Medical Examiner: Medical Conditions, possible intoxicants in Floyd cited as cause of death

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Will this medical report change everything? 

The Hennepin County medical examiner said he’s found no physical evidence that George Floyd, 46, had been suffocated or strangled by the Minneapolis Police.

What he DID find, however, were underlying health conditions and possible intoxicants.

Surprisingly, those results were part of the criminal complaint used to charge former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Friday.

The charges came in connection with Floyd’s death during his arrest on Monday.

Reads the complaint:

“The Hennepin County Medical Examiner (ME) conducted Mr. Floyd’s autopsy on May 26, 2020. 

The full report of the ME is pending but the ME has made the following preliminary findings. The autopsy revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.”

“Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease,” the complaint continued.

“The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.”

According to the complaint, Officer Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in total.

That includes 2 minutes and 56 seconds after he appeared to have lost consciousness.

The complaint said the Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office charged former Officer Chauvin with murder based on a presumption.

According to the presumption, it was that he knew that holding a suspect in that position was “inherently dangerous,” even though he didn’t directly kill Floyd.

Details in the complaint state that it started at about 8:08 p.m. on May 25.

That’s when Minneapolis Police Officers Thomas Lane and J.A. Kueng responded to a 911 call.  That call was a man had used a $20 counterfeit bill at a deli called Cup Food in the 3700-block of Chicago Avenue.

Store management told responding officers that the man was sitting in a parked car around the corner from the deli.

According to the complaint, police bodycam footage showed three people in the vehicle – with Floyd as the driver.

The complaint says that Officer Keung spoke with the passenger.  Officer Lane, in the meantime, ordered Floyd out of the car – and when Floyd refused to cooperate, Officer Lane pulled him out.

The complaint also states Floyd actively resisted arrest while Officer Lane struggled to put handcuffs on the suspect.

Floyd was over 6 feet tall and weighed more than 200 pounds.

After he was handcuffed, Floyd briefly complied with the orders from Officer Lane, who walked him over to the sidewalk to sit.

The charging documents state it was at that point that Officer Lane asked Floyd if he was “on anything”.

In a conversation that lasted fewer than two minutes, he explained why he was being arrested.

Now it was 8:14 p.m.  According to the report, when Officers Lane and Kueng stood Floyd up to put him the back of the police car, Floyd snapped.

He stiffened up, dropped down and then told the officers he suffered from claustrophobia.

At that point, Minneapolis Police Officers Derek Chauvin and Tou Thoa arrived on the scene to provide back up.

The suspect actively resisted multiple attempts to put Floyd in the back of the police car, according to the documents.

“Mr. Floyd did not voluntarily get in the car and struggled with the officers by intentionally falling down, saying he was not going in the car, and refusing to stand still,” the district attorney’s complaint said.

When he first told officers he couldn’t breathe, Floyd was still standing beside the car, the documents state.

That’s when Officer Chauvin went around to the driver’s side of the vehicle.  He then to pull Floyd into the vehicle from that side.

At this point, it was 8:19 p.m.

Officer Chauvin put Floyd, handcuffed, on the ground in a prone position, putting his knee “in the area of Mr. Floyd’s head and neck” while Officer Kueng held his back and Officer Lane held his legs.

Those details are according to the charging documents.

According to the complaint, Floyd said “I can’t breathe” several times and repeatedly begged “please” and called for his “mama” while they held him still.

Apparently Officer Lane expressed concerned about Floyd’s position.

Officer Chauvin told him they were staying put.  The documents state he told him “that’s why we have him on his stomach,” and they then held the positions for almost 9 minutes.

The complaint says that Floyd stopped moving and breathing during that time.

At this point, Officer Lane again expressed concern.

When Officer Kueng checked Floyd’s pulse but did not find one, they for some reason still held their positions on top of the unconscious suspect until EMS arrived on the scene.

Officer Chauvin removed his knee from Floyd’s neck at 8:27 p.m. and then the suspect was transported to the hospital – already deceased.

