We know what’s coming. We should try to do something about it.

 

Al Sharpton arriving for George Floyd Family Memorial Service after Black Lives Matter minneapolis protest and riots (MUNSHOTS/Shutterstock)

In 2012, Barack Obama was running against Mitt Romney for the presidency.  In February of that year, 17 year old Trayvon Martin attacked George Zimmerman in a Florida neighborhood.  Zimmerman was beaten badly after being tackled, but managed to shoot and kill Martin in self defense.  Martin had been suspended from school three times for drug use, vandalism, and truancy.  Despite Martin’s record of behavioral problems, and the fact that he violently attacked Zimmerman, Martin was black and Zimmerman was not.  This, with the encouragement of Obama, the media, and various other Democrat leaders, led to race widespread race riots.  This provided Democrats and the media with sufficient racial content to last for the entire election season, leaving Romney in an impossible situation.  Obama won the Presidency.

Two years later, Michael Brown robbed a convenience store in Ferguson, Missouri, then walked down the middle of the street.  A police officer in a cruiser pulled up to Mr. Brown and instructed him to get out of the street.  Mr. Brown attacked the officer in his car, and was shot and killed by that officer.  Like Trayvon Martin, Mr. Brown had marijuana in his blood stream at the time of his death.  And like Martin, Brown was black, and the man he attacked was not.  Democrats also used Mr. Brown’s death, and the ensuing race riots, to further their political goals.

In 2020, Donald Trump was running for re-election versus Joe Biden.  The economy was strong, foreign policy was going well, and Americans felt better off than they had under Obama.  The Democrats had a problem.  George Floyd died in May of that year.  Like Martin and Brown, he was not a sympathetic figure.  A long time criminal and drug addict, he was under arrest for passing counterfeit bills.  He had fentanyl in his system and died of a drug overdose while resisting arrest.  Democrats took advantage of his death and the ensuing race riots to get Mr. Biden elected over a successful incumbent.

So three black men with criminal histories attack people (or, in Floyd’s case, resist arrest) while under the influence of drugs.  These events lead to their tragic deaths at young ages.  And all three of them were exploited by Democrats to win political battles which had nothing to do with them.

CPD working a murder crime scene in Englewood (WikiMedia Commons)

Since then, no more black people have died on American streets, right?  No, of course they have.  Many have died.  Our cities are violent places, and people die there every day.  But their services aren’t need right this minute, so the Democrats don’t care about them.  Not at all.

But that’s about to change.

Joe Biden is trailing in the polls, so the Democrats need some black people to die.

Think about that for just a moment.  It’s horrifying, because it’s true.

 

Which leads me to a prediction:

I am waiting to see who the unlucky black person will be who will unintentionally become Joe Biden’s greatest asset.  Will this person be a criminal drug addict again?  How, exactly, will this unfortunate person meet his/her end?  Will Al Sharpton begin to feel guilty about how he earns a living?

I’m just kidding about that last one, of course.

June 1st 2020: Peace sign on pillar still stands after building burns down from the South Minneapolis riots. (AndrewStecker/Shutterstock)

But I’m serious about the others.  This summer’s scheduled race riots will need some event to appear to instigate them, so they can seem less planned and more spontaneous.  It doesn’t matter what that event is.  The death of a criminal drug addict who made a series of really bad decisions will do.  And tragically for Americans (but happily for Democrats), such things happen every day.  The difference, of course,  is that the Democrats will pretend to care about one of them.  Probably soon.

It’s worked before.  They’re going to do it again.  Why not?

There’s no reason not to.  Unless you count ethics.  Which Democrats obviously do not.

Meanwhile, blacks continue to die on the streets of Democrat-run cities.  And meanwhile, the black vote is going to go 95% Democrat.  Again.

Absolutely remarkable.

