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Mural Art Honoring George Floyd

Angelica Owens/Beauty Editor

Since George Floyd has died, the whole black community has come together in many ways. Some have marched in protests, some spoke out on social media and some have expressed themselves using different forms of art. Murals has always been one way to get your message across.

The beautiful mural above, was created last week in Minneapolis by Xena Goldman, Cadex Herrera, Greta McLain and a small group of artists. They completed this masterpiece in less than a day. Since then, many people have went by to look at the mural and mourn.

From Minneapolis to Syria, many artists have contributed to the murals being painted across the world. Many of the murals include the words “I can’t breathe” which were George’s last words to the officers before he died.

Some murals even shout out the Black Lives Matter movement or include the names of other black people who also never got the justice they deserved. The black community will continue to fight for justice for all of those lives lost.

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Trump Invokes George Floyd In Celebration Of Jobs Report “A great day for him”

Cedric Nettles/Senior Editor

(Huffpost)“It’s a great day for him,” the president said, one day after Floyd’s family asked that his name not be used “as a prop.”

President Donald Trump said he hoped George Floyd was “looking down” on a surprisingly optimistic jobs report released Friday, just moments after calling for an amped-up police response to nationwide protests against racism and police brutality sparked by Floyd’s death. 

The president’s reference to the man who died after a Minneapolis police officer pinned his neck to the ground was counter to an appeal by the Rev. Al Sharpton during Floyd’s Thursday afternoon memorial service. “For those that have an agenda that are not about justice, this family will not let you use George as a prop,” Sharpton said.

Trump’s push for an even more intense law enforcement response to the civil unrest also is at odds with protesters’ demands for more restraint by police. Cellphone videos taken by protesters across the country since Floyd’s death have documented alarming examples of excess force against civilians.

“It’s called ‘dominate the streets,’” Trump said at a free-flowing news conference in the White House Rose Garden. He urged governors not to be “too proud” to call him for additional law enforcement support, and singled out New York, where city police are facing intense criticism for using unjustified force against curfew violators. 

Switching back to the jobs report, which recorded an unemployment rate of 13.3% for May ― a drop from 14.7% in April ― Trump invoked Floyd’s name. 

“Hopefully, George is looking down right now in saying this is a great thing happening for our country,” the president said. “A great day for him, a great day for everybody.”

Floyd died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, continuing to restrain Floyd long after he loses consciousness.

One of his brothers sharply criticized Trump’s condolence call to the family last week. 

“He didn’t give me the opportunity to even speak,” Philonise Floyd said in an interview with MSNBC. “It hurt me.” 

Four officers involved in George Floyd’s death have been fired and charged with criminal offenses. The officer who knelt on him, Derek Chauvin, faces the most serious charge, second-degree murder without intent. 

The deaths of Floyd and other Black people at the hands of police, including Breonna Taylor, who was shot to death in her Louisville, Kentucky, home while sleeping, have inspired passionate anti-racism protests in nearly 200 cities around the U.S. and a dozen other countries around the world. 

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(TMZ) The remaining 3 ex-officers in the brutal killing of George Floyd are being charged with crimes in connection with his death and an announcement is expected anytime now.Facebook/ Darnella Frazier/Dragon Wok

The Minnesota Attorney General who took over the case last week will make the announcement shortly. The three other ex-officers involved are Tou ThaoThomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng.

In an additional video leaked from the scene, you can clearly see it was more than just Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s body … with 3 ex-officers total on him at one time.

Floyd’s family was informed by authorities charges were coming, according to the family’s attorney Ben Crump. He was on ‘TODAY’ Tuesday morning and said, “We heard that they expect to charge those officers.”

As you know, the officer whose knee ended Floyd’s life, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with 3rd-degree murder and manslaughter.

The independent autopsy at the behest of Floyd’s family revealed he died from asphyxia as a result of neck and back compression.

Former MPD Officer Derek Chauvin Has Been Taken Into Custody In George Floyd’s Death

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested days after George Floyd’s fatal arrest that sparked protests, rioting and outcry across the city and nation.

