The first police-involved death in Minneapolis since the death of George Floyd was always going to cause some controversy, no matter how clear-cut it may have been. As expected, the case of Dolal Idd has still brought out the anti-police activists and charlatans.
Idd was being pursued by Minneapolis police on a “probable cause weapons investigation” when officers attempted to box in his vehicle outside a gas station. Idd drove forward into two police cars in an attempt to escape. After backing up, body camera footage appears to show him raising a gun and firing a shot through his raised car window. Officers returned fire.
Officers then executed a search warrant on Idd’s last known address, where they knocked and announced their presence. The court-ordered warrant was deemed “high-risk” due to the possibility of weapons in the home. Officers put plastic zip ties on the hands of the adults in the home, which the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office said is the procedure for high-risk warrants.
This all seems pretty straightforward. You would think anti-police activists would spare their own credibility and sit this one out. And you would be wrong.
Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota predictably called Idd's death a "murder" by the Minneapolis Police Department. Up to 1,000 protesters took to the street, seemingly ignoring that Idd fired on police first. Jaylani Hussein, the executive director of Minnesota’s chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, claimed the body camera footage was edited and inconclusive.
MPD is a joke, this isn’t transparency or accountability.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 1, 2021
A man was killed, his family terrorized & robbed of a son and all they are left w/ is more questions than answers.
Let’s stop normalizing + justifying state sanctioned murder by those who take an oath to uphold the law. https://t.co/PPYcYvCa6i
This is par for the course from anti-police activists and segments of the Black Lives Matter movement. The American Civil Liberties Union accused officers in Washington, D.C., of murdering Deon Kay, who was shown on body camera footage raising a gun while running from officers. The city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, suffered more than $11 million in damages from riots that ensued after Jacob Blake was shot while reaching for a knife in his car.
Rallying around questionable characters in not-really-that-questionable police shootings has been one of the defining aspects of the mainstream Black Lives Matter movement, which took off in 2014 after Michael Brown was shot in the act of assaulting a police officer. It still doesn’t matter that President Barack Obama’s Justice Department determined that Brown's shooting was justified after he attacked a police officer and tried to take his gun away. Among others, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris continue to claim that Brown was an innocent victim.
According to Omar and others like her, there is nothing police could have done properly in Idd’s case except perhaps get shot and die. Even the ostensibly centrist, soon-to-be President Biden continues to pander to the mythical martyrdom of Brown, feeding the nonsense of large segments of the Black Lives Matter movement as they accuse police officers of murder at every turn, no matter the facts. If people like Biden and Omar cared about police reform, they would choose their cases more carefully. But they don’t, and they won't.