Unfortunately, Jonathan Price is still dead.
Monday, Texas Rangers arrested Wolfe City police officer Shaun Lucas for the shooting death of Jonathan Price. This was pretty quick, as Lucas killed Price on Saturday after a series of unfortunate, but predictable, events.
According to civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who's representing Price's family (every Black family has an “in case cops kill my kid" lawyer on retainer), Price had intervened when he saw a man assaulting a woman at a gas station. The police arrived and because they are men with guns, the situation only got worse. Price put his hands up and tried to explain what was happening, but the police tried to detain him. What else are they going to do with a Black guy?
The Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement that Price "resisted in a non-threatening posture and began walking away." They have their own dehumanizing language over there. “Resistance" here could've meant, “I've done nothing wrong so I'm free to leave without an ass-cheek-spreading examination."
Lucas responded violently, as he was trained: He tasered Price, as the man walked away, and then shot him because Price was flinching too much after being tased.
"When police arrived, I'm told, he raised his hands and attempted to explain what was going on," Merritt wrote on Facebook. "Police fired tasers at him and when his body convulsed from the electrical current, they 'perceived a threat' and shot him to death."
Kids make mistakes, you know?
Young people have a hard time making sense of this crazy old world, so it's only reasonable that the Department of Homeland Security would distribute talking points to officials that emphasized the sympathetic side of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged with murdering two people during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. NBC News says it obtained briefing documents that instructed officials speaking to the media to put an understanding spin on the young man who traveled from his home in Illinois with a semiautomatic rifle across state lines to Kenosha to play vigilante.
Or as the talking points put it, Rittenhouse "took his rifle to the scene of the rioting to help defend small business owners." What a public-spirited fellow! NBC News is careful to note that it's "unclear whether any of the talking points originated at the White House or within Homeland Security's own press office."
This is how things are in America now.
In yet another scene from a dystopian human rights horror show, six anti-racist protesters have been charged with an assortment of felonies, arrested in spectacular fashion, and kept in inhumane conditions in local jails.
The charges against the protesters are absolutely nuts and include things like felony theft charges for allegedly taking some racist counter-protesters' racist signs and felony kidnapping charges because some cops were inside of the police building and couldn't leave during a protest outside.
Ah, America 2020.
There are 36 days until the next election.
Donald Trump held yet another one of his maskless moron conventions in Pennsylvania this weekend. It was a packed crowd of thousands eager to watch Trump gloat after he nominated a Supreme Court justice who'll take away their health care during a pandemic. They'll probably be the first in line at the new Soylent Green plants.
There was a funny exchange on CNN Saturday night where anchor Ana Cabrera and correspondent Ryan Nobles tried to make sense of the president's casual disregard for human life.
CABRERA: What are you seeing out there in the crowd, because clearly, there isn't any social distancing.
NOBLES: You know, Ana, this is like every single one of these campaign events for President Trump. There is little to almost no regard for the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. There are thousands and thousands of people here. They are packed in shoulder to shoulder. There are hardly any masks being worn.
Yes, it is just like one of those live performance events you'd love to attend but can't anymore because of how everyone might die. Trump likes to call his hate rallies “peaceful protests," but they are usually just glorified standup routines with a massive spread of COVID-19 as the punchline.
"Turn on the television. Turn it on, darling" -- Trump tells his now-familiar story about how he and Melania watche… https://t.co/nndoNF1zQ7— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1601167357.0
More than 200,000 Americans are dead. I don't recall George W. Bush regaling crowds with knock-knock jokes shortly after 9/11. It was somewhat of a somber time.