Letter to the Editor: An open letter to Governor Tim Walz and Mayor Jacob Frey

To charge Chauvin with third-degree murder is an insult to the people of Minneapolis.

by Letter to the Editor

You can fool some of the people some of the time, you can fool all the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time. It is a grave error to misjudge the intelligence of the people who voted for you and who pay your wages. 

I will not ask you why it took four days to charge the police officer who murdered poor George Floyd, because I know why: It is because it took you that long to decide on a charge which you thought might be acceptable to the public, in this you are seriously wrong and you are gravely mistaken. There is no such thing as a degree of death – when you are dead, you are dead, – so to charge this former police officer with third-degree murder is an insult to the people of Minneapolis, Minnesota and the American people at large. They deserve more respect. 

We had a similar situation here in Ireland a few years ago where the establishment protected its own. A Judge Curtin was caught red handed with paedophile images on his PC, which is illegal. It took a few weeks, but the case was thrown out of court because they found the search warrant was one day out of date, which is pure legal BS. Judge Curtin and the presiding judge should have been thrown in jail. 

Currently on the loose are the three other former police officers who were complicit in the murder of Mr. Floyd. Why aren’t they in jail? Had it been a black police officer with three black officers who had carried out the murder, it certainly wouldn’t have taken four days to arrest and charge them – double standards.

The great American people would love to hear your reasoning for the actions you took.

This letter is written by John Fair, a resident of Castlebar, Ireland.

This letter to the editor has been lightly edited for style and clarity.