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    Quote Originally Posted by catastrophe View Post
    I live in the twin cities area, just outside the border edge of it..

    This has been such an intense past six days.
    Please do the best you can to keep you and yours safe. We don't need any more harm coming to innocent people.

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    https://thehill.com/homenews/media/5...lice-attack-on


    There is now a report that an Australian News Crew has been attacked by Police when they were covering a protest.

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday called for an investigation into an alleged police attack on an Australian news crew outside of the White House during protests over the death of George Floyd.

    Morrison described the incident as “troubling” and called for the Australian Embassy to investigate, according to The Canberra Times.

    He spoke with Network Seven to check on the welfare of its news crew and offered his support should they wish to file a formal complaint against the police, the newspaper noted.

    Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese condemned the incident while speaking with reporters, saying the country’s ambassador in the U.S. should make representations on their behalf.

    "In a democratic society the role of the media is critical, and it's important the media are able to report on events, including crises such as we're seeing in the United States, free from harassment," he said. "The violence that has occurred towards members of the media is completely unacceptable."

    In a statement, U.S. Ambassador to Australia Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. said his embassy takes “mistreatment of journalists seriously, as do all who take democracy seriously.”

    “As Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo has stated, 'At all levels, the Department of State works tirelessly to advance press freedom, and we honor those who have dedicated and even sacrificed their lives to sustaining democracy though journalism,’” Culvahouse wrote. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to protecting journalists and guaranteeing equal justice under law for all.”

    The calls for investigation come after Network Seven cameraman Tim Myers was seen being hit with a riot shield and punched in the face by a police officer during Monday night's protest. Another officer was also seen swinging a truncheon at reporter Amelia Brace.

    Both were shot with rubber bullets and faced the tear gas thrown at protesters near the White House, according to the Times.

    The moment, which was caught up both by Myers’s camera but also by local Washington, D.C., outlet ABC 7-WJLA, quickly went viral on social media.
    Brace identified herself as “media” as the officers moved in. She said that the officers, however, were being “indiscriminate.”

    “They were quite violent and they do not care who they’re targeting at the moment,” she said on-air, adding that they were firing rubber bullets throughout the crowd.


    Brace said that she and her videographer were trying to move but police kept pushing forward, rushing the crowd to edge protesters out of the park.

    “There was no choice but for us to hide in that corner and hope they would pass by ... as you saw in those pictures, they did not," she said.

    Law enforcement forcibly removed protesters from Lafayette Square near the White House on Monday evening, shortly before President Trump walked through the square to visit the historic St. John’s Church.

    The violent clash followed days of protests outside of the White House in response to Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police last week. An officer seen in video of the death kneeling on the unarmed black man's neck has been fired and charged in the case.

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    https://www.voanews.com/press-freedo...vering-protest


    An Associated Press News Crew has been assaulted by Police.

    NEW YORK - New York City police officers surrounded, shoved and yelled expletives at two Associated Press journalists covering protests Tuesday in the latest aggression against members of the media during a week of unrest around the country.

    Portions of the incident were captured on video by videojournalist Robert Bumsted, who was working with photographer Maye-E Wong to document the protests in lower Manhattan over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

    The video shows more than a half-dozen officers confronting the journalists as they filmed and took photographs of police ordering protesters to leave the area near Fulton and Broadway shortly after an 8 p.m. curfew took effect.

    An officer, using an expletive, orders them to go home. Bumsted is heard on video explaining the press are considered "essential workers" and are allowed to be on the streets. An officer responds "I don't give a s—-." Another tells Bumsted "get the f—- out of here you piece of s—-."

    Bumsted and Wong said officers shoved them, separating them from each other and pushing them toward Bumsted's car, which was parked nearby. At one point Bumsted said he was pinned against his car. He is heard on video telling the officer that Wong has his keys and he needs them to leave the area. Officers then allowed Wong to approach and the two got in the vehicle and left.

    Both journalists were wearing AP identification and identified themselves as media.

    "They didn't care," Wong said. "They were just shoving me."

    NYPD officials said they would "review this as soon as possible."

    Journalists have faced aggressive police and protesters during demonstrations across the U.S. over the killing of Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a white officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck.

    Police in Louisville, Kentucky, apologized after an officer fired what appeared to be pepper bullets at a TV news crew, and a journalist in Minneapolis was shot by a rubber bullet.

    Journalists have faced other risks while covering the unrest, in addition to dealing with aggression from police. In South Carolina, a television news reporter was hit in the head by a thrown rock and outside the White House, a Fox News reporter was chased and pummeled by protesters. Someone grabbed the reporter's microphone and threw it at his back, and a Fox News photographer's camera was smashed.

    In Atlanta, demonstrators who fought with police and set cars on fire also broke windows and scrawled obscene graffiti at CNN headquarters.

    AP spokeswoman Lauren Easton criticized the officers' actions Tuesday, which occurred as thousands of people in New York were defying a curfew put in place following several nights of violence and destruction. Journalists covering the story are exempt from the curfew.

