The Day The Presidency Was Lost

Closing Thought–05Jun20

We all have seen, by now, that horrible photo op of the president in front of a boarded up church holding a Bible….it was sickening and the push back by the religious community has been hard on Donald…..

The American Conservative has called that day as the “Day the presidency was lost”…..

I believe that yesterday was the day that Donald Trump lost the presidency.

After days of urban rioting, the likes of which America hasn’t seen in over fifty years, the President of the United States finally deigned to show himself and address the nation. He gave a pro forma address in the White House, then, law enforcement personnel having gassed peaceful protesters to clear the way for the president to walk across the park to St. John’s Church, Trump strolled over, stood in front of the church holding a Bible, for a photo op.

The Day Trump Lost The Presidency

I agree under normal circumstance….but these days there is NOTHING normal and there will be die hard Trump supporters that will always find something positive…..I wish I could see it….to me he looked awkward and like his diaper needed changing….it was staged photo op…….

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As The GOP Convention Draws Near

Believe it or not…the pandemic is still ravaging our country and at the same time the political conventions grows close……and the big story is Donald the Orange has lost to say about it because he does not want to miss that opportunity to get up in front of admiring morons…..

First he threatens to pull the convention from North Carolina because of its policies around the pandemic…..

President Trump is threatening to pull the Republican National Convention out of North Carolina unless the governor can “immediately” guarantee that delegates will be allowed to fill the arena in Charlotte. Trump complained in a series of tweets Monday that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is still in “shutdown mode” and the party could be spending “millions of dollars building the Arena to a very high standard without even knowing if the Democrat Governor would allow the Republican Party to fully occupy the space,” CBS reports. He said that without the guarantee, “we will be reluctantly forced to find, with all of the jobs and economic development it brings, another Republican National Convention site.

The threat “completely blindsided” GOP officials, who had promised that health concerns would come first in planning for the Aug. 24-27 convention at the 20,000-capacity Spectrum Center, CNN reports. Cooper says that as with any other large event, the state will make decisions about the convention based on science, not politics. “This is not political. This is not emotional. This is based on health experts, data, and science and that’s it for everybody to see,” he says. “No one is being favored or disfavored over the other.” Vice President Mike Pence said Monday that Trump’s position was “very reasonable.” He suggested that Florida, Texas, or Georgia could be alternative locations.

Plus he wants a packed convention center to be mask free…..that is orders…..

Donald Trump is demanding a packed Republican national convention with “no face coverings and no social distancing”, North Carolina’s governor’s office has said.

The US president spoke with Democrat governor Roy Cooper by phone, the office revealed, where they discussed the scheduled August convention in Charlotte.

Mr Trump insisted on the lack of Covid-19 measures because he does not want to see signs of the pandemic in his renomination audience, a spokesperson for Mr Cooper said.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-republican-national-convention-north-carolina-coronavirus-masks-social-distancing-roy-cooper-a9540051.html

The Petty Dictator has spoken….and the GOP will bow and do as they are instructed…..exposing the participants to possible health problems…..

And now he has more to say…..

President Trump threatened to pull the Republican National Convention out of North Carolina if the thousands of expected attendees weren’t allowed to gather in one facility, and now he’s following through, NBC reports. In a series of tweets Tuesday night, Trump said he’s making the move because the state’s Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, will not guarantee that NC’s coronavirus restrictions will have no impact on the event. An RNC official later confirmed that the celebratory portion of the event, at least, will be held elsewhere. The full statement from Trump:

“Had long planned to have the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, a place I love. Now, @NC_Governor Roy Cooper and his representatives refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena – Spend millions of dollars, have everybody arrive, and then tell them they will not be able to gain entry. Governor Cooper is still in Shelter-In-Place Mode, and not allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised. Would have showcased beautiful North Carolina to the World, and brought in hundreds of millions of dollars, and jobs, for the State. Because of @NC_Governor, we are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.”

