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Miami-Dade County Mayor Giménez: ‘Protests Had A Lot To Do With’ Increase In Coronavirus Cases

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Miami-Dade County Mayor Giménez: ‘Protests Had A Lot To Do With’ Increase In Coronavirus Cases

Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez told CBS News on Sunday that the recent series of protests in the area “had a lot to do with” the rise in coronavirus cases in the state.

“I think, obviously, the protests had a lot to do with it. We had, you know, thousands of young people together outside, a lot of them not wearing masks. And we know that when you’re – when you do that and you are talking and you are chanting, etc, that really spreads the virus.”

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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez told CBS News on Sunday that the recent series of protests in the area “had a lot to do with” the rise in coronavirus cases in the state.

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“You’ve put in some pretty stringent restrictions in the past few days on this holiday weekend, you put in place a curfew,” CBS News anchor Margaret Brennan said. “You’ve stopped alcohol from being served at hotels after 8:00 p.m., mask wearing. Are your residents now taking this threat seriously?”

“Well, I think they are, but I think my residents also kind of let their guard down around late-May, early-June, and also some of the protests that we had here, I think contributed to it,” Gimenez responded. “So we saw a rapid rise in young people in being positive to COVID-19 around mid-June. And I think that that had a lot to do with probably socializing, young kids going to parties, maybe graduation parties at homes, because it’s been pretty locked down here for some time.”

“We have a strict mask order inside. When you’re inside, since April 19th, you’re supposed to wear a mask,” Gimenez continued. “You’re supposed to wear a mask when you’re outside unless you can maintain social distancing. We changed that now to wearing a mask all the time.” More

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MARGARET BRENNAN: We want to turn now to another mayor in another hot spot in South Florida. The mayor of Miami-Dade County is Carlos Gimenez, and he joins us from Miami this morning. Thank you for joining us, Mister Mayor.

CARLOS GIMENEZ (Mayor of Miami-Dade County): It’s a pleasure.

MARGARET BRENNAN: You’ve put in some pretty stringent restrictions in the past few days on this holiday weekend, you put in place a curfew, you’ve stopped alcohol from being served at hotels after 8:00 PM, mask-wearing. Are your residents now taking this threat seriously?

CARLOS GIMENEZ: Well, I think they are, but I think my residents also kind of let their guard down around late-May, early-June, and also some of the protests that we had here, I think contributed to it. So we saw a rapid rise in young people in getting – being positive to COVID-19 around mid-June. And I think that that had a lot to do with probably socializing, young kids going to parties, maybe graduation parties at homes, because it’s been pretty locked down here for some time. We have a strict mask order inside. When you’re inside, since April 19th, you’re supposed to wear a mask. You’re supposed to wear a mask when you’re outside–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Mm-Hm.

CARLOS GIMENEZ: –unless you can maintain social distancing. We changed that now to wearing a mask all the time. We shut down the beaches this weekend. We restricted alcohol sales. We’ve also closed, again, some of the places where people can congregate like movie theaters and bowling alleys and casinos and all that because we have seen a sharp rise in the positivity rate, just like they have in Houston.

MARGARET BRENNAN: So you do trace it to the protests because we just heard the mayor of Houston say that was not it. It was the restaurants, the businesses, and people gathering in those kind of situations.

CARLOS GIMENEZ: No, I think, no, I think it’s all the above. I think, obviously, the protests had a lot to do with it. We had, you know, thousands of young people together outside, a lot of them not wearing masks. And we know that when you’re – when you do that and you are talking and you are chanting, etc, that really spreads the virus. So–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Okay.

CARLOS GIMENEZ: So absolutely, the protests had something to do with it. But also our people, our residents, you know, did not – I think they let their guard down and started to socialize. And, again, that also had to do with it. So it’s all the above. I’m not saying it’s just that—

MARGARET BRENNAN: Right.

CARLOS GIMENEZ: –but it was a contributing factor.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Give us a sense of who is getting ill and how ill they are getting. Because as I asked the other mayor, the president said yesterday, 99% of these cases are totally harmless. What’s happening in Miami?

CARLOS GIMENEZ: Well, there’s a difference between what’s the official number and what’s the real number. We ran a study down here in Miami-Dade a couple of months ago that said over two hundred thousand people had already had the virus or had the virus at the time. So our official number is maybe forty thousand have officially had it. What concerns me is the positivity rate. We had it down to about eight percent of the people getting tested were showing up positive. Now they’re over twenty percent are showing up positive. That’s the problem for us. And so we have seen because we’ve seen an increase–

MARGARET BRENNAN: But and how ill are they getting, with hospitalizations and the degree of lethality to this? Because last week you were on Fox News and you said the good news here is that it’s not as lethal as people think it is. That seems–

CARLOS GIMENEZ: Yeah.

MARGARET BRENNAN: –in contradiction to your very stringent guidelines now.

