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Amerikkka-4th of July Without Freedom for Black People Is a Joke!

July 4, 2020

Fourth Of July Doesn’t Stand For Freedom Until There Is Justice For Black Americans ERIN CORBETT PHOTO: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES.

Every year, people across the United States celebrate the founding of this country with backyard barbecues, a trip to the beach, plenty of beer, and of course, fireworks. But this year inherently feels different, and demands that we all reconsider the foundations that this holiday is built on. For most, 2020 has been spent indoors as we try to flatten the curve of the global coronavirus pandemic — a collective action many have taken to keep each other safer in the absence of a government-enforced plan to aggressively address the public health crisis. We’re also in the midst of an economic recession, leading the president to start reopening the economy. ADVERTISEMENT But as the pandemic continues and the economy declines, the swift and massive national uprising against systemic racism and police violence has redefined conversations about freedom in this country, especially as we approach arguably the most important election in recent history. This year is heavy, and with everything going on, it also provides us with an opportunity to reckon with what the Fourth of July really means. On July 4, 1776, the country’s 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence stating that “all men are created equal,” and yes at the time that really did only apply to white, property-owning men. Despite the fact that 244 years have passed since the United States was supposedly liberated from British rule, the systemic oppression of Black Americans continues to this day in the forms of housing, medical, job, and education discrimination, while also being disproportionately harmed by policing, the criminal justice system, and the prison industrial complex.  Over the last five weeks, following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, activists have taken collective action against racist policing and white supremacy writ large. Thousands have demanded the abolition of the police, and for the release of people incarcerated across the country. Racist statues, including of slave owners and Confederate monuments, have been toppled in more than 15 cities — sometimes by political leaders, and often by protesters.  But, the Southern Poverty Law Center estimates as of last year that there were still 1,747 monuments, schools, cities and counties, holidays, and U.S. military bases named after Confederate figures. The United States has never truly reconciled its racist history, while asserting itself as the freest nation on the planet. Black communities have historically been pillaged by racial capitalism, while being deprived of the resources and investments they need to thrive. The legacy of American slavery lives on both in these buildings and statues, and in the systems that define the fabric of our lives. ADVERTISEMENT In a country where Black people are still routinely killed by police with impunity, and where 2.3 million people are incarcerated in jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers — with Black people disproportionately affected — the Fourth of July has always been a whitewashed holiday that celebrates the illusion that we are all truly free. The backdrop to this year’s Independence Day is a centuries-long fight for liberation for Black people that thousands of people have taken to the streets over the last month. At the end of the day, our liberation is tied to one another.  This year, let us reckon with the fact that the Fourth of July has never really been about collective freedom or liberation, especially in a country that was founded on land stolen from Indigenous peoples. Independence Day may be different this year, especially for people who haven’t paid attention until recently to the racist systems on which this country is founded, and it should be. Let this year strip the American flags and exceptionalist narrative of this supposedly free country, and instead center the continued struggle for Black liberation.  WE CANT CELEBRATE 4TH OF JULY WITHOUT BLACK LIBERAT

George Floyd ooo!- Police Misconduct Complaints Rise!

July 3, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS Complaints skyrocket over police response to George Floyd protests Soren Stevenson, a recent University of Minnesota graduate student, was protesting following George Floyd’s death when he was hit in the left eye with a nonlethal projectile. — Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune By LIZ SAWYER AND LIBOR JANY , STAR TRIBUNE July 02, 2020 – 10:01 PM

