By now, we have all seen the shocking video of George Floyd, 46, who died Monday after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by Minneapolis police officers. In one video taken by a bystander, Floyd could repeatedly be heard stating, “I can’t breathe” as an officer held him to the ground with a knee on his neck.
Other videos show that George Floyd was or was not resisting arrest, rather fell to the ground – which calls into the question the motives of the police officers. That video and others have sparked outrage, fueling calls for the officers’ arrests and, more broadly, for Congress to take another look at the racial disparities in the nation’s criminal justice system. Right Wire Report wholeheartedly agrees that the incident was hideous, and the police officers involved, with due process, need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law to what appears to be an unjustified police killing.
Citizens have a right and should protest “peacefully” their government and the actions they took against George Floyd and his unwarranted death at the hands of the police officers involved. But the keyword here is “peacefully.” Unfortunately, this has not happened. Nefarious actors, both locally and what may be outside the neighborhood, have taken the opportunity to turn a bad situation into something very ugly.
The horrors of videos hit social media showing escalating protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota, over the death of George Floyd, including a Target store being looted and an Autozone on fire. It quickly turned into a riot. Here is a report on the ground:
A suspected looter has been shot dead outside a pawn shop by its Black owner. The body of a man – who medics later confirmed had been shot – was found lying on the sidewalk outside the Cadillac Pawnshop by police officers who performed CPR on him. Stores including Wendy’s, Target, Walmart, and AutoZone were looted, ransacked, and some set alight before rioters tried to bust open an ATM, as many ignored pleas from the Floyd family’s lawyer and Minnesota Governor Walz to protest peacefully Wednesday night. And don’t think it is just stereotypical black rioters. It was whites too – a total break down of society.
Videos showed what was reported to be an apartment building entirely engulfed by flames as rioters stood and watched and the fire department was nowhere to be seen. During the riots, a woman in a wheelchair was punched in the head and sprayed with a fire extinguisher after trying to block protesters – allegedly with a knife in her hand. The protests/riots are starting to spread to other cities – Los Angeles:
— Liz Habib (@LizHabib) May 28, 2020
Not taking anything away from the ongoing case against the police officers and the unwarranted death of George Floyd, our thoughts turn to the prevention of any further cases that may occur like this and whether there is a systematic problem with these types of incidents. Does the incident justify the ugly actions of some protesters turning it into a riot? Letting emotions overtake good policy decisions will not solve the problem. Let’s take a look at some facts that may shed light on this situation.
Demographics Minneapolis, Minnesota:
|Race and Hispanic Origin||
|White alone, percent||
|Black or African American alone, percent(a)||
|American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)||
|Asian alone, percent(a)||
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)||
|Two or More Races, percent||
|Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)||
|White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent||
Deaths at the hands of police:
The political authority of Minnesota:
- Governor – Tim Walz (Democrat)
- Mayor Minneapolis – Jacob Frey (Democrat)
- Minnesota State Party Control – House (Democrat) and Senate (Republican)
- Senators – Amy Klobuchar (Democrat) and Tina Smith (Democrat)
- Congressional Representatives – 5 (Democrat) and 3 (Republican) – Ilhan Omar is the Representative of the affected District #5.
- Chief of the Minneapolis Police Department – Medaria Arradondo (first Black to the post), Appointed by Betsy Hodges (Democrat)
The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) is a police department in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is the largest police department in Minnesota. The city is served through five precincts with 800 sworn officers and 300 civilian employees. At the city’s population peak, MPD served over 521,000 people. Check out a video about Medaria Arradondo from 2017:
From the video of the report on the ground (above), it states that last year about 1100 were killed, by the police, where one-quarter (25%) was African American, though only making up 13% of the population – seemingly disproportionate. However, If blacks make up 13% of the population, they should only be committing 13% of the crimes. Instead, they are committing crimes almost three times as many crimes as they should be. Hence, their interaction with police officers would be higher – thereby making black deaths by police even lower than whites on a per crime, per police involvement and population demographic basis.,
Mayor Frey declared “being black in America should not be a death sentence.”Unfortunately, he is correct in the sentiment but wrong on causation. There is no statistical evidence that Blacks, especially black males, are being hunted down and murdered by police officers.
“The No. 1 cause of preventable death for young white men is accidents, such as car accidents. The No. 1 cause of preventable death for young black men is homicide, usually committed by another young black man, not a cop. In 2016, according to the latest data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, 7,881 blacks were killed.”
While incarcerations for Black males have been higher, per population stat, for decades those numbers have been narrowing and remain connected to violent and drug convictions. There are health disparities and higher comorbidity rates per population stat in Black communities. Perpetuating the myth that racism, or skin color, is causation for these higher rates just reviewed, is not only dangerous but a lie. This falsehood drives the bad outcomes by setting up so many to resist arrest, refuse commands like keep hands where they can be seen, and seeds deep mistrust and escalation between blacks and police when they interact. This drumming of police hunting down black males is breeding contempt, mistrust, and increased aggression in youth on our streets which often result in tragic outcomes. Media plays a significant role in flaming race tensions between police and black communities and political agendas benefit off this crafted wedge issue of race.
Regardless of these stats, unwarranted death by police on any race needs to be addressed. Right Wire Report recognizes that being a policeman does not guarantee you are always the “good guy or gal,” as is true in all walks of life, bad actors exist. Why the compulsion to assign bad behavior as, all, most, or routine, is disturbing and serves a specific agenda. Just who will be able to make a systematic change to society? The answer to this question is – the leaders that govern these communities. The policies they implement will determine the outcomes in these communities. Far too often, we see in major metropolitan areas with a Leftist orientation to policing. The members of the Congressional Back Caucus if filled up with decades tenure representing most of the violent hot spots in our country with high police interaction with black communities. Where are these leaders when their communities choose to riot?
Americans witnessed images of officers lining the roof of their precinct, armed, under siege by violent rioters, who had destroyed the property entrance and held law enforcement hostage practically to location … in America? Buildings were set on fire and businesses looted, as we saw in Ferguson and Baltimore, with no police presence to stop the criminals … in America? Police by the hundreds used bikes to defend projectiles at their heads as they pushed back and did not engage lawless behaviors…again in America? How does this help any American, black or otherwise, to change the culture and weed out bad actors to prevent future tragedies? No, Mob rule is not American and rioting is not lawful. Anarchy is not an answer and enabling the many false narratives that fuel Black inner-city rage towards law enforcement isn’t either.
The police-involved was terminated immediately and the Mayor and Police Superintendent confirmed a full investigation had begun into the incident. The Attorney General Civil Rights Division was called in and the President of the United States made it clear justice will be served.
At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
….I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
No one is ignoring Mr. Floyd’s tragic death.
Making excuses for any crime committed by citizens, police, or rioters that damage person and property can not be made acceptable. Ignoring data and making things “politically correct” will only make things worse – and this is precisely what we have seen. Many of these Democrat-run cities mix politics with policing, in effort to virtue signal to the affected communities and not solving issues. Stirring up racial tensions via more Identity Politics and race-baiting victimization also does not help either – click here (Charlamagne tha God, Next Generation Al Sharpton?).
A good place to start will be to first start telling the truth of the facts about the notions of systemic racism.