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Trump Justifies 75yo Man's Brutal Treatment By Police | A Citizen's Open Letter In Response

@realdonaldtrump's tweet:

My response:

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020


Let us engage in a little thought experiment, for the sake of argument, shall we? 

Let us assume that, as you say, he was allied with the Antifascists, & let us be generous, & NOT assume that you would stoop to bending the truth or embellishing facts or even lying outright, just because his political alignment puts him opposite your camp.  Let us assume that you, @realdonaldtrump, like me, consider that beneath you.  

Let us say your sources are correct, & this elder member of the Antifascist Movement was attempting “to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment.” 

Let us look at the logical implication of the facts as you have stated them, had events gone as they ought to have. We will find that what actually happened was not a morally defensible outcome even if what you have said in this tweet is 100% correct.

What is the appropriate response of Law Enforcement in this situation in any jurisdiction anywhere in these United States of America?

If you said “to neutralize the effect of his actions, which were attempting to carry out an unlawful intent that threatened their lawful Law Enforcement activities, the Police should throw him to the ground & not care what happens to him” you, sir, would be wrong.  

In case you were wondering, the proper thing for Law Abiding Law Enforcement to do is to arrest him & detain him  so that they could determine the truth of these allegations.  It is still their job to protect his health, & it is their duty to consider him innocent until proven guilty.  Ask your lawyers.

This is the duty of every American, no matter what their beliefs.  This is your duty as well.

In contrast to this, NO ONE HELPED HIM. 

They STEPPED OVER HIM and left him on the ground BLEEDING out his EARS & the BACK OF HIS HEAD from his fall.  

How old are you again? Imagine if Antifa was in power — don’t get distracted by that, it is not my main point — & the cops were aligned AGAINST your political interests, would they have the right to do that to you? Would you think that was fair?  On the suspicion  or the rumour of your intent?  Without evidence, or a trial, or the ability to confront the charges against you?  That is NOT America.  That goes against the Constitution.  Highly illegal, unfair, unjust, undemocratic, &, in a word, fascist.

Thank you for your time.

I remain,

American Citizen

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