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Chattanooga Police Chief Tells Officers To Turn In Badges If They’re Ok With George Floyd’s Death 

May 30, 2020

Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy denounced the actions of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in a  tweet on Wednesday, calling for officers who don’t see an issue with George Floyd’s death to turn their badge in.

“There is no need to see more video. There is no need to wait to see how ‘it plays out.’ There is no need to put a knee on someone’s neck for NINE minutes. There IS a need to DO something. If you wear a badge and you don’t have an issue with this…turn it in.”

The tweet currently has over 160,000 retweets and 626,000 likes.

Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday for the death of Floyd. Chauvin is seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes in video taken by bystanders.

Floyd’s death has set off nationwide protests, with protesters demanding justice for George Floyd.

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Kim Kardashian West Posts Lengthy Response To Racism & Police Brutality Following George Floyd’s Murder—“I Am Infuriated And I Am Disgusted”

May 30, 2020

Kim Kardashian West is no stranger to fighting injustices, as she has successfully used her efforts and influence to free several black people who received unfairly lengthy prison sentences. Now, she’s speaking out about the tragic murder of George Floyd...

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Governor Andrew Cuomo Delivers Powerful Response To Recent Protests—“I’m With The Protestors”

May 30, 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo Delivers Powerful Response To Recent Protests—“I’m With The Protestors” Governor Andrew Cuomo Delivers Powerful Response To Recent Protests—“I’m With The Protestors” Reviewed by Black America Press on May 30, 2020 Rating: 5

Bail For Derek Chauvin Has Been Set At $500,000 As He Remains In Police Custody

May 30, 2020
Bail For Derek Chauvin Has Been Set At $500,000 As He Remains In Police Custody Bail For Derek Chauvin Has Been Set At $500,000 As He Remains In Police Custody Reviewed by Black America Press on May 30, 2020 Rating: 5

Potential Vice President Amy Klobuchar Failed To Prosecute Derek Chauvin in 2006, Officer Involved In George Floyd’s Death

May 30, 2020

Potential vice presidential pick Amy Klobuchar is drawing criticism for her inability to have charges brought against the officer involved in George Floyd’s death while serving as a county prosecutor in 2006.

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, the officer seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck in a now-viral video, was involved in the fatal shooting of Wayne Reyes, 42, along with six other officers. Reyes was brandishing a shotgun at police following a police chase, according to a report by Communities United Against Police Brutality.

The shooting occurred while Klobuchar was a prosecutor with Hennepin County, but the case did not go before a grand jury until after she had left office, according to the Star Tribune. The grand jury failed to return indictments against any of the officers involved.

This was not the only shooting in Chauvin’s disciplinary record. He has had three shootings during his career and 17 complaints against him in total. Only one resulted in disciplinary action.

Klobuchar, who is being vetted as one of Joe Biden’s possible picks for vice president, has a history of not prosecuting cops in more than two dozen officer-involved fatalities that took place during her time as a prosecutor, according to the Star Tribune.

“I will be more than talking about this. I spent the day with my community, which is the right thing to do. But these allegations are a bold-faced lie,” Klobuchar told New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi in a series of tweets on Friday.

Klobuchar refused to withdraw her bid to become Joe Biden’s vice president amid the controversy, instead telling Nuzzi that “Joe Biden’s gonna make a decision on VP and I know he’ll make a good one.”

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Jhené Aiko Talks Being Focused On Helping Others Heal After Dealing With The Loss Of Her Brother 

May 30, 2020

At a time when the country is steeped in chaos— 100,000 dead from the coronavirus pandemic and violent protests nationwide— Jhené Aiko sat down with People Magazine to talk about healing and the calm, positive vibes of her album, something we all need a little more of right now.

Aiko dropped her album, Chilombo,  back on March 6, and the album is a reflection of Aiko’s own healing processes, which she hopes others can benefit from.

“It made me realize my purpose in making music is not just to get over something,” Aiko told People Magazine. “It’s to help other people heal and deal with what they’re going through.”

Aiko spent a long time in need of healing following her older brother’s death.

Aiko’s older brother, Miyagi, passed away at the age of 26 in 2012 from an inoperable brain tumor. Aiko and Miyagi were very close, and she credits him as having a huge influence on her taste in music. “During the LimeWire days, he had all the newest music,” she told People. “We bonded over Eminem.”

Right before Miyagi died, Aiko’s now-manager played the song she had written for him, titled “For My Brother,” for the first time.

“She played that song, and he took his last breath,” Aiko said. “She said he got really calm.”

Aiko, the youngest of five siblings, said she dealt with her grief by avoiding her siblings and turning to substances to numb her pain, a habit she had developed as early as 12-years-old.

