George Floyd

Where Things Stand: A Lot Of Aggression For A Bunker Boy Prime Badge
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The former president hid in his bunker when country-wide protests flared up in Washington, D.C. over the police killing of George Floyd last summer.

He was mocked with a variety of entertaining “bunker boy” related nicknames (not hard to get creative with that alliteration) and ultimately decided to show his strength by violently clearing out Lafayette Square and taking a picture in front of a historic church flinging around a Bible.

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Where Things Stand: It’s Been One Year Since George Floyd Was Murdered Prime Badge
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It’s been a year since George Floyd was murdered by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly 10 minutes while he repeatedly told the officer he couldn’t breathe. Chauvin was found guilty of murder on all counts last month.

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President Joe Biden  with Vice President Kamala Harris looking on makes remarks about the Derek Chauvin Trial, at the White House, Tuesday April, 20, 2021. (Photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times)
Where Things Stand: White Gun Couple Clings To Relevance Prime Badge
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Armed homeowners Mark T. and Patricia N. McCloskey stand in front their house as they confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house on June 28, 2020. The protesters called for Krewson's resignation for releasing the names and addresses of residents who suggested defunding the police department. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd last night, the first verdict of its kind in a landmark case that inspired a wave of protests across the nation last summer against police brutality and systemic racism.

A few hours later, the St. Louis lawyer Mark McCloskey — who become known for standing barefoot outside his home alongside his wife last summer as the two pointed weapons at peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters — told Politico that he was considering a Senate bid in Missouri.

“I can confirm that it’s a consideration, yes,” McCloskey reportedly said Tuesday evening.

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UNITED STATES - MARCH 23: Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., is seen during a Senate vote in the Capitol on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
The Blue Wall Of Silence
Cops are at the crux of this cultural war of neoliberalism vs. fascism. They are sworn to uphold the constitution and laws of freedom while also operating legal torture chambers and killing people of color. And they are able to hold these two completely contradictory values at the same time, as long as they don't speak or think about it.
Where Things Stand: Graham’s Remarks Are Part Of The Problem Prime Badge
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It’s a meme that’s been circulating across social media for months, since George Floyd was murdered by police, sparking a reignited nationwide movement against police brutality and racial injustice: guilty people don’t deserve to be killed by police, either.

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Democratic State Reps, Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn, DFL-Roseville, Rep. Jamie Long, DFL-Minneapolis, and Rep. Liz Olson, DFL-Duluth talked at the start of Monday's special session.       ] GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com   Monday, July 20, 2020
What Do Protests Accomplish? 5 Global Lessons From Demonstrations Over Floyd’s Murder
From #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo, international affairs taught this sexual health educator and ex-State Department staffer an important lesson. To achieve racial justice, we must think globally — creating and sustaining a secure world in the U.S. and beyond. 
A Brave Trump Takes ‘Strong’ Action To Protect Inanimate Statues
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UNITED STATES - JUNE 18: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conducts a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on Thursday, June 18, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/POOL)
Where Things Stand: Show-And-Tell Police Reform Prime Badge
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Momentarily, President Trump will head out to the White House Rose Garden, parading out a group of families whose loved ones were victims of police violence, and announce a set of executive order reforms that will do little but appease the police.

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