This is breaking news: Fox News reports that two police officers have been shot in Dallas at a protest–Black Lives Matter, I think, but I am not sure that is right. This seems like the inevitable result of the out of control hysteria we have seen about police shootings over the past year, and especially over the last few days.
“Would this have happened if those passengers, the driver and the passengers, were white? I don’t think it would have,” Dayton said.
Does Dayton have some basis to say that? The police officer in question hasn’t been identified, let alone heard from. Why assume that this incident has anything to do with race? For what it’s worth, police officers shoot more whites than blacks.
“So I’m forced to confront, and I think all of us in Minnesota are forced to confront, this kind of racism exists and that it’s incumbent upon all of us to vow that were going to do whatever we can to see that it doesn’t happen, doesn’t continue to happen.”
Racism? Really? As far as I know, Dayton doesn’t even know who the officer–described as a “Chinese police officer,” more likely Hmong, I suspect–is, let alone whether he is a racist. Is there any reason for a governor to jump into a volatile situation like this and start spouting incendiary opinions? I can’t imagine how Dayton can think this is appropriate.
Meanwhile, police officers are being shot at. I think that public officials like Mark Dayton and Barack Obama have a great deal to answer for.
UPDATE: Fox News is reporting that there is a second Dallas shooter, and there are also references to three to six policemen being hit. We should know more by morning.
FURTHER UPDATE: The facts are still unclear, but it increasingly seems that there was more than one shooter, and it now seems clear that more than two police officers have been shot.
MORE: Fox News says that at least one of the Dallas policemen has been murdered.
THE LATEST: Apparently two snipers have shot ten Dallas police officers. Three are said to be dead, and others are in critical condition, in surgery. The Black Lives Matter movement and its leftist political enablers may have a great deal to answer for.
FINALLY: The Dallas police department is now confirming that ten officers have been shot. I will bite my tongue until tomorrow.