The political left has once again seized on the police shooting of a young black man. Once again they’re looking to push for sweeping changes to policing in America. Once again they’re ignoring the fact that it will embolden criminals and put the safety of citizens at risk.
This time it was the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright who was shot in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Sunday. The shooting occurred mere miles away from where the George Floyd murder trial is being conducted. This event adds an additional dilemma to a city that is preparing for another summer of rioting, looting, and violence regardless of the verdict that the jury delivers.
Social media influencers quickly spread the narrative that Wright was gunned down after being pulled over for an air freshener. However, police quickly released body-cam footage showing the truth: it was a tragic mistake resulting from a female cop mistakenly grabbing her gun instead of her Taser. This reality did little to temper the rush to judgment and demands to “reform” the police.
One of those who had harsh words for the nation’s police was CNN’s Van Jones, who showed up on the network’s “Cuomo Prime Time” on Tuesday. He railed against law enforcement which he painted as ‘dumb and dangerous and discriminatory’. He also appeared to suggest that it was time to disarm the cops.
"The policing methodology we have in the country right now is…dumb, dangerous and discriminatory," says Van Jones.
"It is dumb to have all these cops out here with all these weapons…We don't need this firepower going after little petty stuff…send them something in the mail." pic.twitter.com/icIONiMdwg
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) April 14, 2021
According to Jones, “The reason those young people are out there and folks are out there tonight is because people are losing faith in the system. The reason that young man —people say, why didn’t he do what he was told? Please understand there are two different Americas here. If when you see a police officer, you see the badge and not all those weapons, you are in one part of America”.
He then tried to blame police disrespect of blacks: “If when you see a police officer, you see all those weapons and don’t see the badge, it’s because your experience has been they don’t come at you with respect. They don’t come at you with trust. They come at you with force. When people see somebody coming at them armed who has never treated you with respect, you can panic”, said Jones.
He continued, “The deeper problem is that the policing methodology that we have in the country right now is both dumb and dangerous and discriminatory. It is dumb to have all of these cops out here with all of these weapons, tasers and pepper spray and batons and guns and dogs and drones, pulling people over for like little, what do you call it, your taillight’s out? You are going to throw that much firepower against communities on stuff like that?”
Jones’ solution? “Send them something in the mail. It’s just dumb to direct this much firepower. No other country does this. This much-armed personnel against such petty offenses. That’s dumb. And it’s dangerous for both sides because why are you pulling all these people overdoing this stuff? Everybody is terrified. Everybody’s afraid. It’s discriminatory because, first of all, they pull people of color over all the time. The numbers are completely clear on this. Then the interaction is completely different”, he said
Jones concluded, “The first thing you have got to do is you have to say we need to completely, as Obama said, reimagine policing. We don’t need this much firepower going after little petty stuff. It’s dangerous for everybody and discriminatory, and everybody knows it”.
Jones’ old boss also slithered out to opine on the shooting; Obama issued a statement calling to “reimagine policing and public safety”.
Being that he is an unapologetic “racial arsonist” Mr. Obama also sought to portray the shooting of Wright in black vs. white terms. He said that he would, “continue to work with all fair-minded Americans to confront historical inequities and bring about nationwide changes that are so long overdue”.
Our hearts are heavy over yet another shooting of a Black man, Daunte Wright, at the hands of police. It’s important to conduct a full and transparent investigation, but this is also a reminder of just how badly we need to reimagine policing and public safety in this country. pic.twitter.com/sgcbRjlApr
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 13, 2021
Obama’s website also rushed to exploit the incident for the maximum emotional impact, urging that pressure be put on leaders in the memory of Daunte Wright, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. While most of them may have met their demise at the hands of police they also have one other thing in common: they were all either themselves criminals, or in the case of Taylor knowingly associated with criminals. Their behaviors are what put them on a trajectory for encounters with law enforcement, not racism.
Wright’s unfortunate death only serves as the opening act to the great racial conflagration of 2021. The sequel to last summer’s corporate-endorsed George Floyd riots have Obama, Jones, and the other usual curators of hate in the media doing their best to ignite the fire using their dumb, dangerous, and discriminatory rhetoric.