Aiko eventually turned to spirituality and meditation to combat her depression and help her heal.

“I started reading more about death and what it means to live,” she said. “The things I read gave me comfort. I would think of him, and instead of being sad, I would be happy and know he’s not suffering anymore. I realized I still have siblings, and we are him, and he’s a part of us.”

Aiko incorporated the sound of Tibetan singing bowls, used by Buddhist monks in meditation practice, on each track of Chilombo, something Aiko uses in her personal life when she feels frustrated.

“I think we all have some form of anxiety, depression,” she says. “I was never clinically diagnosed, but I definitely have been through some things. When I was younger, I would escape with alcohol or a substance, and obviously those things have terrible side effects. When I got the Tibetan bowls, I would use them when I felt frustrated, and it would just take my mind off of it. What I realized in studying is that the actual tones were vibrating throughout my body and actually helping me. So now, if I have a headache, if I have a stomachache, anything like that, I’ll open up my books, and I’ll see which of these bowls is good for this part of my body, and I’ll play those bowls. I’m definitely taking the natural approach to healing nowadays,” Aiko told People.

Aiko is focused “on manifesting the good things” in life. “It can only get better from here,” she believes.

Jhené Aiko

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6 Dead, at Least 13 People Injured in Weekend Shootings Across Chicago

May 30, 2020


Chicago police say that six people are dead and at least 13 others have been injured in shootings across the city so far this weekend.

In the city’s most recent fatal shooting Saturday morning, a 39-year-old man was found lying unresponsive on the street by police in the 800 block of North Lorel.

According to authorities, the man had suffered a gunshot wound to the left side of his body, and the bullet has gone under his armpit.

The city’s first fatal shooting of the weekend occurred in the 4500 block of South Lamon at approximately 12:41 p.m. Friday afternoon. Police responding to a ShotSpotter alert in the area when they discovered a 31-year-old man lying on the street with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police say the man was pronounced dead at the scene, and Area One Detectives are continuing to investigate the shooting.

At approximately 4:21 p.m. in the 5600 block of South Michigan at approximately 4:22 p.m., a 28-year-old man was inside a residence when a woman fired shots at him, striking him in the chest.

The man was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The woman was taken into custody, and Area One Detectives recovered a weapon from the scene.

Just after 7 p.m. in the 1200 block of West 70th Street, a 23-year-old man was on a sidewalk when a vehicle approached and a person inside opened fire, striking the man in the chest and in his side.

According to police, the man was taken to the University of Chicago, where he was pronounced dead.

Area One Detectives are continuing to investigate the shooting, and no suspects are in custody.

Early Saturday morning in the 500 block of East 115th Street, a 21-year-old man was traveling in a vehicle when a person in a passing car opened fire, striking him in the neck and chest.

The driver of the car drove the victim to Roseland Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No further details were immediately available, as the driver of the car was unable to give a description of the vehicle involved in the shooting.

At nearly the same time in the 8100 block of South Woodlawn, another fatal shooting occurred on the front porch of a residence just before 3 a.m., according to police.

A 30-year-old woman was standing on a porch when a man walked up to the residence and opened fire, striking her in the chest.

Police say the woman was taken to the University of Chicago, but later succumbed to her injuries.

No one is in custody, according to Area Two Detectives.

Here are the rest of the weekend’s shootings thus far:

Friday –

  • Just before 6 p.m. in the 8100 block of South Burnham, a 36-year-old man was on a sidewalk when a person on a bicycle fired shots at him, striking him in the thigh. According to police, the man was hit in the thigh and was taken to the University of Chicago in fair condition.
  • In the 5500 block of West Corcoran at approximately 6:23 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was walking when a man got out of a blue car and fired shots at him, striking him in the foot. The teen was taken to Rush Hospital in stable condition, and three persons of interest have been taken into custody, according to Chicago police.
  • A 28-year-old man was on a sidewalk in the 300 block of West 42nd Street at approximately 6:34 p.m. when an unknown vehicle approached and a person inside opened fire, police said. The man was hit once in the foot and was taken to Mercy Hospital in fair condition.
  • At approximately 7:12 p.m. in the 600 block of South Saint Louis, a 56-year-old man was in a vehicle when he was shot in the stomach. According to police, the man was taken to Mount Sinai in critical condition.
  • In the 400 block of East 62nd Street at approximately 7:18 p.m., a 21-year-old woman was getting into a car when she was shot in the leg and lower backside by a person who was standing across the street, police said. The woman was taken to the University of Chicago by a relative, and is in fair condition.
  • A 33-year-old man was walking through an alley in the 7500 block of South Chappel at approximately 7:30 p.m. when a man in a black sedan fired shots, striking him in the left leg. According to police, the man was taken to Jackson Park Hospital in good condition.
  • Just after 9 p.m. in the 6300 block of South California, a 19-year-old man was walking when he was shot in the hip, according to police. Authorities say the man was taken to Mount Sinai, where he was listed in fair condition.
  • In the 3200 block of West Chicago Avenue at approximately 11 p.m., a 35-year-old man was riding in a vehicle when a person in a black sedan began shooting at another car. The man was hit in the forearm during the crossfire, and was taken to Stroger Hospital in fair condition.
  • A 27-year-old man was driving in a vehicle in the 1500 block of East 87th Street when he was shot in the chest and neck, according to police. The man declined to provide further details, and is in serious condition at the University of Chicago Hospital.

