Burt Prelutsky / May 1, 2021

Justice Was Mis-Served

The Derek Chauvin verdict will obviously be appealed.

I believe that Derek Chauvin was guilty of manslaughter, but not murder. The man is obviously a bully, but if he had wanted to kill George Floyd, it wouldn’t have taken him nearly nine minutes to do it.

I suspect he kept his knee on Floyd’s neck because he didn’t like his attitude. After all, lying face down with his hands cuffed behind him, Floyd wasn’t going anywhere. On the other hand, there was no way for the cop to know that the perp had a huge amount of fentanyl and God knows what other crap in his system.

Chauvin probably should not have been trusted with a badge and a gun. But, perhaps, he was pent up with frustration, having seen thousands of people who looked like smaller versions of George Floyd getting away with burning, looting and killing, for months on end. Maybe he was thinking “They won’t let me shoot these people, won’t even let me arrest them, so I’ll pin this punk with my knee. Hell, it won’t kill him, and I’ll feel a little better.”

The verdict will obviously be appealed. How could it not be when even the trial judge suggested that Rep. Maxine Waters, with her calls for violence if the verdict went the wrong way, provided grounds?

But it wasn’t just the fatheaded congresswoman. The fact that Minneapolis had suffered the most damage because of the initial incident would have indicated a change of venue was appropriate. But the trial wasn’t moved. Not even when, as the jury was being empaneled, the city decided it was a good time to announce they were so convinced Chauvin had committed murder, they were writing a check to his lucky survivors for $27 million.

Until the last evening, the jury was never sequestered, so they were only too aware of the intimidating mob surrounding the courthouse, just waiting for an excuse to torch the city again. I’m sure they were also aware that the usual mobs were gathering in cities across the nation, just waiting for the slightest excuse to turn the country into one big tinderbox.

Even if, like me, the jurors thought Chauvin was only guilty of manslaughter, they weren’t taking any chances. They found him guilty of two counts of murder, although how there could be two counts with only one victim, is beyond me.

If they’d had to save their city and themselves from the predictable repercussions of letting the defendant off on any of the charges, I suspect they would have found him guilty of kidnapping the Lindbergh baby and assassinating William McKinley.

Perhaps the single most nauseating thing to come out of all this has been the transfiguration of George Floyd. Here’s a man who had spent his entire life robbing and terrorizing innocent people, once holding a loaded gun against the abdomen of a pregnant woman because he was sure she had drugs or money hidden in her home.

This is the creep about whom Nancy Pelosi eulogized “Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice. Your name will always be synonymous with justice.”

The Marine who crawls out of his foxhole to rescue a fallen comrade might be sacrificing his life. George Floyd never sacrificed anything for anybody. He wasn’t Jesus Christ, although Pelosi suggested as much, and even though his fellow cretins have painted pictures of him with his head encircled with a halo. You don’t become a saint for trying to pass a bogus twenty.

Claiming that George Floyd’s name will be synonymous with justice is like saying Benedict Arnold’s name will forever be synonymous with patriotism.

After the House Speaker gave her benediction, we all got to hear Joe Biden go on and on about this being a racist country, even though a jury had just found a white cop guilty of killing a black man, even a black man who deserved killing. It was very disheartening. In fact, if you closed your eyes, you could have sworn you were listening to Barack Obama. Speaking of the worst president in American history, it’s not hyperbole to state that between them, Barack Obama and Lyndon Johnson have done much more to keep black men down than all those white supremacist boogeymen the Left keeps yammering about.

Johnson did his part by driving black men out of their homes by declaring that if there was a husband/father in the house, the women and children would not receive welfare checks. It doesn’t say much for black men that they quickly (gratefully?) left home and allowed the American taxpayer to carry the burden of supporting their families.

But Johnson knew that a dependent black community would provide a dependable bloc of voters.

For his part, almost from the day he took office, Obama was siding with blacks, no matter how deplorable their actions, and bad-mouthing the police.

A fair-minded person would have to acknowledge that the first black president did more to create rancor between the two races than anyone in history. Worse yet, he shamelessly continues to do it.


A bit of political trivia. During his 1991 confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Clarence Thomas declared that he was the victim of a public lynching. The chairman of that lynching party was none other than Sen. Joe Biden (D, DE).


In the aftermath of another lynching, this one passed off as a criminal trial, it seems to me that it might have been a good thing for all concerned if Derek Chauvin had died mysteriously while in custody, like Jeffrey Epstein. That holds true even for Chauvin, an ex-cop, if he’s sent to prison anywhere but perhaps Devil’s Island.


We are quickly catching on to the fact that Democrats will say anything if they believe they can profit politically from a lie. So it was that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand felt she could get away with declaring that everything was infrastructure so long as her party was able to shove it into the so-called Infrastructure bill.

And once the bill was passed along strictly party lines, with even the likes of Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski holding fast, we heard Joe Biden insist it was a piece of bi-partisan legislation.

In the president’s case, it’s possible that he, who is easily confused, thinks that if he and his wife Jill Bi-den agree about something that makes it bi-partisan.


When pollsters are asked how many unarmed blacks they believe are killed in a year by cops, the numbers range from several hundred to as high as 10,000. Last year, they will be surprised to learn there were 15. And in just about every case, the victim was resisting legal instructions. On top of that, “unarmed” can be a misleading word when the resistor is someone as huge as Eric Garner (6'4"/235 pounds), Rodney King (6'3"/230 pounds), Michael Brown (6'4"/292 pounds) or George Floyd (6'6"/233 pounds), and, as often as not, on drugs, and it takes several officers to subdue him.

When someone is 6'4" and weighs 292, don’t believe anyone who tells you he’s unarmed. Would you describe a gorilla as unarmed just because it’s not wielding a gun?

So, on the one hand, you have 15 unarmed people dying at the hands of the police, and Democrats and the media insist that proves we have systemic racism and bigoted cops out to commit genocide. But when the same number of black people, including children, are killed by other blacks over a typical weekend in Chicago, all you hear are crickets.


If at this late date, anyone needed to be reminded of the two-faced way that the media reports the news, they need only compare how treporters greeted Donald Trump’s announcement of a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, which would have taken place next month if he were still president, and the way they gushed over Biden’s decision to remove the troops in September.

Trump was crucified for accepting defeat, while Biden is hailed as a hard-nosed realist who has courageously pulled the plug on a seemingly endless war.

If I know the Nobel Prize committee, and I’m afraid I do, expect Biden to receive the Peace Prize next year.

And when he takes the stage in Stockholm, don’t be too surprised if he winds up thanking the members of the Motion Pictures Academy of Arts and Science for his Oscar.


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