<h4>When guerilla warfare tactics of leftist Marxist Community Organizers intersect with the powerful mind control tactics of the Chinese Communist Party and are applied, unopposed, in a free and open society, then citizens are in danger of finding themselves in the middle of a violent revolution.</h4>
Enter George Floyd trial. Floyd is the latest unfortunate death by a police officer during an arrest to be exploited by a Marxist Defund the Police movement. Exploited is the correct term to use because a well-organized political movement has been on the lookout and ready to spring into action, over such a death, for a long time.
IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT ‘DEFUNDING THE POLICE’ WAS A PLAN, NOT A REACTION
Found, written by Maya Harris, the sister of Kamala Harris, is a wealth of Marxist tactics to use political theater, media, messaging, and branding to defund local police departments, by force to achieve certain goals that they can not bring about at the ballot box.
From page 8, the author describes the tactics she will teach activists and community organizers to take in order to bring about their desired collective changes to police departments:
“Fundamentally, police reform advocacy aims to redefine the relationship of police departments to
the communities they serve—a relationship defined over decades of interaction and laden with all the
complexities of race and class. This is no small feat. Advocates usually face a well-funded, politically
Progress takes persistence, and change takes time. Advocacy efforts typically focus
on changing specific policies and practices that are incremental steps toward the much larger goal.
For all the challenges that exist, advocates in cities across the nation have achieved great successes in
securing improved police policies and practices and in moving their police departments closer to a vision
of community-centered policing. Some advocates have been doing this work for years; others have only
recently begun. All have relied on one or more of the advocacy strategies discussed in this manual as a
vehicle for change. Examples of their accomplishments and many lessons learned are described in this
manual,” Harris writes.
According to the defunding the policy manual:
Organized for Change is divided into five main sections:
Seizing the Moment: Urgent, Unified Community Response recognizes that police reform
advocacy often arises in the context of crisis—a high-profile instance of police misconduct that
focuses public attention for a moment in time on the need for positive change within the police
department. The chapter provides tips for resolving the circumstances at hand, while leveraging
the situation to advance a broader advocacy agenda.
Getting Specific: Know Your Police Department starts from the premise that an effective
strategy for change requires a firm understanding of what you currently have in place so that
you can develop a roadmap from where you are starting to where you want to go. The chapter
provides a range of topics and policies to consider.
Getting People Together and Making Your Case groups together four advocacy strategies:
organizing and coalition building; conducting research; working with the media; and harnessing
the power of the Internet. Each of these strategies is about building support for your advocacy
agenda. More often than not, one—if not all—of these strategies is invoked in any police
reform advocacy effort, regardless of the forum in which change is pursued.
Getting What You Want and Changing the Rules describes the four traditional forums in
which advocates pursue their agendas for change: the courts, the legislature, the ballot, and
administrative agencies. Sometimes these strategies are used in isolation; other times in
combination or succession. This section concludes with a reminder to think outside the box
and includes examples of tools and tactics that go beyond the traditional steps discussed
in the preceding chapters.
Getting Started: Tips to Consider in Moving an Agenda provides several nuts-and-bolts
issues to consider as you launch your advocacy effort—and get organized for change.
The manual is very specific in teaching activists how to train others for a full political movement. Along with Grassroots marketing platforms, and taxpayer-funded non-government organizations (NGO), activism like this has been a lucrative business for decades.
BRING IN NEW ALLIES AND NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR A POWERFUL CHANGE AGENT IN AMERICA
Along with a well-established path of distribution for the messaging about Floyd, and a built-in powerhouse PR movement, the left is able to use Floyd as an icon of dissent and organization with new technology.
According to CCP expert, Gordon Chang, there is a good reason to understand the influence of TikTok on American culture.
“Chairman Xi destroyed the lives of George Floyd and a further 1/4 million Americans with fentanyl. Intentionally. Then he used AI and social media to turn us against each other over it. And it worked. I testified before the senate to explain how he did it,” Paul Dabrowa posted.
Chairman Xi destroyed the lives of George Floyd and a further 1/4 million Americans with fentanyl. Intentionally. Then he used AI and social media to turn us against each other over it. And it worked. I testified before the senate to explain how he did it: https://t.co/HGNHHW5yxBpic.twitter.com/RfIlQVzVth
In his paper, <em><a href=”https://t.co/HGNHHW5yxB?amp=1″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Cognitive Hacking as the New Disinformation Frontier</a>, </em>Dabrowa discussed how The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) uses “Artificial Intelligence Algorithms” which are designed to repress the Chinese population. The paper is based on his testimony that was presented before the Commonwealth of Australia Senate Select Committee on Foreign Interference through Social Media on September 22, 2020.
