In the wake of a police shooting near Minneapolis, Minnesota, that left a Black man dead, protests have once again rocked the area.
Brooklyn Center City Manager Curt Boganey advocated for due process in the ensuing investigation and was reportedly fired as a result, leading one Fox News Channel personality to express dismay over the development.
“Where does that leave the rest of us?”
Outnumbered co-host Emily Compagno, a former lawyer, appeared on Fox News Primetime to discuss the incident and told host Lawrence Jones that she found Boganey’s dismissal unsettling.
“If due process is protected by the Constitution and if that is the reason that this gentleman was fired, where does that leave the rest of us?” she asked. “Where does that leave [Boganey’s] due process?
The 14th Amendment is clear in prohibiting “any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law,” which is what the ex-city manager said the officer involved in the recent shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright deserved.
Many Americans have since described his firing as an outrageous act that would indicate either ignorance or willful disregard for constitutional rights. For her part, Compagno wondered if it was really Boganey’s comments that cost him his job.
“So, I think we should stay tuned,” she said. “It remains to be seen certainly within his contract and why exactly it was terminated.”
“Every officer is entitled to due process”
Compagno noted that the incident is clearly “a tragedy,” but concluded that “to reserve judgment… should be constitutional.”
The officer, Kim Potter, resigned from the police force, as did the agency’s chief, in the aftermath of the shooting. Subsequent reports indicate she is expected to face charges of second-degree manslaughter.
Over the past decade, 17 police shootings have resulted in criminal charges and more than two dozen have led to civil judgments or settlements adding up to millions of dollars, Campagno said.
The latest shooting occurred just a few miles from the site where former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin is currently on trial in connection with the death of George Floyd last year.
Since his termination, Boganey addressed his comments on the matter, asserting: “What I was simply saying is that everyone is entitled to an examination of the facts before making a determination. Sometimes that can be in a relatively short order. I wasn’t even arguing that the information that we have is insufficient. I was just simply saying that every officer is entitled to due process.”