CARLOS GIMENEZ: No, because, look, we just have more people that are being positive. And so the more you have at the end, you’re going to have more people, you know, pass away, unfortunately, because it’s just a question of numbers. And so we do have a lot of young people that have gotten positive results. We have seen an increase in the number of hospitalizations. We have seen an increase in the number of ICUs, and also an increase in the number of ventilations simply because we have – more of our people are actually testing positive, which indicates more of the people of Miami-Dade County are coming up with COVID-19. And so when you have more, you, obviously, will have more hospitalizations, more ICUs, more respirators–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Right.

CARLOS GIMENEZ: –and, unfortunately, you’ll have more fatalities.

MARGARET BRENNAN: So you would agree that going on a respirator, being hospitalized, means that the virus is not harmless, as the president characterized it.

CARLOS GIMENEZ: No, the virus is not – no, no.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Thank you.

CARLOS GIMENEZ: The virus is not harmless. No, absolutely not.

MARGARET BRENNAN: So that is – right.

CARLOS GIMENEZ: I mean that’s why – if it were harmless, I wouldn’t be taking the steps that we’re taking here in Miami-Dade.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Exactly. I want to ask you where the concentrations of clusters are.

CARLOS GIMENEZ: Well, initially, it started out in the middle of the city and also down south, and so we have our farm workers down south, and we had a big concentration down there. And then in the middle of the city in some of the poor neighborhoods we had concentrations, but now it’s spreading. And it’s spreading throughout the county. So we have what we call surge teams or people with over a hundred people. We go out. We give masks. We give hand sanitizers, information, and drive home the point that we have to wear our masks when they’re inside. We have to wear our masks outside. We have to wash our hands. We need to keep away from each other. And if we do that, if we act responsibly, then we can tap down the positivity rate, get it down below ten percent–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Wouldn’t it help you if–

CARLOS GIMENEZ: –which is where we need it to be.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Wouldn’t it help you if both your state’s governor and the president also issued that call?

CARLOS GIMENEZ: Well, look, the governor and I talk just about every day, and he allows us down here in Miami-Dade to do things a little differently because the virus has actually been more impactful here in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach than other parts of the state. And so it’s a big state, and there are, there are big differences between what’s happening up in the north part of the state–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Right.

CARLOS GIMENEZ: –and what’s happening here in Miami-Dade.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Yeah, that’s why I was asking you about your portion of the state.

MAYOR GIMENEZ: Yeah, right.

MARGARET BRENNAN: We wish very good luck in getting this under control. We want to leave it there and get–

CARLOS GIMENEZ: Thank you, Margaret. Appreciate it.

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Former ESPN Sports Writer Jason Whitlock: MSM Narrative About George Floyd A “Race Hoax”

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Former ESPN Sports Writer Jason Whitlock: MSM Narrative About George Floyd A "Race Hoax"

Former ESPN sportswriter Jason Whitlock argued that the recently released bodycam footage from two officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd shows that the mainstream racial narrative surrounding Floyd’s death was a “race hoax” used to divide America.

“Leaked video exposes George Floyd’s death as tragedy and race hoax used to divide us,” states the headline to Whitlock’s opinion piece published by Outkick yesterday.

The footage, released by TDM was taken from the body cameras of Officers Thomas Lane and Alex Kueng after they responded to a call that Floyd was allegedly using counterfeit money at Cup Foods. The footage shows Floyd acting in an erratic manner that prompts police to question if he is intoxicated and includes Floyd resisting attempts to get him in the back of the police car, citing his “claustrophobia,” “anxiety,” previously having “COVID,” and his difficulty breathing. Floyd eventually begins yelling that he “can’t breathe” and saying he’d prefer to be on the ground than in the car.

Jason Whitlock argued that the footage suggests the officers involved were “appropriate and restrained given Floyd’s level of resistance and bizarre conduct,” adding that it also “reasonably explains how and why Floyd wound up on the ground with multiple officers restraining him.”

Jason Whitlock emphasized that the video “does not justify officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.” However, he argued, the video offers “context” for “why Chauvin would be reluctant to believe Floyd’s ‘I can’t breathe’ cries,” citing his repetition of false claims and “panicked, disoriented, desperate and totally non-compliant” behavior.

“The NBA, the NFL and Major League Baseball chose to drape themselves in Black Lives Matter symbols and view all negative encounters between black people and white people as examples of white supremacy,” Jason Whitlock wrote, saying that life is “far more complicated” than its portrayed on social media.

“What happened to George Floyd is more complicated than the substance-less assertion that Derek Chauvin acted out of racial animus,” Jason Whitlock writes. Chauvin abused his power. His defense lawyers will argue he was baited into abusing his power by Floyd.”

