Death for Thee…

…Acquittal for me. I first saw this on Twitchy:

and then followed an embedded link to the Washington Post, from where I will be quoting:

The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop was acquitted on all charges by a jury Friday, a decision that came nearly a year after the encounter was partially streamed online before a rapt nation in the midst of a painful reckoning over shootings by law enforcement.

Not nearly as “painful” as being shot, especially without any justification, but let’s just go with it. And speaking of “painful”, I find it pretty “painful” that I’m not the least bit surprised at the verdict, and I’m sure you’re feeling just as “painful” as well.

Honestly, if this was all there was to it, I wouldn’t have bothered. It’s not any sort of secret that there are multiple levels of “justice” in this country, and pointing out yet again that disparity is a waste of time. This will continue until enough of us make it too “painful” to continue with this sort of nonsense.

Here’s what I found noteworthy:

Officials in St. Anthony, Minn., where Yanez worked as a police officer, said he would not return to the police department from leave after the trial. They said they have decided “the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city.”

Yeah, let some other jurisdiction scrape his remains off their street. But it gets worse:

“The city intends to offer Officer Yanez a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career other than being a St. Anthony officer,” the city said in a statement. “The terms of this agreement will be negotiated in the near future, so details are not available at this time. In the meantime, Officer Yanez will not return to active duty.”

You got that? He blows someone away without justification, gets off on no less than three felony charges related to that execution, and his soon to be ex-employer is going to offer him both a settlement to go away and to “help him transition to another career”. I’d like to say that he’s going to transition to being fish food at the bottom of Lake Michigan, but we all know that he’ll show up, in uniform, in some other police department. Where his new Brothers-in-Blue will buy him a beer and congratulate him on his good aim.

It just keeps getting worse:

During the trial, Kauser defended Yanez, his former partner.

“I think he followed protocol,” testified Kauser, who has since switched departments, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I trust him as a partner, and he did what he’s supposed to do in that situation.”

“Since switched departments”. Why am I getting the image of rats abandoning a sinking ship? Or the city’s lawyers playing CYA as hard as they can?

From another link, we have the final insult to injury:

Yanez’s attorney, Earl Gray, told the jury of five women and seven men during the trial that his client “did what he had to do.”

“None of this would have happened but for Philando Castile,” Gray said in court, according to the Star Tribune. “[Yanez] sees the gun and [Castile] doesn’t follow orders. That’s enough to pull your gun out and end the threat.”

During the trial, prosecutor Jeff Paulsen said that Yanez never saw Castile’s gun and asked…

The Deceased followed all instructions, informed the badgethug that he was armed (let’s not forget this was all about a broken taillight), got shot to death for following those instructions, and it’s his fault.

Mark my words: there will be a situation where a cop is beset by no-kidding bad guys doing bad things, and ends up dead because nobody came to his aid. And in the post-mortem press conference, some suit will bemoan the fact that this happened, without ever realizing that they brought this down on themselves.

One Response to “Death for Thee…”

  1. I think you are correct in your conclusions.

    A fellow in the UK named Robert Peel, of whom readers may have heard, said a few things on the topic that I think a lot of American politicians and big-city police chiefs (but I repeat myself) need to hear. A few of his relevant principles:

    “To recognise always that the power of the police to fulfil their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behaviour, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.

    To recognise always that to secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public means also the securing of the willing co-operation of the public in the task of securing observance of laws.

    To recognise always that the extent to which the co-operation of the public can be secured diminishes proportionately the necessity of the use of physical force and compulsion for achieving police objectives.

    To seek and preserve public favour, not by pandering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws, by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of the public without regard to their wealth or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humour, and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.

    To use physical force only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public co-operation to an extent necessary to secure observance of law or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.

    To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”

    The tl;dr version is: they’re doing it wrong. This will have dire consequences. These consequences are predictable, and have already been predicted.