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    George Floyd (46) Killed by Minneapolis Police

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...er/5265668002/


    MINNEAPOLIS ? On Sunday, George Floyd was scheduled to meet with his friend Wallace White, to talk about getting involved with MAD DADS ? Men Against Destruction Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder, but he couldn't make it. The next day, Floyd was dead.

    White watched the video on Facebook Monday showing Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck as he said he couldn't breathe.

    ?That boy didn?t need to die like that. All the footage showed the man was not resisting him," said White, 56. "He was a gentle giant man. He was loved by everyone around here. He was a real quiet guy, liked to have fun."

    Floyd?s volunteer slip sat on MAD DADS chapter president VJ Smith?s desk Tuesday.

    George Floyd has become a household name as the viral video sparked outrage and protests across the nation.

    In life, friends and family members said the 6-foot-4 Floyd never made an enemy.

    ?He didn?t like to argue, all that drama and stuff," White said. "He never threw around the fact that he was a bigger guy.?



    George Floyd remembered as 'gentle giant' as family calls his death 'murder'
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    MINNEAPOLIS ? On Sunday, George Floyd was scheduled to meet with his friend Wallace White, to talk about getting involved with MAD DADS ? Men Against Destruction Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder, but he couldn't make it. The next day, Floyd was dead.

    White watched the video on Facebook Monday showing Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck as he said he couldn't breathe.

    ?That boy didn?t need to die like that. All the footage showed the man was not resisting him," said White, 56. "He was a gentle giant man. He was loved by everyone around here. He was a real quiet guy, liked to have fun."

    Floyd?s volunteer slip sat on MAD DADS chapter president VJ Smith?s desk Tuesday.

    George Floyd has become a household name as the viral video sparked outrage and protests across the nation.

    In life, friends and family members said the 6-foot-4 Floyd never made an enemy.

    ?He didn?t like to argue, all that drama and stuff," White said. "He never threw around the fact that he was a bigger guy.?

    George Floyd died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck while arresting him.
    Floyd's family attorney Benjamin Crump said Floyd leaves behind two daughters, ages 6 and 22, in Houston.

    ?He was a really good person that everybody seemed to love," Crump told USA TODAY. "He was a gentle giant that when he came in the room he would light up the room. He was so exuberant.?

    Crump said Floyd was born in Fayetteville, N.C., but grew up in Houston where most of his family still lives. Floyd was a standout high school athlete who played basketball for South Florida StaCollege, his youngest brother Rodney Floyd said.
    Saturday will mark the two year anniversary of their mother's death, which has only made the pain worse for Floyd's family, he said.

    "We've all been down here struggling," said Rodney Floyd, who lives in Houston.

    He described George as a doting father who was loved by many in the Houston community.

    ?He was a great person and he always made everybody feel safe and secure around him," Rodney Floyd told USA TODAY.

    Floyd moved to Minneapolis in recent years for better employment opportunities, Crump said. In addition to security jobs at Conga Latin Bistro and the local Salvation Army, Floyd was also a truck driver.
    Christina Dawson, Floyd's ex-girlfriend, told USA TODAY that Floyd was a joy to be around.

    "Happy, fun, goofy guy," Dawson said. "He loved to see people happy."

    Floyd, 46, had become a popular fixture at Conga Latin Bistro. The restaurant shared photos of Floyd on its Facebook page with one post reading "RIP Sad, we will always remember you." Patrons and colleagues shared memories in the comments.
    He was one of those big teddy bears. This is a huge loss. I really do hope there will be justice for this," one user wrote.

    Bistro owner Jovanni Thunstrom said in a Facebook post that the death of Floyd was "just plain murder."

    "My employee George Floyd was murdered by a Police officer that had no compassion, used his position to commit a murder of someone that was begging for his life," Thunstrom wrote. "I will like to keep on writing, but my vision is blurry, from the tears coming out of my eyes. I am sorry, I usually don't cry."

    Four police officers,Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, have been fired over the incident, but Floyd's family and Crump, say that's not enough.