According to the autopsy, which was conducted on May 26, there were no signs that Floyd had been suffocated or strangled during his arrest – a fact that was in the complaint.

On Friday, Officer Chauvin was arrested and charged with Floyd’s murder.

Minneapolis, Minnesota – After days of protests, riots, and rallying cries from locals and elected officials, former police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested for the murder of George Floyd.

The announcement came from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman on May 29th, who said that the official charges are third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Chauvin was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension within Minneapolis.

There was some speculation about whether Chauvin had managed to leave the city to a home in Florida recently, but with the arrest happening in Minneapolis, those speculations can be obviously put to rest.

Freeman explained on May 29th that through the course of the expedited investigation, enough evidence has been obtained to warrant criminal charges against Chauvin:

“We have now been able to put together the evidence that we need. Even as late as yesterday afternoon, we did not have all that we needed.”

It’s unclear as to what other evidence was obtained, outside of the heavily circulated video of Chauvin pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck that has been the source of protests and riots across various cities within the country.

Freeman explained that this investigation was “by far the fastest” one performed when involving a police officer as a suspect:

“This is by far the fastest that we’ve ever charged a police officer.”

While none of the other officers featured on the video have had charges levied against them yet, Freeman stated that he “anticipates” charges to eventually come their way.

However, at this time, their actions and involvement are still being investigated.

Ben Crump, who is representing Floyd’s family during this case, released a statement online in response to the arrest of Chauvin. According to the statement released, the arrest was described as a “welcome but overdue step on the road to justice.”

Apparently, what makes the case all the more interesting, is that Floyd and Chauvin actually worked together – for the entire year of 2019.

Both were employed at the El Nuevo Rodeo Club, with Chauvin working outdoor security and Floyd working indoor security.

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The employment of both Floyd and Chauvin was confirmed by the club’s former owner, Maya Santamaria, who recently sold it.

Santamaria said that Chauvin worked as their off-duty police officer outside of the club for 17 years, and that Floyd was the bouncer inside for 2019.

Santamaria said that while they did work together, it’s possible they may not have been familiar with each other:

“They were working together at the same time; it’s just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside.”

It is unclear whether the revelation of the aforementioned played any part into the investigation of Chauvin that led to him being formally charged.

The charges against Chauvin are pretty serious, as third-degree murder could land him in prison for 25 years.

What separates third-degree murder from that of first or second-degree is whether there was intent to actually commit a murder, but also engaging in a manner consistent with having a “depraved” mindset “without regard for human life.”

What’s currently known about Chauvin, outside of the arrest and controversy of Floyd’s death, is that the 44-year-old served with the MPD for 19 years. During his career, he’s been involved in at least three officer involved shootings, with one in 2006 being fatal.

The 2006 incident involved suspect Wayne Reyes pointing a shotgun at police after having stabbed two people, with Chauvin being one of six police officers to open fire at Reyes which resulted in his death. He was also the recipient of a medal of valor back in 2008.

There were some very minor oral reprimands within Chauvin’s career as an officer, which all three were cases of inappropriate language used or demeaning tones. Essentially, nothing too egregious when considering only three oral reprimands were delivered within a 19-year career.

While all of this is going on… a handful of celebrities decided to donate some funds in response to the ongoing protests and riots erupting in Minneapolis.

However, the donated funds by the likes of Steve Carell and Seth Rogen were directed toward the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which covers the bail of low income folks arrested.

In this instance, guess what most of these arrests are likely going to be linked to? Perhaps looting, rioting; and dare I say… arson?

The Minnesota Freedom Fund isn’t a fly-by organization that has cropped up in response to the developing situation over in Minneapolis, as they have always been against the idea of a cash bail system according to their website:

“We stand against cash bail as unjust and identify wealth-based discrimination as a vehicle for the criminal justice system to target populations for structural violence.”

Essentially, their mission statement is clear in that the organization believes cash bail shouldn’t exist, cash bail is rigged to behoove the economically prosperous, and minority communities typically have higher bail amounts set than that of Caucasians.

Which brings us to these celebrity donations.