“The risk in the new propaganda war The science and practice of persuasion has gotten drastically more sophisticated in recent years, thanks in large part to technology. Today, digitally-crafted propaganda can trigger wars, economic collapse, riots, and protests of all kinds. It can also destroy the credibility of
government institutions and turn a population against itself,” Dabrowa wrote.
In his testimony, at the link, Dabrowa lays out the numerous ways that TikTok uses to control and propagandize the population, and ends in concludes:
In recent times, the Australian public has started to realise that the Chinese Communist Party is systematically working to undermine Australian national security. One method is via social media applications such as TikTok; which currently remains a platform for censorship and propaganda while gathering an extraordinary amount of data on Australian users. The CCP uses similar platforms domestically to control and persecute its population.
The regime understands the enormous influence social media exerts in manipulating politics and national
elections. It seeks to exercise some of this same influence, and same power, more directly here in Australia, in an effort to control what Australians see, hear, and ultimately think.
TikTok poses a clear national security risk to the Australian population and should be banned.
I urge the Australian Government to take all measured actions necessary to protect Australians and our national interest: insisting on an outright sale of TikTok or, if necessary, ban the application to protect Australian national security.”
One has to wonder, if these dangers to national security are unfolding for Australia, are they unfolding here as well. Could this be what President Donald J. Trump had been warning us about?
A political commentator for CNN and avowed communist, Van Jones said Monday on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” that if Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis police officer, isn’t found guilty of killing George Floyd, America will find itself in a “dangerous position as a country.” Let’s be honest. There will be riots regardless of the outcome of the trial and the Democrats who run Minneapolis will let it happen again.
That’s pretty much because of people like Van Jones and Chris Cuomo. They are supposed to be news people, and yet the overwhelming majority of Americans heard the arguments made by the Defense Counsel during yesterday’s opening of the Floyd trial for the first time. That is an indictment of the news industry of America. Instead, they are together sending out threats to the jurors and dog whistles to rioters. CNN is extremely irresponsible in this regard.
The news media, including Fake News like CNN, are supposed to give both sides of a story and let the viewers decide for themselves. But CNN, and most of the mainstream news media today, do not believe there is another side of most stories they report. Instead of being real journalists, the people today who sit at news desks drinking from their coffee mugs with corporate logos emblazoned on them are left-wing activists who only see one side of an issue and it always leans Left.
There are rarely any journalists left who know how to be a journalist, and that is what a dangerous position our country is in today. Our news media has failed us miserably and now, even with evidence that shows it’s not the case, most of America believes that the former Minneapolis cops murdered George Floyd.
Jones said, “Everybody I’m talking to are frustrated, re-triggered, re-traumatized. Seeing that video, seeing the complete contempt for life. You have a generation of African-Americans and their allies, I’m talking this entire young generation that is watching this to see if America, listen, the system is on trial here. The system is on trial. And I can’t tell you, people have tried to push away from this, move on from this. Today brought it all back home for tens of millions of people. And if this is considered legal conduct from a police officer, if you can do this in broad daylight and not go to jail, it will be perceived as open season, telling police officers from coast to coast you can literally get away with murder in broad daylight. So, this was, I think. Today was a brutal day for the people who were able to watch. A lot of people weren’t even able to watch. They said, I just can’t even put myself through it again.”
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about why I think Chauvin will not be found guilty of the charges, possibly one of the lesser. It’s because what he did at the scene of Floyd’s death does not match the actual statutes, and unless the jury is Woke, he should be found not guilty. I know it sucks that he died, but George Floyd killed George Floyd and you would know that if our news media hadn’t died years ago.
He went on, “This is the system on trial for a generation. And, you know, listen, you can ask any of the people who have been marching out here in the middle of a pandemic, this is going to be there will be half a billion people watching when the verdict comes out.”
It sounds to me like Van Jones himself finally heard the defense’s arguments based on the facts, and he’s afraid his team is going to lose. It’s terrible that George Floyd died, as it is when anyone dies. But what happened to Floyd is because of what he did to himself. For example, Fake News outlets never told you that Mr. Floyd had enough Fentanyl in his system that he would have died later in his home. On top of that, you didn’t know that Floyd also had methamphetamine in his system; he had an underlying heart condition, and he had COVID.
