16 September 2017

What Does "Leadership" Look Like after Civilization Is Repudiated?

It looks a lot like Lyda Krewson.  

Let's begin yesterday, as word began to get out that the Judge was about to file his verdict (bench trial, as the white police officer waived a right to a jury in St. Louis City) in the Stockley case. 

If you don't know the Stockley case, here it is in a nutshell: a white police officer shot and killed a black suspect in a drug arrest following an attempted arrest, the suspect crashing his car into the police car, a high speed pursuit on wet roads, and a confrontation at the window of the suspect's car afterwords.  Stockley says his partner saw a gun at the original stop, and yelled that warning. And that the suspect reached over toward the passenger seat as Stockley ordered him to show his hands; he thought he was reaching for his weapon and fired, killing the suspect in self-defense. The prosecution argued that Stockley formed the intent to kill while chasing the suspect, as he uttered a phrase like "we're killing this guy" (profanity removed) during the chase, and that further he planted the gun in the suspect's car afterword.

The case happened in 2011, and neither the city prosecutor nor the federal Justice Department filed any charges. Fast forward to 2016, and the City decides to file first degree murder charges. Stockley's partner was given immunity, but was not called to testify. The Judge issued a 30-page verdict yesterday. I read every word of it. Essentially, the State didn't meet its burden of proof, common to every case of murder, of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that Stockley did not act in self-defense and further that the force used in self-defense was not reasonable.

That's it. As a lawyer, it looks like a slam dunk to me. Why? Though there was evidence presented to support a theory of premeditated homicide, there was at least reasonable doubt and more that it was justified self-defense. Maybe a good Law and Order episode, if there is such a thing. It all comes down to the burden of proof based on the available evidence. In a civil trial, where the burden is preponderance of the evidence, there could be a reasonable debate about a verdict. Not here.

So, in a society based on law, where convictions aren't politically directed, this case, while tragic, is not a controversial one.  The verdict comes down, people have an opinion, most lament a world where this can happen, and go about their lives.

In a post-civilizational, pre-anarchical society, there has to be a political game to be played. I think it took enormous integrity for the Judge to issue this verdict, after having been politically pressured to sacrifice the defendant on the altar of racial pandering--regardless of whether he got it right or not.  It would have been so easy just to find him guilty and slink back into obscurity.  That's real courage.

Now, on to Lyda, or as one commenter to this youtube video called her, Mayor Paintsmock. Here is her statement before the verdict. Remember, this woman won by 800 votes in the Democratic primary (what is known in St. Louis City as "the general election") against four serious African American opponents.  She barely got a 30% plurality, and has been pandering ineffectively ever since:

Then, after the verdict, she issued this execrable piece of statement:

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Anthony Lamar Smith, our police, judge, prosecutor, our citizens who find no comfort or justice, and everyone involved in this difficult case.  

I am appalled at what happened to Anthony Lamar Smith. I am sobered by this outcome. Frustration, anger, hurt, pain, hope and love all intermingle. I encourage St. Louisans to show each other compassion, to recognize that we all have different experiences and backgrounds and that we all come to this with real feelings and experiences. We are all St. Louisans. We rise and fall together.

As Mayor, I will continue my work to create a more equitable community and do everything possible to keep all St. Louisans safe.

What did it get her?  This.

Enjoy the ride, Lyda. And all of us.


Anonymous said...

As is apparent from last night and the Ferguson riots, and as Instapundit always says, the police are not really there to protect the rest of us from the bad guys, they are there to protect the bad guys from the rest of civil society. Once the law-abiding portion of the population begins to realize that, then we're going to see some real anarchy.


Anonymous said...

When I see the new mayor, I think, "If Barry Soetoro had a half sister"

-Mike Matheny For Mayor (or at least Pride Queen)

JBQ said...

Pretty much!

TradDad said...

Alt-Right Rule of Thumb: "You Can Never Cuck Enough".

Trad but Fab said...

Made worse by every Catholic school shooting out some unctuous "memo to parents" promising to have a "conversation about race" in the "wake" of the Stockley decision. [Read *one-way* convesation].

Don't they know that these people seek attention and all you're doing is giving it to them?

Buy guns. People are not respecting the rule of law any more. Where else can that lead?

Anonymous said...

Over the past few years my part time job has found me downtown, confronted from time to time by a huge crowds protesting. Sometimes I'm in the Old Courthouse, a symbolic place that usually sees its share of the protests. Last year BLM took over the Old Courthouse and I was there. On one hand my black students, espouse fear of being randomly rounded up, beaten and thrown in jail if not shot by the police. On the other, I hear protesters chant "burn it down," or "tear it down." in fact that's what they have been doing with statues across the country but it hasn't stopped with Confederate generals. I was feeling pretty apprehensive about going into work on Saturday after hearing of the verdict and following the protests. I figured my second job would find me once again on the edge of the volcano. I was mad at the judge about the prospect that I would be going into that and I was mad at the Judge for picking Friday to release the verdict. However I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't have to face anything. Although, downtown seemed eerily quiet on Saturday. As it turns out Lyda Krewson's windows were broken and she has been supportive of the protesters to a fault. They also busted up the Loop which may arguably be one of the most liberal areas around here. There was just a little tension under the Arch in anticipation that the protest would once again hit the old Courthouse and maybe the Arch but it never came. One of my colleagues said that it is like the reign of terror and while they speak of justice some of them would rather have the king's head.