Saturday –

  • At approximately 2:27 a.m. in the 800 block of East 87th Place, two men were at a party when a person fired shots from a passing vehicle. Police say a 28-year-old man was shot in the back, and is in serious condition. A 25-year-old man was shot in the arm and is in good condition. Both victims are being treated at the University of Chicago Hospital.
  • In the 2900 block of West Montrose at approximately 3:15 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was traveling in a car when he was shot in the arm. Police say the teen didn’t see where the shots came from, and he’s being treated in fair condition at Illinois Masonic.
  • A 39-year-old woman was shot in the hip in the 4000 block of Foster Avenue, according to police. The circumstances of the shooting remain under investigation, police said.
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Federal Protective Service Officer Killed and One Officer Injured In Shooting Amid Protest In Oakland

May 30, 2020

A Federal Protective Service Officer was killed Friday night after suffering from a gunshot wound amid protests in Oakland, California.

Around 9:45 p.m., a vehicle pulled up to the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and began shooting at the security officers for the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security, according to the FBI.

Officials have stated that one officer was killed and another was injured.

According to SFGate, The Oakland Police Department and FBI are working together on an investigation, and no other information was made available.

Thousands gathered in Oakland for a protest over the killing of George Floyd. The peaceful protest turned into chaos, leaving 18 arrested by the Oakland Police Department and four arrested by other agencies. Sixty suspected looters were also detained for further investigation.

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HEARTBREAKING: “I have nowhere to go now.” Minnesota

May 30, 2020

HEARTBREAKING: “I have nowhere to go now.”

“These people did this for no reason.”

“It’s not gonna bring George back. George is in a better place than we are.”

“I wish I was where George was because this is ridiculous...”

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Is ‘Soros’ Now the World’s Most Versatile Dangerous..

May 30, 2020



Is Soros Behind the War on Hydroxychloroquine?" So queried a headline on the U.S. evangelicals-oriented Breaking Israel News site earlier this week. The piece suggests that George Soros, the Hungarian-born American billionaire philanthropist, is set to benefit both financially from the coronavirus pandemic, and politically — by undermining President Donald Trump. 




The U.S. president has been pushing use of hydroxychloroquine as an antidote to, or preventative measure against, the virus and last week announced that he was taking it himself

"A bit of research into the separate elements shows some disturbing connections, indicating the media war against hydroxychloroquine may be backed by some nefarious forces," the piece opens.

There is, to be clear, no war on hydroxychloroquine, but rather a plethora of warnings of its serious side effects including a higher risk of heart problems and even death. The World Health Organizaton has halted clinical trials for the drug, and France has just banned its use in COVID-19 cases, citing patient safety concerns.

The somewhat obscure Breaking News Israel is hardly alone in fingering Soros as the hidden hand behind COVID-19: the “theory” is all over pro-Trump hard right social media and right-wing news platforms with soft spots for conspiracy theories from Gateway Pundit to Trump’s newest best friend, One America Network. 

How should we understand this latest iteration of the storied and ever-versatile anti-Soros smear campaign, which invariably paint him as ringleader of a global conspiratorial plot?

Tweet on "Soros & the Coronavirus pandemic...The Soros Agenda [intends] to induce chaos to change the capitalistic democratic systems that prevailed since the end of WWII"
Tweet on "Soros & the Coronavirus pandemic...The Soros Agenda [intends] to induce chaos to change the capitalistic democratic systems that prevailed since the end of WWII"Credit: Twitter

Most clearly, the Soros as hydroxychloroquine antagonist conspiracy theory has something in common with many a Soros conspiracy theory. 

While Soros himself, as a financier, Jew and donor to liberal causes, is the initial target, "Soros" has also become a metonym for any opposition to the worldview not just of full-time conspiracy theorists, but also of more mainstream and powerful politicians and commentators. Soros conspiracies are thus also a tool to delegitimize that opposition.

Soros himself is, of course, the most obvious target. In 2018, ahead of the U.S. midterms, Soros was blamed for everything - from protests against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to a migrant caravan threatening to "invade" America’s southern border. 

