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    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - Syria's foreign minister accused U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Saturday of attempting to suffocate Syrians with sanctions "just like George Floyd and others were cruelly suffocated in the United States." New U.S. sanctions that took effect in June under the so-called Caesar Act have further crippled the war-torn country's already crumbling economy by prohibiting foreign companies trading with Damascus. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly via a pre-recorded video on Saturday, Syria's Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Walid Al-Moualem likened the effect of the sanctions to the death of Floyd, a Black American who died in May after a white police officer knelt on his neck. "The real purpose of the...
    New York (CNN)The year 2020 has been a pivotal one for the police body camera industry in the aftermath of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor's killings at the hands of current and former officers in Minneapolis and Louisville.Both cities had previously purchased body cams for their officers from Axon, the nation's largest provider of law enforcement body-worn cameras, according to industry analysts. But Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said Taylor's killing in March wasn't captured on body cam video because the officers at the scene didn't turn on their body cameras.The alleged body cam mishap could have been avoided if the officers on scene were wearing Axon's latest body cam model, the Axon Body 3, which went on sale in September...
    Basketball legend and NBA analyst Charles Barkley is taking some heat following his comments on the grand jury's decision on charges in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor."I don't think this one was like George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery and things like that," Barkley stated on Thursday during TNT's pregame coverage of the Western Conference Finals. TNT and CNN are both owned by parent company WarnerMedia.On March 13, Taylor was killed when police in Louisville, Kentucky, broke open her front door while serving a search warrant and fatally shot the 26-year-old Black EMT in her home. The killing has led to nationwide protests and calls for racial justice and police reform.Barkley is hesitant to compare Taylor's death to other cases...
    A photo showing two New Jersey high school students apparently mocking the police death of George Floyd has been circulating on social media. The photo shows one shirtless student wearing a red “Make American Great Again” hat and a police badge on a chain pinning his knee to the back of the neck of another teen on the ground in an ape mask, NJ.com reported. Floyd died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly eight minutes. Multiple parents have confirmed to NJ.com that the unmasked student in the photo attends Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington. Jeffrey Moore, the superintendent of Hunterdon Central Regional High School district, confirmed to the news outlet...
    Roger Sollenberger September 26, 2020 12:24AM (UTC) In the latest in a series of ongoing race-baiting screeds, Fox News host Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson claimed to his viewers Thursday evening that "every story" about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake had "at its core" been a lie." "It's hard to think clearly when things are on fire," Carlson began. : "If you wanted to keep the public from thinking clearly about what you plan to do with their country, you might riot and no one would notice that you're lying," he added. "They definitely have been lying. Every story we've been told for the past three months has been, at its core, a lie. All of them — from the first day." Earlier that day, a Trump-appointed federal judge in...
    Charles Barkley has drawn criticism for comments he made Thursday night regarding Breonna Taylor and the defund the police movement. Before Thursday’s Lakers-Nuggets game, both Barkley and “Inside the NBA” co-host Shaquille O’Neal said Taylor’s case — which resulted in no homicide charges for any of the police involved in her shooting death — shouldn’t be lumped in with the killings of Black individuals such as Ahmaud Arbury and George Floyd. Barkley pointed to Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, as the reason their cases are dissimilar. Walker, a licensed gun owner, fired a “warning shot” at plainclothes police officers who had entered his and Taylor’s apartment. (One of those officers, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, was struck in his femoral artery; Walker’s...
    Basketball legend and NBA analyst Charles Barkley defended Louisville police this week, insisting that the shooting of Breonna Taylor shouldn’t be “lumped in” with other high-profile shootings of unarmed black people. On the Thursday night TNT pregame show for game four of the Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets, Barkley sounded off about his thoughts on the case. “I don’t think this one was like George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery and things like that,” Barkley said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I feel sad that this young lady lost her life. I think this one was — the no-knock warrant is something we need to get rid of … across the board. But I...
    Former pro basketball player and NBA analyst Charles Barkley was blasted on social media after he defended the Louisville police — insisting that the shooting of Breonna Taylor shouldn’t be “lumped in” with other high-profile shootings of unarmed black people. On the TNT pregame show for the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets game four of the Western Conference Finals, Barkley sounded off about his thoughts on the case. “I don’t think this one was like George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery and things like that,” Barkley said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I feel sad that this young lady lost her life. I think this one was — the no-knock warrant is something we need to get rid of …...
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson ramped up his inflammatory rhetoric on Thursday night when he essentially argued that Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Jacob Blake were to blame for their deaths and injuries from police, going so far as to tie Taylor to drug trafficking to make his case. On the same day that a federal judge agreed with Fox News lawyers that Carlson’s program should not be taken seriously as news or information, the primetime conservative star insisted that “every story we’ve been told” recently about police brutality against African Americans “has been at its core a lie.” Floyd’s death at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers in late-May—the impetus for recent calls to address the racial disparity...
