Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
The first requirement of an orderly society is order which must be imposed by an impartial judiciary. That cannot happen when the judicial system is afraid of violence.
From: Chief Judge
To: All Employees
You may have read or heard that the Court House was locked down today for about 15 min. After a sentencing hearing on a homicide, the families of the defendant and victim engaged in a dispute that was broken up by deputies. Soon after, gun shots occurred on Wabasha and 6th St. Deputies locked down the courthouse as a result of the gunfire. It is not clear to me if the events were related.
Based on information I have received, no one was injured and bullet casings were collected. The matter is under investigation. It appears that at no time was our courthouse security compromised. The deputies took swift and appropriate action throughout this disturbing incident.
From: Chief Judge Joe Doakes
To: All Employees
In the past, when the judicial system was subject to violence, we hid and hoped to be killed last. From now on, when a violent situation arises, all employees shall report to the nearest Arms Locker where the Master at Arms will distribute restraints, gas masks, and weapons, at which time use of deadly force to protect both judicial property and employee lives is authorized. Employees may stand their ground to do so; the requirement to retreat is suspended.
That ought to help. Now, let’s talk about the George Floyd trial, and about Supreme Court nominees.
The policies that’d go into effect if Mitch Berg were in charge – suffice to say it’d be more than judicial branch employees.
Once the governor declared “state of emergency” related to the breakdown of public order, the order to retreat would go the way of the Hibbing chopstick factory, and the sign of a weapon in the hands of a violent mob would serve as reasonable threat of death or great bodily harm, and one’s property would be every bit as defensible as lives.
Make me Governor, and this, I promise.