Featured photograph: Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, was photographed outside a Minneapolis Wells Fargo branch on Wednesday afternoon. ([email protected]) Lt. Bob Kroll said he wanted to bring stronger, more visible representation to the police union when he was elected president in May.
The Minneapolis, Minnesota Police Department, with its past accusations of excessive force, once again finds itself under siege after a video revealed that a white police officer suffocated a black male suspect by kneeling on his carotid artery even after he said he couldn’t breathe. There were also three additional police officers present who failed to restrain the alleged killer.
Minneapolis Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo swiftly fired all four men on Tuesday and requested a Department of Justice investigation after a videotape appeared to show that the official police reports of the arrest of the man, George Floyd, bore little resemblance to what actually occurred. Floyd was being arrested for alleged check fraud and did not appear to be resisting arrest in the video.
Incidents such as the killing of George Floyd have caused many governors and mayors throughout the country to ban the use of martial arts by police officers. The problem is that the officer in the video did not use martial arts. He used brute force. A true student of unarmed combat would know when to release the pressure on vulnerable parts of a suspect’s body. But due to the observed actions in the George Floyd video, many anti-cop politicians will be signing laws prohibiting martial arts, use of impact weapons and other police tactics.
The law would instantly transform many martial arts instructors and firearms trainers into criminals. This includes instructors who teach kickboxing, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, Israeli Krav Maga, Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing, and other unarmed combat systems from Japan, China, Thailand, and other nations.
Under the proposed law, all forms of self-defense training — including hand-to-hand martial arts training — would be considered “paramilitary activity,” even if the training consists of private classes involving just one instructor and one student. That’s because every form of martial arts training imparts skills which could be used to cause injury to other persons.
In fact, according to the language of the law, just “one” person learning such arts is a felony crime, which means that watching a DVD on Krav Maga would be a felony crime.
Governor Ralph Northam is leading the charge to turn Virginia into state where no citizen is allowed to defend herself against the tyranny of the government.
This new law should demonstrate the real plan of the Democratic Party: disarming the American people. In truth, it has always been about criminalizing the rights of Americans to defend themselves and to practice self-reliance.
The local Deep Staters in Virginia, honestly stated, don’t want Virginians to be able to defend themselves against violent criminals. If you had the capacity to do that, you might also be able to defend yourself against the violence of oppressive, corrupt government, too.
1. That § 18.2-433.2 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
§ 18.2-433.2. Paramilitary activity prohibited; penalty.
shall be is guilty of unlawful paramilitary activity, punishable as a Class 5 felony if he:
1. Teaches or demonstrates to any other person the use, application, or making of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, knowing or having reason to know or intending that such training will be employed for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder;
2. Assembles with one or more persons for the purpose of training with, practicing with, or being instructed in the use of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, intending to employ such training for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder; or
3. Assembles with one or more persons with the intent of intimidating any person or group of persons by drilling, parading, or marching with any firearm, any explosive or incendiary device, or any components or combination thereof.
2. That the provisions of this act may result in a net increase in periods of imprisonment or commitment. Pursuant to § 30-19.1:4 of the Code of Virginia, the estimated amount of the necessary appropriation cannot be determined for periods of imprisonment in state adult correctional facilities; therefore, Chapter 854 of the Acts of Assembly of 2019 requires the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission to assign a minimum fiscal impact of $50,000. Pursuant to § 30-19.1:4 of the Code of Virginia, the estimated amount of the necessary appropriation cannot be determined for periods of commitment to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.