MINNEAPOLIS JURY FINDS CHAUVIN GUILTY ON ALL 3 COUNTS… Derek Chauvin Found Guilty Of Murder In Death Of George Floyd
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday in the death of George Floyd.
The jury deliberated for four hours on Monday and seven and a half hours on Tuesday before reaching a verdict, according to CNN. It was allowed to consider all three charges against Chauvin and returned a guilty verdict on all three.
COMMENTARY AHEAD OF VERDICT…
NBC PUNDIT SAYS ‘AMERICA IS ON TRIAL’… KYLE DRENNAN: On NBC, left-wing pundit @esglaude declares “America is on trial” and “the nation needs to be prepared for a kind of intensification of the reckoning” after Chauvin trial verdict (VIDEO)
CNN LEGAL ANALYST FLOATS CONSPIRACY THEORY TO EXPLAIN BOARDED UP CITIES… @DAILYCALLER: CNN’s Laura Coates suggests that governors and local leaders may have gotten advance notice of the verdict being innocent, which is why cities were boarded up and the national guard was called in (VIDEO)
REACTIONS AFTER VERDICT…
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi thanked George Floyd for “sacrificing” his life in a Tuesday press conference held shortly after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in Floyd’s death.
“Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice, for being there to call out to your mom,” Pelosi said at a Congressional Black Caucus press conference outside the Capitol. “How heartbreaking was that? Call out for your mom, I can’t breathe, but because of you and because of thousands, millions of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice.”
REDSTEEZE: People are sliding right by that part where she also thanks Floyd for being pinned under a cop car and being “there to call out to his mom.”
VERDICT ISN’T ENOUGH FOR MANY DEMOCRAT ACTIVISTS…
AOC SAYS ‘THIS ISN’T JUSTICE’ … SAHIL KAPUR: “This isn’t justice,” @AOC says in an Instagram live. “Justice is George Floyd going home to his family tonight.” “I don’t want this to be framed as the system working—b/c it’s not working.. It’s really important that this verdict is not used as a replacement for policy change.”(VIDEO)
BARACK OBAMA: Today, a jury did the right thing. But true justice requires much more. Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, and we stand with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied.
MSNBC PUNDIT CALLS THE VERDICT AN ATTEMPTED COVER UP… MSNBC’s Jason Johnson is FURIOUS with the verdict, calling it “a cultural make-up call”: “I’m not happy. I’m not pleased. I don’t have any sense of satisfaction. I don’t think this is the system working…This is the justice system trying to say, hey, this is one bad apple.” (VIDEO)
REMAINING QUESTIONS… WAS THE JURY INFLUENCED BY OUTSIDE PRESSURE, THREATS?
OVER THE WEEKEND… Bloody Mess: Chauvin Trial Defense Witness’ Former Home Vandalized With Blood, Slaughtered Pig’s Head
A retired California police officer had his former home vandalized with blood smears and a pig’s head after testifying in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.
Officer Barry Brodd, who testified in the trial last week that Chauvin was “justified” in his use of force, was the intended target of vandalism in the attack early Saturday morning, Fox News reported.
“The victim called Santa Rosa Police after they were awakened by a group of subjects who threw a pig’s head on their front porch and splattered blood on the front of their house.” A post from the Santa Rosa Police Department said, adding that the suspects had already left by the time the police were called.
House Tables Resolution Censuring Maxine Waters For ‘Dangerous Comments’
The House voted to table a resolution to censure Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters for encouraging protestors to stay in the streets past curfew and riot.
The vote was 216-210 on party lines. On Saturday, Waters encouraged protesters to stay out on the streets if they don’t get “justice” in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged in the May 2020 death of George Floyd. Meanwhile, riots have been ongoing throughout the city for the past week.
“We’ve got to stay on the street, and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational,” Waters said, insisting that, in her mind, Chauvin was guilty of murder in the first degree. “We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
READ THE RESOLUTION… (SCREENGRAB)
EARLIER… ELECTED DEMOCRATS FURIOUS AT WATERS… REPORT: Democrats Are Angry With Maxine Waters, Some Say They Would ‘Relish The Opportunity To Censure Her’
Fox News congressional correspondent Chad Pergram reported Monday night that a number of Democrats have serious issues with Waters’ comments in Minnesota. Pergram said that although Democrats were already upset with Waters over the comments, things got worse for her when the Minnesota judge overseeing former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial told the defense Monday that Waters’ recent comments regarding the verdict might cause an appeal that could “result in this whole trial being overturned.”
PBS White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki during a Tuesday press briefing why the White House wasn’t defending Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters from an “onslaught of attacks.”