This is horrible.  Like watching a train crash in slow motion.  So many black people die in these race riots, and in the ensuing chaos after police are pulled back.  How many people have been killed because of Democrats stirring up race riots?  Over and over again.  How many have died?  How many more have to die?  Just so the Democrats can score some cheap political points in this news cycle.  How many more have to die?

This is wrong.

Donald Trump should start speaking about this now:  “Look folks, you know what’s coming.  My Democrat adversaries are going to start race riots – AGAIN – by taking advantage of some unfortunate young black man – AGAIN – and they’re going to then try to convince you that it’s actually Republicans who take advantage of blacks – AGAIN – even though that type of exploitation of blacks is really the only play they have in the Democrat playbook.  Democrats have exploited you over and over again.  And they’re going to do it again.  It’s coming, and you know it is.  Don’t fall for it.  Once again I remind my black brothers and sisters – Republicans are on your side.  Democrats, they just take advantage of your difficulties to score political points and to make money.  They don’t care about you.  As they’re about to demonstrate.  AGAIN.  Don’t fall for it!!!

Biden takes the oath of office: January 20, 2021. (WikiMedia Commons)

As long as this keeps working, Democrats will keep doing it.  They’re going to do it again.  Probably soon – it’s already February.  The only way to combat it is pre-emptively.  Even that may not work, but it’s worth a try.

It’s the right thing to do – if we can head this off, we could save the lives of untold numbers of black people this summer.  Maybe.

And it’s good politics.  Maybe.  Hard to say.

But it’s worth a try.

I don’t want to watch this anymore.

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  1. Misthiocracy has never Member
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    Am saving the URL of this post for future reference.

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  2. Western Chauvinist Member
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    If Democrats couldn’t exploit minorities for money and power, they’d have no use for them at all.

    Make that into a yard sign.

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  3. Misthiocracy has never Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    Dr. Bastiat: Donald Trump should start speaking about this now:  “Look folks, you know what’s coming.  My Democrat adversaries are going to start race riots – AGAIN – by taking advantage of some unfortunate young black man – AGAIN – and they’re going to then try to convince you that it’s actually Republicans who take advantage of blacks – AGAIN – even though that type of exploitation of blacks is really the only play they have in the Democrat playbook.  Democrats have exploited you over and over again.  And they’re going to do it again.  It’s coming, and you know it is.  Don’t fall for it.  Once again I remind my black brothers and sisters – Republicans are on your side.  Democrats, they just take advantage of your difficulties to score political points and to make money.  They don’t care about you.  As they’re about to demonstrate.  AGAIN.  Don’t fall for it!!!

    The ad needs to be a group of distinguished African-Americans saying these words.

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  4. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    Misthiocracy has never (View Comment):

    Am saving the URL of this post for future reference.

    I don’t think that’ll be necessary.  I really think this will happen soon.  Maybe summer.  Probably spring.

    Presumably right after Haley drops out of the primary.

    We’ll see, I guess.  But think this is coming soon. 

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  5. The Reticulator Member
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    What do you propose to do about it? 

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  6. kedavis Coolidge
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    What do you propose to do about it?

    It may be impossible to stop them, and the best we can hope for is that people will recognize it for what it is.

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  7. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    What do you propose to do about it?

    Call it out pre-emptively, like I explained at the end of the essay. 

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  8. namlliT noD Member
    namlliT noD
    @DonTillman

    A crisis, such as social unrest, is a proven technique for authoritarian governments to seize power.

    “Never let a crisis go to waste.” – Rahm Emmanuel

    I think the more accurate quote is:

    “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.” – Rahm Emanuel

    And Karl Marx invented the proletariat/bourgeoisie political struggle as an excuse for a Communist uprising.  So this is established practice.

    So yeah, there’s an enormous advantage to have a crisis during an election year.  And if a crisis isn’t occurring, you can employee a propaganda engine to take a molehill and turn it into a mountain. 

    Such as described here.

    Besides explaining what’s going on, I think we need to go further.

