When lethal force is the only viable option

As I have said before, there are many examples of excessive force by police. Elizabeth Daly, Kathryn Johnston, Bounkham Phonesavanh, Isaac Singletary, Aiyana Stanley-Jones and Cheye Calvo are examples of that. Addie and Bob Harte were subjected to a SWAT raid because police mistook loose-leaf tea for marijuana. The Phonesavanh and Stanley-Jones cases were especially horrifying.

We should stand against police brutality, and we should oppose the militarization of police. I was the only candidate for Bloomington City Council in 2015 to oppose the Bloomington Police Department’s attempt to acquire a mine resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) military vehicle.

Continue reading “When lethal force is the only viable option”

Vaccine side effects

I had my second dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine last week and the side effects were terrible. I was sick most of the night Tuesday night and all day on Wednesday with a high fever, body aches, severe fatigue and nausea.

I still recommend getting a COVID-19 vaccine, if only to prevent passing the disease on to a vulnerable person. Everyone reacts differently to it and many have mild side effects – just soreness at the injection site. I just had a more severe reaction to the second shot.

Contradictions and non-contradictions

I have said in the past that “you cannot have it both ways” regarding a particular controversy. But there are also many times where, as Ben Shapiro is fond of saying, “two things can be true at once.” So is it an example of “hypocrisy” to use the first phrase in some cases and the second phrase in others?

No.

Continue reading “Contradictions and non-contradictions”

Do not remove police from traffic enforcement

I have pointed out previously that Daunte Wright was not arrested because of a traffic stop. He was arrested because he had an outstanding warrant for armed robbery, where he allegedly shoved his hand into a woman’s bra to grab the cash she was holding there. (That is sexual assault, by the way.)

But we are now seeing efforts to remove police from traffic enforcement all together. This is a perfect example of the phrase “hard cases make bad law.” Using the Wright case to push this agenda is flawed because the facts of the case simply do not match the narrative. Because there was a warrant for Wright’s arrest, police would (hopefully) have caught up to him eventually anyway. He would have tried to flee then, and police would have needed to apprehend him. He may well have violently resisted arrest. The traffic stop was not the reason for the arrest. The warrant for armed robbery was the reason for the arrest.

Continue reading “Do not remove police from traffic enforcement”

Police in Columbus face the Kobayashi Maru

The Ma’Khia Bryant case is the Kobayashi Maru. Bryant was actively trying to stab a teenage girl when she was shot by police. But this was a no-win scenario. If the officer shoots, he is damned. If the officer does not shoot, he is also damned for allowing a black teenage girl to be stabbed. Whether he shoots Bryant or allows her victim to be stabbed, he will be damned as a “racist” who does not care about black lives.

So let’s be very clear: The officer absolutely did the right thing. There was an active attempted murder happening right in front of him. The only choice was to stop the crime from happening. As the knife was swinging forward, there was no time to tackle Bryant or draw a Taser. He did exactly what he is trained to do. No one who honestly watches the bodycam video could reach any other conclusion.

Continue reading “Police in Columbus face the Kobayashi Maru”

Armed robbery, not expired tags

The Washington Post claims that “having expired tags” is something that “can shatter Black lives”

This is a flagrant lie.

The police did not try to arrest Daunte Wright because he had expired tags. He had a warrant for his arrest due to an armed robbery.

But the Fake News Media does not care about black lives, and they certainly do not care about black women who are victimized. They just want to push a narrative.