Cesar Sayoc mailed Soros, among other high-profile and liberal-leaning figures, a pipe bomb; his social media accounts were full of anti-Semitic and pro-Trump memes, one of which described Soros as a "Judeo-plutocratic Bolshevik Zionist." The Pittsburgh synagogue shooter claimed Soros was secretly behind the migrant caravan. He killed 11 Jews in prayer whom he blamed for participating in the plot.

Back in 2018, the New York Post jumped on the "Soros connection" of two women who confronted then-Senator Jeff Flake over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, accused of attempted sexual assault. "Look who was behind the Jeff Flake elevator setup," the headline read, the implication being that Soros pushed the two women to confront the senator. 

That the center that employed the protestors received money from Open Society was a fact. But the idea that Soros was behind that particular confrontation, and the protests more generally, was not only untrue, but insulting to a substantial number of people, some themselves survivors of sexual assault, who freely chose to speak up against Kavanaugh’s speedy confirmation. The Soros trope was more than insulting; it was delegitimizing. 

The same goes for Rudy Giuliani’s unhinged attack on Soros’s Jewishness late last year. After accusing Soros of controlling U.S. diplomats, he declared, "Soros is hardly a Jew. I’m more of a Jew than Soros is. He doesn’t belong to a synagogue, he doesn’t support Israel, he’s an enemy of Israel. He’s a horrible human being." Giuliani was talking about Soros the individual, and handily pointing out his Jewish origins for an appreciative hard right — but he was also using "Soros" to slur and delegitimize Democrat-voting U.S. Jews (some 80 percent of American Jews in the 2018 midterms).

It’s no accident that Donald Trump used the same tack of trying to police and demean his Jewish political opponents a few months earlier, announcing that voting for a Democrat means, "you're being disloyal to Jewish people and you're being very disloyal to Israel."

The United States is hardly alone in pushing conspiracy theories that smear Soros, yes, but also push the people supported by his philanthropy further into the margins. 

The Hungarian parliament (which has already passed  the "Stop Soros" law criminalizing assistance to undocumented immigrants) recently ratified legislation (ostensibly due to the coronavirus pandemic) which gave Prime Minister Viktor Orbán unchecked power. Orbán said on state radio that those critical of the move were part of a network led by Soros whose tentacles reached deep into the Brussels bureacracy. 

Like Orban’s previous attacks on Soros, this conspiracy theory smacks of anti-Semitism, with its whispers of a Jewish financier controlling politicians all over the world, and the nefarious intention to turn nation-states more "cosmopolitan," or (((globalist.))) But it does something else, too: it renders moot any criticism — and any critics — of Orbán’s parliamentary power grab. 

It was in Budapest, incidentally, that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son, Yair Netanyahu, said that "radical" Soros organizations were "destroying Israel from the inside…working day and night with an unlimited budget to rob the country of its Jewish identity."

Yair Netanyahu backs Rudy Giuliani's assertion that Soros is the GOP's 'number one enemy': 'He's also enemy number one of Israel!'
Yair Netanyahu backs Rudy Giuliani's assertion that Soros is the GOP's 'number one enemy': 'He's also enemy number one of Israel!'Credit: Twitter

That’s a conscious insult aimed at Soros. But more significantly, it is also about delegitimizing those causes Soros and Open Society support in Israel and the Palestinian territories, such as providing scholarships for Palestinian students in the West Bank and Gaza and funding human rights groups using the judicial system to challenge discrimination. If Soros’s efforts are destructive, the thinking goes, then these Palestinian students and Israeli activists are, too. 

And while the right wing provides the most notorious examples of blaming the meta-Soros- for dissent and to strip activists of agency, there are offenders on the left, too.

When, for example, Max Blumenthal goes on The Jimmy Dore Show to allege that Soros is funding regime change in Venezuela and Hong Kong, he reduces those protesting, at great personal risk, to mere pawns.

Thousands in Hong Kong have taken to the streets to protest national security laws imposed by Beijing. To say that they are Soros stooges (or shills) removes their individual capacity and volition to think, choose, and take sides. It also acts to whitewash and legitimize the authoritarian regimes against whom they’re protesting.

Conspiracy theories about Soros, ubiquitous though they are, must be disputed, and not only because they are factually incorrect, or because they are unfair to one man. They are also unfair to the many men and women whom these conspiracy theories patronize, delegitimize and, often, further marginalize. 

These theories aren’t only about increasingly vicious political partisanship, but about the attempt to strip political agency from those with dissenting views, to subvert their standing and, sometimes, even to endanger them. 

Those pushing the Soros conspiracy theories are well aware of their malign power. The rest of us need to be, too.

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