The body camera footage from the entire encounter that George Floyd had with police leading up to his death was released today, and the video is extremely upsetting. The footage is taken from the body cameras of Officer Alex Kueng and Officer Thomas Lane, who were the first to officers to arrive on the scene, after a local business called police to report that Floyd had attempted to purchase a few items with a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill. A judge had previously ruled that these recordings should not be made public until the trials are over, but they were leaked to The Daily Mail by someone involved with the case.
From the moment that police began interacting with Floyd, he is completely compliant and not aggressive in any way. It is obvious that he is terrified of the police, and he had good reason to be afraid. The first officer that approached him immediately pointed a gun at his head for not rolling down his window fast enough.
Floyd tried his best to deescalate the situation, begging the officer not to shoot him and apologizing to him for not responding fast enough. The officer was not calmed by Floyd’s apologies, and quickly escalated the situation, shouting, “Put your f***ing hands up right now! Let me see your other hand.”
Floyd froze in terror and the officer became more aggressive.
‘Put your f***ing hand up there. Jesus Christ, keep your f**king hands on the wheel,” he shouted.
Floyd tried to explain that he had been shot before, which is why he was so nervous.
“Keep your f***ing hands on the wheel,” Officer Lane shouted again, ignoring Floyd’s plea for compassion.
“Hands on top of your head. Step out of the vehicle and step away from me,” the officer ordered.
“Okay. Mr. Officer, please don’t shoot me. Please man,” Floyd pleaded.
“I’m not going to shoot you. Step out and face away,” the officer assured him.
Floyd stepped out of the car as he was ordered to and then he was handcuffed.
Officer Lane asked the passengers why Floyd was acting so nervous, and they explained that he was shot by police in the past and suffers from mental problems as a result. Floyd told the officers that he had been shot and that he had anxiety. The officers were unimpressed by the explanation and insisted that everyone is expected to follow orders when they come from a police officer, regardless of their mental health.
Floyd may have been slow to cooperate because he was so afraid of what the cops would do to him, or afraid of being locked up, but he did not show any signs of aggression or make any attempt to get away at any point in the interaction. However, when they got to the police car, Floyd began to object to being arrested and began begging and pleading with the officers to not put him in the car, explaining that he is claustrophobic and just had COVID. The police became more aggressive when he refused to get in the car and fell to the ground.
“Stand up. Stop falling down, Stay on your feet and face the car door!” one of the officers shouted.
Floyd continued begging and pleading for his life.
‘Y’all, I am going to die in here. I’m going to die, man. I just had COVID, man. I don’t want to go back to that. I’m scared as f**k,” he said.
They appeared to get him in the car for a moment, but for some reason that is not clear from the video, he ended up on the ground on the other side of the vehicle. That is when Officer Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd’s neck, where it remained for over 8 minutes. The whole time, Floyd continued to plead for his life, and explain that they were killing him, but they didn’t take him seriously.
‘Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead,” he said at one point in the video before taking his last breath.
“I’ll probably just die this way. I’m through. I’m claustrophobic. My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. I need some water or something, please,” he said.
At one point, Lane expressed a bit of concern about the situation and asked if they should roll him over, but Chauvin told him “No, he’s staying where we’ve got him.”
The officers then begin to discuss whether or not they thought that he was on drugs. Officer Lane suggested that they found a “weed pipe” in Floyd’s car, which meant that perhaps, “There might be something else, there might be like PCP or something.”
As Floyd was telling Chauvin that he couldn’t breathe, the officer told him, ‘Then stop talking. Stop yelling. It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk.”
Sadly, Floyd was dead just a few seconds later.
The defense attorneys for the officers who were charged with the killing will argue that they were justified because Floyd was not immediately obedient, and because he begged the officers not to hurt or arrest him. Passing off a fake twenty-dollar bill should not be an offense that lands someone in handcuffs, so he had every right to plead and protest with the officers about getting arrested over such a petty offense. Furthermore, people with mental illness, especially those with post-traumatic stress disorder from previous police encounters, can’t be expected to step in line like a soldier every time a cop barks a command at them. This video shows how police are entirely unequipped to deal with people who have a mental illness or other considerations that may prevent them from being as obedient as some officers demand.
Nancy Pelosi Reelected As House Speaker In Narrow Vote
Nancy Pelosi won another term as Speaker of the House of Representatives on Sunday, after a narrow vote.
80-year-old Pelosi will hold the position for a second consecutive two-year term and fourth overall, having previously been elected in 2007, 2009 and 2019.
Pelosi has served as a US representative from California since 1987. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the only woman in U.S. history to serve as Speaker and, until the inauguration of Kamala Harris as Vice President, is the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history.
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) January 3, 2021
As House speaker, Pelosi is second in the presidential line of succession, after the vice president.
During her first speakership, she was instrumental in the passage of many of the Obama administration’s landmark bills, including the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the 2010 Tax Relief Act.
BREAKING: The floor of the House of Representatives erupts in applause as Rep. Nancy Pelosi is reelected as speaker of the House for the 117th congress, with 216 votes. https://t.co/z1mlyK1BJN pic.twitter.com/6Wdt3N9ulD
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) January 3, 2021
Pelosi lost the speakership in 2011 after the Republican Party won a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections.