On his fourth straight day of peaceful protest, Soren Stevenson linked arms with demonstrators gathered at the Interstate 35W on-ramp, staring down a phalanx of Minneapolis police in riot gear. Without warning or provocation, bystanders say, officers fired a series of flash bang grenades and tear gas to disperse the crowd. A nonlethal police projectile struck Stevenson in the face, exploding his left eye and leaving him partly blinded. Nearly a week after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis officers, the state’s largest police force struggled to restore order amid unrest in its smoldering city. Although police officials acknowledge that some innocent civilians were injured during days of protests and riots, they argue that the situation required force to maintain public safety and it was difficult to distinguish between peaceful protesters and those wishing to cause harm. But interviews with activists, elected officials and use-of-force experts suggest that police at times used extreme measures against the protesters, in violation of department policy, and missed several opportunities over the first few days to defuse tensions. Widely shared videos caught law enforcement officers indiscriminately spraying chemical irritants outside squad cars, at nonviolent groups and in the face of a journalist held at gunpoint, whose credential was visible. In other instances, officers shot marking rounds at civilians on their own property. One business owner even testified before the state Senate that he was hit with chemical irritant by police while guarding his family’s East Lake Street gas station from looters. “It seems hard to fathom that it was a mistake,” said Stevenson, 25, whose May 31 injury required several surgeries to reset facial bones and remove the eye. “We couldn’t have been more than 30 feet away and I wasn’t moving.” Minneapolis City Council security costs are debated and scrutinized Some Mpls. Black leaders speak out against council’s moves to defund police Since Floyd’s death, allegations of misconduct and excessive force have poured into the city’s Office of Police Conduct Review. The civilian review board is now investigating more than 400 such complaints against the MPD — an unprecedented number that has, in a matter of weeks, surpassed annual complaint totals of previous years, officials said. And those figures are expected to rise. While specifics of the complaints are not yet public, the Star Tribune has identified two recent cases that are under investigation. One complaint, filed internally, involves Facebook posts purportedly made by Officer David Peña, who used a fake name to mock protesters and encourage looting in a neighborhood that is home to much of the city’s East African population. Another is related to the actions of an unidentified Minneapolis police sergeant caught on camera pepper spraying a VICE news correspondent in the eyes even after he repeatedly identified himself as a member of the press. Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell, who acted as a special operations spokesman during the unrest, filed an internal complaint after being alerted to the incident by a state senator, who described it as “an egregious, gratuitous attack.” Schnell declined to comment further, saying “the e-mail speaks for itself.” “I believe the conduct to be wholly inappropriate and contrary to MPD policy,” Schnell wrote in an e-mail that was later shared with members of Gov. Tim Walz’s staff. When asked by a reporter last month about how he would rate his department’s response to the rioting, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said that tactical decisions were made based on “preservation of life.” In a more recent interview, he said that his department would take a hard look at the use of pepper spray and projectiles on protesters during mostly peaceful demonstrations. The chief has since presented a new policy that requires his authorization for any “crowd control weapons” to be used during a protest, at the behest of state officials. “That’s certainly a change from allowing supervision on the ground to make that call, because of the serious nature of that kind of level of less-lethal force,” Arradondo said. For the average Minneapolis resident, the complaint filing process can be a labyrinthine, said Elizer Darris, an organizer with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota. Those who do attempt it often lose confidence in a system that rarely results in discipline for the officers accused of wrongdoing, he said. “Faith in that particular process has eroded pretty dramatically,” said Darris. Last month, the ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of journalists who were threatened, assaulted and arrested while covering demonstrations in the wake of Floyd’s death. The organization has since turned its attention to protesters maimed at the hands of law enforcement. Several attorneys have already notified the city clerk’s office that lawsuits are pending regarding injuries inflicted by police during the unrest. Freelance journalist Linda Tirado filed a federal lawsuit against city and state law enforcement officers after losing her left eye to a police projectile while outside the Third Precinct in south Minneapolis. She is among at least two dozen people who suffered traumatic eye injuries during recent U.S. protests. So-called kinetic impact projectiles, including rubber bullets and 40-mm “less lethal” foam rounds, are commonly used in crowd-control situations. But MPD’s own use of force policy states that 40-mm rounds can cause grievous injury and should be reserved “for the incapacitation of an aggressive, noncompliant subject,” and “unless deadly force is justified,” officers should aim for large muscle groups in the lower extremities. The policy explicitly advises against targeting a person’s head and neck. The American Academy of Ophthalmology was so troubled by the extent of life-altering eye injuries last month that the medical group took a rare public-policy stance asking law enforcement to immediately cease use of rubber bullets as a form of crowd control. “Americans have the right to speak and congregate publicly and should be able to exercise that right without the fear of blindness,” physicians wrote in a statement. “You shouldn’t have to choose between your vision and your voice.” Critics also say that tear gas is increasingly being used as a crowd dispersal tool, part of the ongoing militarization of police forces around the country. According to best practices, the gas should only be deployed at the edge of demonstrations to minimize protesters’ exposure. But, in the days after Floyd’s death, social media lit up with photos and videos of officers firing canisters into the middle of large, densely packed crowds or spraying the gas at protesters from moving vehicles. Amid backlash, cities like Seattle and Philadelphia have temporarily stopped its use, while other places are mulling similar bans. In Minneapolis, the debate over the post-Floyd law enforcement response followed days of intense clashes between police and demonstrators. MPD supporters contend that police used force in response to an escalation of violence from some protesters — pointing out that officers were pelted with bricks and bottles on a nightly basis — and blame city leaders for allowing the riots to get out of control before intervening. There were numerous reports of officers taking gunfire in the field, though none were struck. Authorities fired their weapons at least twice during the unrest — once when a downtown motorist swerved into and nearly struck two police officers in a utility vehicle and again when a National Guardsman fired at a car that was driving toward a police blockade on Washington Avenue. Some of the criticism leveled at the MPD echoed complaints made after the 18-day occupation of the Fourth Precinct police station that followed the 2015 killing of Jamar Clark. A federal after-action report found numerous instances in which officers used “less-lethal and nonlethal weapons” on protesters during the occupation, in clear violation of department policies, and often failed to document their actions. Federal officials also recommended that the department “strengthen, train on, adhere to and enforce the use of force policy — especially as it relates to the use of chemical agents.” City Council Member Jeremiah Ellison, who represents the North Side, said he thinks that, had police done more to control the situation on the first night of unrest, things may not have snowballed as they did. “Obviously, by the third night the whole situation had grown into an unmitigated disaster,” said Ellison, among the most vocal proponents of dismantling the police force. “The tactics being used by protesters [on the first night] seemed mild enough that you could have successfully de-escalated the situation.” Liz Sawyer covers breaking news, crime and corrections for the Star Tribune. She previously wrote about suburban life in the south metro. liz.sawyer@startribune.com 612-673-4648 bylizsawyer Libor Jany is the Minneapolis crime reporter for the Star Tribune. He joined the newspaper in 2013, after stints in newsrooms in Connecticut, New Jersey, California and Mississippi. He spent his first year working out of the paper’s Washington County bureau, focusing on transportation and education issues, before moving to the Dakota County team. libor.jany@startribune.com 612-673-4064 StribJany More with this story Some on Minneapolis Charter Commission in no hurry to act on proposal to eliminate police Organizers cancel 2020 Aquatennial, citing COVID, George Floyd killing NEXT IN LOCAL Riot-damaged University Av. hopes to come back stronger North Shore resort Bluefin Bay sold to Silver Bay native Trial delayed for ‘White Rabbits’ militia leader allegedly behind Bloomington mosque bombing Minneapolis City Council security costs are debated and scrutinized Complaints skyrocketing in wake of Mpls. police response to Floyd protests MOST READ Complaints skyrocketing in wake of Mpls. police response to Floyd protests Some Mpls. 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We Cant Celebrate 4th Of July Without Black Liberation!!!

July 3, 2020

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Black officer (HALF-BLACK -CONFLICTED BY WHITE MOTHER),who detained George Floyd had pledged to fix police – Twin Cities

July 1, 2020

Black officer (HALF-BLACK-conflicted by white mother),who detained George Floyd had pledged to fix police
By NEW YORK TIMES |
PUBLISHED: June 28, 2020 at 10:26 a.m. | UPDATED: June 28, 2020 at 10:37 a.m.
MINNEAPOLIS — There were two Black men at the scene of the police killing in Minneapolis last month that roiled the nation. One, George Floyd, was sprawled on the asphalt, with a white officer’s knee on his neck. The other Black man, Alex Kueng, was a rookie police officer who held his back as Floyd struggled to breathe.

