Death of George Floyd

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ACLU files lawsuit against Trump administration
Protesters react to tear gas at George Floyd protests in Washington, D.C.
Protesters react to tear gas at George Floyd protests in Washington, D.C. Credit: Rosa Pineda / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

On Thursday, the American Civil Liberty Union and Black Lives Matter D.C. filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, stating that both First Amendment and Civil rights were violated during Monday's clearing of Lafayette Square. Protestors were forcefully removed, using tear gas and rubber bullets, to make way for Donald Trump to reach St. John's Church for a controversial photo-op.

Lead plaintiff and Core Organizer of Black Lives Matter D.C. said: "What happened to our members Monday evening, here in the nation's capital, was an affront to all our rights." Ben Wizner, director of ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project added: "The First Amendment right to protest is under attack, and we will not let this go unanswered. This is the first of many lawsuits the ACLU intends to file across the country in response to police brutality against protesters."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
YouTuber Jake Paul charged by police over alleged looting

The YouTuber Jake Paul, who has over 20 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, has been charged with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly. He was previously spotted in the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall after it was closed and officials have said that Jake Paul "was present after the protest was declared an unlawful assembly and the rioters were ordered to leave the area by police". The YouTuber himself has nobody of his group has engaged in any looting or vandalism.

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Duchess of Sussex pays tribute to George Floyd in commencement speech
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, 2018
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, 2018 Credit: Office of the Governor-General / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

In a virtual commencement speech to the students at her former L.A. Catholic high school Immaculate Heart, the Duchess of Sussex asked the young students to use their voices to "lead with love, lead with compassion". Meghan called George Floyd's death "absolutely devastating" and shared her own experience of the 1992 race riots.

"George Floyd's life mattered, and Breonna Taylor's life mattered, and Philando Castile's life mattered, and Tamir Rice's life mattered and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we do not know", so Meghan.

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White House speaker compares Trump's church photo-op to Churchill's WWII leadership
Kayleigh McEnany addresses her remarks at a White House press briefing Friday, May 1, 2020,
Kayleigh McEnany addresses her remarks at a White House press briefing Friday, May 1, 2020, Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

Kayleigh McEnany, White House press secretary, compared Donald Trump posing in front of St. John's Church with a bible to Churchill inspecting bombing damages during WWII in a press statement on Wednesday.

"Through all of time, we've seen presidents and leaders across the world who have had leadership moments and very powerful symbols that were important for a nation to see at any given time to show a message of resilience and determination. Like Churchill, we saw him inspecting the bombing damage, it sent a powerful message of leadership to the British people, and George W. Bush throwing out the ceremonial first pitch after 9/11.", she said and added: "And for this president it was powerful and important to send a message that the, rioters, the looters, the anarchists — they will not prevail — that burning churches are not what America is about. And that moment, holding the Bible up, is something that has been widely hailed by Franklin Graham and others, and it was a very important symbol to see that we will get through this, through unity and through faith."

Sports • Soccer
No sanctions against anti-racism protests by players in the Bundesliga
Bundesliga players protest against racism
Bundesliga players protest against racism Credit: DFB (Reproduction)

The German Football Association (DFB) decided it will not apply any sanctions against Achraf Hakimi, Jadon Sancho (both from Borussia Dortmund), Weston McKennie (FC Schalke 04) and Marcus Thuram (Borussia Mönchengladbach) after their protests in solidarity with George Floyd.

“Naturally, the DFB Control Committee always has the FIFA Football Regulations and DFB Regulations in mind. In this specific case, however, these are targeted anti-racism actions by the players, who are thus standing up for values which the DFB also stands for and always advocates. Therefore, no process will be initiated, even not in the case of comparable anti-racism actions in the coming weeks.“ stated Dr Rainer Koch, vice-president of the association.