    (CNN)"The loss of George Floyd was the most impact in my whole entire life, you know, up until my sister passed," Ruby Mallard says.The Houston mother said she was still reeling over the death of Floyd, her friend, when she lost her sister less than four months later to the coronavirus.Mallard and Floyd met in the ninth grade at Jack Yates High School in Houston. She was a cheerleader and Floyd played for both the football and basketball teams."You couldn't miss him because he was so tall," Mallard said.Because of his height, Floyd was given the nickname "Big Floyd." Read MoreRuby Mallard and George Floyd attended Jack Yates High School in Houston. Portions of this image have been obscured to...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The city of Minneapolis wants feedback on what to do with the George Floyd memorial during the winter. Barricades have blocked traffic from the intersection of East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue since Floyd died there on Memorial Day. A sculpture of a fist rises above the center of the intersection, and art, flowers and signs surround the area outside of Cup Foods. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images) The city has come up with two options to make room for emergency vehicles and access to businesses while saving space for mourning. The first option would keep the fist sculpture in the center of the intersection, open up 38th Street, and turn that portion of Chicago Avenue into one-ways....
    A police officer is facing a disciplinary investigation after branding George Floyd a 'drug-crazed maniac,' and blasting Diversity's Black Lives Matter-inspired dance routine on Britain's Got Talent. PC Mark Gunn, a serving officer for 10 years at South Wales Police, made the controversial comments while discussing Diversity's dance, which sparked around 24,500 complaints, on a podcast he runs on Spotify, called PC BBQ. Speaking about the moment Diversity referenced the death of Mr Floyd in their dance earlier this month, the serving police officer said: 'It's finished off with somebody dressed as a police officer kneeling on somebody's neck. 'I thought now the other footage had been released and we could see that this drug crazed maniac wasn't as innocent...
    COVID-19 robbed us of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota’s June 14 concert with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, along with its fall 2020 season. Instead, “in the wake of the loss of George Floyd and much unrest in our beloved Twin Cities,” the esteemed CMSM has created a special presentation that will premiere this weekend. On Sunday (Sept. 27) at 4 p.m., the time when its resident artists and guests would normally perform live in Hamline’s Sundin Hall, CMSM will present a new multimedia work for solo violin and spoken word called “How Many Breaths? In Memory of George Floyd and Countless Others.” Created by CMSM’s co-artistic director and violinist Ariana Kim, Penumbra’s Lou Bellamy and Sarah Bellamy and...
    A new poll suggests there is both a partisan and racial divide among Georgia voters in support for the ongoing protests over police brutality following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) piece published the results of the poll Wednesday and found that 57% of all polled said they support the demonstrations protesting police brutality that have occurred since Floyd’s death. However, only 42% of white voters answered with approval and only 24% of Republicans did so, according to the AJC. Protests over police brutality and systemic racism have exposed a cultural fault line evident in AJC’s poll: Georgia voters who are people of color and younger are much more likely to support...
    Does Brooklyn Nine-Nine qualify as “copaganda?” That’s a question that Joe Lo Truglio and the rest of the cast probably never imagined having to answer when they signed on seven years ago. As Lo Truglio tells me on this week’s episode of The Last Laugh podcast, the NBC comedy’s eighth season is currently scheduled to start production the day before the 2020 election. When the cast and crew finally return to the set after a longer than expected hiatus, it will be in a culture that thinks very differently about how police are portrayed on television. “I know the writers have had their hands full navigating all of the large events that have been happening,” he says, confirming what co-star...
    President Trump on Tuesday again told his supporters at a rally that it was a ‘beautiful sight’ to see MSNBC reporter Ali Velshi get struck by a projectile while covering protests in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Appearing at a rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, the president praised police officers for roughing up journalists covering riots and protests. ‘Remember that beautiful sight? The street was a mess,’ Trump said. ‘That idiot reporter from CNN got hit with a canister of tear gas. And he went down. “I’ve been hit. I’ve been hit.” President Trump on Tuesday once again celebrated the fact that MSNBC journalist Ali Velshi (right) was shot with a...
    EXCLUSIVE: A Pittsburgh man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to a charge of obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder after destroying a police vehicle during protests over the death of George Floyd in May, Fox News has learned.U.S. Attorney Scott Brady told Fox News that Brian Bartels, a 20-year-old Pittsburgh man, “incited the largest and most destructive riot in Pittsburgh history since 1968.” The Justice Department told Fox News the incident took place on May 30 in downtown Pittsburgh. Bartels, according to officials, was part of a large crowd of protesters and approached an unoccupied Pittsburgh Police SUV. Brian Bartels, 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to a charge of obstruction of law enforcement during civil...
    Minneapolis is commending the Minnesota Freedom Fighters, who are Black men with AR-15s and Glocks and wearing tactical vests and bandannas who provided extra community security in the wake of protests after the death of George Floyd, according to reports. “It's important to have men from the community step up for the community,” Sasha Cotton, director of the city's Office of Violence Prevention, told the Los Angeles Times. “It's their right to be out on the streets and it's commendable. There are black residents who in the early days of the unrest felt vulnerable ... and still do.” EXCLUSIVE: LEFT-WING DARK MONEY GROUPS TO 'CARPET-BOMB' 2020 ELECTION, REPORT WARNS One of the men helping out is Robert Sayers, a fire inspector...
    Iran’s president delivered a fiery speech before the U.N. on Tuesday in which he compared the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis to the treatment his country receives from the U.S. "We instantly recognize the feet kneeling on the neck (of George Floyd) as the feet of arrogance on the neck of independent nations," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in pre-recorded remarks. "The footage broadcast to the world concerning the treatment of an African American by the U.S. police is reminiscent of our own experience.” In this image made from UNTV video, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at...
