Democratic AG Ellison Encourages Rioting, Antifa Terrorists to Target Police With Violence
As the city of Minneapolis continues to burn and protesters seize control of the streets, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison decided to speak out. He issued a cautious note to the rioters who are continuing to make their presence felt. He asked them to be kind as possible to the National Guard once they arrived. This was a thoughtful message from the state’s Attorney General, who also encouraged the protesters to be kind to military personnel.
It’s the sort of message that anyone would be expecting from an Attorney General in this situation, at least one who has their finger on the pulse. He could have stopped right there and we would have been happy. Of course, you already know that he did not. Ellison elected to draw a clear line between the local police and the National Guard.
Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison (D.) told Minneapolis residents protesting the death of George Floyd to direct their ire at local police, rather than the National Guard that has been called into the city to help restore order…
“I’d like everyone to recognize the fact that the National Guard just a week ago was administering COVID-19 tests to help people,” Ellison said. “The presence you see on the street, don’t react to them the way you might react to the Minneapolis Police Department. It’s not the same group. They have different leadership, different authority, and their job is to try to bring peace and calm back again. Please remember that this is not the group that you associate with unfair conduct.”
He told the protesters that they needed to be directing their ire towards the local officers when it came to the death of George Floyd. The National Guard was only on hand to restore order and that’s why Ellison wanted them to be left alone. He took a noble statement and ruined it by offering unwanted additional commentary.
The Minneapolis Police Department does not deserve respect but everyone needs to be kind to the National Guard. This is clearly the takeaway that Ellison had on the matter. It’s a sad one but at least he is being honest. These are his true feelings. The National Guard wants to bring peace to the city, according to Ellison.
We are not sure what the logic is here. Why would the officers who are tasked with protecting and serving a city each day want this to happen? Why wouldn’t they be worthy of the same respect? While the officer who is responsible for George Floyd’s death should be held responsible for their actions, there are other officers who undoubtedly condemn what he has done. There’s no reason for an entire city to pay for what Derek Chauvin has done.
At first, some might think that the Attorney General is not actually excusing the rioting. Maybe he’s just choosing his words poorly. However, he makes his allegiances abundantly clear when he starts quoting Martin Luther King Jr. and saying that riots are the language of the unheard. The mayor and governor have done everything in their power to speak carefully about the riots but Ellison has undone all of that within moments.
Their responses may be muted at times but they have stopped short of making any statements that can be interpreted as being encouraging to the rioters and looters. Meanwhile, Ellison is essentially telling people that it is okay to attack the local police as long as they are willing to leave the National Guard alone. It’s hard to find a more charitable interpretation of what he is saying at the moment.
If harm comes to local police officers, this is something that Ellison needs to consider. The Attorney General of any state holds weight and it is important to offer up the best possible message at a time like these. We understand his willingness to avoid harsh statements towards the protesters but this is not the way to go about it.
Let’s hope that Minneapolis is able to avoid the same nasty spiral that took place in other cities after their riots took place. We’re looking in your direction, Baltimore. If police officers do not have faith in City Hall, their ability to do good police work is affected in ways that few would expect. It’s time for cities like these to consider the long term effects.
In the meantime, our heart goes out to all of the cities that have been affected by riots and protests. Keith Ellison has decided that he wants to be part of the problem, instead of being part of the solution. Maybe he’ll change his mind before its too late.