Floyd, whose name has been painted on murals and scrawled on protest signs, has been laid to rest. Kueng, who faces charges of aiding and abetting in Floyd’s death, is out on bail, hounded at the supermarket by strangers and denounced by some family members.

Long before Kueng was arrested, he had wrestled with the issue of police abuse of Black people, joining the force in part to help protect people close to him from police aggression. He argued that diversity could force change in a Police Department long accused of racism.

J. Alexander Kueng (Courtesy of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office)
He had seen one sibling arrested and treated poorly, in his view, by sheriff’s deputies. He had found himself defending his decision to join the police force, saying he thought it was the best way to fix a broken system. He had clashed with friends over whether public demonstrations could actually make things better.

“He said, ‘Don’t you think that that needs to be done from the inside?’” his mother, Joni Kueng, recalled him saying after he watched protesters block a highway years ago. “That’s part of the reason why he wanted to become a police officer — and a Black police officer on top of it — is to bridge that gap in the community, change the narrative between the officers and the Black community.”

As hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated against the police after Floyd’s killing on May 25, Kueng became part of a national debate over police violence toward Black people, a symbol of the very sort of policing he had long said he wanted to stop.

Derek Chauvin, the officer who placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, has been most widely associated with the case. He faces charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter; Kueng and two other former officers were charged with aiding and abetting the killing. At 26, Kueng was the youngest and least experienced officer at the scene, on only his third shift as a full officer.

The arrest of Kueng, whose mother is white and whose father was from Nigeria, has brought anguish to his friends and family. “It’s a gut punch,” Joni Kueng said. “Here you are, you’ve raised this child, you know who he is inside and out. We’re such a racially diverse family. To be wrapped up in a racially motivated incident like this is just unfathomable.”

Two of Alex Kueng’s siblings, Taylor and Radiance, both of whom are African American, called for the arrests of all four officers, including their brother. They joined protests in Minneapolis. In a Facebook Live video, Taylor Kueng, 21, appeared with the head of the local NAACP to speak of the injustice that befell Floyd, acknowledging being related to Alex Kueng but never mentioning his name.

Alex Kueng’s sister Radiance posted a video of Floyd’s final minutes on Facebook. “Just broke my heart,” she wrote. In an interview, she said that as a Black man, her brother should have intervened. She said she planned to change her last name in part because she did not want to be associated with her brother’s actions.

“I don’t care if it was his third day at work or not,” she said. “He knows right from wrong.”

A FULL HOUSE

Through his life, Alex Kueng straddled two worlds, Black and white.

Kueng, whose full name is J. Alexander Kueng (pronounced “king”), was raised by his mother, whom he lived with until last year. His father was absent.

As a child, Kueng sometimes asked for siblings. Joni Kueng, who lived in the Shingle Creek neighborhood in north Minneapolis, signed up with an African American adoption agency.

When Alex was 5, Joni Kueng brought home a baby boy who had been abandoned at a hospital. Alex soon asked for a sister; Radiance arrived when he was 11. Taylor and a younger brother came in 2009, when Alex was about 16.

Radiance Kueng, 21, said their adoptive mother did not talk about race. “Race was not really a topic in our household, unfortunately,” she said. “For her adopting as many Black kids as she did — I didn’t get that conversation from her. I feel like that should have been a conversation that was had.” Growing up, Alex Kueng and his family made repeated trips to Haiti, helping at an orphanage. Alex Kueng and his siblings took a break from school to volunteer there after the earthquake in 2010.

Joni Kueng, 56, likes to say that the Kuengs are a family of doers, not talkers.

“I had to stay out of the race conversations because I was the minority in the household,” Joni Kueng said in her first interview since her son’s arrest. She said that race was not an issue with her, but that she was conflicted. “It didn’t really matter, but it does matter to them because they are African American. And so they had to be able to have an outlet to tell their stories and their experience as well, especially having a white mom.”

Joni Kueng taught math at the schools her children went to, where the student body was often mostly Hmong, African American and Latino. Classmates described Alex Kueng as friends with everyone, a master of juggling a soccer ball and a defender against bullies. Photos portray him with a sly smile.

Darrow Jones said he first met Alex Kueng on the playground when he was 6. Jones was trying to finish his multiplication homework. Alex Kueng helped Jones and then invited him into a game of tag.

When Jones’ mother died in 2008, Joni Kueng took him in for as long as a month at a time.

By high school, Alex Kueng had found soccer, and soon that was all he wanted to do. He became captain of the soccer team; he wanted to turn pro. The quote next to his senior yearbook picture proclaimed, “We ignore failures and strive for success.”

Alex Kueng went to Monroe College in New Rochelle, New York, to play soccer and study business. But after surgery on both knees, soccer proved impossible. Alex Kueng quit. Back in Minneapolis, he enrolled in technical college and supported himself catching shoplifters at Macy’s.

About that time, he started talking about joining the police, Joni Kueng recalled. She said she was nervous, for his safety and also because of the troubled relationship between the Minneapolis police and residents.

Given his background, Alex Kueng thought he had the ability to bridge the gap between white and Black worlds, Jones said. He often did not see the same level of racism that friends felt. Jones, who is Black, recalled a road trip a few years ago to Utah with Alex Kueng, a white friend and Alex Kueng’s girlfriend, who is Hmong. Jones said he had to explain to Alex Kueng why people were staring at the group.

“Once we got to Utah, we walked into a store, and literally everybody’s eyes were on us,” recalled Jones, whose skin is darker than Alex Kueng’s. “I said, ‘Alex, that’s because you’re walking in here with a Black person. The reason they’re staring at us is because you’re here with me.’”

By February 2019, Alex Kueng had made up his mind: He signed up as a police cadet. Only a few months later, his sibling Taylor, a longtime supporter of Black Lives Matter who had volunteered as a counselor at a Black heritage camp and as a mentor to at-risk Black youths, had a confrontation with law enforcement.

Taylor Kueng and a friend saw local sheriff’s deputies questioning two men in a downtown Minneapolis shopping district about drinking in public. They intervened. Taylor Kueng used a cellphone to record video of the deputies putting the friend, in a striped summer dress, on the ground. “You’re hurting me!” the friend shouted.