Seth Rogen, star of numerous Judd Apatow films, followed suit after someone donated $50 to the MFF. He was one of many that simply retweeted a previous donor by saying “Matched”. But it’s not resonating well with certain users on Twitter.

There are some folks online who are asking why anyone would donate to a bail fund in Minnesota when there are literal livelihoods that were destroyed by way of the looting and vandalism happening.

With the chain of celebrity donations of $50, all donning the “Matched” response/retweet, others online have asked if there was a way to support those who lost their means of income because their place of employment no longer exists.

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When Steve Carell joined in on the donation trend of celebrities, one Twitter used posed the following question:

“Protesting isn’t a crime I don’t think? The people being arrested are the ones that are burning buildings and stealing no?”

It’s hard to tell exactly where the trend started initially, but following the celebrity feed of tweets saying matched eventually landed on the account of Isaac Fitzgerald.

However, it’s not clear of he was the first on Twitter to exactly get the entire movement going, as he’s also retweeting someone else’s account who attempted to retweet another’s account with a twitter page no longer accessible. 

People are certainly free to spend their money however they so desire, but it is odd to levy concern over bail related issues when there’s literal destruction of private property and small businesses within the city.

Sadly, Minneapolis is looking less like an American city and more like a war-torn third world country at the time being.

One arrest has already been highly publicized, which involved an alleged looting situation that turned into gunfire. 

Police have arrested a 59-year-old pawn shop owner after police say he shot and killed a man who tried to burglarize his business Wednesday night.

It happened as violent rioters light fires, vandalized buildings, looted stores and attacked responding firefighters and police officers.

Police said they responded to a report of a stabbing at Cadillac Pawn and Jewelry at the intersection of Bloomington and East Lake Street just before 9:30 p.m.

According Insider, they arrived to find a man suffering from a gunshot wound.

They rushed him to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The above video is reportedly the scene after the alleged looter was found. Police can be seen administering CPR to the man, who later died at the hospital.

According to Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) spokesperson John Elder the possibility that he was shot while trying to loot the pawn shop “is one of the theories” they are investigating.

Star Tribune reports the shop owner has been booked into the Hennepin County Jail on suspicion of murder.

In the meantime, in his latest attempt to stay in the spotlight, left-wing documentary filmmaker Michael Moore stoked racial tensions Friday morning.

This, after demanding that the Minneapolis Police Department headquarters must be demolished as a “contrition to Black America”.

This… as rioters setting a police precinct on fire.

“Good citizens burning down the evil police precinct in MN after all police were out & safe. All police should go home,” Michael Moore tweeted.

“No violence please. Police HQ must be demolished by the city tomorrow as a show of contrition to black America. Rebuild PD with decent kind ppl aka ppl of color.”

Overnight into Friday morning, explosive protests continued into the officer-involved death of George Floyd.

Violence continued for a third day in Minneapolis and also spread to Kentucky, California, Colorado, New York and other states.

Late Thursday night, rioters lit a Minneapolis police precinct building on fire.  It happened in the Minneapolis neighborhood where Floyd died Monday.

The building had been evacuated late Thursday by order of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.  The mayor, who had previously encouraged people to protest, said he was unwilling to endanger lives to protect the building.

“I understand the importance of a precinct,” he said. “[But] the symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the importance of life, of our officers, or the public. We could not risk serious injury to anyone and we will continue to patrol the third precinct entirely.”

Police sources told Law Enforcement Today that the department cleaned out all firearms and ammunition to prevent it from falling into the hands of rioters.

Flash forward… shortly before 5 a.m. Friday, nearby commercial buildings were burning out of control and rioters and looters were still on the streets.

Firefighters arrived with police in riot gear, who started to arrest people in the area.

Minneapolis officers retreat as police department, buildings burn – 500 National Guard Soldiers sent in

Published: Friday, May 29, 12:39 a.m. EST

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The city is burning… and police seem helpless to stop it.  And now there are concerns about a potential pending explosion at the 3rd precinct police department.

On Thursday night, rioters took to the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul yet again, dramatically escalating the looting and lighting more buildings on fire.

