Tony Timpa is someone you probably never heard of, but you should be aware of him. Don’t google him yet. Let me put his story in context first.
After declining for decades, violent crime in our major cities turned up starting in 2014. That year, a white policeman shot dead a young black man in Ferguson, Mo. The story spread Michael Brown is killed in cold blood while pleading, “hands up, don’t shoot,” by officer Darren Wilson. The result was a full-blown riot resulting in damage to Ferguson that remains today. The group leading the protest was “Black Lives Matter” (BLM). The message across most media was a racist white cop gunned down an unarmed Black youth.
The only problem the story was false. Officer Wilson was attacked by a 6′ 4″ 292 lb. petty criminal. He shot in self-defense. Please don’t take my word for it; three separate investigations confirmed Brown was the author of his death. These include a report by President Obama’s justice department.
Darren Wilson, fearing for his life, resigned from the force and disappeared. As I predicted at the time, Police across the nation noted the lack of support for the people in blue and pulled back. “The Ferguson Effect” became a growing truth as police backing waned. Defund the racist Police became the cry. Aggressive policing declined, and cops retired or quit. Who wants to risk your life for people that don’t have your back. The safety of our citizens suffers.
Still, we find Michael Brown’s name included in the growing list in the media of innocent Blacks unfairly gunned down by white Police. A plague of blacks murdered by those in blue. However, some looked at the 50 million+ annual police-public encounters and wondered if some cherry-picking is involved.
As I’ve pointed out in the past, there is friction between law enforcement and the public worldwide—the more lawless the area, the more adverse actions. Sometimes these are deadly. In most countries of the world, the Police and the public involved are of the same Race. Just this morning, Mariam Barghouti, a Palestinian, complained in the Washington Post of the over-the-top actions of the West Bank police. Why then are the authority-public problems always attributed to Race in the U.S.?
On May 25, 2020, those pushing the police “place little or no value on the Black lives” narrative got all the proof they needed. It appeared in a cellphone recording of a white police officer kneeling on the neck and back of a black man for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. The man died. He had claimed that he couldn’t breathe, but the white cop kept the knee in place. The other cops present didn’t help the black man.
With this powerful visual in hand, the media exploded against race-based police brutality. Protests and riots spread across the nation. Racism is institutional in all phases of our lives was trumpeted. Law enforcement is the worst example and defunding on the table. Teach Critical Race Theory (CRT) and the complementary 1619 Project to all our children so white kids know they are oppressors, and black kids are always victims. The nation divided along racial lines.
What if George Floyd’s death while terrible police work wasn’t race-based? All over the world, there is always the problem of rogue or just bad cops. Corruption in law enforcement knows no borders. Free people have to be vigilant and make corrections. But a bad cop doesn’t equal a racist cop. Without Law & Order, there is no civilization.
The media told us a white cop would never treat a white with such indifference. As it turns out, there is an amazingly similar case. Tony Timpa, in August 2016 Dallas, Texas, had a policeman’s knee on his neck and back for over 14 minutes. During that time, he expired. He had called out for help before going cold. The similarities of the Floyd and Timpa cases are eerily close. Both were large men who had taken drugs but were handcuffed and were no threat to the officers. The only significant difference I can see in the cases, one was black and the other white. Take a look at the Timpa Case and see if you disagree. Ask yourself why you know everything about the Floyd case but nothing about Tony Timpa. Who received justice?
As I pointed out in my last post, making everything racial with only black victims benefits the Democrats. If Blacks start asking the Democrats they elected why they’re not doing better, they might vote differently. If they did, the Democrats might collapse. Hence, the Party and its media allies must heavily emphasize Black victimhood. Racial division is a matter of survival.
If you disagree, tell me who shot Ashli E. Babbitt on 1/6 at the Capitol. Why is it the press hasn’t demanded the officer’s name and the videotapes of the incident. Like George Floyd, she was a lawbreaker but was unarmed and posed no mortal threat. Yet, she is the only one to die there, and we know next to nothing. We knew right from the beginning the Race of the officers who killed Brown and Floyd but not the officer who shot Babbitt.
Our nation has many problems, but they’re not all about Race. The left is carrying this Racial injustice division to the point where teachers can tell my school-age grandchildren they’re “oppressors” solely because they’re white. The most prominent teacher’s union, the National Educational Association (NEA), says the CRT is “reasonable and appropriate” for our kids. It opposes any bans on the use of the New York Times’ controversial 1619 Project. Remember, these are the same people that couldn’t be bothered teaching our kids for a year during the pandemic.
No way can I support teaching my grandkids something as mindless as the Minutemen at Lexington and Concord, Mass. in 1775 fired the first shots of the Revolutionary War, “The Shot Heard Round the World,” did it to keep their non-existent slaves. Who other than the New York times thinks slavery was significant in New England.
Not only does it hurt my grandkids, but it also has to be devastating to Black kids to be told they will always be victims of Institutional Racism. That won’t inspire them to work for a better future. Instead of real solutions to problems, we get harmful nonsense from the left for political gain. For shame, for shame!
Covid Cases have declined to a point where the Dispatch no longer provides us charts. However, if you want Covid Data, Johns Hopkins still gives it. For most people, Covid is moving into the past. Cases now are mainly among the young. They were never at the same risk as older people with conditions. However, I fear those over 50 unvaccinated people who spend time with others who didn’t get the shot. You don’t want to be among the last ones to die from this pandemic.
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Wow! Great blog Dave. I love what you have to say. Thank you, Sharon
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