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Is Donald’s “Justice” dept behind the lack of arrests in MN?

I’m just throwing this hypothesis out there.

Everyone saw what happened. Floyd was on the ground, handcuffed. He couldn’t do anyone any harm but the police knelt on his neck anyway until he was dead. Slightly off topic: what if Floyd was suicidal and suffering from a psychotic break instead of being accused of a crime? It’s possible that the police would still have killed him like this but aren’t there different procedures for subduing someone who is mentally ill?

Anyway, there is no doubt that there is probable cause that the police used excessive force. We see what happened, there’s enough time between when he is immobilized and dead that resisting arrest isn’t a justified excuse, there were witnesses. It sure looks like probable cause to arrest. That’s the procedure, right? Arrest, arraignment for probable cause, indictment, trial. Or have we not watched enough crime shows in this country?

If the police can justify their actions they can do it at their trials.

So, why are there no arrests? Cui Bono?

The city of Minneapolis is not benefitting and neither are the cities in other states, most of which happen to be blue states.

Without arrests, there is an ever increasing chance of protests turning into riots followed by deadly force to restore the peace. Why would any US attorney or local FBI office want that?

I don’t know. It seems to me that arrests could have been made on Wednesday and the city might have been spared a lot of this violence.

Could Bill Barr be applying pressure on Minnesota local officials to not make any arrests? Do Barr and Trump want the protests to continue and get ugly? Are they looking for an opportunity to bust some heads and fluff their base?

Has anyone asked these questions yet? Because failure to arrest the officers who did this is a mystery wrapped in an enigma that needs to be solved quickly.

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CNN crew in Minneapolis just doing its job is arrested. This is the long clip. You can hear that the reporter, cameraman and producer are trying to comply and are being respectful. There’s no explanation for why they were arrested.

This smells like Donald:

Update: Gov. Walz just took responsibility for the CNN crew being arrested while broadcasting. He says he was the one who called out the state police and asked them to assertively restore order. Some of them got way too enthusiastic. Anyway, Walz apologized fo Jeff Zucker of CNN who was apparently livid.

Sounds like the state police needs to get a flash lesson on the first amendment.

Donald’s off the hook for this one. But I still think he’s behind the reason why the officers that caused Floyd’s death have not be arrested yet.

Keith Ellison on now. Neither Walz or Ellison condemning the protests. Just the arson and looting. How many looters and arsonists are provocateurs? We shall see.