The video is clear, George Floyd was murdered. The officer with his foot on Floyd’s neck, I hope is arrested by the time you read this. His checkered past and this blatant action make it so.
As for the other officers present, the fact they did not act to help the victim justifies their firing and they too should face some charges.
What the video does is give every officer a bad name and a chance for many to justify how bad the police are. Let’s be clear, the majority of officers would never do that and took the job to help not kill. Its a shame that today they are all branded by this rogue officer.
Last night a police officer in North Dakota was killed when he went to serve a warrant. Unfortunately this doesn’t get coverage. In fact, on average for the past thirty years 89 officers are killed annually.
Justice must be served in Minneapolis, as it should be in every case. The rule of law must prevail. None of the actions that took place last night in looting or burning should be excused either. Justice in our nation is through the law.
The other thing this case is its own situation. It does not make the Ferguson case right. That false narrative took away from the real story many are trying to tell.
Finally, this does not as some have said justify Colin Kaepernick. Wearing cops are pigs socks does not describe the majority who do their job correctly. Kneeling for the flag our warriors died for has nothing to do with the police as I see it. Honoring those who gave their all has nothing to do with some roque police officers. There are other ways to raise the issue.
All that said I hope the DOJ acts quickly, if the state does not, in getting justice underway. I would encourage them to do so.
Some other news
Did you see the video of an MSNBC reporter in Wisconsin chiding people for not wearing a mask when one stopped and said, “your cameraman is not wearing one, half your crew aren’t.” ? All the reporter on live TV could do was acknowledge that.
The same person, when interviewed later, said even the reporter on camera had no mask and was in a close circle with others until the camera went on. Proving once again, that even if you see it, you can’t really believe it!
Remember when former Defense Secretary Gates (Under Bush and Obama) said about Joe Bide: He has “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
That’s going to come back up during this campaign. Well here’s another from Charlie Hurt on the same issue. “People say that a broken clock is right twice a day. Well, that is certainly true. But that only makes the broken clock unreliable. You have to actually know what time it is to know all the times during the day when the clock is wrong. With Joe Biden, he is not even right twice a day.”
With the attacks on the President for his truthfulness and actions we are in for noisy, fun(?), and nasty fall airwaves.
Michael Barone, in writing about us as Americans, today wrote this:
“Do you remember the 1957-58 Asian flu? Or the 1968-69 Hong Kong flu? I do. I was a teenager during the first of these, an adult finishing law school during the second. But even though back then I followed the news much more than the average person my age, I can’t dredge up more than the dimmest memory of either.
I don’t have any memory of schools closing, though apparently, a few did here and there. I have no memories of city or state lockdowns, of closed offices and factories and department stores, of people banned from parks and beaches.
Yet these two influenzas had death tolls roughly comparable to that of COVID-19. Between 70,000 and 116,000 people in the U.S. died from Asian flu. That’s between 0.04% and 0.07% of the nation’s population, somewhat more than the 0.03% of the COVID-19 death rate so far.
The Asian flu, unlike COVID-19, was rarely fatal for children and was more deadly for the elderly — and pregnant women.
The Hong Kong flu, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention says, had more precisely an estimated U.S. death toll of 100,000 in 1968-70 (years that included the Woodstock festival), 0.05% of the total population. Both flus had high death rates among the elderly but, apparently, not as high a proportion as COVID-19 has had.
Once again, there were no nationwide school closings, no multi-month lockdowns, no daily presidential news conferences. Apparently, neither the nation’s leaders nor the vast bulk of its people felt that such drastic measures were called for.”
He concluded with this:
“Fundamental attitudes can change in a nation over half a century, and the very different responses to this year’s coronavirus pandemic and the influenzas of 50 and 60 years ago suggest that Americans today are much more risk-averse, much more willing to undergo massive inconvenience and disruption to avoid marginal increases in fatal risk.”
Have a great day.