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Filing charges in George Floyd's death was the easy part. Now comes the hard part.

Paul Butler is the Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University. A former federal prosecutor, he is the author of “Chokehold: Policing Black Men.”

Analysis of he difficulties in getting a conviction against a police officer and the rational for the charges that were brought.

I am sympathetic to the desire to see punishment that reflects the gravity of the crime. First-degree murder in Minnesota carries a life sentence; 25 years is the maximum for third-degree murder. But police officers don’t usually get the maximum sentence in any case.

And a convicted murderer is a convicted murderer. That is far more likely with the third-degree charges because the prosecution has less to prove.

Meanwhile, there are risks on the other side. An acquittal in a case like this would be a crushing defeat not just for the prosecutors, but for all Americans who hope to see justice done. This is a case that prosecutors must win — and a third-degree murder conviction is better than no conviction at all.


Der Fhrerbunker nt

DC Mayor Orders Curfew, Activates DC National Guard

Source: Public Safety Alert

Mayor Bowser is ordering a city wide curfew for the District of Columbia... She has also activated the DC National Guard to support the Metropolitan Police Department.

Read more: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/3rd-day-george-floyd-protests-washington-dc/2318177/ to source

Black Agency, Black Revolt, and the Continuing Danger of the 'Outside Agitator' Narrative

Editorial on rejecting myth of “outside agitators” along with online disinfo.

I’ve been very concerned by the narrative I’ve seen many white people spreading online about the protests and riots being sparked by white outsiders, whether anarchists, right-wing provocateurs, or cops.... This rage has been given voice by people of many races, but this has overwhelmingly been led by black and brown youth. I say all of this based on personal experience at the precinct every night of this rebellion.

Officials blame outsiders for violence in Minnesota but contradict one another on who is responsible

Source: Washington Post

Leaders at the federal, state and local levels said large numbers of outsiders had seized upon protests begun by Minnesotans to advance their own political agendas.

But the officials offered little evidence to show who was responsible and contradicted one another on who was to blame.

They variously assigned responsibility for the escalating violence to far-right nationalists, left-wing radicals, drug cartels and possibly foreign agents in statements, news conferences and presidential tweets.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/officials-blame-outsiders-for-violence-in-minnesota-but-contradict-each-other-on-who-is-responsible/2020/05/30/d722e9d6-a2b1-11ea-b5c9-570a91917d8d_story.html

Every and any favorite boogie man.

Manhattan Public Defender: Incident all too familiar

"I’m a public defender in Manhattan. The Central Park video is all too familiar"

A white person calls the police on a black man. The police arrive and take the side of his white accuser, refusing to believe his version of events. He is arrested and arraigned. An outrageous bail amount is set. His family can’t afford to buy his freedom. He gets sent to Rikers Island, where he sits for days, months or sometimes years.

In cases I’ve taken to trial, the district attorney has offered recordings of “hysterical 911 calls” as evidence of my clients’ guilt, urging the jury to “just listen to the fear in her voice,” saying, “You can tell she can sense a threat,” and asking questions such as, “Why would she lie?” All too often, it works.


Shepard Fairey - Angel of Hope and Strength

There was some speculation about the Nazi who...

... unfurled a Swastika flag at a Sanders rally. I came across some background information while following another story here on DU.


I'm Bill Gates.....

I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. AMA about COVID-19.


The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the worst of Donald Trump


The President has blustered and fibbed his way through life, but the charm has worn off with America's well-being at risk.

Trump views everything from the narcissistic prism of his ego. He dismisses opposing views and insists that even the senior-most members of his administration repeatedly praise him and his leadership at all times. Watching the heads of America’s leading science agencies prefacing their statements with ritual praise for the “dear leader” has been depressing.

Come to think of it, the Trump administration has been copying the wrong Korea. Instead of the intelligence and expertise of South Korea, it is emulating the sycophancy, incompetence and propaganda of North Korea.

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