She retained her role as leader of the House Democratic Caucus and returned to the role of House minority leader. In the 2018 midterm elections, the Democrats regained control of the House.
When the 116th Congress convened on January 3, 2019, Pelosi was again elected speaker, becoming the first former speaker to return to the post since Sam Rayburn in 1955.
Under Pelosi’s leadership, the House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on December 18, 2019.
Despite supporting the $2000 checks for struggling Americans, Pelosi, along with everyone in congress have provoked anger from citizens who see them as being out of touch with the average people.
The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) estimated in 2009 that Pelosi’s average net worth was $58 million which ranks her 13th among 25 wealthiest members of Congress.
Roll Call said Pelosi’s earnings are connected to her husband’s heavy investments in stocks that include Apple, Disney, Comcast, and Facebook. Roll Call reported that the Pelosis have $13.46 million in liabilities including mortgages on seven properties.
According to Roll Call, Pelosi and her husband hold properties “worth at least $14.65 million, including a St. Helena vineyard in Napa Valley worth at least $5 million, and commercial real estate in San Francisco”.
FAA Responds To Numerous Reports Of A UFO Over Hawaii
The FAA was notified after multiple people reported seeing an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) in the sky over Leeward Oahu on Tuesday evening. Witnesses all over the region called into 911 at around 8:30 p.m.
Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said that there were no aircraft incidents or accidents in this area at the time of the reports, but multiple witnesses reported seeing a large blue object fall out of the sky and into the ocean.
Some of the witnesses managed to get video or photos of the incident.
Witness Misitina Sape told Hawaii News Now she captured a photo of the object at 8:26 p.m. near Haleakala Avenue in Nanakuli.
Another witness named Moriah said she had never been a believer in UFOs until she saw the object fall from the sky.
“I started calling my husband and them because they were all in the garage. I was like hey. Come look up there. See if you see what I see. They all said yea!” Moriah said.
They jumped in the car to follow the object and see what it was.
“I don’t know what it was,” she said. “This one was going so fast.”
About three miles down the road, they saw the object fall into the water.
She said that it was larger than a telephone pole but didn’t make any sound when it hit the ground.
“We called 911,” Moriah said, “For have like one cop or somebody for come out and come check em out.”
She also says that they saw another light in the sky after the blue object fell into the water. She says that police saw the second light as well.
“My husband went look up and he seen the white one coming,” she said. “The white one was smaller. Was coming in the same direction as the blue one.”
FAA spokesperson Ian Gregor said the agency received a report from police Tuesday night about a possible plane down in the area “but had no aircraft disappear off radars. And no reports of overdue or missing aircraft.”
Earlier this year, the Pentagon announced the formation of a new task force that will be studying UFOs or “Unidentified Flying Objects.”
The formation of this new task force was revealed last year when the Pentagon acknowledged that military pilots were encountering aircraft that might not have been made by humans.
The new task force was officially revealed to the public after the Pentagon released declassified videos that appeared to show government aircraft interacting with UFOs in the sky.
One of the videos, taken from US Navy aircraft, seems to show the pilots chasing a UFO off the east coast of the United States.
Navy pilots reported spotting the objects flying around 30,000 feet in the air at hypersonic speeds and showing no visible engines or exhaust plumes typical of any known aircraft currently on Earth.
The new agency has been called, The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF).
Mitch McConnell’s House Vandalized Over $2,000 Checks
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had his home vandalized this week, after blocking the vote to increase stimulus payments to $2,000.
Messages like ‘WERES MY MONEY’ and ‘MITCH K1LLS THE POOR.’ were spray-painted on the building.
Police said that they don’t have any suspects.
On Saturday, McConnell released a statement to the Louisville Courier Journal which read: “Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society. My wife and I have never been intimidated by this toxic playbook. We just hope our neighbors in Louisville aren’t too inconvenienced by this radical tantrum.”
In 2015, Time listed McConnell as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. McConnell is the longest-serving U.S. senator for Kentucky in history, and the longest-serving leader of U.S. Senate Republicans in history.
During the Trump administration, Senate Republicans, under McConnell’s leadership, broke records on the number of judicial nominees confirmed. Among those nominees were Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh who were recently confirmed to the Supreme Court.
McConnell’s critics have called him by a variety of different nicknames, including “Moscow Mitch”, “Cocaine Mitch”, the “Grim Reaper”, “Darth Vader”, “Rich Mitch”, “Nuclear Mitch”, and “Midnight Mitch.” On some occasions, he has even embraced these nicknames, although he was apparently unhappy with the more recent “Moscow Mitch.”
McConnell has a net worth of $35 million dollars, and many Americans feel that he is out of touch. He isn’t the only US politician that was a target for vandalism this week.
According to a report from TMZ this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had her house vandalized with a pig’s head and fake blood.
Spray painted in black on the white garage door were the messages “$2K,” an apparent reference to the $2,000 COVID stimulus checks that have been held up in the U.S. Senate, as well as “CANCEL RENT!” and “WE WANT EVERYTHING!”
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