Even as US police crack down on riots and looting, authorities from St. Louis to New York City are simply releasing everyone arrested in connection with the unrest, due to the reform championed by social justice activists.
The 25 people arrested in connection with the unrest were eventually released by circuit attorney Kim Gardner.
During the protests over unemployment and against police brutality, retired captain David Dorn was gunned down by hostile looters, while four active duty police were shot in St. Louis, Missouri, as protests over last week’s death of George Floyd in Minnesota turned into violent riots on Monday.
However, state Attorney General Eric Schmitt told reporters that he vowed to do everything he can to prosecute the rioters. But what can a protester do if his grief is violently smashed by paid mercenaries that are deployed to derail citizens rights?
Attorney Kim Gardner is the first African-American circuit attorney in St. Louis, elected in 2016 with substantial assistance of Democrat mega-donor George Soros, following the unrest in nearby Ferguson. In 2018, she led a probe against the Republican Governor Eric Greitens, eventually dropping the charges after he resigned from office.
In New York City, which has also seen several days of looting and riots, police chief Terrence Monahan lamented that most of the suspects arrested by his officers are immediately released as a result of the state bail-reform law.
When Monahan brought up the matter with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, “he told him there’s nothing we can do.” You cannot be held on any sort of bail. NYPD made over 650 arrests on Monday night alone.
Approved in 2019 and taking effect in January 2020, the new law eliminates cash bail for offenses like stalking, burglary, some types of assault, a number of drug offenses, and even certain kinds of arson and robbery.
Over in Massachusetts, the state attorney general made a speech to the Boston Chamber of Commerce describing the protesting and rioting as an “opportunity” to find new ways to get rid us of the institutionalized racism that’s led to America burning today.
Four officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota were filmed arresting Floyd last week, with one of them kneeling on the African-American man’s neck as he complained he couldn’t breathe.
All four were quickly fired, and the one held responsible for Floyd’s death was finally charged with murder after a couple of days, leading to protests that turned violent today.
Protesters across the nation have demanded that the three other officers at the scene of the incident – which began as a response to a suspected forgery – be held accountable as well.
Therefore Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is now also charging the three other officers present during the George Floyd killing, and Derek Chauvin will now face a second-degree murder charge, according to court documents filed on Wednesday.
Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane are now being charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. Ellison is requesting bail for all four be set at $1 million.
“This is another important step for justice,” Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar tweeted, in response to the attorney general’s decision.
Second-degree murder generally means intentional murder without premeditation, while third degree murder is the killing of someone without the intent of death.
Attorney General Ellison only recently took over the Floyd case at the request of Governor Tim Walz. It was previously being handled by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point Riot News 2020.