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Civil unrest is going to be common and the government is going to try to control it with brute force.
Hate to burst your bubble but civil "unrest" is a common place in the US and has been so probably for at least 20 years. Probably helped significantly by the internet. On any given day and every single day excluding extreme weather, there are multiple public gatherings of protesters. And this says nothing about the posts that people make on the internet.
And for the most part the police are much more lenient in the last 20 years towards certain acts of civil disobedience even when they break laws as long as there is a minimal amount of that.
The difference between all of that and the act above however is that those people do not attempt to kill other people. And killing other people is a crime - civil rights do not trump criminal law. So yes the government is going to stop it, now and in the future.
A lawyer dies in a car accident on his 40th birthday and finds himself at the Pearly Gates. A brass band is playing, the angels are singing a beautiful hymn, there is a huge crowd cheering and shouting his name, and absolutely everyone wants to shake his hand.
Just when he thinks things can't possibly get any better, Saint Peter himself runs over, apologises for not greeting him personally at the Pearly Gates, shakes his hand, and says "Congratulations son, we've been waiting a long time for you".
Totally confused and a little embarrassed, the lawyer sheepishly looks at Saint Peter and says "Saint Peter, I tried to lead a God-fearing life, I loved my family, I tried to obey the 10 Commandments, but congratulations for what? I honestly don't remember doing anything really special when I was alive". "Congratulations for what?" says Saint Peter, totally amazed at the man's modesty. "We're celebrating the fact that you lived to be 160 years old! God himself wants to see you!"
The lawyer is awestruck and can only look at Saint Peter with his mouth wide open. When he regains his power of speech, he looks up at Saint Peter and says "Saint Peter, I lived my life in the eternal hope that when I died I would be judged by God and be found to be worthy... but I only lived to be forty".
"That's simply impossible son" says Saint Peter. "We've added up your billing hours".
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man adapts the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. - George Bernard Shaw
Unfortunately, I had a lawyer try to pad his bill with me. It was blindingly obvious his secretary had put together the contract from some boilerplate software. I refused to pay the bill and wrote a letter to the senior partners explaining why. They never bugged my business partner and I again about that bill.