    "The role of journalists is to report the news on behalf of the public," Easton said. "It is unacceptable and deeply troubling when journalists are harassed simply for doing their job."

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    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/minneap...second-degree/

    Update 3 other Cops are getting charged for the death of George Floyd.

    Three more former police officers who were involved in the arrest of George Floyd in Minneapolis have been charged in connection to his death, and the officer who pressed a knee to Floyd's neck faces a new charge of second-degree murder, according to court documents.


    The three additional officers — Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng — have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. All four officers have been fired.

    Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death last week. Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes, including two minutes in which Floyd was unresponsive, according to prosecutors.

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    "I strongly believe that these developments are in the interest of justice for Mr. Floyd, his family, our community, and our state," said Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who announced the charges Wednesday.

    Floyd's death has ignited anti-police brutality protests across the nation. Charges against the three other officers on the scene have been a key demand of demonstrators in Minneapolis and elsewhere.

    On May 25, the officers encountered Floyd while responding to a 911 call from a store clerk, who said Floyd tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes, according to prosecutors. Floyd complied with orders from the officers to leave his vehicle, court papers, but did not "voluntarily" get in their squad car. That's when he began telling officers he was claustrophobic and having trouble breathing.

    The officers brought Floyd to the ground. One held Floyd's back and another restrained his legs, while Chauvin placed his left knee on Floyd's neck, prosecutors said. At one point, Lane asked Chauvin whether they should roll Floyd on his side, to which Chauvin replied, "No, staying put where we got him," according to prosecutors.

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    Here is a Broadcast of George Floyd's funeral.



    And now George Floyd's family members are in a congressional hearing on Police Brutality and Racism.

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    https://ktla.com/news/nationworld/fi...n-750000-bond/

    One of the four former Minneapolis police officers awaiting trial in the death of George Floyd has been released on $750,000 bail.

    Thomas Lane, 37, was released Wednesday afternoon from the Hennepin County jail, the facility?s website reads.

    Lane was one of four officers involved in arresting Floyd on Memorial Day on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill. The arrest led to Floyd?s death, which has sparked global protests against racial injustice and police misconduct.

    Bystander video shows then-Officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on Floyd?s neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd was on the ground outside a police vehicle.

    Lane and another officer held down other parts of Floyd?s body, next to Chauvin, authorities said in a probable cause statement.

    Floyd, after repeatedly saying he couldn?t breathe, became unresponsive. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder. Lane and the two other officers on the scene ? Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng ? have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

    Lane?s attorney has said Lane, while Chauvin was pressing on Floyd?s neck, suggested more than once that they roll the Floyd to his side, but Chauvin declined.

    ?I am worried about excited delirium or whatever,? Lane said, according to authorities? probable cause statement. ?That?s why we have him on his stomach,? Chauvin replied, according to the document.

    Lane had been on the police force for four days when Floyd died and was ?doing everything he thought he was supposed to do as a four-day police officer,? his attorney, Earl Gray, told CNN this week.

    The Hennepin County medical examiner?s office concluded the manner of Floyd?s death was homicide and that the cause was ?cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.? Cardiopulmonary arrest means Floyd?s heart failed.

    A different autopsy, conducted by experts hired by Floyd?s family, concluded Floyd died of ?asphyxiation from sustained pressure? when his neck and back were compressed. The pressure cut off blood flow to his brain, that autopsy determined.

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    https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/l...-stop/2331918/

    When a group of federal judges from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling of qualified immunity for a group of officers this week, they did so in a remarkable fashion.

    The judges' opinion, published Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia, ended with a paragraph about the current state of our nation when it comes to police shootings of Black people. They mentioned the killing of George Floyd by name and said simply, "This has to stop."

    "Although we recognize that our police officers are often asked to make split-second decisions, we expect them to do so with respect for the dignity and worth of Black lives," they wrote.

    The ruling came in the case of Wayne Jones, a Black man shot and killed by five police officers in Martinsburg, West Virginia, in 2013. The case has been dismissed in District Court three times, most recently when a judge granted the officers qualified immunity.

    "We are asked to decide whether it was clearly established that five officers could not shoot a man 22 times as he lay motionless on the ground," the appellate judges wrote.

    They ultimately reversed the dismissal for summary judgment concluding that “a reasonable jury could find that Jones was both secured and incapacitated in the final moments before his death.”

    "Why couldn't [officers] deescalate the situation? I mean, why did they have to go that far?" asked Bruce Jones, Wayne's brother, after watching video of the encounter. "Why did they have to back off of him and shoot him when they had him on the ground? Those are questions I want answers to."

    It started shortly before 11: 30 p.m., when an officer spotted Wayne Jones walking along the curb of the road instead of the sidewalk, which is against the law.

    As captured on the officer's dashboard camera, he asked Jones for ID and whether he had any weapons. When Jones replied that he had "something," things escalated quickly, according to court records. He had a knife rolled up in his sleeve.

    "Put your hands on the car," the officer is heard saying to Jones.

    Jones replied, "What did I do to you?

    The officer began yelling, "Put your hands on the car."