As the confrontation continued, a deputy turned to Taylor Kueng and said, “Put your hands behind your back.” “For what?” Taylor Kueng asked several times. “Because,” said the deputy, threatening to use his Taser.

Taylor Kueng called home. Alex Kueng and their mother rushed to get bail and then to the jail. “Don’t worry, I got you,” Alex Kueng told his sibling, hugging Taylor, their mother recalled.

Alex Kueng reminded his sibling that those were sheriff’s deputies, not the city force he was joining, and criticized their behavior, his mother recalled.

After Taylor Kueng’s video went public, the city dropped the misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process. The sheriff’s office announced an official review of the arrests, which resulted in no discipline.

DIVERGING PATHS

Alex Kueng’s choice to become a police officer caused a rift in his friendship with Jones.

“It was very clear where we stood on that,” said Jones, a Black Lives Matter supporter who protested on the streets after the deaths of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile at the hands of police. “Our fundamental disagreement around law enforcement is not that I believe cops are bad people. I just believe that the system needs to be completely wiped out and replaced. It’s the difference between reform and rebuilding.”

After Alex Kueng became a cadet, Jones went from seeing Alex Kueng twice a month to maybe three times a year. He said he did not even tell Alex Kueng when the police pursued him for nothing and then let him go.

In December, Alex Kueng graduated from the police academy. For most of his field training, Chauvin, with 19 years on the job, was his training officer.

At one point, Alex Kueng, upset, called his mother. He said he had done something during training that bothered a supervising officer, who reamed him out. Joni Kueng did not know if that supervisor was Chauvin.

Chauvin also extended Alex Kueng’s training period. He felt Alex Kueng was meeting too often with a fellow police trainee, Thomas Lane, when responding to calls, rather than handling the calls on his own, Joni Kueng said.

But on May 22, Alex Kueng officially became one of about 80 Black officers on a police force of almost 900. In recent years, the department, not as racially diverse as the city’s population, has tried to increase the number of officers of color, with limited success.

That evening, other officers held a small party at the Third Precinct station to celebrate Alex Kueng’s promotion. The next evening, he worked his first full shift as an officer, inside the station. On that Sunday, he worked the 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. patrol shift, his first on the streets.

On May 25, Alex Kueng’s third day on the job, Alex Kueng and Lane, now partnered up despite both being freshly minted rookies, were the first officers to answer a call of a counterfeit $20 bill being passed at a corner store. They found Floyd in a car outside.

After they failed to get Floyd into the back of a squad car, Chauvin and Tou Thao, another officer, showed up.

As Chauvin jammed his knee into the back of Floyd’s neck, Alex Kueng held down Floyd’s back, according to a probable cause statement filed by prosecutors.

Chauvin kept his knee there as Floyd repeated “I can’t breathe” and “mama” and “please.” Through the passing minutes, Alex Kueng did nothing to intervene, prosecutors say. After Floyd stopped moving, Alex Kueng checked Floyd’s pulse. “I couldn’t find one,” Alex Kueng told the other officers. Critics of the police said the fact that none of the junior officers stopped Chauvin showed that the system itself needed to be overhauled.

“How do you as an individual think that you’re going to be able to change that system, especially when you’re going in at a low level?” said Michelle Gross, president of Communities United Against Police Brutality in Minneapolis. “You’re not going to feel OK to say, ‘Stop, senior officer.’ The culture is such, that that kind of intervening would be greatly discouraged.”

All four officers have been fired. All four face 40 years in prison. Alex Kueng, who was released on bail on June 19, declined through his lawyer to be interviewed. He is set to appear in court Monday.

A day after Floyd’s death, Jones learned that Alex Kueng was one of the officers who had been present. Around midnight, Jones called Alex Kueng. They talked for 40 minutes — about what, Jones would not say — and they cried.

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“I’m feeling a lot of sadness and a lot of disappointment,” Jones said. “A lot of us believe he should have stepped in and should have done something.”

He added: “It’s really hard. Because I do have those feelings and I won’t say I don’t. But though I feel sad about what’s occurred, he still has my unwavering support. Because we grew up together, and I love him.”

Jones said he had gone to the protests but could not bring himself to join in.

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FLOYD OOO!-STOP FUNDING YOUR OWN OPPRESSION IN AMERICA, BLACK PEOPLE-GO BACK TO AFRICA AND INVEST!

June 8, 2020

  Protesting Without An Africa Plan, Is Protesting In Vain!

“If you aren’t trying to pull your resources out of America, you will continue to fund your own oppression here in America.”

“Dynast, Black people in America are funding their own oppression, their taxes fund the bullets that cops use to murder us with. Their taxes fund the prison that disproportionately imprisons black people. Their taxes fund the U.S. military that destabilizes countries across the globe, the only option is to leave America,” says Dr. Kambon !

   “Black people are funding the same oppression that we protest.”   Dynast Amir   says “The time is now is.Take your American dollar and flip it in Africa.”

We have gone from freed black slaves who built the republic of Liberia, a country that set the example of how a black republic should be run, to being reduced to arguments over which old racist white guy is a better fit to lead black people. 

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FLOYD OOO!–11 BLACK PEOPLE KILLED IN PROTESTS ACTIONS O!–From m.facebook.com

June 7, 2020

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Cop Killings o!

May 30, 2020

Police KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD OOOO!- BLACK MEN ATE DYING OOO!-NEW YORK TIMES

May 29, 2020

George Floyd Protests LIVELatest Updates What We Know Trump’s Threats Police Department Neck Restraints

Louisville Protest Protests Continue to Rage After Death of George Floyd Protesters breached a police station in Minneapolis and set it on fire, as demonstrations were reported across the country. Published May 28, 2020 Updated May 29, 2020, 7:36 a.m. ET This briefing has ended. Read live updates about the reaction to the death of George Floyd here.

