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News Bytes 04/6/2021 376 Comments

The trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s May 25, 2020, death is entering its second week. The first week of emotional testimony came from eyewitnesses—and the disturbing video of Floyd’s arrest from police body cameras. Experts expect this week to focus on police training and help answer the question of whether officers were following proper procedure.

Derek Chauvin, 45, is charged with murder and manslaughter. (See “George Floyd Protests.”) Chauvin, who is white, is accused of pinning his knee on the 46-year-old black man’s neck for over nine minutes as Floyd lay face-down in handcuffs outside a corner market.

Prosecutors say Chauvin’s knee killed Floyd. The defense argues that Chauvin did what he was trained to do and that Floyd’s use of drugs and underlying health conditions caused his death.

Multiple bystanders captured Floyd’s treatment by police on video. The scenes sparked protests that rocked Minneapolis and spread to other U.S. cities and beyond. Those videos, plus officers’ body-camera video and previously unseen eyewitness footage, came together to form a big part of the first week of trial.

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo will likely testify this week. Arradondo, the city’s first black chief, fired Chauvin and three other officers the day after Floyd’s death. In June, he called the incident “murder.”

“Mr. George Floyd’s tragic death was not due to a lack of training,” Arradondo said at the time. “Chauvin knew what he was doing.”

Soon after Floyd’s death, Minneapolis moved to ban police chokeholds and neck restraints. Arradondo and Mayor Jacob Frey have also made several policy changes, including expanding rules for reporting use-of-force incidents and documenting attempts to de-escalate situations.

Prosecutors intend to build the case that Chauvin improperly restrained Floyd. A duty sergeant and a lieutenant who leads the homicide division both questioned Chauvin’s actions.

“Totally unnecessary,” Lt. Richard Zimmerman, the longest-tenured officer on the force, testified Friday. He said once Floyd was handcuffed, he saw “no reason for why the officers felt they were in danger, if that’s what they felt.” He went on, “And that’s what they would have to feel to be able to use that kind of force.”

Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson peppered Zimmerman with questions about the threat a handcuffed suspect might still pose. Nelson has also suggested that bystanders shouting at police might have distracted them from Floyd and made them feel threatened.

Jurors heard several days of testimony from bystanders. Some choked up as they recalled feeling powerless to help Floyd. Some also expressed feeling guilt over his death.

The trial has been a horrifying reminder of human fallenness. Many people are following the proceedings closely. Some worry the outcome will not fit the crime. For others, the trial has been too much to bear. Eyewitness Kyra Walker says she had to tune out and shut down Twitter one day. “I had a moment where I just felt broken,” she says. “I realized I just didn’t have it in me to watch all this.”

(Steven Thompson poses for a picture next to a poster of George Floyd in Los Angeles Friday, April 2, 2021. Thompson is choosing not to watch the televised trial because of an underlying dread of how the trial will play out. AP/Damian Dovarganes)

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@Kiara J, Asher E, Christian B

Kiara J: Instead of black LIVES matter, or black PEOPLE matter, how about ALL LIVES MATTER!?!?!?

Asher E: I did not know that Floyd used drugs that much. Is there solid proof that he died from drug overdose?

Christian B: Give me proof that Asher E doesn't have proof about what he claims.

@Christian B

I don't mean to be rude, but saying Asher doesn't have proof is not enough to make people believe you. You've gotta PROVE it.

@Family P

A. Blood drug and novel psychoactive substances screens:
1. Fentanyl 11 ng/mL
2. Norfentanyl 5.6 ng/mL
3. 4-ANPP 0.65 ng/mL
4. Methamphetamine 19 ng/mL
5. 11-Hydroxy Delta-9 THC 1.2 ng/mL;
Delta-9 Carboxy THC 42 ng/mL; Delta-9 THC 2.9 ng/mL
6. Cotinine positive
7. Caffeine positive

This is his drug levels at the time of the first autopsy which was done 12 hours after he died.
As you can see the fentanyl level in his blood was 11 ng/ml. The average lethal dose of the drug is 9.96 ng/mL.
So it is pretty obvious that is what killed him.

@Christian B

Look at the comment above, there is your proof.

@Asher E

Wow, ok. Two questions:

1. Are you saying the police officer had nothing to do with his death?
2. May I ask where you get this information? (I don't mean to distrust your sources, but I would like to know where you got this)

@Asher

I don't think Caroline was saying you personally meant it to be mean or rude, but I think she sometimes sees it as that way. I do have to admit that some of your comments are very fiery, but I think that is your personality and you standing up for what you think is right and that is okay. Now, I do think it was a little hot in that comment you addressed to Christian B about the proof.