“I wonder why the White House isn’t also coming to the defense of Rep. Waters given the fact that she is now facing an onslaught of attacks, especially by, I would say, Republicans,” Alcindor asked. “I’m wondering why the White House isn’t saying, ‘we back what she said about being confrontational.’ She was obviously not threatening violence.”
Psaki said that Waters had already clarified what she meant by her comments.
“Well, she also clarified her own remarks,” Psaki responded. “And I think that’s the most powerful piece to point to.”
CURTIS HOUCK: Jen Psaki defends the trial tampering by Maxine Waters by saying people of color should be allowed to do so because of “the impact of trauma and exhaustion” felt from George Floyd’s death is “more than it is on others,” so they need to be allowed to make their feelings heard.(VIDEO)
CURTIS HOUCK: CNN’s Kaitlan Collins calls out Psaki for having said yesterday the WH wouldn’t get ahead of deliberations, but now Biden has joined Maxine Waters in demanding a specific outcome. Psaki says it’s okay b/c the jury is sequestered and there must be “space for peaceful protest.”(VIDEO)
FLASHBACK… MARCH 12… Floyd family agrees to $27M settlement amidst ex-cop’s trial
The city of Minneapolis on Friday agreed to pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit from George Floyd’s family over the Black man’s death in police custody, as jury selection continued in a former officer’s murder trial.
Council members met privately to discuss the settlement, then returned to public session for a unanimous vote in support of the massive payout. It easily surpassed the $20 million the city approved two years ago to the family of a white woman killed by a police officer.
Floyd family attorney Ben Crump called it the largest pretrial settlement ever for a civil rights claim, and thanked city leaders for “showing you care about George Floyd.”
“It’s going to be a long journey to justice. This is just one step on the journey to justice,” Crump said. “This makes a statement that George Floyd deserved better than what we witnessed on May 25, 2020, that George Floyd’s life mattered, and that by extension, Black lives matter.”’
CAUTIOUS SIGHS OF RELIEF WITH THREAT OF VIOLENCE AT BAY…
IMMEDIATELY AFTER VERDICT, CAPITAL POLICE ABANDON PLANS TO FORTIFY CAPITOL… POLITICO: Capitol Police abandon plan to reconstruct building’s outer fence
Congressional security officials reversed course late Tuesday and abandoned a plan to reconstruct fencing around the Capitol — one that had been approved by Capitol Police and other security leaders just hours earlier.
The plan for fencing was approved in anticipation of potential unrest following the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd. Shortly after the jury returned a guilty verdict on all charges, the Capitol Police revealed they had scrapped the renewed fencing plan.
“USCP is no longer planning to go ahead with reinstalling some of the outer perimeter fencing,” a spokesperson said in a brief statement that offered no explanation for the change of plans. The rebuilt fence also appeared intended to precede President Joe Biden’s first joint address to Congress on April 28.
The seesawing security plans came as Congress once again closely scrutinizes its security planning, with many lawmakers still on edge in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Under the now-abandoned plan, portions of an outer perimeter fence — removed just weeks ago — would have been re-installed. The Senate sergeant-at-arms announced the rebuilding plan in an email to lawmakers and aides shortly before the Capitol Police walked back that very same preparation. […]
A new wave of anxiety on the Hill about possible protests this week, which seemed to abate soon after the Chauvin verdict, coincides with plans to reopen the Capitol to limited groups of visitors on Wednesday. It’s the first time that outside visitors on “official business” will be allowed into the House side of the Capitol since the coronavirus pandemic forced significant restrictions. Additional visitors will be allowed into the rest of House buildings next Wednesday, the day of Biden’s speech.
“But there was another story being played a lot, and now I’m just gonna get really selfish,” Gutfeld continued. “I’m glad that he was found guilty on all charges, even if he might not be guilty of all charges, I am glad that he is guilty of all charges because I want a verdict that keeps this country from going up in flames.”
When Jeanine Pirro shook her head in disagreement, Gutfeld said that at least he was “being honest.”
“My neighborhood was looted,” he said. “I don’t ever want to go through that again.”
Pirro told the Fox News host that it’s not right to “sacrifice individuals” because of “how people feel.”
FLASHBACK… DAYS AGO… HILL: US cities beef up security ahead of Chauvin verdict
Minneapolis and other cities around the U.S., are ramping up security in preparation for the end of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial, according to a report from CNN. […]
In downtown Minneapolis, a spokesperson for the Minneapolis National Guard confirmed to The Hill that 3,000 Guardsmen are being deployed.
In addition, razor wire is being installed around police buildings, according to CNN.
“We are prepared to flex that number as needed to support civil authorizes,” Scott Hawks, state public affairs officer of the Minnesota National Guard, said.
He added, “We’re here to protect people, freedom of speech and property.”
Similar measures are underway in other cities, including in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Atlanta and New York, where police presence will be increased.