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani used his speech before the United Nations General Assembly to attack the United States, comparing the death of George Floyd to U.S. foreign policy. In Rouhani’s Tuesday speech, he used Floyd's death as a cudgel against the U.S. Floyd, a black man, died in police custody on Memorial Day. Footage that was released showing a white officer kneeling on Floyd's neck as he begged for air sparked nationwide protests and a wider conversation about systemic racism in law enforcement and society in general. “The footage broadcast to the world concerning the treatment of an African American by the U.S. police is reminiscent of our own experience. We instantly recognize the feet kneeling on the...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran, criticizing US, compares George Floyd death to “the feet of arrogance on the neck of independent nations.” Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A group of armed black men who took over Minneapolis streets in the aftermath of George Floyd’s police-custody death is now being applauded by city officials for their efforts. “It’s important to have men from the community step up for the community,” the city’s director of the Office of Violence Prevention, Sasha Cotton, told the Los Angeles Times of the group, which calls themselves the Minnesota Freedom Fighters. “It’s their right to be out on the streets and it’s commendable. There are black residents who in the early days of the unrest felt vulnerable … and still do.” The Minnesota Freedom Fighters started patrolling small businesses in Minneapolis in late May and early June after the city’s NAACP chapter called...
    (CNN) – A controversial Michigan school superintendent was terminated Monday because of remarks he made about George Floyd. His attorney argues that the grand ledge school board is violating his first amendment rights. The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. Related
    Minneapolis city officials are facing backlash for allowing a street to be named after George Floyd who died under the knee of a white police officer in May.  A stretch of a street in the city that includes the place where Floyd was killed will soon be named in his honor. Although the street will still be called Chicago Avenue, the city will refer to the blocks between 37th and 39th streets as George Perry Floyd Jr Place.  The City Council approved the naming Friday, and Mayor Jacob Frey's office said he would likely sign off on it as well. Following the announcement, several people took to social media to criticize the move.   Minneapolis city officials are facing...
    CONSERVATIVE commentator Candace Owens went to college at the University of Rhode Island. She was forced to drop out before she could complete school due to financing issues. 5Commentator Candace Owens did not complete her college educationCredit: Getty Images - Getty Here's more on the controversial pundit. Where did Candace Owens go to college? Owens studied journalism at the University of Rhode Island but later dropped out due to student loan issues, according to Business Insider. She went on to work for Vogue Magazine before joining a private equity company in New York City. 5Owens went to work after she dropped out of college her junior yearCredit: Splash News Her rise to fame began in 2017 when she started her...
    An armed group of black men who began patrolling Minneapolis during the unrest in the wake of George Floyd's death have been praised by city officials.  The Minnesota Freedom Fighters was formed in late May after the NAACP chapter in the city's north, predominantly black, neighborhood put out a call for residents to help protect small businesses from violence, fires and looting.  A group of about two dozen men gathered and have patrolled the streets since, carrying AR-15s and Glocks and wearing tactical vests and bandannas.  They have been welcomed by the city, who called their actions 'commendable'.   The Minnesota Freedom Fighters was formed in late May to patrol and protect businesses from violence, fire and looting in the wake...
    The Nebraska bar owner who fatally shot a George Floyd protester in May was found dead of an apparent suicide on Sunday — less than a week after he was indicted on manslaughter charges, police said. The body of Jake Gardner, 38, of Omaha, was discovered around 12:20 p.m. outside a medical clinic in Hillsboro, Oregon, some 20 miles west of Portland, cops said. Gardner left Nebraska for the West Coast shortly after the shooting amid death threats, his lawyer said. A grand jury in Douglas County brought charges against Gardner last week in the May 30 shooting of 22-year-old James Scurlock during a night of chaotic protests in Omaha. Gardner’s attorney, Stu Dornan, told local outlet KETV his...
    The Nebraska bar owner who fatally shot a George Floyd protester in May was found dead of an apparent suicide on Sunday — less than a week after he was indicted on manslaughter charges, police said. The body of Jake Gardner, 38, of Omaha, was discovered around 12:20 p.m. outside a medical clinic in Hillsboro, Oregon, some 20 miles west of Portland, cops said. Gardner left Nebraska for the West Coast shortly after the shooting amid death threats, his lawyer said. A grand jury in Douglas County brought charges against Gardner last week in the May 30 shooting of 22-year-old James Scurlock during a night of chaotic protests in Omaha. Gardner’s attorney, Stu Dornan, told local outlet KETV his client...
    An Omaha bar owner who fatally shot a protester in May — during the weekend riots across the country following the death of George Floyd — has allegedly died by suicide after being indicted last week on charges involving the incident. Jake Gardner, from The Hive bar in Omaha, Nebraska, has committed suicide after being indicted for manslaughter, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, attempted first-degree assault, and terroristic threats last week, according to a report by KETV NewsWatch 7. In June, Breitbart News initially reported that no charges would be filed against Gardner, who fatally shot protester James Scurlock during the third night of nationwide riots across the United States in the wake of the death of George Floyd....
    Loading the player... Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street, the intersection where George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis earlier this year, has become hallowed ground. Protesters and well-wishers have adorned it with flowers and notes since the father of five died after being detained there, where one officer put a knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Protesters gather at a memorial for George Floyd, June 1, 2020, in front of Cup Foods in Minneapolis. Floyd was killed May 25 while in police custody outside the store. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) That street corner will now bare Floyd’s name. The Minneapolis City Council on Friday voted to rename Chicago Avenue between East 37th Street and East...
