Derek Chauvin (left), 44, one of the officers filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck during his arrest, is a 19-year veteran of the force who was investigated over a fatal police shooting in 2006. A second officer involved in Monday's arrest, Tou Thao (right), is said to been part of a $25,000 out of court settlement after being sued for using excessive force in 2017 … [Read more...] about New George Floyd video shows the man begging to be allowed to stand so that he can catch his breath as THREE police officers kneel on him
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It has sparked protests, looting and riots, as Americans demand reform of the criminal justice system. Floyd's death evoked painful memories of the police killings of many African Americans. Specifically, Floyd's death was compared to that of Eric Garner who cried out: 'I can't breathe,' before he too lost his life. … [Read more...] about Police release 911 call to arrest George Floyd which claims he ‘was awfully drunk and not in control of himself when he tried to pay with a counterfeit $20bill’
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not glorifying violence – that’s what the president of the United States is doing. And I’m certainly not calling for violence. I’m simply saying we must interrogate what we call “violence” and what we call “policy.” Many of the people yelling “violence is not the answer” about the riots in Minneapolis are the same people who wholeheartedly support America’s endless wars. Many of the people condemning the looters in Minneapolis are the same people who venerate billionaires. Loot a TV and you’re a dangerous criminal; loot a country and you’re an enterprising capitalist. … [Read more...] about If violence isn’t the way to end racism in America, then what is?
Emily would like nothing more than to act again and is determined not to end up as the lost character in her screenplay. ‘That’s not my ending,’ she says. ‘There’s a new chapter: Brighton and Arabelle once this “nasty virus” — that’s what Arabelle calls it — is over. … [Read more...] about Emily Lloyd enchanted us in Wish You Were Here – then suffered years of mental turmoil. Now she makes a shattering confession: ‘People thought fame was to blame. In truth I was hiding the cruel abuse I suffered…. by my stepfather’
The so-called R value, or reproduction rate, is currently between 0.7 and 0.9, and must remain under one to avoid a rise in infections - a key test on whether lockdown measures should be eased, with the Government stressing the need to avoid a second wave of cases which would threaten to overwhelm the NHS. … [Read more...] about ‘Don’t tear the pants out of it!’ Government adviser Prof Van-Tam warns public not to abuse liberties and risk pushing R rate above 1 when lockdown is eased and says ‘we’re at a very dangerous moment’ after huge crowds swarm beaches in 82F temperatures