed. That isn't a good thing. What is a good thing is the people who gathered to protest and tell their government they're not okay with what happened. Now unfortunately (as just about any government will do, including ours) the government chose to just ignore the protesters because it doesn't require a response. Their line of thinking is "who gives a fuck if they're upset? They'll stand there waving their signs for a little bit and after nothing changes they'll get tired and go home and forget about it." This is part of why protests can escalate to riots (think about some of the riots during the civil rights movements) because the people realize the government will just ignore them so they start doing things to force the government to react and take them seriously. It's human nature, much like a kid who acts up to get his parents' attention. Bottom line the British government is to blame. If they would have taken action to SATISFY the protestors (such as conduct an investigation or introduce a bill/ordinance to prevent future incidents) and operate a government for the people by the people LIKE THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO the protests never would have escalated to this much violence if they would have dealt with the issue rather than ignoring the people. The British government is lying in the bed that it made. So really what started as a good thing turned sour because the government chose to not do their job.