George Floyd’s Death Was a Homicide by Asphyxiation, Independent Autopsy Finds

George Floyd’s Death Was a Homicide by Asphyxiation, Independent Autopsy Finds

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George Floyd, the 46-year-old unarmed black man filmed repeatedly saying he couldn’t breathe while a white Minneapolis police officer pinned his neck to the ground with his knee, died from asphyxia caused by pressure to his back and neck, according to an independent autopsy.

The independent autopsy performed by celebrity pathologist Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Alllecia Wilson found that Floyd died of “asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to lack of blood flow to the brain,” according to a statement released by civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, who is representing the Floyd family. 

“When [Floyd] said, ‘I can’t breathe’… police think that if you can talk then you can breath. That is not true,” Baden said in a Monday press conference announcing the report, adding that Floyd has no underlying medical condition that would have contributed to his death. “He was in good health. The cause of death is asphyxia compression of the neck and back.”

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Cutting Boards That You’ll Never Want to Hide In a Cabinet or Drawer

Cutting and chopping boards are a kitchen tool that every kind of cook should have on hand. And while they mostly serve utilitarian purposes, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style if you tend to leave them out on your counters. We explained what it takes to know which cutting board to use for what job, but how about which cutting board to show off your knife skills to your guests? Here’s a list of a few gorgeous cutting and chopping boards to which you’ll want to give a permanent place on your countertop.

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Washington’s Hottest Hoax Trend Is #DCBlackout

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A hoax claiming that communication lines in Washington, D.C. were jammed to cover up violence against protesters went viral late Sunday night on social media, thanks to suspicious Twitter accounts and a screenshot from a TV show.

The claim, based around the hashtag “#DCBlackout,” had been mentioned more than 350,000 times on Twitter as of Monday morning and began trending nationwide. It was complemented by posts on Facebook and Reddit that also claimed that telephone lines and social media posts from Washington D.C. were being blocked. 

But there’s no proof that there was any communication “blackout.” And the claims made by social media promoters of the “#DCBlackout” are easily debunked. 

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When Peaceful Protest Doesn’t Work, What Do You Do? They’re Asking That in Hong Kong, Too.

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HONG KONG—Typed on screens, painted as graffiti, and yelled out loud, the idea of “burning together” (laam chau in Cantonese) is invoked by some Hongkongers who believe a scorched earth attitude is the only reasonable response to desperate times.

Decades of nonviolent demonstrations have barely moved the needle in their quest for self-determination, and as the legal and political climates have begun to shift at a much more rapid pace, with Beijing determined to change the way Hong Kong functions, more people are concluding that peaceful resistance does not work, that perhaps the way forward relies on escalating action, possibly including telegenic, viral acts of violence.

No matter what form demonstrations take, they are by definition “wrong” in the eyes of authoritarian regimes. Time and time again, around the world, violent actions have been tethered to legitimate calls for freedom, equality, and justice, drawing opprobrium in some cases, but also attention. If appeals made in the most peaceful manner are ignored, whether in China or the United States, violence may ensue even at the risk it plays into the hands of authoritarians.

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Furious Facebook Employees ‘Walk Out’ to Protest Trump’s Posts ‘Inciting Violence’

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Facebook employees made the extraordinary move of walking off the job—digitally—to protest the company’s hands-off approach to posts made by President Trump inflaming racial tensions as thousands hit the streets to demonstrate against the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man. 

The New York Times reported that employees coordinated requests for time off on Monday, saying they were going to support the ongoing protests against police violence. The virtual walk-out was prompted in part by the company’s decision not to take action against a post by President Trump that appeared to call for police violence against protesters.

Facebook employees have also taken to Twitter to voice their concerns with the company’s handling of the president’s tweets and the protests. “I work at Facebook and I am not proud of how we’re showing up. The majority of coworkers I’ve spoken to feel the same way. We are making our voice heard,” Jason Toff, director of product management at the company, wrote.