Among them is the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct.

The department has been known for years for a community-focused policing model.

Now, forced to conduct crowd control against violent protestors, they find themselves entirely unprepared.

We’re told by numerous officers in the agency that cops haven’t been equipped with shields, helmets or body armor.

And now rioters are stepping up the attacks, we’re told by sources on the ground, using everything from frozen chickens and rocks to molotov cocktails.

As of late Thursday evening, we’ve received multiple reports that officers have been forced to retreat from the 3rd police precinct. 

We’re told rioters are destroying the police station, lighting rooms on fire and destroying the building.

A number of other buildings in Minneapolis and St. Paul have been vandalized and torched as well.

Earlier this week, the mayor had actually encouraged people to join the protests… which turned into rioting.

“What we’ve seen over the last two days and the emotion-ridden conflict of last night is the result of so much built-up anger and sadness – anger and sadness that has been ingrained in our black community not just because of five minutes of horror, but 400 years,” Mayor Frey said in a press conference Thursday.

He went on to say it’s not just “understandable” that people are feeling angry and sad, but it is also “right.”

“It is a reflection of the truth that our black community has lived,” he declared. “That sadness must also be understood by our non-black communities.”

He encouraged the city to “be better” than in past years, and said people must battle their “shortcomings with humility” and “restore the peace”.

In the meantime, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is in the hot seat as riots erupt across America.

This, over her actions that some argue ultimately lead to the death of George Floyd.

He’s the man who was killed after a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes in Minneapolis this week.

Here’s the deal.  At one point, Klobuchar was in charge of prosecution for the city on Minneapolis when she served as Hennepin County attorney before becoming a senator.

The Guardian reported that when she was in that role, she declined to prosecute many police officers who were accused of using excessive force.

Among those cases were that of the officer who has been blamed for Floyd’s death.

According to a database documenting those complaints, during his 19-year career as a Minneapolis police officer, Derick Chauvin had at least 10 conduct complaints filed against him.

Chauvin was fired on Tuesday.

In one of those complaints, he was involved in the shooting death of a man who had stabbed multiple victims before attacking police.

Klobuchar reportedly refused to prosecute him.

As WCCO-TV originally reported, he was also placed on administrative leave after being involved in the nonfatal shooting of a Native American man in 2011.

The Washington Post reported in March that the Democratic senator allowed multiple police officers to go unprosecuted when complaints were made against them.

The Post reported that Klobuchar “declined to bring charges in more than two dozen cases in which people were killed in encounters with police.”

Yet despite that, she reportedly also “aggressively prosecuted smaller offenses such as vandalism and routinely sought longer-than-recommended sentences, including for minors.”

“Such prosecutions, done with the aim of curbing more serious crimes, have had mixed results and have been criticized for their disproportionate effect on poor and minority communities.”

Minneapolis has a Democratic mayor and with a former prosecutor who is a Democratic darling.  So of course it’s all falling only on the officers involved. 

But what would have happened if Klobuchar had prosecuted Chauvin?  Would Floyd still be alive?

In the meantime, new footage has come in showing a woman in a wheelchair come under attack during the riots Wednesday night.

This, as she reportedly tried to block the Target entrance to stop some of the looting.

The woman, who was seen on camera carrying a knife, was reportedly described as “elderly” but is now believed to be in her 30’s.

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In the footage, she’s blocking the door of a Target store as looters try to drag her away.

“She got a knife! She got a knife!” the crowd screams.

Moments later, someone blasts her in the face with the contents of a fire extinguisher.

As the crowd cheers, she’s pelted with more objects.

Footage does show that the woman had a knife – but it’s unclear whether it was for self-defense or if she was using it as a weapon to try and attack others.

In a second clip, you can see a man trying to grab the woman by the head.

“I was peacefully protesting and trying to block the way so they couldn’t loot the Target – I didn’t stab anybody,” she said in another video.

“They attacked me from front and back, they punched me in the mouth, I got punched in the head several times, I got grabbed from behind, people grabbed my wheelchair, they stole my keys, they stole everything they could off of me,” she added.