@Family P

I got it from the Hennepin County medical examiner's report. You should be able to find it by looking up George Floyd Autopsy. It will be in pdf form and the headline will say
"Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office Autopsy Report". I would just give you the link but that is not allowed here.

@Riley D

You have got my personality pinned down pretty well for someone who I have only met online.
About my comment to Christian, I know that may seem a bit over the top but after our other debates with him, I am understandably not the happiest with his debate style and don't want to have another debate of presenting facts and him just saying "no that's a lie" to every fact.

@ Everyone

So, with all this equality thing, where's the fairness in the fact ppl are going around beating asians?
https://teen.wng.org/node/6716

I'm so sorry.

@Asher E, Ok, yeah, I guess I'm just not used to hearing people who are so fierce in their opinions, my family is really laid back but I'm more like you, but I'm not used hearing it as much.. So, yeah.. Really sorry!!!! Please forgive me!!!! I've realized I've been a little fierce too sometimes, I just didn't realize it. I'm sorry if you thought I was saying you as a person was mean or rude, I guess it is just because our opinions clash. But I'm really sorry. :( I'll try to be less annoyed by your opinions, and I'll listen to them better. Can you also try to see it from my point of view? I think of the way Mr. Floyd died as murder, but I can understand why some people would believe differently.

P.S. This is Caro

P.S. I'm trying to be friendly and make online friendships (which can never be as good as with people I can actual hang out with but) friends? Or at least not rivals? More like an allience.

@Caro/Caroline

Sure, I didn't realize you had changed your name on the site so I was like, "who is this new person who I have never seen, and why are they saying this about me?".
I will try to be a bit less fierce when I am talking to you but I do ask one thing in return. When I say something please don't just say that it is not true unless you can show me that it isn't. I am always sure to research things before I say them so I get extra fierce when people just say "oh that's not true". Example the illegal immigrant debate. So if you don't deny facts without proof them I won't be as aggressive in my response.
Thank you for trying to understand me, I will do my best to understand you.
I am not able to call you a friend yet but maybe soon.

@ Caroline

I can already think of you as a friend. You really remind me of one of my in person friends. Ok, just saying....
@Everyone
My family has been VERY worried w/ all this BLM stuff. Know why? Hint hint: LA riots
That's right. During the LA riots, when Korean stores were targeted, made my mother VERY scared. She was working in a retail store at the time! A teenager came in, threatened her with a gun, and asked for all the money! (No offense anyone w/ this comment by the way)
Her boss was once behind the register, got threatened with a gun AGAIN, except the result was different. Her boss yelled "GET OUT!" at the kid, making him run away. You can't mess with an older person without getting roasted. XD

Gosh, I missed all the fun... :(

Glad the misunderstanding between Asher and Caro got cleared up. Asher, I would have said that the autopsy info wasn't well backed up by your account of your father and friend telling you that, but then I looked it up where you said to and I saw it too, so good job proving that. Christian B, how often are you on here? I'm trying to get a good idea of when people are on. :)
I call y'all my semi-friends. Let's just say we have a very fragile relationship. XD If I could meet y'all in real life, I think we could be friends.

@Addie L

I can see why you wouldn't trust my dad and friend as sources. However, I do because I know them and I know that they don't lie and they do their research. I trust them enough to use them as a source but I will do my best to put the original source rather than them as the source.

@Everyone

Another thing debunking the theory that George Floyd was killed by Chauvin is that Steven Crowder had a man who weighed about as much as Chauvin kneel on his neck for 9 minutes and he was completely fine. The video is in his second most recent show on the StevenCrowder youtube channel.

@Asher E

Steven Crowder cracks me up. Glad you understand, and I will also try to present my facts from the original source. :)

:)

@Everyone, It's fun to have online friends because it isn't as, like, serious. It's easier to debate with semi-friends than with your BFF.

:)

@Asher, that makes sense and I won't just deny what you beleive and have looked up. And if I'm fierce and or mean, feel free to let me know!

Hmm..

Sarah F: Thanks for clearing up the Ken Ham thing for me!
Asher and Caroline: Guys, thank you for peacefully, even if it was passionately, arguing your cases. Caroline N, you are right to say to not trust the internet. Asher, I think you made that point too! There is a lot of mistreatment of blacks and others and it isn't right, HOWEVER if the officer was actually stopping someone from resisting arrest..then that was just following protocol. I kinda want to lean toward condemning the officer, but I am not sure Floyd was doing the right thing himself. It seemed to me though very unnecessary to kneel on someone's neck, BUT i haven't seen the video so.. :P Thus, I don't know who is right or wrong honestly, you both have very good points.