    President Donald Trump said last week that it was a 'beautiful thing' when MSNBC journalist Ali Velshi was struck by a rubber bullet during a protest in Minnesota following the death of George Floyd.  Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer on May 25. In the days following his death, protests erupted across the US and eventually the world.   On May 30, Velshi was covering a peaceful protest when he was injured by police.  During Trump's Friday night rally, he brought up Velshi's injury while speaking to a crowd in Minnesota. 'I remember this guy Velshi. He got hit on the knee with a canister of tear gas and he went down. He was down. "My knee,...
    The trial of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyds death will generate massive public interest when it begins in March, but as it stands, most people who want to watch the proceedings will be out of luck. The judge overseeing the case has yet to decide whether cameras will be allowed. Supporters of audio and visual coverage say the high-profile nature of Floyd’s death, the outrage that led to worldwide protests, and courtroom restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic make this the right time and case to allow cameras in court. But the state attorney general’s office, which is prosecuting the case, opposes them, saying cameras would only create more problems. “I just can’t think of a...
    MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - A stretch of a Minneapolis street that includes the site where George Floyd died will soon be named in his honor. Although the street will still be called Chicago Avenue, the city will refer to the blocks between 37th and 39th streets as George Perry Floyd Jr. Place, the Star Tribune reported. The City Council approved the naming Friday, and Mayor Jacob Frey's office said he would likely sign off on it as well. Floyd, a Black man who was handcuffed, died May 25 while in police custody in the Midwestern US state of Minnesota. Floyd's death was captured in widely seen bystander video that set off protests around the world. Months after Floyd's death, the intersection...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The trial of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death will generate massive public interest when it begins in March, but as it stands, most people who want to watch the proceedings will be out of luck. The judge overseeing the case has yet to decide whether cameras will be allowed. Supporters of audio and visual coverage say the high-profile nature of Floyd’s death, the outrage that led to worldwide protests, and courtroom restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic make this the right time and case to allow cameras in court. But the state attorney general’s office, which is prosecuting the case, opposes them, saying cameras would only create more problems. “I just can’t...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A stretch of a Minneapolis street that includes the place where George Floyd was killed will soon be named in his honor. Although the street will still be called Chicago Avenue, the city will refer to the blocks between 37th and 39th streets as George Perry Floyd Jr. Place, the Star Tribune reported. The City Council approved the naming Friday, and Mayor Jacob Frey’s office said he would likely sign off on it as well. Floyd, a Black man who was handcuffed, died May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white officer, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck even as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. Floyd’s death was captured in widely seen bystander video that set off protests...
    MINNEAPOLIS -- The trial of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death will generate massive public interest when it begins in March, but as it stands, most people who want to watch the proceedings will be out of luck.The judge overseeing the case has yet to decide whether cameras will be allowed. Supporters of audio and visual coverage say the high-profile nature of Floyd's death, the outrage that led to worldwide protests, and courtroom restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic make this the right time and case to allow cameras in court. But the state attorney general's office, which is prosecuting the case, opposes them, saying cameras would only create more problems."I just can't think of a...
    (CNN)An intersection in Minneapolis will now be named after George Floyd, following a unanimous city council vote Friday. The site where Floyd drew his last breath, at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, has since been transformed into a memorial site and maintained by volunteers. "The name is intended to honor George Perry Floyd Jr., who was killed on May 25, 2020," Minneapolis Director of Public Works Robin Hutcheson said in a land use application summary. "The commemorative name addition will not affect addressing on the street. The signage to indicate the commemorative street naming will be placed at the intersection of 38th St E and Chicago Ave only," he said.Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police...
    A school board meeting erupted into a shouting match this week over controversy surrounding a fourth grade teacher passing out Black Lives Matter literature to students. “Is the teacher pushing her own personal agenda on the students?” one board meeting attendee said about the controversy which was not on the official agenda but came up anyway. “The answer is yes.” According to Fox 6 News, the teacher at Cooper Elementary School in Burlington, Wisconsin, recently passed out Black Lives Matter messaging to students that included questions such as "What are people protesting?" and "How can we stop systemic racism?" (Screenshot / FOX 6) The teacher, identified as fourth grade teacher Melissa Statz, was reportedly hired last month...
    The Minneapolis City Council approved naming a street after George Floyd on Friday, according to WCCO. The city council voted to call the street “George Perry Floyd Jr. Place,” WCCO reported. The street sign with Floyd’s name would be placed at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Street. Floyd died May 25 after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder and the other three officers involved were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.  The City Council has since led the effort to dismantle the Minneapolis police department, and voted in June to abolish the police department.  People gather outside the family justice center during a press...
    Five people are facing criminal charges after a federal building in Las Vegas was damaged during protests over the death of George Floyd in May. The Foley Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse was targeted during a demonstration in the gambling mecca five days after Floyd died while being detained by a White Minneapolis police officer, an incident that ignited nationwide marches against racial injustice and police brutality. RIOTING, LOOTING LINKED TO GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTS LEAVES TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION ACROSS AMERICAN CITIES During the protest, fireworks were set off, walls were spray-painted with obscenities and graffiti, and small bushes were lit on fire, according to court documents that described the scene as "boisterous." (U.S. Department of Justice) Authorities say several individuals threw paint on...
