Minnesota protest updates: Derek Chauvin arrested in connection with George Floyd’s death

first_imgIf only I were surprised by this hypocrisy. Minneapolis PD arrests journalists but not murderers from within its own ranks. These problems will require systematic change to start the healing process. It won’t be easy, but it’s essential. https://t.co/2wC3qxLWFT— Benjamin Crump, Esq. (@AttorneyCrump) May 29, 2020 Biden said that he will be speaking more later today about the situation in Minneapolis. He also addressed a CNN crew being arrested.“This is not abstract: a black reporter was arrested while doing his job this morning, while the white police officer who killed George Floyd remains free. I am glad swift action was taken, but this, to me, says everything,” Biden said, with the swift action appearing to refer to their release.10:20 a.m.: Melania Trump says there is ‘no reason for violence’First Lady Melania Trump said the nation needs to focus on healing and “there is no reason for violence.”“Our country allows for peaceful protests, but there is no reason for violence,” she tweeted. “I’ve seen our citizens unify & take care of one another through COVID19 & we can’t stop now.”Trump also offered her “deepest condolences” to Floyd’s family. “As a nation, let’s focus on peace, prayers & healing,” the first lady wrote.  Photos showed members of the National Guard in the streets of Minneapolis. Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Thursday activating the Minnesota National Guard after Wednesday night’s destructive protests.10:50 pm.: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden said he was “furious” over President Donald Trump’s tweet on the protests“I will not lift the President’s tweet. I will not give him that amplification. But he is calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many. I’m furious, and you should be too,” Biden wrote.Trump tweeted in the early morning hours of Friday that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” referring to the protests. He also called protesters “thugs.” Enough.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 29, 2020 Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. 6:59 a.m.: CNN reporter, crew arrested live on airCNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his production crew were arrested in Minneapolis live on air Friday morning while reporting on the Floyd protests.The news outlet is reporting that police said they were arrested because they were told to move and didn’t.“A CNN reporter & his production team were arrested this morning in Minneapolis for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves – a clear violation of their First Amendment rights,” CNN said in a statement Friday morning. “The authorities in Minnesota, incl. the Governor, must release the 3 CNN employees immediately.”Minnesota State Sen. Jeff Hayden phoned into CNN and said he just had a joint text with the governor and mayor and that they were just trying to get control of the area and weren’t aware of the CNN reporter getting arrested.“Hoping that we can figure it out,” Hayden said.6:44 a.m.: 70 arrested or summonsed in New York City during George Floyd protestsAt least 70 people were arrested or summonsed during a series of protests that started in Union Square and spread through Lower Manhattan through Thursday night.Most will be summonsed for obstruction of governmental administration and social distancing violations, but there will also be assault and weapon possession charges.The protest began in Union Square after 3 p.m., Thursday but after that broke up, protests reemerged at Foley Square courthouses, City Hall and Zuccotti Park, the site of the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protest, and moved toward the West Side Highway.Several police officers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, one with a possible concussion.One person was arrested for assaulting a police officer for throwing a garbage can into a crowd and striking a police officer in the head.Another person attempted to grab the service weapon from a Deputy Inspector’s holster. That person will be charged with robbery.1:15 a.m.: Trump says military could assume control in city, ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts’President Donald Trump weighed in on the destructive protests in Minneapolis early Friday morning, saying the military could “assume control” of the response.“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” Trump tweeted early Friday morning. “Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”Trump also attacked Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, saying the protests are a result of a lack of leadership.“Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right,” Trump tweeted.Frey responded to Trump at an early-morning press conference Friday, saying it’s weakness to point fingers during times of crisis.“Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your actions. Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis,” Frey said. “Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell. Is this a difficult time period? Yes. But you better be damn sure that we’re gonna get through this.”12:48 a.m.: Minneapolis asks residents to ‘retreat’ over precinct explosion possibilityAfter people protesting George Floyd’s death forcibly took over a Minneapolis precinct and began to ignite fires, city officials are now warning residents to leave the area in case the building explodes.“We’re hearing unconfirmed reports that gas lines to the Third Precinct have been cut and other explosive materials are in the building,” the city tweeted. “If you are near the building, for your safety, PLEASE RETREAT in the event the building explodes.”Frey said residents must clear the area so the fire department can put out fires.