I guarantee Fake News didn’t point out to you the glaring inaccuracies given by the prosecutor during his opening statement yesterday. Like when he said Chauvin had his arm around Floyd’s neck when Floyd was resisting arrest inside the police vehicle yet there is no video that I’ve seen of Chauvin doing that. The prosecutor kept making it out as if the coroner’s report said that Floyd died as a direct result of Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck, even though we all know by now that the original coroner’s report said he died of a Fentanyl overdose and was later changed when the Woke politicians got involved. They had a country to destroy and they couldn’t let a good crisis go to waste.
The Fake News never told you that Minneapolis police officers all go through the same training program, and part of that training is how to place your knee on the neck of a suspect you have on the ground that is not cooperating. Officer cadets lie down on the ground while someone places their knee on their neck while other cadets hold down their legs. They do this so that the officers know what it’s like. It does not cut off a person’s airway, and it certainly didn’t kill George Floyd. A real news media would have informed the American people of that information.
Jones added, “You’re putting us in a very dangerous situation when you do that because what you’re now saying is it doesn’t matter if you follow the rules. We are still going to come and get you. Once you have 40 million people in the country who, no matter what we do, we break the law, we get in trouble. We follow the law. We get in trouble. No matter what we do, you are not going to accept us, then what do we have here? You’ve got a potential time bomb on both sides. And I think on the other side, what I’m seeing is we talk a lot about white rage, white anger, the angry white man. There’s some white grief that hasn’t been talked about. This country is changing in ways that a bunch of white folks did not sign up for, didn’t expect, and don’t know what to do with. So, a lot of this rage is unprocessed grief that we need to be able to talk about. No. We are not going to back off. It is true. It may be the fact that your grandkids may not look like your grandparents. This country is changing. But it can be a greater country as a result. We need these white voters who are supporting Republicans doing stuff that they know is wrong need to be called to a higher purpose. The Republican Party, which used to be the party of Lincoln, should not be the party of Steve Bannon and all these terrible ideas. There’s no reason for it. So, you got fear on one side, grief on the other side, and the clock is ticking. I’m going to tell you right now, these bills that are being passed to chop us off at the voting block and juries coming out saying it’s okay to kill us are putting us in a dangerous position as a country and as America.”
I hate to be the one to lay this on you, but unless the jury in Minneapolis is Woke to the nth degree, Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who held his knee on the neck of George Floyd until his death will more than likely not be convicted of Second-Degree Murder, Manslaughter, or Third-Degree murder.
I also do not believe the other three officers who were there will be convicted of anything. For example, the Asian cop, Tou Thao, was assigned to crowd control during the incident where police officers were arresting Floyd. Tending to Floyd was not his assignment. He could not do his job of keeping the spectators back and at the same time keep an eye on what was going on with Chauvin and Mr. Floyd. The other two officers were rookies with one being on the job for just days. One of the rookies rendered aid in the ambulance. For these reasons, I do not think any of the three other officers on the scene can be convicted for just being there.
Let’s go over it. The first charge we’ll look at is Second Degree Murder. In some states there doesn’t have to be an intent for Second Degree Murder, but in Minnesota there does. This is crucial to the charge against Chauvin.
Here is the statute straight from Minnesota’s website.
The prosecutors are not charging Chauvin with Intentional Murder under Second Degree, because they would never ever get a conviction for that because the whole incident was on film and the whole world saw it.
The prosecution is charging Chauvin under subdivision 2, Unintentional Murder under Second Degree Murder.
Under this section, it says “Whoever does either of the following is guilty of unintentional murder in the second degree and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 40 years:” So if Chauvin is convicted of this he will serve prison time for 40 years.
The important thing we’re going to do here that the Fake News networks like CNN and MSNBC, the Washington Post, and the New York Times et. al. are not going to do is read the statutes because in the real world it matters. The real world has absolutely nothing to do with what you want it to be, how you think it should be even if you really, really, really, REALLY want it to be.
Under Clause 1 it says the following:
(1) causes the death of a human being, without intent to effect the death of any person, while committing or attempting to commit a felony offense other than criminal sexual conduct in the first or second degree with force or violence or a drive-by shooting; or
When you read that statute, knowing what you know about the case from the perspective of what you saw in the video, it will be very difficult for the prosecution to prove that Chauvin was committing a felony offense during the arrest of George Floyd.
BUT he had his knee on Floyd’s neck!
