(TMU) – In an entirely predictable set of events resulting from the brutal actions of the Minneapolis Police Department, thousands of protesters have taken to city streets to demand justice for George Floyd less than 24 hours after he was killed in police custody when an officer subdued him by placing his knee directly on his neck for several minutes until he choked to death.
Local reports from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and social media show a massive group of aggrieved community members making their way from the site of Floyd’s death to the Minneapolis Police’s Third Precinct, where they rallied before a door to the building was smashed.
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Shortly before 8 p.m. Central Time, officers wearing riot gear began to fire less-lethal weaponry including tear gas, flash bang grenades, and sandbag rounds at protesters. While such less-lethal weapons and chemical irritants are commonly used to stop mass demonstrations, they can also lead to life-changing and serious injuries, as well as death.
Independent media group Unicorn Riot also published roughly 2 hours of live-streamed footage from the march, during which time their cameraperson was allegedly fired upon by officers. Later, one of their reporters was hit by a less-lethal round after allegedly witnessing another protester be struck in the eye.
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Video posted to Twitter also showed crowds running from the Third Precinct while escaping clouds of tear gas.
On Twitter, City Councilman Jeremiah Ellison wrote that police were “firing indiscriminately into the crowd” in “a disgusting display” and he was forced to personally tend to a teenage girl who was bleeding profusely after being hit by a less-lethal round.
This is a disgusting display
I’m here on the southside, helping people as I can with milk, water, and towels
So far, I have been unable to prevent the police from firing indiscriminately into the crowd
Moments ago, I held a towel to a teenage girls head as blood poured from it https://t.co/tbsbjBq5iQ
— Jeremiah Ellison (@jeremiah4north) May 27, 2020
The multiethnic group of protesters, however, held strong while throwing back water bottles in what the Star-Tribune described as a “standoff” between police and the outraged crowd. The demonstrators also began pelting a line of police vehicles with water bottles and other projectiles, shattering some windows.
In dramatic video, young members of the crowd can be seen taunting officers and throwing objects while taking over lanes of the street.
As the protests continued after sundown, the standoff spilled into the parking lot of a local Target, where demonstrators barricaded behind stacked-up shopping carts and a nearby semi truck.
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Earlier, the crowd chanted “No Justice, No Peace!” and “I can’t breathe,” a reference to the final words of Floyd and a common refrain at anti-brutality marches since the 2014 killing of Eric Garner by NYPD.
(BLM Minnesota march, 5/26/2020) pic.twitter.com/8Tz1MuSlHD
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The protesters also demanded that the cops involved face criminal prosecution. Earlier Tuesday, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced that the four officers involved in Monday’s deadly incident were terminated for their role in the killings. The FBI and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension have also announced that they will investigate the incident.
The scene at the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct. pic.twitter.com/ykxsfPn8PD
— Carlos Gonzalez (@CarlosGphoto) May 27, 2020
Federal and local authorities are unlikely to enjoy the patience of a community that has seen too many police officers – like those involved in the choking death of Garner – be allowed to walk free after committing what critics argue is tantamount to the murder of Black residents in broad daylight.
Community activist Al Flowers told the Star that the incident was “one of the most egregious murders I’ve ever seen,” adding:
“This will happen again if we don’t get out in front of this.”
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George Floyd was a 46-year-old Black man who was detained for his alleged role in an act of “forgery,” according to a Minneapolis police statement. Floyd was also accused of being “under the influence” and of having “physically resisted officers” before the altercation that ultimately led to his death – common allegations lodged against police brutality victims.
However, in the dramatic video footage that emerged hours after his slaying, Officer Derek Chauvin could be seen driving his knee into Floyd’s neck until he was entirely limp, unconscious and on the brink of death. For minutes during the encounter, Floyd could be heard complaining that he could not breathe or move, and that “my stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everything hurts.”
During the fatal encounter, officers joked to onlookers that “this is why you don’t do drugs, kids.”
Floyd also cried out for his mother, who passed away about a year ago, according to his partner, Courteney Ross.
Friends and family describe Floyd, who spent most of his life in Houston before seeking a “fresh start” in Minneapolis, as a “gentle giant” who was “friendly to everybody,” reports local CBS affiliate WCCO.
On Tuesday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey forcefully denounced the officers’ actions, stating:
“Being Black in America should not be a death sentence.
“For five minutes, we watched as a white officer pressed his knee into the neck of a Black man. For five minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense.”
The killing of George Floyd is perhaps one of the most high-profile and graphic examples of police brutality in the U.S. in recent years and comes in the wake of renewed allegations of systemic racism by law enforcement months after the vigilante-style killing of Ahmaud Arbery by three white men in a Georgia suburb.
Prison Guard Who Had Sex With Inmate In Front Of 11 Prisoners Is Now Behind Bars
A prison guard in California now finds herself behind bars after she was caught having sexual relations with an inmate – in one case, performing the act in full view of 11 other prisoners.
Former Fresno County correctional officer Tina Gonzalez, 26, was arrested last May following an investigation by the vice unit of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office’s and its internal affairs division.
Gonzalez, who worked as a prison guard from 2016 to 2019, was investigated after authorities were tipped off that an inmate was having sex with a prison guard who had also smuggled in a phone, reports the Fresno Bee.
In one case, Gonzalez even cut a hole in the pants of her uniform to allow easier access during sexual acts with the unnamed prisoner at Fresno County Jail.
Gonzalez was also accused of having sex in full view of 11 inmates, an act that her former boss says “is something only a depraved mind can come up with.”
Assistant Sheriff Steve McComas, who once supervised the unit Gonzalez belonged to, said that in his entire career of 26 years he has witnessed some “pretty disgusting things” but none as bad as Gonzalez’s conduct.
