Minneapolis Seethes Over George Floyd's Death As Trump Calls Protesters 'THUGS'

Via:  Nerm_L  •  4 months ago  •  12 comments

By:   Colin Dwyer - NPR

Minneapolis Seethes Over George Floyd's Death As Trump Calls Protesters 'THUGS'
Demonstrators set fire to a police precinct overnight during continued protests over the black man's death in custody.

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Racial activism screws the pooch again.

George Floyd was publicly murdered by a thug using a badge to commit a despicable crime.  Derek Chauvin crossed the thin blue line to become a murderer.  Since the Minneapolis cops won't police their own, it's time to send in Federal marshals.  George Floyd wasn't a death, it was a murder.  Even NPR refuses to report the facts in an honest manner.  NPR has expressed more outrage over a CNN reporter being arrested than over George Floyd's murder being captured in a snuff flick.

But looting TJ Max isn't justice.  Stealing electronics isn't justice.  Smashing ATMs to steal money isn't justice.  Burning Lake Street isn't justice.  Revenge isn't justice.

Frankly, I don't give a damn about looters.  I have no sympathy for rioters.  The only thing the violent 'protests' accomplish is make me angry at people who would do such things.  And when Al Sharpton starts mouthing off, I become even angrier at the people engaged in riots.  Al Sharpton is a black Donald Trump.

Minneapolis has once again become an open city.  The 'brotherhood in blue' has become little more than a organized crime syndicate protecting their own mob family.  The riots in Minneapolis are really nothing more than a gang war.  There isn't any law on the streets of Minneapolis and there definitely won't be any justice.  

And, frankly, I don't give a damn anymore.  


S E E D E D   C O N T E N T

Minneapolis is burning.

For a third straight night, the Midwestern city saw clashes between police and protesters after the death of George Floyd, a black man whose arresting officer was recorded kneeling on his neck for minutes on end.

The four officers involved have been fired and the incident is under federal investigation, but demonstrators are not satisfied. Some of them stormed the 3rd Police Precinct, setting fire to that building and others in the neighborhood.

President Trump, who called Floyd's death "very sad and tragic" earlier this week, said early Friday that he had told Minnesota's governor that "the Military is with him all the way."

He also described the source of the unrest as "THUGS" — a word widely criticized for bearing racial overtones.

"Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts," he continued, in a tweet flagged by Twitter for violating its policy against glorifying violence.

The president's comments came after a night of chaos in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, where several fires raged and some businesses were sacked, according to Minnesota Public Radio. Protesters also overran the 3rd Precinct after police withdrew in an attempt to mitigate tensions.

"Brick and mortar is not as important as life," Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said, noting that though the building was emptied, patrols would continue in the neighborhood. "We are doing absolutely everything that we can to keep the peace."

Minneapolis has seethed since the release of the video depicting Floyd's arrest by a white police officer. The officer plants a knee on his neck for at least seven minutes as Floyd cries for help and eventually falls silent and as bystanders shout that he's dying.

The officer did not remove his knee until paramedics showed up to move Floyd's unresponsive body into an ambulance. He was reported dead later that night.

Since then, Minneapolis has seen a series of escalating protests over his death, while anger has been evident in other cities, as well.

Protesters have turned out to express their outrage as far as Los Angeles and New York City. Meanwhile in Louisville, Ky., demonstrators gathered Thursday to protest death of Breonna Taylor, a black woman shot by police in her home in March.


As one protester in Minneapolis told NPR, the anger over Floyd's death is about more than just one man — it's about how police treat black people across the U.S.

"This is how our people react, you know? When we've been done wrong for so long," he said. "So, me, I'm just praying and hoping everybody makes it home safe."

On Friday morning, state police arrested a CNN crew while they were reporting about the unrest on live television.

"A black reporter from CNN was arrested while legally covering the protests in Minneapolis," the network pointedly noted. "A white reporter also on the ground was not."

