George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks and Jacob Blake’s deadly encounters with the police had a number of common elements.
Arrest warrants, criminal history and subsequent riots were found in all three.
But there is one common thread that would have prevented all the deaths, shooting and riots.
Herschel Walker’s son, Christian, identified and tweeted that important factor, "If kindergartners can follow directions from teachers, then grown men can follow directions from police officers. I don’t feel bad, follow the law."
We would add don’t take fatal doses of Fentanyl and drive drunk to Christian’s advice, but the fact remains even high on Fentanyl or Jack Daniels, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks would be alive today if they had followed the lawful orders of the police and Jacob Blake would be able to walk out of the courtroom instead of being wheeled out in a wheelchair.
Consider what would have happened if the police had done nothing after Brooks, Blake, and Floyd resisted. Brooks would have been able to drive home drunk endangering everyone he passed on the street.
Jacob Blake would have been free to continue to violate his restraining order and return to the dwelling of the woman he had sexually assaulted earlier.
And Floyd would have been free to drive away high on Fentanyl, assuming he didn’t die of the overdose while still behind the wheel.
And that doesn’t begin to explore the ramifications of a society where any arrestee who wants to be free only has to resist arrest and the police will back off.
The opposition media has consistently failed to admit that every one of the commands given to the unfortunate trio were lawful and consistent with the police department’s general orders.
Not one of the officers involved were violent or attempting to intimidate Floyd, Brooks, or Blake before the encounter went south. And the change of direction was solely the result of violence initiated by the suspects.
Normalizing or downplaying violent resistance to the police is dangerous for the individuals involved, the police and eventually society at large.Just look at the result in these three instances: Two deaths and paralysis.
BLM would finally be doing some good in today’s United States if its message was value your own life and obey the police.
Only that will never happen.
The truth is to BLM and its rioting supporters, Black Lives Matter only to the extent they can be used to destabilize society and bring about the "revolution."
Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read Michael Reagan's Reports — More Here.
Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)". Read Michael Shannon's Reports — More Here.