By Nathan Barton
Society? What is that? A suicide pact?
In a nation with events like this, it is clear that we are in no way a “civilized” society – except in the minds of the political leaders and other elite who like it this way.
Consider Minneapolis, where a 40-year-old Australian woman was killed by a police officer who “was startled” and shot out the window of his patrol car at the very woman who had called 9-1-1 to report a disturbance and suspected rape, as reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. And on Friday, the Minneapolis police chief was fired by the city’s mayor, apparently for the chief’s statement that the woman didn’t have to die. Of course, the police officer (not yet charged, of course, in the suspected murder) is the first Somali (Muslim) police officer in the city. And was upheld (despite several other charges against him on various non-fatal incidents) as an example of how progressive Minneapolis is. To show how progressive the city is, she was the first female, openly-lesbian, divorced from her lesbian “wife,” police chief in the nation – and now she has another “first” in being fired. And no doubt (assuming he actually goes to trial), this cop will use his early years in the bloody battlefields of Somalia to explain why he offed this unarmed woman in her pajamas.
Mama’s Note: I have to say that this incident was more shocking to me than a great many others that have happened in the last year or so. Not only the completely unjustified killing, but the official response in the current climate of backlash against such police misconduct. The fact that the “cop” is a Muslim is certainly not unrelated, but of course the “news” does not help us understand that any more than anything else. WAS he reacting to her being there in her pajamas? How could we possibly know? Continue reading