Anyone who wants to judge how far into corruption our present U.S. regime has sunk needs to view the documentary “The Fall of Minneapolis” which covers the George Floyd case and the official reaction to it.
Before the evidence was even finalised, the President of the United States, the Vice-President of the United States, the then Speaker of the U.S. House, the current (Republican) Speaker of the House, the mayor, governor, and state attorney general declared that George Floyd had been murdered by the police. The FBI showed up immediately to join a local fatality case.
The trial of Officer Dereck Chauvin is shown to have been a travesty of justice in every respect. Even while jurors were being chosen, the City of Minneapolis declared a large settlement to the Floyd “family” which he himself had never supported. The judge allowed known BLM members to be considered as jurors and excluded much exculpatory evidence. He ruled against moving the trial to a less dangerous venue, although the proceedings were held behind barbed wire and the jurors had every reason to be fearful. The honest findings of the original autopsy were disregarded.
There is no question that Floyd, now regarded around the world as a saint, was a career felon and thoroughly disreputable thug who resisted arrest because he was high on several drugs in amounts that could be fatal. The police were endeavouring to keep him quiet, waiting for the ambulance they had called because he complained of breathing problems.
Officer Chauvin was a 19-year veteran known for his steadiness in bad situations. The knee position that was claimed to be responsible for Floyd’s death was fully authorised in the manual familiar to all Minneapolis police. Several city officials lied under oath that was not so.
The leftist media in other countries, always eager to run down Americans, now declare as truth that American police have a vicious policy against black people, although the five policemen who had to cope with Floyd included a black and an Asian. And the fact that more policemen are killed by black criminals than the other way around. And that the Floyd matter was a routine thing that big city police deal with almost daily.
Most importantly, what this event shows is the disconnect between the state and the society it is supposed to represent. Those who manage to scramble themselves into positions of power have no interest in the welfare of ordinary folk or in understanding the daily reality around them. Their primary interest is in maintaining their place by a phony narrative that makes them feel virtuous. This government disregard for society is not a good thing for the great numbers of us “deplorables.”
Those of us old enough to remember the Civil Rights revolution can recall how the representatives of Minnesota were at the forefront in demanding that the feds come down hard on evil Southerners. At that time the black population of Minnesota was minuscule. It has since grown greatly, which is attributed to generous welfare benefits. While we sympathise with peace officers whose lives are being ruined by a corrupt government, we can’t help but feel a bit of satisfaction at seeing that State endure some Reconstruction of its own. Reconstruction was imposed on the South by armed force, but the Minnesotans have done it to themselves.
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