    We need to bring the receipts; show that the Dems are funding Antifa/BLM/whatever, that the Dems are  burning down their own cities, that are directing the police to allow the riots, and even paying the rioters.  That they’re using government funds to destroy the places where their own people live.

    And secondly, we need to offer the exact opposite to those people, a bright future of prosperity, *and* actually run Republican mayoral and city council candidates for those very places.

    The GOP *could* have easily done this for each riot instance in the past, but didn’t even think of it.

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  9. kedavis Coolidge
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    namlliT noD (View Comment):
    The GOP *could* have easily done this for each riot instance in the past, but didn’t even think of it.

    Except for the issue of some people simply not being smart enough to understand some arguments.

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  10. RufusRJones Member
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    Dr. Bastiat: George Floyd died in May of that year.  Like Martin and Brown, he was not a sympathetic figure.  A long time criminal and drug addict, he was under arrest for passing counterfeit bills.  He was on probation, and he had bags of Fentanyl on him that could lead to legal problems, so he swallowed the bags.  Unfortunately, one of them opened in his stomach, and he died of a drug overdose while resisting arrest. 

    uh… I am unfamiliar with this.

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  11. kedavis Coolidge
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    @kedavis

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: George Floyd died in May of that year. Like Martin and Brown, he was not a sympathetic figure. A long time criminal and drug addict, he was under arrest for passing counterfeit bills. He was on probation, and he had bags of Fentanyl on him that could lead to legal problems, so he swallowed the bags. Unfortunately, one of them opened in his stomach, and he died of a drug overdose while resisting arrest.

    uh… I am unfamiliar with this.

    That’s one of the reasons some say that the amount of fentanyl found in blood tests isn’t the be-all/end-all of the matter.

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  12. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: George Floyd died in May of that year. Like Martin and Brown, he was not a sympathetic figure. A long time criminal and drug addict, he was under arrest for passing counterfeit bills. He was on probation, and he had bags of Fentanyl on him that could lead to legal problems, so he swallowed the bags. Unfortunately, one of them opened in his stomach, and he died of a drug overdose while resisting arrest.

    uh… I am unfamiliar with this.

    That’s my recollection.  Is this wrong? If so, I’ll correct it, of course… 

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  13. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: George Floyd died in May of that year. Like Martin and Brown, he was not a sympathetic figure. A long time criminal and drug addict, he was under arrest for passing counterfeit bills. He was on probation, and he had bags of Fentanyl on him that could lead to legal problems, so he swallowed the bags. Unfortunately, one of them opened in his stomach, and he died of a drug overdose while resisting arrest.

    uh… I am unfamiliar with this.

    That’s my recollection. Is this wrong? If so, I’ll correct it, of course…

    I don’t know that the open bag was in the autopsy report, but he definitely had a lethal amount of fentanyl in his body — and a history of swallowing illegal drugs when caught by the police, rather than facing punishment for possession. I’m pretty sure I’ve read that he had to be treated for near-overdose by this means in past incidence(s). 

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  14. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: George Floyd died in May of that year. Like Martin and Brown, he was not a sympathetic figure. A long time criminal and drug addict, he was under arrest for passing counterfeit bills. He was on probation, and he had bags of Fentanyl on him that could lead to legal problems, so he swallowed the bags. Unfortunately, one of them opened in his stomach, and he died of a drug overdose while resisting arrest.

    uh… I am unfamiliar with this.

    That’s my recollection. Is this wrong? If so, I’ll correct it, of course…

    Thanks for the heads up Rufus.  I thought that was correct.  But since I can’t confirm, I’m removing it from the post.  It doesn’t change my point.

    Again, thanks for pointing that out.

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  15. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: George Floyd died in May of that year. Like Martin and Brown, he was not a sympathetic figure. A long time criminal and drug addict, he was under arrest for passing counterfeit bills. He was on probation, and he had bags of Fentanyl on him that could lead to legal problems, so he swallowed the bags. Unfortunately, one of them opened in his stomach, and he died of a drug overdose while resisting arrest.

    uh… I am unfamiliar with this.