Here’s what you need to know: Protesters overrun a Minneapolis police building and set it aflame. Prosecutors said they haven’t decided whether to charge the officers involved. Twitter said President Trump violated its rules against glorifying violence after implying looting demonstrators could be shot. Dozens of demonstrators were arrested in New York’s Union Square. Protests at State Capitols in Colorado and Ohio turned chaotic. The Justice Department promised a thorough investigation of Mr. Floyd’s death. Democrats request an investigation into three killings of black people. Video Demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd boiled over late Thursday night. Protests broke out after a video went viral this week showing Mr. Floyd, a black man, struggling to breathe as a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against Mr. Floyd’s neck.CreditCredit…Carlos Barria/Reuters Protesters overrun a Minneapolis police building and set it aflame. Protesters broke windows and charged over fences to breach a police precinct station in Minneapolis and set it on fire late Thursday as officers retreated from violent confrontations that boiled over days after George Floyd died in police custody. A demonstration near the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct grew more intense in the hours after prosecutors said they had not decided whether to charge an officer who had pressed his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for about eight minutes. Some people tossed fireworks and other items toward officers, while the police fired projectiles back. The protests extended to many other cities, including New York, Denver, Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio, where scores of protesters tried to enter the statehouse. By Jin Wu In Minneapolis, police officers retreated from the Third Precinct in vehicles just after 10 p.m. local time as protesters broke into the building, where they smashed equipment, lit fires and set off fireworks, according to videos posted from the scene. “We’re starting fires in here so be careful,” one man shouted as sprinklers doused protesters who had burst inside. Flames began to rise from the front of the building as hundreds of protesters looked on, and soon smoke was billowing from the roof. The city of Minneapolis warned protesters to stay away from the precinct, saying on Twitter that there had been unconfirmed reports of cut gas lines and explosives in the building. John Elder, a spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department, had confirmed earlier that all staff members had fled the building. Footage from helicopter cameras showed nearby local businesses engulfed in flames. But firefighters from the Minneapolis Fire Department could not respond to the area because of safety concerns, Assistant Chief Bryan Tyner said in an email. As the unrest escalated, 500 members of the Minnesota National Guard were sent to Minneapolis and St. Paul, the capital. Gov. Tim Walz had activated the soldiers and declared a state of emergency in the Twin Cities in the afternoon after he saw the level of destruction from Wednesday’s protest — buildings on fire, clashes with the police and looted stores. “Unfortunately, some individuals have engaged in unlawful and dangerous activity, including arson, rioting, looting, and damaging public and private property,” Mr. Walz wrote in his proclamation. “These activities threaten the safety of lawful demonstrators and other Minnesotans, and both first responders and demonstrators have already been injured.” Rory Purnell said that he raced to his barbershop on 42nd Avenue North on Thursday to put a sign in the window letting protesters know it was an African-American-owned business, but he arrived too late. One of his windows was smashed, and he said crowds had also broken the windows of a neighboring liquor store and cellphone retailer. “We’re seeing people getting out of cars with bats and stuff,” Mr. Purnell said. “I just begged them, leave the barbershop alone.” The smashed window, now boarded up, looks like a black eye on the front of his barbershop. But Mr. Purnell, who seethed with anger as he watched the video of Mr. Floyd’s death, said he was planning to reopen on Monday. There were also protests in the bordering city of St. Paul, where officers in riot gear skirmished with protesters as several businesses were vandalized, according to photographs posted online. Lawmakers and employees at the State Capitol were told to evacuate the building as a precaution after looting continued at nearby stores. There were dozens of fires and more than 170 damaged or looted buildings, the St. Paul police said, but no reports of serious injuries. Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis said at a news conference early Friday morning that he had made the call for officers to flee the Third Precinct, saying “the symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the importance of life.” Live Updates: Protests in Minneapolis Updated 22m ago As a police station burned, Trump threatened violence against those protesting a death in police custody. The mayor says the importance of life outweighs the symbolism of a police building. Trump suggests protesters could be shot, and Twitter says the president violated its rules. See more updates Mr. Frey, a Democrat, said he understood the anger of the city’s residents but pleaded with people to stop destroying property and stealing from stores. “It’s not just enough to do the right thing yourself,” he said. “We need to be making sure that all of us are held accountable.” Mr. Floyd, who was black, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital on Monday after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a white officer for about eight minutes. A video of the arrest, in which Mr. Floyd is heard pleading “I can’t breathe,” spread widely online. “They executed my brother in broad daylight,” Mr. Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, told CNN on Thursday, breaking down in tears. “I am just tired of seeing black people dying.” Prosecutors said they haven’t decided whether to charge the officers involved. Image Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis during a third night of protests.Credit…David Joles/Star Tribune, via Associated Press Prosecutors said early Thursday night that they had not yet decided whether to charge any of the four Minneapolis police officers, including the one who knelt on George Floyd’s neck shortly before he died. State and federal prosecutors are running simultaneous investigations into Mr. Floyd’s death after a video showed Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressing his knee on the neck of Mr. Floyd, who is black, as Mr. Floyd’s body became limp. Mr. Chauvin and three other officers at the scene, who did nothing to stop Mr. Chauvin, were fired on Tuesday, and Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis has called for Mr. Chauvin to be arrested and charged. The Minneapolis Police Department has identified the other officers as Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng. “We’re going to investigate it as expeditiously, as thoroughly and completely as justice demands,” Mike Freeman, the county attorney in Hennepin County, said at a news conference. “Sometimes that takes a little time, and we ask people to be patient.” Mr. Freeman said his office had been flooded with as many as 1,000 calls daily from people who wanted him to bring charges. Video Back -0:00 TRANSCRIPT ‘We Have to Do This Right,’ Says Prosecutor in George Floyd Case Mike Freeman, the county attorney in Minneapolis, urged patience as his office investigates Mr. Floyd’s death while in police custody. State and federal officials are also conducting inquiries. Our office has been flooded with calls. Many as 1,000 a day, as well as email and social media from people in this jurisdiction, in this state, and throughout the country. The main question is, ”What are you going to do about the murder of George Floyd?” We are going to investigate it as expeditiously, as thoroughly and completely, as justice demands. Sometimes that takes a little time and we ask people to be patient. We have to do this right, and that’s what we’ll do. I will say this: that that video is graphic and horrific and terrible and no person should do that. But my job in the end is to prove that he violated a criminal statute. And there is other evidence that does not support a criminal charge. We need to wade through all of that evidence to come through with meaningful determination and we are doing that to the best of our ability. We have to do this right. We have to prove it in a court of law. And I will just point to you the comparison to what happened in Baltimore in the Gray case. It was a rush to charge. It was a rush to justice. And all of those people were found not guilty. I will not rush to justice. I’m going to do this right. And those folks who know me in the African community know I will do my very level best. But I will not rush justice because justice cannot be rushed. Mike Freeman, the county attorney in Minneapolis, urged patience as his office investigates Mr. Floyd’s death while in police custody. State and federal officials are also conducting inquiries.CreditCredit…Reuters He noted that his office had last year convicted a police officer of murder, but also said he did not want to rush charges against Mr. Chauvin, comparing it to the failed prosecution of the Baltimore officers who had arrested Freddie Gray, who died in police custody in 2015. “That video is graphic and horrific and terrible, and no person should do that,” Mr. Freeman said of the Minneapolis officer’s actions. “But my job, in the end, is to prove that he violated a criminal offense, and there is other evidence that does not support a criminal charge.” Mr. Freeman did not elaborate on any additional evidence. The police had detained Mr. Floyd, a resident of St. Louis Park, Minn., who recently worked as a bouncer at a restaurant, after someone called the police and accused a man of trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store. Erica MacDonald, the U.S. attorney in Minnesota, pleaded for peace and said lawyers in her office are working quickly to determine whether they will bring charges against Mr. Chauvin for violating federal laws, including civil rights laws. Ms. MacDonald said she had been in touch with Attorney General William P. Barr about the case. Ms. MacDonald also apologized, cryptically, after a long delay before the start of the news conference, saying she had believed there would be “another development” before it began. She declined to elaborate on that statement but said further announcements were to come. Members of Mr. Floyd’s family had earlier called for justice during television appearances. “I would like for those officers to be charged with murder because that’s exactly what they did,” said Bridgett Floyd, his sister. Tera Brown, Mr. Floyd’s cousin, said: “I don’t want the protests to be for just show. I want to see action.” “This was clearly murder,” she added. Twitter said President Trump violated its rules against glorifying violence after implying looting demonstrators could be shot. Image Officers approaching protesters in the parking lot of a Target in Minneapolis.Credit…

