Brooklyn Center, MN. Not far from 2020’s ground zero of uncivil unrest. Here we go again.
Observing the rule that “all initial reports are wrong”, we here at WC would like to point a few things out. In the end, they all point to the same conclusion: we are not doing ourselves, as Americans, any favors.
First, in a report from The Hill, we discover that the usual crew of suspects have spoken out of turn, and before all the facts are in, to condemn that which they don’t understand but are firmly against.
Rashida Tlaib, has “ruled” that the shooting was the result of “inherent & intentional racism”. Nonsense. We all know that’s not true. But, trotting out the “racist bogeyman” at every turn is good and profitable political theater. As demonstrated by BLM leaders buying $1M+ homes in gated communities.
Second, we have the body cam footage of the incident.
Again, understanding that “all initial reports are wrong”, this interaction after a point certainly doesn’t cast Brooklyn Center’s law enforcement training in a positive light.
The reports are that the intervening set of hands in the video belong to a 26-year police veteran who is currently assigned as a “training officer” with the department.
Ignoring the apparent lack of skill cuffing a detainee, and moving on to the shooting portion of the incident, the veteran “training officer” thinks she is deploying less-than-lethal means to disable the would-be detainee. I suspect that she really did believe in that moment that she was going to tase the suspect, based on her audibly notifying the suspect that she would tase him. However, what she actually deployed was her sidearm. And, pressing the trigger on a sidearm sends bullets down range, as opposed to electric current. A life altering difference.
And, third… in the aftermath of the incident and the subsequent uncivil unrest, the best that community leaders can do is fire the City Manager for suggesting the officer in question should receive due process, and dither about the differences in protests and riots. Fabulous.
Meanwhile a thousand miles away in the Nation’s Capital, the President who (as a senator) “authored” the “Crime Bill” and the VP who (as a district attorney) withheld critical evidence are the “change in administration” that would stop the 2020 unrest. Guess what…?
- Our communities do not have the will to police themselves well. They are not protecting or serving.
- Our politicians are nothing but hate-mongers who prematurely weigh-in on every local issue with the intent of sowing discord because it extends their 15 minutes.
- At least some of our law enforcement personnel are not receiving the training they should be.
All of the above lead, very directly to a loss of State-legitimacy. At a certain point, it becomes apparent to everyone that “government” isn’t working and has neither the will nor the means to do so. And, at that point… civil society becomes something entirely different as otherwise peaceful people must take measures to protect themselves and their livelihoods from what amounts to government sponsored ruin.
Bottom line…? We aren’t doing ourselves any favors. Again.