    No one disputes that Wayne Jones, who was schizophrenic, tried to get away when the officer fired his taser. Additional officers and caught up to him and they all tumbled to the ground. According to court records, one officer said he "felt a sharp poke in his side."

    "They told me he attacked an officer. I couldn't believe that," Bruce Jones said. "He was a loving, caring person."

    The judges wrote that they "identified two pieces of evidence corroborating that Jones was not wielding a knife when he was shot." First, he was laying on his right side and the knife was in his right hand. Second, “at least one police officer” said that Jones “‘did not make any overt acts with the knife towards the officers, once they stepped back.”

    Bruce Jones says he promised their mother before she died that he would continue to seek justice and try to clear his brother's name.

    "I don't think they want anything more than just the chance for justice, the chance to have a jury hear the case," said Christopher Brown, the family's attorney. "For the most conservative court in the country to comment and say 'this has to stop' is an important statement."

    Qualified immunity is a legal ruling which usually shields officers from civil lawsuits unless prior case law with similar facts suggests “any reasonable officer” should have known they were violating a person's rights.

    "To award qualified immunity at the summary judgment stage in this case would signal absolute immunity for fear-based use of deadly force, which we cannot accept," the appellate judges wrote.

    The opinion noted that Wayne Jones had been "tased four times, hit in the brachial plexus [throat area], kicked and placed in a choke hold, at which point gurgling can be heard in the video."

    "He doesn't respond to commands to drop the knife. He's motionless, perhaps unconscious, and they shoot him 22 times and kill him," said Brown. "It's a tragic story and hopefully it'll never happen again."

    The judges noted that after being told state police were coming to investigate, officers can be heard on the recording saying that "the incident would be a 'cluster' and they were going to 'have to gather some f**king story.'”

    The judges noted that the officers portrayed Jones as a fleeing armed suspect who was not cooperating with law enforcement and had even reportedly hit an officer, displacing the officer’s hat.

    The Martinsburg city attorney says West Virginia State Police investigated this case, the U.S. Department of Justice reviewed it and a grand jury opted not to indict the officers.

    In a statement, he said, "It is important to remember the Court of Appeals did not establish the facts or find guilt or liability." He asked that "all citizens reserve judgement That will be up to a jury to decide. He asks that everyone reserve judgment until all the facts are properly considered by a jury."

    Bruce Jones was hoping for more.

    "At least say, 'We messed up and we shouldn't have shot him. We should have deescalated it,'" he said. "That would make me happy."

    He says watching protesters in the streets across the country, he feels like change is possible and hopes his brother's legacy can be part of that.

    "Nobody wants riots,” he said. “Nobody wants to be worried that their 5-year-old may not make it to be 10 or their 20-year-old may not make it to be 30. So something has to change."

    Reported by Jodie Fleischer, produced by Rick Yarborough, and shot and edited by Steve Jones.

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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is eligible to receive pension benefits during his retirement years even if he’s convicted of killing George Floyd, according to the Minnesota agency that represents retired public workers.

    Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in the May 25 death of George. Video of the arrest shows Chauvin, who is white, using his knee to pin down the neck of George, who was black and handcuffed, for several minutes as Floyd pleaded for air and eventually stopped moving. George’s death has sparked protests around the world.

    The Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association said in a statement that former employees who meet length-of-service requirements qualify for benefits regardless of whether they quit or are fired. Those payments are not affected by criminal charges or convictions, the agency said, citing state law.

    A review of police payroll, salary and contract information obtained by CNN estimates that Chauvin’s annual payments would be around $50,000 or more if he elected to begin receiving distributions at age 55. Chauvin was a member of the Minneapolis police force for 19 years.

    Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, did not immediately return an email request seeking comment.

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    https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/...sed-from-jail/

    Hell No

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — J. Alexander Kueng, one of the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd, has been released from Hennepin County Jail Friday night after posting bond, according to jail records.

    Kueng was one of the officers — including Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao and Thomas Lane — that responded to the call about the alleged use of a counterfeit $20 bill on Memorial Day at Cup Foods on East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in south Minneapolis.

    Chauvin has been charged with second- and third-degree murder, and third-degree manslaughter. The other officers, have been charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter in connection to the fatal restraint of George Floyd.

    Hennepin County Jail’s roster notes that Kueng was released Friday at 7:27 p.m. His bail had been set at $750,000.

    Two of the four officers have now posted bail. As Thomas Lane, 37, was released on June 10. All four are expected to make their next court appearance on June 29.

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    https://www.fox9.com/news/judge-thre...mments-on-case

    MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - The former Minneapolis Police Officers accused of killing George Floyd made court appearances in downtown Minneapolis Monday where a judge set a trial date for next year and warned public officials to stop talking about the case publicly.

    The Hennepin County judge made it clear to public officials and family members of the victims and officers during the hearings Monday that he will move the trial out of Hennepin County if they continue to comment on the innocence or guilt of the officers involved in this case.

    ?From this day forward, everyone has a warning,? the judge said, threatening a gag order or a change-in-venue.