In the meantime, as the violence worsens..  the Minneapolis Mayor has determined that racism was to blame and a cop killed a man because he was black.

Oh, and please stop lighting stuff on fire, he asks.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey made the comments during an interview on CBS aired on Thursday morning.

When asked if he believes that the incident was murder, his answer?

“I do.”

He continued:

“I’m not a prosecutor, but let me be clear, the arresting officer killed someone. As to the precise charge, I’m not going to get into that.”

He wasn’t done there, going on to say “he’d be alive today if he were white.”

“The facts that I’ve seen, which are minimal, certainly lead me down the path that race was involved.

His continued comments are sure to stoke further riots.

“I don’t know whether or not there’s explicit or implicit racism involved, but racism is involved – let’s be very clear.”

In the meantime, can anyone explain to us how looting and burning down buildings somehow honors the memory of George Floyd?

Yeah – that’s what we thought.

The National Guard is now being called in.

Reportedly five people have already been shot in the mayhem, with one confirmed as dead, and dozens of buildings being burned and vandalized.

During the protests and riots, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo confirmed that there was a breach of police department property by some of the crowds of people on the street.

Chief Arradondo noted that he did authorize the use of tear gas by officers in response to said breach:

“I did direct our officers to deploy gas once a secure fence was breached, and those individuals, again not all, but some of those individuals were in our secure parking facility which had access to our Minneapolis squad cars and weapons.”

While the chief noted that he respects the First Amendment that allows peaceful assembly, he said these demonstrations cannot continue to evolve into dangerous riots:

“I’m urging all those who participate in these very important gatherings to do so and to be mindful of others’ personal safety, their space, to be respectful.

We cannot have members of our community engaging in destructive or criminal types of behavior.”

Chief Arradondo also commented on the video of Floyd that has been the epicenter of the locals’ outrage. He said that from what he saw on that video doesn’t reflect the department’s “values”:

“What I observed, those actions from those former four officers in no way reflect the values, the vision and the culture that I want to change here with the Minneapolis Police Department.”

The identities of the four officers involved in the video were released by the MPD on May 27th.

While all four have been fired at this point, there’s been an outcry to levy charges against them.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has been vocal about this as well, asking why at least Chauvin hasn’t been arrested since he’s the one visible on the video with his knee pressed against Floyd’s neck:

“I’ve wrestled, more than anything else over the last 36 hours, with one fundamental question: Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?

If you had done it or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now. I cannot come up with a good answer to that question.”

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The morning of the 28th saw the aftermath of two days’ worth of protests turned into riots. The National Guard was requested to assist the 3rd Precinct police station in order to provide relief to officers, where protesters were said to have begun gathering around said precinct.

The National Guard responded to said request and noted that they were preparing to arrive on site.

Of the five people shot during the riotous nights, one man has been arrested for a fatal shooting that transpired outside of a pawnshop.

Sources say that the 59-year-old male arrested in connection with that alleged shooting was supposedly trying to stop someone from looting the Cadillac Pawn & Jewelry.

The FBI is currently assisting with the investigation into Floyd’s death, and even President Donald Trump has weighed in on the matter as well, posting the following on Twitter:

“At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd.

I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement.

My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!”

The ongoing riots have seen the likes of a Target store looted and torn to pieces on the inside. An AutoZone was set on fire, as well as a housing development that was under construction.

Buildings of local businesses and the ilk had windows smashed and covered in graffiti.

 The interior of a Cub Foods that was looted was showcased by a local news anchor who was invited into the establishment after the damage had been done. The scene that was displayed looked as though a tornado had ripped through the interior of the store.

More videos have been surfacing of people looting the already decimated Target store, with many shown pulling shopping carts to load up on items to steal.

What’s confusing in all this, is the level of mental gymnastics going on for people online to justify this behavior. Joshua Collins, who is running for Congress in Washington state, had this to say online about the looting: 

“As long as they continue not to care about cops murdering black people, I’m gonna continue not to care about people looting Targets & AutoZones.”

