Yikes!

“Trump spoke to governors on a video teleconference with law enforcement and national security officials, telling the local leaders they “have to get much tougher” amid nationwide protests and criticizing their responses.

“Most of you are weak,” Trump said. “You have to arrest people.”

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So says the man who went into the bunker this past weekend because of protesters at the White House.

So says the man who praised the professional response of his Secret Service men on the White House lawn who arrested six people and yet the protests continue at the White House.

So says the bully to the rational and reasonable among us.

So says the man who is consistently wrong on everything.

Perhaps his message should be a bit more specific? Like protect the innocent, protect property, arrest rioters and looters?

Nah, just be tougher…on everyone…

Trump accuses Scarborough of murder and nobody in power cares enough to call him out.

Quote:

“And Lu argued that the most pressing issue was how existing rules, drawn up by the companies themselves to govern content, are applied.

He alluded not just to Trump’s tweets about Minneapolis and about voting by mail but also Trump’s untrue insinuation that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough had been involved in the death of a staffer back in 2001, when Scarborough was a Republican congressman. 

The woman, 28-year-old Lori Klausutis, died as the result of an undiagnosed heart condition on a day when Scarborough was hundreds of miles away. Klausutis’s widower has appealed to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to delete Trump’s tweets on the matter, but that has not happened.

“Twitter has the right to police things or not police things, but there seems to be an inconsistency,” Lu said. “If you or I had gone on there and charged someone with murder or incited violence, we would have got kicked off Twitter a long time ago.”

Trump Tweets While America Burns…

Has any other President been as wrong as President Trump?

President Trump tweets that George Floyd will not have died in vain.

What the hell does that mean? Was George Floyd on some secret mission to do good and that mission was thwarted by the evil policeman? No, he went to the store to buy something.

So now we have a President of America with over 34 million people out of work, who authorized trillions of dollars to “jump start the economy”, and has thirty states in some level of civil disobedience.

Like American Idol judges, this President just goes with his gut.

Probably because he doesn’t know what to do nor how to figure it out.

From the Washington Post:

“Never in the 1,227 days of Trump’s presidency has the nation seemed to cry out for leadership as it did Sunday, yet Trump made no attempt to provide it.

“That was by design. Trump and some of his advisers calculated that he should not speak to the nation because he had nothing new to say and had no tangible policy or action to announce yet, according to a senior administration official. Evidently not feeling an urgent motivation Sunday to try to bring people together, he stayed silent.

“Trump let his tweets speak for themselves. One attacked the Democratic mayor of Minneapolis; another announced that his administration would designate the antifa movement a terrorist organization; a third accused the media of fomenting hatred and anarchy; and in yet another, he praised himself for the deployment of the National Guard and denigrated former vice president Joe Biden.”

Changing the Police Force

The protests across the country are not about racism as much as they are about police training.

The de-militarization of the police force must take place in the next ten years. Symbolism, tactics, responsibility, and accountability.

No one is safe from the police anymore. Plenty of video evidence of that on the internet. Even the “White Privileged” minority no longer feel safe when being stopped or arrested by a policeman in the US. At one time, we only feared the big, dumb, Georgia cop behind the billboard who stopped you for speeding. (Stereotyped in hundreds of movies) Today we are afraid of them all. Officer Friendly has been replaced by black-as-death stealth-painted squad cars with a foreboding appearance. The man in black is a cop. He’s nobody’s friend. He is trained to be intolerant of those who resist his orders. The type of crime is irrelevant. Obedience to the police officer is paramount. Do as he says or face the immediate consequences of his wrath.

New training is needed. De-militarize the police department.

John McCain, Republican nominee for President in 2008, once said during the hearings on Abu Ghraib that anyone in the custody of the US Military should be safe from harm. I believe that should also be true with police forces.

When handcuffed, the suspect is now a detainee and should be safe from harm. New approaches are needed to capture suspects, restrict their movement, and prevent them from bringing harm to themselves and to others. Suspects should be told that once the handcuffs are on, the suspect is safe unless he chooses to run. If he runs, the penalties are doubled, and his safety is jeopardized until he complies with lawful orders.

No one has a right to be mean. Not even policemen. However, being a policeman means that force is permitted under certain circumstances. Defensive force is allowed and sometimes offensive force is permitted too. Beating a person to submission is unnecessary.

Police force accountability must be reinstated. You are accountable when you have to clean up the mess you made. Policemen and police women have to take action to set things right when they make professional mistakes.

Police must be accountable in a meaningful way with the victims.

Bring a modern Officer Friendly into law enforcement again.

America is full of protest because the Mpls police officer showed no animus in the administration his knee on the neck of Floyd. He was determined to keep his control over the suspect even though the crime was a minimal crime.

No one should be mean. Not the police officer and not the suspect.