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May 29 2020

George Floyd’s United States

In case you’ve forgotten George Floyd is just the latest Black American lynched and murdered by Police. Derek Chauvin has finally been charged with 3rd Degree Murder (only 3rd? Coroner says he can’t confirm asphyxiation- complicit bastard, we have it on video tape).

Admirably all 4 former Officers, 2 physically aided in the death, 1 just stood by and watched and threatened the Bystanders filming the appalling and premeditated (you might choke someone for a minute or two because you’re mad or scared, 8 minutes you don’t do by accident, 8 minutes is a long time with only one outcome) Murder, have been fired but the question you have to ask yourself is this-

If these are the only 4 Bad Apples in the Minneapolis Police Department, what are the odds they found themselves randomly on this call?

Four Racist Murderers? In the same place? At the same time?

I think the population of Racist Murderers in the Minneapolis Police Department represents a far larger portion of Minneapolis Police Officers than we are currently admitting.

Oh, and as for that “random” part, turns out George Floyd and Derek Chauvin worked together, so in the “good news” department maybe Minneapolis isn’t that Racist at all, maybe they’re just host to an extra-judicial and personally motivated Hit Squad, you know, like Magnum Force.

Feel better?

Then there’s this-

CNN reporter and crew arrested live on air while covering Minneapolis protest
By Kim Bellware and Elahe Izadi, Washington Post
May 29, 2020

Police arrested CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and his camera crew on live television just after 5 a.m. Friday as the team reported on the Minneapolis protests following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody.

The journalists were released hours later, but not before an outcry from other journalists and viewers, including Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D), who denounced the arrests and issued a public apology.

“I take full responsibility,” Walz said during a Friday news conference. “There is absolutely no reason something like this should have happened.”

Jimenez had been reporting from an intersection that had experienced destruction during the protests.

CNN viewers witnessed police officers surrounding the journalists as Jimenez repeatedly said they would go where ordered. “Wherever you’d want us, we will go,” he said. “We were just getting out of your way when you were advancing through the intersection, so just let us know and we got you.”

Jimenez then turned to narrate the scene when an officer told him he was under arrest. Jimenez was zip-tied by his wrists and led away.

The arrest, which happened during CNN’s “New Day” program, shocked hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman.

“That is an American television reporter, Omar Jimenez, being led away by police officers,” Berman said. “He clearly identified himself as a reporter, he was respectfully explaining to the state police that our CNN team was there and moving away. … I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Police then arrested the other CNN crew members and took the network’s camera, which continued to roll.

Minnesota State Patrol later said in a statement that “in the course of clearing the streets and restoring order” at the intersection, police arrested four people, including three CNN crew members who “were released once they were confirmed to be members of the media.”

Josh Campbell, another CNN reporter who had been reporting from the Minneapolis streets cleared by police, later said on air “my experience has been the opposite of what Omar just experienced there,” and that he was told he was “permitted to be in this area.”

“You, Josh Campbell, are white, Omar Jimenez is not,” Berman said. “I do not know if that played into this.”

“What you just said crossed my mind as well about appearances here,” Campbell responded. “I can tell you I was treated much differently than he was.”

Others highlighted the race of the arrested reporter, including presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. “This is not abstract: a black reporter was arrested while doing his job this morning, while the white police officer who killed George Floyd remains free,” Biden tweeted. “I am glad swift action was taken, but this, to me, says everything.”

Minnesota Nice. If you had Klobuchar in your Office VP Pool I think you’re out of luck.