On Friday a jury acquitted law enforcement officer Jeronimo Yanez of manslaughter charges after he shot Philando Castile to death in Minnesota. After the verdict was made public so too was dashcam video of the shooting, which you can watch below. I’ll warn you that it’s quite graphic and harrowing to watch. It’s deeply troubling to me, based on this video, that Officer Yanez was acquitted. But there’s a gun rights issue at play here, too.
Legislating is a fraught process, whether it’s at the national level or right here in North Dakota. Sometimes emotions run wild and tension is high. Other times the proceedings are gouge-your-eyeballs-out boring. So I guess we participants and observers have to take our levity where we can get it. Senator Howard Anderson (R-Turtle Lake) certainly did that today. While carrying HB1191 to the Senate floor today (it has to do with political subdivision borrowing authority) he made a fart joke.