As America awaits the verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s rhetoric during a Monday news conference exacerbated an already overwrought situation. He told reporters, “As we await the verdict, there are several inescapable truths. … Regardless of the outcome of this trial, regardless of the decision made by the jury, there is one true reality. which is that George Floyd was killed at the hands of police.”
He added, “Being black in America should not – cannot be a death sentence. … We understand that people will feel the need to express it. … What has become increasingly clear is that the foundation of anti-blackness and deep structural racism within our society is palpable.
The occasion was a public safety update ahead of the verdict. Frey was joined by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. The second video records the entire press conference.
In the first segment of the video, Gov. Walz slams the inherent racism he sees within the culture and he voices his commitment to respecting the right to protest.
On Saturday night, Rep. Maxine Waters expressed basically the same opinion. She told BLM supporters, “Oh no, not manslaughter,” as she raised a hand to show her opinion of the lesser possible charge of manslaughter. “No, no, no. Listen, listen, guilty for murder. I don’t know if it’s in the first degree, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s first degree murder.”
Shortly before a verdict is to be delivered in a case that has deeply divided the country, three elected officials, both Democrats, feel it’s wise to fan the flames of racism. The city of Minneapolis, ground zero for the riots sparked by the death of George Floyd last summer which quickly spread throughout the country, is on edge. Daunte Wright’s death has exacerbated the situation. It has already set off rioting in Brooklyn Center. The slightest provocation is all that’s required to set off more destruction and chaos.
The city is poised to erupt into violence and chaos once the verdict is handed down and instead of calling for calm, these three are publicly stating their opinions as facts. By expressing solidarity with BLM at this time, they are increasing the chances that destructive riots will break out.
If Chauvin is acquitted, all bets are off. Chaos will follow. A second-degree manslaughter verdict will also likely trigger riots. Although it would be reasonable to expect that BLM would be satisfied with a second or third degree murder conviction, they’ll probably still riot for the same reasons they did so last summer. In other words, the verdict itself won’t really make a difference. The city is a powder keg and it won’t take much to spark the flames.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey:
“Regardless of the decision made by the jury, there is one true reality, which is that George Floyd was killed at the hands of police."
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 20, 2021