    That’s my recollection. Is this wrong? If so, I’ll correct it, of course…

    Thanks for the heads up Rufus. I thought that was correct. But since I can’t confirm, I’m removing it from the post. It doesn’t change my point.

    Again, thanks for pointing that out.

    Editors:

    Help!  I changed it, apparently at the same time as you promoted it.  So my changes weren’t saved.

    How can I correct this? 

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  16. Samuel Block Support
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: George Floyd died in May of that year. Like Martin and Brown, he was not a sympathetic figure. A long time criminal and drug addict, he was under arrest for passing counterfeit bills. He was on probation, and he had bags of Fentanyl on him that could lead to legal problems, so he swallowed the bags. Unfortunately, one of them opened in his stomach, and he died of a drug overdose while resisting arrest.

    uh… I am unfamiliar with this.

    That’s my recollection. Is this wrong? If so, I’ll correct it, of course…

    Thanks for the heads up Rufus. I thought that was correct. But since I can’t confirm, I’m removing it from the post. It doesn’t change my point.

    Again, thanks for pointing that out.

    Editors:

    Help! I changed it, apparently at the same time as you promoted it. So my changes weren’t saved.

    How can I correct this?

    Ah. What timing!

    I made an amendment, but if there’s another way you would like it written send it over in a PM.

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  17. Fritz Coolidge
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    I like the idea in general,  but if President Trump starts talking as suggested, the media will lay the wood to him for “exploiting race to score political points” or the equivalent. Now if his VP pick were a person of melanin, maybe it would resonate better.

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  18. Misthiocracy has never Member
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    Fritz (View Comment):

    I like the idea in general, but if President Trump starts talking as suggested, the media will lay the wood to him for “exploiting race to score political points” or the equivalent. Now if his VP pick were a person of melanin, maybe it would resonate better.

    Condoleeza Rice for VP!

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  19. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    Dr. Bastiat: Zimmerman was beaten badly after being tackled, but managed to shoot and kill Martin in self defense.

    As I recall, Zimmerman fell when Trayvon approached him and cold-cocked him. Trayvon then got on top of Zimmerman and repeatedly slammed his head into the concrete, at which point Zimmerman responded appropriately by shooting Trayvon dead with a single shot to his chest.

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  20. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    Dr. Bastiat: Two years later, Michael Brown robbed a convenience store in Ferguson, Missouri, then walked down the middle of the street.  A police officer in a cruiser pulled up to Mr. Brown and instructed him to get out of the street.  Mr. Brown attacked the officer in his car, and was shot and killed by that officer. 

    A strong-arm robbery; no weapon used, but in the surveillance video Brown is clearly much bigger than the store owner.

    Brown attacked the officer, started walking away, then returned to attack him again. In the second attack he reached into the patrol car in an attempt to take away the officer’s firearm at which point the officer shot him.

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  21. kedavis Coolidge
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    Paul Stinchfield (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: Two years later, Michael Brown robbed a convenience store in Ferguson, Missouri, then walked down the middle of the street. A police officer in a cruiser pulled up to Mr. Brown and instructed him to get out of the street. Mr. Brown attacked the officer in his car, and was shot and killed by that officer.

    A strong-arm robbery; no weapon used, but in the surveillance video Brown is clearly much bigger than the store owner.

    Brown attacked the officer, started walking away, then returned to attack him again. In the second attack he reached into the patrol car in an attempt to take away the officer’s firearm at which point the officer shot him.

    That would be 18-year-old adult, 6′ 4″ tall, 292 lbs “unarmed black teen” Michael Brown.

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  22. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Paul Stinchfield (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: Two years later, Michael Brown robbed a convenience store in Ferguson, Missouri, then walked down the middle of the street. A police officer in a cruiser pulled up to Mr. Brown and instructed him to get out of the street. Mr. Brown attacked the officer in his car, and was shot and killed by that officer.

