Two incidents took place this week, one in New York City and the other in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
A huge “I can’t breath” rally took place in Minnesota after the death of George Floyd who died in police custody. Four Minneapolis police officers have been fired after a video taken by a bystander was posted on social media showing Floyd’s neck being pinned to the ground by an officer as he repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe”. Floyd was later pronounced dead after being transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. Over 1000 people attended a rally outside the 3rd Precinct Police Station in Minneapolis, Minnesota to protest the death of George Floyd who died in police custody.
Then on Monday in Central Park, Christian Cooper (pictured left above) was bird watching when a white woman (pictured right) made a frantic 911 call on a Black man for asking her to leash her dog. The woman was later fired after the video went viral throughout social media.
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After weeks of shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, the nation has begun to slowly open up. President Trump declared May 1, when experts warned that Opening the economy too soon and confronting an enormous rise in deaths will inevitably scare everyone and lead to the worse economic setback in modern history. Some southern states opened last week. Beaches and state parks are reopening to visitors, spurring concerns about overcrowding. The first barbers have returned to work, masks over their faces. Some restaurants are getting ready to serve customers again. About half of the states have begun to reopen their economies and public life in some meaningful way, though health experts have expressed concern that a premature opening could lead to a spike in coronavirus infections that would not be detected in official case counts for weeks.
So when is it safe to open the country again?
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The house move to vote on impeaching President Donald Trump as Democrats prepare their historic vote in the Senate.
A young women in New York send her friends, family and the world into a frenzy as her abduction is played out on television, issuing an all-out amber alert, all behind her scam. An abduction she planned with her boyfriend.
An ethics complaint has been filed against a Dallas, Texas judge who hugged former cop Amber Guyger and gave her a Bible following her guilty verdict on Wednesday.
Guyger, who is white, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean, an unarmed Black man who was relaxing in his own apartment when Guyger barged in.
Judge Tammy Kemp fueled outrage when she embraced Guyger in court and handed her a Bible after Guyger was sentenced on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
The judge’s actions prompted many to question why Black defendants aren’t treated the same way.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed an ethics complaint against the judge with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct on Thursday.
The FFRF group said Kemp went too far by embracing the former cop in court and praying with her before Guyger was shipped off to prison.
The FFRF called Judge Kemp’s behavior inappropriate and unconstitutional.
After a victim impact statement by Jean’s brother, Brandt Jean, he told Guyger he loved her and embraced her.
Then Kemp embraced Guyger and spoke with her before leaving the courtroom and returning with her personal Bible.
She turned the pages to John 3:16 and told Guyger, “This is where you start.” She continued, saying, “He has a purpose for you,” referring to God.
In the complaint, the FFRF said Judge Kemp, “Handled a difficult trial with grace” but that she “signaled to everyone watching… that she is partial to Christian reform and Christian notions of forgiveness.”
Legal experts have noted that the hug and the Bible could cause a conflict if Guyger files an appeal, which her attorneys have stated she will.
Other legal experts weighed in, saying Kemp’s actions bordered on judicial misconduct.
“I did not see why the judge did what she did,” said C. Victor Lander, a former municipal judge who spent 27 years behind the bench.
“Once there’s an appearance that the judges are not impartial, we lose our entire criminal justice system,” Lander said.