“She took an oath which she betrayed and in doing so endangered her co-workers’ lives,” McComas said.
“But she has shown no remorse,” he added. “She continually calls and has sexually explicit conversations with the inmate in question and boasts about the crimes she carried out.”
Gonzalez pleaded no contest in April to one count of sexual activity by a detention facility employee with a consenting confined adult, one count of possession of drugs or an alcoholic beverage in a jail facility and a misdemeanor count of possession of cellular device with intent to deliver to an inmate.
When she was being sentenced, Judge Michael Idiart decried her acts as “terrible, stupid” and noted that her career had been “ruined.”
“But I also believe that people can redeem themselves and you have the rest of your life to do that,” the judge added. “Good luck.”
Gonzalez is now serving her sentence of seven months in county jail to be followed by two years of probation.
Judge Orders New Trove of Secret Ghislaine Maxwell Files to Be Unsealed This Month
A large trove of secretive files about Ghislaine Maxwell will be unsealed this month, including those shedding light on her relationship with disgraced late financier Jeffrey Epstein, a judge ruled on Thursday.
The documents will include details on her finances, as well as “funding received from the Clinton Global Initiative and the Clinton Foundation,” according to court records.
The documents are also believed to detail Maxwell’s extensive connections with powerful men such as Prince Andrew of the British royal family, reports the Daily Mail.
It has long been well-known that Epstein and Maxwell associated with both Clinton and former President Donald Trump. Clinton also reportedly met with accused Maxwell for an “intimate” dinner in 2014.
The documents are a part were filed by Epstein accuser and former “sex slave” Virginia Roberts Giuffre in a 2015 civil lawsuit against Maxwell and must be released in mid-July, Judge Loretta Preska ruled in Thursday’s telephone hearing.
Giuffre sued Maxwell for defamation after she was accused by the British socialite of fabricating the sexual abuse allegations against her and Epstein in the lawsuit, which has since been settled.
Last July, a deposition by Giuffre was unsealed. In the deposition, Giuffre went into detail about alleged “constant” orgies that Maxwell and the late pedophile engaged in on Epstein’s private Caribbean island.
“There’s just a blur of so many girls,” Giuffre explained in the 2015 deposition.
“There were blondes, there were brunettes, there were redheads,” she continued. “They were all beautiful girls. I would say the ages ranged between 15 and 21.”
“The island was a place where orgies were a constant thing that took place. And again, it’s impossible to know how many,” Giuffre said, noting that she was “100 percent certain” that Maxwell took part in sexual acts with the girls.
Maxwell is accused of grooming multiple minors to engage in sex acts with Epstein, her ex-boyfriend, by befriending them to ask them about their lives and families while building friendships with the young girls alongside Epstein by taking their victims on social outings or out shopping in the 1990s and 2000s.
Maxwell has been detained at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, pending trial.
Her five appeals to be released from jail have all been rejected.
Epstein, 66, was found dead in a lone cell in the special housing unit (SHU) of a federal Manhattan prison in New York City while facing a potential prison sentence of up to 45 years on charges of pedophilia and sex trafficking.
2 More Catholic Churches in Canada Burned as Third Mass Gravesite for Indigenous Kids Found
An additional two Catholic churches have been the target of likely arson in Canada as anger continues to grow in the aftermath of the discovery of over 1,000 human remains belonging to Indigenous children.
The news coincides with the discovery of a third site where 182 unmarked graves were located near a discovered near a residential school in British Columbia’s interior.
Early Wednesday morning, firefighters were dispatched to respond to a fire at St. Jean Baptiste Parish in Morinville, Alberta, which was basically gutted by the blaze.
“The fire was already fully involved from the basement when the first fire crews got here,” Morinville’s infrastructure general manager Iain Bushell told CTV News. “They entered the building but there was already collapse occurring on the inside of the church so they backed out and it’s been a defensive or exterior fire fight ever since.”
Police officials have described the blaze as “suspicious.”
Roughly an hour later, a fire was also reported at the Catholic St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church in Sipekne’katik First Nation in Nova Scotia, reports CBC.
At least seven churches, nearly all Catholic, have come under apparent arson attacks throughout Canada in recent weeks. Activists and Indigenous advocates have also defaced Catholic churches with bloody red hand and foot prints, while demonstrations have also been staged involving stuffed animal and the slogan “we were children.”
While it remains unclear what precisely caused the fires, they are believed to be linked to the recent discovery of mass graves and unmarked graves containing over 1,000 human remains near Catholic-run residential schools for First Nations children.
The discovery came just few weeks after the grim discovery of 215 Indigenous children’s bodied by the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc First Nation in a mass grave at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Colombia.
Also last month, the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan announced its discovery of 751 unmarked graves near the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School, which operated from 1899 to 1997 in the area.
Another site with 182 unmarked graves was announced Wednesday after an investigation undertaken by the community of ʔaq’am, near Cranbrook, British Columbia.
About 150,000 First Nations children were forcibly separated from their families and communities and forced to attend the religious schools which were established in the 19th century to assimilate Indigenous children into the Anglo settler-colonial culture of Canada.
Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has confirmed that large amounts of Indigenous children fled such residential schools or died there, their whereabouts unknown. Former students have also testified to the horrific sexual, mental and physical abuse they suffered while enrolled at the schools. Myriad students died from preventable diseases that rapidly spread in unsanitary conditions, as well as in accidents and fires. Others disappeared when trying to escape. The Commission has denounced the schools for institutionalizing child neglect and for being organs of “cultural genocide.”
Indigenous groups and Canadian politicians are also demanding an apology from the Catholic Church – specifically Pope Francis. Activists have also rejected Canada Day celebrations this year to highlight the anti-Indigenous atrocities that the founding of the North American country entailed.