I will not rehash the jury’s findings, but I will present the hostile anti-law enforcement mine field Officer Chauvin had to tread.
A writer states, “Now the protestors arrive with limited knowledge of the facts … they raise the temperature of emotional fever which calls for social justice. The policeman is guilty, should be fired, arrested and put away for life.”
The court building had considerable police presence, including local police, state police and federal officers. The city of Minneapolis requested additional police from neighboring cities and states. Concrete barriers encircled the building; impenetrable iron fences topped with razor wire added to the visual of a third world. Only those with proper identification were allowed in and were accompanied by armed security.
Chicago’s Mayor Lightfoot broadcast a statement “Don’t test us, because we are ready.” She had specialized police units deployed and at the ready if a ‘not-guilty’ verdict was returned. City trucks were prepared to barricade main arteries through the city while the entire Chicago Police Department was on active duty or standby. Days off were once again cancelled.
Illinois Governor Pritzker deployed the National Guard to Chicago – fearful of a ‘not-guilty’ verdict, as well.
Cook County President Tony Preckwinkle declared that, “The fact that … the guilty verdict was in question, tells us we still have a long way to go in bringing accountability to policing.”
United States Congresswoman Maxine Waters from California flew to Minneapolis to speak at a rally held by activists demanding a ‘guilty verdict’ in the name of racial justice.
Waters demanded that the protestors, “get more active, and get more confrontational,” if the jury was to acquit officer Chauvin. She also declared that Officer Chauvin should be convicted of murder and no lesser charges should be accepted by the protestors regardless of evidence.
U S Representative Jan Schakowsky form Evanston, Illinois stated “I am relieved that justice has been done in this case. But our work continues. We will keep pushing forward in the name of George Floyd, Adam Toledo, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Elijah McClain, Travon Martin and our other black and brown community members killed by the police.
George Floyd, comment with-held
Adam Toledo was a thirteen-year-old Latin King Gang member who was shot and killed by a Chicago Police Officer after putting the officer in fear of being shot.
Ahmaud Arbery was not shot or killed by police
Breonna Taylor was accidently shot by police officers returning fire after her boyfriend shot at police entering his apartment while serving a warrant.
Elijah McClain subsequently died at the hospital and excited delirium was cited in the autopsy.
Travon Martin was not shot or killed by any police.
Facts can never be allowed to come between a politician and the press.
Speaking from the Oval Office, President Biden, while the jury was still deliberating, said “I’m praying for the right verdict. I think it’s overwhelming, (guilty) in my view.”
White House press secretary Jan Psaki repeatedly refused to explain Biden’s comments doing nothing to dispel the impression that the president of the United States openly called for a guilty verdict for political purposes.
The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris stated “racism was keeping the country from fulfilling its founding promise of liberty and justice for all.”
A news media outlet proudly announced, “at least a conviction in the idea…that justice is real and an honorable nation values it from its heart.
Is this true? Are we an honorable nation when a guilty verdict is dictated by political nudging? Anti-police activism can determine the course of the Rule of Law. Can judicial activism become the norm in trials where the mob mentality is prevalent? Was this trial conceded for the sake of racial activism?
I can’t determine guilt or innocence, but I can certainly say, “This trial was not what this country was built on, a fair and impartial trial.”
To all my brothers and sisters in blue, lock and load and protect another. And as always, stay safe.
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