President Trump called the Minneapolis protesters “thugs” and implied looting demonstrators could be shot in two tweets posted early Friday morning, which Twitter later said violated its rules against promoting violence. “I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City,” the president wrote, adding that Mayor Jacob Frey, a Democrat, must “get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.” It was unclear if the president intended to send additional troops after Gov. Tim Walz activated the Minnesota National Guard to help restore order in the Twin Cities. But the president said he was prepared to have the federal government “assume control.” “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd,” Mr. Trump wrote of the demonstrators, “and I won’t let that happen.” He added, “Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” The tweet containing that quote was placed behind what Twitter called a “public interest notice,” which warned users that it “violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence” and required readers to take an extra step to read the president’s full comment. “Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible,” the notice said. Mr. Trump had previously described the video of Mr. Floyd’s death as a “very shocking sight” and “a very very sad event,” saying he had asked the F.B.I.’s investigation to be expedited. Mr. Frey did not know about Mr. Trump’s tweets until a reporter read them aloud during a news conference early on Friday. The mayor shook his head and then gave a fiery retort, slamming a podium for emphasis. “Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions,” he said. “Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis.” Dozens of demonstrators were arrested in New York’s Union Square. Video Back -0:00 TRANSCRIPT Protesters Clash With Police in Union Square At least 40 people were arrested as demonstrators surged into Union Square in New York City to protest what they called police brutality in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. [chanting] I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! Black lives matter! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! Black lives matter! At least 40 people were arrested as demonstrators surged into Union Square in New York City to protest what they called police brutality in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.CreditCredit…Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times More than 40 people were arrested on Thursday night in Manhattan as hundreds of New Yorkers joined nationwide protests against police brutality. One young woman taken into custody at Union Square yelled “Black lives matter!” as the police dragged her to a paddy wagon, a video posted online showed. Images on social media showed sometimes chaotic scenes as the mostly young protesters clashed with uniformed officers. Some protesters carried signs that read “No Justice, No Peace” and chanted “I can’t breathe.” George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody has touched a particular nerve in New York because of his dying words, “I can’t breathe.” They have prompted comparisons to Eric Garner, who said the same before he was killed by a police officer on Staten Island in 2014. Mr. Garner’s death galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said on Thursday that he wondered “how many times we have to learn the same lesson.” “I think the situation was so disturbing and ugly, and frightening,” he said of Mr. Floyd’s death. “It was just frightening that a law enforcement officer anywhere in this country could act that way.” Most of the arrests on Thursday were for civil disobedience or disorderly conduct, the police said, but at least three people were facing charges for threatening police officers. One person had been carrying a knife, the police said. A second struck a police officer in the head with a trash can and a third punched a different officer in the face with a closed fist. None of the officers were seriously injured, a police spokesman, Officer Andrew Lava, said. Dante Richardson, 21, was among the people in Union Square incensed at the police treatment of young black men who joined the demonstration. Mr. Richardson said the protesters chanted “N.Y.P.D. racist police.” At one point, Mr. Richardson said, a group of officers on bicycles formed a barricade to hem in the demonstration. “They put their bikes tire-to-tire,” he said, adding, “They were trying to break us up.” Protests at State Capitols in Colorado and Ohio turned chaotic. Image Denver police monitoring the protest outside the State Capitol.Credit…David Zalubowski/Associated Press The State Capitol in Denver was put on lockdown after someone fired a gun near a peaceful demonstration, and protests in Columbus, Ohio, turned chaotic as videos posted by local news outlets showed crowds surging up the steps of the State Capitol and breaking windows. Leslie Herod, a state representative in Colorado, said that she heard several shots near the statehouse, and that she and other demonstrators scattered, believing that the shots had been fired into the crowd. The Denver Police Department said no injuries were reported. “This was a completely peaceful rally and someone shot into the crowd and at folks who were protesting in support of the black community and against police brutality,” Ms. Herod said. She added in a text: “This emphasizes how much more we have to do.” In Ohio, the police could be seen rushing to the Capitol and ordering protesters to disperse. The Columbus Dispatch reported that officers also used pepper spray on large crowds of demonstrators downtown after a few protesters tossed smoke bombs and water bottles at lines of officers. At least one person had been arrested, the newspaper reported. A video taken at the Denver protest appeared to show the driver of a black sport-utility vehicle driving through a crowd of protesters who had blocked traffic near the statehouse. As a protester jumps off the car, the driver, blaring the horn, veers around and speeds into the protester and knocks him over. It was unclear whether he was injured. Anabel Escobar, the demonstrator who recorded the video, said she was shaken by what had happened. “I was horrified,” Ms. Escobar said. “It was vicious. She could have killed him.” Gov. Jared Polis said that Coloradans were better than the displays of vandalism and violence. “I share the immense anguish we all feel about the unjust murder of George Floyd,” Mr. Polis said in a statement. “But let me be clear, senseless violence will never be healed by more violence.” Peaceful protests were held in several other cities on Thursday night. Protesters in Albuquerque, many wearing masks to protect against the coronavirus, marched through the streets, some attaching posters to their cars as part of a caravan. In Portland, Ore., a small group of demonstrators waved signs near the Portland Police Bureau. On Wednesday night, there were protests in Memphis and Los Angeles, where law enforcement officials faced off with people blocking the 101 Freeway downtown. The Justice Department promised a thorough investigation of Mr. Floyd’s death. Image Protesters near the home of Derek Chauvin, who was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department after detaining Mr. Floyd.Credit…Jenn Ackerman for The New York Times The Justice Department said on Thursday that it would investigate the officers involved in Mr. Floyd’s death and determine whether they should face federal criminal charges. The investigation will be led by the U.S. attorney in Minnesota, Erica MacDonald, and by F.B.I. agents in Minneapolis. Attorney General William P. Barr and the head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, Eric Dreiband, are closely