No formal charges have been filed in the George Floyd case following two days of violent protests in Minneapolis, but the U.S. attorney said the investigation was a "top priority." Freddie Joyner has more.
“We are conducting a robust and meticulous investigation..." U.S. Attorney Erica McDonald alongside FBI officials on Thursday did not announce any formal charges yet in the case of George Floyd, a 46 year old man who died following a violent altercation with police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota Monday.
"To be clear, the Department of Justice has made the investigation in this case a top priority." The altercation between Floyd and four officers was caught on video and has sparked a national outcry for an end to police brutality against black men.
Violent protests in Minneapolis continued Thursday afternoon, as police cars were vandalized after a night that saw looting and clashes between police and angry protesters.
"...we've had a community that has been in trauma for some time.
And what I can not allow as chief is to allow others to compound that trauma..
If they are setting buildings and structures on fire, which are harming the safety of our elderly and our youth... I can not allow that as chief." Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Thursday said the protests stemmed from built-up anger and sadness.
"What we've seen over the last the last two days, and the emotion ridden conflict over last night is the result of so much anger and sadness.
Anger and sadness that has been ingrained in our black community not just because of 5 minutes of horror.
But 400 years.
If you're feeling that sadness and that anger, it's not only understandable, it's right." All four officers involved in the death were fired from their jobs earlier this week.
Benjamin Crump, the lawyer representing George Floyd's family, pushed back against the assertion made by police officers' defense attorneys in court filings that Floyd, who had fentanyl in his system, died of an overdose. "People tried to kill George Floyd a second time," Crump said after the hearing.
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph has backed athletes throwingtheir weight behind the Black Lives Matter campaign. NBA play-off fixtures inthe United States were postponed last week as players protested following thepolice shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin – with other north American sportssoon following their lead. It came months after the killing of George Floyd inAmerica which led to widespread protests that included Premier Leaguefootballers. Randolph, whose American father Ed initially left the country toplay basketball in Northern Ireland, said: “It’s a situation that is obviouslynot going to go away anytime soon. “When the whole George Floyd incidenthappened, there have been several incidents afterwards, so therefore themessage still hasn’t sunk in. People haven’t been educated on it properly."
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Protests continued Sunday night across the United States but the flare-ups in violence and police clashes were largely absent, though 15 protesters were arrested in Portland. Conway G. Gittens reports.
A man’s shoes caught fire during a protest against police violence and racial injustice in Portland, Oregon.
The incident happened after Molotov cocktails were thrown in the street which sparked a large fire.
Police declared a riot, and reportedly deployed tear gas to clear crowds from what they described as an ‘unpermitted demonstration”’.
Arrests were made, but the exact numbers have not been released.
Protests in the city have continued since late May, following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The former Minneapolis police officer who stood with his foot on the neck of George Floyd has asked a judge to dismiss murder charges against him. Floyd died on May 25 after Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for almost eight minutes, in the presence of three other officers. All have been fired. Chauvin's attorney said Friday there is no probable cause to support charges of second and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Once again, Lev Parnas is facing federal charges. This time, Newser reports it's for allegedly defrauding investors with his company Fraud Guarantee. We couldn't say it better ourselves—the behavior alleged today is indeed fraudulent—guaranteed. FBI Assistant Director Bill Sweeney. Newser reports New York prosecutors said Thursday that Parnas and business partner David Correia lured investors into putting over $2 million in the company.