Why is this case the one inciting mass protests? Ninety-nine percent of the country is denouncing the Minneapolis police in the most damnable terms possible over the death of George Floyd. The 99% are demanding that the 1% “hear their voices”?

The arrest certainly looks awful. Everything is going along relatively peacefully as Floyd is walked to a police van, then there’s some commotion out of sight of the camera — and suddenly you see Floyd pinned to the ground, an officer’s knee on his neck. How did that happen?

One reason some of us are waiting for all the facts is that we suspect the media may not be extra scrupulous in cases that give them the opportunity to wail about “systemic racism.”

It turns out, for example, Floyd didn’t die of asphyxiation. According to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s report cited in the criminal complaint charging Officer Derek Chauvin with murder, he died of a heart attack.

The autopsy also found Floyd had fentanyl in his system, had recently used methamphetamine, had coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. Two weeks ago, this would have been another COVID-19 death.

According to Nexis, these official autopsy findings have not been reported at all on MSNBC and only briefly — to be explained away — on CNN. (The family’s private autopsy concluding Floyd’s death was caused by strangulation has been widely reported.)

It could still be murder, but the “I can’t breathe” slogans aren’t quite accurate.

Aw, they’ve already made their protest signs, and we’d have to re-do the chyrons — does it really matter?

There also hasn’t been loads of reporting on Floyd’s five years in prison for armed robbery. I know the guy has just died, and he seemed to have turned his life around, but the media isn’t holding a memorial service. They’re supposed to be reporting news. How about an interview with Floyd’s victims? Wouldn’t that be a newsy segment?

Again, according to Nexis, Floyd’s armed robbery conviction has been fleetingly mentioned only once on ABC News and once on Fox News.

The other reason some of us are waiting for all the facts can be summed up with two words: Rodney King.

That arrest looked pretty bad, too. The jury forewoman on the first trial said that when she saw the King video on television, “I was revulsed. ... I thought they were hitting that poor man too hard and too long.”

But at the trial a year later, she got to see the 13 seconds of video that had been deliberately edited out by the media: the 6-foot-4, 240-pound King rising like a phoenix and charging at one of the officers.

The video that played on an endless loop on TV showed only the tail end of the encounter, when officers were whacking King with their batons.

In fact, however, the beating was the officers’ last resort for subduing King, who’d just led them on a high-speed car chase, at times reaching speeds of up to 115 mph, drawing several police cars and a police helicopter.

Once stopped, King’s two (black) passengers exited the car and got on the ground, as instructed. They went home without a scratch that night.

But King leapt out and began dancing and babbling, crouching, kneeling, laughing and waving to the police helicopter overhead. Both the officers and King’s passengers believed he was high on angel dust.

The senior officer, Sgt. Stacey Koon, ordered the officers to back away and holster their guns. He didn’t want to risk a fatal encounter.

Four officers tried swarming King — he threw them off his back like rag dolls. A dart from a Taser gun did nothing.

Then another — also nothing. King lunged at an officer and got hit with a baton, but kept on raging. The police were running out of options that would allow everyone to stay alive.

That’s when three officers began hitting King with their metal batons, under the supervision of Sgt. Koon. If King moved, they whacked him. Finally, they managed to double-cuff him — the procedure for suspects on PCP — and put him in an ambulance to the hospital.

When Sgt. Koon first heard that the arrest had been captured on video, he was ecstatic. “This is great!” he said. “They got it on tape! Now we’ll have a live, in-the-field film to show police recruits. It can be a real-life example of how to use escalating force properly.”

Not only the jurors, but nearly everyone who saw the first trial ended up supporting the acquittal, including Roger Parloff, a liberal legal reporter who sat through most of the trial for the American Lawyer, and Lou Cannon, who covered it for The Washington Post. The renowned (black) economist Walter Williams was shocked by “the news media’s dereliction and deception” in their editing of the tape.

All this is detailed in my book “Mugged,” but at the time, the public knew none of it, thanks to our activist media.

The endlessly played Rodney King video hid the same part of Floyd’s arrest that’s being withheld today. Doesn’t anyone else wonder how Floyd ended up on the ground? Where are those videos?

Nah, it’s much easier — and cost-free! — to Speak Truth to the 1%.

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Davel2

Ann Coulter's attempt to make Floyd's death more palatable still does not make it

right... But then she does know what her particular audience wants to hear... and

that's quite disappointing.

HavasuGuy

Davel2, I have to agree with you. She keeps feeding the dogs their favorite food and they keep coming back for more...

JVW

Yes Very Positive 2 weeks The Democratic Leaders held a news conference today all in African garb supporting BLM movement and pushing a bill to Defund Police departments today. Yes. Proud day to be an American... The African Garb really had a nice affect.

ANYONE with a handle on there white privilege should have No problem voting Democrat now!

HavasuGuy

Thank goodness we didn't have to watch the entire 8:46 minutes that it took for those criminals dressed in police uniforms to kill Mr. George Floyd, what we all saw was bad enough.

Leave it to Fox News personality to try and deflect from the real reason that America is once again facing the need to face it's flawed past to try and correct it. Racial justice has not been accomplished in America and only those insecure about their own privileged life being brought down to some new normal are fighting it.

It is amazing to see the changes that have happened in just 2 weeks;

Because of the Black Lives Matter protests, the criminals that murdered Mr. George Floyd have been charged. Their police chief has been removed and the state and federal authorities are now investigating the police department where they worked.

