Miguel has mentioned this before. The Left was gung-ho about making sure every cop had a bodycam on them at all times. They were dead sure that every cop was a racist and that the bodycam footage would prove beyond any doubt that just about every police shooting was a bigoted murder.
Except that didn’t happen. It turns out that most shootings captured on bodycam and dashcam were justified.
So now what are anti-cop activists supposed to do?
Remember that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said “I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.” Vice President Joe Biden said something similar, “we choose truth over facts.”
When the facts are not on your side, it’s perfectly acceptable for the Left to keep saying that there are five lights or that we had always been at war with Eastasia.
From the Washington Examiner:
A tragic officer-involved shooting of a black man has sparked nearly two weeks of activist marches and cries for justice in St. Paul, Minnesota. Angry protesters demanding police transparency have flooded the city’s streets and added 31-year-old Ronald K. Davis to their list of “martyred” African American males “unlawfully” shot and killed by police.
The Star Tribune reported on the protests.
The evidence of this crime, it was presumed, was on the white police officer’s body camera video footage. Officer Steven Mattson’s patrol car had been rammed by Davis at intersection of North Griggs Street and Thomas Avenue. As Mattson exited his vehicle, Davis ignored Mattson’s demands to halt.
Davis rushed at Mattson with a knife, and Mattson subsequently shot Davis, killing him.
Boy howdy did he ever. Twin Cities Pioneer Press released the bodycam footage.
According to a release from the Anti-Police Brutality Coalition, as reported by KMSP FOX 9:
Activists are calling for an independent review of all video footage available in this case, including the full body camera video, any dash cam video, street cameras, and any other surveillance footage.
“It is unclear from the limited body camera footage what types of de-escalation tactics were used by Officer Mattson, why he fell to the ground, why his flashlight fell, and whether he attempted to use nonlethal force before using deadly force against Ronald Davis,” the coalition wrote in the release. “The public also has a right to demand an independent investigation in police shooting cases in Minnesota, given the relative frequency within which they have been occurring the disproportionate rate of Black men and other men of color being killed by police. Beyond that, there have been allegations of corruption within the St. Paul Police Department and the BCA for many years and those concerns have not been taken seriously by Governor Walz or other elected officials.”
Fine, they can call for whatever they want, but that video is pretty cut and dry as to what happened.
There you have it: A fair and impartial accounting of videotaped officer actions in this incident and a complete gathering of all the facts in the case never were part of the desired end state. In the activism business, you have to stoke fiery emotion, and it does not necessarily require a tethering to facts. The “grievance industry” is predicated on stirring up raw, naked sensations and opportunistically isolating the few bad actors in order to smear an entire profession.
Miguel has also pointed out the radical Left has hitched its wagon to the anti-cop movement.
I’m not sure why, unless they believe that the demographic of people who hate police is larger than the demographic of people who like living in safe and civil societies.
In St. Paul, it seems that “the truth” of the anti-cop activists is more important than the facts presented in a bodycam video.
As Miguel says, cui bono? I wonder why people would work so hard to undermine police and cast doubt on bodycam video.
All I can come up with is that the radical Left wants to Portlandize the United States. The police in Portland have been emasculated and declawed by the city government. Antifa as near free reign to do what they want.
If the rest of America, or at least its big cities, are turned into Portland re their police forces, then come 2020 Antifa and similar protest groups will have the ability to turn up the violence knob with little fear of police crackdown.