Cooper told the RNC earlier Tuesday that since no one knows “what the status of COVID-19 will be in August,” when the convention is to be held, “planning for a scaled-down convention with fewer people, social distancing, and face coverings is a necessity.” Politico reports that Trump wanted a 50,000-person convention with no social distancing or masks required, and no restrictions on capacity at restaurants and bars. But the RNC official noted that, “Should the governor allow more than 10 people in a room, we still hope to conduct the official business of the convention in Charlotte,” with Trump simply making his acceptance speech elsewhere. Cooper’s response to Trump’s announcement: “We have been committed to a safe RNC convention in North Carolina and it’s unfortunate they never agreed to scale down and make changes to keep people safe. Protecting public health and safety during this pandemic is a priority.” Sources say possible alternate locations include Nashville, Las Vegas, Orlando, Jacksonville, or somewhere in Georgia or Arizona.

This fool just does not know when to STFU.

It is official…Trump has taken the RNC out of North Carolina and no one told the governor….

The Republican National Convention will no longer be held in Charlotte, President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Tuesday, although no one seems to have informed the city of Charlotte.

Trump announced the decision in a series of angry tweets on Tuesday, blaming the move on North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Cooper has refused to sign off on the full-capacity convention that Trump and the Republican National Committee have demanded.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pkypg9/trump-pulled-the-rnc-out-of-charlotte-but-no-one-told-charlotte-about-it

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Is That Trumpian Threat Legal?

Our dictator-in-waiting has threatened the protests and the state governments with federal intrusion by invoking the Insurrection Act of 1807……and how many know what it is?

Let’s look at the Act of 1807…..

The Insurrection Act of 1807 is a United States federal law (10 U.S.C. §§ 251255; prior to 2016, 10 U.S.C. §§ 331–335) that empowers the president of the United States to deploy U.S. military and federalized National Guard troops within the United States in particular circumstances, such as to suppress civil disorder, insurrection and rebellion.

The act provides the “major exception” to the Posse Comitatus Act, which limits the use of military troops under federal command within the United States for law enforcement purposes.  The president must firstly issue a proclamation ordering the insurgents to immediately disperse (per 10 U.S.C. § 254).

The Act empowers the U.S. president to call into service the U.S. Armed Forces and the National Guard:

  • when requested by a state’s legislature, or governor if the legislature cannot be convened, to address an insurrection against that state (§ 251),
  • to address an insurrection, in any state, which makes it impracticable to enforce the law (§ 252), or
  • to address an insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination or conspiracy, in any state, which results in the deprivation of Constitutionally-secured rights, and where the state is unable, fails, or refuses to protect said rights (§ 253).

The 1807 Act replaced the earlier Calling Forth Act of 1792, which had allowed for federalization of state militias, with similar language that allowed either for federalization of state militias or use of the regular armed forces in the case of rebellion against a state government.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insurrection_Act_of_1807

Here is what all them fuss is about…..

“If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them,” President Trump declared Monday. His ability to do so amid the George Floyd protests centers on something called the Insurrection Act, which dates back to 1807. The details:

  • The act: It gives the president the right to call in active-duty troops (as opposed to reserves in the National Guard) for law enforcement. Typically, this would be done at the request of a governor, but legal experts say a president can do so without such a request, reports NPR.
  • Last time: The act hasn’t been invoked much. The last time was in 1992 during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, notes NBC News, though that was at the governor’s request. A footnote: William Barr happened to be serving as attorney general then, too, under the elder George Bush.
  • Desegregation: Prior to 1992, the act was most famously invoked during the Civil Rights era. Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson, for example, called in troops to enforce new civil rights laws in the South and end segregation. Eisenhower notably used the act in Arkansas, over the governor’s objections, to integrate schools in Little Rock, reports CNN. The act was also used to quell riots in Detroit in the 1960s.
  • Pushback: Just because the law has been so used in the past doesn’t mean today’s governors would acquiesce. “I reject the notion that the federal government can send troops into the state of Illinois,” said Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, per Forbes. A retired law professor tells the Washington Postthat states and cities “would fight tooth and nail to keep federal troops out.”
  • Where it’s murky: A post at JustSecurity.org delves into the legal intricacies with a look at specific provisions of the act. In broad strokes, the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act bars the president from summoning federal troops for domestic law enforcement, and the Insurrection Act provides the biggest loophole to that. But it’s unclear whether all this is subject to judicial review, writes Mark Nevitt: “Courts have historically been reluctant to wade into these complex federalism and separation of powers waters and will certainly be wary of providing specific guidance.”
  • One view: Yep, Trump can invoke the act without the permission of governors or Congress, says Stephen Vladeck of the University of Texas Law School. “I think there’s a reason why the statute allows him to act even if states don’t ask him,” Vladeck tells the Post. “I don’t think the situation is as dire as the drafters of the statute might have contemplated, but invocation of the Insurrection Act here seems much less controversial to me as a legal argument than many of Trump’s other actions.”

