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.