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Other Officers in Floyd Video are ‘Complicit’ says Minneapolis Police Chief

As of this writing, no further arrests have been made in the case of George Floyd.

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In Minneapolis, there is a very palpable rage filling the air after the death of George Floyd while being detained by local police.

Floyd’s death was captured in all of its grim reality by a number of bystanders with the cameras on their telephones, and the haunting images sent a shiver down the spine of Americans who believed up tot that point that we were living up to the standards handed us by our Founding Fathers.

In that video there isn’t just officer Derek Chauvin, now arrested; there were other law enforcement officers standing idly by.  This has drawn the ire of Americans around the nation who believe that the arrest of these witnessing officers is necessary to continue down the path of freedom and equality.

It appears as though the Chief of Police in the City of Minneapolis agrees.

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Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said Sunday that all of the officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody, were “complicit” and that they should bear responsibility for his death.

Arradondo made the comments while appearing for an interview in which CNN correspondent Sarah Sidner conveyed a question from Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd. Asked by Philonise Floyd if Arradondo would “get justice” for his brother and arrest all of the officers involved, the police chief responded, “Being silent or not intervening, to me, you’re complicit.”

“So I don’t see a level of distinction any different. Mr. Floyd died in our hands, and so I see that as being complicit,” Arradondo added as he stood at the site of Floyd’s arrest, which is now serving as a makeshift memorial.

He continued:

“There are absolute truths in life. We need air to breath. The killing of Mr. Floyd was an absolute truth that it was wrong,” he said. “I did not need days or weeks or months or processes or bureaucracies to tell me what occurred out here last Monday was wrong.”

As of this writing, no further arrests have been made in the case of George Floyd.

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Actor Terry Crews Doubles Down On Desire To Unite People Despite Leftist Outrage

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Actor Terry Crews doubled down on his desire to unite people, regardless of race, after leftists whipped up an outrage cycle over remarks that he made early last week about “black lives matter.”

He wrote on Twitter: “Are all white people bad? No. Are all black people good? No. Knowing this reality – I stand on my decision to unite with good people, no matter the race, creed or ideology. Given the number of threats against this decision – I also decide to die on this hill.”

His tweet comes several days after he received backlash from leftists after warning people against allowing “black lives matter” to morph into “black lives better.”

Terry Crews wrote on Twitter: “If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have family of every race, creed and ideology. We must ensure #blacklivesmatter doesn’t morph into #blacklivesbetter”

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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.

“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

TRANSCRIPT:

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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Portland Courthouse Attacked By Antifa Militants

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Portland Courthouse Attacked By Antifa Militants

For the 3rd time this week, a riot was declared in downtown Portland when the Hatfield Federal Courthouse was attacked around 4 a.m. on the 4th of July.

Shortly before 1 a.m., protesters began throwing rocks at the Federal Courthouse and then firing commercial-grade fireworks toward the Justice Center, police said.

Portland Police Bureau:

One main demonstration occurred in Portland during the evening hours of July 4 through the early morning hours of June 5, 2020.

Early in the evening, a large group began gathering in Chapman and Lownsdale Squares. For awhile, the group listened to performers and assembled in the area. Multiple members of the group began launching fireworks from Southwest Main Street where the elk statue used to stand. During this time, a man carrying a rifle was seen in the area of Southwest 4th Avenue and Salmon Street. Several demonstrators surrounded him, but left him alone and eventually he left.

Just before 10 p.m., demonstrators began blocking westbound traffic on Southwest Main Street. Demonstrators continued to shoot off fireworks from this location, as well as Southwest 3rd Avenue. A vehicle associated with the demonstration had a speaker system and false announcements were broadcast that appeared to impersonate the Portland Police Bureau’s sound truck. Demonstrators began burning an American flag they hung from the Justice Center.

