The Minneapolis Police Officer Who Knelt On George Floyd’s Neck Has Been Charged With Murder

Would have been nice if he was held accountable immediately.

Derek Chauvin, the white Minneapolis officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck as he said he couldn’t breathe before dying, has been charged with murder.

Floyd’s death, captured on video as he struggled for air and begged officers to stop so he could breath, has sparked days of unrest across the country as thousands of people have gone to the streets in protest of police killings of unarmed black men.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said that while the investigation is ongoing, “we felt it appropriate to focus on the most dangerous perpetrator.”

A criminal complaint was expected to be released later in the day, but Freeman said Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

The three officers remain investigation, although Freeman said he anticipates they too will face charges.

A CNN Crew was Arrested in Minneapolis

A different crew was not.  Guess which color the arrested reporter was?

 

State police detained CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, his producer and his photojournalist shortly after 5 a.m. CT (6 a.m. ET) as Jimenez was reporting live from a street south of downtown, near where a police precinct was earlier set ablaze.
Jimenez could be seen holding his CNN badge while reporting, identifying himself as a reporter, and telling the officers the crew would move wherever officers needed them to. An officer gripped his arm as Jimenez talked, then put him in handcuffs.
“We can move back to where you like. We are live on the air here. … Put us back where you want us. We are getting out of your way — wherever you want us (we’ll) get out of your way,” Jimenez said to police before he was led away.

Here’s the official tweet from Minnesota’s State Patrol how it only took them an hour or so to figure out that they were really a CNN crew. It can be tricky because a lot of protesters carry tens of thousands of dollars worth of camera and audio equipment to blend in.

Man loses office lease after viral video shows him calling police on black entrepreneurs using building’s gym

Good.

A white Minneapolis venture capitalist’s office lease was terminated after a viral video showed him questioning black entrepreneurs using the gym in a building of which they were all tenants, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday.

Tom Austin, the managing partner of F2 Group, threatened to call the police on the group of black men on Tuesday. The men are the owners of Top Figure, a Minneapolis-based social media and branding agency. They work out of a WeWork coworking space in the building and are allowed to use the amenities.

Austin ultimately called the building manager, who confirmed the men have a lease in the building. He told the Tribune that his actions led to his company losing its lease in the building.

Twitter Puts Warning Label on Trump’s Tweet for Glorifying Violence

Impeached whiny failed human that we call Trump goes full George Wallace and decides to amp up the terrible situation in Minneapolis and Twitter put another warning on one of his tweets:

Twitter says President Donald Trump has violated its rule against glorifying violence and has affixed a warning label to one of his tweets — the first time such action has been taken against the president’s account.

The social media platform is using what it calls a “public interest notice” to flag the president’s incendiary post about the protests and violence in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
This means the tweet will not be removed, but will be hidden behind a notice that says “this Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.” Users can view it if they click past the notice.

The company’s move risked escalating tensions with the White House during an already tense week. Trump signed an executive order that purported to address “censorship” by Twitter and other social media companies, following Twitter’s earlier decision to affix fact-check type labels to two of his misleading posts about mail-in voting ballots.

Update:
The White House’s twitter account is just retweeting Trump’s personal account now (which he isn’t even supposed to be using if you remember that was a controversy 300 years ago in 2016) and now that tweet has a warning linked to it.

Check your junk mail — 4 million Americans are getting their stimulus payments as prepaid debit cards, not checks

Oh ferfucksake. I finally got my stimulus payment today in the form of a debit card and almost chucked it thinking it was a scammy bank card. Luckily I googled it and found this. The only plus side is there’s no place for a black magic marker to sign so I didn’t have to look at that moron’s signature. Instead of just remotely depositing a check, you’re gonna need to create a crappy account, activate the card, then do a balance transfer:

Don’t throw away your junk mail — or you might throw away your stimulus payment.

The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service began sending out Economic Impact Payments as prepaid debit cards last week. So almost 4 million Americans still waiting for their cut of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act can expect to get their stimulus money in the form of an EIP Card, as opposed to a paper check.

Problem is, these Visa VISA, +1.89% cards are being issued by MetaBank (the Treasury’s financial agent) and delivered in plain envelopes from Money Network Cardholder Services — neither of which are familiar names for many folks. So reports of people mistaking these for pre-approved credit-card junk mail or scams have been popping up across the country. And in some cases, people have even thrown away the debit cards containing their long-awaited stimulus money before they realized their mistake.