If we had an honest news media you would know by now that an officer holding his knee on the neck of a suspect who is down on the ground with officers trying to get the suspect to comply with the arrest is how Minneapolis police officers are trained. There is a training video that shows a photo slide with the instructor using his knee on the neck of the helper lying down acting as the suspect.
You didn’t know any of that because Fake News outlets have an agenda that is anything but producing the truth. Officer Chauvin was using his knee as a technique of a trained use of force policy.
With that said, an argument can be made that Chauvin used that trained technique use of force a little too long, and that could be true, however, according to the “science” already established by the coroner’s office, Floyd had over the lethal dose of fentanyl in his bloodstream and he had methamphetamine in his blood as well. The defense will argue that George Floyd killed George Floyd when he ingested that many drugs at one time. Let’s be real here. As much fentanyl that Floyd had in his system, and it doesn’t take much at all, which you’ll see in a minute, will kill you. This is indisputable and you will never hear the CNNs of the world point it out.
Clause 2 of Subdivision 1 doesn’t apply here.
“(2) causes the death of a human being without intent to effect the death of any person, while intentionally inflicting or attempting to inflict bodily harm upon the victim, when the perpetrator is restrained under an order for protection and the victim is a person designated to receive protection under the order. As used in this clause, “order for protection” includes an order for protection issued under chapter 518B; a harassment restraining order issued under section 609.748; a court order setting conditions of pretrial release or conditions of a criminal sentence or juvenile court disposition; a restraining order issued in a marriage dissolution action; and any order issued by a court of another state or of the United States that is similar to any of these orders.”
I set in bold the important part of this statute to point out that the statute has to do with an order of protection otherwise known as a restraining order.
Let’s move on to Manslaughter. The Minnesota statute for Manslaughter in the Second Degree is as follows:
Manslaughter, as defined in Minnesota statutes will be easier for the prosecution to prove and if Chauvin is convicted I believe it will be for this over the other charges.
“A person who causes the death of another by any of the following means is guilty of manslaughter in the second degree and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than ten years or to payment of a fine of not more than $20,000, or both:”
So, instead of 40 years, Chauvin would spend 10 years behind bars if convicted in Minnesota for manslaughter. The prosecution will try to use a Manslaughter conviction to beef up the chances for a Second Degree Murder conviction. If he is solely convicted of Manslaughter and only has to do ten years, the people in Minneapolis will go crazy. Folks, no matter what happens there will be more riots. I don’t know if this time around the Democrats will encourage them as much as they did willfully or stupidly over the summer, but they are coming so be prepared.
It appears that the prosecution is attempting to prosecute Chauvin on the first clause:
“(1) by the person’s culpable negligence whereby the person creates an unreasonable risk, and consciously takes chances of causing death or great bodily harm to another; or”
That is the only one the prosecution can really work with under the statute. When you go down the other four it’s patently obvious
“(2) by shooting another with a firearm or other dangerous weapon as a result of negligently believing the other to be a deer or other animal; or (3) by setting a spring gun, pit fall, deadfall, snare, or other like dangerous weapon or device; or (4) by negligently or intentionally permitting any animal, known by the person to have vicious propensities or to have caused great or substantial bodily harm in the past, to run uncontrolled off the owner’s premises, or negligently failing to keep it properly confined; or (5) by committing or attempting to commit a violation of section 609.378 (neglect or endangerment of a child), and murder in the first, second, or third degree is not committed thereby.”
The part in the first clause they will try to prove is that Officer Chauvin went on to “create an unreasonable risk” that led to the death of George Floyd. However, it should be easy for the defense to show that it was not unreasonable since we have video of the arrest that shows George Floyd was resisting arrest, he was kicking, crying, and screaming, and overall refusing to get into the back of the police vehicle while he was hyped up on drugs and acting crazy. I think the defense can prove that it is not unreasonable when Chauvin used a trained police policy use of force to subdue Floyd with the experience the officers just went through trying to arrest him.
The state added Third Degree Murder back into the list of charges.
If the prosecution is going to push for Third Degree Murder I believe they will try to prove the first clause.
“(a) Whoever, without intent to effect the death of any person, causes the death of another by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life, is guilty of murder in the third degree and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 25 years.”
The problem here is that the prosecutors will have a difficult time arguing Officer Chauvin was revealing a “depraved mind” by using a trained police policy use of force to subdue Floyd. There was noting depraved about using a policy that the Minneapolis police department trains officers to use under the exact circumstances that George Floyd himself created.
