I could care less what the police 'say'.
Or what the angry mob 'says'.
When it is proven in court - one way or another - THEN I will care what is said.
And I am not buying for one second that this rioting/protests for the VAST majority of these protesters is anything but frustration with their lives finding a venue to express rage.
They are pissed with their lives (for various reasons - some legitimate, some not-so-much), want attention and - guess what? - it's working...they are getting TONS of attention.
I have NO idea if the cops are/were wrong or not.
That is for a court to decide.
Not the media or the masses or the cops.