BY VICTORIA TAFT
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational & research purposes:
Well, folks, we’re here.
After years of pulling the threads from the Constitution and foundation of Western thought, telling ourselves it wouldn’t matter “this time,” or being shamed by our betters about the “fallacy” of the slippery slope, we’ve arrived to find our social fabric nearly undone.
It’s over there, a tattered, stringy mass lying on the floor.
The Third-Worlding of America is nearly complete. Colombia, here we come!
Let’s go over the bill of particulars in case you don’t think Medellín is in our future.
In recent years we’ve seen that the rule of law bends toward injustice. We’ve seen the legal system weaponized against a sitting president of the U.S.
Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill rioters are treated completely different than Seattle’s Capitol rioters.
People defending themselves from a mob are the ones who end up in jail.
If there’s a difference of opinion, people who believe in the wisdom of the Constitution and the rule of law are called names like fascist or nationalist. They are kicked off platforms that have replaced the public square.
If people in the favored crowds are called out for doing something wrong or the merely hypocritical, it’s the disfavored messenger who is shunned from the public square. Ask James O’Keefe or Jason Whitlock or the “terrorists” who supported President Trump or the people who were – oopsie – geotagged at the president’s speech on January 6th … by the cell phone companies and banks.
And now we’ve seen a “public servant,” a term I use loosely, openly admit that she voted to fire a guy rather than leave herself open to the hostility – or worse – from the narcos.
Last week after the Brooklyn Center police shooting of Daunte Wright, there were the familiar riots, looting, arsons, and unrest in response. It’s understandable. After all, one needs a big-screen TV or jacked cellphone for “justice.”
The police officer involved in the shooting, a 26-year-veteran, had mistaken her service weapon for her taser and shot the suspect, who was fighting and fleeing the cops.
This, of course, occurred during the Derek Chauvin trial in nearby Minneapolis, which should have been moved from the area, as I explain in a recent piece in PJ Media. Chauvin is standing trial for the death of George Floyd, which has sparked endless riots, arsons, looting, and unrest.
And after the terrible news about Wright’s death, the mayor decided that everyone should be fired – the cops, the police chief and others.
Among the voices of reason was City Manager Curt Boganey, who said that before anything was done the cop needed due process.
And stating the 5th and 14th Amendments of the United States Constitution was Boganey’s undoing.
The council voted to fire the – it seems appropriate to mention here – black city manager because he believes in the right to due process.
It’s not like it was for anything important that he lost his job. I mean, it’s not like due process is a big deal or anything.
The city councilor told the truth about the firing at a Zoom meeting later, as Legal Insurrection pointed out.
Brooklyn Center Council Member Kris Lawrence-Anderson, who voted to fire Boganey, explained that her decision to do so was based on fear of retaliation from the Black Lives Matter radicals who were wreaking havoc on the city:
At a virtual council workshop, Council Member Kris Lawrence-Anderson said she voted to remove the city manager because she feared for her property and retaliation by protestors if she had voted to keep him.
“He was doing a great job. I respect him dearly,” she said. “I didn’t want repercussions at a personal level.”
For those keeping score at home, the city manager was fired for standing by the fundamentals of affording the accused due process. At the same time, at least one council member openly admitted she cast her vote based solely on what she thought the mob of rioters might do to her or her property if she voted in a way that displeased them.
“I didn’t want repercussions at a personal level.” Great job, Minnesota! What a profile in courage she is. She was concerned about BLM and antifa going all primeval on her ass, so she tossed due process under the bus.
It looks like the wrong guy got fired here.
When antifa and BLM stir as much fear as Pablo Escobar and his henchmen, which prevents you from doing your damned job and following the Constitution, we’ve arrived at Banana Republic status.
Welcome to Medellín, Minnesota, where judges, elected officials, and cops are afraid of the race cartels.
Minneapolis Seeks to Ensure the City Will Burn by Crippling the Police Response
BY STACEY LENNOX
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational & research purposes:
The Minneapolis City Council, in an unbelievable move, given the powder keg on their doorstep, voted 11-1 to oppose the use of tear gas and other non-lethal munitions in response to civil disorder. It would be fair to wonder if someone dropped these 11 elected leaders on their heads as children. In the last 48 hours, we have had a sitting member of Congress, Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), inciting violence if former officer Derek Chauvin is convicted of murder, and two National Guardsman injured in a drive-by shooting. The Chauvin trial is in closing arguments, and the jury is expected to begin deliberating with the threat of mob justice over their heads.
Luckily, this vote is, to some extent, worthless virtue signaling. Mayor Jacob Frey controls the Minneapolis Police Department, which he completely demoralized and ruined during last summer’s riots. Hopefully, he will ignore the insane members of the city council. Governor Tim Walz has activated 3,000 members of Minnesota’s National Guard in advance of the verdict, which is a significant improvement over his lag in doing so last year.
The council members don’t see it that way. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s son, Councilman Jeremiah Ellison, voted to oppose Walz’s move.
Council Member Jeremiah Ellison accused Gov. Tim Walz and law enforcement officials of approving “indiscriminate assaults, gassing, and arrests of protesters” in the name of protecting property.
“We’re just going to pump people full of fear and say, ‘Trust us, we got it. It doesn’t matter how many chemical irritants we use, and it also doesn’t matter whether or not it works,'” Ellison said.
His perspective is no surprise since the younger Ellison openly tweeted his support for antifa last summer. He was challenging the idea that antifa was involved in the destruction that took place. City Council President Lisa Bender described the vote as “a statement of the values of the City Council.” You may remember Bender from this insane segment on CNN where she was explaining how Minneapolis would defund the police and “reimagine” public safety:
The Chauvin trial is wrapping up just as another officer-involved shooting in Brooklyn Center, Minn., just outside Minneapolis, reinvigorated rioting and looting across the metro area. One hundred rioters were arrested Saturday night near the Brooklyn Center police station. Emotions throughout metropolitan Minneapolis are running high, and the soft bigotry of low expectations among the city and state leaders is on full display. They are resigned to the violence that will follow the verdict no matter what conclusion the jury comes to. With such a stunning closing argument, it does not seem likely they will deliver the murder conviction Maxine Waters demanded:
How resigned are they? Minneapolis Public Schools will move back to distance learning on Wednesday after being out of school for over a year. Middle school students were scheduled to return for the first time this week, and many will not. Families are also losing all before and after school care provided by the school district for elementary students, and no athletic events will be held.
Not only did the council members take an emotional vote to signal they want police officers defending life and property to have no effective crowd control munitions. They also unanimously voted to develop an unarmed traffic enforcement division that is not part of the Minneapolis PD. Meanwhile, they tolerate a no-police autonomous zone in the area where George Floyd died. Record levels of violence and crime in the space taken over by militants earned the area FBI monitoring in March.
Minneapolis is headed down the same path as Portland, which experiences nearly nightly riots that have escalated to frequent arson attempts. They learned nothing from the CHAZ in Seattle or the Red House in Portland. How many of our once-thriving urban centers will have to descend into Gotham-level insanity due to the threats of mob justice? That Americans are accepting it is beyond astonishing.