Mob Rule

Before I get into my rant, let me clarify a few things for those who will disagree with me. One, this is my opinion. Two, you are as entitled to your opinion as I am. Three, if my opinion offends your sensibilities, feel free to go about your merry way. Four, the jury decided, for better or worse, that there was enough evidence to convict, beyond a reasonable doubt, for murder. That is how our legal system works, and so I accept the outcome of the trial, and we’ll have to wait and see what legal precedent this establishes, and how it will affect the institution of policing going forward. That being said, here we go.

The mob won. Threats of violence and constant protests have tipped the scales of justice in the favor of what the mob’s perception of justice is. Rep Maxine Waters suggested that if they didn’t get a guilty verdict for murder, that the protesters should get “more confrontational.” I’m not sure what that means, but it certainly seemed ominous.

We are seeing in real time the destructive power of mob rule, and the emergence of the tyranny of the majority. The people, roused to a fevered rage by articles designed to elicit emotional reactions in order to get clicks by companies who profit from rage based engagement and pushed by people who seek power through the use of critical race theory and identity politics, have decided that due process and evidence mean little, and perception means everything.

The institution of law enforcement has been fundamentally damaged through all of this. Those who believe in CRT certainly think that the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial shows just how corrupt the entire institution of policing has become, and that the entire institution of community based policing should be abolished. As someone who believes in local government, this sends a chill down my spine, because there is no clear alternative to it. Federalizing the police gives the federal government far too much power, and incentivizes much more corruption. Abolishing the police encourages vigilantes and organized crime to take control of areas.

But the violence won’t stop. Giving the mob what they want won’t prevent them from being destructive.

What is it that we expect from law enforcement? What should their training regimen be? What certifications should they hold? None of this has been addressed by the mob. They scream and shout that the cops are bastards, but offer nothing positive to make the system better. They care little for the long term complications of their actions, so long as they get what they want.

This is a landmark decision, and its impact will be felt long after. For better or worse remains to be seen, but either way, the mob got what it wanted.

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