@Asher

Well I just read your comments and it forms a picture in my mind. Can I take that as a compliment? I', glad you got that straightened out with Caroline. And yeah you can't actually have real friends and be real friends with someone you just meet online, but you can be social and stuff with them.

P.S. Everyone can call me Caro, I don't mind! It is my nickname

I think that most police officers are good! But I still think Mr. Chauvin should be sentenced. If someone did that to a police officer you can bet they would be sentenced. And we shouldn't have a double standerd. I am for the BLM group but I don't like the riots. I like the peaceful protests. @Asher E, yes the drugs might have been what killed him, but it couldn't have been good for someone to kneel on his neck. I'm glad that it is most likely that will never happen to me in America, as a white female. (though no one is actually white or black, we are different shades of brown.) @Family P, are you reletivly new? If so, HI!!!! If not, hi!!!!! If you aren't new, sorry that I didn't notice before

@Caro :)

Did you see Asher's comment about the man on YouTube who had someone kneel on him for 9 minutes and he was fine? That might have been different for a man on drugs, but do we know that the officer knew he was on drugs?

*-*

@Addie, It is possible that he actually kneeled on Mr. Crowder, but I'm generally more suspiscious of YouTube because people can fake it. So it is possible the Mr.Floyd died from drug overdose or from suffacation. I guess God is the only one who actually knows. And he will punish people as he deems fit.

@MIRELA J

I agree. I mean I have a lot to say about it. But none appropriate

@Asher E

You can put all these "facts" down but where did u get that info from?

Family P

It's not all lives matter because black lives are being killed, not all lives. All lives already matter black lives dont seem to

Family P

one more thing, Asher didn't put where she got her info from so as for right now asher has no proof.

@Christian B

That is wrong. Asher first of all I think Asher is a boy (tell me if I am wrong Asher) and also, he did put where he got the info about the drug doses from. you can look it up. All you have to do is read other comments. And thirdly, all lives do matter. They matter to God and they matter to me. I don't care if someone is white or black or tan or olive or whatever else you want to say. Everyone is made in God's Image and everyone matters. There are just some people out there who don't see it that way and it is true that maybe people don't treat others as they should. I am sure there are 'whites' out there that don't treat others right and I am sure there are 'blacks' out there that don't treat others right. But that does not mean someone means less than someone else. If you care to remember our country's history, all men are created equal, and if you care to remember the Bible, all men are created equal and in God's image.

@Asher E, @Family P

plus, your taking all the blame off of the fact that the dude put his knee on Floyd's neck?!?

@Riley D

Why do you think there in black inequality in this world? Because people who aren't black believe they are better than blacks. So when we say black lives matter, we aren't saying other lives dont matter but we are saying black live smatter as well.

@Christian B

Ok, Christian, Asher did put where he got his proof : "I got it from the Hennepin County medical examiner's report. You should be able to find it by looking up George Floyd Autopsy. It will be in pdf form and the headline will say "Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office Autopsy Report". I would just give you the link but that is not allowed here."
Also, I think the policeman who put his knee on George Floyd's neck should not be excused, he should be punished in some way, but that punishment should not be as serious if he didn't kill Floyd.
Another thing: if all lives already matter, why did you say that black lives don't seem too? Do they not count in the category of "All lives"?
Again, not trying to be rude, just pointing out and answering a few things.

@Christian B

That's another thing: not all whites think that they are superior to blacks. I don't. The Declaration of Independence also says, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." God also thinks that all men are equal, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. " -Galatians 3:28.
Another thing to think about: why did the policeman put his knee on Floyd's neck? Was it because Floyd was black? Or for some other reason?

@Christian

I don't think that more black people are killed than white people each year. It wouldn't make any sense because the black population is only 13% of the US population.
You keep saying that Asher hasn't backed up his proofs, and I understand being careful about that and at first I agreed with you, but then Asher DID back up his proofs. @Caro- Steven Crowder is trusted by my dad, at least. I know that that doesn't do much for y'all, but my dad is always on the lookout for fake stuff.

Family P

Guess what? The same people who wrote that declaration had slaves. And guess what? those slaves were black. That explains why black people don't count with all people because the people who wrote the declaration believed that black people weren't people. They say all people are created equal yet they have slaves that were treated like dogs. So ever since this country was founded people have seen black people as less than them. So when we say black lives matter we arent saying other lives dont, we are just saying we are equal.