    The judge warned public officials to stop using ?control or influence? and to limit their public comments. He said he ?isn?t going to be happy,? if he hears more publicly.

    The judge said he is open to allowing cameras in the courtroom and broadcasting of the trial.

    The judge set the trials to begin in March 2021. The next hearings in this case are scheduled for Sept. 11.

    Kueng intends to plead not guilty

    A new court filing from the attorneys of Kueng show that he intends to plead not guilty due to self defense, reasonable force and authorized use of force.

    Derek Chauvin was the only one to make his appearance remotely from the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights, where he?s being held on $1 million bail.

    The other three men were present in the courtroom.

    A few protesters could be seen outside the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility along with members of the international media.

    After the hearings, family of George Floyd talked to the media.

    "I think it's absolutely hideous that two of them are walking around free and my nephew will never have the chance to be free ever again," said his uncle from South Dakota. "It's sad as hell."

    The court proceedings come about a month after 46-year-old Floyd was held down at the neck by Chauvin?s knee for more than 7 minutes. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder among several other charges. The other three face aiding and abetting charges.

    Former officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng are both out on bail. Tou Thao is still in the Hennepin County Jail.

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    https://www.fox9.com/news/attorney-f...ismiss-charges

    Here is more in the Minneapolis Police hearing

    MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - The attorney of one of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd is asking the court to dismiss the charges against his client.

    Thomas Lane, 37, is charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in connection with Floyd?s May 25 death.

    Lane is one of four officers charged in the case. J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao are also facing two charges each of aiding and abetting while Derek Chauvin, the officer seen on bystander video kneeling on Floyd's neck as he struggled to breathe, is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second degree manslaughter.

    Lane?s attorney, Earl Gray, filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss the charges against Lane, arguing there is not enough evidence to establish probable cause the former rookie officer committed a crime. He submitted the Minneapolis Police Department?s own manuals as evidence Lane did not commit a crime in the death of Floyd and consequently, should have his charges tossed.

    Gray has made the case for dismissal both inside and out of a courtroom for weeks now. The motions are called "Florence" motions, Gray says, and they are "extremely rare." He estimates they are filed in one out of every 400 or 500 cases.

    Experts say the motions are risky said Joe Friedburg, a criminal defense attorney, because it puts the onus on the defense to prove what happened and leaves no surprises for the trial. Gray will have to build a strong case, but it will come down to a Hennepin County Judge deciding to either throw the case out or move forward and let a jury decide Lane's fate.

    Friedburg said the fact that judges are elected in Minnesota is a factor in this case, but that Judge Cahill is an "excellent judge" and will "call it the way he sees it."

    "Aiding and abetting you got to have a criminal intent,? Gray said on June 5. ?You couple that with the fact that officers have a right to use reasonable force, there's no way this is aiding and abetting."

    His recent motion includes photographs from the interior of George Floyd?s vehicle documenting apparent counterfeit bills as well as transcripts from police body-worn cameras at the scene.

    The defense contends it shows an erratic, and uncooperative Floyd struggling with officers who, at first, try to get him in the back of a squad car.

    According to the documents, Floyd was already telling officers he was struggling to breathe and is claustrophobic and would rather go to ground.

    Gray writes, ?based on Floyd?s actions up to this point, the officers had no idea what he would do next?hurt himself, hurt the officers, flee, or anything else, but he was not cooperating.?

    The transcripts also capture officers discussing the use of a ?maximum restraint technique? on Floyd, while waiting for an ambulance at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue.

    Gray contends that at this point Lane, who was working just his fourth official shift as an MPD officer, deferred to the lead of the much more senior Derek Chauvin while trying to control Floyd?s legs.

    Lane apparently asked twice if they should roll Floyd onto his side and claims from his vantage point that he could not directly observe Chauvin?s position to know whether he was causing harm as he kept a knee to the back of Floyd?s neck for more than eight minutes.

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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis City Council approved a resolution Friday declaring racism as a public health emergency.

    The resolution, penned by council members Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham, declares that racism impacts outcomes in many areas of life for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); it is the root cause of inequities in housing, education, health, employment, public safety, and criminal justice.

    “It’s past time that we begin to address these systemic issues that have been plaguing our society for decades,” said Jenkins. “Naming this issue allows us to begin to dismantle its structures moving forward.”

    According to the resolution, Minneapolis has some of the “starkest racial inequities in the country,”and ranks as one of the worst regions for racial disparities in home ownership, median income, and the ability to obtain a high school diploma.

    It also highlights studies which demonstrate that Black people are three times more likely to be killed by police as white people in the United States. The killings of unarmed Black men – like that George Floyd on Memorial Day – lead to an increase in depression in the Black community.

    The resolution now allows the city council and Mayor Jacob Frey to recognize the impact racism has on the community members of Minneapolis.

    It also gives examples of action steps policymakers have pledged to take in order to combat racial inequities.

    One of the biggest points addresses Minneapolis’ criminal justice system. Policymakers have committed to reserving arrest only for violent and major crimes and have pledged to dismiss the cash bail system.