There you have it. I’ve said since the beginning that the fact that George Floyd died is a tragedy that should never have happened, but according to Floyd’s toxicology report, he took enough drugs that had he never gotten arrested he would have died at the same time only somewhere else. Did Floyd see the police approaching his vehicle and feared they were going to question him about passing off a counterfeit bill at the store across the street from where he was when police approached and fearing getting arrested if the cops found the drugs he just quickly ingested them to get rid of the evidence? Either way, it doesn’t appear that Chauvin was the cause of his death. I saw doesn’t appear because I don’t have all of the information so I don’t know if there are some other facts that the prosecution will bring up at trial that will change the evidence we do already have.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday in the highly anticipated murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for George Floyd’s death.
Officials in Minnesota are in a state of high security alert for this trial, which ignited riots throughout the summer in Democrat-run cities across America and initiated worldwide protests for racial equality and fighting against police brutality.
HERE IS SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRIAL:
Jury selection starts Monday morning in Hennepin County District Court in Minnesota. Opening arguments are scheduled to begin not before March 29, however, they could be delayed because of a Court of Appeals decision last week that ruled the Hennepin District Judge Peter Cahill made an error when he dismissed an additional charge of third-degree murder against Chauvin and that could result in additional legal challenges and delays.
However, a judge ruled on Monday that jury selection can continue even while the legal issue over the third-degree murder charge makes its way up the ladder to the higher courts.
WHERE CAN WE WATCH THE TRIAL?
CourtTV will stream the trial live and you can watch it by clicking here.
HYou can also watch here:
Though potential jurors will not be shown on camera, CourtTV will provide live coverage of just selection where it is expected that they will be asked if they ever joined in the George Floyd protests.
The trial is expected to last anywhere between two and four weeks according to court officials.
Chauvin, the former Minnesota police officer, 44, is accused of pressing his knee to the back of Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes while Floyd was handcuffed, until such time that he died while in police custody. Video of the incident went viral in minutes and let to global protests.
Officer Chauvin, who was fired after the incident that led to Floyd’s death, has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. Depending on how Judge Cahill rules or even as the result of a possible appeal, the third-degree murder charge could be added back into the mix of charges for the jurors to consider.
COVID-19 social distancing guidelines will be adhered to during jury selection, and there will be other precautions applied due to the high profile of this tense trial. Because of those restrictions, potential jurors will be individually interviewed with eight potentials being asked questions by lawyers for the prosecution and the defense each day. According to the Star Tribune, the people being interviewed for jury duty will be called by a number instead of their name to protect their identities.
There will be 12 jurors impaneled with four alternates, which is two more than usual.
With respect to social distancing requirements, space will be limited.
WHO WILL BE IN THE COURTROOM?
Besides the judge and other court personnel necessary to the proceedings, Chauvin and his attornies will be present in the courtroom, as well as prosecutors from the state Attorney General’s office along with special attorneys who have been assigned to the case.
As for family members, just one family member from Floyd’s family and from Chauvin’s family will be allowed to be physically inside the courtroom at a time. There will also be two seats reserved for members of the news media who will rotate among a pool of reporters.
There will be a very large show of law enforcement inside and outside of the courthouse to provide an unparalleled set of security measures. Law enforcement personnel will comprise of members from Minneapolis police, Minnesota state troopers, Hennepin County sheriff’s deputies, and National Guard troops. There are also concrete barriers surrounding the courthouse along with barbed wiring and security fencing outside all five of Minneapolis’s police precincts.
The other three former Minneapolis police officers, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, who were at the scene of Floyd’s death will be tried separately after Chauvin’s trial has concluded. They are charged with aiding and aiding and abetting unintentional second-degree murder.
A series of motions were filed this week on behalf of three of the four former Minneapolis police officers who were charged in the death of George Floyd that set off a summer of rage, destruction, mayhem, and chaos via daily riots in Democrat-run cities across the country, asking to have their clients’ cases dismissed, arguing that the prosecutors leaked information about plea deals in the works to the press.
Now that Trump’s no longer in office I wonder if the Woke Supremacists will riot again.
The trial against Derek Chauvin, the cop who had his knee on Floyd’s neck in the video that went viral around the world, is set to begin on March 8. Chauvin was ultimately charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane, the three other former cops involved are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter and their trial is scheduled for August 23.
