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Best-selling author, entrepreneur and podcaster David Harris Jr. blasted Left-wing Democrats and celebrities who seek to blame President Donald Trump for the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd at the hands of police last week while challenging officers to “rat” on their own if they know them to be racists and bigots.
In a video posted to his Twitter account last week, Harris blasted the media as reporting the “fake news” that Trump is responsible for the conduct of fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who pinned Floyd to the pavement by the neck with his knee for several minutes during an arrest for forgery.
Floyd eventually became unresponsive and died as he was still being pinned to the ground. His death has sparked righteous outrage around the country, leading to scores of demonstrations and days of rioting and looting.
Harris noted that the death of Floyd, who is black, had nothing to do with President Trump, but said he also had “no doubt” that the Minneapolis man was “murdered.”
To all the celebrities posting memes connecting the cop that killed George Floyd to President @realDonaldTrump…
— David J Harris Jr (@DavidJHarrisJr) May 28, 2020
“I hope all four of those police officers are held accountable,” Harris said.
“And I also hope this: I’ve had a lot of messages come to me from law enforcement officers that are acknowledging that they are aware that there are law enforcement officers that do push the envelope,” he continued. “They cross the line.”
“Yet there’s this thing called ‘the thin blue line,’ ‘the blue shield,’ they don’t want to rat on each other,” Harris continued. “Well, I think ratting is exactly what needs to happen.”
Harris noted further:
If you’re a law enforcement officer, and you know of an individual that has pushed the envelope, that has crossed the line, that is a racist…if you know they have an issue with somebody because of the color of their skin, I am challenging you right now…you need to be a rat for the safety and security and, hopefully, to regain the trust of the American people…you need to be a rat.
Harris said officers who are aware of such individuals on their respective police forces should notify their chain of command up to and including the police chief and even the mayor’s office in order to ensure they are dealt with in order to prevent future race-related incidents.
There is no indication at this point that Chauvin’s physical actions against Floyd were racially motivated, but the majority of ‘mainstream’ media outlets have been reporting it as such. Also, black leaders and black voices around the country have portrayed it as an overtly racist act as well.
Nevertheless, Harris’s point remains valid.
“The police need to police the police,” he said, “because we need to know that we have faith and can trust our law enforcement officers that are supposed to protect and serve us, the American people, regardless of race.”
Harris noted further that what happened to Floyd is actually “an attack on all Americans,” a statement made more relevant by the resulting riots allegedly in Floyd’s name.
That said, the podcaster and author noted, blaming the president makes no sense.
Harris took a particular issue with black entertainers and leaders who glommed on to a meme that began circulating shortly after Floyd’s death featuring a photo of Chauvin with his knee over the suspect’s neck side-by-side with someone purported to be him wearing a red “Make Whites Great Again” hat.
The podcaster noted that even liberal-leaning fact-checking website Snopes debunked that, identifying the cap-wearing man as Jonathan Riches, a former federal inmate and online troll who reportedly supports Trump.
“So, hey, Ice Cube and all you other black rappers and celebrities that are trying to connect the dots that aren’t there and say, ‘Oh, this cop was a Trump supporter,’ knock it off,” Harris said.
“You’re using the same exact hatred that got George killed,” he noted further. “It’s ignorance.”
Jon is a staff writer for BizPac Review with 30 years' worth of reporting experience, as well as an author and U.S. Army veteran. He has a BA in political science from Ashford University and an MA in national security studies/intelligence analysis from American Military University.
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