“We are working with @MinneapolisFire to deliver resources and respond for a beloved neighborhood in our city,” Frey tweeted. “We all need to work together to ensure the safety of our friends, family, and Minneapolis residents. And right now working together means clearing the area.”The Minnesota National Guard has been activated for the area and said it’s helping the fire department safely get to fires to help them battle the blazes.Since the protests started, the Saint Paul Police Department said more than 170 businesses have been damaged or looted. Despite the destruction, with dozens of fires set, authorities said there are no reports of serious injuries. “Calm on the horizon,” the department said late Thursday night.12:32 a.m.: Governor ‘shocked’ after vehicle attempts to run over protesterColorado Gov. Jared Polis said he is “absolutely shocked” by video of a car attempting to run over a person protesting the death of Floyd in Denver on Thursday. What started as a peaceful protest turned chaotic with reports of vandalism and violence.“Tonight is a very sad night for our state. While we are still uncovering all of the facts, a protest regarding the killing of George Floyd devolved into vandalism and violence, and I was absolutely shocked by video evidence of a motorist attempting to run over a protestor,” Polis tweeted. “Coloradans are better than this. I share the immense anguish we all feel about the unjust murder of George Floyd. But let me be clear, senseless violence will never be healed by more violence.”Previously shots were fired across the street from Colorado’s State Capitol in Denver.11:51 p.m.: Protesters gain access to police precinctPeople protesting the death of Floyd have reportedly taken over the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd precinct and set it on fire, according to authorities.Minneapolis Police spokesperson John Elder said staff was evacuated from the building around 10 p.m. local time and that protesters forcibly entered the building and ignited several fires.Shortly after reports of the precinct takeover, the Minnesota National Guard said it was deploying more than 500 soldiers to the area.“We have activated more than 500 soldiers to St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities,” the National Guard said in a statement. “Our mission is to protect life, preserve property and the right to peacefully demonstrate. A key objective is to ensure fire departments are able to respond to calls.”9:20 p.m.: Colorado protest marred by gunshotsProtesters outside Colorado’s State Capitol in Denver received a scare when someone apparently fired shots nearby, causing the assembled group to flee.There were no injuries, authorities confirmed to ABC News.“Officers on scene at W Colfax Ave and W 15 st on shots fired in the area of the Capital. This is an ongoing investigation and the motive is unknown,” Denver police wrote on Twitter.Leslie Herod, who is a state representative, tweeted about the incident as well. She added that someone was apprehended, though police have not confirmed any arrests.The Capitol was put on lockdown, with Herod, who fled inside included. Herod told an ABC News producer she was not scared by the incident.“No. This only makes me more resolved. We have more work to do,” she said.8:31 p.m.: 911 call releasedThe 911 call made by the store owner who accused Floyd of using fraudulent money was released by authorities Thursday evening.According to the transcript of the call released by the state of Minnesota, the caller — a store owner — told the operator that Floyd entered the store drunk and tried to pay for something with “fake bills.” He later left the shop and sat on his car. It was there where police found him when they arrived at the scene.“Someone comes [to] our store and give us fake bills and we realize it before he left the store, and we ran back outside, they was [sic] sitting on their car,” the caller said. “We tell them to give us their phone, put their… thing back and everything, and he was also drunk and everything and return to give us our cigarettes back and so he can, so he can go home but he doesn’t want to do that, and he’s sitting on his car cause he is awfully drunk and he’s not in control of himself.”The operator then asked the caller for Floyd’s race and sex.“No, he’s a black guy,” the caller replied. “Alright,” the operator said, letting out a sigh according to the transcript, before the caller asked, “How is your day going?”6:25 p.m.: Investigation is ‘top priority’ for DOJThe Department of Justice has made the investigation into Floyd’s death a “top priority,” Erica MacDonald, attorney for state of Minnesota, said at a press conference.MacDonald said President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr are “directly and actively” monitoring the case.“It is critical, it is essential, it is imperative that the investigation is done right and done right the first time,” she said. “And that is what we are going to do.”No federal or state charges against the officers were announced at the press conference.Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman asked for “patience.”“Give us the time to do this right and we will bring you justice — I promise,” Freeman said.He said his office has been flooded with calls on the status of the investigation. The main question, he said, has been, “what’re you gonna do about the murder of George Floyd?”