Tuesday, November 28, 2023

On Fall & Fallout

If you haven't watched The Fall of Minneapolis documentary yet, it's worth a look  Most intriguing to me was the fallout that resulted with regard to crime, resident safety and Minneapolis Police Department staffing.  I was also previously unaware of how unprotected the police officers were during the rioting and how poorly the closing down of the 3rd precinct had been handled.  It appears those who'd remained inside the building were left to fend for themselves (and in some cases run for their lives) during the final evacuation process, just prior to vandals breaching the perimeter to torch and destroy precinct headquarters. 

The video closes with a quote from Alex Kueng, the African American police officer responsible for arresting Floyd, on May 25, 2020, on suspicion of attempting to pass a counterfeit bill at a neighborhood convenience store. 

When asked by the interviewer, "Alex, what do you want people to know about this case?" Kueng's response was "...What's been done is done.  And I just hope at the very least people in the future can keep an open mind and not let instances like this happen.  Just use my case as an example to not jump the gun, not knee jerk, not fall to the race bait, to the social media, to the media, and let them get away with what they do. Because if things like this keep happening, no one anywhere is going to have any sense of justice left. "

It concludes with this:   If we don't stand for the truth, we'll fall for the lies.  



edutcher said...

The Brandon years in a nutshell.

This is why the Demos are losing constituents they thought they owned.

ampersand said...

If you look at the demographics for Minneapolis in 1970 and today you'll see why it fell. Just like every other urban area.