Medical experts: Floyd’s speech didn’t mean he could breathe

As George Floyd repeatedly pleaded “I can’t breathe” to police officers holding him down on a Minneapolis street corner, some of the officers responded by pointing out he was able to speak. One told Floyd it takes “a lot of oxygen” to talk, while another told angry bystanders that Floyd was “talking, so he can […]

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Officer to Floyd: ‘It takes … a lot of oxygen to talk’

MINNEAPOLIS — As George Floyd told Minneapolis police officers that he couldn’t breathe more than 20 times in the moments before he died, the officer who pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck dismissed his pleas, saying “it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk,” according to transcripts of body camera video recordings […]

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Transcripts of police videos reveal Floyd’s final moments

As George Floyd told Minneapolis police officers that he couldn’t breathe about 20 times in the moments before he died, the officer who pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck dismissed his pleas, saying “it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk,” according to transcripts of body camera video recordings made public Wednesday. […]

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New Transcripts Detail Last Moments for George Floyd

George Floyd told officers more than 20 times that he could not breathe, according to newly released transcripts of Minneapolis police body camera footage documenting the last minutes of his life. Several times, too, he exclaimed that officers were killing him. “Come on, man. Oh, oh. I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe,” Mr. Floyd said, […]

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1 officer charged in George Floyd death seeks case dismissal

One of four Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death is asking to have his case dismissed. An attorney for Thomas Lane said in court papers made public Wednesday that the case against his client should be dismissed for lack of probable cause. As part of his court filing, attorney Earl Gray filed transcripts […]

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Prominent Artists and Writers Warn of an ‘Intolerant Climate’

The killing of George Floyd has brought an intense moment of racial reckoning in the United States. As protests spread across the country, they have been accompanied by open letters calling for — and promising — change at white-dominated institutions across the arts and academia. But on Tuesday, a different type of letter appeared online. Titled “A […]

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Police Unions Wield Massive Power in American Politics — For Now

When he was fired, arrested, and charged with the murder of George Floyd, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin belonged to a union. Officer Brett Hankison still enjoys union membership, despite being terminated by the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department over the killing of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor. Unlike other public sector unions tasked with establishing collective bargaining […]

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As Slaveholder Statues Come Down, America’s Birthday Party Gets Weird

MOUNT VERNON, VA — Peter James bent down to inspect a plaque about George Washington’s plantation profits. Mr. James, 24, is an independent hemp farmer visiting Washington, D.C. from Akron, Ohio this week for the Fourth of July. Like many Americans, Mr. James, who is Black, said he was “taking a sober look” at history […]

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An Unlikely Source of Catharsis for a Black M.L.B. Player: Social Media

Tony Kemp felt, in his words, depressed. Soon after George Floyd’s death in May, with enduring protests about racial injustice and police brutality around the country, Kemp could not get himself out of bed until 2 or 3 p.m. on back-to-back days. “I was just down in the dumps,” said Kemp, an infielder-outfielder for the […]

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Former officer charged in Floyd’s death posts $750K bond

A former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd has been released from jail By The Associated Press July 5, 2020, 4:09 PM 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MINNEAPOLIS — A former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd has been released from jail, […]

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NFL will play Black national anthem ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ before each Week 1 game

People visiting the neighborhood where George Floyd was killed during an encounter with police, gather to listen as Rev. Mack Knight, right, sings the Black national anthem “Lift Every Voice,” Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Minneapolis. | Bebeto Matthews/AP League officials also plan to honor victims of police brutality through elements such as helmet decals […]

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Talent agency CAA keeping LA, NYC and Nashville offices closed until 2021

High-profile Hollywood agency CAA, which represents the likes of Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Nicole Kidman, is delaying the reopening of its biggest US offices until 2021 as US coronavirus cases continue to rise. The talent agency told staffers via email late Wednesday that it will be keeping its LA headquarters in Century City closed, […]

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Lawmakers make push for slavery reparations in wake of George Floyd’s death

Slavery reparations legislation has gotten renewed attention in Washington in the wake of George Floyd’s death and amid nationwide demands for racial justice. The late Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., introduced slavery reparations legislation in the House each session for nearly 30 years to no avail. Now, a year after his death, Conyers’ effort to form a commission […]