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‘Unhinged’ Trump Demands Mass Arrests, Flag-Burning Laws

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President Trump lashed out at state governors Monday, saying that those who did not mass arrest protesters “for long periods of time” would end up looking like “a bunch of jerks.” 

“You have to dominate. If you don’t dominate… you’re wasting your time,” Trump said on a private conference call with governors and national security officials. “They’re going to run over you, you’re going to look like a bunch of jerks.”

The president, who is hunkered down in the White House, added during the call that local officials have to put protestors and looters in prison “for long periods of time” in order to assert control amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd. 

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Jay-Z Called Minnesota Governor About George Floyd: ‘This Is Just a First Step’

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Protests erupted across the country this weekend to demand justice for George Floyd, who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes. As thousands of protesters flooded the streets, several celebrities have also participated and used their platforms to elevate and support them, including by contributing to bail funds to secure arrested demonstrators’ release. And Jay-Z apparently took things a step further, calling Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Sunday.

“It was so incredibly human,” Walz told CBS Minnesota of the conversation. “It wasn’t Jay-Z international celebrity, it was a dad and quite honestly a black man with visceral pain that he knew.” He recalled the rapper telling him,  “Justice needs to be served here. Justice needs to be served.”

After their conversation, Walz announced that Attorney General Keith Ellison would take the lead in prosecuting the case. Jay-Z thanked Walz and promised that his work toward justice for George Floyd is not finished yet.

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This Isn’t a Few Bad Apples. The Police Are Rotten to the Core.

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Minnesota law enforcement’s latest spate of terror started with the murder of George Floyd and has continued unabated, with cops firing rubber bullets and tear gas—in the midst of a respiratory pandemic—at peaceful protesters. They’re far from alone. Officers have launched attacks against demonstrators in cities all over the country, Omaha, San Francisco, Portland, Columbus, Dallas, New York and Denver among them. 

People in Michigan protesting Floyd’s murder and centuries of state-backed violence against black folks were met with chemical munitions liberally fired off by police. What a difference from how the cops behaved one month ago, when gun-toting white folks who stormed the Michigan statehouse because they wanted haircuts weren’t given so much as a citation. 

Cops are rioting all over this country right now, again using militarized police violence to retaliate against people for daring to decry militarized police violence, and then suggesting the response is how the violence all began. These brutalities by police in recent weeks—the Floyd lynching, the murder of Breona Taylor, the Tony McDade killing, and now the rubber bullets, teargas, batons, fists and vehicular assaults—are both inhumane and familiar. 

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Kayleigh McEnany: A Trump ‘Oval Office Address Is Not Going to Stop Antifa’

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany dismissed the calls for President Donald Trump to address the nation after another night of chaos and violence amid George Floyd’s death, claiming Monday morning that a Trump speech wouldn’t stop “antifa.”

With the protests growing increasingly violent and spreading into more cities across the nation—including right outside the White House—the president largely remained hunkered down while firing off inflammatory tweets. Team Trump, meanwhile, has been divided over whether or not the president should speak to the country.

Asked by Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt if the president was considering a national speech to try and ease tensions, McEnany insisted the president had “addressed this repeatedly” before adding that it was unnecessary for the president to say anything else.

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Those Clamoring to Reopen Aren’t All Crazy—Some Are Simply Starving

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Across the United States, people are protesting lockdown orders. A new divide now offers Americans the opportunity to define themselves as pro-economy or pro-safety—and like all the social divides we have embraced in recent years, there is no room for nuance, no interest in understanding opposing views or finding middle ground.

Those who want to reopen the economy are branded “covidiots.” Some of them lament about fearmongering and government overreach, while others say they just want to go back to work. 

My home of Kentucky is one of the states that has seen protests against the lockdown. On social media, some progressives bemoan the working class begging to go back to work, facing an uncertain risk to their health, as well as putting others in danger. These progressives complain that workers should be protesting for their rights, for rent freezes, anything but the “right” to work for the elite and powerful wealthy. We forget that the working class has always been required to put their bodies in harm’s way—and until now, for the most part, we have let them. 

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