“We are going to investigate as thoroughly as justice demands,” Freeman said.He called the officer’s action “excessive and wrong,” but said he needs to determine if it was criminal.Both MacDonald and Freeman called on the public to come forward with any information they may have.There was a delay in starting the press conference, which MacDonald apologized for and said she was hoping to share a development but that it was not the right time.5:35 p.m.: City releases complaint history of 4 officersThe police officer seen in a video with his knee on Floyd’s neck was involved in 18 complaints prior to being fired, according to records released by the city.Derek Chauvin, who was fired following Floyd’s death, was only disciplined for two of those complaints, according to the city records.The documents do not provide the details of the complaints or the disciplines.Tou Thao, who was the officer seen standing up in the video, had six complaints, one of which remains open, according to the records. Thao, who was also fired, was not disciplined for the other five complaints.The other two officers who were fired, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng, have had no complaints.5:15 p.m.: Governor signs executive order activating National GuardGov. Tim Walz signed an executive order activating the Minnesota National Guard following Wednesday night’s protests.Walz said the purpose of the National Guard was “to protect people, to protect people safely demonstrating, and to protect small business owners.”“The anger and grief of this moment is unbearable. People deserve to be seen. People deserve to be heard. People deserve to be safe,” he said in a statement. “While many Minnesotans are taking extensive safety precautions while exercising their right to protest, the demonstration last night became incredibly unsafe for all involved.”The National Guard Adjutant General will work with local government agencies to provide personnel, equipment, and facilities needed to respond to and recover from the protests, according to Walz’s office.There will also be about 200 members of the Minnesota State Patrol that will work with state, county, and local community and public safety partners. State Patrol helicopters and fixed wind aircraft on the ground will assist law enforcement officers, the governor’s office said.5:03 p.m.: Families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery issue joint statementThe families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery — all of whom died after incidents with current and former law enforcement — are demanding change and calling for government action to address this “national crisis.”“We’re devastated about the senseless violence that has broken the hearts of our families,” the families said in a joint statement. “While we are grateful for the outpouring of love and support, it’s important that now – more than ever – we use our voices to enact change, demand accountability within our justice system and keep the legacies of Breonna, Ahmaud and George alive. This is a national crisis and our government needs to take immediate and widespread action to protect our black and brown communities.”The families have called for a congressional hearing and a national task force to create new bipartisan legislation that is aimed at ending racial violence and increasing police accountability.They will also present a case to United Nation Human Rights Committee for sweeping changes to the nation’s criminal justice system. A date for when they would be presenting their case was not provided.Taylor, a black woman, was a front-line worker who died after a police-involved shooting. Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were sleeping inside their Springfield Drive apartment on March 13 when officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department attempted to execute a “no-knock” search warrant.Three plainclothes officers opened Taylor’s front door and “blindly” opened fire into their apartment, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed in April by Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer. Taylor was shot at least eight times and died.Arbery, a black man, was out for a jog when two white men saw him and set off to confront him, police said. The men, Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael, a former police officer, were armed.A video shows Arbery and Travis McMichael tussling with the shotgun before three shots are fired. Arbery stumbled and fell to the ground, where he was pronounced dead.City leaders react to protestsThe mayor, police chief and city council vice president in Minneapolis emotionally addressed the violent protests that took place Wednesday night over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was seen pinned down in a video by a white police officer and later died.Mayor Jacob Frey, who at one point became choked up and tearful, said that the protests were “the result of so much built up anger and sadness.”“Anger and sadness that has been engrained in our black community, not just because of five minutes of horror, but 400 years,” Frey said at a press conference. “If you’re feeling that sadness and anger, it’s not only understandable, it’s right.”Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said he knew that there was a “deficit of hope” in the community and that his department has contributed to that deficit.He also said that the violence and destruction seen in Wednesday night’s protest was mostly caused by a “core group of people” who were not from Minnesota. He said that most of the community members who have been protesting since Floyd’s death Monday have been peaceful.Arradondo said he wanted to ensure that people could safely protest, but he said he could not allow for criminal acts.Wednesday night’s protest caused destruction and chaos in Minneapolis, including a deadly shooting, looting and multiple fires.The protests, which had been largely peaceful up until Wednesday night, were in wake of Floyd’s death after he was apprehended by Minneapolis police Monday. Disturbing video emerged on social media showing a police officer with his knee on the man’s neck as the man repeatedly yells out, “I can’t breathe.”