The only thing that is going to come from these riots going on is further destruction and more violence and possibly more loss of life. By destroying the literal community, therein lies the possibility that investors and businesses will either not return or be scared to ever set up shop in that city.

The quicker that this is addressed, the better for the city. The crowds have been proven to be unmanageable, and thus additional forces are in the works to restore safety and some semblance of civility.

In case you missed the report and imagery from Wednesday night, here it is:

Wednesday night, police deployed tear gas to disperse rioters yet again.

This, after the Minneapolis Police Department identified the four officers involved in the arrest that left George Floyd dead.

Hundreds of protesters began rioting outside the 3rd Precinct for the second night in a row, not long after President Donald Trump took to twitter about actions being taken at the federal level in the investigation.

“At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd,” the President said.

“I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement,” he added in another tweet.

Earlier in the day on Wednesday, the city put up barricades around the 3rd Precinct on Minnehaha Avenue.  They are gearing up for another night of threats and violence.
 
 

It of course didn’t take long for looters to see on the opportunity to rob stores.

Violence and anarchy overtook city streets on Tuesday as what began as peaceful protests quickly escalated into absolute mayhem.

It came just hours after four police officers were fired before an investigation could even be started into an incident that transpired Monday.

That incident is believed to have resulted in the death of George Floyd.

The announcement was made by Chief Medaria Arradondo and Mayor Jacob Frey at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

“This is the right call,” Frey said.

The department hasn’t publicly released the names of the officers yet.  And although many media outlets have doxxed the four officers – Law Enforcement Today made the decision on Tuesday to not release the names of the four who were fired.

Two officers were apparently responding to an alleged forgery at a business in south Minneapolis before the detainment of Floyd.

They were called to Chicago and 38th on the report of counterfeit money being used.

At the beginning of 10-minute video clip a bystander posted to Facebook Monday evening, Floyd was in handcuffs and repeatedly begged the first officer to “please” release the pressure on his back and neck.

He kept saying “I can’t breathe,” and “they’re gonna kill me.”

Medical experts have argued in other cases that if you can speak, you can breathe.

It’s worth noting that the media isn’t showing the altercation officers got into with Floyd after asking him to come down from a vehicle he was sitting on, before the incident on the video that’s gone viral took place.

While bystanders protested in the video, he continued to keep his knees on top of Floyd for several minutes after he stopped moving.  During that time, a second officer told witnesses to stand back.

The other two officers fired were said to be those who responded to the scene a short time later.

The Minneapolis Police Department initially put out a release stating Floyd had experienced a “medical incident” while in police custody.

But in the outrage after, they asked the FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate Floyd’s death. 

Frey read a statement that said the officer in the video had “failed in the most basic, human sense,” and called Floyd’s death “wrong on every level.” 

Typically in investigations like this, accused officers (regardless of whether there’s video or not), would be placed on administrative leave while an investigation occurs.  

That didn’t happen here.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was quick to condemn the officers’ actions on social media and in interviews.

“George Floyd’s life mattered. He was a human being and what all of us saw in that video was wrong in every sense,” Frey said Tuesday in an interview with North News streamed on Facebook. “It was horrid.”

It was also a war cry for protesters, which reportedly saw a unity of Antifa and Black Lives Matter.

The protests started peacefully – and within a short period of time erupted into chaos.

We’re told from local officers that it didn’t take long for hundreds of protesters to arrive at the home of at least one of the fired officers while violence exploded elsewhere in the city.

 

All over social media, protesters are releasing the addresses of the officers involved who were fired earlier today.  They are calling for rioters to move the violence to those homes.

Officers reported being hit by everything from bb’s to paintballs.

Within hours of the chaos breaking out, there were hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage done and countless injuries.

At one point, the Minneapolis Police Department 3rd precinct was surrounded by protesters.  

Vandals started attacking police vehicles and smashing in windows with bricks.  

Protesters said the riots would continue overnight and were encouraging “anyone within a five hour driving distance” to attend.