Around 10:30 p.m., demonstrators began shooting commercial grade fireworks towards the Justice Center and the Federal Courthouse. Several of the demonstrators were observed carrying shields. The sound truck admonished the crowd warning them to discontinue firing fireworks and incendiary devices at the two buildings. The crowd members were warned if they continued the criminal acts, they would be subject to use of force or arrest. Despite several admonishments, many of the demonstrators continued their illegal acts.

At 10:48 p.m., demonstrators continued launching fireworks and projectiles at the Federal Courthouse. Because of this, several windows were broken and fireworks and projectiles entered the Federal Courthouse building.

To protect the life and safety of personnel both inside and outside of the Federal Court House, just after 11 p.m., a riot was declared. Officers began dispersing the crowd moving demonstrators from the closed area of Southwest Broadway to Southwest 1st Avenue, Southwest Columbia to Southwest Yamhill Street.

As officers dispersed the crowd, demonstrators threw bricks, mortars, M-80s, and other flammables towards them. To defend themselves from serious injury, officers used crowd control munitions and tear gas at this time. Lasers were directed at Officer’s eyes, which is unlawful.
Despite having moved from the closed area, demonstrators began to trickle back to Southwest 3rd Avenue, starting a large bonfire in the middle of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Main Street 1 a.m.

During the dispersal, numerous business windows were shattered by members of the crowd. Officers made several arrests, including one at Southwest Main Street and Broadway where a male fought with officers. Officers were able to get him in custody and recovered an illegally possessed loaded firearm and a knife.

PPB was only able to handle emergency calls only City-wide for several hours due to the need to deploy Officers downtown to assist with the riot. This impacted those requesting police service throughout the City. There was also a significant vehicle crash during the riot in North Portland involving a collision at a high rate of speed, numerous seriously injured persons, and an individual who had to be extracted from a vehicle (See prior release for details).

Between 1 and 2 a.m., some individuals launched fireworks, smoke bombs, and mortars at and near the Federal Courthouse. Crowd control munitions were deployed in the area.

The crowd continued to remain in the area and engage in riotous behaviors involving fireworks, lit fires, smashing windows, and targeting officers with dangerous projectiles. The closure area was extended to I-405 and Southwest 1 Avenue and Columbia to Burnside Streets.

Several Officers sustained injuries throughout the night, mostly due to mortars and fireworks thrown at them by members of the crowd, which exploded on or near them.

Most of the crowd was dispersed by 4:30 a.m.

Information about those arrested is still being compiled and will be made available at a later time. Over a dozen individuals were arrested.

“This is the second time in a day a riot was declared in Downtown Portland due to the activities of many that put other’s lives at risk; this is unacceptable,” said Chief Chuck Lovell. “Our officers are tired, but they are resilient. They will continue to be available every night to protect our community members as they swore an oath to do. I hope community members can support these hard working individuals and denounce the violence that has been placed upon them by those who wish to riot. The violence we have witnessed is contrary to the values of our City and the thousands who are hoping to move forward with systemic change. Our community deserves better than nightly criminal activity that destroys the value and fabric of our community.”

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National Guard Activated To Protect DC Monuments

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National Guard Activated To Protect DC Monuments

The DC National Guard will provide unarmed guard members to assist with additional security for monuments in Washington, DC, the National Guard Bureau said today.

A defense official says Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy signed the memo authorizing the activation of the DC National Guard forces after the National Park Police made a request for the assistance.

The official strongly emphasized that no Guard forces have yet been sent onto the streets and so far have all stayed inside their barracks. There are currently about 100 troops in the immediate Washington, DC, area. The activation could grow to 400 in total to rotate troops if needed. The Pentagon expects the guard forces to be used as a stopgap measure until the Justice Department can muster additional federal law enforcement pesonnel to take over the mission, the defense official said. Nonetheless it is expected the guard units will remain in the DC area through July 4th.

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The National Guard will soon send unarmed personnel to monuments and memorials around Washington, D.C., to help U.S. Park Police protect them.

