by Guy Page
Conservative Twitter commentator Brad Broyles this morning called out Sen. Kesha Ram (D-Chittenden) for stoking the fire of anti-police sentiment after the deadly shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. And Ram didn’t like it.
Last night, as looters looted and destroyed stores and the National Guard sought to restore order, Sen. Ram tweeted about the killing: “They knew he was calling his mother. And they still drew a weapon on him and pulled the trigger. Now the car she gave him has become his coffin and the air fresheners the nails. The level of cruelty inflicted on Black Americans is debilitating. We must divest from policing.”
Never mind that the cop apparently thought she was tasing Wright. As the Washington Post reported yesterday: “In the chaotic seven seconds that follow, the female officer, who already has a weapon drawn, is heard yelling, “I’ll Tase you!” and then “Taser! Taser! Taser!” before firing. Immediately after she is heard saying, “Holy s—, I shot him,” apparently realizing that she had fired her service weapon instead of her Taser. Gannon described it as an “accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright.”
Ram’s response was consistent with her messaging during the past year – because the police are the point of the sword of systemic racism, they should be defunded.
That was too much for “News Done Right” Twitter commentator Brad Broyles: “Make no mistake, the left doesn’t want to fix the problem, they desire lawlessness on grand scale, “divest from policing.” Heed the warning.”
Broyles has a point about the connection between lawlessness and police defunding. Municipalities that have gone ahead and defunded police – New York, for example – have seen a sharp rise in homicides. Minneapolis, near Brooklyn Center, has seen its murder rate jump almost 50% and its violent crime rate rise over 205. Yet Ram doubled down on her comment in her reply to Broyles:
“Yes, heed the warning. Lawlessness on a grand scale where air fresheners dangle on the mirrors of every teenagers’ car and they don’t get shot for it.” Elected public servant Ram concluded with a curt dismissal to alleged ‘troll’ Broyles: “Go back under your bridge.”