    Crump said he believes the officers' actions were fueled by racism and disregard for black lives and that they should be arrested and charged.

    ?We know if the roles were reversed and black people were accused of killing white people, oh you go to death row," Crump said. "But it seems to be that the message is sent from our legal system, our criminal justice system, that black lives are less valuable than white lives.?


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    https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/...-george-floyd/

    Athletes protest the death of George Floyd.

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A group of peaceful protestors, organized by athletes, marched through downtown Minneapolis to the Hennepin Bridge, where they took a knee in remembrance of George Floyd.

    The march was organized by Minneapolis-born former NBA athlete Royce White and former football player Darrell Thompson.

    Over 1,000 protesters started at U.S. Bank Stadium, but the crowd soon moved on, walking through downtown Minneapolis. When they reached Hennepin Bridge, they shut down traffic and took a knee. They then moved to the 35W bridge, where they blocked southbound traffic.

    Taking a knee in protest started in 2016, when Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem at a San Francisco 49ers game. The action started a wave of protests to raise awareness about police brutality against the black community.

    Kaepernick announced Friday his organization, the Know Your Rights Campaign, will pay for legal assistance for those protesting in Minneapolis.

    The Minneapolis protests started Tuesday, the day after George Floyd – an unarmed black man – died while in police custody. Derek Chauvin, the officer who pinned his neck to the ground for over eight minutes, was arrested and charged for third-degree murder Friday afternoon.

    The three other officers involved, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J Alexander Kueng, have yet to be charged.
    Sadly it becomes a question of does the courts care about the racial disparities.

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    https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/29/us/mi...day/index.html

    The mayor of Minneapolis imposed a curfew Friday after the county prosecutor charged the fired Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd's neck with third-degree murder.

    Derek Chauvin also faces a charge of second-degree manslaughter.

    Floyd's family and their attorney, Benjamin Crump, are upset Chauvin wasn't charged with a more serious offense.

    "We expected a first-degree murder charge. We want a first-degree murder charge. And we want to see the other officers arrested," Crump and the family said in a statement. "We call on authorities to revise the charges to reflect the true culpability of this officer."
    If convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, Chauvin would face up to 25 years in prison on the first charge and up to 10 years on the second.

    The evidence in the case includes a cell phone video of the incident, body worn cameras, witness statements, a preliminary report from medical examiner, and discussions with an expert, Freeman said.

    The preliminary autopsy report found "no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation," according to the criminal complaint released by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

    The report added: "The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death."

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    https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/...s-for-divorce/

    No shit

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A lawyer has issued a statement from the wife of the now-arrested and charged former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, and she said she has filed for divorce.

    “This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin,” reads the statement released by Sekula Law Offices.

    “While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time,” the statement continued.

    Meanwhile, on Friday, John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, announced that Chauvin, 44, of Oakdale, was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, who said that Chauvin was arrested in Minneapolis. There was some speculation that he had gone to a home in Florida.

    “We have now been able to put together the evidence that we need. Even as late as yesterday afternoon, we did not have all that we needed,” Freeman said, before saying that he was unable to speak to specific pieces of evidence and which one specifically was needed to file charges.

    “This is by far the fastest that we’ve ever charged a police officer,” Freeman said.

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    https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/...n-minneapolis/

    More on the fallout

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Last night, Minnesotans and the world saw National Guard members arrive at the 5th Precinct to clear out the crowd. On Saturday, another 1,000 will arrive, for a total of 1,700 soldiers.

    That’s the largest deployment in state history, on the eve of what’s expected to be the largest influx of protesters the city has seen so far in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.

    RELATED: Protesters Defy Minneapolis Curfew Order, Fires Rage During 4th Night Of Unrest

    “Governor Walz authorized the National Guard to increase our strength by 1,000 soldiers to support civil authorities,” Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen said.

    Curfew throughout the Twin Cities lifted at 6 a.m., but the order did not stop people from rioting and causing more destruction. Gov. Tim Walz called what unfolded overnight an “incredibly dangerous situation.”