monitoring their inquiry, a Justice Department spokeswoman said. “The Department of Justice has made the investigation a top priority and has assigned experienced prosecutors and F.B.I. criminal investigators to the matter,” the department said in a statement. The department noted that is a violation of federal law for an officer acting in an official capacity to deprive another person of his or her constitutional rights, including the right to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment. President Trump has condemned the actions by the officers caught on video and urged the department to expedite the investigation, but he has not reached out to Mr. Floyd’s family. During a news conference on Thursday, Mr. Trump declined to say whether the officers should be prosecuted, but he called the video “shocking.” Video Back -0:00 TRANSCRIPT Video Shows George Floyd Telling Police He Can’t Breathe A bystander’s video in Minneapolis shows a police officer with his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck during an arrest. He died a “short time” later, the police said. Arrested man: [moaning] “What you trying to say?” Police officer: “Relax.” Arrested man: “Man, I can’t breathe — my face —” [inaudible] Police officer: “What do you want?” Arrested man: “I can’t breathe!” Bystander 1: “How long you all got to hold him down?” Unidentified speaker: “Don’t do drugs, kids —” Bystander 2: “This ain’t about drugs, bro.” [inaudible conversation] Bystander 2: “He is human, bro.” Bystander 1: “His nose —” Bystander 2: “ — right now bro, you know it’s broken. You can’t even look at me like a man because you a bum, bro. He’s not even resisting arrest right now, bro.” Bystander 1: “His nose is bleeding.” Bystander 3: He’s passed out!” Bystander 2: “You [expletive] stopping his breathing, right now, bro. You think that’s cool? You think that’s cool? What is that? What do you think that is? You say — you call what he’s doing, OK?” Police officer: “Get back!” Bystander 2: “You’re calling what he’s doing OK. You call what he’s doing OK, bro?” Police officer: “Only firefighters —” Bystander 4: “Yes, I am from Minneapolis.” Bystander 2: “Bro, you, you, you call — you think that’s OK? Check his pulse!” Bystander 4: “The fact that you guys aren’t checking his pulse, and doing compressions if he needs them, you guys are on —” Bystander 1: “Oh my God!” [inaudible] Bystander 4: “OK, yeah, and I have your name tag.” Bystander 5: “Freedom of speech.” [shouting] Bystander 2: “Don’t touch me!” A bystander’s video in Minneapolis shows a police officer with his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck during an arrest. He died a “short time” later, the police said.CreditCredit…Storyful The Justice Department has declined to charge police officers in other high-profile cases in which a black person has died in their custody. In July, after a five-year investigation, the department said it would not bring federal civil rights charges against Daniel Pantaleo, the Staten Island police officer who killed Eric Garner by wrapping his arm around his neck. The killing was caught on video and widely circulated online. The decision bitterly divided the Justice Department’s civil rights division lawyers, who wanted to charge Mr. Pantaleo, and prosecutors in Brooklyn, who believed they could not win the case at trial. Mr. Barr ultimately sided with the Brooklyn prosecutors, who had argued that they did not have enough evidence to prove that Mr. Pantaleo committed a federal civil rights violation because they could not prove that he had made a clear decision to use a chokehold, which the New York Police Department had banned, when he killed Mr. Garner. Like Mr. Floyd, Mr. Garner also gasped “I can’t breathe” just before he died. Democrats request an investigation into three killings of black people. Image Demonstrators marched through downtown Minneapolis, demanding justice after Mr. Floyd’s death.Credit…Mark Vancleave/Star Tribune, via Associated Press Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee asked the Justice Department on Thursday to investigate Mr. Floyd’s death along with the recent killings of two other black people: Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot after being pursued by white men near Brunswick, Ga.; and Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police officers in Louisville, Ky., during a “no-knock” raid of her apartment. On Thursday night, seven people were struck by gunfire at a protest in Louisville, Ky., over the death of Ms. Taylor. The committee members asked the department to open so-called pattern and practice investigations into potential police misconduct in all three cases. Federal law prohibits law enforcement officers from engaging in a pattern or practice of conduct that deprives people of their constitutional rights. They also asked that the department investigate the local prosecutors who were involved in Mr. Arbery’s case. The two armed men who chased Mr. Arbery had connections to local law enforcement and were not arrested for 74 days, until after a video of the shooting was widely circulated. Mr. Arbery’s death and the subsequent local investigation “are reminiscent of early 20th century lynchings in the Jim Crow South,” the committee members wrote. Jerry Nadler, the chair of the committee, said it is considering legislation to address racial profiling and the excessive use of force by police officers. He noted that the Justice Department has uncovered rampant police abuses in Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore, Cleveland and Chicago, which led the police departments in those cities to negotiate consent decrees with the federal government. The Minneapolis police have received many excessive force complaints. Image A protester who was injured during clashes with the police.Credit…Kerem Yucel/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Excessive force complaints against Minneapolis officers have become commonplace, especially by African-American residents. One of the officers involved in Mr. Floyd’s death, Mr. Chauvin, 44, had several complaints filed against him, three of which led to reprimands for his language and tone. Mr. Chauvin shot a man who was trying to grab an officer’s gun in 2008, according to The Pioneer Press. He was also present at two other shootings, one of them fatal, but it was unclear if he fired his weapon in those cases, according to Communities United Against Police Brutality, a local organization advocating police reform. African-Americans account for about 20 percent of the city’s population, but they are more likely to be pulled over, arrested and have force used against them than white residents, Police Department data shows. And black people accounted for more than 60 percent of the victims in Minneapolis police shootings from late 2009 through May 2019, data shows. The tension between the community and the 800-plus-officer force has unfolded in a predominantly white and progressive metropolis, where the white mayor openly discusses systemic racism, the police chief is a black man who embraces a community-oriented approach and residents elected two black transgender people to a City Council that has taken aggressive action to curb racial segregation. Yet there is a deep rift between the city’s police force — which also is predominantly white — and the community, one that seems to grow larger with each killing. Reporting was contributed by Victoria Bekiempis, Katie Benner, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, Audra D.S. Burch, Sopan Deb, John Eligon, Matt Furber, Russell Goldman, Jack Healy, Dan Levin, Edgar Sandoval, Marc Santora and Neil Vigdor. 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Amerikkka o!- POLICE BRUTALITY AT ITS WORST!-FROM FACEBOOK