    They have also vowed to allocate portions of the city budget towards small business development and affordable housing for BIPOC.

    MORE: Click here to read the full resolution.

    “Racism is the underlying disease to all of the racially inequitable results we are living with today,” said Cunningham. “This action is the first step in long overdue restorative measures for our BIPOC community. The passing of this resolution means that we as local elected officials understand that antiracism must be centered in all that we do as we work to ensure that Minneapolis is at the forefront of achieving racial equity.”

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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd was charged Wednesday with multiple felony counts of tax evasion, according to criminal complaints that allege he and his wife didn’t report income from various jobs, including more than $95,000 for his off-duty security work.

    Derek Chauvin and his wife, Kellie May Chauvin, were each charged in Washington County with six counts of aiding and abetting filing false or fraudulent tax returns in the state of Minnesota and three counts of aiding and abetting failing to file state tax returns.



    The complaints allege that from 2014 through 2019, the Chauvins underreported their joint income by $464,433. With unpaid taxes, interest and fees, they now owe $37,868 to the state.

    Imran Ali, a Washington County prosecutor, said the charges relate only to tax irregularities in the state of Minnesota, not federal taxes or taxes in Florida, where the couple has a second home. He said the amount of unpaid taxes could increase, as the investigation is ongoing.

    Floyd, a Black man who was handcuffed, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes as Floyd pleaded for air. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. He and three other officers who were at the scene were fired.

    Chauvin is in custody on the charges in the Floyd case. Kellie Chauvin, who filed for divorce after Floyd’s death, was not in custody Wednesday. Online court records didn’t list attorneys for either in the tax evasion case, and a call to Kellie Chauvin did not go through. Her divorce attorney did not return a call seeking comment. Eric Nelson, Derek Chauvin’s attorney on the murder charges, had no comment Wednesday.

    The investigation began in June, after the Minnesota Department of Revenue received information about suspicious tax filings by Derek Chauvin. The agency started an internal cursory review, and then opened a formal investigation after determining the Chauvins did not file state taxes as required.

    The investigation ultimately found the Chauvins did not file state tax returns for 2016, 2017 and 2018, and did not report all of their income for 2014 and 2015. When tax returns for 2016 through 2019 were filed in June of this year, the Chauvins did not report all of their income in those years either, the complaints said.


    The complaints said that as a police officer, Chauvin could work off-duty security jobs and was required to pay taxes on that income. From 2014 through 2020, Chauvin worked off-duty security at several locations.

    He worked at El Nuevo Rodeo restaurant nearly every weekend from January 2014 through December 2019, the complaints said. By averaging out his pay of $220 a night over his work schedule at that business, investigators believe he earned about $95,920 over six years that the Chauvins did not report as income.

    Kellie Chauvin is a real estate agent and also operates a photography business under the name KC Images. Bank records reviewed by investigators show she or the business received 340 checks totaling $66,472.75 that were not reported as income in 2014 and 2015, the complaints said.

    The complaints allege the Chauvins also failed to pay proper sales tax on a $100,000 BMW purchased in Minnesota in 2018. Prosecutors say they bought the car in Minnetonka but listed their Florida address as their home address. While the couple lives primarily in Minnesota, Kellie Chauvin told investigators they changed their residency to Florida because it was cheaper to register a car there. They allegedly paid lower sales taxes than they would have paid in Minnesota.

    The complaints also allege the Chauvins sold a rental home in Woodbury in 2017 and took a deduction on depreciation to lower their income taxes, but did not properly apply the deduction toward the purchase price of the home as they determined the capital gains tax, resulting in lower taxes being paid.

    According to the charges, the Chauvins were sent “request for missing return” letters in the fall of 2019, warning them that they had not filed state taxes for 2016 and they could be subjected to criminal penalties if their tax returns were not filed.

    When interviewed by investigators, Kellie Chauvin said she knew she had to file tax returns every year, but she had not done so because “it got away from her,” according to the complaints.


    Update Derek Chauvin is now being investigated by the IRS over Tax issues. Its not just that the FBI is on him over the George Floyd Death now this is coming into play too OK then.

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    Surprise, surprise, he's a white supremacist.

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/28/us/um...oyd/index.html

    Minneapolis police identify 'Umbrella Man' who helped incite George Floyd riots, warrant says

    Minneapolis police have identified a suspect whom they believe helped initiate the riots and destruction in the city following the killing of George Floyd.
    According to a search warrant filed earlier this week, which was obtained by CNN affiliate WCCO, the man is associated with the "Aryan Cowboys," which the Anti-Defamation League lists as a White supremacist prison and street gang. The warrant does not label them as a White supremacist group, but describes them as a "known prison gang out of Minnesota and Kentucky." On its Facebook page, the group says it does not care, "about a person's color."
    Video of the "Umbrella Man" went viral after protesters in Minneapolis confronted and filmed him on May 27 while he was in the act of smashing several windows of an AutoZone store.