    Overnight, we had three armored vehicles stationed just outside our building in downtown.

    Meanwhile, block after block of raging fires roared throughout South Minneapolis along Lake Street, and also in pockets of North Minneapolis. Businesses went up in flames and are now destroyed.

    RELATED: Mayor Jacob Frey Discusses What Led To The Abandonment Of 3rd Precinct

    The Pentagon has taken the rare step of putting military police on alert to come to Minneapolis to help with restoring order, and the Department of Public Safety Commissioner confirmed officers were hurt in last night’s protests.

    Anger erupted following the arrest and death of George Floyd on Monday. He pleaded for his life, telling four Minneapolis police officers that he couldn’t breathe.

    On Friday, prosecutors charged one of the now former officers involved with murder and manslaughter. Derek Chauvin was seen in a viral video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Investigators say that restraint contributed to his death.

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    https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/...h-minneapolis/

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — WCCO’s award-winning veteran photographer Tom Aviles has been struck by a rubber bullet and taken into custody by the State Patrol Saturday night.

    During the arrest, they forced him onto the ground.

    Aviles is OK. We’ve called our CBS attorneys, and they’re working on freeing him.

    The arrest happened at Nicollet and Franklin at about 8:45 p.m.



    He was with veteran producer Joan Gilbertson, who is OK.

    They both identified themselves clearly, that they were members of the local media, and WCCO journalists.

    Joan told us the patrolman said, “You’ve been warned, or the same thing will happen to you. Or you’re next.”

    Joan says she had her hands up and said, “Don’t shoot me, don’t shoot me.”

    As of 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Aviles had been released from custody.

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...792_story.html

    Street protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis went global over the weekend, as demonstrators in London, Berlin and Toronto gathered under banners declaring that Black Lives Matter and called for an end to police brutality in the United States and around the world.

    In London, hundreds defied rules against large gatherings Sunday to rally at Trafalgar Square and mass outside the new U.S. Embassy on the south bank of the River Thames, where they chanted “no justice, no peace” in solidarity with the U.S. movement against racial bias in the criminal justice system.

    Demonstrators there and in Berlin waved signs reading “I can’t breathe” — some of the last words that the dying Floyd, captured by an onlooker’s video, gasped out in Minneapolis as a police officer pressed his knee down on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes on May 25.

    Four Minneapolis police officers have been fired over Floyd’s death. Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The other three are under criminal investigation.

    London’s Metropolitan Police said they had made five arrests outside the U.S. Embassy on Sunday — two for assault on a police officer and three for “breaches of COVID legislation.”

    “LONDON: lockdown has not been lifted,” Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted on Sunday morning. “The virus is still out there.”

    Britain’s foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, on Sunday called the video of Floyd’s death “very distressing” but declined to criticize President Trump for his tweets about the violent protests that have erupted in Minneapolis and cities across the United States.

    Trump tweeted last week that “looting leads to shooting” and “THUGS” were “dishonoring the memory of George Floyd.”

    Twitter affixed warning labels, alerting users that “this Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”

    “We want to see de-escalation of all of those tensions and Americans come together,” Raab told the BBC on Sunday.

    Raab told Sky News that he wanted to see the United States “come back together” and “not tear itself apart over this.”

    More cities impose curfews as police become increasingly aggressive

    In Berlin, demonstrators gathered Sunday for a second day to protest Floyd’s killing. Hundreds marched a mile through the city before gathering at Hermann*platz, a square in one of the German capital’s most diverse neighborhoods.

    About 1,500 people took part, according to police reports cited by German news media. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” read one sign. “Being black is not a crime,” read another.

    Police said about 2,200 people gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Berlin on Saturday in a demonstration that ended peacefully.

    Berlin loosened its limits on demonstrations over the weekend, but protesters are still supposed to keep a safe distance to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    In the city’s north, a new mural appeared on one of the remaining strips of the Berlin Wall, an international symbol of tyranny, division and oppression.