The NFL has admitted that they were wrong to prevent players from peacefully protesting police violence on minorities, the NFL will now stand with those players, or kneel I guess.

NASCAR showed their support for the Black Lives Matter movement this past Sunday and committed to being a part of making America better.

Protests in America and around the world are demanding real change to the racial injustice that plagues our planet.

The US Marines have finally banned the confederate flag from being displayed anywhere by US Marines. The only flag still being displayed by the side that lost, losers..

The use of choke holds has been banned in many police departments across America.

Cities and states are restricting police departments from using tear gas unless there is a threat to life situation.

Major corporations have come out in support of Black Lives Matter and have committed to structural change in their companies.

Respectable and loyal American military leaders have come out against the reactions by president tRUMP.

Many religious leaders have denounced president tRUMP's use of riot police to clear a path so he could have a photo op in front of a church.

Many real Christians are rethinking their support for such a morally flawed individual.

Some current and past republican leaders have openly come out in opposition to tRUMP.

Lake Havasu City had a very successful Black Lives Matter peaceful protest to display our rejection of the racial injustice in America and to honor Mr. George Floyd and others who have suffered at the hands of criminals in police uniforms.

There are now active and trained ACLU observers residing in Lake Havasu City to monitor local authorities and civil rights issues.

I could go on and on about how this time is completely different from the Rodney King incident but considering it's only been 2 weeks and look at all the positive change, there's more to come!

deaton

HavasuGuy [batman] do you have your check made out to BLM for your contribution to cause? Capitulation breeds contempt, contempt breeds more demands! Always has and always will! [thumbdown][huh] Deaton

Davel2

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] HavasuGuy

simon1dog

Ann, thank you.

CVA-42

Where's Rovr and HG? Ann is there favorite columnist.

Mr Lemons

Banned for life?

CVA-42

Could we be so lucky?

Davel2

VA... It's only lucky if you don't support and respect someone else's freedom of

speech as much as your own.

JVW

Davel#2. Because, It's all about Freedom of speech right. We all love Socialist Freedom Fighters. Especially positive peaceful loving types.

Davel2

JVW... You do know that was a ridiculous thing to say? Perhaps you should be put on the ignore list too and just let you and those with your same mind-set stew in their own ignorance.

HavasuGuy

Davel2 - I'm not sure who you're replying too because I installed turd blocker on my computer and can't see them. You might seriously consider installing it too, it really saves time and you don't see the turds!

deaton

HavasuGuy [batman] are you “blocked up”, perhaps prune juice or “Imodium” could provide relief? [thumbup][love] Deaton

Mr Lemons

From 7 p.m. Friday, May 29, through 11 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 25 people were killed in Chicago, with another 85 wounded by gunfire, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

We live in a time when up is down and down is up. While people protest/riot/loot for the killing of one African-American man in Minneapolis by a white policeman who probably should have been fired long ago, in Chicago 25 African-Americans were killed by others.

What's the difference to groups like Black Lives Matter? Antifa? Well, there's video of the Floyd murder which the media can play endlessly. It's an opportunity for them to promote their Marxist/socialist agenda. The problem is systemic racism we're told. Being white, if I disagree then I'm racist. If I agree, I'm still racist because of my "white privilege." I'm told that we need to have a conversation. But then I'm told that my side of the conversation is not needed because I'm racist.

So what's the solution? Defund the police. That should work out well.

CVA-42

[smile][thumbup]

Too old for this

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deaton

Well stated Mr. Lemons! “That should work out well.” Perhaps the “Minnesota Democrat Farmers Party” should “Defund the Police” and abolish law enforcement as an experiment testing these theories of BLM and liberal “Social Justice” folks? I suspect it won’t be a “long term” experiment, and results will be apparent within a weeks time, when all the “911” calls are redirected to the Mayor’s Office and the City Council. It should be interesting to watch? [thumbup][beam] Deaton

kdavis

Just another democratic social experiment. You cant fix stupid.....

Vince Gors

[beam]

HavasuGuy

Antifa is a movement that fights against fascism, you know like our boys did against Hitler in WWII.

Black Lives Matter is an international human rights movement, originating from within the African-American community, which campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people. BLM regularly holds protests speaking out against police brutality and police killings of black people, and broader issues such as racial profiling, and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system.

I'm not sure why anyone would be so afraid of movements that fight against fascists and racists unless they are a fascist or racist...

pitypudd

So I just wonder which one I am... a Racist or a Fascist? Because I know I'm not a Marxist!

Check your facts better!

Maybe we should change it ALM... It's a fact that more white people are killed by police than black people. Also a fact, more black people kill black people! are they Racist and Fascist too? Does someone need to start a movement about stopping Gang brutality? SGB

HavasuGuy

Black Lives Matter is fighting gang brutality! Don't you follow the news? Maybe you should join to help fight gang brutality by criminal police officers. There are plenty of good officers but if they let the bad officers exist it's no different than gang loyalty.

deaton

“Antifa is a movement that fights against fascism,” much like those “Brown Shirts” in 1932 Berlin who roamed the streets destroying property, assaulting their perceived enemies, and intimidating the populace! Apparently they have learned well from real “fascists”? So HavasuGuy [batman] how is that membership application going? Will you be a “card carrying member” shortly? [thumbdown][huh] Deaton

pitypudd

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