Here are Jason Whitlock’s takeaways from the footage:

  • Floyd’s behavior escalated a routine arrest into a possible abuse of force.
  • The George Floyd case is not a race crime. No rational person can watch that footage and conclude the police were motivated by Floyd’s black race.
  • It’s going to be virtually impossible to convict former officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao of any crime.
  • It will be equally difficult to convict Chauvin of murder.

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A Black Lives Matter group has begun threatening local businesses in Louisville, Kentucky, and telling them if they don’t give protection money, their shops will be looted.

The Cuban community planned a rally yesterday at NuLu restaurant in response to Black Lives Matter demands.

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Members of Louisville’s Cuban community plan to gather Sunday in support of a NuLu restaurant owner who says he was threatened by Black Lives Matter protesters during a recent demonstration.

Fernando Martinez, a partner of the Olé Restaurant Group, was one of dozens of business owners in the downtown Louisville district who recently received a letter from protesters laying out demands that aim to improve diversity in the area, which is known for its locally-owned shops and restaurants.

Martinez has publicly denounced the demands on Facebook, calling them “mafia tactics” used to intimidate business owners. And on Thursday, a small group of protesters confronted him outside his newest restaurant, La Bodeguita de Mima, on East Market Street.

“There comes a time in life that you have to make a stand and you have to really prove your convictions and what you believe in,” Martinez wrote in his Facebook post. “… All good people need to denounce this. How can you justified (sic) injustice with more injustice?” More

Why isn’t this viewed as extortion? And where are the local, state, and federal authorities investigating this as a crime?

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A rioter jumps over the barrier and lights some type of incendiary device to throw at the Portland federal courthouse. He is shot with pepper balls after he hurls the lit projectile.

Here’s a photograph of the man who jumped over the fence and lit some type of device to throw at the Portland federal courthouse. Well, at least he is already dressed in the appropriate outfit for prison.

The person in question has been apprehended by the authorities. He tried to climb up the light pole to escape federal officers only to get stuck there. The officers had to bring in a ladder to get him down.

Start prosecuting and convicting these idiots for using an improvised explosive device while in the commission of a felony while on federal property.

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According to the police, Garrett Foster who was armed with an AK-47 joined a group of protesters trying to stop a car that turned into the group. Foster allegedly pointed the gun at the car and someone in the car, who was also armed, fired back.

Here’s the shooting.

BLM people had surrounded the car as tend to do. According to the police report now coming out, BLM member Garrett Foster aimed his gun at the motorist in the car.

This is the guy that was shot.

Why do BLM demonstrators block streets and pound on car windows that are stuck in traffic? What’s the correct way to protect your family from a mob pounding on your car and aiming an AK-47 at you?

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Violent rioters torched courthouses in Colorado and California last night as far-left riots shook other cities across the country.

“We ask organizers of tonight’s protest to help maintain peace,” the Oakland Police Department tweeted. “Currently, some demonstrators in the area of 17th & Lakeside are breaking windows and chanting racial slurs at residents.”

“Agitators within the crowd of demonstrators have set the Alameda County Superior Courthouse on fire,” the department added. “Please avoid the area. We are calling for peace and to have safe spaces and safe places for tonight’s demonstration.”

“Fireworks and dangerous projectiles are some of the items agitators used to assault officers. We ask the organizers of tonight’s demonstration to work with us, calling for peace and help us provide safe spaces and safe places for demonstrators.”

In Colorado, the Aurora PD appealed to protesters “please remain peaceful,” which did nothing to stop rioters from carrying out acts of violence.

“The protestors are no longer peaceful as they are now throwing objects, shining lasers, and shooting large fireworks at officers,” the department tweeted. “We now have protestors that have broken windows to the courthouse and are inside of the building, attempting to start fires.”

 

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Violent extremists injured nearly two dozen Seattle Police Department officers on Sunday during an assault on the department.

Rioters emerged from the group and began spray painting and attempting to disable security cameras and a fenced perimeter around the precinct, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement. “At least one person breached the precinct’s fence line. Moments later, a device exploded leaving an 8-inch hole in the side of the precinct.”

“Due to the ongoing public safety risks and damaged associated with this incident march, SPD declared the incident a riot and began issuing orders to leave the area,” the department continued. “The crowd threw bottles and balloons filled with liquid and shot mortar fireworks and tossed explosives at officers.”

“Over the next several hours, a smaller crowd wound through Capitol Hill, continuing to throw bricks, rocks, mortars and other explosives at officers,” the department added. “As of 10 pm, police had made 45 arrests in connection with today’s riot for assaults on officers, failure to disperse, and obstruction.”

“Twenty-one officers sustained injuries during the day’s events. Most were able to return to duty. One was treated at a hospital for a knee injury,” the statement concluded. “Arson/Bomb detectives are investigating the explosion at the East Precinct.”

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“I give it a thumbs up, because of the violence that’s continuing day in and day out…like we’re in a war zone.”

Murder capital USA finally gets some help.

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