    An arson investigator wrote in a search warrant affidavit that the man also spray painted the words "free sh*t for everyone zone" on the doors of the AutoZone. Not long after he smashed in the windows, looting began, and a bit later the AutoZone was set on fire, the affidavit said.

    "This was the first fire that set off a string of fires and looting throughout the precinct and the rest of the city," Sgt. Erika Christensen, a Minneapolis police arson investigator, wrote in the affidavit, which was filed in court on Monday.

    "Until the actions of the person your affiant has been calling 'Umbrella Man,' the protests had been relatively peaceful. The actions of this person created an atmosphere of hostility and tension. Your affiant believes that this individual's sole aim was to incite violence."

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    MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - The body camera video from two of the now-fired Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd was released to the public Monday.

    On Friday, Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill ordered copies of the footage from officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng to be released.

    The decision was made after a challenge from a media coalition, including FOX 9.

    Cahill had previously allowed journalists and the public to view the footage from the courthouse, but did not allow for the body camera video to be recorded or be copied by reporters. Instead, reporters were allowed to sign up for a one-hour appointment to view the video and describe what they saw.

    Both officers body camera videos and transcripts of the videos were among the exhibits submitted by Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, in July supporting a motion to dismiss the charges against Lane.

    Floyd died on May 25 after being detained by Minneapolis police. Lane and Kueng were the first officers to respond to the initial 911 call at Cup Foods.

    Lane, Kueng and Tou Thao are all charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Derek Chauvin, the officer seen kneeling on Floyd's neck in a bystander video, is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — All eyes are on the court proceedings involving four former Minneapolis police officers, now charged in George Floyd’s death. The killing sparked outrage around the world with cries for justice for George.

    Judge Peter Cahill will oversee the case. But who is he? A former colleague told WCCO why he’s the right judge for the job.

    Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill was assigned to the case. Former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed Cahill to the bench in 2007. Voters elected he stay there twice more.


    “He’s certainly qualified to be a judge based on all the experience he has,” attorney Mike Colich said.

    Former law partner Mike Colich called Cahill’s background diverse. They met while Cahill was a law clerk in the mid-80s. Cahill has been a public defender and a criminal defense attorney.

    “He was a great lawyer, very, very skilled. Great intuitive sense and how to deal with people and how to deal with the facts of a case. I know jurors liked him, I know judges liked him,” Colich said.

    Cahill went out on his own in the mid-90s before joining the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in 1997. That’s where he stayed until being named a judge a decade later. Cahill was the Chief Deputy under then Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar.

    Judge Cahill has presided over highly-publicized cases. Last November, Kenneth Lilly pleaded guilty to shooting a school bus driver while a student was on board. Cahill sentenced him to more than seven years in prison, on the higher end of the punishment range.

    In late 2015, he dismissed charges against organizers of a large Black Lives Matter protest at Mall of America. In Judge Cahill’s lengthy decision he said, by management and security allowing it to happen in the first 30 minutes, was “a tacit decision to allow a brief demonstration.” And he noted protestors made attempts to disperse once ordered.

    The trials in front of him, are for Derek Chauvin, charged with second-degree murder in the death of George Floyd, and aiding and abetting charges for Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane. Colich said Cahill is who you want presiding over the case.

    “He’s as honest and hardworking a person as you’re ever going to find. He’s going to give everyone in that courtroom a fair trial and he’s going to treat all of them equally,” Colich said.

    Cahill’s current term expires in January of 2021. He’s running unopposed so his term will automatically renew for six years.

    The trial is scheduled for March.

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    https://ktla.com/news/nationworld/ex...-floyds-death/

    Attorneys for four former Minneapolis officers charged in the death of George Floyd say that each client should get his own trial, as the officers try to diminish their roles in the Black man?s death by pointing fingers at one another.

    Prosecutors say all four officers should be tried together because the nature of the charges and evidence is similar and ?it is impossible to evaluate any individual Defendant?s conduct in a vacuum.?

    The former officers are in court Friday for a hearing on several issues, including the prosecution?s request to hold a joint trial. Other issues that will be argued include defense requests to move the trial away from Minneapolis and to sequester the jury and keep jurors anonymous.

    Floyd, who was in handcuffs, died May 25 after Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against his neck as Floyd said he couldn?t breathe and became motionless. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao are charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter.

    Defense requests to dismiss charges won?t be addressed Friday. A trial is scheduled for March.

    Friday?s hearing will also mark the first time Chauvin is expected to appear in a courtroom. He is in state custody and has attended previous hearings via videoconference.

    A few dozen protesters gathered in a street in front of the courthouse that had been blocked off, chanting ?No justice, no peace.? One carried a Black Lives Matter flag and wore a black helmet with swim goggles around the back of his head. The windows on most nearby buildings were boarded up.

    Prosecutors say the case should proceed with one trial because the evidence ? including witness statements, body-camera video and police department policy on use of force ? is similar for each officer. Prosecutors say the officers also acted in close concert.