To make it a bit simpler…..there are 5 questions that need answering….

  1. Can the President use the military to respond to domestic unrest?
  2. What is the Insurrection Act and its substantive and procedural provisions?
  3. How does the military actually interpret its role in civil disturbance operations?
  4. What other legal authorities could potentially authorize a military role in domestic law enforcement operations?
  5. What are the military’s rules for the use of force in such a scenario—i.e. does looting justify shooting?

The President and the Domestic Deployment of the Military: Answers to Five Key Questions

Five things to look at with this threat from Donald the Orange…..https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/500730-five-things-to-know-about-trumps-legal-power-under-the-insurrection

If you feel scholarly then maybe a more in-depth look at these laws would be good for you to understand…..(there are forms in this and filling out them is not supported)……

Click to access R42659.pdf

All this may be a moot point….for this issue may just be another of Trump’s grandstanding for the cameras.

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Hell No We Won’t Go!

(Sorry had mental flash there)

Our dear leader has decided that he might do something that presidents of the past have done…call up the national guard for police work….

Vets are strong against using any military against civilians….that is tantamount of the policies of a third world dictator.

The veterans have issued a open call to all Guardsmen…..

Over 300 veterans have signed onto an open letter encouraging members of the National Guard to respond to the “moral choice” in front of them by refusing orders to deploy against protesters in streets across the nation.

“We urge you to have the courage to do the right thing,” the letter says. “Refuse activation orders.”

Protests over the May 25 killing of unarmed black man George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers have spread around the country, leading to confrontations between demonstrators and heavily armed police.

The open letter was coordinated by About Face: Veterans Against the War, a group that describes itself as composed of “post-9/11 service members and veterans organizing to end a foreign policy of permanent war and the use of military weapons, tactics, and values in communities across the country.” It was released the same day President Donald Trump threatened protesters with violence, tweeting that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/02/do-right-thing-veterans-call-national-guard-members-refuse-deploy-against-protesters

With all the back and forth a Dem Senator is issuing a proposal to stop the use of military on protesters….

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said Tuesday he will introduce an amendment to the annual defense policy bill seeking to block President Trump from deploying the military against protesters.

The move from Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, comes after President Trump threatened to deploy the military in response to demonstrations against police violence and racial injustice. The senator said he will introduce the amendment when the Senate panel takes up the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) next week.

“I never thought we would have to use the NDAA to make clear that the U.S. military shouldn’t be used as an agent of force against American citizens who are lawfully assembling,” Kaine said in a statement Tuesday. “I thought that would seem obvious to everyone. But as we take up the NDAA next week, I’m going to be pushing to ensure the president can’t treat the U.S. military as his personal palace guard to try to ward off peaceful protests.”

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/500769-democratic-senator-plans-defense-bill-amendment-to-bar-using-troops-against

This may be a moot point for we all know that the US Senate is where good bills go to DIE!

In case the reader would like more information on About Face then please visit their site….https://aboutfaceveterans.org/

… anybody in the National Guard, the GI rights hotline # is 1-877-447-4487.

