Sunday, July 05, 2020

Heads Explode

It took me a couple or re-reads to get this article straight, but it seems like a white chick was blocking a freeway as part of a Black Lives Matter protest and was run over by a black guy driving a white Jaguar.   Yeah, let that sink in.
Summer Taylor was blocking the freeway with a small group of Black Lives Matter demonstrators on the southbound lanes of I-5, the main artery through Seattle, about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
A 27-year-old man was arrested. Police identified him as Dawit Kelete, and they say he was sober.
My first thought was : Play stupid games, win stupid prizes, but then we learn that the Washington State Police had set up a roadblock to protect the protesters.  Somehow,  Kelete got around the WSP roadblock to strike Taylor.

Wait, wait wait.  The Washington State Police were blocking the road?  Why?  It's not the state's job to provide safe-haven to protesters.

Well, as it turns out, the state police is re-thinking their policies.
Hours after Taylor succumbed to her injuries, the WSP announced it was changing its policies to arrest people who block freeways instead of letting them protest there.
The admission that official Seattle had apparently allowed the protesters to take over the freeway was met with incredulity from law-abiding folks, including one who rightly observed that “Seattle looks like a bunch of children learning not to touch a hot stove.”
Okay, so we're back to : Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

It should be both dangerous and painful to block a state highway (much less an interstate highway).  The police should be arrresting these protesters.


Anonymous said...

One must remember on the West Coast, the State Troopers act as the legal authority of the very liberal Democrat Governors of those state. They follow orders and don't create police.

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Judy said...

It's way past time for the officials we elected and their minions (law enforcement, et al.) to enforce the law as it is written. You deface a public property, you go to jail; you burn a flag in this country, you go to jail; you falsely report a crime, you are fined and go to jail. Facebook, Google, Twitter, et al. are in violation of FCC rules and they need to feel the pain for censorship. The media is also in violation of FCC rules for the same reasons. All those treasonous A$$holes in Congress, I looking at you Pelosi and Schumer, need to ride the lightening like the Rosenbergs did. Every celebrity who has encouraged or endorsed burning and destroying property needs be stripped of their assets, then spend a little time in jail contemplating their BS. Ya'ah, I'm disgusted.

Beans said...

I do believe that purposely blocking an interstate steps into Federal territory. And it seems to be against the law in Washington state.


Who gave the local PD the right to block traffic for a 'protest?'

dogsledder said...

@Judy- The governors, mayors, police chiefs and other officials who ignore the law have been conditioned to do so by higher authority. Namely the Supreme Court of the United States of America, who has been ignoring and tearing out bits of the United States Constitution ever since Marbury v Madison when they seized the power to overrule State courts, State Constitutions, the U.S. Constitution and any law passed by the Congress or the several States, as well as taking for themselves the power to rule over the President even in the area of foreign policy. ALL CONTRARY TO THE CONSTITUTION.

BobF said...

The majority out there (D) are finally seeing the over-the-edge results of their thinking and maybe, just maybe, are coming to their senses. Yeah, big maybe. I wonder how many more exclusion zones created; public facilities, homes, and businesses looted and burned; and public access denied it will take for them to TRULY join the world of respect for others.

I suspect it won't happen unless they begin to suffer the results very personally, a pity, but it is good to see at least some waking up to "woke" not only being bad grammar, but also bad social policy.

Jonathan H said...

My understanding is that it is a crime to hit a pedestrian anywhere, even on an interstate - I think that should change, especially for Interstates and other divided, limited access roads. It isn't reasonable to expect a car going 70+ mph to see and stop for someone in dark or limited visibility.

Dave said...

Nobody got run over, but I remember an incident in Austin back in late 2016/early 2017, between the election and Inauguration Day. The usual suspects were blocking a highway in Austin to protest the election. Austin PD usually treated such types with kid gloves.

Except the only THOUGHT they were in Austin. They were off by a couple hundred feet. And being outside the city limits, that put them in the jurisdiction of Travis County SO. And DPS.

And TX DPS doesn't play around.