Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Police blotter, continued

 Kimberly Potter was arrested and will be charged with manslaughter.  Apparently it's not murder if you yell, "Taser, taser, taser!" before firing your gun.  

An unnamed Capitol Police officer will not be charged for killing Ashli Babbitt as she climbed through a broken window during the January 6 coup attempt.  Babbitt is now the subject of her own flag bearing the word "revenge."  I expected no less.

Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey has been cleared by an internal and external review and returned to work.  He will not face charges for shooting Jacob Blake seven times, leaving him paralyzed.

Dr. David Fowler, a forensic pathologist, testified for the defense and said George Floyd could have died from carbon monoxide poisoning as he lay near a car's exhaust pipe.   Tomorrow they'll probably find an expert who blames anaphylactic shock, as he could have been allergic to Derek Chauvin's pants.  Possibly someone in the crowd fired a dart from a blowpipe.  Happens all the time in Minnesota.  When you're defending the indefensible you grasp any straw that floats past, but if I were on that jury I'd want to give him another two years for insulting my intelligence.

The understaffed, overworked Capitol Police were unprepared for the violent coup attempt of January 6, according to a report by their inspector general, Michael Bolton.  The grisly details will be made public at a hearing of the House administrative committee tomorrow.  Of course, prior to Trump, this force were basically lightly armed tour guides who never expected to have to fight for their lives against an armed mob.  Remember, the Marines didn't keep Iranian "students" from seizing the US Embassy in 1979.  And the Iranians didn't have fifth columnists inside the building.  


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