    An “autonomous zone” erected near George Floyd Square in south Minneapolis delayed an emergency response to a beating of a small business owner, according to a report. KSTP reports: The barricaded zone is a one-block radius from the intersection of Chicago Avenue South and East 38th Street, flanked on the north and south by 37th and 39th streets and on the east and west by Elliot and Columbus avenues. The owner of Mill City Auto Body, who asked to only be identified by his first name, Dan, was knocked unconscious during an assault and robbery at his business on Aug. 5. […] An internal Minneapolis Police Department report obtained by KSTP said, “The crowd from the George Floyd Memorial began moving toward...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis City Council has voted to a commemorative street name addition in honor of George Floyd. On Friday morning, the city council voted to call the stretch on Chicago Avenue, between 37th and 39th streets, “George Perry Floyd Jr Place”. Signage will be placed at the intersection of 38th and Chicago. It’s a commemorative renaming and the street will still officially be called Chicago Avenue, so no addresses will need to be changed. Floyd died during an arrest by Minneapolis police in May, sparking protests on police brutality and systematic racism in the city and throughout the country. Four former officers face charges in his death.
    Parents and students at a high school in Dallas are outraged after a school assignment listed Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse as a 'hero for the modern age'. Among the list of heroes alongside Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who shot and killed two Black Lives Matters protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last month, were activist Malcolm X and Mahatma Gandhi. Also on the list were George Floyd, Cesar Chavez and Joseph Rosenbaum - one of the two men Rittenhouse gunned down.  The assignment was given to seniors in an English class at W.T. White High School in Dallas, Texas, and had two parts; first asking students to write a biography for the six people listed and then asking them to write a one-page essay...
    The white Nebraska bar owner who shot dead a black George Floyd protester in May was hit with a slew of charges this week — more than a month after prosecutors deemed the killing was self-defense. A grand jury indicted Jake Gardner, the owner of The Hive bar in Omaha, on manslaughter and several other charges in the May 30 shooting of unarmed 22-year-old James Scurlock. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine initially declined to prosecute Gardner, deciding that he acted in self-defense, after reviewing video of the incident and witness statements in the days after the shooting. Kleine said Scurlock jumped on Gardner’s back and began choking him after the bar owner fired off two warning shots in front...
    The white Nebraska bar owner who shot dead a black George Floyd protester in May was hit with a slew of charges this week — more than a month after prosecutors deemed the killing was self-defense. A grand jury indicted Jake Gardner, the owner of The Hive bar in Omaha, on manslaughter and several other charges in the May 30 shooting of unarmed 22-year-old James Scurlock. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine initially declined to prosecute Gardner, deciding that he acted in self-defense, after reviewing video of the incident and witness statements in the days after the shooting. Kleine said Scurlock jumped on Gardner’s back and began choking him after the bar owner fired off two warning shots in front of...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When it comes to mental health, it’s been a trying six months for everyone — especially for people of color. WCCO spoke with St. Louis Park-based licensed clinical counselor and TikTok star Shani Tran, who explains how this year has changed her practice, and her perspective. From the start of a pandemic to the end of George Floyd’s life, it’s been a year of painful images and painful realizations. “I’m realizing that trauma is so much more than we learned in school,” Tran said. “When COVID happened, I saw like an increase in people seeking services, and then when George Floyd happened, it was just like I had emails upon emails about people saying, ‘Hey, I just...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday testified to Congress that Russia and China sought to exploit anti-police brutality and anti-racism unrest following the May killing of George Floyd. Wray said that ahead of the presidential election both China and Russia tried to “piggyback” on protests and violence sparked by the Minneapolis police killing of Floyd. “We have seen some efforts by our foreign adversaries — I would mention China and Russia specifically, but not exclusively — to sort of piggyback on a lot of the unrest activity that’s been occurring as part of the effort either to sow divisiveness and discord in the case of the Russians, or to try to advance their own narratives, say, in the case of...
    Fewer white and Hispanic Americans are supporting Black Lives Matter while African American backing for the movement remains virtually unchanged, according to a new poll. A majority of Americans - 55 per cent - express at least some support for the movement, which is down from 67 per cent in June, a new survey by Pew Research Center shows. The number of American adults who say they strongly support the movement has also dropped from 38 per cent in June to 29 per cent. The previous survey was taken in the days and weeks following the May 25 police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Black Lives Matter supporters march to the George Washington Bridge in Globe Park, New...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. Two years ago, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz was campaigning for the office under a campaign banner of “One Minnesota.” The 12-year member of Congress from Mankato pitched himself as the candidate who knew both Greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities, saying he could unite a state that was seen by many as divided by geography as much as party. Now, 19 months into his term, the DFL governor is dealing simultaneously with two of the deepest crises in decades: the coronavirus pandemic and the aftermath of the homicide of George Floyd...
    BLACK Lives Matter protests and "riots" after the death of George Floyd did as much as $2billion worth of damage. The costs have amounted to the costliest period of civil unrest in insurance history, overtaking the 1992 Los Angeles riots that cost $775million which, with inflation according to Axios, would be $1.42billion. 3A construction site burns in a large fire near the Third Police Precinct on May 27Credit: Getty Images - Getty Property Claim Services assessed the damage caused during the Black Lives Matter protests from May 26 to June 8. The timeline covers from just one day after George Floyd died after former cop Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes. Loretta L. Worters of the Insurance...
    MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The superintendent of schools for the Mount Pleasant, N.Y. says that an op-ed cartoon on the death of George Floyd that caused controversy should not have been used as part of a high school teacher’s lesson plan. An 11th grade social studies teacher at Westlake High School showed a cartoon, created by David Fitzsimmons of “The Arizona Star” as commentary on Floyd’s death. The cartoon shows a progression – a slave trader, slave owner, KKK member, and a Jim Crow era cop all kneeling on the neck of a Black man. Then, there is an image of a modern day law enforcement officer doing the same thing as the man says, “I can’t breathe.” The cartoon caused...
