In the News: The State Of Texas Rescinds Pardon For George Floyd Of Past Drug Charge

FeaturedIn the News: The State Of Texas Rescinds Pardon For George Floyd Of Past Drug Charge

According to “procedural errors,” George Floyd has been denied a posthumous pardon pertaining to a drug charge in Houston, where he was arrested in 2004. He was alleged to have sold ten dollars worth of cocaine to undercover officer, Gerald Goines. Floyd pleaded guilty to the charge, and the narcotics officer who arrested him was later accused of falsifying statements and evidence in other cases.

In a statement dated Thursday, the Texas governor’s office released a statement concerning the board’s recommendations.

Office of the Governor Press Secretary Renae Eze also issued a statement regarding the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles decision to withdraw and reconsider 25 clemency recommendations due to procedural errors and lack of compliance with Board rules.

"The Board of Pardons and Paroles has withdrawn 25 clemency recommendations that contained procedural errors and lack of compliance with Board rules," said Ranae Eze. "Among the recommendations withdrawn was one concerning George Floyd. The Board will review and resolve procedural errors and issues related to any pending applications in compliance with their rules. As a result of the Board's withdrawal of the recommendation concerning George Floyd, Governor Abbott did not have the opportunity to consider it. Governor Abbott will review all recommendations that the Board submits for consideration."

Allison Mathis, who is the assistant public defender for the Harris County Public Defender’s Office in Texas, put in an application for a pardon for George Floyd.

“The Board has not provided me with any information about what was wrong with my application, which was vetted by their compliance review prior to being voted on several months ago,” she said. “And I’ve heard nothing from the governor’s office.

“I am extremely suspicious that this is an act of political theatre to deny the truth about what happened to Mr. Floyd in the state of Texas until it is more convenient for Mr. Abbott personally.”

“”It really strains credibility for them to say now that it’s out of compliance, after the Board has already voted on it,” she said.

When the Board had initially requested that Floyd be recommended for pardon, Allison Mathis said she was pleased with the Board’s decision.

“A man was set up by a corrupt police officer intent on securing arrests rather than pursing justice. No matter what your political affiliation is, no matter who that man was in his life or in his death, that is not something we should stand for in the United States or in Texas.”

“A pardon wouldn’t erase the memory, personal or institutional, of this thing that happened to him, or the things that would happen to him later. It would show that the state of Texas is interested in fundamental fairness, in admitting it’s mistakes, and in working to increase the accountability for police officers who break our trust and their oaths, and harm people rather than serve them.”

Sources: NY Times, Dallas Morning News, Texas.gov.

In The News: Indictment Charges Against Minneapolis Police Officers Involved In George Floyd Death

In The News: Indictment Charges Against Minneapolis Police Officers Involved In George Floyd Death

A federal grand jury has indicted four officers involved in the death of George Floyd. Floyd, who had been detained for allegedly attempting to pass a counterfeit bill, died as a result of the arresting officer , Derek Chauvin, kneeling forcibly on his neck for a total of nine minutes. Last month, Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder in Floyd’s death, in a rare instance of criminal justice.

The other three officers Involved in the incident were Thou Thao, Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane, each of whom stood by and did nothing while Chauvin unnecessarily knelt on Floyd’s neck, while witnesses filmed the encounter. The footage immediately went viral on social media, resulting in a public outcry for justice, which lead to world-wide protests. Chauvin was not arrested until approximately a week had past.

The indictment charges that Chauvin had used “unconstitutional and unreasonable” force resulting in George Floyd’s death. Kueng and Thao were charged with failing to prevent Chauvin from exerting unreasonable force in an unwarranted situation. Floyd had been denied his Constitutional right to be free from indifference pertaining to medical needs.

Chauvin was also charged with a second indictment involving an incident in 2017 when he allegedly deprived a teenager of his civil rights. In that incident he is accused of grabbing the victim by the throat and bashing his head in with a flashlight. Of that incident Chauvin wrote that the teenager was resisting arrest, was 6-2 and 240 pnds, was also face down while handcuffed.

The other three were previously arrested on state charges pertaining to the case last June, and are currently out on bail awaiting trial at the end of August.

Sources: NY Times, Associated Press, The Week.