Sources on the ground told Law Enforcement Today that vehicles have been vandalized, spray painted and destroyed.  The reports we’re getting are backed by video from Unicorn Riot.

Officers geared up in riot control gear inside of the surrounded police department and nearby pushed their way through the parking lot to try and disperse the crowd.

Police started deploying gas canisters – which were being throw back at police from the crowd.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey reportedly encouraged people to attend the protest, but later asked people to stop the violence.

It’s going to be a long, hot summer.

Protesters warn they are just getting started.

The story brings to light a movement out of California to tie the hands of law enforcement in regards to the use of “chokeholds.”

As we reported this past fall, a group of activists in San Diego are pushing for new restrictions over police officers using chokehold restraints when they’re dealing with dangerous suspects, and depending on the outcome, it could put the lives of officers at risk.

A large group of activists, community members, professors and others gathered at San Diego State University’s Black Resource Center on Monday to call for the ban of police chokeholds, calling the act inhumane and saying that it could lead to death or other lifelong effects. 

They called the town hall meeting the “I Can’t Breathe Campaign” in light of Eric Garner’s statements while being restrained by a member of the NYPD years ago before he died in police custody.

 

Currently, police in San Diego are not authorized to use chokeholds unless their lives are in danger. They are, however, able to use something referred to as the “carotid restraint”, in which a strategic hold on the carotid artery causes the suspect to pass out. 

As any officer will tell you, the hold could very well mean the difference between life and death, both for the officer and/or the suspect.

But no matter the situation, the Racial Justice Coalition says that chokeholds are never warranted. 

Darwin Fishman, a lecturer at San Diego State University, said that the restraints were too often used against minorities.

“We waited until Eric Garner was killed before we started talking about chokeholds,” Fishman said. “It doesn’t have to be the case that we just respond to crisis.”

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Officer Pantaleo attempts to take Eric Garner to the ground. (Screenshot – YouTube)

 

A mother from the community raised her concerns over police use of force.

“That’s every mother’s nightmare, to be called that your son was locked up, or worse, that your son is in the hospital and is brain dead because these are all the things the chokehold can do,” Buki Domingos said at the gathering. 

Domingos said that the carotid restraint should be banned as well, calling it just as dangerous as the chokehold. 

“One is not very far from the other and the human neck is not that big,” she said.

NBC San Diego reported that the SDPD used carotid restraints over 570 times between 2013 and 2018, according to data gathered in a public records request. The past two years of data shows less than a quarter of all those restrained were black.

 

The San Diego department advised that they had recently changed the protocol over neck restraints during the summer. They said that now anyone who had been put in the carotid restraint would be required to be brought to the hospital following the encounter. 

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California just recently signed Assembly Bill 392 into effect, which changes the criteria in which an officer is authorized to issued deadly force. It has been called the strongest piece of legislation ever concerning police use of force. Though it does not concern neck restraints, the activist group is pushing to add the hold to the list of “lethal force” measures. 

 

Critics say that the new law surrounding deadly force puts police officers at a greater risk of injury or death. It is way too easy for a grand jury, a judge or a trial jury to Monday morning quarterback the situation from the safety of the courtroom. It is easy to look at the totality of circumstances after the fact. Officers have to make a split-second decision. They do not always have access to the totality.

This legislation uses vague terminology to the detriment of our police officers, their safety and their decision-making process.

They said the laws could make officers hesitate for a fatal second if they have to consider alternatives to lethal force. That’s what Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Julie Robertson faced. She testified how her partner, Mark Stasyuk, died last fall during a gunfight and she hesitated as the suspect shot at her with only his back exposed.

Mark Stasyuk
(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)

 

“I recall in that moment thinking that if I were to shoot him in the back, I would be the next officer in the news being scrutinized for my actions,” Robertson said. “The thought of having to second-guess my actions in that moment is frightening. This bill makes me wonder if sacrificing everything is worth it.”

Why are legislators okay with putting our officers into such a precarious situation? Why would we put these men and women in a situation that forces them to hesitate and second-guess themselves in split-second, life or death scenarios?

These are questions that continue to be asked. 

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