There is an obvious double standard in deciding if a police officer should be charged with violating a use-of-force policy. On January 6th an unarmed 5′ 2″, 110 pound Caucasian female was shot by police with minimal media coverage and even less outrage. A Google search reports approximately 1,060,000 results for Ashli Babbitt and 293,000,000 for George Floyd. Ashli Babbitt was a decorated Air force veteran and a Trump supporter. George Floyd, despite what the media is attempting to portray him as, was a criminal. George Floyd’s family received a $27 million settlement. Barbra Streisand donated an unknown number of shares of Disney stock to his daughter. Kanye West donated $2M for an education plan for her. She also received a full scholarship from Texas Southern University in honor of her father’s “powerful legacy.” The outrage was international, and several U. S. cities burned resulting in $2 billion in damage and 12 people murdered. The officer in Ashli Babbitt’s death was cleared of any crime. The Justice Department determined, “the officer could reasonably believe he was firing in self-defense or in defense of members of Congress.” Every incident where a White police officer is involved in the death of a Black individual is immediately publicized, including the officer’s name and frequently home address. These incidents often lead to riots. Yahoo reported that Babbitt’s, “death became a rallying cause on the right.” So far there have not been any riots in response to her death.
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