In The News This Week: Derek Chauvin Trial Comes To An End With Guilty Verdict

In The News This Week: Derek Chauvin Trial Comes To An End With Guilty Verdict

On May 25, 2020 George Floyd was confronted by Minnesota police for allegedly attempting to pay for purchases with a counterfeit bill. Floyd, who was later found to have had traces of fentanyl in his system, died under the knee of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin is alleged to have had previous complaints of violence and misconduct against him.

Floyd was handcuffed and face down while under restraint by several officers, including Chauvin who knelt on Floyd’s neck for a reported nine minutes, twenty-nine seconds. The entire encounter had been captured on video.

Tuesday, April 20, a jury found Chauvin guilty of all charges previously brought against him: second degree unintentional, second degree manslaughter, and third degree.

During the prosecutor’s closing argument, he implored the jurors to not forget that Chauvin had kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than mine minutes.

“Believe your eyes,” prosecuting attorney Steve Schleicher said. “Unreasonable force, pinning him to the ground – that’s what killed him. This was a homicide. This is exactly what you  thought when you first saw it – when you first saw the video. It’s exactly that. It’s exactly what you saw with your eyes. It’s exactly what you knew. It’s exactly what you felt in your gut. It’s what you now know in your heart. This wasn’t policing, it was murder.”

He also argued that Chauvin had knelt on Floyd’s neck for as long as he did was because of pride and ego.

“He was not going to let these bystanders tell him what to do,” he said. “He was going to do what he wanted, how he wanted for as long as he wanted. And there was nothing they could do about it because he had the authority. He had the power, and the other officers, the bystanders were powerless. He was trying to win, and George Floyd paid for it with his life.”

“This is not an anti-police prosecution,” he continued. “There is nothing worse for good police than bad police.”

In response to the verdict. Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd said, “I was praying they would find him guilty. As an African American, we usually never get justice.”

Chauvin could receive up to forty years in federal prison for second-degree murder, twenty-five for third-degree, and ten for manslaughter.

“We frame this moment for all of us, not just George Floyd,” Benjamin Crump said. “This is a victory for those who champion justice over injustice, those who champion morality over immorality.”

Chauvin’s sentencing is scheduled to take place in eight weeks.

In The News This Week

In The News This Week

Medical Examiner Who Performed George Floyd Autopsy
Reveals Primary Cause Of Death As Neck Compression

The medical examiner who performed the autopsy on George Floyd after his lethal encounter with Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, testified Friday that the primary cause of Mr. Floyd’s death was the fact that he was restrained and the pressure applied to his neck. Other contributing factors were drugs and heart disease.

“Cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression,” said Andrew Baker, Hennepin counties chief medical examiner. In other words, Mr. Floyd would not have died if it had not been for the actions of Derek Chauvin.”

“Those events are going to cause stress hormones to pour out into your body, specifically things like adrenaline. And what that adrenaline is going to do is make your heart beat faster. It’s going to ask your body for more oxygen so you can get through that altercation. And in my opinion, the law enforcement, subdural restraint and the neck compression was just more than Mr. Floyd could take by virtue of those heart conditions.”

Chauvin’s defense team have argued that Floyd’s health issues and drugs, were to blame for his death, not a knee compressed to his neck.

Dr. Baker said if circumstances are unclear as to a person’s cause of death, medical examiners are allowed to determine the cause as “undetermined.” However, in this case he said Floyd’s death was a “homicide.”

Sources: The Week, The New York Times

Billy Bob Doofus Talks Tough On Fox News

Billy Bob Doofus Talks Tough On Fox News

https://www.foxnews.com/us/ohio-sheriff-one-way-ticket-celebs-trump-reelected






Tough talking Butler County, Ohio, sheriff, Richard Jones – AKA Billy Bob Doofus – appeared recently on Fox News to threaten anyone who doesn’t vote for America’s Greatest President, Saint Donald The Divine, offering to buy them a ticket to the country of their choice.

“It’s that time of election year again,” Billy Bob wrote on his Facebook page. “Celebrities threatening to leave the United States if the President is re-elected. This happened in 2016 and it is believed not one celebrity left then and it appears the same threats are being made this election year. Sheriff Jones would like to extend  an invitation to put money towards a one-way ticket for any celebrity that would like to leave the country this time around if President Trump is re-elected. I’ll even help hem pack.”

It’s apparent we’re dealing with a deep thinker here. An intellectual who thinks before he speaks.

