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  1. NBCNEWS 3 more Minneapolis officers charged in George Floyd death, Derek Chauvin charges elevated The three former officers are charged with aiding and abetting murder. The fourth, who placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes, now faces a second-degree murder charge. June 3, 2020, 3:25 PM EDT / Updated June 3, 2020, 4:29 PM EDT By Doha Madani Three more former Minneapolis police officers were charged Wednesday in the death of George Floyd, five days after charges were brought against a fourth officer who was seen in a video kneeling on Floyd’s neck. The three former officers, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, were charged with aiding and abetting murder, according to criminal complaints filed by the state of Minnesota. The murder charge against the fourth, Derek Chauvin, was also elevated to second-degree, from third-degree. Chauvin, who held his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes while detaining him on May 25, was also initially charged Friday with manslaughter by the Hennepin County prosecutor. All four officers were fired on May 26, after a video showing Floyd's arrest went viral. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who has been appointed to lead the prosecution in the case, said in an MSNBC interview Mondaythat he intended to charge the officers with the ”highest degree of accountability that the law and the facts will support." The Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the elevated murder charge against Chauvin or the charges filed against the other three officers Wednesday. It was not immediately clear if the officers had lawyers. Multiple videos have been released on Floyd’s arrest, with one showing him pinned down by three different officers near a patrol car while a fourth stands near his head. "Please, please, please, I can't breathe," Floyd begged in one video caught by a bystander. "My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Please, please. I can't breathe." He died while in custody that day. Lane and Kueng were the first officers to arrive at scene that night, as they investigated a report that a possible counterfeit $20 bill had been passed at the Cup Foods grocery store, according to the complaint against Chauvin. When Lane found Floyd parked nearby, the officer pulled his gun, had Floyd get out of his car and handcuffed him, the complaint said. A cuffed Floyd was eventually put face-down on the pavement with Kueng holding down his back and Lane pressing down his legs, the charging document against Chauvin said. While a distressed Floyd said “I can’t breathe,” “Mama” and “please” several times, Lane asked, “Should we roll him on his side?” according to prosecutors. “No, staying put where we got him,” Chauvin responded, according to the complaint. “I am worried about excited delirium or whatever,” Lane allegedly said. “That’s why we have him on his stomach,” Chauvin responded, according to the complaint. Several minutes later, Kueng checked Floyd’s right wrist for a pulse and allegedly said, “I couldn’t find one.” The official autopsy from the Hennepin County medical examiner listed Floyd's cause of death as a "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression." The medical examiner ruled that Floyd's death was a homicide but added that he had "significant" underlying conditions, including hypertensive heart disease, fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use. But an examination funded by Floyd’s familyreached a somewhat different conclusion. It found that police officers' pressing on his neck and body cut blood and air flow to his brain, causing him to die by mechanical asphyxia, pathologists hired by the family said. The autopsy paid for by the family also found that Floyd had no other medical conditions that contributed to his death. Benjamin Crump, the attorney representing Floyd’s family, on Wednesday released a statement on behalf of the family: "This is a bittersweet moment. We are deeply gratified that Attorney General Keith Ellison took decisive action, arresting and charging all the officers involved in George Floyd's death and upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to felony second-degree murder." He added that the decision to charge all four officers before Floyd's body was buried was gratifying and a source of peace for the family. The funeral is scheduled for Tuesday in Houston, Floyd's hometown. "These officers knew they could act with impunity, given the Minneapolis Police Department's widespread and prolonged pattern and practice of violating people's constitutional rights," Crump added. Crump said on the “TODAY” show Tuesday that he expected the charges to be filed against the other three officers and that the family's autopsy report was significant because it “pays particular attention to the two knees at the back compressing his lungs.” Since the beginning of 2015, officers from the Minneapolis Police Department have rendered people unconscious with neck restraints 44 times, according to an NBC News analysis of police records. Several police experts told NBC News that number appears to be unusually high. The Minnesota Department of Human Rights on Tuesday filed a civil rights charge against the Minneapolis Police Department to launch an investigation. The probe will look at the department’s policies, procedures and practices over the past 10 years to determine if it engaged in systemic discriminatory practices, Gov. Tim Walz said.
  2. BREAKING NEWS: Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin will be charged with second-degree murder in George Floyd's death, three others face charges, according to Sen. Amy Klobuchar. https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/06/03/derek-chauvins-murder-charge-will-now-be-2nd-degree-3-other-ex-mpd-officers-also-face-charges/
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  5. Teen who recorded George Floyd video is getting therapy for trauma By PETER SBLENDORIO NEW YORK DAILY NEWS JUN 02, 2020 | 10:42 AM Darnella Frazier, the teenage girl who recorded footage showing the moments leading up to George Floyd’s death, has been receiving therapy for trauma, her lawyer said. “I know she is doing very well under the circumstances and she seems to be really very positive, and that’s encouraging,” lawyer Seth B. Cobin told the Daily News. “I suspect talking to the therapist is probably very helpful, just being able to get this story out and not keep it bottled up inside.” Floyd, an African-American man, died May 25 in Minneapolis after an arresting officer knelt on his neck while he was handcuffed. Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was charged last Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, with a criminal complaint accusing him of kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. An autopsy by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner and an independent autopsy both determined Floyd’s cause of death was a homicide. The video recorded by Frazier, which shows Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck, was met with widespread outrage. Chauvin and three other Minneapolis cops have since been fired. Frazier, 17, spoke with officials from the FBI’s Civil Rights Division and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Saturday to provide a witness statement. The teenager and her family have decided not to stay at the their home, which is located near the site of the incident. Frazier addressed the online critics accusing her of not doing enough to help Floyd in a Facebook post last week. “Fighting would’ve got someone else killed or in the same position George (may he Rest In Peace) was in!” her post reads. “If it wasn’t for me 4 cops would’ve still had their jobs, causing other problems. My video went world wide for everyone to see and know!!”
  6. Macy’s 34th Street in NYC was getting looted tonight. The riots and looting around the city started earlier tonight before the 11pm curfew. The NYC curfew will be at 8pm tomorrow night.
  7. What a disturbing sequence of events! I watched this live on TV. Clearing out the PEACEFUL protestors out of there with teargas and rubber bullets so Trump could make his speech tonight declaring war on Americans followed by his RIDICULOUS photo op ... I, I, I, I stared at the TV in disbelief and horror like it was election night 2016!
  8. at him minutes ago standing in front of that church holding up a bíble!
  9. 11pm curfew in NYC now. The late night riots and looting were worse last night, especially In Lower Manhattan. Just about everything has been getting boarded up today like there’s a hurricane coming.
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