But keep in  mind that the military has been used against protesters before…..think Bonus Army 1932

http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/snprelief4.htm

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The Hint Of Troops Deployments

Donald the Orange has made the threat that he would deploy US troops to our homeland to quell protests….but such a move would aspirate the situations with the protests…

As the George Floyd Uprising intensified in Minneapolis on Friday and Saturday, President Trump asked Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper for options to deploy federal troops to the city. He signaled to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, “We have our military ready, willing and able if they ever want to call our military, and we can have troops on the ground every quickly.” Military Police soldiers from Fort Bragg (North Carolina), Fort Drum (New York), Fort Carson (Colorado), and Fort Riley (Kansas) were ordered to be ready to deploy for crowd and traffic control duties, if the state National Guards could not quell the unrest.

On Monday, Trump put Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Mark Milley “in charge,” lambasted state governors, and said he would soon order active-duty federal troops into U.S. cities to “quickly solve the problem for them.” He also indicated that he would soon be deploying active-duty military forces in the District of Columbia, where he has the direct authority to do so.

Deploying Federal Troops in a War at Home Would Make a Bad Situation Worse

As it is now the Supreme Court could move to block any stupid coming from Trump….but will they?

The Supreme Court could announce as early as Monday that it’s taking up several cases involving the doctrine. The Court considered 13 different petitions for cases involving qualified immunity at a conference hearing yesterday.

Qualified immunity, created by the Supreme Court in the 1970s, shields police and other government officials from liability in civil rights lawsuits when the illegality of their actions was not “clearly established” at the time of the offense.

Attorneys representing the families of Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor called for policing reforms—including rolling back qualified immunity—at a press conference today.

“The standard is far too high…for civil rights accountability for law enforcement officers,” attorney Lee Merritt said. He continued:

The Supreme Court Has a Chance To End Qualified Immunity and Prevent Cases Like George Floyd’s

And if that is not successful then a Congressman is doing his part as well……

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Will either of these attempts be successful?

No….conservs will fight them tooth and nail….the only hope the society has is to replace as many conservs as possible in Congress.

Is the nation capable of doing the right thing?

Don’t think so damn positive!

Bonus Army | Zinn Education Project

The military has been used before on protesters….think 1932….the Bonus Army……

The commander of the operation was Army Chief of Staff Douglas MacArthur, who branded the BEF traitors bent on overthrowing the government. . . declaring, “Pacifism and its bedfellow communism are all around us.” MacArthur’s young aide was none other than Dwight D. Eisenhower, while Patton led the Third Cavalry — which spearheaded the eventual eviction of the Bonus Army. Patton shared MacArthur’s hatred of “reds” and lectured his troops on how to deal with the BEF: “If you must fire do a good job — a few casualties become martyrs, a large number an object lesson. . . . When a mob starts to move keep it on the run. . . . Use a bayonet to encourage its retreat. If they are running, a few good wounds in the buttocks will encourage them. If they resist, they must be killed.”

https://www.zinnedproject.org/news/tdih/bonus-army-attacked/

The leaders of the attacks were some of America’s “best” generals…..MacArthur, Ike, Patton…..

These protesters were labeled “traitors” by American leaders…..people that had served the country honorably were now crapped on by the government they were sworn to protect…..very little has changed in almost 100 years.

As I predicted our Orange Man is starting to back up from the use of troops…..

After threatening states that he would dispatch the military to quell protests, President Donald Trump appeared to be privately backing off, with White House officials saying the response to demonstrations across the country indicated that local governments should be able to restore order themselves.

The shift came as protests in Washington and other cities over police brutality against minorities proceeded Tuesday with relative calm, a striking contrast to the harsh crackdowns outside the White House on Monday night. The president wanted to make the aggressive action in the nation’s capital an example for the rest of the country, a senior White House official said Tuesday.

Trump Privately Backs Off From Sending Troops Into States Amid Unrest

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That Fool On The Hill

This Hill would be Capital Hill……

Donald the Orange has been beating his flabby chest like a sex crazed primate (my apologies to most primates) making sounds like a pathetic dictator searching for approval……

He has been making threats all to influence what is left of the morons that support him…..threatening to shoot….to declare Americans as terrorists….etc…..

… the leader of the entity that expects my pledge of allegiance threatened to shoot—specifically—looters. Before we go into what happened last night and Saturday morning and is on track to continue through the week, let me remember some historic milestones in looting.