“I can’t breathe, please, the knee in my neck,” the man said in a video showing a police officer pinning him to the ground. “I can’t move … my neck … I’m through, I’m through.”City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins sang “Amazing Grace” at Thursday’s press conference before addressing the protests.Jenkins said she wanted to offer “amazing grace” and her condolences to the Floyd family.“We feel as if there was a knee on all of our collective necks, a knee that says black lives do not matter,” Jenkins, who is black, said. “I am part of this system to help to take that knee off of our necks.”Jenkins, Frey and Arradondo said they would be working with the community leaders. A “healing space” will be created at the 3rd Precinct in Minneapolis for residents to express their concerns and anger in a safe and humane way, Jenkins said.Overnight developmentsPolice said during the protests they responded to a call of a stabbing victim and found a man in grave condition near the protests. The man later died in the hospital and authorities learned he died from a gunshot wound, according to John Elder, the director of communication for Minneapolis police.One person was in custody after the shooting, police said. It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting, but the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the owner of a pawn shop opened fire on a man he believed was burglarizing his business and fatally shot him.Police said multiple businesses were looted during the protests and the city’s fire department said there were 30 intentional fires during the protests, including at least 16 structure fires.Massive flames were seen in the sky on videos that circulated throughout social media. As of Thursday afternoon, the fire department said crews were still extinguishing fires along East Lake Street.People were also throwing rocks at fire department vehicles responding to the scene, according to the fire department, which noted there were no firefighter injuries. Elder had said people were throwing rocks at firefighters.Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Floyd’s family, wrote on Twitter the family thanked the protesters and wanted peace in Minneapolis, but “knows that Black people want peace in their souls — and until we get #JusticeForFloyd there will be no peace.”“We cannot sink to the level of our oppressors and endanger each other as we respond to the necessary urge to raise our voices in unison and in outrage,” Crump wrote Thursday morning. “Looting and violence distract from strength of our collective voice.”Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy. The area along Lake has become unsafe. We are asking for your help in keeping the peace tonight. https://t.co/kRZuWGJY29— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 28, 2020The city requested assistance from the National Guard late Wednesday during the protests, according to ABC Saint Paul affiliate KSTP.The National Guard did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.“Tonight was a different night of protesting. Last night we had 8,000 protestors all peaceful. Tonight we did not have that,” Elder said.Elder said that there were no serious injuries to officers. He was not sure about the number of people arrested.The fire department said there were no civilian injuries from the fires.Gov. Tim Walz urged people to leave the area as the situation escalated.“The situation near Lake Street and Hiawatha in Minneapolis has evolved into an extremely dangerous situation. For everyone’s safety, please leave the area and allow firefighters and paramedics to get to the scene,” Walz wrote on Twitter.Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also asked people to evacuate the area.“Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy,” Frey wrote on Twitter.The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing Floyd’s death. On Thursday, it was announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office were conducting a “robust” criminal investigation into his death.“The federal investigation will determine whether the actions by the involved former Minneapolis Police Department officers violated federal law. It is a violation of federal law for an individual acting under color of law to willfully deprive another person of any right protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States,” according to a joint statement from United States Attorney Erica MacDonald And FBI Special Agent In Charge Rainer Drolshagen.The officers involved in the incident were identified by police as Officer Derek Chauvin, Officer Thomas Lane, Officer Tou Thao and Officer J Alexander Kueng.All four officers were fired, according to Frey.