    A strong-arm robbery; no weapon used, but in the surveillance video Brown is clearly much bigger than the store owner.

    Brown attacked the officer, started walking away, then returned to attack him again. In the second attack he reached into the patrol car in an attempt to take away the officer’s firearm at which point the officer shot him.

    That would be 18-year-old adult, 6′ 4″ tall, 292 lbs “unarmed black teen” Michael Brown.

    A “gentle giant” was how malicious propagandists described him.

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  23. Fritz Coolidge
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    Misthiocracy has never (View Comment):

    Fritz (View Comment):

    I like the idea in general, but if President Trump starts talking as suggested, the media will lay the wood to him for “exploiting race to score political points” or the equivalent. Now if his VP pick were a person of melanin, maybe it would resonate better.

    Condoleeza Rice for VP!

    She’d rather be NFL commissioner. I’d support that!

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  24. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    Samuel Block (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: George Floyd died in May of that year. Like Martin and Brown, he was not a sympathetic figure. A long time criminal and drug addict, he was under arrest for passing counterfeit bills. He was on probation, and he had bags of Fentanyl on him that could lead to legal problems, so he swallowed the bags. Unfortunately, one of them opened in his stomach, and he died of a drug overdose while resisting arrest.

    uh… I am unfamiliar with this.

    That’s my recollection. Is this wrong? If so, I’ll correct it, of course…

    Thanks for the heads up Rufus. I thought that was correct. But since I can’t confirm, I’m removing it from the post. It doesn’t change my point.

    Again, thanks for pointing that out.

    Editors:

    Help! I changed it, apparently at the same time as you promoted it. So my changes weren’t saved.

    How can I correct this?

    Ah. What timing!

    I made an amendment, but if there’s another way you would like it written send it over in a PM.

    Your changes work for me.  Thanks much.

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  25. Henry Castaigne Member
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    Well done Dr. Bastiat. I nominate this as being possibly the best post of 2024. Way to set the bar!

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  26. kedavis Coolidge
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    Paul Stinchfield (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Paul Stinchfield (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: Two years later, Michael Brown robbed a convenience store in Ferguson, Missouri, then walked down the middle of the street. A police officer in a cruiser pulled up to Mr. Brown and instructed him to get out of the street. Mr. Brown attacked the officer in his car, and was shot and killed by that officer.

    A strong-arm robbery; no weapon used, but in the surveillance video Brown is clearly much bigger than the store owner.

    Brown attacked the officer, started walking away, then returned to attack him again. In the second attack he reached into the patrol car in an attempt to take away the officer’s firearm at which point the officer shot him.

    That would be 18-year-old adult, 6′ 4″ tall, 292 lbs “unarmed black teen” Michael Brown.

    A “gentle giant” was how malicious propagandists described him.

    Along with maybe his 5th-grade class photo.

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  27. Steven Seward Member
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    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: George Floyd died in May of that year. Like Martin and Brown, he was not a sympathetic figure. A long time criminal and drug addict, he was under arrest for passing counterfeit bills. He was on probation, and he had bags of Fentanyl on him that could lead to legal problems, so he swallowed the bags. Unfortunately, one of them opened in his stomach, and he died of a drug overdose while resisting arrest.

    uh… I am unfamiliar with this.

    That’s my recollection. Is this wrong? If so, I’ll correct it, of course…

    I don’t know that the open bag was in the autopsy report, but he definitely had a lethal amount of fentanyl in his body — and a history of swallowing illegal drugs when caught by the police, rather than facing punishment for possession. I’m pretty sure I’ve read that he had to be treated for near-overdose by this means in past incidence(s).

    Off the top of my head (because I’m too lazy to look it up right now), George Floyd had a level of about 11 or 12 (something) of fentanyl in his bloodstream at the time of autopsy.  The average lethal dose of fentanyl that killed users in a study of about 400 fentanyl deaths was a level around 9 (something).  The minimum dose that killed more susceptible users was around 3 or 4 (something).  All that to say George Floyd’s level killed most people at that dose.  I can’t believe the jury just threw that evidence out the window and convicted the poor cop.