“You Loot; We Shoot”

Trump invokes memories for me of COINTELPRO (look it up)….when he wants to label Americans as terrorists…..

Civil liberties advocates and progressive voices threw up immediate flags of alarm on Sunday afternoon after President Donald Trump threatened to officially designate “ANTIFA”—a moniker that stands for anti-fascist but is not, as informed people were forced to point out, an actualorganization—as a “terrorist organization.”

In recent years, the term ANTIFA has become a broad stand-in phrase used to describe certain left-wing activists—including some anarchist and anti-fascist groups or networks. As protests and uprisings have occurred in cities nationwide over recent days in the wake of last week’s killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, Trump and other officials have blamed so-called “Antifa instigators”—mostly without providing any solid evidence—with stoking violence or carrying out property destruction.

After Trump tweeted Sunday that “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization,” critics immediately saw it as a blatant effort to use the authority of such a designation as a way for Trump to target lawful and constitutionally-protected free speech and the right to assemble.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/31/incoherent-it-dangerous-trump-threatens-designate-antifa-which-isnt-actual-group

As white America losses some of its support for social movements because of the protests….there is a reason according to shrinks that is….

New research indicates that extreme protest tactics tend to undermine a movement’s popular support in the United States by alienating both neutral observers and supporters. The findings have been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

“I’m interested in social change and progress, and was curious what social movement strategies might be most effective at influencing popular opinion,” said Matthew Feinberg, the corresponding author of the new study and an assistant professor of organizational behavior at the University of Toronto.

The researchers conducted six experiments with 3,399 participants in total, in which they assessed how different types of protest behaviors influenced support for a variety of progressive and conservative social causes, including the Black Lives Matter movement and the anti-abortion movement. They found that more extreme behaviors — such as the use of inflammatory rhetoric, blocking traffic, and vandalism — consistently resulted in reduced support for social movements.

https://www.psypost.org/2020/05/new-psychology-research-finds-extreme-protest-actions-reduce-popular-support-for-social-movements-56906

That findings can explain why then extremists are infiltrating the protests…..

As officials warned that extremist groups may have infiltrated the protests over George Floyd’s death, President Trump on Sunday asserted that the US would declare antifa a terrorist group. “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization,” he tweeted, after days of tweets about “LAW & ORDER!” and “ANARCHISTS” and the need to use the “unlimited power of our Military.” The New York Times notes Trump has no clear authority to actually do that, seeing as antifa, which stands for anti-fascist, is not an organization but “a diffuse movement of left-wing protesters.” Even if it were an organization, there is no law granting the federal government authority to declare a domestic group a terrorist organization; it can only do so for foreign entities. (Politico has more on the ins and outs of this.) After Trump’s tweet, Attorney General William Barr said the FBI would partner with state and local police to identify domestic terrorists who are instigating riots.

The AP reports that federal officials and experts who track extremist groups have both warned that far-left and far-right groups appear to be at work “stoking violence” amid otherwise peaceful protests, and that foreign agents might be behind a disinformation campaign on social media aimed at increasing political tensions. One expert explains to the Washington Post that while the role of outside groups is likely being exaggerated by the administration, it is true that some people simply use situations like this as an excuse to loot stores while others infiltrate the protests in order to turn them violent and thus discredit them. That’s what some Minnesota officials think is happening, warning, per CNN, that white supremacist “agitators” appear to be attending protests in the state. But one expert says she sees evidence of groups hoping to start a second civil war: “They want to co-opt [the protests] in order to start their war. They see themselves as being on the side of protesters and that the protesters themselves are useful in causing anarchy.”

All this smacks of authoritarian policies and thinking…..and the protesters are not impressed or intimidated by the Orangeman’s bluster…..

Curfews, mass arrests and police terror have not quelled the powerful movement of youth and workers of all races and ethnicities in response to the May 25 police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If anything, Trump’s fascist tirade from the Rose Garden on Monday, in which he asserted dictatorial powers and threatened to illegally deploy the military to crush the protests, has stiffened the resolve and heightened the anger of the hundreds of thousands marching in cities across the country.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/03/poli-j03.html

Society Was Warned……https://lobotero.com/2017/09/26/society-was-warned/

Final the words of the Beatles…..”The Fool On The Hill”

Day after day
Alone on a hill
The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
But nobody wants to know him
They can see that he’s just a fool
And he never gives an answer

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Only A Few Bad Apples

That is what some mental midget that works for Donald the Orange had to say on the news over the weekend…..I got to thinking seems that there is possibly more bad than good.

