Archive for the ‘George Floyd’ Category

Homicides in Austin Already Match Last Year’s Number, Lawmaker Blames ‘Defund the Police’

With several months left of 2021, the number of homicides in Austin, Texas, has already matched the number from 2020, the Austin-American Statesman reported. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) blamed the “defund the police” movement for rising homicides in the city, Fox News reported. “This is what happens when you villainize law enforcement and defund police. […]

Report: Murders Rise 16% Across Major U.S. Cities in 2021

Murder has increased 16 percent across major U.S. cities during the first half of 2021 when compared to the same period in 2020, and by 42 percent when compared to 2019, according to a Thursday update to the Council on Criminal Justice’s (CCJ) pandemic crime report. There were 259 more homicides in the first half of […]

WATCH: Costa Rican Gymnast Includes Black Lives Matter Tribute in Olympic Floor Routine

Costa Rican gymnast Luciana Alvarado paid tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement at the end of her first-floor routine at the Toyko Olympics on Sunday. At the end of her performance, Alvarado kneeled while tilting her head back and raising a fist from her right hand. According to the Associated Press, the 18-year-old first-time Olympian had […]

NAACP, Congressional Black Caucus Silent About Democrat Senator’s Membership at All-White Club

Both the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Congressional Black Caucus were radio silent on Monday after news broke that Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) defended his membership to an elite, all-white beach club. Breitbart News reached out to both the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus for comment regarding Whitehouse’s extra-curricular […]

Longtime Israel advocate Wittes says Biden must address ‘collective punishment’ of Palestinians

The Israel lobby is under huge pressure these days as the Democratic Party base becomes more sympathetic to Palestinians in the wake of the latest Israeli onslaught. A pro-Israel group, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, held an event on the Gaza conflict last week, and there were two surprising responses to the progressive shift. […]

Maxine Waters: Republicans ‘Don’t Seem to Care’ About Rogue Cops Targeting People of Color

Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) said on Spectrum’s “News 1 Los Angeles” that Republicans didn’t seem to care about “rogue cops” who she alleged targeted people of color. Waters said, “We have the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act that’s on the Senate side, and it is stalled. The negotiators are working to try and work […]

The fight to whitewash US history: ‘A drop of poison is all you need’

At least 15 states are trying to ban schools from teaching critical race theory and the 1619 Project. The reactionary movement stretches back to the 1920s and the KKK By VT Editors –May 25, 2021 [embedded content] Guardian: In 25 May 2020, a man died after a “medical incident during police interaction” in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The man […]

Three Women Accused of Leaving Pig’s Head at Former Home of Chauvin Witness

Three women are accused of leaving a pig’s head at the former California home of the police expert who testified for the defense in the Derek Chauvin trial. Police arrested Kristen Aumoithe, 34, Amber Lucas, 35, and Rowan Dalbey, 20, in Santa Rosa this week and charged them with felony vandalism and conspiracy, NBC Bay Area […]

Former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating rights of George Floyd

Image Credit: Andres Guzman (IG: @andresitoguzman) The Justice Department announced Friday that a federal grand jury has returned indictments against the four former Minneapolis police officers responsible for causing the death of George Floyd. In an attempt to establish a pattern of violent behavior, the prosecution charged Derek Chauvin with deprivation of rights in a […]

Maryland To Review Cases Of Medical Examiner Who Testified In George Floyd Case

Above photo: Jane Rosenberg/Reuters. During the trial of Derek Chauvin, one key issue was a dispute over the cause of George Floyd’s death. While the prosecution was pointing out that Floyd had suffocated because of neck restraint by police, the defense suggested that there were additional factors that contributed to his death, including Floyd’s reported […]

BLM Co-Founder Calls for ‘Abolished’ Criminal Justice System After Floyd, Bryant Deaths

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors posted a video to her Instagram page Thursday saying people must “fight” for an “abolished” criminal justice system after the murder of George Floyd and police-involved shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant. She did say that the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd was a […]

Memo to Biden: What About The Other Whistleblowers?

Above photo: George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis, Aug. 17, 2020. Fibonacci Blue, Flickr,CC BY 2.0. Darnella Frazier deserves national commendation. The same goes for Joshua Schulte, Daniel Hale and Darin Jones, all of whom are in dire straits right now.     Darnella Frazier is a whistleblower.  She’s an important one.  Few Americans will know her name, but we […]

‘Justice Looks Like Abolition’

‘Justice Looks Like Abolition’ Above photo: Kerem Yucil/AFP via Getty Images. A Minneapolis Organizer on the Chauvin Verdict. While George Floyd’s killer was found guilty, Miski Noor of the Black Visions Collective says that true justice requires replacing policing with systems of care—and democratic control over public safety. On Tuesday, April 20, jurors in Minnesota found […]

‘He Was Guilty:’ Extra Juror in Chauvin Trial Says She Would Have Voted to Convict

A woman who nearly took part in convicting former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for George Floyd’s murder said Thursday that she believes Chauvin is guilty. Lisa Christensen told news outlets that she would have voted to convict Chauvin on three counts in Floyd’s May 25, 2020, death. Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree […]

Black Lives Matter: Nancy Pelosi’s Remarks on George Floyd ‘So Damn Disrespectful’

