NEW YORK, NY – He lost a tooth…but could have lost his life.
An NYPD supervisor is lucky to be alive after being hit in the head with what was believed to be a brick in Brooklyn Friday night.
Lt. Robert Corbett typically works in the legal department of the NYPD.
In an image he shared on social media Saturday morning, he’s seen with a blood-stained shirt and a bloody face.
The images were posted to Corbett’s Facebook page and were shared through police sources with Law Enforcement Today.
“So … my face is a brick magnet,” Corbett said in the post.
“Apparently word travels fast so thanks everyone for reaching out. My head hurts and it’s a little hard to talk.”
He was one of many officers injured as protests turned into violence Friday night.
Riots exploded in multiple cities again Friday night.
And in California, two Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents were shot.
— Me dicen PeHache🌈 (@PhabloHeron) May 30, 2020
One of them did not survive.
It happened during violent unrest in Oakland, California.
Breaking into cars and stealing what’s inside or the entire car literally happens every 3 minutes in Oakland. Nothing new here https://t.co/UDC9iNhL8O
— 👑 (@oloribanks) May 30, 2020
“Two Federal Protective Services officers stationed at the Oakland Down Town Federal Building suffered gunshot wounds. Unfortunately, one succumbed to his injury,” Oakland Police told CNN Saturday morning.
Federal Protective Services is part of DHS.
Their role is to defend the federal government’s “critical infrastructure, services, and the people who provide or receive them.”
Oakland really on a whole different level I’m dead https://t.co/rvfw3aXthz
— – (@skyonces) May 30, 2020
Police said that more than 7,000 protestors demonstrated Friday night in Oakland.
It quickly erupted into assaults on police officers, extreme vandalism, damage to businesses and arson.
on some real shit, oakland looked like fucking gotham last night.
— scary spice (@bbycherubs) May 30, 2020
On Saturday morning, Interim Chief of Police Susan Manheimer took to social media to urge more Californians to join the protests.
But keep them peaceful, she said.
Message from the Chief. pic.twitter.com/XiBgGUW702
— Oakland Police Dept. (@oaklandpoliceca) May 30, 2020
“They started out peacefully and we stood with our community here in the city of Oakland to provide safe spaces and respectful spaces for our demonstrators.
What we saw later on in the evening turned violent and disruptive, and we want to call on everyone who would come to Oakland and stand with us to respect the memory of George Floyd and the community — to ensure that they are peaceful and are respectful of the city of Oakland and especially our downtown businesses, which have been suffering since the pandemic began.”
The FBI confirmed a contracted Federal Protective Service officer was shot and killed outside the federal building in #Oakland last night. Another officer was injured. This is the scene outside the building this morning. https://t.co/D3oRh8ptbK pic.twitter.com/MRXZb7AVhC
— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) May 30, 2020
In the meantime in Los Angeles Friday night, onlookers laughed and filmed as a Los Angeles police officer was attacked by a violent mob on Friday… and that’s not all.
As that police officer was attacked in the street (footage below), the windows of squad cars were smashed out on Friday night.
The riots broke out at Fifth and Olive streets and officers were quick to subdue the violence.
— KTLA (@KTLA) May 30, 2020
As the city simmers and pockets of violence start to pop up, Los Angeles police said Friday that they wouldn’t tolerate violence or property damage during local demonstrations.
— LaToya Frazier (@LaToyaFrazier18) May 30, 2020
They’re expecting large crowds throughout the night, and the Police Department issued a statement saying it’s concerned about “an increasing level of violence and property damage committed by small number of detractors.”
Marchan manifestantes por las calles de Los Angeles, California https://t.co/5Cc1eys2ZI
— Juan Carlos Pedreira (@juancpedreira) May 30, 2020
LAPD says they threw projectiles at officers and damaged businesses in the area.
Los Angeles, California https://t.co/XsC437v4Vl
— Prof. Dilley (@laura_greenaura) May 30, 2020
According to agency spokesmen, those incidents as “isolated,” but said they would “take enforcement action” on anyone who acts unlawfully.
La policía de Los Ángeles trata de dispersar a la multitud de protestantes que ahora mismo se concentran en la calle 7 y la autopista 110.
— JUAN JOSÉ MÉNDEZ (@jjmendeztv) May 30, 2020
“We stand with our communities and rebuke any instance of police brutality as well as acts of violence or property damage,” Chief Michel Moore said in a statement.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti held a press briefing Friday evening to address the protests.
Protestos tbm em Los Angeles. https://t.co/hNXtz5B76p
— Salem (@rodrigosalem) May 30, 2020
“We’re going to protect your rights to protest,” he said.
“Don’t violate any laws in doing that, but we absolutely need, as a nation, certainly as a city, to voice our outrage.
It’s our patriotic duty to not only stand up for George Floyd, but for everybody who has been killed unnecessarily, who has been murdered, for the structural racism that we have in our country.”
George Floyd protesters right now in Downtown Los Angeles. pic.twitter.com/RJsI9HSXV7
— Lupe LLerenas (@LupeLLerenas) May 30, 2020
He supported the demonstrators on social media.
“Angelenos should follow their conscience in response to the pain and senselessness of this horror,” he wrote in a tweet. “I will always believe in expressing ourselves powerfully, peacefully, and safely.”
— Ted Davis (@TeddyDavisLA) May 30, 2020
Under L.A. County’s current coronavirus health order, protests are allowed but participants are still expected to use face coverings and keep their distance as much as possible.
That’s according to Barbara Ferrer, the county’s top public health official.
“The ability for people to protest in a peaceful way is in fact one of only two event gatherings that are allowed across the state,” she said. “We do ask people to adhere with the guidance.”
Yet demonstrators could be seen smashing police car windows and dragging a police officer into the crowd.
You can see in the video as they throw him to the ground and beat him before he managed to get away – it was all captured from Sky5.
— Godfrey Hodgeson (@GodfreyHodgeson) May 30, 2020
The latest news from the ME is sure to make things worse.
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.
BREAKING – MPD Officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested in the death of #GeorgeFloyd.
I am at a news conference in Minneapolis City Hall with black leaders in Minnesota and friends of George Floyd. They found out the news in the moment and this is their response. #WCCO pic.twitter.com/JNOE2zm1IG
— Marielle Mohs (@MarielleMohs) May 29, 2020
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.”
FAMILY STATEMENT: The family of #GeorgeFloyd and I released the following statement in response to the arrest of Derek Chauvin, the officer videoed kneeling on George Floyd’s neck. #JusticeForFloyd #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/BkSFRlYB6j
— Benjamin Crump, Esq. (@AttorneyCrump) May 29, 2020
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.
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.
BOMBSHELL: Minneapolis bar owner Maya Santamaria says George Floyd and police officer Derek Chauvin overlapped shifts as security guards for her business.
— Spencer Neale (@Spencer_Neale) May 29, 2020
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.”
BREAKING: (Former) officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
— Courtney Godfrey (@courtneygodfrey) May 29, 2020
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.
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