The DC: Three more officers charged in George Floyd killing, and... 👥Have you experienced racism?
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All four former officers involved in George Floyd's killing now face charges.
Three former Minneapolis police officers have been charged with aiding and abetting a murder in connection with the death of George Floyd.
“We are here today because George Floyd is not here,” Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Wednesday.
“George Floyd mattered. He was loved. His family was important. His life had value. And we will seek justice for him and for you."
Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin - who is seen in photos kneeling on Floyd's neck as he shouts, "I can't breathe" - had already been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He will now also face a second-degree murder charge.
Protests over the death of Floyd, and police killings of African Americans, continue to grip the nation, some in defiance of city-mandated curfews.
On the Radar
Defense Secretary Says Insurrection Act a ‘Last Resort’
In a press briefing at the Pentagon on Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told reporters that he doesn’t support invoking the Insurrection Act to use active duty military forces to help quell riots at this time:
“I’ve always believed and continue to believe that the National Guard is best suited for performing domestic support to civil authorities in these situations, in support of local law enforcement. I say this not only as secretary of defense, but also as a former soldier and a former member of the National Guard. The option to use active duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort, and only in the most urgent and dire of situations. We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”
President Trump has warned that he will deploy the military to end rioting in cities across the country if the “righteous cries of peaceful protesters” continue to be “drowned out by an angry mob."
"If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them."
Under the Radar
Your Thoughts on Racism & Police Violence in America
In a recent post, we asked "Have you experienced racism?" Quite incredibly, the answers broke down almost equally along YES/NO lines:
We're still collecting stories, and plan to share them in an upcoming article, so make sure to add your comment here.
Here's what some of you have already said:
- "I do not believe that systemic racism exists in the police forces. Like every group, there is always a few that, unfortunately, are bad and make it more difficult for the majority who are good..." -B.R.
- "While I’m white I have been in a car multiple times with a person of color driving an expensive car, and being pulled over by police for no reason other than they did not believe the person driving could afford the car..." -Leslie
- "In a rental car leaving a small regional airport in Georgia on my way to a college friends wedding, was stopped by a cop (black also) two blocks away who said “I didn’t recognize your car”. Requested all my paperwork, never gave a cause beyond the feeble (and illegal) one he gave at the start. You would have thought I was smuggling cocaine considering the thorough going over I got. Why didn’t I say something to the cop? Because as a black person every interaction with a police officer could be the last one you have with any one." -Mohamed
- "Racism has never existed for white people despite what some of you may think because this country has purposely ALWAYS given whites the main benefit of anything before any other race..." -Julia
- "Being called “chink” and “gook” amongst other non-racial derogatory names behind my back, or right out in my face by so-called “friends” and hearing these “friends” openly use racial slurs towards and black and Latino students was pretty common place in my junior high and high school in Long Island, New York." -ricardojames51
- "If we’re going to fix racism in this country we need to call out ALL racism. Every race is capable of being racist. We have rappers openly calling for violence on white people and cops. This solves nothing! We need to call out those that use racism as a scapegoat to unrelated issues. (The race card)..." -Sean
- "When I was 8 years old I went to a white friend's house that I knew from school to see if she wanted to play with me. I knocked on her door her mother answered the door and l asked for her daughter, her mother said you get away from here, my daughter does not play with black kids. I ran home! What do children know about skin color, it is taught to them by adults! It is a way of life for Black people!" -Jeannetta
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And, in the End…
It's Audacity to Hope Day.
It's not completely audacious. Here's a protester donating water to the police in Pittsburgh, PA:
Stay hydrated, everyone...
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