May 27, 2020

By Adeolu Ajobiewe on Facebook

AMERICA, THEIR AMERICA. I just couldn’t believe it happened again. Not until I accidentally stumbled upon the video. I had thought it was the strangulation of Eric Garner by another gang of American law enforcers way back in 2017 which was brutal in every respect. But this took brutality to another level. To kneel on the neck of another man who all the while was begging and pleading that he can’t breathe until the man stopped moving requires uncommon animal instinct only available in a jungle. If this was to be the work of some ISIS religious fanatic seeking heaven through slaughter, it would have been another thing. But these were law officers who know the law. They also know the effects of what they were doing to the man on the human system. Yet, they were deliberate and determined in seeing it through. Where did America lose it? How did it degenerate to a state in which such savagery can be visited on a living being? How come its civil institutions have become a gathering point for such bipedal animals? I had thought America was making progress along the lines of Martin Luther’s ‘I Have A Dream’ when it elected Barack Obama as president. Maybe it did. But then, it took a great leap backwards with Donald Trump. It now appears that Neo Nazi America and its Ku Klux Klan allies wherever they are feel Trump is there own man, and are determined to return America to the pre Civil Rights movement era of the 1960s when black lives count for nothing I have nothing against white America. The vast majority of them in my estimation are good people. After all, there was a John Brown who gave his live and that of his sons to free Blacks from slavery. And knowing too that good whites had to fight a four years war with evil whites to end slavery. Be that as it may, one thing is sure. In terms of race relation, and social morality, America still still has a long way to go. It might be the only country to have landed men on the moon, yet, I still believe America is culturally inferior to its cousins across the Atlantic in Europe: even to the one across its northern border. It is in fact one of the most vicious societies in the world. What happened to George Floyd and Armaud Aubery couldn’t have happened in either places. It is ìronic that savage barbarism can fester in a technologically advanced society as well as in a vicious jungle. Nazi Germany is proof. Current America is another.

Amerikkka o!- POLICE BRUTALITY AT ITS WORST!-FROM FACEBOOK

May 27, 2020

By Adeolu Ajobiewe on Facebook

AMERICA, THEIR AMERICA. I just couldn’t believe it happened again. Not until I accidentally stumbled upon the video. I had thought it was the strangulation of Eric Garner by another gang of American law enforcers way back in 2017 which was brutal in every respect. But this took brutality to another level. To kneel on the neck of another man who all the while was begging and pleading that he can’t breathe until the man stopped moving requires uncommon animal instinct only available in a jungle. If this was to be the work of some ISIS religious fanatic seeking heaven through slaughter, it would have been another thing. But these were law officers who know the law. They also know the effects of what they were doing to the man on the human system. Yet, they were deliberate and determined in seeing it through. Where did America lose it? How did it degenerate to a state in which such savagery can be visited on a living being? How come its civil institutions have become a gathering point for such bipedal animals? I had thought America was making progress along the lines of Martin Luther’s ‘I Have A Dream’ when it elected Barack Obama as president. Maybe it did. But then, it took a great leap backwards with Donald Trump. It now appears that Neo Nazi America and its Ku Klux Klan allies wherever they are feel Trump is there own man, and are determined to return America to the pre Civil Rights movement era of the 1960s when black lives count for nothing I have nothing against white America. The vast majority of them in my estimation are good people. After all, there was a John Brown who gave his live and that of his sons to free Blacks from slavery. And knowing too that good whites had to fight a four years war with evil whites to end slavery. Be that as it may, one thing is sure. In terms of race relation, and social morality, America still still has a long way to go. It might be the only country to have landed men on the moon, yet, I still believe America is culturally inferior to its cousins across the Atlantic in Europe: even to the one across its northern border. It is in fact one of the most vicious societies in the world. What happened to George Floyd and Armaud Aubery couldn’t have happened in either places. It is ìronic that savage barbarism can fester in a technologically advanced society as well as in a vicious jungle. Nazi Germany is proof. Current America is another.


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