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Autopsy of George Floyd revealed positive result for Covid-19
CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Panel
CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Panel Credit: U.S. Centers for Disease Control / Public domain

A post-mortem nasal swab of George Floyd showed he had been infected with the novel Coronavirus. The performed PCR test can test for Covid-19 "for weeks after the onset and resolution of clinical disease". Dr Andrew Baker, Chief Medical Examiner, concluded that "the autopsy result most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent PCR positivity from previous infection".

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Trump says he didn't hide in bunker but inspected it
President Donald J. Trump at St. John’s Episcopal Church, on June 1, 2020
President Donald J. Trump at St. John’s Episcopal Church, on June 1, 2020 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

Over the weekend, it was reported that President Trump, alongside Melania and son Barron, were brought to the White House underground bunker amid protests outside the White House. On Wednesday, Trump appeared on the Brian Kilmeade Show on Fox News, where he claimed to not have hidden in the bunker but rather inspected it for. Trump said he was only there for a "tiny, short little period of time" and he visited the bunker a couple of times before "all for inspection".

Asked he was asked by the Secret Service to "go downstairs" for his protection, Trump said: "No, they didn’t tell me that at all, but they said it would be a good time to go down, to take a look, because maybe some time you’re going to need it… I looked, I was down for a very, very short period of time… a whole group of people went with me, as an inspecting factor."

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Jim Mattis says he's "angry and appalled" by Trump's action
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis with 	President Donald J. Trump at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, May 29, 2017
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis with President Donald J. Trump at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, May 29, 2017 Credit: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from Washington D.C, United States / Public domain

Jim Mattis, former US Defence Secretary who left the Trump administration in 2018, condemns President Trump's recent actions. In a statement published by The Atlantic, Mattis wrote: "Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us." Mattis calls to hold those in office accountable for making a mockery of the Constitution and further states "we are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership".

Trump responded to Mattis' statement on Twitter, writing: "[...] had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General. I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it. [...] I gave him a new life, things to do, and battles to win, but he seldom “brought home the bacon”. I didn’t like his “leadership” style or much else about him, and many others agree. Glad he is gone!"

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ACLU Minnesota files class-action lawsuit against police on behalf of attacked journalists

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has announced that the ACLU Minnesota has "filed a class-action lawsuit overnight on behalf of journalists who were targeted and attacked by Minneapolis and Minnesota police". This follows the repeated attacks on journalists from different publishers and agencies by the police during the protests.

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Derek Chauvin to be charged with second-degree murder

Keith Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General, is said to increase Derek Chauvin's charge from third-degree murder to second-degree murder in an update later today.

On Sunday, Governor Tim Walz appointed Ellison to take over the case from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

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Minnesota Attorney General to charge other three cops in killing of George Floyd
Keith Ellison in 2015
Keith Ellison in 2015 Credit: AFGE / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Keith Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General, is said to charge the three more former policemen, who were present at the killing of George Floyd, with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. The three officers are Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane.

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Australian embassy contacts US government over attacked journalists
A screen-capture shows Network Seven cameraman Tim Myers and reporter Amelia Brace as they were assaulted by police officers while covering protests outside the White House
A screen-capture shows Network Seven cameraman Tim Myers and reporter Amelia Brace as they were assaulted by police officers while covering protests outside the White House Credit: Video Reproduction

After Tim Myers and Amelia Brace, journalists of the Australian Channel 7, were beaten by police outside the White House while covering the ongoing protests the Australian embassy has contacted the US State Department to shed light on the situation.

One of the journalists has stated that "It was an absolutely terrifying experience but we came through it together" when they were beaten with a truncheon, hit with a riot shield and punched in the face by the police.

Channel 7 is yet to make a formal police complaint.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
"Law & Order" boss fires writer Craig Gore over threatening social media posts

Craig Gore a TV writer for an upcoming spinoff series of "Law & Order" has been fired from his job by executive Dick Wolf, after he published threatening statements on social media. Under one of his own posts Craig Gore had previously commented "Sunset is being looted two blocks from me. You think I wont light motherf----ers up who are trying to f--- w/ my property I worked all my life for? Think again...".

