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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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Here is a secret code. A=S B=N C=V D=F E=R F=G G=H H=J I=O J=K K=L L=A M=Z N=M O=P Q=W R=T S=D T=Y U=I V=B W=E X=C Y=U Z=X
So if you wanted to write "Hi, my name is Caro" it would look like this: "Io, zu mszr od Vstp"

Weird right? I made it up on the computer's keyboard. Each letter is written as the one to the right of it.

Ok I'm done

There's you hehe times infinity @Cheylyn D i go

vppv up! Yjod od dzsty Vstp.


Jpe'd upir fsuhpomh, zome od hpomh qtryyu hppd dp gsr.
This is written in Caro Code, see if you can decipher it.

@ All

So this real random, (and you don't have to answer if you don't want to, just 'cuz we might be leaving soon and I've been wonder it the whole time we've been on here!) but has anyone ever been to/ going to go to/ always go to the summer church camp NYC (Nebraska Youth Camp)? Because we do and I wanted to know if when we go this summer, we'd have the great pleasure of maybe getting to met some of you! (Remember, don't feel like you have to answer!)
(I asked this on the Beloved Author Passes, but there are ALOT of peeps on here I've never seen before so I'll ask it again)

@Cheylyn D

cooc yo! This is smart Caro
I translated your comment. You almost did it with no errors!

@Belwin R

I have never even heard of that camp before. If it wasn't so far away from me I might go but it is just too far.


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@ Asher E

How's your daygoing, mine is going good so far.
some grammar and punctuation errors but good job

@ Vstp

Ejps, vppa!

Well that was an interesitng

Well that was an interesitng pages of comments LOL....................................

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@Belwyn: We don't go.
@Aryelle: What was your question? Maybe I missed it.


What is something interesting to have a conversation on... any ideas? Anyone can start one.


Oh I got one! How about this -
Where does everyone want to live when they grow up?
I want to live in Alaska or right here in my hometown.


@Riley, I have no idea were I want to live. I just want to see the Northern Lights someday but that doesn't mean I have to live somewhere because of that... Hppf ofrs yjpihj!

@Riley D

Minnesota or Florida

I think I might want to live

I think I might want to live in Tennessee or Bow, Washington.

I'd like to live in Louisiana

I'd like to live in Louisiana ;))

So what are we doing? Trying

So what are we doing? Trying to get a lot of comments?


Caro: Looks fun, but like Riley, I am not going to decipher it bc I'm terrible at codes!
Riley: Stanley, Idaho, Population: 69.
Aryelle: I don't like anime so I don't watch it. (Well, sometimes I like anime, but I've only watched anime movies twice, and that was years ago.)
Belwyn: No, but maybe I'll go sometime to meet you! (Does that sound creepy? If it does, sorry!)
Conversation Topic: Which is the best breakfast food and why?

@ Nadia

Looks like that.


@Asher: I got that he was being sarcastic, because I don't think a 6 year old could spell very well at all and come up with some of those things unless they heard them like 24/7, but i don't know...
@Bethy: Haha cool! You could know everyone there! I have heard of a town up in the Texas Panhandle called Perico, and it has a population of like 6! You can search for it on google maps.

The six year who can play

The six year who can play basketball hmmm....

Uh ... amazing comments

Uh ... amazing comments everyone! *laughs nervously*


Hey good topic, but here is my problem: I like a lot of breakfast foods!!!
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