    Support for the Black Lives Matter movement has cratered over the past three months — as some protests led by the group have devolved into violence and looting, a new poll has found. A majority of American adults — 55 percent — said they either strongly or somewhat supported BLM now, a decrease from 67 percent in June, according to the Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday. The percentage of those who say they strongly support the movement is also down, from 38 percent three months ago to 29 percent now. The police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 reinvigorated the movement, which launched in 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin’s death. Floyd’s...
    The rioting, looting, and arson that was seen in some 20 states in the days and weeks following the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis could cost the insurance industry up to $2billion in claims, it has been reported. The previous record for the costliest period of civil unrest in insurance history was set in 1992, when Los Angeles was engulfed in violence for a week after the acquittal of four police officers filmed in the beating of Rodney King. The Los Angeles riots resulted in $775million in insurance claims being paid out. When taking inflation into account, that would amount to $1.42billion, according to Axios. Other costly instances of civil unrest include the 1965 Watts riots...
    The total cost of damages from the riots sparked by the death of George Floyd surpassed the cost of the 1992 Rodney King riots, according to estimates from insurance claims throughout the United States. The string of riots that followed Floyd's death from May 26 to June 8 are expected to cost between $1 billion and $2 billion, according to Axios. The protests took place throughout 140 U.S. cities, with some of the demonstrations devolving into violent riots filled with vandalism, arson, and looting. This year's riots surpassed the destruction that took place in 1992 in Los Angeles between April 29 and May 4, following the acquittal of the officers who had beaten King. Those riots cost $775...
    Vandalism and looting across 20 states in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody earlier this year reportedly led to at least $1 billion in damages. A company called Property Claim Services (PCS) has tracked insurance claims pertaining to civil disorder for the past 70 years, and says the arson, vandalism and looting from civil unrest in 2020 will incur up to $2 billion of paid insurance claims, Axios reported this week. While an overwhelming majority of protests inspired by Floyd's death were peaceful, insurance companies are reporting hundreds of millions of dollars in costs in at least seven major cities. PCS classifies any damages amounting to over $25 million in insurance losses as a "catastrophe," and says 2020 marks the first...
    Apple has helped the FBI access iCloud information from one of its customers who is suspected of firebombing police cars in Seattle in the days following the death of George Floyd in May.  In the days following the death of Floyd, who died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer on May 25, protests against police brutality erupted across the US and globally.  According to the FBI, a masked protester at one of those demonstrations in Seattle allegedly set fire to at least two patrol cars.  The FBI later received a tip about the identity of the suspect.  Apple has helped the FBI access iCloud information from one of its customers who is suspected of firebombing police...
    Riots and looting that took place following George Floyd’s death while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department will cost insurance companies up to $2 billion, making them the most expensive incident in insurance history. Floyd’s death on Memorial Day weekend sparked nationwide anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests, which agitators, bent on violence, used as cover to wreak havoc in many of America’s major cities. The resulting damage is already costing cities like Minneapolis in the hundreds of millions of dollars, per Minneapolis Business Journal, and now insurance companies report they could be on the hook for billions more. Axios reports Wednesday that insurance companies could pay up to $2 billion to cover damages, rendering the Floyd riots the...
    George Floyd’s May 26 death sparked nationwide protests that spread from Minnesota to California. However, many protests quickly turned violent, leading to loss of life and destruction of property, costing nearly a billion dollars in damage. A preliminary estimate from the Property Claim Services (PCS), a unit of Verisk Analytics, estimates that the riots caused catastrophic economic damage, putting a lowball estimate of costs anywhere between $500-$900 million in insured losses, while noting that cost is expected to increase making the 2020 string of riots the most costly ever, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III). (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Kenosha Business Owners Speak Out After Another Night Of Rioting) Without an official estimate, the 2020 disturbances are ranked second in most...
    Insurance companies could pay up to $2 billion in claims stemming from riots sparked by the police killing of George Floyd — making them the most expensive in US history, a new report says. The record-setting insured losses piled up as the demonstrations sometimes devolved into looting, arson and vandalism in 20 states across the country from May 26 to June 8, Axios reported Wednesday, citing figures from the Insurance Information Institute. “It’s not just happening in one city or state — it’s all over the country,” Loretta L. Worters, a spokeswoman for the industry group, told Axios. “And this is still happening, so the losses could be significantly more.” The cost of the damage will likely surpass that of...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Months after the civil unrest in San Jose stemming from the Minnesota police killing of George Floyd, top leaders from the city's police department made an appearance before the city council Tuesday afternoon to address their handling of the protests.RELATED: 38 people arrested, several officers injured in violent San Jose protestsAhead of the meeting, police released bodycam footage to the public, highlighting a trio of incidents, including one where they said someone tried to disarm an officer. They also addressed Officer Jaren Yuen's use of profane language, as well as a pedestrian who was stuck by a motorcycle cop.In addition, the department released an analysis of their overall response in a 240+ page report.The initial...
