“While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country, We stand with all those who have and continue to demand justice, equity, and accountability for Black lives in our country.”
—Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D…naturally) in a statement following an officer involved shooting in Kenosha last night, before any investigation has occurred, knowing that the rioters were already gearing up to cause violence and destruction.
And, of course, violence and destruction is what he got.
Police have not commented on what led to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee after being shot multiple times, in the back, as he appeared to be entering his car and perhaps reaching for something. (I’m no expert, but doesn’t the fact that more than one cop reflexively started shooting suggest that there was a reason other than “Oh!Here’s an uarmed black man: let’s shoot him”?)
At this point, the important facts are not known, just irrelevant facts injected into the story to make the police look like villains. Blake was apparently shot in front of his kids. Irrelevant. It is said that he was trying to break up a fight between two women—he’s a peacemaker!—which is what precipitated the police call. Irrelevant. What is relevant is why the police fired, and what action Blake was engaged in or appeared to be engaged in immediately before the shooting. That is not clear in the video.
Police turned the scene over to the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol., and the Wisconsin Department of Justice will investigate the shooting.Never mind: all that matters to the mobs is that police shot a black man. Such a mob, which knew no more about the shooting than what the obligatory cell phone video showed, took to the streets ” in what some are calling riots” wrote one local news source. “Rocks and bricks have been thrown, and at least one Molotov cocktail being thrown has been reported, as is property damage. One police vehicle was reportedly “stomped” and then later towed away,” continued the report.
Yes, I see why some “might call” that rioting.
Evers’ statement is as irresponsible and despicable as a public official can utter. He was pandering to anti-police extremists and justifying violence before he had any evidence about the shooting at all. Who says Blake was “mercilessly killed”? Is he really saying that no one is ever justly shot or injured at the hands of police?
Admittedly, his party and its constituency has lost all contact with the concepts of justice and due process, which is why, in these incidents, facts increasingly don’t matter. Here is Wisconsin assembly candidate Lee Snodgrass, similarly shooting off his metaphorical mouth without knowing what he’s talking about:
Police officers saying how they are all being lumped in as bad cops… take a look at the Kenosha shooting & you can see why. Too many bad cops killing black men. It has become the exception when they are NOT killed. You want the public attitude to change? Clean your own house.
The George Floyd Freakout has created a Bizarro World standard in which any police shooting is presumed to be racism and brutality. Any injury of death resulting to an African-American, whether due to self-defense (Mike Brown, Rayshard Brooks), tragic error ( Breona Taylor), color-blind viciousness (George Floyd), negligence (Eric Garner), or actions that genuinely appera to be racist brutality (Walter Scott), will be considered justification for riots. This means that law enforcement when a black American is involved is essentially impossible. For the police it is strict liability and no-tolerance, and officials like Evers are encouraging that environment.
If virtue-signaling, Black Lives Matter-groveling fools like Evers are not condemned and ejected from office, cities won’t have to defund the police. No one in his or her right mind will be willing to accept a job where a demographic that commits a disproportionate number of crimes cannot be confronted by an officer without an unacceptable risk of riots in the community and personal ruin for the officer, because of a presumption of racism.