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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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    https://apnews.com/2affbc0c0933d415550a6890f3181a54

    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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