On Monday, Thao’s lawyers, Natalie and Robert Paule filed a motion in Hennepin County District Court where they accused Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison of leaking the information about Chauvin’s plea deal negotiations. They are asking the judge to dismiss the charges against their client. I have no doubt that Ellison or one of his prosecutors did that because he’s not a good person and he used to allegedly beat his ex-girlfriend and because he’s a Democrat politician nothing happened to him.
Last week, the New York Times, once again using anonymous sources, reported that a plea deal was already in the works for Chauvin a mere days after Floyd’s death. Under the plea agreement, Chauvin would avoid federal civil rights charges if he pleads guilty to third-degree murder and face up to 10 years in federal prison. That agreement was rejected by then-Attorney General Bill Barr.
That leaked information will “irreversibly taint the jury pool and will deny Mr. Thao his constitutional right to a fair trial by impartial jurors,” and Ellison, as well as prosecutors Matthew Frank and Neal Katyal should face, “sanctions against the State for its role – directly or indirectly – in the leaking of highly prejudicial information related to potential plea agreements of codefendants,” the motion read, according to Twin Cities Pioneer Press, the outlet that obtained the motion after it was made public on Tuesday.
We need to have some serious reform on leaking laws. Leftist Trump haters working in the federal government leaked data every day for at least the first two years. In many cases, it is a felony to leak information to the press and no one ever gets charged. In fact, I don’t even think there are investigations to find the leakers.
The motion requested a scheduled hearing to argue the matter within one week. Judge Peter Cahill will render a decision on the motion soon.
Another motion filed in Hennepin County District Court on Tuesday by Kueng’s attorney, Thomas Plunkett, also argued that the leak that turned into the article in the Times could only have come from the prosecution team. Plunkett said tghe leak “shows a complete disrespect for this Court and the fundamental notions of due process.”
“The history of this case shows purposeful actions to thwart justice for the officers. One discovery violation is an honest mistake, this wide river of flagrant discovery violations is a purposeful act designed to prevent Mr. Kueng and the Codefendant’s from receiving a fair trial,” the motion read. “Leaking prejudicial information mere days before trial is loathsome and underhanded. The State’s conduct has been pervasive, malicious and an affront to the dignity of the Office of the Attorney General.” Talk about prosecutorial misconduct.
On Wednesday, Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, filed the third motion asking to join the motions filed by the first two defendants; lawyers, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“It’s sad that the defense would stoop to peddling baseless conspiracy theories rather than prepare a serious defense of their client to address the grave crimes with which he is charged,” Ellison said in a written statement where he responded to the motions filed this week. “Unlike the defense, we are confident in our case and look forward to presenting it to a jury.”
See what I mean about Ellison? There’s no way anyone but the prosecutors could have leaked that information, a felony I believe, and Ellison uses the favorite tactic of the Democrats these days by calling the motions conspiracy theories. How else was the New York Times able to write the article without someone leaking the information to the liner for a dirty birdcage newspaper? A conspiracy theory would be if there was no article published and the lawyers said there was. Ellison is either stupid or arrogant as all get out.
Minneapolis and state police are working on security plans to prepare for the animals to create more havoc, looting and burning down businesses as Chauvin’s trial gets closer.
On Wednesday, the utterly useless Mayor Jacob Frey, who did next to nothing during the daily summer riots in his city, said that the trial will in all likelihood increase trauma for a lot of people, particularly as the day of the verdict gets closer and that safety will be on of the top priorities “during this very difficult time in our city.” Does anyone believe him? Do they have enough cops left on the force to do that kind of security?
Do I sound like a cynic? Well, when you wake up every day of your life and you see that the sun comes up, after a while, you just come to expect it.
The riots which exploded across the country in late May in response to the death of George Floyd while in police custody are now estimated to be the most expensive civil disorders in U.S. history, costing insurance companies upwards of $2 billion.
But the costs may be much higher.
According to Axios, statistics compiled by Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I) and originally provided by Property Claim Services (which has been tracking insurance claims from civil unrest since 1950), the riots occurring from May 26th through June 8th of this year have racked up $1 billion to $2 billion in losses.
While media outlets have repeatedly called the summer protests “mostly peaceful”, the economic devastation and violence that has occurred speaks otherwise.
In the Minneapolis area alone, for instance, over 1,500 businesses were vandalized, looted, and destroyed within the first few days of protests. According to the Star Tribune:
“In their wake, vandals left a trail of smashed doors and windows, covered hundreds of boarded-up businesses with graffiti and set fire to nearly 150 buildings, with dozens burned to the ground. Pharmacies, groceries, liquor stores, tobacco shops and cell phone stores were ransacked, losing thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise. Many were looted repeatedly over consecutive nights.
