By Duncan Smith
When it comes to the ongoing rioting and looting following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Republicans and Democrats are looking at them from a completely different perspective.
One said essentially supports the rioting, and their party’s name begins with a “D.”
Nowhere is this more starkly demonstrated than in the views of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). While President Donald Trump and McConnell have blasted rioters and anarchists for causing hundreds of millions in damages while burning businesses that were already hard-hit from coronavirus closures, Schumer is bypassing all of that to focus instead on a rarity: Police misuse of force.
‘Obviously, this struggle remains incomplete,’ McConnell said, noting the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, the Washington Examiner reports.
‘These disturbing events do not look like three isolated incidents,’ McConnell said. ‘They look more like the latest chapter in our national struggle to make equal justice and equal protection of the law into the facts of life for all Americans rather than contingencies that sometimes depend on the color of one’s skin.’
That said, McConnell added: “There is no constitutional right to commit violent crime or to terrorize people. This cannot continue. It’s already gone on for entirely too long.’
As for Schumer, the Washington Examiner notes:
Schumer promised to ‘propose and push bold action’ to respond to the problem and called for McConnell to bring a ‘law enforcement reform bill’ by July 4.
Schumer, a New York Democrat, said the individuals burning cars, throwing bricks, and causing destruction represent ‘a small minority’ of the protesters and ‘are wrong and do not promote the cause of justice.’
Schumer said the violence could be explained by a lack of accountability in the Minneapolis Police Department, which has only charged one of the four officers present during Floyd’s arrest and subsequent death.
‘It certainly helps to explain the frustration and anger right now,’ Schumer said. ‘There is accountability when everyday citizens and protesters violate the law, but that same accountability is far too often lacking when law enforcement violates the law. We have to fix that.”
And just how is a federal law going to fix local law enforcement?
Schumer is simply pushing for a federal statute that would regularize Justice Department interference in local law enforcement much the way that the DoJ was used by then-AG Eric Holder during the Obama administration.
Under the guise of ‘reform,’ Holder and the DoJ forced local police agencies to adopt politically-correct techniques that reduced public safety in the name of ‘social justice.’
The fact is, McConnell, while he was obviously trying to be accommodating, is right to demand that laws be followed and that people guilty of causing destruction to be held accountable.
“Small minority” or not, why isn’t Schumer calling for rioters to be held accountable too? Why just the cops?
Ninety-nine percent of police officers are good men and women trying to do a lousy job dealing with ungrateful, mouthy, rebellious people day in and day out for too little pay. If we keep messing around with their profession, the ‘thin blue line’ will snap and all hell will break loose everywhere.