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Police Officer Mistaking Her Gun For Her Taser Was Not Racism

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Protesters have been rioting and looting since former veteran Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter accidentally used her handgun to fatally shoot Daunte Wright, a black man, instead of using her taser. If Wright had been white, there would have been little to no protesting or publicity. Potter would have been disciplined and received a typical sentence for a fatal accident like that. 

But because the victim was black, it’s been declared police racism and Potter is likely to get a long prison sentence. Afraid of saying otherwise, officials will chime in denouncing it as racism, giving it more credibility. The racism activists will use it as an example of how racist Americans are and create more division. 

However, let’s look at it analytically. Was it really racism? We are now living in an era of heightened awareness of racist police actions. Police officers realize if they do anything that could be remotely perceived as being racist, they will have their lives destroyed. They will have hate hurled at them from all over, forced out of their homes due to angry rioters, and subjected to high-profile criminal trials that may put them away for life. Attacking someone due to their race would follow them around for the rest of their life, changing their life in a horrible way. The last thing most police officers want to do is subject a minority to more severe treatment. As a result of this occurring, fewer and fewer people are becoming police officers.  

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Potter was well aware of this when she drew the gun instead of the taser. And there was no doubt she intended to use the taser, because video of the incident shows her yelling, “Taser! Taser!” several times. These kinds of accidents happen occasionally, less than once a year nationwide. In the heat of the moment, pumped up by adrenaline and fear, the officer reaches for the wrong gun and doesn’t realize it. There’s even a name for it, “slip and capture,” where officers perform the opposite of their intended actions under stress. But these incidents happen to white suspects too, you just never hear about them because they’re white. The fatal shooting of young black man Oscar Grant in 2009 was made into a movie, Fruitvale Station

Part of the reason the radical left activists get away with this mantra about racist police is because there is a problem with police brutality in many other countries. A lot of it is directed toward ethnic groups, religious groups or tribes. People are so used to hearing about that kind of police violence, that it’s not much of a stretch to believing it takes place here. No one questions that there may be an occasional racist police officer, or that there were more incidents involving racist police officers in the past. But it is not a systemic problem today and most of the incidents involving the police killing minorities nowadays do not appear to be a result of racism.  

The problem is not going to go away as long as things have gotten so twisted that to question accusations of racism by Black Lives Matter on incidents where cops shoot minorities is considered racist itself.  

In most cases, officers who accidentally used their gun instead of a taser did not face criminal charges. In 2019, a police officer who accidentally shot Brian Riling in the abdomen using a gun was not charged. His name wasn’t even released. Riling is white. In 2014, Officer Jason Schuck accidentally shot homeless man Eric David Butts, resulting in Butts being forced to use a colostomy bag. Schuck was allowed to keep his job and was only charged with a misdemeanor. Butts is white. 

Whereas in at least two cases where officers fatally shot black suspects, the officers received prison sentences. Johannes Mehserle, who fatally shot Grant, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served 11 months in prison. Robert Bates, who fatally shot Eric Harris, was also convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison. 

Wright’s family hired well-known attorney Benjamin Crump to represent them, who says great things we all support about how we should not discriminate against minorities — but on the other hand insists that incidents like this are due to racism. He issued a statement that said in part, “What will it take for law enforcement to stop killing people of color?” Protests and rioting went on for days, resulting in the arrests of over 110 people. 

Compounding the problem is the nearby police killing of George Floyd last year. Most reasonable people believe former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin did not use good policing. So anger is extra inflamed in Minnesota. But even in his case, there is no evidence his actions were due to racism. He had a history of 18 complaints against him. Almost all of them were closed with no discipline. Maybe it was just plain old bad policing.   

There is no evidence that Potter was a racist. If she was, activists and journalists would probably have dug it up by now. She has been charged with second degree manslaughter, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years behind bars. Will she be treated fairly, or will she get a more severe sentence because the suspect was black?