     As health experts continue to encourage mask-wearing across the country, some anti-maskers just won’t give up. They have been refusing to wear masks since the start of the pandemic, despite research supporting that masks significantly prevent the spread of COVID-19. In Utah, maskless demonstrators have crowded city sidewalks and school-related meetings to protest mask mandates in and out of schools. In a video that went viral Monday, a woman can be heard comparing the moments leading up to George Floyd’s brutal murder to wearing a mask, in addition to other conspiracy theories. “George Floyd was saying, ‘I can’t breathe,’ and then he died,” the woman, identified as Shauna Kinville, said. “Now we’re wearing a mask, and we say ‘I can’t...
    JIM Davidson has been slammed after ranting that Diversity “should do a mugging dance” and “don’t give a f*** about George Floyd” after their BLM dance. The controversial comic, 66, went on an expletive filled rant in a video to his YouTube channel. 6JIM Davidson has been slammed after ranting that Diversity “should do a mugging dance” 6Diversity performed a Black Lives Matter inspired routine on Britain’s Got Talent He hit out at Diversity after the dance troupe performed a Black Lives Matter inspired routine on Britain’s Got Talent with a white actor dressed as a police officer kneeling on star Ashley Banjo. The choreography was a tribute to the death of Mr Floyd, who was killed by cops in...
    It can be hard to keep track of all the Karens and Kens crawling out of the woodwork these days. Hide Videos of irate people, primarily women, whose immense entitlement earns them the title of Karen have been a staple of quarantine life. Most of the Karen videos we’ve seen in recent months have emerged due to the mask-wearing mandates necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic that has killed 199,018 Americans as of Tuesday morning. Hide News coverage from a late August anti-mask rally in St. George, Utah is elevating an all-new Karen to the heights of anti-masker entitlement. In an interview with ABC4, Karen—whose real name is Shauna Kinville—compared wearing masks to George Floyd’s death. “George Floyd was saying,...
    As health experts continue to encourage mask-wearing across the country, some anti-maskers just won’t give up. They have been refusing to wear masks since the start of the pandemic, despite research supporting that masks significantly prevent the spread of COVID-19. In Utah, maskless demonstrators have crowded city sidewalks and school-related meetings to protest mask mandates in and out of schools. In a video that went viral Monday, a woman can be heard comparing the moments leading up to George Floyd’s brutal murder to wearing a mask, in addition to other conspiracy theories. “George Floyd was saying, ‘I can’t breathe,’ and then he died,” the woman, identified as Shauna Kinville, said. “Now we’re wearing a mask, and we say ‘I can’t breathe’, but...
    The historic University of Edinburgh in Scotland decided to rename a building dubbed for philosopher David Hume after George Floyd. “From the start of the new academic year the David Hume Tower will be known as 40 George Square,” read a Sept. 14 statement from the Race Equality and Anti-Racist Sub-committee of the school’s University’s Equality & Diversity Committee. The sub-committee maintained that their work had been “further energised following the killing in May of George Floyd and the ongoing campaigning by the Black Lives Matter movement.” “It is important that campuses, curricula and communities reflect both the university’s contemporary and historical diversity and engage with its institutional legacy across the world,” the statement continued. “For this reason the university has...
    MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – An op-ed cartoon on the death of George Floyd that caused controversy in Texas last month is now doing the same in Westchester County. A Mount Pleasant, N.Y. high school teacher’s decision to use the cartoon in a lesson plan is under review by the district, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Monday. An 11th grade social studies teacher at Westlake High School showed a cartoon, created by David Fitzsimmons of “The Arizona Star” as commentary on Floyd’s death. The cartoon shows a progression – a slave trader, slave owner, KKK member, and a Jim Crow era cop all kneeling on the neck of a Black man. Then, there is an image of a modern day law...
    SAN JOSE — A new report states that officers’ inexperience with large protest crowds led to issues with the San Jose Police Department’s chaotic response to demonstrators protesting the police killing of George Floyd this summer — a response that drew widespread criticism over the department’s use of rubber bullets, tear gas and other munitions to disperse unarmed and nonviolent civilians protesting the disproportionate use of force against black men and women by police. The “after action” report produced by SJPD was provided to the City Council ahead of a Tuesday meeting in which the department’s tactics and disclosure of body-camera videos are expected to receive more scrutiny from local lawmakers. On Friday, the department released officer-recorded footage of three...
    A Utah woman has sparked outrage after likening herself having to wear a face mask  to the police killing of George Floyd, because she says she, like him, 'can't breathe'. Shauna Kinville of St George was interviewed by a local TV station at the August 21 rally, and said that Floyd's dying words, uttered as he lay beneath a police officer's knee, resonated with her. 'George Floyd was saying, "I can't breathe," and then he died,' said Kinville.  'Now we're wearing a mask and saying "I can't breathe" - but we're being forced to wear them.'  Shauna Kinville of St George, Utah, likened herself to George Floyd because she 'can't breathe' George Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Hennepin County Attorney’s office has filed a motion Monday to urge the judge presiding over the George Floyd murder trial to reinstate County Attorney Mike Freeman and three other county lawyers to the case. Freeman and his colleagues were disqualified Friday by Judge Peter Cahill during a pre-trial hearing to consider motions. The move was requested by the attorneys representing all four of the former Minneapolis police officers charged in Floyd’s death: Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng. READ MORE: ‘Floyd Family Attorney: ‘Overdose Of Excessive Force And Racism By The MPD’ Killed George Floyd At the hearing, Cahill said the county prosecutors engaged in “sloppy” conduct for conferring with Chief Hennepin...
