Legally you have to read this whole post in an old timey news reel voice.
I don't exactly know how it happened, but we all woke up this morning to a story about a Pinkerton detective, America First-ers and a crime wrongly being blamed on anarchists and yet somehow it is not 100 years ago and I am not currently in a speakeasy singing "10 Cents A Dance."
Did I blink in front of a weeping angel?
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Did we become unstuck in time? Is everything just folding on into itself? Is it that I drank a couple Aviation cocktails last night and now we're all doing that TV trope where we're all in the past, usually in some film noir kind of situation, but we're all also still ourselves? Or are conservatives just super bad at coming up with new material? It is hard to tell.
This weekend in Denver, a protester at a far-right rally was shot and killed after pepper spraying a Pinkerton security guard who was hired by local television station 9News. Police have been very, very clear that the shooter, named as 30-year-old Matt Doloff had no connection to antifascist activists — but, naturally, conservatives have been screaming from the rooftops that dude was basically Sacco and/or Vanzetti and/or Leon Czolgosz. Or they would if they knew who any of those people were.
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."
Yeah, he really said, ‘Stand back and stand by.’
Donald Trump can't denounce on any fundamental level white supremacists because they are his supporters and he himself is also quite racist. During last night's debate shitshow, Trump was given another chance to condemn white supremacists, even just the violent ones who terrorize towns and intimidate protesters. He failed as always.
“MODERATOR" CHRIS WALLACE: You have repeatedly criticized the vice president for not specifically calling out antifa and other left wing extremist groups. But are you willing tonight to condemn white supremacists and militia group and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities as we saw in Kenosha and as we've seen in Portland.
TRUMP: Sure, I'm willing to do that.
WALLACE: Are you prepared specifically to do it?
TRUMP: I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing not from the right wing.
That's a lie. He repeatedly pretends that white supremacist violence (and white supremacy in general) just doesn't exist. He'll mention the times a white woman stubbed her toe running from Cory Booker's shadow, but he can't recall the time a white supremacist murdered a white woman in Charlottesville, Virginia.
But that was back in 2017 and he's busy denying white supremacist violence from this year.
He should do serious time.
See, although we're conditioned to feel real sad for white men whose lives collapse around them as a result of their own actions, Parscale is the bad guy here. He barricaded himself in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home he shares with his wife, Candice, whom he'd terrorized.
When the police showed up to the house, a neighbor was sitting with Candice Parscale in a parked car outside the couple's home. Candice Parscale reportedly told the police that she and her husband had been arguing when Parscale "pulled out a gun and loaded it," which is a frightening escalation. That's way past, “I never liked your mother!" It's potential homicide territory.