Other property — like gas stations, restaurants and even parked cars — was set on fire, with much of it completely destroyed.”
PCS labels anything above $25 million a “catastrophe.” The riots of this past summer have been deemed a “multi-state catastrophe event,” the first of its kind, with over 20 states suffering significant losses.
The most expensive civil unrest event prior to this summer was the 1992 Rodney King riots in LA, which cost $775 million in insurance claims (or $1.42 when adjusted for inflation). Most other catastrophes occurred during the 1960s. But, unlike the riots from this past summer, those catastrophes tended to be isolated to one city.
“It’s not just happening in one city or state,” Loretta L. Worters of Triple-I told Axios, ” – it’s all over the country. And this is still happening, so the losses could be significantly more.”
“By June 4 at least 40 cities in 23 states had imposed curfews,” reported Triple-I, “and rioting resulted in at least six deaths. National Guard were called in at least 21 states and Washington, D.C.”
First, insurance losses only measure those losses coming from the insured. According to FEE, 75% of U.S. businesses are under-insured, and 40% don’t have insurance at all.
Second, over 15 people have died as a result of these riots, and others have been seriously injured. Insurance doesn’t account for personal pain and suffering.
Third, “looking at mere insurance totals fails to factor in the lost sales revenue and unpaid labor” in the days, weeks, and months to come.
And finally, insurance claims don’t take into account the extensive negative impacts that riots have on entire communities for years to come. According to FEE, areas that have been victims of rioting “face higher insurance rates, lower property values, higher prices, reduced tax revenue, and decreased economic opportunity.”
In other words, while activists are smashing windows in the name of “justice”, they are creating a worse environment for people of all ages, races, and economic status.
In the aftermath of the Rodney King riots, for instance, LA suffered a $4 billion decrease in economic activity, and a reduction in their tax revenue by $125 million.
Or, following the 1960s civil rights era, cities that experienced rioting faced “negative, persistent, and economically significant effects of riots on the value of black-owned housing” and “a 10 percent decline in the total value of black-owned property in cities.”
This isn’t to mention the fact that minority businesses have been looted, set ablaze, and vandalized in the midst of these protests for racial equality and justice.
The historic $2 billion that has been racked up so far as a direct result of riots may not threaten the integrity of the insurance industry, but it does threaten our small business owners, the health of our communities, and the well-being of our nation as a whole.
The video below might be enough to prove reasonable doubt in the mind of potential jurors in the George Floyd case, which is anticipated to be very emotional and trying for the American people.
Recently one of the attorneys in the case who represents one of the former police officers involved said that the evidence that Floyd died from an overdose and not a knee on the neck, was so strong that the case against the officers involved should be dropped altogether.
Minneapolis officer's attorney alleges George Floyd overdosed on fentanyl, says charges should be dropped. https://t.co/LfQmuPtk00
“A lawyer for one of the former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death said he planned to argue in court that Floyd “killed himself” by dying of a fentanyl overdose and an underlying heart condition.
“None of these guys — even Chauvin — actually killed him,” Gray said, referring to Derek Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes on May 25. “He killed himself.”
A broadcaster slowed the film of Floyd down, to show a white spot on his tongue, which he said proves that Floyd had taken something right before he died, and that the footage could provide a “reasonable doubt” in what is likely to be one of the highest-profile cases in American history.
Floyd died in May, while in the custody of the police, one who was seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck, presumably killing Floyd.
Violent uprisings happened after the video of Floyd’s death was played over and over, agitating people.
Vinnie Politan narrated the video for his Facebook page, Court TV:
“This video is when George Floyd is initially stopped and it is in slow motion, look at the tongue- a little white spot. The defense says that this is the most important in the case.
One of the attorneys for former officer says that spot is Fentanyl and it was ingested at the time of the video.
The Defense is saying this is an overdose case, this is not a man with a knee on his neck, or who can not breathe. This is 2MG of Fentanyl, the defense just has to prove that this is a reasonable explanation for the death of George Floyd.
The defense just has to raise a reasonable explanation, prosecutors have to prove that it happened. So if what the defense shows is reasonable that is enough for reasonable doubt. Look at the white dot on the tongue.
This is going to happen at the trial and each one of the defendants will hire someone to come in and talk about the white dot on the tongue, and the fen t in his system.”