President Trump and officials in the administration have blasted protesters for attacking national monuments and said law enforcement officials do not have enough resources to protect monuments during the protests that followed the death of George Floyd, who perished while in the custody of Minneapolis police.

That will soon change.

“The District of Columbia National Guard is responding to a request to support law enforcement officials and has dispatched unarmed personnel, with others on stand-by,” National Guard spokesman Maj. Robert Perino said in a statement to CNN. “Activated Guardsmen are expected to provide security for local monuments and critical infrastructure.”

Guard members are set to stay deployed through July 4 and their number may top 400, according to CNN. More

Unarmed is a mistake and it puts them in harm’s way. I do believe that our national treasures need to be protected but so do our law enforcement and National Guard. What is happening in America is not a form of “freedom of speech” but straight forward acts of hate crimes. Proud Americans like myself are saddened at what is happening around our country.

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CHOP Creates Blacks-Only Segregated Healing Space

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CHOP Creates Blacks-Only Segregated Healing Space

CHOP created a blacks-only “healing space” for coping with, I think, the shootings. If this urge to return to segregation is weird to you, you haven’t been on a college campus in recent years.

Twitter exploded:

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Germany: Statue Of Communist Revolutionary Vladimir Lenin Unveiled

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Germany: Statue Of Communist Revolutionary Vladimir Lenin Unveiled

Marxists unveil a life-sized controversial statue of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin in western Germany.

The city’s council took the Marxists to court in an attempt to stop the action, calling Lenin a “representative of violence, suppression, terror, and immense human suffering.” But the council’s case that the statue would “disturb the view” of a nearby historic bank was thrown out and the Marxists were given the green light to raise the monument.

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A far-left political group unveiled a new statue of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin in Western Germany over the weekend which comes as numerous statues worldwide have been toppled in recent weeks.

“The installation of Germany’s large public statue of Lenin outside the former communist East Germany was fiercely opposed by many Germans,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported. “The 1.3-ton, cast-iron statue was made in the former Czechoslovakia in 1957 and bought by the MLPD in an online auction for 16,000 euros ($18,000).”

Gelsenkirchen’s city council opposed the move by the far-left Marxist-Leninist Party Of Germany (MLPD) but was defeated in court because the statue was being erected on private property. The irony there is that Lenin, a communist, did not believe in the private ownership of property as his regime abolished private land ownership on his first day in office.

Lenin, head of the Bolshevik Party, rose to power during the Russian Revolution of 1917 and later went on to found the USSR, the world’s first communist nation. History provides some background. More

Vladimir Lenin’s statue in Seattle still stands strong and proud. No one has toppled it yet. But George Washington can be wrapped in our flag, spray painted and set on fire. Then ripped to the ground and urined on. Our enemies are winning without even firing a single shot.

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Police Take Down The Portland Autonomous Zone… Because It Was Outside The Mayor’s Apartment

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Portland protesters rallied outside the mayor’s apartment after a $16 million cut to the police department’s budget falls short of their demands.

Protesters in Portland, Oregon tried to establish an autonomous zone of their own but were quickly dismantled by police. According to reports today, demonstrators blocked off a section of streets in front of Mayor Ted Wheeler’s apartment using dumpsters, pallets, and boards.

Here’s what the hodgepodge looked like:

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Hundreds of protesters chanting “Black Lives Matter” and “Hands up, don’t shoot!” were seen on video rallying outside Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s apartment late Wednesday night after city commissioners voted to slash nearly $16 million from the police department’s budget.

The cuts to the police’s $245 million overall budget were passed by a 3-1 vote, although some protesters had been urging city officials to reduce the department’s spending package for the 2020-2021 fiscal year by up to $50 million. The money saved by eliminating a gun violence reduction team, school resource officers and transit division will now be redirected to social service programs.  More

So no efforts to reduce gun violence, no safety on public transportation, and social workers will handle/stop all violence in schools, including shootings, stabbings, etc.

This morning, it was dismantled:
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