Billy Bob has also threatened peaceful protesters via his FB page:

“IF YOU THINK ABOUT COMING TO BUTLER COUNTY TO ABUSE POLICE, THINK AGAIN.

Butler County sheriff Richard K. Jones states he’s seen lawlessness in the country over the last few months directed towards police. The sheriff has seen water dumped on police in New York, bricks and frozen water bottles thrown at police as we’re officers blinded by lasers in Portland, Oregon. In addition. police have been shot at in Chicago and across the country.

I won’t tolerate it, period. You shoot at police, expect us to shoot back. I will not allow my deputies or any law enforcement officer in Butler County to take the abuse I have seen over the last several months. If you come to this country expecting a free pass to harm one of my men or women in uniform, keep in mind, nothing is free.”

Is Billy Bob concerned about the rampant lawlessness and corruption of law enforcement?

Was Billy Bob outraged when Jacob Blake was shot six times in the back for being guilty of walking away from a law enforcement officer?

Was Billy Bob outraged when Breonna Taylor was murdered by corrupt police officers who lied to obtain a no-knock warrant?

Was Billy Bob outraged when George Floyd lost his life due to the deliberate negligence of a corrupt police officer?

The answer: no, no, and no.

And that’s why hundreds of thousands world-wide marched in protest.

Fox News Race Hustlers Attack Al Sharpton For Appearance At George Floyd Service

Fox News Race Hustlers Attack Al Sharpton For Appearance At George Floyd Service

https://www.foxnews.com/media/sean-hannity-al-sharpton-trump-george-floyd




Here’s one for the irony files.

On the June 04 edition of Hannity, the host attacked Al Sharpton for his criticism of president Trump.

Without naming the president, Sharpton said:

“For those who have agendas that are not about justice, this family will not let you use George as a prop. They talk about making America great. Great for who and when? We are going to make America great for everybody for the first time!”

It was clear that Sharpton was referencing Trump’s photo op in front of Ashburton House, St. John’s Episcopal church, in which National Guard and police used tear gas to disperse peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square.

Hannity was triggered by the criticism. In Trump Town where Donald Trump is considered a God among men – just ask Ben Harrison – no one is ever allowed to criticize him. He’s Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and George Washington all wrapped tightly in one neat package creating a type of hibrid superman. To criticize a man of his great stature is sacrilege.

Immediately he set Sharpton straight on the fact that it was Donald Abraham Washington that called for an immediate investigation into the death of George Floyd, reminding us all that the four officers involved were all fired without hesitation, and that justice would be served because the police are always held accountable by the justice system when they do wrong.

“With Sharpton you’ve got fear, division, hatred, blame Trump – everything is in Trump’s name,” Hannity said.

Previously, on The Five, Pavlich also attacked Sharpton with no sense of self awareness of her own long career of sowing racial division.

“If we’re going to talk about unity and trying to build bridges I’m not sure that Al Sharpton was the best choice considering his long career of sowing division in this country and burning bridges down rather than building them up. And so he’s the one who made it political, unfortunately, he attacked the president even though the president is the one who called for the FBI and the DOJ to look into this, he’s from the beginning said we don’t want these cities to be burned down by rioters, we want people to protest and we want the families to have justice. So it was great to listen to the family members to talk about who George Floyd was but if we’re going to talk about unity and moving forward and how to heal from this situation I’m not sure that Al Sharpton is the one to lead the way.”

Michael Brown was killed by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer who obviously lied about Brown attempting to punch him and take his gun. George Floyd was killed by a white police officer with a questionable record of misconduct. When Obama called for an investigation into Brown’s death, Pavlich and company attacked Obama, and Holder for allegedly “making things worse,” accusing them of stirring racial tension, never mind the fact that racial tension had already been stirred up with Brown’s death. They attacked Sharpton, for daring to “insert himself into the situation,” blaming him for the riots.

