New video footage has surfaced in the case of George Floyd, a man who killed by a Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on his neck for ten minutes. Floyd was handcuffed during the altercation and was pleading for his life, telling the officers on the scene that he was unable to breathe. Nearby onlookers were also shouting at the officers to show some humanity as they recorded the incident.
The Minneapolis Police Department claim that the officers were attempting to arrest Floyd for using forged documents at a local deli, and that he resisted arrest, however, in the multiple videos that have since surfaced of the incident, there is no indication that Floyd was resisting at all. In later reports, it was clarified that the “forged documents” that police were referring to was an alleged counterfeit bill that Floyd supposedly attempted to pass off at the deli.
The videos to initially surface of the incident showed the moments where officer Derek Chauvin had Floyd pinned to the ground with his knee on Floyd’s neck. In those videos, Floyd was not fighting or struggling with the officers at all, but police claimed that he was resisting after he was first taken out of his car. Now, surveillance camera footage that was released from a nearby restaurant shows Floyd being removed from his car by police without resisting. The new video shows him being taken from the car and placed in handcuffs, which means that he had no opportunity to resist.
Video shows what appears to be the start of the confrontation between #GeorgeFloyd and #Minneapolis #police officers. A restaurant's security footage shows cops taking him into custody, but the restaurant owner says it does not show Floyd resisting #Arrest pic.twitter.com/LjIerm6BaX
— Sn00pster (@sn00pdad) May 27, 2020
The four officers involved in the arrest were later fired from the Minneapolis Police Department after they were initially placed on paid administrative leave.
There were four officers on the scene at the time of the incident, one who kept the gathering crowds away, and three who were forcefully handling Mr. Floyd, and their names have not been released by the police department. However, two of the officers seen in the video, Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao were identified by Ben Crump, the attorney representing the Floyd family. Both of these officers have either been involved with excessive force complaints or police-involved shootings.
“I believe that justice will be served. I have enough faith to stand on it,” Bridgett Floyd says about the death of her brother, George Floyd. pic.twitter.com/juUykJNCVI
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 27, 2020
Floyd’s grieving family has called for criminal charges against the officers for his murder, and so has the city’s mayor.
“If you had done it, or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now,” said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.
WATCH: Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey provides an update on the George Floyd case. KSTP's latest story: https://kstp.com/news/minneapolis-mayor-jacob-frey-calls-for-charges-to-be-filed-against-arresting-police-officer-in-george-floyd-case/5742647/?cat=1
Posted by KSTP-TV on Wednesday, May 27, 2020
The city has been facing growing protests as more information about the case becomes public, and local residents become more informed about the circumstances surrounding the killing. Thousands took to the streets this week to protest the murder and call for further action against the officers responsible. At one point, protesters gathered to surround the police station, where officers barricaded themselves inside.
Huge protests in Minneapolis right now in response to the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Dept. pic.twitter.com/zsy1yg5t5F
— Brennan Murphy (@brenonade) May 26, 2020
Officers responded to the protests with heavy force, filling the streets with tear gas and shooting rubber bullets into the crowd indiscriminately, hitting journalists and other bystanders. Most of the protests were peaceful, but there were some small acts of vandalism directed at police property.
Minneapolis Police in riot gear continuing to fire lots of tear gas. The explosive canisters started a few small fires which we saw put out by protesters pic.twitter.com/GSalQNykYq
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) May 27, 2020
Cartel Boss Arrested In Connection With Killing of Mormon Families In Mexico
Roberto González Montes, the alleged leader of the La Línea drug cartel, has been arrested for his involvement in the murder of three Mormon mothers and their six children last year.
Montes is also known as “El32” or “El Mudo,” which means “the mute.”
The arrest took place in the northern province of Chihuahua, according to the local Secretary of State for Public Security, Emilio García Ruiz, who said Montes had already been flown to Mexico City to be charged before a judge.
The horrific killings happened during a turf war between Montes’ La Línea Cartel and the rival Sinaloa Cartel.
Also arrested in the bust were Eulalio Domínguez Alanís and Santiago Casavantes Radovich, who is known as “El Condor.”
The alleged cartel members were arrested by the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Organized Crime Investigation, the Secretary of National Defense, the National Intelligence Center and the navy, according to El Diario.
On the 4th of November 2019, about 70 miles south of the Mexico–United States border, cartel members opened fire on a three-car convoy that was traveling to a wedding. The vehicles in the convoy were carrying residents of the isolated La Mora community, which is predominantly composed of American Mexican “independent Mormons.”
Nine people were killed with some burned alive in a car. The victims included three women and six children, all of whom held dual US–Mexican citizenship.
All of the victims were from rancho La Mora, Sonora, a compound containing 30 to 40 homes on about a thousand acres, and with a full-time population of about 150 people.
The victims descend from settlers who founded Colonia Oaxaca, which is now called “Rancho Oaxaca.” It is part of the historical Mormon colonies founded in the late 19th century, but not affiliated with the official Mormon church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The church issued a statement after the incident expressing its “love, prayers, and sympathies,” but also distanced itself from the group’s style of Mormonism, saying that they are not officially affiliated with the group.
After the incident, Mexican officials said that the family was mistaken for a cartel convoy of vehicles. Earlier in the day, the same location had also been the scene of a shootout between rival cartel gangs. However, other theories were also floated about the family being specifically targeted.
According to the Dallas Morning News’s Alfredo Corchado, targeting of the victims may have been due to activism by certain extended LeBarón family members having “over the years been outspoken in their condemnation of criminal groups that hold sway over a wide swath of northern Mexico”
A member of the extended family, Julian LeBarón, whose brother Benjamin was killed by cartel gunmen in 2009, claims that the attack was targeted. He says that the gunmen knew exactly who they were shooting at because the surviving children claimed that one of the female victims had attempted to identify herself to stop the attack.
