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Bad. Timing.

I listened to the press conference with the Minnesota US Attorney and the local head of the FBI.

I realize that they are trying to do things the right way. They want to investigate. They want justice. They are pleading for patience and calm.

But the protestors have seen the video of Eric Garner who said he couldn’t breathe. They’ve seen and heard the video when Philando Castile was shot in the passenger seat of his car. They saw the video of the kid shot in Ohio who had a toy gun. And only a couple of weeks ago, the video of Ahmed Aubrey surfaced.

What happened in those cases? There were no consequences. No justice for Eric Garner whose case most closely resembles this one. For Aubrey, the video has been available for months and the police didn’t arrest anyone until they were shamed into it.

So, as well intentioned as the US Attorney is, as dedicated as the FBI, it’s just too late.

Covid is ravaging the African American communities, too many people are unemployed, and Trump is a petty dictator who no one in his party wants to constrain in any way. We have to hold on until November to set any of this right again.

There is frustration and anger fueling the protests. They’ve had enough.

Just arrest the cops, indict them and get on with a trial already. We all saw what happened.

The national guard has been activated to pacify Minneapolis. Now we’re about to see what all that patriot act money paid for. It won’t be pretty.

People on both sides are going to get hurt. But it’s been a long time coming. It just couldn’t happen at a worse time.

Who knows? Maybe all major changes require timing like this.

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  1. I watched that press conference. It was a BS press conference. Designed to leave the demonstrators angry and frustrated. They were primed for the explosion. I sense a Bill Barr operation. Be calm. Give us time. There is evidence that maybe there isn’t criminal behavior. Blah, blah blah. It was a Eddie Haskell performance. There was no news in that press conference. Why even have it? It was a performance of very clever and evil performers. It was a look fair, sound fair but designed to deflect. Slow an investigation. Allow time for their lit fuse to burn down Minneapolis. Congrats Bill Barr. So sickening.

    • And now the police have abandoned the city. Cowards. They are only tough when 4 cops can crush a man and nobody can stop them. Now, they seem to have just walked away. Fire fighters are not fighting the fires. Is this the Trump anarchy to threaten people with?
      Be afraid, people!

  2. The song and video are prescient.
    The protesters aren’t at fault, there are provocateurs in their midst.

    And their anger, their fury, is unleashed.

    The man was murdered in front of people who knew they’d be killed if they tried to intervene. They called out in agony watching the torture and execution.

    Ultimately, the world saw what they saw.

    The men who murdered George Floyd should be arrested today. Should have been arrested two days ago.

    But today we had the spectacle of the top law enforcement officials overseeing the case saying, just give us time, we need more information, please come forward if you were there.

    No one is coming forward. Can you blame them?

    Here in my city, there’s already tear gas and rubber bullets flying at protesters.

    I am feeling discouraged. Oh, and the so called looters. Our economy is tanking and I can’t blame a single person who tried to to grab a few things to feed their family or sell off to feed their family.

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