To the Editor:
The video of police abusing/killing George Floyd is heart-wrenching. The police perpetrators are being prosecuted and should spend the rest of their lives behind bars.
CNN spokesmen say “systemic racism” caused Floyd’s death. That charge is simply an attempt to shift the blame away from the people truly responsible for Floyd’s death: the police perpetrators, their police chief, and the Minneapolis Mayor.
The policies, attitudes, decisions of, and training provided by the Minneapolis Police Department, controlled by its Democrat Mayor, enabled this killing. Why was an officer with 18 previous charges of abuse still employed? Does the Minneapolis Police Department condone abuse of citizens? Were these four policemen trained? Where were their supervisors?
Each community has the responsibility to elect officials who oversee the police’s implementation of the desired policies, culture, decisions, and training.
At the next election, Minneapolis voters will have the opportunity to approve or disapprove of the political officials responsible to ensure that the police department protect and properly treat the people of Minneapolis; they failed to protect George Floyd.
The evil that happened to George Floyd is being used to excuse the equally evil mobs in cities across our country. The mob has attacked police with rocks, bricks, guns, knives and other weapons. Rioters have viciously attacked innocent people and killed several. Looters and arsonists destroyed thousands of businesses, including many minority owned; many businesses won’t recover. The jobs the businesses provided, the goods and support they provided to the local neighborhood, and the investment they represent were destroyed. Most residents of these destroyed neighborhoods will, in some way, suffer.
Everyone supports peaceful protests; but the rioting, destruction of property, looting, arson, beatings, and killings are not acceptable. President Trump begged Mayors and Governors to protect residents and peaceful protestors by restoring law and order; most Democrat politicians have rejected his pleas.
While some pay lip-service to condemning the violence, most prominent Democrat politicians excuse the violence and refuse to join Republicans in demanding the swift restoration of law and order to protect the law-abiding people and the neighborhood.
Not content with enabling and excusing the mobs that destroyed thousands of people’s neighborhoods, jobs, property, dreams, and sometimes people’s lives, now some Democrat politicians agree with the mob’s demands to cut police funding. Do you think these cuts will reduce protection for the neighborhoods of the rich, the celebrities, and the politicians? These cuts certainly won’t make poor and middle-income neighborhoods safer.
Hopefully, in the next election, voters will remember that Democrat politicians sided with the rioters, looters, arsonists, and killers rather than with the law-abiding people.
We used to worry that you might be suffering from some cerebro-vascular difficulty. It’s a relief to see you displaying such mental agility.
Like Secret Service agents erecting a fence around the White House to protect the nullity residing there, you have imagined a perimeter around Minneapolis, isolating it from the state of Minnesota, the U.S., and the world. Nothing outside can possibly have an influence on that isolated community. It’s just like a big snow globe.
You have also managed to grab—or tried to convince us you have—the great pendulum of the universe, causing time to stop in its tracks. Those 246 years of legally-enforced chattel slavery? Irrelevant; erased from history. And—here’s the truly bold aspect of your feat—their lingering effects are gone, as well! You were just warming up, though. A century of Jim Crow? Brushed aside. Redlining? Never heard of it.
No, the only thing that matters is the Minneapolis City Government. If we were you we’d be more careful talking about them like that. Apparently they have powers which would have caused Stalin to weep in bitter envy.