“I put out, ‘When are you going to go get him?’ And the U.S. Marshals went in to get him,” the president told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, referring to Michael Forest Reinoehl. “This guy was a violent criminal, and the U.S. Marshals killed him. And I’ll tell you something—that’s the way it has to be. There has to be retribution.”
Trump’s comments came days after an ordained minister who lives in an apartment complex near where Reinoehl was shot and killed by members of a law enforcement task force earlier this month in Lacey, Washington said it was not at all clear that Reinoehl was armed when police gunned him down.
As the Washington Post reported, the witness alleges that “Reinoehl was clutching a cellphone and eating a gummy worm as he walked to his car… That’s when officers opened fire without first announcing themselves or trying to arrest him.” The witness account contradicts the law enforcement narrative that Reinoehl “produced a firearm” when officers attempted to arrest him.
In VICE interview before he was killed by police, Reinoehl said he was acting in self-defense late last month when he fatally shot Aaron Danielson, a member of the far-right group Patriot Prayer.
Lawmakers and other observers immediately raised alarm at Trump’s celebration of the police killing of Reinoehl, which the president explicitly characterized as retaliatory.
“State violence to advance the end of ‘retribution’ is death squad logic,” tweeted Brian Beutler of Crooked Media.
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) noted that “extrajudicial killings are something many Republican U.S. senators oppose if they happen outside of the United States.”
“But they won’t say anything about this,” Schatz added. “Every single member of the Senate who talks about the rule of law needs to speak up, or forever hold their peace.”
There is more at the link above including the videos of tRump’s remarks. Do you realize what is being suggested by all of this. The left wing gun man claimed self defense and shot dead a right wing thug. A witness account says the police simple executed the left wing person who admitted killing the right wing person to protect himself and a friend. The witness says the police never announced themselves just opened fire and the police report never says that they were threatened with a weapon. tRump who supports the right wing thugs as his people in the mode of Hitler’s Brownshirts, is now saying that the police acting to kill left wing people is OK. That the police can take the law into their own hands and not worry about due process. I posted yesterday how agents of the government kidnaped / seized, searched, took DNA and photos, and stole property belonging to the victims all with no due process or charges filed. No constitutional rights for the victims at all. Now the president is saying the police may be authoritarian and act as judge, jury, and executioner if they are acting against the left or POC. This from the man who touts himself the law and order president. So much for our democracy and the US constitution. Hugs