It is not exactly clear when the suspects were arrested, or what specific charges they are facing.
Russia Says It Chased US Warship Out Of Disputed Waters With “Ramming Threat”
On Tuesday, Russia’s defense ministry claimed that one of its warships chased a US Navy destroyer out of Russia’s Pacific territorial waters.
The Admiral Vinogradov, an anti-submarine destroyer in Russia’s Pacific Fleet, sent a warning to the US ship and threatened to “use a ramming maneuver to drive the intruder out of its territorial waters,” according to a statement from Russia’s defense ministry.
After the incident, the USS John S. McCain, a guided-missile destroyer, retreated back into international waters.
The US Navy confirmed the incident in a statement describing the incident as the latest “freedom of navigation operation,” in which the US military challenges boundaries that they deem to be “illegitimate territorial claims.”
The American warship had been operating for several days in the Sea of Japan before the incident, and it was being tracked by the Russian military as it came closer to the contested region.
The U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet said in a statement that the USS John S. McCain had “asserted navigational rights” in the area “by challenging Russia’s excessive maritime claims.”
The statement explained that the Soviet Union unjustly claimed territory in 1984, and Russia has continued to maintain that the territory is theirs.
USS John McCain entered Peter the Great Bay off Vladivostok earlier today. #Russia claims this as territorial waters (since 1984), a claim US does not recognize. US Navy periodically conducts challenges like this to assert navigational rights in international waters. pic.twitter.com/c6hjR3AANA
— Steven Pifer (@steven_pifer) November 24, 2020
The statement read:
In 1984, the U.S.S.R declared a system of straight baselines along its coasts, including a straight baseline enclosing Peter the Great Bay as claimed internal waters. This 106-nautical mile (nm) closing line is inconsistent with the rules of international law as reflected in the Law of the Sea Convention to enclose the waters of a bay. By drawing this closing line, the U.S.S.R. attempted to claim more internal waters – and territorial sea farther from shore – than it is entitled to claim under international law. Russia has continued the U.S.S.R. claim. By conducting this operation, the United States demonstrated that these waters are not Russia’s territorial sea and that the United States does not acquiesce in Russia’s claim that Peter the Great is a “historic bay” under international law.
A Russian warship chased a US Navy destroyer from waters in the Sea of Japan on Tuesday, the Kremlin says.
US military officials say the destroyer had been conducting a "freedom of navigation" operation. https://t.co/zEmg4Wu5HK
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 24, 2020
However, it is important to note that this territory has been the same for over 25 years and has only just recently become a problem as tensions continue to escalate between the two superpowers. As the US Navy says later in its statement, these types of problems don’t happen between two countries that are on good terms.
In the past few years, diplomacy between the two countries has deteriorated and has spawned a new cold war. Many of the conflicts to take place between the United States and Russia happen through proxy wars in places like Syria or Libya. In fact, it is these two wars that have largely contributed to the hostility seen between those two nations today.
— Liveuamap (@Liveuamap) November 24, 2020
Mysterious Monolith Discovered In The Middle Of Utah Desert By Helicopter
Helicopter pilots with Utah’s highway patrol noticed a strange monolith in a remote area in the wilderness as they were counting sheep from above. It is estimated that the structure, which appears to be planted in the ground, stands at roughly 3 meters off the ground, or between 10 and 12 feet.
The monolith seems to be made from some sort of metal. It was so easy to see from the sky because its shiny metal body was a sharp contrast to the red rocks in the area.
Utah’s highway patrol shared images of both the sheep and the monolith on their social media pages.
Large, mysterious monolith discovered in remote Utah desert: https://t.co/Hf9K5KiOAT
I feel like I've seen this movie before. pic.twitter.com/WXVDIo9edn
— Tom Stokes (@tomstokes) November 23, 2020
The helicopter pilot, Bret Hutchings, told local news channel KSLTV, “That’s been about the strangest thing that I’ve come across out there in all my years of flying.”
Hutchings was flying for the Utah department of public safety, which was helping wildlife resource officers count bighorn sheep in the region.
“One of the biologists is the one who spotted it and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it,” Hutchings said. “He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!’ And I was like, ‘What?’ And he’s like, ‘There’s this thing back there – we’ve got to go look at it!’”
Hutchings said the object looked like it was placed there intentionally, and doesn’t suspect that it fell from the sky. He believes that it was the work of an artist or prankster, possibly referencing a classic movie.
“I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big 2001: A Space Odyssey fan,” Hutchings said.
The strange monolith does have a striking resemblance to a famous scene from the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
In the famous scene, a group of apes encounters a giant monolith that is in a deserted area that looks eerily familiar to the region in Utah where the real monolith was found this week.
But if it was a prankster, why would they put it in the middle of nowhere?
Once they spotted the monolith from the sky, the team decided to land the helicopter and check it out. Video shared with KSLTV, which can be seen below, shows the team getting up close to the monolith for the first time.
“We were kind of joking around that if one of us suddenly disappears, then the rest of us make a run for it,” Hutchings said.
Authorities have not revealed the exact location of the monolith because they don’t want curiosity seekers going out into the desert and getting hurt. The only thing that is really known about the location is that it is a remote area in southern Utah that is home to many bighorn sheep.
The monolith has been compared to the plank sculptures of artist John McCracken, who lived in New Mexico and New York until his death in 2011.
However, no one knows exactly what it is or where it came from, and there could be other possible reasons, including national security, that would prevent a government agency from revealing the location of this strange monolith.
— Andrew Adams (@AndrewAdamsKSL) November 21, 2020
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