Lawlessness in Minneapolis as anarchists have taken control of four blocks, illegally!
Similar to what Sharia Muslims have done in Paris and other European cities, unappointed mob leaders actually control the traffic coming in and out of the “No Go Zones”. In these illegally commandeered city blocks, local police are not allowed to enter, leading to increased crime, and the loss of Law and Order!
Like CHAZ, the locals who just want to live in safety, move around freely, and get their community working again, are trapped because of the city’s refusal to intervene.
Two months after the police killing of George Floyd, the four-block area of South Minneapolis where he gasped his last breaths remains a sacred space, a no-go zone for officers. There is a neatly trimmed garden, anchored by a sculpture of a raised fist. There are colorful murals and the words “I can’t breathe” painted across the pavement, as well as the names of dozens of other Black people killed by the police.
At night, though, this area is increasingly a battleground, with shootings and drug overdoses. The area has had an uptick in gun violence similar to what othercities have seen in the wake of protests.
But in Minneapolis, at least for now, the city is moving cautiously.
“Opening up too quickly will have a devastating effect on people still mourning,” said Angela Conley, a Hennepin County commissioner, who has been leading community discussions about the future of the area where Mr. Floyd was killed.
“What people aren’t recognizing is that people who live there are having a very, very challenging time from the unlawfulness that is occurring after the sun goes down,” said Andrea Jenkins, a member of the City Council whose district includes the memorial space. “There are constant gunshots every night. Emergency vehicles can’t get in. Disabled people are not able to access their medications, their appointments, their food deliveries, et cetera. It’s a very challenging situation.”
Ms. Dawkins lives a few doors down from Cup Foods, the store where Floyd tried to use the fake $20 bill, was selling candy and drinks, and promoting a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to avoid foreclosure. When the pandemic hit, she was furloughed from her job at Nordstrom, and her fiancé is also out of work.
“But when the other crowd comes at night, I can’t call the police, and that scares the hell out of me,” she said. Ms. Dawkins pointed to a gunshot in the windshield of her car, a gold sedan.
“We have kids in this home, so I do want police to protect families,” she said. “It’s a hard balance. I’m happy this incident brought change, but I want to feel safe.”
So how long will it take the community to heal?
Until someone believes they have, the Americans living in this four back area of Minneloplic have lost their Constitutional protections, but are afraid to say much, as it would be insensitive.
They have to listen to gunshots and can’t call the police, because they are not coming.
What a scary and unacceptable condition for the city officials to force them to live in. Progressive governance never cares about the people, it is always about taking and keeping power!
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams was on the podcast “Pulse Check” last week when he said that what happened to Floyd could have happened to him. He said he is the same age Floyd was.
“That could be me, pulled over for speeding five miles over the speed limit. That could be me with a busted tail light,” Adams told the publication. “That could be me who is just seen as a black man and not as the surgeon general of the United States — especially if I’m not wearing a uniform, but I’m casually dressed in my hoodie and tennis shoes and athletic apparel — and that could be me on the side of a road with a knee in my neck.”
One of the reasons police were called to the scene of George Floyd was not that a man simply used a fraudulent $20 bill to buy cigarettes. They said that the man was acting like he was on something. That alone could have sparked a different reaction from the police.
According to the medical examiner’s report, Floyd had fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death. Which would explain his strange behavior?
According to an article in NPR the autopsy report from Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office concludes the cause of death was “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” That conclusion, death due to heart failure, differs from the one reached by an independent examiner hired by the Floyd family; that report listed the cause of death as “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.”
So, the question for Jerome Adams is, are you sure that this could have been you? Many videos of blacks being restrained are sparked by an inappropriate action that prompts the police to respond. Not that chokeholds or neck golds are appropriate. We are simply addressing how the individuals act when approached by police.
No doubt there is a need for better police procedures to ensure the safety of individuals once they are in police custody.
When people like Mr. Adams say that this could have been him, it sends the wrong message. It means that any good morale black man is subject to having a team of police being called to take him down over a broken tail light. And that puts the wrong fear in young black men. Many of these black men are found to be on drugs or are trying to resist arrest.
The podcast ended with Adam’s addressing the safety of the protestors and reminding them to wear masks.
On the podcast, he added: “I understand the anger, the frustration, the fear and why people feel that that they need to prioritize going out and protesting … what I say to people as a physician is, if you’re going to do something, I want to help you understand your risk and … how to do it as safely as possible.”