@Christian B

Ah! And that is where you might've got nailed by the whole 1619 project propaganda. Basically, it's the libs' plan for making America look like it has always been terrible and racist, blah, blah, blah. However, Trump created a board that made the 1776 report, which was trying to give it a more historical spin. Look it up on the New American.

@Riley D

You are correct, I am a man not a woman.

@comment above

Um it's true slaves were traded from africa and they were black soo yea u look up american history

@HESPERUS D

If you think about it black people have never been equal

@Christian B

What do you think these constitutional amendments are for?
AMENDMENT XIII

Passed by Congress on 31 January 1865; Ratified 6 December 1865

Section 1

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

AMENDMENT XIV

Passed by Congress 13 June 1866; Ratified 9 July 1868

Section 1

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws…

AMENDMENT XV

Passed by Congress 26 February 1869; Ratified 3 February 1870

Section 1

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude…

Black people have been legally equal for 150 years.
If you want to take the civil rights route.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, is considered one of the crowning legislative achievements of the civil rights movement. First proposed by President John F. Kennedy, it survived strong opposition from southern members of Congress and was then signed into law by Kennedy’s successor, Lyndon B. Johnson. In subsequent years, Congress expanded the act and passed additional civil rights legislation such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
So discrimination based on race has been banned for almost 60 years. There is a very small minority of the population who are still racist and they are so radical that it would be hard to change their minds. Now, I am not saying that we shouldn't try to but the way that blm is going about it does not help. All you are doing when you say blm all the time is highlighting the difference between us. All Lives Matter is a better movement because it unites people rather than separating us by race or gender.

@Asher E

and then there was segragation.... plus when was america founded? 1776. about a centry later they abolished slavery

@Christian B

Did you even read my comment?! It specifically says that segregation ended in 1964 with the civil rights act. Also, yes the slaves were freed that does not help your case, but mine.

please here me out

The thing is, it's not the officers that are killing Africans-Americans, African-Americans are killing each other. As someone who has seen things firsthand and has a mom who was raised by a drug addict of a mom (my grandma), I know a lot. It's funny, BLM thinks that the best way to help African-Americans is to give them welfare and freak out when a police officer shoots a brother of color. IT DOES NOT HELP!!! There was a college kid, Ahmad Arbery, age 25, he was going for a jog when two WHITE peeps shot him thinking that he had just robbed a store, WE HAD NO RIOTS FOR HIM! no one cared, the people who shot him GOT AWAY WITH IT! now you have this drug addict George who was resisting the police and had a fatal OD and just because a cop put a knee on him, people riot, BLM is making it seem white people are racist, they have turned people against each other. I like white people, guys, okay, I like everyone on this chat (besides Christian, your ticken me off). If you guys are Caucasians, know that I as an African-American do not blame you for the circumstances my relatives are in, I don't blame you for the crappy sperm donation of a dad I have. I don't blame you for my PTSD when it comes to people arguing. I don't think that Caucasian people need to be "Less White" be who you are, please. Don't change for any BLM jerks who tell you to. I love all of you guys, and if I met you guys in real life I would consider you guys as family. Ok, omg I want to cry now. Okay, what happened to George Floyd was horrible, but he died of an overdose guys, not the police officers. This is America, everyone has the right to make their own choices, George Floyd chose OD on his drugs, that was his choice, not anyone else's.
Thank you Asher for giving straight facts/proof in your statements, I appreciate that. It shows that you have a full brain. I love your fiery attitude, don't change foranyone
Christian-Open your mind and here what Asher is saying, he has given you nothing but facts to back up his claim
ok, imma gonna cry in a corner

one more thing

Were not BLACK! were African-American, my skin is brown, only like. 00054% of the African-American population is actually BLACK

@ARYELLE D

the guy who got shot while jogging, it was a big deal and we probably should've paid more attention, but I think Floyd got more attention because he died because of police brutality whereas the guy who was jogging got shot bc of black hate.

@ARYELLE D

and your right black is a color African-American is the proper term just like Caucasian and the proper term for white people

@ARYELLE D

ok

@ARYELLE D

r u done? bc u really dont know how much i care

@Christian B

Welllll...........
you sure dont show it

@ARYELLE D

OK yea maybe I don't know everything about BLM and maybe I dont fully understand whats going on or how to make a difference, but I try, I cant show that I care the way you want me to, but idc what you think really. I couldn't care less.

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