“This is the right call,” the mayor said.The Minneapolis Police Department said Monday that officers were initially called to the scene “on a report of a forgery in progress” in a statement on their website.The statement added that officers were advised that the suspect “appeared to be under the influence” and that he “physically resisted officers.”He later “appeared to be suffering medical distress” and officers called an ambulance. He was transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance, “where he died a short time later.”The police department said there were no weapons of any type used by anyone involved in the incident and no officers were injured.ABC News’ Catherine, Thorbecke and Will Gretsky contributed to this report.center_img Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStockBy ELLA TORRES, WILLIAM MANSELL and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) — Authorities have released the 911 call in connection to the death of George Floyd, a black man who was seen pinned down in a video by a white police officer and later died.The video of Floyd’s death has now caused outrage in the city of Minneapolis and all over the country. Residents of the city have protested his death since Tuesday. Though they have been mostly peaceful, on Wednesday, officials said “a core group of people” not from Minneapolis caused destruction.City leaders have called for the community to voice their outrage in a lawful manner.This story will be updated as protests continue throughout the country. Please check back for updates. All times Eastern: 1:22 p.m.: Officer arrested in connection with Floyd’s deathDerek Chauvin, one of the four former officers fired for their involvement in George Floyd’s death, has been taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, according to Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington.Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is scheduled to give a news conference on developments in the case at 2 p.m.1:09 p.m.: Cops warn of anarchists infiltrating protestsABC News obtained a police bulletin issued to the Philadelphia Police Department and the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center that warned that anarchists and other groups are calling on their supporters to commit acts of violence against police officers in light of the protests in Minneapolis.The bulletin said there have been several social media posts calling for looting and civil disobedience as well as other acts of violence.“Domestic extremists, including anarchist extremists and other anti-government extremists, are using the unrest in Minneapolis to amplify and justify their calls for dismantling law enforcement agencies and carrying out attacks on law enforcement, government, and capitalist targets,” the bulletin said.The bulletin stressed that non-violent protests are legal and protected by the Constitution.“Anarchist extremists may be attracted to this call to action and engage in direct action against law enforcement property, such as buildings and vehicles, in order to draw attention to their cause,” it said.12:56 p.m.: Obama offers statement on George Floyd of our darkest chapters’Former President Barack Obama issued a statement on social media about Floyd’s death and the subsequent protests in Minneapolis.“This shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America,” he wrote. “It can’t be ‘normal.’ If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better.”Obama said it is up to Minnesota officials to ensure that Floyd’s death is fully investigated and justice is ultimately done, however, he encouraged people “to work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.”12:40 p.m.: Governor calls on order to be restored after ‘one of our darkest chapters’Gov. Tim Walz called the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests that took place have been “one of our darkest chapters.” However, he said he refused to let those who caused destruction to Minneapolis “take away the attention of the stain that we need to be working on” and pleaded with the community to help restore order.Walz said that the “looting and recklessness” that occurred was not caused by those who wanted justice for Floyd.“We have to restore order to our society before we can start addressing the issues,” the governor said, later calling one of the issues “fundamental institutional racism.”He said that he would not “patronize” the black community as a white man, but asked the community to “help us use a humane way to get the streets back to a place where we can restore justice.”Walz started off his press conference by acknowledging generations of pain and anguish that communities of color in America have experienced. He said that those communities have not been truly heard, “much like we failed to hear George Floyd as he pleaded for his life, as the world watched, by the people sworn to protect him, his community, our state.”The commissioner for the state’s Department of Public Safety called Floyd’s death “murder.”“That’s what it looked like to me,” Commissioner John Harrington said. His comment marked the first time a member of law enforcement call Floyd’s death murder publicly.Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison began his remarks by quoting Martin Luther King Jr., saying “riot is the way that the unheart get heard.”He said King urged people not to dismiss non-peaceful protests or relegate it as criminality, but ask what was really going on there.Ellison said that protesters should not react to the National Guard in the way that may react to the Minneapolis Police Department. He noted they are two different agencies and “their job is trying to bring peace and calm back again.”Ellison said that although people continue to ask when justice will be served, he believes authorities understand that “the wheels of justice must turn swiftly.”He also said that while the investigation and criminal procedure for this case is important, it by no means addresses the root of these problems in this country.