Conservatives have hated Sharpton since the Tawana Braceley case. It has stuck in their collective craw ever since. Therefore, because he was proven wrong for supporting a woman who lied about being raped, he has no credibility, because he’s proven himself to be the real racist, a despicable racial instigator whose only interest is fanning the flames of hatred for white people and police. He’s no longer entitled to his opinions – unless it confirms a racial view about black people, like how they’re inherently more prone to violence ( conservatives in general would be singing his praises if he said this ) – and has no right to involve himself in politics, especially if it has to do with racial justice – if he does, he’s just inserting his big nose where it doesn’t belong, because according to conservative wisdom, there is no more racism in America, and there hasn’t been since Barack Obama was elected president, and he and Sharpton just made everything worse by falsely claimng that there is racial bias in policing. According to conventional conservative wisdom Barack Obama set back race relations fifty or more years, just by being the first black president, thereby making conservatives be racist, and Sharpton no doubt had a hand in convincing Obama that conservatives hated him because he’s black. That Sharpton sure is a smooth operator, always managing to see race where it couldn’t possibly exist.

It sure as hell doesn’t exist in right wing media.

It sure as hell can’t be found at Blaze TV. Only hard hitting truth can be found there.

It sure as hell can’t be found at Right-wing News. Soy boy John Hawkins never once wrote an article entitled, Barack Obama Is An Anti-white Racist, or tweeted that a black person voting for Obama was like voting for the KKK.

It sure as hell can’t be found at World Net Daily. They never once questioned Barack Obama’s birth certificate, or compared him to Hitler over Obamacare, or anything else for that matter.

It sure as hell can’t be found at Rush Limbaugh’s radio show. He never once said anything racial about America’s first black president, like calling him Barack The Magic Negro.

It sure as hell can’t be found at Townhall. Katie Pavlich and other honest and serious journalists there never published dishonest and misinformative articles about Black Lives Matter or the former president.

And it sure as hell couldn’t possibly exist at Fox News. I never once heard any fear, division, hatred, or blame for Obama. And I certainly never heard anyone there refer to the former president as America’s Chief Racial Arsonist. It’s just a liberal left wing myth.

 

Tucker Carlson Calls Barack Obama “America’s Chief Racial Arsonist” | Media Matters for America

Tucker Carlson Calls Barack Obama “America’s Chief Racial Arsonist” | Media Matters for America

https://www.mediamatters.org/tucker-carlson/tucker-carlson-calls-barack-obama-americas-chief-racial-arsonist

Fox News’s Chief Racial Arsonist.


Without a hint of irony, Fox News’s chief racial arsonist, Tucker Carlson called former president Obama ‘America’s Chief Racial Arsonist.’

 

“Well, five years ago, just as a reference point, President Obama condemned rioting. We are going to compare that with his statement today. President Obama has long been, no one wants to say it but it’s true, America’s chief racial arsonist. ‘Watch what he does,’ Al Sharpton, one of his chief domestic policy advisors. But even Obama understood that looting was indefensible…”

First of all, it’s bizarre that he would refer to Sharpton as Obama’s Chief Domestic Policy advisor, as if he is still president and still dictating government policy.

Between his bizarre ranting, he cuts to a clip of Obama condemning the rioting and looting during the unrest in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray. He then lamented that Obama made a statement on the death of George Floyd, and instead of condemning the rioting, he had the audacity to mention that systemic racism is real. Oh my God! How dare he?

Carlson has always been content with telling his dips**t audience that the exact opposite is true, that it’s a myth like white supremacy is a myth.

What was the statement Carlson was upset about? Obama’s tweet, his first public statement on the aftermath and reaction to the death of George Floyd.

 

It’s natural to wish for life to ‘just get back to normal’ as a pandemic and an economic crises upend everything around us. But we have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly normal – whether it’s while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in a park.

“This shouldn’t be normal in 2020 in America. It can’t be normal. If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideas, we can and must be better.

It will fall mainly on the officials of Minnesota to ensure that the circumstances surrounding George Floyd’s death are investigated thoroughly and that justice is ultimately done. But it falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station – including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day – to work together to create a new normal in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.

Carlson’s accusation that Obama is the Chief racial arsonist in America, is bizarre, given the fact that as president, he rarely spoke about racial issues, and when he did, they accused him of being a racist. But Tucker Carlson and his fellow racial arsonists at Fox News, talk about them all the time, and yet we’re not allowed to call them racist.

It’s absurd to anyone on the left who is familiar with his racial monologues. From his xenophobic rantings on immigration, his playing defense for white supremacists, to his racial attacks on Black Lives Matter in recent weeks, the title of Chief Racial Arsonist, fits no one better than Tucker Carlson. Well, there are a few others I could name – like the president – but for now, it’s Tucker Carlson.