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Former George W. Bush officials form new group to back Biden

A group of officials who worked in former President George W. Bush’s administration and presidential campaigns on Wednesday launched a new super PAC to persuade Republicans disaffected with President Trump to vote for Democratic challenger Joe Biden. The group – titled “43 Alumni for Biden” – says its mission is to “unite and mobilize a […]

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9-year-old witness to George Floyd’s death turning experience into book

The 9-year-old who witnessed police kill George Floyd is planning to write a children’s book on her experience to help process the ordeal and fight racism. Judeah Reynolds’ 17-year-old cousin, Darnella Frazier, filmed the footage of Floyd’s death that has been viewed by millions and sparked nationwide protests against police brutality. But Reynolds, who is in fourth grade, […]

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Black Lives Matter meets pushback in Britain over ‘Defund Police,’ other radical positions

Black Lives Matter, which saw an initial wave of support in the U.K. following the death of George Floyd, is now encountering pushback as a number of Brits mark a distinction between combating racism and the organization’s more radical positions. As protests took off across America in June, they soon spread to the U.K., where there was […]

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Little evidence that protests spread coronavirus in US

There is little evidence that the protests that erupted after George Floyd’s death caused a significant increase in U.S. coronavirus infections, according to public health experts. If the protests had driven an explosion in cases, experts say, the jumps would have started to become apparent within two weeks — and perhaps as early as five […]

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Hopes fade for reform of massive U.S. criminal justice system

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Washington By Trevor Hunnicutt and Nandita Bose WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite a renewed focus on wrongful arrests and racial discrimination after the death of George Floyd, meaningful reform of the massive U.S. criminal justice system is unlikely ahead of […]

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George Clooney Pays Tribute To ‘Friend’ Carl Reiner, 98, After Icon’s Passing: He Was ‘An Incredible Gift’ To Us All

In the wake of Carl Reiner’s death, his ‘Oceans Eleven’ co-star, George Clooney, reflected on his friendship with a ‘funny, smart and kind’ man he was honored to call a friend. “Carl Reiner made every room he walked into funnier, smarter, kinder. It all seemed so effortless,” George Clooney said in a statement to HollywoodLife following the death […]

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Pols face ire of ‘Defund the Police’ force, from Seattle to New York City

As unrest over the death of George Floyd and racial inequality in general reverberates across the United States, local politicians are facing an intense new wave of pressure from protesters demanding police budget cuts as they attempt to balance keeping order in their cities and enacting reforms. In the latest development, New York City Mayor Bill de […]

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4 ex-officers due back in court in George Floyd’s death

The four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd are due in court for a hearing that could deal with bail amounts and other issues By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press June 29, 2020, 3:43 PM 3 min read 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MINNEAPOLIS — The […]

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We Talked to More Than 50 Democratic Officials. Almost All Want to Divert Police Funding.

WASHINGTON — A month after the killing of George Floyd by the police in Minneapolis ignited a wave of nationwide protests, Democratic Party officials are expressing broad support for significantly reallocating funds away from police departments, with positions that go well beyond that of the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Joseph R. Biden Jr. Interviews with […]

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House Passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

new video loaded: House Passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act transcript Back bars 0:00/1:07 –1:07 transcript House Passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act The House passed the sweeping police overhaul bill, aimed at combating racial bias and excessive use of force, by a vote of 236 to 181. The bill is not expected […]

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Could Black Lives Matter get on the ballot?

As the Black Lives Matter movement becomes an influential political force in the wake of George Floyd’s death, some are now wondering if its followers — frustrated by a two-party system that refuses to heed its calls — could ultimately organize their own political party in the United States. Four years ago, 43 percent of American adults supported […]

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Elijah McClain’s Death

As outrage over police brutality has erupted across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death, a wave of fresh attention and scrutiny has been applied to older cases in which people died after encounters with the police. One such case is that of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old black man who died last summer […]

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Fed’s George says full economic recovery is still far off

© Reuters. Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George addresses the National Association for Business Economics in Denver By Jonnelle Marte (Reuters) – The possibility of a surge in COVID-19 infections is likely to remain a threat to the U.S. economy until a vaccine is developed, and a full recovery is still far off, […]

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