 

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



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The New York Times deliberately buried the story known as the Terror-Famine, in 1932 and 1933, which astoundingly killed 3.9 to 7.0 million Ukrainians, at least one out of every eight people, perhaps one out of every four people.

The editors at the Times were well aware that the famine was orchestrated by Joseph Stalin who forbade outside food and aid shipments, confiscated household food items, and restricted the mobility of Ukrainian citizens.

What made Stalin do this to a region known as “the world’s breadbasket”? He sought to punish independence-minded Ukrainians, quash anyone who represented a threat to his totalitarian government, and vanquish Ukraine’s small farms in favor of Soviet state-run collectives. Stalin lost no sleep over the legions of emaciated bodies, near death, scratching for any morsel of food they could find.

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Why did The New York Times bury this heart-wrenching, world-shaking story? Then, as now, their leftist bent was so intense and so all-encompassing that they couldn’t help themselves. The blunt truth is that they do not care who is hurt as long as socialist/Marxist/communist ideology prevails on earth.

In another 10 years, it will be at least 100 years since the Times and other heavily left-leaning organizations, which today comprise the highly biased ‘mainstream media,’ have been dominant.

In 2121, one hundred years from now, is it realistic to believe that the facade which the mainstream media has foisted on Americans and on free people around the globe will not continue to dominate?

Will their maniacal ideology, somehow, finally be exposed by some new form of information dissemination or some fundamental shift in media coverage?

Sheeple at the Trough

Just how biased and detrimental their slanted news coverage has been to humanity, globally, is difficult to fathom. For decades on end, when you prop up socialist, Marxist, or communist regimes, are you helping anyone?

The mainstream media has held a news and information monopoly for so long, so skillfully, that the facade is not remotely understood by those in its spell, and bitterly denounced by those who see the mainstream press for what it really is. In the long run, truth generally prevails.

Even today, after five years of attempting to prove it, not a shred of evidence indicates that Donald Trump, his administration, or his campaign colluded with Russia.

Still, you have Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, and all the other dolts in Congress who will readily appear on TV and spew lies. They play the ‘talking head’ game with sympathetic hosts and continue the guise, holding sway over those who don’t know how to find out the truth.

A Stranglehold for the Ages

The stranglehold that the Left and the mainstream media has on humanity leads to some intriguing philosophical questions. Even before the mass media came into being, has there always been some entity that enforced its will upon the unwitting masses?

Throughout history, dictators and other rulers imposed their version of the truth on the unwitting masses. Even in societies where news and information was somewhat freely exchanged, has there always been a faction that sought to slant reality and the will of others? It seems likely.

In the 21st century, roughly half of the U.S. and roughly half of the globe are still subject to Leftist manipulation. Despite all the information sources that exist today, why does so much of the world still fall for obviously manufactured and manipulated news?

How can people keep tuning in to CNN or MSNBC, or for that matter the nightly news on ABC, NBC, or CBS? How many times does CBS have to be caught red-handed doctoring the news, slanting stories on 60 Minutes, and laying traps for people like Governor Ron DeSantis, only to be exposed?

And then, within a matter of days, having learned nothing, CBS reverts right back to more of their insidious ways of presenting information.

Living with Perpetual Lies

How often can The New York Times offer a story the latter proves to be completely untrue, and its editors knew was untrue at the time, and yet its readership is unfazed?

How can the Times continue to be regarded by many as the ‘newspaper of record,’ offering ‘all the news that’s fit to print’? What tidal wave of human understanding, once and for all, needs to occur before we universally recognize highly biased reporting sources for what they are?

In the U.K., news publications openly advocate a position, left or right, and don’t play pretend. Consumers understand the bias that each media outlet or newspaper maintains, can read articles, and judge them accordingly.

In the U.S., the mainstream press continues to push lie that they offer an objective, balanced view of what’s happening in the world. How can they continue to do this? Sadly, enough fools buy what they say… lock, stock, and barrel.

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