Hollywood, CA – Madonna, who is not stranger to controversy, took to Instagram in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Her message, while long, was summed up in the following sentence:
“F— The Police! Yea [sic] I said it. Im not interested in being PC. Im interested in Justice.”
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with his knee on his neck, handcuffed and helpless, crying for his life with his face in the street is the most sickening, heartbreaking thing ive seen in a long time. This Officer knew he was being filmed and murdered him with arrogance and Pride. This has to stop!! Until we can over come Racism in America— no one should be allowed to carry a gun. Most of all cops. God Bless you George Floyd Im so sorry for you and your family. And all the senseless killings that have gone before you. Will it ever end? 🙏🏼 I pray to GOD it does one day. Until then—Fuck The Police! Yea I said it. Im not interested in being PC. Im interested in Justice. @shaunking #georgefloyd #justice #guncontrol
The singer also said that until “we overcome racism in America-no one should be allowed to carry a gun. Most of all cops.”
Let’s not forget that this is the same woman who said after Donald Trump was elected, “Yes I am mad. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”
She posted her 128-word thoughts along with the 10-minute video of George Floyd being subdued by an officer with his knee in neck.
Her thoughts were the normal type of things we see from the Hollywood elite.
Hollywood translation: All cops are racist murderers.
And now, she is under fire on social media. Not because of her statement about the police, but because she posted a video of her 14-year-old son doing a tribute dance in Floyd’s honor.
“A bit insensitive as you’re a person with a platform to voice their concern, you should be doing a lot more,” one Twitter user wrote. “Having your adopted black son dance ain’t going to force change to happen.”
Brutal murder travels around the world my son David Dances to honor and pay tribute to George and His Family and all Acts of Racism and Discrimination that happen on a daily basis in America. #davidbanda #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd #MichaelJackson pic.twitter.com/wLa6YKrYF1
— Madonna (@Madonna) May 28, 2020
Another wrote, “Good intentions but completely tone-deaf. Dancing away the racism of murderous cops won’t actually do anything. But thanks for trying!”
Let me pause here for just a minute to share my belief.
I am an avid supporter of our law enforcement community. But I am also someone who will not hesitate to call out wrongful actions…even when it comes from a cop.
The evidence will be reviewed, and could potentially lead to arrests in this case. They could range from negligent homicide to manslaughter. If these officers are tried fairly by a jury of their peers and found guilty, then they deserve what ever sentence befalls them. Maybe more.
But to categorize all officers as racists and murderers is far from accurate and completely unfounded. And, I will adamantly defend the vast majority of law enforcement who do their jobs well, with humility and respect for the people they serve and protect. I have two brothers, a sister-in-law, a nephew and a niece that are cops. And I won’t sit by while society brands them as evil doers because there are some bad cops out there.
So, when people like Madonna take to social media to voice their thoughts, I will speak up when they are wrong.
Madonna said something vile about all cops, but at least it is just vile.
Mandy Moore on the other hand, is spreading false information to her 4.3 million Instagram followers.
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George Floyd was killed at the hands of 4 officers in Minneapolis on Monday. The video is abhorrent. He should be alive. Getting killed by the police is the 6th leading cause of death of young black men in this country. White friends: We can’t let our discomfort, ego, or belief that this work doesn’t include us, prevent us from acknowledging our privilege and that we have the burden of dismantling white supremacy. We do. We can not be complacent. We can not be silent. We need to have this conversation with our families and friend and coworkers. Let’s turn outrage into action. It starts with texting FLOYD to 55156 to demand that the officers who murdered George Floyd are arrested and charged. The link in my bio was compiled by @sarahsophief and has tangible things we can all do to educate ourselves (articles, films, who to follow on social media, organizations that need our funding, etc…) and disrupt the system from which we benefit. #georgefloyd
“Getting killed by the police is the 6th leading cause of death of young black men in this country,” she wrote in a post on Thursday.
Since social media and her followers won’t fact-check her statement, I will do it. As we reported last year, her claim is factually incorrect.
According to the latest CDC report, released in June of 2019, the top 5 causes of death among young, black males between the ages of 15 and 24 are ranked as follows:
- Assault (Homicide), Number of deaths: 2,761
- Accidents (Unintentional injuries), Number of deaths: 1,328
- Intentional self-harm (suicide), Number of deaths: 565
- Diseases of heart, Number of deaths: 199
- Malignant neoplasms, Number of deaths: 127
The police “violence,” as the article calls it, checks in at #9 for this demographic. The total number of deaths by legal intervention: 36.