On Friday, John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, announced that Chauvin has been taken into custody in connection with the May 25 death.

Chauvin is the former officer in the video seen around the world with his knee on Floyd’s neck. He’d been with Minneapolis police for 19 years.

It was not immediately clear what the expected charges Chauvin could face are.

RelatedFired MPD Officer Chauvin Has Been Involved In Use-Of-Force Situations Before

On Monday at 8 p.m., Minneapolis police said officers were called to the intersection of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street on a report of someone trying to use a forged document at Cup Foods.

Police initially said Floyd was resisting arrest and had a medical incident. However, video obtained by CBS News shows Floyd cooperating with officers, at least in the initial moments of the encounter.

A bystander’s video showed Floyd pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer — identified as Chauvin — knelt on his neck and kept his knee there for several minutes after Floyd stopped moving and became unresponsive.

RelatedMedics Worked On ‘Unresponsive, Pulseless’ George Floyd After Mpls. Arrest

The other officers involved were identified as Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng, both with the department for fewer than three years. All four officers were fired a day after Floyd’s death. As of yet, none of those three have been reported as having been taken into custody.

MORE: Click here for the latest on protests and the George Floyd death investigation. 

The incident drew comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in 2014 in New York after being placed in a police chokehold. He also said the words “I can’t breathe” while being arrested. The phrase has become a rallying cry for protests over police brutality.

The video of Floyd’s fatal arrest circulated widely on social media, sparking protests in Minneapolis and cities across the country.

RelatedMinneapolis Burns During 2nd Night Of Protests Over George Floyd’s Death

On both Tuesday and Wednesday, protests began with peaceful demonstrations near where Floyd was pinned to the ground, but violence later broke out near 3rd Precinct police stations. Wednesday evening’s protests involved more than 30 fires, destruction of businesses and looting. Protests and reports of looting continued into Thursday.

Floyd’s death is being investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI in Minneapolis and the Department of Justice Civil Rights division.

Commentary:Prisoners Of War Are Treated Better In Third World Countries Than Black Americans

Cedric Nettles/Senior Editor

After serving in Haiti and hostile zone like Somalia and earning a combat patch I can tell you we were trained to handle detainees with care. What we saw with the death of George Floyd was murder. I explain in this video.

Teen who recorded George Floyd’s death says she is traumatized

By Biba Adams

17-year-old Darnella Frazier said she is traumatized after witnessing the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. 

“I seen him die,” a tearful Frazier said. “And everybody’s asking me how do I feel. I don’t know how to feel. Cuz, it’s so sad, bro.” 

The young lady told her story to NowThis days after the fatal incident. 

According to the teen, she was walking to the store with her cousin when she saw the interaction between Floyd and MPD. “They killed that man! And I was right there! I was like five feet away! It’s so traumatizing.” 

Frazier’s mom told TMZ that her daughter is already suffering from social anxiety and has been besieged by media attention and attacks on social media. 

People have even said that the teen should have done “more” to help Floyd.

She responded in a Facebook post, “I’m a minor!” Frazier wrote, “Of course I’m not about to fight a cop I’m SCARED wtf. Fighting would’ve got someone else killed or in the same position as George.” 

The teen goes on to say that if it were not for her video, the police may have gotten away with killing Floyd. 

“Instead of bashing me, THANK ME!” she wrote, “Because that could’ve been one of your loved ones and you would want to see the truth as well.” 

Some people have put for the narrative that Frazier only posted the video for attention or money. She has vehemently denied that. 

The 17-year-old should be being celebrated as a hero, instead, she is being victimized by internet trolls and critics. 

READ MORE: George Floyd’s family wants Minneapolis officers charged with murder

Darnella Frazier captured the viral video of George Floyd being pinned to the ground by Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin. She posted her video to her Facebook page and it quickly spread, bringing international attention to the tragic case. Her voice, along with other bystanders, is heard pleading with the officers to let Floyd up from the ground. 

The incident and the eight-plus minute video has sparked outrage around the world. 

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