The controversial activist group Black Lives Matter criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Wednesday after the speaker thanked George Floyd for “sacrificing” his life for justice, calling her remarks “so damn disrespectful.” “This is so damn disrespectful. George Floyd didn’t choose to die @speakerpelosi. He was murdered by a killer cop operating through white supremacy,” […]

250 D.C. National Guard Activated in Advance of Derek Chauvin Verdict

The District of Columbia National Guard is activating 250 members to support local law enforcement “in response to potential First Amendment demonstrations,” the agency announced Monday in a press release. The request was made by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, which has already been responding to a week of protests in the nation’s capital, in […]

Facing Down Censure Vote, Maxine Waters Defiant: ‘The Whole Civil Rights Movement Is Confrontation’

Facing a looming censure vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) is defiant in her latest public comments since House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy announced his intention to pursue the drastic consequence for her violent rhetoric this weekend. Waters, the chairwoman of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, insists her comments […]

Murder Of Daunte Wright Ruined Derek Chauvin Show Trial

The Black-murder-by-cop next door to Minneapolis shows the world the dehumanization that is built into the white supremacist DNA of settler-colonialism will continue to produce crimes against our collective humanity. “The murder of George Floyd was no more an aberration in U.S. society than the election of Donald Trump in 2016 was.” The fix was […]

Judge in Chauvin Trial Won’t Allow Admission of Statements From Passenger in George Floyd’s Car

The man who was in a car with George Floyd on the day that Floyd died described in detail last year Floyd’s demeanor and taking of drugs, but those statements will not be allowed to be shown to the jury in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Morries Hall will appear in […]

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris Tweet Support for Duante Wright’s Family

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris each tweeted their support Monday for the family of Duante Wright, the 20-year-old black driver killed after he evaded arrest on an outstanding warrant Sunday in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Brooklyn Center suffered a second night of rioting on Monday — ironically, as the trial of former Minneapolis […]

Derek Chauvin trial: 3 questions America needs to ask about seeking racial justice in a court of law

Image Credit: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images There is a difference between enforcing the law and being the law. The world is now witnessing another in a long history of struggles for racial justice in which this distinction may be ignored. Derek Chauvin, a 45-year-old white former Minneapolis police officer, is on trial for third-degree murder and […]

Derek Chauvin And The Myth Of The Impartial Juror

As a space for democratic deliberation and decision-making, the jury box still has the potential to shift the criminal legal system – but first  we must change who is able to serve on a jury. “The legitimacy of the criminal legal system is in tatters, and rightfully so.” Did you, or someone close to you, participate […]

 Like Floyd Vietnamese Were Victims of a “Flourishing US Culture of Excessive Force Racism & Impunity”  

The 27 $million to the family of George Floyd answering allegations that his civil rights were violated within a flourishing American culture of excessive force, racism and impunity by implication puts protective value on all lives in the USA. Remaining valueless are the millions of lives taken overseas by Americans, including by Black GIs who […]

Jurors shown video of George Floyd’s death at ex-cop’s trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The video of George Floyd gasping for breath was essentially Exhibit A as the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee on the Black man’s neck went on trial Monday on charges of murder and manslaughter. Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell showed the jurors the footage at the earliest opportunity, during opening statements, […]

Exclusive–Wilcox: How Soros Money, Radical DAs Are Killing Our Cities

Proving that even a broken clock is right twice a day, it turns out the establishment media was right about that whole  interference in our elections thing. There is indeed a lot of it, but not necessarily from where the media told us. Not only does it threaten the integrity of our elections, but it […]

Minneapolis agrees to pay $27M settlement to family of George Floyd

In order to settle a wrongful death lawsuit, the city of Minneapolis agreed Friday to pay $27 million to the family of George Floyd. On May 25, 2020, Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was recorded on video kneeling against George Floyd’s neck for at least eight minutes despite the fact that Floyd had already been handcuffed and […]

‘The Nation’ on Derek Chauvin Jury: System Set up by Whites to ‘Go Free’ for Killing Black People

The Nation published an article Thursday blasting the “deeply flawed” jury selection process for the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, asserting the jury system “set up by white people” allows “white people [to] go free when they kill black people.” The piece, penned by Nation justice correspondent […]

Minneapolis Promised Change After George Floyd

Above photo: Members of the national guard open a security gate outside the Hennepin county government center on March 9, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kerem Yucel/AFP/Getty Images. Instead it’s geared up for war. The trial of Derek Chauvin, the officer who killed Floyd, has begun – and Minneapolis looks like a police state. The George Floyd […]

Hundreds Protest On The Eve Of Derek Chauvin’s Trial

Hundreds Protest On The Eve Of Derek Chauvin’s Trial By Adolfo Flores, Buzzfeed. March 9, 2021 Above photo: Protesters march in Minneapolis on March 7. Nicholas Pfosi/Reuters. Jury selection for Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, is expected to start Monday. A day before jury selection in the murder trial of […]

First Trial For The Police Murder Of George Floyd Opens

Above photo: NBC News. The opening of the trial of Derek Chauvin, one of the four former Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officers charged in the death of 46-year-old George Floyd, was delayed for at least a day Monday after Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill postponed jury selection as an appellate court reviews the possible reinstatement of […]

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