The crew consisting of correspondent Omar Jimenez, producer Bill Kirkos and photojournalist Leonel Mendez was released about an hour later. CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker said that Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz personally apologized to him for the incident.

The swift backtrack did little to soften the shock of the spectacle, though.

"With all the perversions of American democracy that we have witnessed, few rival the dystopian spectacle of a U.S. journalist calmly reporting the news and repeatedly offering to reposition his crew at the police's request, only to be arrested, cuffed and hauled away alongside his crew," said Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America, advocacy group that fights for press freedom.

She added: "For us at PEN America, where we routinely document the arrest and imprisonment of writers and journalists worldwide, the action was eerily familiar, but something we expect to see in authoritarian states: Turkey, Hong Kong, Egypt. To see it in the United States of America is appalling."

NPR's Adrian Florido contributed to this report.


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1  seeder  Nerm_L    4 months ago

Let Minneapolis burn for all I care.

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1.1    replied to  Nerm_L @1    4 months ago

Yup. Only things is, after they burn it to the ground, there will be more poverty. More poverty means more of my tax money to repair the effects that will come from these damages. This is why big cities are a lost cause for me. They do stuff like this, then pretend its white supremacist fault their communities are poor and burned down. This is why i dont feel sorry for poor communities just like i dont feel sorry for most homeless. I know they are likely poor due to their own actions that they will likely try to blame on me somehow. 

Release The Kraken
2  Release The Kraken    4 months ago

Don't be bigots, those are undocumented shoppers not looters.

Just Jim NC TttH
2.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Release The Kraken @2    4 months ago


It Is ME
3  It Is ME    4 months ago

Protesting "Thugs" by becoming "Thugs" yourself. jrSmiley_49_smiley_image.gif

Great Fucking Idea ! jrSmiley_80_smiley_image.gif

What does "Burning and trashing someone else's private Business" have to do with anything they're protesting anyway ? jrSmiley_87_smiley_image.gif

"Let Minneapolis burn for all I care."

Yep ! jrSmiley_100_smiley_image.jpg

Paula Bartholomew
4  Paula Bartholomew    4 months ago

This just in...The officer who killed Mr. Floyd has been arrested.

5  Jasper2529    4 months ago
"A black reporter from CNN was arrested while legally covering the protests in Minneapolis," the network pointedly noted. "A white reporter also on the ground was not."

The 2nd statement is patently FALSE. I was watching CNN when this happened very early this morning (around 6:30AM Eastern). Both Omar Jimenez and the white reporter were cuffed and arrested. I don't know why, because Omar was respectful and none of the crew seemed to have done anything wrong.

Around 7:30AM Eastern, CNN dramatically "reported" that Omar was "languishing in prison" (rather strange turn of a phrase, because it takes more than an hour to get to the police station, get booked, thrown in "prison", and then "languish").

The good outcome is that both reporters were released in less than 2 hours. Omar and crew were back on the street reporting before 9AM.


Paula Bartholomew
5.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Jasper2529 @5    4 months ago

He would not be in prison, he would be in jail facing arraignment had he not been released.  

5.1.1  Jasper2529  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @5.1    4 months ago
He would not be in prison, he would be in jail facing arraignment had he not been released.  

I agree with you, Paula. Please notice that I used quotation marks several times, and they were a mixture of CNN anchors' specific words and my sarcasm. Even though Mr. Jimenez and his white partner were arrested (wrongly, IMO), neither of them "languished in prison".  I didn't time it, but they were back on their reporting location in approximately 3-4 hours.

Paula Bartholomew
5.1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Jasper2529 @5.1.1    4 months ago

Good point.

Sparty On
7  Sparty On    4 months ago

Hello Minneapolis, 

Detroit just called to welcome you to shithole status.


Makes me proud to have served my country so bubba and antifa Andy can load up on looted  bud light and cheap boxed wine.


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