    It showed Floyd’s face. “I can't breathe,” it read.

    In Canada, several thousand people rallied in Toronto on Saturday to denounce racism and demand answers in the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, 29, who fell from a balcony apartment while police were in her home Wednesday.

    In the Toronto protests, people chanted “not another black life” as they marched in face masks to control the spread of the virus, according to Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News.

    Police turn more aggressive against protesters and bystanders alike, adding to violence and chaos

    Officer charged in George Floyd’s death used fatal force before and had history of complaints

    Four Minneapolis officers are fired after video shows one kneeling on neck of black man who later died

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    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-m...-idUSKBN237050

    Now More News Crews come forward reporting that they have been attacked by Police

    MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Two members of a Reuters TV crew were hit by rubber bullets and a photographer’s camera was smashed in Minneapolis on Saturday night as attacks against journalists covering civil unrest in U.S. cities intensified.

    Footage taken by cameraman Julio-Cesar Chavez showed a police officer aiming directly at him as police fired rubber bullets, pepper spray and tear gas to disperse about 500 protesters in the southwest of the city shortly after the 8 p.m. curfew.

    “A police officer that I’m filming turns around points his rubber-bullet rifle straight at me,” said Chavez.

    Minutes later, Chavez and Reuters security advisor Rodney Seward were struck by rubber bullets as they took cover at a nearby gas station.

    On footage captured as they ran for safety, several shots are heard ringing out and Seward yells, “I’ve been hit in the face by a rubber bullet.”

    Asked about the incident, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder requested a copy of the video, which Reuters subsequently provided. The department didn’t respond to an email on Sunday.

    “We strongly object to police firing rubber bullets at our crew in Minneapolis and are addressing the situation with the authorities,” a Reuters spokesperson said on Sunday.

    “It was clear that both our reporter and security advisor were members of the press and not a threat to public order. Journalists must be allowed to report the news without fear of harassment or harm.”

    The incident was one of a number of attacks on journalists covering the protests that have erupted around the United States after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

    In addition to the Reuters journalists, at least another 15 members of the news media were injured on Saturday in incidents where police fired rubber bullets or tear gas, according to a tally by The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.



    At least another six were hurt in attacks by protesters or unidentified assailants, according to the organization, and journalists from CNN, CBS and the Huffington Post were arrested.

    The Committee to Protect Journalists called the attacks on journalists an “unacceptable attempt to intimidate them” and said authorities in cities across the United States must instruct police not to target journalists and ensure they can report safely on the protests.

    Seward is seen in later footage from Minneapolis being treated by a medic near the scene for a deep gash under his left eye. Chavez was hit in the back of the neck and his left arm.

    Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson, who was hit by rubber bullet in Minneapolis on Friday night, had his camera smashed on Saturday by a protester wielding a crowbar.
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    Jackson said that the demonstrator, a young white man wearing body armor emblazoned with a red medic cross, screamed, “Get out of here!’ before smashing the camera.

    The Reuters journalists were clearly identified as members of the news media. Chavez and Jackson were holding cameras and wearing press passes around their necks. Seward was wearing a bullet proof vest with a press label attached.

    Jackson, a veteran photographer who covered protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, said members of the press appeared to be targeted.

    “Usually if you get hit by this stuff it’s because you are between the police and the protesters - you’re taking the risk by being in the middle,” Jackson said. “During this they are actually aiming at us.”