Legal intervention is defined as involving firearm projectiles, blunt objects, sharp objects, electrical weapons, explosives, gas, physical force and unspecified means, at the hands of law enforcement.
For those of us keeping count, the total number of deaths is 5,711. Deaths by legal intervention equates to .0063%.
When you add in the 25-29 year-old demographic, the statistics increase from 36 to 67, or 0.0078? That is 78/1000th of 1%. This is hardly a leading cause of death, much less the 6th leading cause.
In fact, the data shows that the police-involved deaths in the black community have been trending lower and lower for most of the five years leading up to June of 2019.
Most other racial demographics stayed flat during the same period. The only demographic that increased was white men and women.
Research shows that white women die in police custody at a rate of just over 2 times as often compared to black women. White men are dying at a rate of almost 3 times as frequent as black men.
However, in typical Hollywood fashion, actors, musicians, athletes and reality TV stars won’t listen to the truth of the matter, preferring to just spout whatever they want, knowing that they will have the protection of the media and the rest of their elitist friends.
It is easier for them to push the “all cops are racist murderers” narrative than it is for them to look for the reality.
The leading cause of death for young black Americans is homicide. The number above, 2,761, does not include those death due to legal intervention.
This past week, from Friday through Wednesday, saw 15 men shot and killed in Chicago, with an additional 60+ suffering gunshot wounds.
I cannot provide the social media feeds of celebrity outcries over those lives lost, because they do not exist.
Listen, what is shown on the video appears to be damning evidence against the police involved. They will have their time in court and will have to answer for their actions. A “dirty cop” should not be a cop.
There is no room for racism in any fashion in the country, but especially in law enforcement. It is flat out wrong. There is no room for excessive use of force and brutality.
And the vast majority of cops, deputies, constables and agents know that and conduct themselves in a way that acknowledges that fact.
So, to the men and women who wear a badge, and do so with honor, I say thank you. Keep doing what you do. We have your back.
In the meantime, In his latest attempt to stay in the spotlight, left-wing documentary filmmaker Michael Moore stoked racial tensions Friday morning.
This, after demanding that the Minneapolis Police Department headquarters must be demolished as a “contrition to Black America”.
The Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct was set on fire on Thursday night. pic.twitter.com/J6vjZKoCeQ
— Carlos Gonzalez (@CarlosGphoto) May 29, 2020
This… as rioters setting a police precinct on fire.
Good citizens burning down the evil police precinct in MN after all police were out & safe. All police should go home. No violence please. Police HQ must be demolished by the city tomorrow as a show of contrition to black America. Rebuild PD with decent kind ppl aka ppl of color
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) May 29, 2020
“Good citizens burning down the evil police precinct in MN after all police were out & safe. All police should go home,” Michael Moore tweeted.
“No violence please. Police HQ must be demolished by the city tomorrow as a show of contrition to black America. Rebuild PD with decent kind ppl aka ppl of color.”
The situation has escalated at the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct pic.twitter.com/irdhgy4CLL
— Carlos Gonzalez (@CarlosGphoto) May 29, 2020
Overnight into Friday morning, explosive protests continued into the officer-involved death of George Floyd.
Violence continued for a third day in Minneapolis and also spread to Kentucky, California, Colorado, New York and other states.
Late Thursday night, rioters lit a Minneapolis police precinct building on fire. It happened in the Minneapolis neighborhood where Floyd died Monday.
The building had been evacuated late Thursday by order of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. The mayor, who had previously encouraged people to protest, said he was unwilling to endanger lives to protect the building.
The fire at the MPD’s 3rd Precinct was only at one corner 5 minutes ago. It’s now spread across the entire building. With no firefighters on scene… that building will likely be destroyed tonight. pic.twitter.com/t6p3Yv1KYV
— Seth Kaplan (@Seth_Kaplan) May 29, 2020
“I understand the importance of a precinct,” he said. “[But] the symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the importance of life, of our officers, or the public. We could not risk serious injury to anyone and we will continue to patrol the third precinct entirely.”
Police sources told Law Enforcement Today that the department cleaned out all firearms and ammunition to prevent it from falling into the hands of rioters.
Flash forward… shortly before 5 a.m. Friday, nearby commercial buildings were burning out of control and rioters and looters were still on the streets.
Firefighters arrived with police in riot gear, who started to arrest people in the area.