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  28. Fritz Coolidge
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    Steven Seward (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: George Floyd died in May of that year. Like Martin and Brown, he was not a sympathetic figure. A long time criminal and drug addict, he was under arrest for passing counterfeit bills. He was on probation, and he had bags of Fentanyl on him that could lead to legal problems, so he swallowed the bags. Unfortunately, one of them opened in his stomach, and he died of a drug overdose while resisting arrest.

    uh… I am unfamiliar with this.

    That’s my recollection. Is this wrong? If so, I’ll correct it, of course…

    I don’t know that the open bag was in the autopsy report, but he definitely had a lethal amount of fentanyl in his body — and a history of swallowing illegal drugs when caught by the police, rather than facing punishment for possession. I’m pretty sure I’ve read that he had to be treated for near-overdose by this means in past incidence(s).

    Off the top of my head (because I’m too lazy to look it up right now), George Floyd had a level of about 11 or 12 (something) of fentanyl in his bloodstream at the time of autopsy. The average lethal dose of fentanyl that killed users in a study of about 400 fentanyl deaths was a level around 9 (something). The minimum dose that killed more susceptible users was around 3 or 4 (something). All that to say George Floyd’s level killed most people at that dose. I can’t believe the jury just threw that evidence out the window and convicted the poor cop.

    Agree, but Ofc. Chauvin was no poster boy for upstanding law enforcement, IIRC. And it was in the midst of all the “defund the police” hysteria. Jurors read the papers and the media, too,  no matter what the judge instructs them. These jurors may well have reasonably feared for their own safety and that of their families unless they convicted.

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  29. Steven Seward Member
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    Fritz (View Comment):

    Steven Seward (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: George Floyd died in May of that year. Like Martin and Brown, he was not a sympathetic figure. A long time criminal and drug addict, he was under arrest for passing counterfeit bills. He was on probation, and he had bags of Fentanyl on him that could lead to legal problems, so he swallowed the bags. Unfortunately, one of them opened in his stomach, and he died of a drug overdose while resisting arrest.

    uh… I am unfamiliar with this.

    That’s my recollection. Is this wrong? If so, I’ll correct it, of course…

    I don’t know that the open bag was in the autopsy report, but he definitely had a lethal amount of fentanyl in his body — and a history of swallowing illegal drugs when caught by the police, rather than facing punishment for possession. I’m pretty sure I’ve read that he had to be treated for near-overdose by this means in past incidence(s).

    Off the top of my head (because I’m too lazy to look it up right now), George Floyd had a level of about 11 or 12 (something) of fentanyl in his bloodstream at the time of autopsy. The average lethal dose of fentanyl that killed users in a study of about 400 fentanyl deaths was a level around 9 (something). The minimum dose that killed more susceptible users was around 3 or 4 (something). All that to say George Floyd’s level killed most people at that dose. I can’t believe the jury just threw that evidence out the window and convicted the poor cop.

    Agree, but Ofc. Chauvin was no poster boy for upstanding law enforcement, IIRC. And it was in the midst of all the “defund the police” hysteria. Jurors read the papers and the media, too, no matter what the judge instructs them. These jurors may well have reasonably feared for their own safety and that of their families unless they convicted.

    The jurors were cowards.  I have the utmost disdain for them.  Where are the people who stand up for truth these days?

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  30. James Lileks Contributor
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    Fritz (View Comment):

    Agree, but Ofc. Chauvin was no poster boy for upstanding law enforcement, IIRC. And it was in the midst of all the “defund the police” hysteria. Jurors read the papers and the media, too, no matter what the judge instructs them. These jurors may well have reasonably feared for their own safety and that of their families unless they convicted.

    I was working across the street, and all the windows for blocks around were boarded up in anticipation of the verdict. A lot of people feared for their own safety.

     

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