Okay, I gave you cute critters to bring smiles to your faces this morning, but now it is afternoon, and I am back in my snarky, grumpy, growly mode.
Miscarriage of justice
Former Minneapolis police officer Kimberly Potter was sentenced yesterday. Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu sentenced Potter to a total of 24 months, 16 months to be spent in prison, and 8 months on ‘supervised release’. Murder. Racism. 16 months in prison. Oh, but wait … Ms. Potter is white, so she gets a slap on the wrist. If she were Black and her victim had been white, what do you think the sentence would have been?
It started as a traffic stop last April. 20-year-old Duante Wright called his mother and told her he expected they had stopped him for the air fresheners he had dangling from his rear-view mirror, which is illegal in Minnesota. But, when police checked his license, they discovered that he had an outstanding warrant or warrants, so they attempted to take him into custody. Given the fact he was only 20 years old, I’m guessing those warrants weren’t serious enough to end his life over. Mr. Wright jumped back into his vehicle and as he was attempting to drive off, Officer Kim Potter, a 25-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, drew her gun and shot him through the window of his vehicle. The vehicle travelled for a few blocks before coming to a stop after striking another vehicle, but Duante Wright was already dead.
Now, Ms. Potter tried to say that she thought she had taken her taser, not her pistol, from her belt and that was the entire basis for her defense – that it was an accident. But consider this: Potter had been on the Minneapolis police force for 25 years and surely knew the difference in the looks and feel of a taser vs a pistol! I, who have never touched either a taser or a pistol could tell the difference at a glance!
The one on top is a Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol, the one on the bottom is a taser. Tasers are most often in bright colours to avoid just such an ‘accident’ as Ms. Potter claimed to have made. Pistols weigh significantly more than tasers. AND … for her entire 25 years on the police force, Ms. Potter had followed the protocol that the pistol is worn on the dominant side, in this case her right side, and the taser on the opposite side. After 25 years she suddenly ‘forgot’??? Give me a break … I wasn’t born yesterday! But apparently Judge Chu was.
If Duante Wright had been white, in all likelihood he would still be alive today, but he committed the crime of being a Black male. And if Ms. Potter had been Black, she would likely be spending the next 20 years in prison. Still want to tell me there is no racism in our system of ‘justice’?
It’s still a damn pandemic!
Let’s make something clear right now … COVID IS STILL A PANDEMIC! Yes, I trust Dr. Fauci, but if he honestly believes that it’s time to remove mandates and other precautions, he is dead wrong. Take a look at just the past 10 days’ death toll in the U.S.
Does that look to you as if Covid is gone??? A few months ago, it was predicted that we would reach one million deaths by the end of April … I’m thinking it looks more like by the middle of March at the current rate! Look at the numbers and realize that these numbers represent HUMANS! They are mothers, fathers, grandparents, neighbors, co-workers … they are not just numbers!
Every state in the U.S. has either lifted or will soon lift restrictions such as mask and vaccine mandates. WHY??? Because there is tremendous pressure from the fools who claim Covid is a hoax, or that their right to ‘personal freedom’ is more important than our lives!
Please, friends, despite the foolishness that apparently rules here in the U.S., continue to wear your mask, avoid crowds, and if you haven’t already, get the damn vaccines! Be smart, be safe, care about your family, friends and co-workers.