Remember the deputy who arrived during the shooting, stayed huddled in his car, and refused to let anyone else on scene?
He was reinstated last week.
Why, You may ask?
Turns out governments love their procedures. And they require said procedures to be fulfilled to the letter. Cross all the t's, dot all the i's.
Florida fired him quick without going through all that. So he sued, with the backing of his union. He's reinstated with back pay, back seniority, and his former rank back.
The wheels of justice turn too slow for the news cycle, let alone social media.
Floyd was killed on Monday evening.
All four officers involved fired by close of business Tuesday.
Arrests were made about an hour ago, early Friday afternoon.
Last night I read something about five people shot and fifty buildings damaged, though I'm sure that number will be revised somewhere.
Investigations happen the way they do for a reason.
A medical examiner has to determine homicide as a cause of death.
Investigators have to collate reports.
A D.A. has to figure out what charges (if any) apply to the case.
But we don't want that.
We want our justice, even if it tastes a lot like revenge.
And we want it now.
We want it all and we want it now.
The NCIS crew can find the bad guys and wrap everything up in 40 minutes plus time for commercials, why can't our own sworn officers manage this?
Tearing shit down is fun. And real therapeutic when you're pissed off.
Cleaning up the mess, not so much.
Chasing down every asshole with a piece of paper you need to see justice done? Even less so.
That's the ugly price we pay for being a country instead of a mob with zip codes. If we can keep it, as the man said.
Years ago, I talked about how we wanted "Burger King Wars." Cheap, fast, and our way.
Now it looks like we want burger king justice.
Fuck due process. People we don't like don't need them.
Nobody stops to think that any law like that doesn't care about who you don't like. It just affects people who can least afford to challenge or fight it.
About a week ago, I saw a picture of a guy being arrested in Germany for giving the Hitler salute. Germany doesn't have a first amendment, and doing anything vaguely nazified is grounds for arrest, fines, and jail time.
And my usual prog suspects were wistfully hoping for America to have such a thing.
The actual wording of the law is, "public use of the symbols of unconstitutional groups."
Take a wild guess at what SCOTUS, in or out of its current configuration, could find unconstitutional.
I had to blow a willpower not to say, "what, Kapernick being blacklisted wasn't enough? you wanted him to serve time? Assholish of you."
Cross those t's and dot those i's.
And take care of yourselves out there.