The left pounced on the Columbus shooting immediately. One problem. Bodycams. There was clear cut footage of the event, which showed very clearly how split second decisions are made. He saved a life but took a life. People see it and can understand. This saved Columbus from arson, and it saved that cop and police department the fate of Chauvin & Minneapolis. Expect bodycams to be removed from cops.
Now they were just requested, no, demanded to be added to police officers for accountability after the ‘15-‘16 season of BLM. Why remove them? Because for millions of interactions, cops are annoying but have trouble free touches with people. Bodycams now show reality. Reality means the “hands up don’t shoot” lie would have been snuffed out quickly. That is exactly why the Columbus mayor and police department did full disclosure on day one to defuse the situation.
This is why body cams will be removed. With that technology, the finessing of the moment is tougher. Who needs eye witness lies when there is an eyewitness without a bias watching everything from the cop’s chest? This happens with traffic stops too where dash cams turn on automatically and keep rolling & recording. Bodycams will disappear. In the long run, we will get cameras everywhere and robot patrols but no real safety. People will cocoon. Human cops might exist still as a jobs program. After the last twelve months of mayhem with stand down orders while also harassing maskless grandmothers & churchgoers, does anyone care about their fate?
Chauvin? What chance did he have? Forget the facts. George Floyd’s death was in month two of an experimental nationwide lockdown. People were stuck inside, cops spent the spring harassing beachgoers and hikers and then that video hits. Everyone was on their screens. Remember Minneapolis didn’t release the bodycam footage until months later and to few people in person, which changed the narrative a bit as Floyd was yelling about breathing while standing or sitting up untouched. By then though, millions had protested and the woke congregations had their services in the streets. Floyd had three public funerals while you buried your loved ones in groups of five, or if lucky, ten. There was anger and many people who felt righteous anger, and there was a need for a scapegoat.
It’s a common religious ritual. There was no scapegoat at the time, and the media tried to link it to Trump, but it was misplaced. Americans did feel revulsion to what they saw, and wanted someone to pay. Chauvin was there in as easy an emotional situation as any woke lawyer would want. His defense did do a good job, and despite that, I 100% expected him to get at least manslaughter because he didn’t intend to kill Floyd, but no matter what the jury would want some punishment. That’s a human thing, and juries will make human compromises. As Bogart said in The Maltese Falcon, “There’s got to be a fall guy”.
Doesn’t matter the facts. It’s all feelings. This trial always was going to be that, and hinged on having a few jurors who weren’t already settled on guilty when they were picked for jury duty. Think of the open claims of systemic racism, which is vague but applied liberally to unbiased programs like credit scores or multiplication tables, and right there, in the defendant’s chair, was sitting a human they could actually punish for it.
Cops will adjust. Many will get careful when iPhones are out (many are already), and a lot are going to recede from dangerous spaces. We will get more anarcho-tyranny. More dogs will get shot. This happened in Cincinnati after their police riots around 2000. It happened in Baltimore and St. Louis after BLM riots. It’ll happen nationwide. They will minimize liability and maybe your area won’t suffer, but the cities for sure will.
On to the links…
The book now has an audio version if you are interested.
The Sacklers were commie bastards who poisoned millions and killed hundreds of thousands. They will burn in hell.