    A top official with the United Nations condemned the United States for its "systemic racism." Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile and the current high commissioner for human rights at the U.N., highlighted the cases of George Floyd, Jacob Blake, and others during a speech on Monday in which she demanded that the U.S. make changes to ensure black people feel protected. "In the United States, the shooting of Jacob Blake last month in Kenosha, Wisconsin, by a police officer employing apparently excessive force and details that have emerged regarding the death of Daniel Prude in Rochester, New York, bring home yet again the need for urgent and profound action to combat systemic racism and racial discrimination...
    The English Department at the University of Chicago will only accept applicants who are interested in working in Black Studies, the University’s website says. “The English department at the University of Chicago believes that Black Lives Matter, and that the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Rayshard Brooks matter, as do thousands of others named and unnamed who have been subject to police violence,” the statement begins. “For the 2020-2021 graduate admissions cycle, the University of Chicago English Department is accepting only applicants interested in working in and with Black Studies.” “English as a discipline has a long history of providing aesthetic rationalizations for colonization, exploitation, extraction, and anti-Blackness. Our discipline is responsible for developing hierarchies of...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- It's a conversation no mom or dad looks forward to -- explaining to a child how most interactions with police will go smoothly, but when they go bad, it can happen in a split second. Or it can go on for an interminable period of time.As a human, what happened to George Floyd at the hands of police rocks you to your core -- dead because a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. But, as a Black parent, what keeps you up at night is the thought, "That could have been my dad, my brother or even one of my kids."BUILDING A BETTER BAY AREA: Race and Social Justice"I have had the...
    While much of the NFL honored the black victims of police violence on Sunday, Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Tyler Eifert paid tribute to retired St. Louis police officer David Dorn, a 77-year-old African-American man who was shot and killed by a suspected looter during a night of protests in June. Eifert, a 30-year-old in his first season with the Jags, played in Sunday's win over Indianapolis with Dorn's name appearing on the back of his helmet. 'Great win to start the season,' Eifert wrote on Twitter alongside a picture of his David Dorn decal. 'Love being a part of this new team and community! It was honor wearing David Dorns (sic) name on my helmet today!' The NFL previously announced that...
    San Jose police released body cam footage worn by officers during several tense faceoffs with protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s death, including one incident where a cop was seen taunting demonstrators with expletives. Officer Jared Yuen was filmed screaming ‘let’s get this motherf***er’ and ‘shut up, b****’ after protesters filmed him smiling and licking his lips. The initial video of the incident went viral and sparked an intense backlash, prompting the San Jose police to launch an internal investigation amid calls for Yuen to be fired. One clip of Yuen shows him smiling, licking his lips and bobbing side to side all while clutching a gun in his hands. An outraged protester shouts 'this is funny to them,...
    A New York doctor is facing petit larceny charges for allegedly stealing a statue of Christopher Columbus from an elderly man in the name of social justice. Sean Morrison, 58, was seen on closed-circuit TV in late June walking through the lobby of his apartment complex and taking the statue before walking out of the building with it, according to an opinion piece in the New York Post. Later, Morrison would claim he took the statue because of George Floyd's death in May. “While not an excuse, I had had a particularly difficult day as we watched 10 patients die of COVID that afternoon on our palliative care unit and in the setting of George Floyd’s murder...
    While much of the NFL honored the black victims of police violence on Sunday, Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Tyler Eifert paid tribute to retired St. Louis police officer David Dorn, a 77-year-old African-American man who was shot and killed by a suspected looter during a night of protests in June. Eifert, a 30-year-old in his first season with the Jags, played in Sunday's win over Indianapolis with Dorn's name appearing on the back of his helmet. 'Great win to start the season,' Eifert wrote on Twitter alongside a picture of his David Dorn decal. 'Love being a part of this new team and community! It was honor wearing David Dorns (sic) name on my helmet today!' The NFL previously announced that...
    I didn't think I would see anything as sickening this year as the appalling killing of George Floyd at the kneed of a callous police officer. But I was wrong. The grainy video of a disgusting coward sneaking up to shoot two deputy sheriffs in Compton, Los Angeles as they sat in their patrol car was just as repulsive and disturbing. There was no warning, and no provocation. This was just a deliberate, pre-meditated attempt at a cold-blooded execution. The shooter clearly intended to kill his targets as he fired a number of rounds from his pistol at point blank range into their car before running off. Fortunately, as I write this column, he appears to have failed in his...
              The Minnesota Vikings aired a pregame video from the National Football League (NFL) likening today to the reality of early 20th-century black Americans. “As we celebrate the return to football, the Minnesota Vikings recognize the continuing fight for equality, and the work needed to improve our community,” stated the announcer. Marvel Cinematic Universe actor Anthony Mackie narrated the video. Black and white pictures showed white individuals standing over black individuals working fields and enduring beatings. “At the dawn of the 20th century, America was a country full of promise and hope for many. Black Americans faced a different reality: a nation separate and unequal. Yet their hope persisted. Pained by inequality, but inspired by...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The family of George Floyd launched a foundation Sunday in his honor. The George Floyd Memorial Foundation made its first donation to the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Minneapolis, totaling $5,000. READ MORE Vikings Host, Honor George Floyd’s Family At Sunday’s Home Opener Bridgett Floyd, George’s sister, stood with her brothers — as well as the families of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile — to announce the gift, and call for change. “Because of my brother’s death, people finally see the world of police brutality against black men and women,” Bridgett Floyd said. George Floyd worked for the Salvation Army for about a year and a half. “This is where George loved to be,” Bridgett said....