Trump has gotten sanctioned by Twitter because he’d like looters shot. What kind of outrage will occur this morning when IMPOTUS* sees Twitter’s public interest notice on his tweet. This morning he doubled down, daring Twitter to act on both the @realDonaldTrump and @WhiteHouse accounts.
Perhaps Trump will try to lionize John Rieple, just a guy defending his stuff from looters. This may be more complicated than the death of George Floyd, even though there seems to be no video of Rieple shooting the purported looter.
John Rieple, owner of Cadillac Pawn & Jewelry in #Minneapolis #Minnesota is in jail, booked on a murder accusation. Police confirm a man was found dead near the store; a theory they are investigating is whether the owner shot a suspected looter. https://t.co/d7UjuKtLKB #breaking— Jessica McBride (@jess_mcbride) May 28, 2020
The graphic video shows a police officer performing chest compressions on a person lying on the sidewalk as crowds gather around. “There’s somebody in there with a rifle. Back off,” an officer tells the crowd gathered on the sidewalk at one point in the video. Three officers carry the wounded man through the streets, with one saying they’re getting to an ambulance. They stop in the middle of the street to do more chest compressions.
“Somebody’s shooting from the pawn shop,” a bystander claims in the video.
Keller Law Offices wrote in a post before the Cadillac Pawn incident, “While many states have enacted ‘stand your ground’ laws, Minnesota does not have a so-called stand your ground law. Instead, Minnesota law imposes a ‘duty to retreat,’ which means that if a person feels threatened, he or she may only use deadly force as a last resort. Conversely, states that have enacted stand your ground laws, like Florida, make it lawful for a person to use deadly force if threatened without a duty to retreat.” The law firm noted, “Minnesota follows the majority rule that there is no duty to retreat in one’s home.” (Read more about duty to retreat here.)
According to FindLaw, “Minnesota isn’t a stand your ground state. Rather, it’s a duty to retreat state which means that you must back away from confrontation if it’s possible. The state doesn’t have a castle law per se, but it does recognize the principles of the doctrine because Minnesota law allows you to use deadly force, including shooting an intruder, to prevent a felony from occurring in your home.” That site defines duty to retreat as “If the defendant isn’t in their home, Minnesota’s self-defense law requires a ‘duty to retreat’ before using deadly force, but only if retreat is possible and it doesn’t put the person into more danger. Deadly force isn’t authorized (outside of the home) unless there’s a reasonable belief of ‘great bodily harm.’”
Trump broke Twitter’s rules by advocating violence against looters. Expect Trump to not react passively.
It’s on, now.
Just a day after Donald Trump signed an executive order pertaining to social media in revenge for Twitter fact-checking the president’s tweets, Twitter has flagged another Trump tweet, but this time with a different warning.
The tweet in question, which you cannot see at all until you click on it, concerns the recent protests in the U.S. against police brutality. These were sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a police officer handcuffed him and knelt on his neck for several minutes.
“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible,” Twitter’s label reads.
The original tweets:
….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020