Speaking of the power of suggestion: the Chauvin trial (Floyd)

Updated on April 10, 2021 in General Stuff
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All along—as a guy with a much higher than average understanding of UoF issues—I’ve pretty much had no choice but to sit on my hands and watch helplessly as the media lead the world to incorrect conclusions on several high-profile police use of force incidents. Most recently, I’ve watched as city after city, and state after state (including my own) reacted to Chauvin’s “chokehold” on Floyd by legislating against the practice—a practice that absolutely saves lives, mind—based on a narrative; top say nothing of the rioting over the same.

A narrative that is now unraveling under the high pressure microscope of the trial. 

From the usual suspect:


It’s going to be real hard to prove the intent part of any of those murder charges. Make no mistake, I think Chauvin will be hit with something, but the folks who’ve had almost a year to spool up outrage over narrative reporting—-and there are a lot of them—will lose their shit when murder charges don’t stick.

Not sure what can be done, outside of staying 30 miles away from any urban population center as things devolve into infantile rage.

A sad state of affairs. And, this is before the inevitable spate of crime related deaths stemming from widespread removal of the second safest tool (for the non-compliant criminal) on the police force continuum—second only to OC spray.

I may need to take up the fiddle; I’m not sure my guitar is up to projecting over the din of Rome burning.

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From what I understand too, is that the defense got the prosecution to admit that Chauvin’s knee was on Floyd’s shoulder, which in addition to being some 6 or 7 inches shorter and some 85 lbs. lighter than Floyd, this is Rodney King on steroids.

Buckle up kids.

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It’ll be okay in the long run… like in 300 years. No, seriously, we got past Kent State and Rodney King and the assassinations in the 60s.

I posted previously the following:

A person who causes the death of another by any of the following means is guilty of manslaughter in the second degree and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than ten years or to payment of a fine of not more than $20,000, or both:
(1) by the person’s culpable negligence whereby the person creates an unreasonable risk, and consciously takes chances of causing death or great bodily harm to another.

Contrast with murder 2: 609.19 MURDER IN THE SECOND DEGREE. Whoever does either of the following is guilty of murder in the second degree and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 40 years:
(1) causes the death of a human being with intent to effect the death of that person or another, but without premeditation

I still think it’s likely that the jury will find culpable negligence and convict him of 2nd degree manslaughter at most. There is zero evidence that I have heard of an intent to effect death of another.

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I can’t help but see the cost of owning the narrative coming to the fore here.

The prosecution seems ill prepared. I dare say there may have been a culture among the prosecutors thay kept individuals from speaking up during their preparations. They were so convinced, collectively, that this was a slam dunk, any opinion to the effect of “that might sell with the talking heads on MSNBC, but it’s going to be tough to prove in court” may have gone unspoken.

We know Keith Ellison is as partisan as it gets.

But really, something far worse has already been lost.

In my grandmother’s world, if you set a sequence of actions into motion through your own stupid or criminal behavior, it was understood that whatever outcome you ended up enjoying was all on you.

Running around with drug dealers, trying to use phoney bills to buy cigarettes, fighting with the police…grandma understood that that’s the sort of behavior that will bring ruination upon you. If not today, then eventually.

But we can’t say that. We’re supposed to pretend that George Floyd’s life would be just great, today, if only he had managed to avoid the bad fortune of running into Chauvin.

Pointing out that all Floyd had to do was NOT put that cascade into motion…that is what we’ve lost.

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I agree with everything said above, by all 3 of you gents.

Here’s a bit of nerd trivia/inside baseball for you all, since Rodney King just came up:

When that whole shit show was going on, and the cops were wailing on RK—who went something like 6’3’’ and 220 or so at the time of the event, having recently spent time in the taxpayer funded weight training program for armed robbers—with their batons, one of the officers (Tim Wind) was a lateral to LAPD who had come from Kansas—a state that just so happens to be home to the national law enforcement training center. At this center, the guy who codified the “lateral vascular neck restraint” (Judoka and combat vet Jim Lindell) trained literally thousands of police in the proper, 3-stage use of a carotid restriction hold. Kansas City cops alone have applied the technique over a quarter of a million times since the certifications started, and they’ve never hurt, killed, or payed out a dime on a settlement on anyone that has had the technique applied against them. 

So there they are, after the taser has failed multiple times, hitting King over and over with batons, while King shrugs most of it off. Officer Wind literally has time to lean over to the senior officer present (Stacey Koon) and ask “can I just LVNR this guy and put an end to this? We can stop this right now…” to which Koon responds “No, because we are no longer authorized for the technique” (in so many words). 

Point being, the riots never would have happened if LA had not been on the forefront of this trend of disallowing a valid technique. 

All this is in the trial transcripts somewhere.

Talk about the Cobra effect. Rayshard Brooks (Atlanta Wendys drunk guy) is another such victim of the same lack of tools/options, among many.

And so it goes…

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Sid, how does the population in the Portland area break down on these law enforcement and BLM issues?  I saw a few episodes of Portlandia and have the impression that the SJW’s, antifa kids, and extreme postmodernists are outliers that everyone else, presumably 85% liberal Democrats, tolerates with good humor and maybe a tad of guilt, because they make the place funky or something.  Are you able to express aloud, on campus and with fellow teachers and neighbors, your concerns that law enforcement isn’t sufficiently respected and that it isn’t necessary to burn down the whole city to protest “systemic racism”?

I am in suburban north Texas, where support for LE goes without saying, though there are a few “Hate Has No Home Here” signs.  (Sometimes I feel like knocking on those doors and asking who exactly hates whom?)

I practice law in east Texas, about an hour from here, where Blue Lives Matter flags adorn every other front yard, and I don’t think “Hillary for President” yard signs are even allowed.    There are STILL Trump flags flying in front yards.  I say “yards” … they look more like the front 10 acres of what are no doubt heavily armed compounds with serious, and large, guard dogs. 

As a joke, I once went into this salvage/antique/junk shop in Quitman, Texas, looking for cast iron skillets to restore.  The bearded guy behind the counter, which was filled with survival knives, old hand grenades, confederate fridge magnets, and WW2 medals, etc. looked like one of the guys on Duck Dynasty.   There was a huge MAGA banner outside. I had my suit on and told him I was from the Hillary Clinton campaign and “sure would appreciate your support!”  He said something to the effect of “You’re a-huntin’ for votes in the wrong place, pardner.” He wasn’t kidding, but he knew that I was and we became fast friends.  My brother advises that I stop doing stuff like that in East Texas, but I can’t help it.



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I don’t live in Portland, but the DA, Mike Schmidt—who is an antifa supporter, and who famously announced that the DA’s office would not be prosecuting many of the crime charges resulting from illegal actions the nightly riots—got something close to 74 percent of the vote.

As to on-campus talk, I have an email in my files from the dean of one U asking which one of two SJW books we’d all like to be sent to read. No joke.

I won’t go into this in detail on an open forum, except to say: the boss using position to push  controversial books into employee’s private home libraries isn’t all that far removed from the boss pushing to remove books from employee’s private libraries. JMO.

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