It’s clear that David Titus, the head of the St. Paul Police Federation, is justifiably upset with the racist chants heard at the Black Lives Matter march on the Minnesota State Fair. During their march, Black Lives Matter marchers chanted “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon!”
Titus issued a statement, saying ““Quite simply, that promotes death to cops. Rank and file cops feel it very unfortunate that the march inconvenienced many fair-goers and probably had some negative economic impact on vendors and employees,” Titus said. “Nonetheless, Federation members worked within the rules outlined by city and department management to ensure everyone’s safety and freedom of speech, even though some of that speech was outrageous and disgusting.”
Rashad Turner, the organizer of Black Lives Matter St. Paul, tried justifying the mob’s behavior, saying “It was a chant. I think that the crazy thing is that there’s all this uproar about rhetoric but there isn’t uproar about the facts … Just because they provide us with their self-appointed escort does not mean it erases the fact that they are the deadliest police department in the state.”
What’s astonishing is that Turner didn’t attempt to tamp things down. He didn’t call out the marchers who made those threatening chants. He simply tried rationalizing it away by hinting that St. Paul police officers have a predisposition of shooting people of color.
What’s infuriating is that the marchers weren’t aggrieved minorities. AM1280 The Patriot radio host Mitch Berg wrote about the protesters in this article. Here’s what he noted:
Last Saturday was a gorgeous morning, and as I frequently do on gorgeous mornings, I walked from my house to the state fairgrounds to do the show. Since the BLM March was assembling just a few blocks from my house, I thought I would stop by.
There was a major police presence in the Midway, naturally. And when I got to Midway Park? I can’t say I was surprised to note that the crowd, probably an hour before the rally got underway, was easily 2/3 Caucasian, most of them giving off the usual visual signs of being one variety of Minnesota Liberal or another.
It’s clear that this march and that disgusting chant weren’t about seeking justice. This was an organized political rally designed to increase inner city turnout for Democratic candidates like Hillary Clinton. Berg continued, noting that “many, many union members” acted “as traffic marshals. One observer noted that they were wearing AFL-CIO vests” that were “turned inside out.”
The silence from St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is as stunning as it is disappointing.