HUGE Update in George Floyd Murder Case…


Date: June 05, 2020

01) HUGE Update in George Floyd Murder Case


“All four cops involved have been charged in the death of George Floyd.

Three officers were charged with aiding and abetting murder in the death of George Floyd. And the officer who pressed his knee into Mr. Floyd’s neck was charged with second-degree murder.

Citation:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/us/live-george-floyd-protests-today.html

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Trump FIGHTING With His Defense Secretary…


Date: June 05, 2020

01) Trump FIGHTING With His Defense Secretary


“Are Mark Esper’s days in the Trump administration numbered?

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is on shaky ground with the White House after saying Wednesday that he does not support using active duty troops to quell the large-scale protests across the United States triggered by the death of George Floyd and those forces should only be used in a law enforcement role as a last resort.

Speaking from the Pentagon briefing room podium, Esper noted that “we are not in one of those situations now,” distancing himself from President Donald Trump’s recent threat to deploy the military to enforce order.

Citation:
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/03/politics/esper-insurrection-act-protests/index.html

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Barack Obama on George Floyd Protests…


Date: June 05, 2020

01) Barack Obama on George Floyd Protests


“Barack Obama has a solution to the global wide unrest, and it’s very Obama-like.

As millions of people across the country take to the streets and raise their voices in response to the killing of George Floyd and the ongoing problem of unequal justice, many people have reached out asking how we can sustain momentum to bring about real change.

Ultimately, it’s going to be up to a new generation of activists to shape strategies that best fit the times. But I believe there are some basic lessons to draw from past efforts that are worth remembering.

First, the waves of protests across the country represent a genuine and legitimate frustration over a decades-long failure to reform police practices and the broader criminal justice system in the United States. The overwhelming majority of participants have been peaceful, courageous, responsible, and inspiring. They deserve our respect and support, not condemnation – something that police in cities like Camden and Flint have commendably understood.

On the other hand, the small minority of folks who’ve resorted to violence in various forms, whether out of genuine anger or mere opportunism, are putting innocent people at risk, compounding the destruction of neighborhoods that are often already short on services and investment and detracting from the larger cause. I saw an elderly black woman being interviewed today in tears because the only grocery store in her neighborhood had been trashed. If history is any guide, that store may take years to come back. So let’s not excuse violence, or rationalize it, or participate in it. If we want our criminal justice system, and American society at large, to operate on a higher ethical code, then we have to model that code ourselves.

Citation:
https://www.facebook.com/barackobama/posts/10157802011441749

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Police Chief: George Floyd’s Death Is On Looters’ Hands…


Date: June 04, 2020

01) Police Chief: George Floyd’s Death Is On Looters’ Hands


“LA’s police chief thinks protesters are responsible for the death of George Floyd.

At a press conference held by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday, the city’s police chief, Michel Moore, initially sought to place blame on those fomenting violence.

“Last night,” said Moore, “just under 700 arrests. Of that, just under 70 were for looting and burglarizing.”

Of the incident that sparked the protests, the death of George Floyd after his arrest by Minneapolis police, Moore said, “His death is on their hands, as much as it is on those officers.’

Citation:
https://deadline.com/2020/06/lapd-chief-michael-moore-george-floyds-death-is-on-looters-hands-1202948867/

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Pentagon Official Resigns Over Trump’s Abuse of Power…


Date: June 04, 2020

01) Pentagon Official Resigns Over Trump’s Abuse of Power


“Someone is FINALLY standing up to Trump, but it’s still not enough!

A Pentagon policy adviser, James Miller, resigned from the Defense Advisory Board on Tuesday in a clear rebuke of Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s role in the violent dispersal of anti-racism protesters from Lafayette Square for a presidential photo op on Monday.

In a resignation letter obtained by the Washington Post, Miller denounced Esper “visibly” supporting the excessive crowd-control measures, calling it a violation of the nation’s top defense official’s oath of office.

Citation:
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/james-miller-resigns-fears-abuse-of-power

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Mitch McConnell Blocks Resolution Condemning Trump…


Date: June 04, 2020

01) Mitch McConnell Blocks Resolution Condemning Trump


“Mitch McConnell is a failure as a politician.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday blocked a resolution from Democrats that would have condemned President Trump after rubber bullets and gas were used on peaceful protesters near the White House.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) tried to pass the resolution, which was introduced earlier Tuesday, by unanimous consent, meaning any one senator could block it.

“If a senator objects, they should be asked if they believe Americans do not have the constitutional right to exercise the freedom of speech. … Do they support the president’s use of tear gas against people, including families, who are peacefully protesting in a public park?” Schumer said.

Citation:
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/500790-mcconnell-blocks-resolution-condemning-trump-over-treatment-of-protesters

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