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George W. Bush "anguished" by death of George Floyd
George W. Bush at the Atlantic Council's Distinguished Leadership Awards dinner in Washington, D.C., May 10, 2018
George W. Bush at the Atlantic Council's Distinguished Leadership Awards dinner in Washington, D.C., May 10, 2018 Credit: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from Washington D.C, United States / Public domain

Former President George W. Bush issued a statement on bushcenter.org regarding the death of George Floyd. Though not mentioning the action of the current administration, Bush wrote: "Laura and I are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country. [...] It remains a shocking failure that many African Americans, especially young African American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country."

The statement further reads: "Many doubt the justice of our country, and with good reason. Black people see the repeated violation of their rights without an urgent and adequate response from American institutions. We know that lasting justice will only come by peaceful means. Looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress. But we also know that lasting peace in our communities requires truly equal justice."

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Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde criticizes Trump
Mariann Edgar Budde at the Washington National Cathedral, on Thursday, 13 September 2012.
Mariann Edgar Budde at the Washington National Cathedral, on Thursday, 13 September 2012. Credit: NASA/Paul Alers / Public domain

Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, heavily criticized Trump's photo-op in front of St. John's Church while talking to CNN. Budde said she was outraged by his actions and that "the President did not pray when he came to St. John's, nor as you just articulated, did he acknowledge the agony of our country right now."

She furthermore stated that: "And in particular, that of the people of colour in our nation, who wonder if anyone ever -- anyone in public power will ever acknowledge their sacred words. And who are rightfully demanding an end to 400 years of systemic racism and white supremacy in our country. And I just want the world to know, that we in the diocese of Washington, following Jesus and his way of love, we distance ourselves from the incendiary language of this President. We follow someone who lived a life of nonviolence and sacrificial love."

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Joe Biden to attend George Floyd's funeral
Joe Biden in Munich, 2019
Joe Biden in Munich, 2019 Credit: Kuhlmann/ MSC / CC BY 3.0 DE (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden is said to attend George Floyd's funeral next week, according to the family's lawyer Ben Crump. The funeral will be held in Houston, Texas on June 9. The White House didn't comment on whether Trump would attend the funeral as well.

Technology • Internet & Web
Twitter shuts down multiple fake Antifa accounts run by white supremacists

The social network has stated that the white supremacist group Identity Evropa has posted calls for violence in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement under the twitter handle @Antifa_US. Twitter has reported the account as it "violated our platform manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts. We took action after the account sent a Tweet inciting violence and broke the Twitter Rules" according to the platform.

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Justin Trudeau: Canadians watching U.S. in 'horror and consternation,'
Justin Trudeau during press conference
Justin Trudeau during press conference Credit: Twitter Reproduction

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was speechless when asked to respond to the use of force and tear gas against peaceful protesters outside the White House.

After a 21 second pause, Trudeau said: "We all watch in horror and consternation what's going on in the United States,".

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European Union condemns George Floyd murder as 'abuse of power'
Josep Borrell
Josep Borrell Credit: Pool Moncloa/JM Cuadrado

The European Union's top foreign policy official, Josep Borrell, said the bloc is "shocked and appalled" by the killing of George Floyd, describing his death as an "abuse of power."

"Like the people of the United States, we are shocked and appalled by the death of George Floyd ... all societies must remain vigilant against the excessive use of force," Borrell told reports.

Borrell also said: "All lives matter, black lives also matter."

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Julian Castro endorses Joe Biden for President
Julian Castro
Julian Castro Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Julian Castro, a former presidential candidate, endorsed today Joe Biden for president.

On a tweet, Castro said: "Joe Biden recognizes the urgent need for real reform to address our broken policing system.

I’m proud to support him, and I look forward to seeing these reforms become law, so that what happened to George Floyd never happens again."