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    I can understand being upset and frustrated that there is racial disparity between African Americans and Caucasians, but destroying people's livelihoods that have nothing to do with the police community is taking it too far.
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    The Walmart right by where I live closed early (along with numerous places) and barricaded the entrances and exits as a precaution. My oldest called me in a panic because he heard there was rioting in Citrus Heights (where I live) at the Walmart and they were moving to houses and he was worried about it, since we live so close to that Walmart. Except there were no riots....people are posting false info and it's spreading like wildfire


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    I just don't understand all the people focused on "oh no, people busted the windows of Bev & Mo, this is terrible!" I mean, a life was taken! Where is the anger in that? People are focusing on the wrong thing here....WHY is this happening? How about people focus on that. A life is worth way more than a multi-million dollar corporation.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    I just don't understand all the people focused on "oh no, people busted the windows of Bev & Mo, this is terrible!" I mean, a life was taken! Where is the anger in that? People are focusing on the wrong thing here....WHY is this happening? How about people focus on that. A life is worth way more than a multi-million dollar corporation.
    And it's not like this hasn't been coming for a long time. Trump has been stirring the racial tensions that have existed for over a hundred years in this country. And as someone who used to work in law enforcement, the climate of how cops police now is totally different to what we were taught 25 years ago. I don't understand it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    And it's not like this hasn't been coming for a long time. Trump has been stirring the racial tensions that have existed for over a hundred years in this country. And as someone who used to work in law enforcement, the climate of how cops police now is totally different to what we were taught 25 years ago. I don't understand it.
    Its an old saying "The More things Change, The more things stay the same" Sadly nothing has changed since Rodney King three decades ago as seen here. Or In this case worse than even the worse parts of the Rodney King fallout though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    And it's not like this hasn't been coming for a long time. Trump has been stirring the racial tensions that have existed for over a hundred years in this country. And as someone who used to work in law enforcement, the climate of how cops police now is totally different to what we were taught 25 years ago. I don't understand it.
    And kneeling didn't work, so can people really be surprised when things escalate? It was bound to happen when people weren't being heard.

    It 's pretty crazy here, being in the capital of CA. I noticed during the day it is pretty peaceful, but once night hits all hell breaks loose (makes sense). So now the mayor just issued a curfew of 8 pm tonight.


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    https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/geo...33a21d3dca4113

    The medical examiner’s office in Hennepin County, Minnesota, released a report that said George Floyd’s death was a homicide resulting from being restrained.

    The statement said the cause of death is “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restrain, and neck compression.”

    It further added that Floyd died from experiencing a “cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by law enforcement officer(s).”

    The American Heart Association described cardiopulmonary arrest as the abrupt loss of heart function.

    The medical examiner’s office statement said Floyd had indications of heart disease including “arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease,” as well as fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use.

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    https://www.wctv.tv/content/news/Pre...570936361.html

    Here is a new Report out but sadly its going to be lumped in with the Tony McDade Protests in Florida and the Breonna Taylor Protests in Kentucky along with this thread.

    President Trump said Monday he would deploy the military against protesters if local officials cannot stop violence that has erupted in some areas. "I will fight to protect you — I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters," Mr. Trump said.

    While only states can activate the National Guard, Mr. Trump said he will deploy "thousands and thousands" of heavily armed soldiers to Washington D.C. About 200 troops were moved out of Fort Bragg to deploy to the Washington-area to be ready on short notice if needed, CBS News' David Martin reported.

    "If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them," Mr. Trump said. "I am also taking swift and decisive action to protect our great capital, Washington, D.C. What happened in the city last night was a total disgrace. As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults and the wanton destruction of property."

    The president made the announcement amid the back drop of tear gas and flash bangs on the other side of the White House in Lafayette Park.

    Mr. Trump said he is mobilizing "all available federal resources — civilian and military — to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson, and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights."

    Mr. Trump lamented George Floyd's death, which has served as the catalyst for many of the protests, and said he will not have died in vain. But Mr. Trump quickly pivoted to the need to keep violence off the streets, saying the nation is under siege by ill-intended actors and mentioning some of the violent acts and vandalism that have taken place in the country over the last several days.

    "These are not acts of peaceful protest. These are acts of domestic terror," Mr. Trump said.

    On Friday night, Mr. Trump was briefly moved to the White House bunker on Friday evening as protests were being held near the White House, CBS News has confirmed. A senior administration official said the action was taken out of an abundance of caution.

    Ahead of the president's statement, Attorney General William Barr was spotted walking in Lafayette Park with a security detail, not far from the protesters.

