Police Officers Fired After George Floyd Dies in Custody & Global News

by Debra Brown

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Police Officers Fired After George Floyd Dies in Custody


The mayor of Minneapolis says four Minneapolis Police Department officers involved in the death of a black man, George Floyd,  in police custody have been terminated. The FBI is investigating the incident.

A 10-minute video widely circulated on social media and referenced by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey shows a police officer using his knee to pin George Floyd’s neck to the ground for multiple minutes.

The bystander video shows a Minneapolis police officer pressing his knee into George Floyd’s neck during an arrest, as the man repeatedly says “I can’t breathe” and “please, I can’t breathe.” As the video spread on social media on Monday night, the arrest quickly drew comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in New York police custody in 2014, after an officer held him in a chokehold. Mr. Garner’s repeated plea of “I can’t breathe”, also recorded by a cellphone and became a rallying cry at demonstrations against police misconduct around the country.

The man has been identified as George Floyd by the mayor and by Benjamin Crump, a prominent civil rights attorney who says he has been retained by Floyd’s family. 


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Yesterday, in yet another act of anti-black police violence causing mass outrage, George Floyd yelled “I can’t breathe” and pleaded for his life as a white Minneapolis police officer violently pinned him down with his knee on his neck. George died after. He was murdered in broad daylight. His death is reminiscent of the death of Eric Garner. Even with a crowd yelling at him to stop and while folks filmed the murder, the cop did it anyway, showing the massive injustice, zero accountability and white supremacy embedded in the “criminal justice” system. Heartbroken, angry and disgusted. This must end. Much love and solidarity to Black communities grieving another beautiful life lost. May George Floyd Rest in Power. Call Mayor Jacob Frey at (612)-673-2100, DA Mike Freeman at (612)-348-5550 and demand justice. #blacklivesmatter #georgefloyd #icantbreathe #justiceforgeorgefloyd

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Text ‘Floyd’ to 55156 or dial 844-278-2934 to demand #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd.


China to Introduce New Hong Kong Security Law Amid Protests & Coronavirus

China is poised to impose a new national security law on Hong Kong after months of anti-government protests in the territory. The move has sparked concerns the law will give Beijing more control over Hong Kong and incite further pro-democracy protests.

The draft legislation was announced as China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s parliament, held its annual session which was delayed for months due to the coronavirus outbreak.


Fears of Coronavirus Second Wave Prompt Flu Preparation at U.S. Pharmacies

U.S. pharmacy chains are preparing a big push for flu vaccinations when the season kicks off in October, hoping to curb tens of thousands of serious cases that could coincide with a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Getting a flu shot does not protect against COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus for which there are no approved vaccines. Public health officials have said vaccination against the flu will be critical to help prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed with flu and COVID-19 patients.


FBI Will Investigate Breonna Taylor Shooting Death 

The FBI opened an investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, as police chief announces retirement. “The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence and will ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough and impartial manner,” Robert Brown, special agent in charge with FBI Louisville, said in a statement. This comes a week after Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear called for federal investigators to look into the case. 

Her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department that details how police shot Taylor at least eight times after they burst into her apartment, unannounced, with a search warrant. The man police were looking for did not live in Taylor’s apartment and was reportedly already detained by police when officers arrived at Taylor’s residence on the night of March 13. At the time of her killing, Taylor had been working as an emergency medical technician treating COVID-19 patients.

The case has resulted in the Louisville mayor requiring all police officers to wear body cameras.


Twitter Labels a Fact Check on Trump’s False Voting Claims

Twitter has, for the first time, prompted readers to check the facts in tweets sent by US President Donald Trump, warning that his claims about mail-in ballots were false and had been debunked by fact-checkers. 

The company has faced criticism that its hands-off approach had allowed abuse, fake accounts and misinformation to thrive.

Trump, who has more than 80 million followers on Twitter, claimed in tweets earlier in the day that mail-in ballots would be “substantially fraudulent” and result in a “rigged election”.

Hours later, Twitter posted a blue exclamation mark alert underneath those tweets, prompting readers to “get the facts about mail-in ballots” and directing them to a page with information created by Twitter staffers about the claims.

A headline at the top of the page stated “Trump makes unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud,” and was followed by a “what you need to know” section addressing three specific claims made in the tweets.

Twitter said the application of a fact-checking label to the president’s tweets was an extension of its new “misleading information” policy, introduced earlier this month to combat misinformation about the coronavirus.


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