    ?Here, all four Defendants worked together to murder Floyd: Chauvin, Kueng, and Lane pinned Floyd face-down, while Thao stopped the crowd from intervening, enabling the other Defendants to maintain their positions. Defendants also discussed and coordinated their actions throughout the incident,? prosecutors wrote in a court filing.

    Prosecutors also say witnesses and Floyd?s family members would likely be traumatized by multiple trials, and it would be more efficient and in the interest of justice to hold one proceeding.

    But defense attorneys are pushing for separate trials, saying they are likely to offer ?antagonistic? defenses, and evidence against one officer could negatively impact another?s right to a fair trial.

    Attempts at finger-pointing are already prevalent throughout court filings in the case. Attorneys for Lane and Kueng have argued that their clients were rookies, who were following Chauvin?s lead. Thao?s attorney, Bob Paule, has said that his client?s role was ?absolutely distinct? from the others, because he was on crowd control and was securing the scene ? while the other three restrained Floyd.

    Chauvin?s attorney, Eric Nelson, also wrote that his client?s case is different. Nelson said prosecutors must prove Chauvin intended to assault Floyd, but they must also show that the other officers knew of Chauvin?s intent before it happened. As a result, he said, Chauvin will have to defend himself differently.

    ?The other defendants are clearly saying that, if a crime was committed, they neither knew about it nor assisted in it,? Nelson wrote. ?They blame Chauvin.?

    But Chauvin also points fingers at the others. Nelson wrote that Lane and Kueng ? the officers who responded to a forgery call ? initiated contact with Floyd before Chauvin and Thao arrived, and that Chauvin believes Floyd was overdosing on fentanyl. Nelson wrote that while Lane and Kueng called for a paramedic and believed Floyd was ?on something,? they didn?t elevate the call to one of more urgency or give medical assistance.

    ?Instead, they struggled to subdue Mr. Floyd and force him into their squad car, likely exacerbating his condition considerably,? Nelson wrote, adding that Chauvin could reasonably argue that their inaction led to Floyd?s death.

    ?If EMS had arrived just three minutes sooner, Mr. Floyd may have survived. If Kueng and Lane had chosen to de-escalate instead of struggle, Mr. Floyd may have survived. If Kueng and Lane had recognized the apparent signs of an opioid overdose and rendered aid, such as administering naloxone, Mr. Floyd may have survived,? Nelson wrote.

    Attorneys for all four men have also asked that the trial be moved from Minneapolis, saying that pretrial publicity has made it impossible for them to receive a fair trial.

    Paule, Thao?s attorney, said in a court filing that the state has tainted the jury pool by calling Floyd?s death a ?murder.? Paule also cites protests that caused millions of dollars of damage in Minneapolis, saying an impartial jury can?t be found in Hennepin County because jurors would ?shoulder the weight of their decision creating further rioting and destruction.?

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    https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/...dalized-again/

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) ? The iconic mural of George Floyd painted in south Minneapolis was vandalized for a second time.

    Red spray paint marks the mural created at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, the site of Floyd?s fatal arrest. Written over Floyds? face were an expletive followed by the words ?Walz, commies and Satan.?

    The Minneapolis Police Department says that no one has yet filed a report about the vandalism.


    In August, the same mural was vandalized, with Floyd?s eyes and face covered with black paint. The mural was then restored.

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    MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Chauvin, the officer charged in George Floyd’s death, was released on Wednesday after posting a $1 million bond, according to FOX 9.

    Floyd died May 25 after Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. Floyd’s death was captured in widely seen bystander video that set off protests, sometimes violent, around the world.

    Court records show he posted a non-cash bond on Wednesday.

    Chauvin is awaiting a March 8 trial date. He was being held at Oak Park Heights, a maximum-security prison in Minnesota since May 31.

    Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

    Former officer J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are charged with aiding and abetting.

    Attorneys for all four men have said pretrial publicity has made it impossible for them to receive a fair trial in Hennepin County, and they have asked for the trial to be moved.

    Judge Peter Cahill has not ruled on that request. A ruling is expected by Oct. 15.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    Hell No!!!!!!!

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    I didn't want to say this in the beginning, but I'll say it now. He won't be held responsible and he'll go on with his life. I protested forever, every weekend for Kelly Thomas and if you look up that thread? You'll know why no cop will ever be held responsible. The video in that case with ZERO convictions will tell you that.

    It sent a message. They can do whatever they like and won't face convictions. Unless they're women or a minority. Period.

    This goes for any open case. Keep fighting, but get used to defeat.
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    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
    Oh well, back to gum.
    ....or exchanging Puke's wang for spicy nuts.
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    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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    https://www.kron4.com/news/ex-cop-ch...-out-of-state/

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ? A Minnesota judge cited safety concerns Friday as he issued new conditions of release for an ex-Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd that would allow him to live in a neighboring state while he awaits trial.

    Derek Chauvin posted $1 million bond on Wednesday and was allowed to walk free from the maximum security state prison where he had been held for his safety since shortly after his arrest. Floyd died after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd?s neck for several minutes even after the handcuffed Black man pleaded for air before his death May 25. Chauvin was later charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

    Chauvin?s release triggered two nights of protests in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Gov. Tim Walz mobilized National Guard troops and state law enforcement officers to help keep the peace. Three other fired former officers who also face charges in the case were released on bond earlier. Their trial is set for March.

    Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill said the state Department of Corrections, which is supervising Chauvin while he?s on release, presented evidence in private ?supporting safety concerns that have arisen.? The order did not say what that evidence entailed.

    Chauvin?s previous conditions prohibited him from leaving Minnesota without court permission and ordered him to sign extradition waivers if he was released. Under the new conditions, he ?must establish residency somewhere in the State of Minnesota or a contiguous state as soon as possible? and report it to his supervising officer. His address will be shared with local law enforcement, but anyone who is given his address is ordered to keep it confidential.

    The former officer must also carry a cellphone and keep it on, charged and in range so that the Department of Corrections can reach him at all times. He must also surrender his passport.

    Cahill?s order said the defense and prosecution had agreed to the new terms.

    WTH Thats what White Male Cop Privilege gives you.

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    Holy Shit there is a video of a White Supremacist re enacting various police brutality videos of a cop with a knee on the neck and a Trump background. This is from the George Floyd fallout.

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    https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/...ideo-at-trial/

    Update on the George Floyd Brutality hearing

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Hennepin County judge has denied the use of body camera footage from a 2019 arrest of George Floyd to be used as evidence in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officers accused in his death.

    Judge Peter Cahill denied attorney Earl Gray’s request to use the body camera footage as evidence in court, according to documents filed late Friday. However, the judge says that a transcript of the video may be presented.

    Gray represents Thomas Lane, one of the former Minneapolis police officers accused in Floyd’s death. The other ex-officers charged in the fatal Memorial Day arrest are Derek Chauvin, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao.


    Chauvin, who was captured on cellphone video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes as the Black man lay handcuffed, is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. The other three officers face charges of aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter.

    Earlier last week, Cahill ruled that the 2019 arrest video could be made public. That footage, taken a year before Floyd’s fatal arrest, shows him not complying with officers’ requests, crying and asking for his mother. According to Gray, Floyd’s behavior during the two arrests were “almost identical.”

    Meanwhile, prosecutors argued that the video should not be made public as it could unfairly sway public opinion, which could add pressure to move the trial out of Minneapolis — something the defense has requested. However, Cahill has asked the defense to attempt to find a suitable jury in Hennepin County..

    Other key motions that Cahill may soon decide on include whether or not the jury should be anonymous and whether the officers should stand trial separately or together. Currently, the officers are scheduled to go on trial in the spring.

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    https://www.click2houston.com/news/n...-floyds-death/

    MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota judge has dismissed a third-degree murder charge filed against the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd's neck, but the more serious second-degree murder charge remains.

    Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill's ruling was dated Wednesday and made public Thursday. Cahill said there was enough probable cause for the second-degree murder charge and manslaughter charge against Derek Chauvin to proceed to trial. Cahill also denied defense requests to dismiss the aiding and abetting counts against three other former officers, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao.

    “In this court's view, with one exception, the State has met its burden of showing probable cause that warrants proceeding to trial against each of these Defendants on each of the criminal charges the State has filed against them,” Cahill wrote. He said it will be up to a jury to decide whether the officers are guilty.

    Floyd, a Black man who was in handcuffs, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe and became motionless. His death sparked protests in Minneapolis and beyond, and led to a nationwide reckoning on race.

    Prosecutors argued there was probable cause for the officers to go to trial on all of the charges, saying Chauvin intentionally assaulted Floyd, which is an element of the second-degree murder charge, and that the other officers assisted.

    During the entire time that Floyd was pinned to the ground, “the officers remained in the same position: Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck, Kueng and Lane remained atop Floyd’s back and legs, and Thao continued to prevent the crowd of concerned citizens from interceding,” prosecutors said.



    The officers ignored Floyd’s pleas to stop, cries from the concerned crowd, and their own training, prosecutors said.

    Defense attorneys argued that there was not enough probable cause to charge the former officers. Chauvin’s attorney said his client had no intent to assault or kill Floyd, while attorneys for the other officers argued that their clients did not intend or conspire to help Chauvin.

    Defense attorneys said Floyd’s drug use was a factor in his death, with Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, saying Floyd most likely died of “fentanyl or a combination of fentanyl and methamphetamine in concert with his underlying health conditions.”

    The county medical examiner classified Floyd’s death as a homicide, with his heart stopping while he was restrained by police and his neck compressed. A summary report listed fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use under “other significant conditions” but not under “cause of death.”


    According to prosecutors’ notes, Hennepin County Medical Examiner Andrew Baker told prosecutors that absent other apparent causes of death, it “could be acceptable” to rule the death an overdose, based on the level of fentanyl in Floyd’s system. A separate autopsy commissioned for Floyd’s family concluded he died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression.

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    This story has been corrected to show the name of one of the officers charged in Floyd's death is J. Kueng, not J. Jueng.

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