    On a call with governors Monday, the president called them "weak" and "fools" for not cracking down harder on the civil unrest gripping their cities.

    There have protests across the country for several days since the death of Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Floyd, a black man, died after a white officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and pleaded for air. One officer has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, and he was fired along with three others. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will lead all prosecutions related to Floyd's death, officials announced Sunday night.

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    https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/...loyd-protests/

    Now Matthew Lee Rupert, 28 has been charged for escalating the riots in Minnesota

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) ? The U.S. Attorney?s office has charged Galesburg, Illinois resident Matthew Lee Rupert, 28, with causing civil disorder, a riot and possessing unregistered explosive devices in an effort to stoke chaos Friday night during protests for George Floyd in Minneapolis.

    The criminal complaint says Rupert posted to Facebook Friday, saying, ?I?m going to Minneapolis tomorrow who coming only goons I?m renting hotel rooms.? Then Saturday, he posted a cellphone video of himself in Minneapolis, giving out explosive devices to people and pushing for others to throw the explosives at law enforcement. He is also shown in the video damaging property, and engaging in arson and looting businesses.

    ?They?ve got SWAT trucks up there ? I?ve got some bombs if you all want to throw them back,? Rupert said in the video. ?Bomb them back ? here I got some more ? light it up and throw it.?

    He is also seen in the video asking people for lighter fluid before he enters a Sprint store.

    ?I lit it on fire,? Rupert says in the video, before going into an Office Depot and looting merchandise.

    On Saturday, Rupert posted to Facebook again, this time looking for people to join him in Chicago for similar activities. He then posted videos early Sunday morning of himself roaming the city with other accomplices.

    ?Let?s start a riot,? Rupert said in a video. ?I?m going to start doing some damage.?

    Rupert and his companions were arrested at about 2:21 a.m. Sunday by Chicago police officers for violating curfew. Police found explosives, a flash light, a hammer and cash inside his car.

    Anyone with information about people committing similar crimes during protests, including violence, destruction and arson, are urged to called FBI at 1-800-CALLFBI (5324).

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    https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/...t-intentional/

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The world held its breath on Sunday afternoon when a semi-truck drove into a crowd of thousands of protesters on Interstate 35W, speaking out against the death of George Floyd.

    Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt or died when that semi driver drove into the protest.

    “When you didn’t see bodies under the truck, it was possibly, frankly a miracle, cause the driver was doing 70 mph or in that range,” Gov. Tim Walz said. “I think someone did something really stupid, got in a dangerous situation and people on the highway, feels incredibly lucky that he did not kill someone and is really lucky that Minnesotans showed their better angels and he did not get killed.”

    A 35-year-old truck driver from Otsego is in jail this morning after the incident. He’s identified as Bogdan Vechirko. Authorities say he got onto the bridge as they were closing the interstate down around 5:45 p.m. MnDOT had planned to close highways at 8 p.m. last night, but then moved up that closing time to 5 p.m.

    As of now, the driver faces possible assault charges, but the driver may have been confused about the time the highways were closing.

    On Monday morning, Department of Public Safety commissioner John Harrington says all preliminary investigation indicates that what at first appeared to be a potentially deliberate event may have instead been merely accidental, and “possibly a miracle” that no one was seriously injured.

    “Even with hitting the breaks and dry pavement, we got lucky or there was something miraculous happening there,” Harrington said.

    Harrington added that, when it became clear the size of the group that was going to be on the I-35W Bridge, they put in a request to MnDOT to push up the start time of the road closures.

    Harrington said that, according to the early investigation, the truck was already on the freeway when it shut down, and the fuel tank was empty. It does appear the driver was going about 70 before applying the brakes.

    Gov. Tim Walz said that the driver has told investigators he is grateful no one was hurt, and that the driver was lucky Minnesotans “showed their better angels” on that bridge Sunday.

    Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen said that, as the truck approached the bridge, one soldier from the National Guard reportedly fired three rounds from a rifle. An investigation into that part of the incident is also ongoing.

