They’ll sure try!
Here is how the New York Times described the death of Dolal Idd:
“A Minneapolis police officer shot and killed a man during a traffic stop on Wednesday evening, the first killing by a member of the department since George Floyd’s death in May, a police spokesman said.”
Let’s see: subsequent accounts show that it was not, in fact, a “traffic stop”: police had been looking for Idd as part of a firearms investigation. The account was also misleading in that it didn’t mention that Idd fired on police officers first. And, as I guess I will have to keep writing since the news media will not (although I guarantee jurors in the George Floyd trial will hear it many times), it is far from clear that the sainted Floyd was in fact killed by a police officer.
Other than that, the Times reports is pretty accurate for modern journalism; only three major misrepresentations in a single sentence of 35 words.
Since any shooting of a black man by U.S. police is presumed to be based on racism, a mob of demonstrators appeared at the scene, blocking traffic for several blocks and starting a bonfire in the middle of the street. Authorities urged them not to riot or commit arson, and they did not, apparently because the temperature of ten degrees was too cold for them. Certainly the facts of the shooting couldn’t have had anything to do with it: most of the other police-involved deaths over the summer justified riots no more than this one did, but riots we got.
Multiple police vehicles had converged on Idd’s car. He tried to elude the police, and when he realized he couldn’t, started shooting at the officers. They shot back; of course, as I’m sure we will hear from Joe Biden or someone, they should have tried to “wing” him. Sadly, he was killed at the scene.
Such a loss. The Star Tribune reports,
In 2019, Idd was convicted of illegally possessing and firing a gun in Hennepin County. The charges say, in July 2018, Idd fired a gun in the basement shower of his parents’ home around 1 a.m. with two children sleeping nearby.
Idd’s mother told Eden Prairie police that her son was not permitted in the house because “he scares the children.” Police arrested him later in Bloomington with a 9mm handgun that had been reported stolen in North Dakota, according to charges.
We haven’t heard from Idd’s parents and friends since the shooting, but then Ben Crump hasn’t been hired yet to represent them. I’m sure we will soon be told that Idd was a wonderful human being who wouldn’t hurt a fly, and who was in the process of turning his life around until those racist police snuffed out his beautiful life. Just look at his picture (above)! Now who could believe someone with such a sweet face was trying to kill cops? Here’s another one that is being used by the media and a GoFundMe page:
Anyone can see he was harmless! There has already been a vigil, as CAIR sensed an opportunity. Idd was a Muslim, and as we all know, Islam is a non-violent religion.
“I really am honored and glad to see so many of you coming out to this space right now,” said CAIR-Minnesota Director Jaylani Hussein last night as demonstrators “stood united and heartbroken, while demanding more answers amid cries for justice in his name.” “We’re going to demand for an investigation that is transparent, that is open to us so that we can see the full facts of what took place,” said Hussein, who added, “You can’t kill our people and get away with it.”
Naturally, “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar took to Twitter even after the bodycam footage was made public, showing that Idd fired at officers first, and did her part to spark violence, writing,
“MPD is a joke, this isn’t transparency or accountability. A man was killed, his family terrorized & robbed of a son and all they are left w/ is more questions than answers. Let’s stop normalizing + justifying state sanctioned murder by those who take an oath to uphold the law”
The Star-Tribune added in its commentary,
Without any knowledge of who had been killed, [Harold] Moses said that Wednesday night he immediately assumed the victim was Black. After George Floyd was killed he stopped allowing his 15-year-old son, who is part Filipino, from jogging in the neighborhood because of concerns about safety risks imposed by the public and police. He also has a 12-year-old daughter.
“Nothing seems to change — policing and people’s attitudes,” he said.
I would have also assumed that the victim was black—because he resisted arrest and fired on police. This is the theme in most of these police-involved deaths, and Mr. Moses is doing his best to make certain that “people’s attitudes”—like black people assuming that police want to kill them so they should refuse to cooperate with them and instead fight, resist, or flea—-don’t change.
That’s how you get more “mostly peaceful riots” to bring about “social justice.”
Is this too cynical? I don’t think so. By the end of 2020, facts didn’t matter, and the flip of the calendar isn’t going to turn that around.