Just a very few of the cops gone bad…..but you will not know of it if you believe that morons that work for this White House.

 

Trump keeps talking and keeps inciting the violence to escalate…..

Across the United States, hundreds of thousands of working people and youth who have turned out in nearly 100 cities to protest the murder of George Floyd have themselves become the target of violent assaults by massively armed squads of police, backed by national guardsmen.

The nationwide violence unleashed against protesters is a continuation and escalation of the murderous assault that cost the life of George Floyd. The police are acting with impunity, fully aware that their violent attacks on protesters are supported by the Trump administration.

It is hardly a coincidence that Floyd’s murder occurred in Minneapolis, where President Donald Trump delivered a fascistic tirade last October at a rally attended by hundreds of cops. He denounced “far left” and “socialist” politicians, including the city’s mayor

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/01/pers-j01.html

Speaking of Minneapolis….since 2015 the choke hold has been used 237 times…..

Minneapolis police officers have used neck restraints at least 237 times since 2015 and have left people unconscious 44 times in the same time period, according to analysis of police reports from NBC News. The report states people lost consciousness in 16 percent of the incidents. Although some U.S. police departments have outright bans on chokeholds, the Minneapolis Police Department’s policy manual allows the use of neck restraints that can leave people unconscious. NBC News reports that almost half of those who lost consciousness were injured, but the records don’t state how severe the injuries were. The data also showed three-fifths of those of those subjected to neck restraints and who then lost consciousness were black—about 30 percent were white. The Minneapolis Police Department did not comment on the data. Last month, Officer Derek Chauvin was captured on video kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for eight minutes before the 46-year-old died. He was charged Friday with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Read it at NBC News

Shades of Kent State…or so it would seem…..

A man was shot dead in Louisville after police officers and the Kentucky National Guard “returned fire” while clearing a large crowd early Monday.

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad said in a statement that at around 12:15 a.m. his officers and the National Guard were sent to a parking lot to break up a crowd.

“Officers and soldiers began to clear the lot and at some point were shot at,” Conrad said in a statement. “Both LMPD and National Guard members returned fire, we have one man dead at scene”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/one-dead-louisville-after-police-national-guard-return-fire-protesters-n1220831

We are asking ourselves….how did society get to this point?  And there is an answer…..SCOTUS (I have written on this previously)……

Focusing on racial bias also risks obscuring the fundamental problem: the Supreme Court has effectively given police a license to shoot, pummel, or falsely arrest ill-fated citizens across the nation.

In the wake of the Civil War, freed southern blacks were terrorized by lynch mobs and other attackers. Congress responded to Ku Klux Klan violence against freed southern blacks by enacting the Civil Rights Act of 1871 to authorize lawsuits against any person acting “under color of” law who causes a “deprivation of any rights… secured by the Constitution and laws.” But in a series of decisions beginning in 1967, the Supreme Court gutted that law by permitting police and other government agents to claim they acted in “good faith” when violating citizens’ rights. In 1982, the Supreme Court granted government officials immunity unless they violated “clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known.”

The Supreme Court effectively added an asterisk to the Constitution that expunged much of the Bill of Rights. In a 2018 case absolving a reckless shooting that killed a motorist, Justice Sonia Sotomayor angrily dissented that the court’s decision “tells [police] officers that they can shoot first and think later, and it tells the public that palpably unreasonable conduct will go unpunished.” 

Cops Kill Because We Gave Them The Legal Framework to Do It

This cannot be explained away as “a few bad apples”…..those “apples” have been fermenting since the 1860s….

Time for analysis is over…..solutions need to be found and words are not that solution.

Sadly Tribalism will keep this from happening….a party that depends on tribalism and a people that cannot see past their own white noses.

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