BUT VIOLENCE STILL COMES…
Despite the Chauvin murder conviction, #antifa carried through with their promise of violence in Portland. They smashed up businesses yet again in downtown. In this shocking video, a rioter punches a responding officer directly in the face. #PortlandRiots (VIDEO)
DEMOCRATS PUSH TO CONSOLIDATE PERMANENT POWER… WTOP: Biden administration officially backs DC statehood
The Biden administration has officially backed statehood for D.C.
“The Administration strongly supports H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act. For far too long, the more than 700,000 people of Washington, D.C. have been deprived of full representation in the U.S. Congress. This taxation without representation and denial of self-governance is an affront to the democratic values on which our Nation was founded,” the White House said in a Tuesday statement.
The White House said:
Establishing the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as the 51st state will make our Union stronger and more just. Washington, D.C. has a robust economy, a rich culture, and a diverse population of Americans from all walks of life who are entitled to full and equal participation in our democracy. The Administration looks forward to working with the Congress as H.R. 51 proceeds through the legislative process to ensure that it comports with Congress’ constitutional responsibilities and its constitutional authority to admit new states to the Union by legislation. The Administration calls for the Congress to provide for a swift and orderly transition to statehood for the people of Washington, D.C.”
SENATE VOTING RIGHTS HEARING…
STACEY ABRAMS MAINTAINS THAT 2018 ELECTION WAS STOLEN FROM HER… CRUZ NOTES BLACK VOTERS HAD HIGHEST PERCENTAGE TURNOUT OF ANY DEMOGRAPHIC… Cruz: “Yes or no, do you still maintain the 2018 election was stolen?” Stacey Abrams: The election “was stolen from the voters of Georgia.” (VIDEO)
@DAILYCALLER: Rep. @
AND NOW, A BRIEF TIMEOUT FOR SOME INCOHERENT RAMBLING… MIKE BERG: .@AOC: “The trampling of indigenous rights is a cause of climate change. The trampling of racial justice is a cause of climate change.”(VIDEO)
MEDIAITE: Daily Mail Files Antitrust Suit Against Google Over Alleged Story Suppression
The Daily Mail filed suit against Google’s parent company on Tuesday for “anti-competitive” practices, arguing the search giant was unlawfully preventing users from finding many of its stories from in search results.
The suit, filed against Alphabet on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in New York by Associated Newspapers Ltd. and Mail Media Inc, the British publication’s parent company, said publishers were penalized in search results if they failed to sell enough advertising through Google.
“This lawsuit is to hold Google to account for their continued anti-competitive behavior including manipulation of ad auctions and news search results, bid-rigging, algorithm bias and exploiting its market power to harm their advertising rivals,” a Daily Mailspokesman said in a statement.
FLASHBACK… SEPTEMBER 2020… RCP: Google Pushes Conservative News Sites Far Down Search Lists
BABYLON BEE PUBLISHER TORCHES ‘FACT CHECK’ SITES WHO DEFENDED EUGENICIST MARGARET SANGER — NOW THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAS CONDEMNED HER… SETH DILLON: Planned Parenthood has finally acknowledged their racist roots, so what do the fact checkers who ran defense for them (and their founder Margaret Sanger) have to say for themselves? (THREAD)
‘A Spiritual Catastrophe’: Cornel West Goes After Historically Black College For Its ‘Removal Of Classics’
Cornel West panned the decision of Howard University to eliminate its classics department as a contributor to “spiritual catastrophe.”
Neglecting classical literature is a “terrible act [that] treat[s] Western civilization as either irrelevant and not worthy of prioritization or as harmful and worthy only of condemnation,” West and Classic Learning Test CEO Jeremy Tate wrote in an April 19 Washington Post op-ed.
Howard University announced on April 16 that its classics department would be dissolved and its faculty moved to other departments as part of “prioritization efforts.”
West argues that eliminating classical literature is uniquely harmful to black students, who become unable to find their own voices when they are not “grounded in tradition … in legacies … [and] in heritages.”
West, a philosophy professor at Harvard, tied the importance of the classics to civil rights leaders like Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King, who “mentions Socrates three times in his 1963 ‘Letter From Birmingham Jail.’” He said eliminating the classics is therefore evidence of “spiritual decay, moral decline and a deep intellectual narrowness running amok in American culture.”
JOE CONCHA: Kudos to Simon & Schuster for pushing back on this effort that other companies and publications immediately folded to. If the S&S employees that took issue with Pence’s book don’t like it, there are always other publishers to work for.
CALLING ALL PATRIOTS: George Floyd’s death in 2020 prompted a wave of protests, riots and subsequent legal reforms. News of Derek Chauvin being found guilty was greeted by many progressives as good, but insufficient. Do you think progressives will continue to push for reforms? If so, in what form? Let us know in the form.