    WCCO has learned the driver was returning from making a run from the Lyn 36 refuel station on Lyndale.

    “That gentleman was the only gentleman in his whole company who wanted to deliver gas to a black-owned station that he delivers to 14 times a week, so if he was so-called racist like they said it was, I don’t think he’d be delivering to us,” Lonnie McQuirter said. “He was feeding his family, that’s what he was part of. Just like what we’re doing, trying to feed our family.”

    Investigators say the investigation is still open to see if he was part of something intentional.

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    A former Police chief of Minneapolis shows outrage at Lt. Bob Kroll for his rants

    MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - Former Minneapolis Police Chief Jane? Harteau and others are calling for Police Union President Lt. Bob Kroll to step down after a letter to union members surfaced in which he blamed politicians and local leaders for the riots in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd.

    On Twitter Monday, Harteau shared a screenshot of an email from Kroll to the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis. In the message, Kroll called the riots a “terrorist movement” and the escalating unrest is occurring because officers have “lacked support from the top.”

    The politicians are to blame and you have been scapegoats,” Kroll told officers.

    Harteau, who resigned in 2017 following the deadly officer-involved shooting of Justine Damond, said Kroll should resign.

    “A disgrace to the badge! This is the battle that myself and others have been fighting against. Bob Kroll turn in your badge!” Harteau wrote on Twitter.

    Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also piled on, accusing Kroll of helping undermine the public's trust in its police force.

    "For a man who complains so frequently about a lack of community trust and support for the police department, Bob Kroll remains shockingly indifferent to his role in undermining that trust and support," Frey wrote on Twitter. "His categorical opposition to reform, his consistent disrespect for civilian leadership, and his lack of empathy for the community have done more to undermine trust in police than any “community activist” ever has."

    On Wednesday, Kroll released the following statement on behalf of the police union in the wake of Floyd's death.

    "Now is not the time rush to judgement and immediately condemn our officers.

    An in-depth investigation is underway. Our officers are fully cooperating.

    We must review all video. We must wait for the medical examiner’s report.

    Officers’ actions and training protocol will be carefully examined after the officers have provided their statements.

    The Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis will provide full support to the involved officers.

    We ask that the community remain calm and let the investigation be completed in full."

    FOX 9 has reached out to Lt. Kroll for a comment.

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    I live in the twin cities area, just outside the border edge of it..

    This has been such an intense past six days.

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    https://www.wxyz.com/news/america-in...esters-in-troy

    TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) — A 68-year-old man from Troy was arrested after police say he intentionally hit a protester with his car on Tuesday afternoon.

    Related: Officers take a knee with protesters in Troy

    According to police, the victim had no injuries. The protest happened near Somerset Mall at Coolidge and Big Beaver.

    "We appreciate the peaceful protest that has taken place in Troy tonight. We are inspired by so many young people speaking out against injustice. However, we encourage those loitering in the area to leave as the official event is now over," police said in a release.

    Hundreds of people took to the streets to protest police brutality in Troy on Monday.

    At one point, officers with the Troy and Birmingham police departments blocked off a roadway. Protesters then asked officers to take a knee with them, and those officers did just that.

    To the sound of applause and cheers, the officers knelt for a few seconds. The protesters dispersed following that interaction.

    https://www.wxyz.com/news/officers-t...esters-in-troy

    TROY (WXYZ) — On the fourth day of protests in Michigan, officers with the Troy Police Department took a moment to show solidarity with demonstrators.

    While marching along Big Beaver Road, protesters filled the street Monday and chanted, "Black Lives Matter."

    The protests were prompted by the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota and is in response to police brutality across the nation.

    During Monday's protest, demonstrators marched peacefully to city hall and to the Troy Police Station. At one point, officers with the Troy and Birmingham police departments blocked off a roadway. Protesters then asked officers to take a knee with them, and those officers did just that.

    To the sound of applause and cheers, the officers knelt for a few seconds. The protesters dispersed following that interaction.

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