That would be down to the lack of criminal activity and violent attacks on police being committed by the Second Amendment protesters.Alternative viewpoint, second amendment activists protest in the same town against wearing masks whilst carrying weapons and the police do nothing to them.
People protest a man murdered by 4 police officers and the police fire tear gas into the crowd. Rioting ensues at the perceived double standard.
The looting remains inexcusable. And should be vilified as such.
What was reported on the first day was CS smoke was fired by police AFTER they had rocks and bottles thrown at them. As far as I can remember the first incidents of vandalism and looting happened before the CS as well.