“I think we’re gonna do some real change. … We’re not just gonna fix the windows and sweep up the glass. We’re gonna fix the broken, shattered society that leaves so many behind.”11:10 a.m.: City is handling situation in ‘best way that we can,’ city council VP saysMinneapolis’ city council vice president said the government is still adjusting to the situation, but is handling it “in the best way that we can given all of the chaos, all of the unrest, all of the anger and pain in this community.”City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins told ABC News’ Amy Robach on Friday that the city must take control of the situation and “restore some order back.”She also begged people not to gather in the streets, citing the pandemic and the damage that has been done in the last two nights. Jenkins said that the anger of the community has been expressed and she did not want further action to lead to injuries or loss of life.“We can’t allow this type of civic unrest to continue,” she said.Jenkins on Thursday called on city officials to declare racism a public health crisis.“By declaring racism a public health emergency it provides us the opportunity to name the virus that has infected our American institutions for centuries but in addition, it gives us the opportunities to … you can’t really begin to cure a disease until you know what that disease is,” she said. “It’s an infectious disease just like the coronavirus and it’s not just Minneapolis.”11 a.m.: Trump says National Guard is in MinneapolisPresident Donald Trump tweeted that the National Guard is now in Minneapolis.“They are in Minneapolis and fully prepared,” the president wrote. “George Floyd will not have died in vain. Respect his memory!!!” 10:09 a.m.: City is handling situation in ‘best way that we can,’ city council VP saysMinneapolis’ city council vice president said the government is still adjusting to the situation, but is handling it “in the best way that we can given all of the chaos, all of the unrest, all of the anger and pain in this community.”City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins told ABC News’ Amy Robach on Friday that the city must take control of the situation and “restore some order back.”She also begged people not to gather in the streets, citing the pandemic and the damage that has been done in the last two nights. Jenkins said that the anger of the community has been expressed and she did not want further action to lead to injuries or loss of life.“We can’t allow this type of civic unrest to continue,” she said.Jenkins on Thursday called on city officials to declare racism a public health crisis.“By declaring racism a public health emergency it provides us the opportunity to name the virus that has infected our American institutions for centuries but in addition, it gives us the opportunities to … you can’t really begin to cure a disease until you know what that disease is. … It’s an infectious disease just like the coronavirus and it’s not just Minneapolis.”9:45 a.m.: Floyd family attorney calls CNN arrest ‘hypocrisy’Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Floyd’s family, said he was not surprised by the “hypocrisy” of police arresting a CNN crew, but not arresting “murderers from within its own ranks.”“These problems will require systematic change to start the healing process. It won’t be easy, but it’s essential,” Crump wrote on Twitter. Our country allows for peaceful protests, but there is no reason for violence. I’ve seen our citizens unify & take care of one another through COVID19 & we can’t stop now. My deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd. As a nation, let’s focus on peace, prayers & healing.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 29, 2020 The National Guard has arrived on the scene. They are in Minneapolis and fully prepared. George Floyd will not have died in vain. Respect his memory!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020last_img read more

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first_img This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Douglas Elliman’s Howard Lorber and StreetEasy’s Matt Daimler (inset) (Credit: Getty Images)With less than two weeks left until StreetEasy pulls the plug on automatic listing feeds, the city’s largest brokerage has lambasted the move and said it will consider “alternative marketing options.”In a Dec. 20 email to agents, Douglas Elliman said it was “assessing the return on its StreetEasy investment as it works to explore alternative marketing options.”“We will not go backwards in our ability to quickly and accurately utilize technology to market and sell properties,” the brokerage said according to the email, a copy of which was obtained by The Real Deal.Starting Jan. 1, the Zillow-owned portal will require agents to manually enter all listings, and it’s upped the daily fee for rental listings to $6. Until now, StreetEasy had agreements with individual firms to take their listings in bulk via a feed.The portal now says manual entry will help reduce errors and benefit consumers.ADVERTISEMENTIn a statement, Zillow spokesman Viet Shelton said the feed technology was a “barrier to innovation.”“We had to evolve in order to solve the pain points of today’s buyer, seller, renter and agent,” he said. “Quality data is at the center of not only a good consumer experience, but an agent and brokerage’s business as well.”He added that 50 percent of listings on StreetEasy are already entered manually. “The feedback is that it’s saving agents time,” he said.But the brokerage industry has described the new policy as a form of blackmail. It views manual listings as a step back in time, and some have speculated the change is a way for StreetEasy to tack on additional fees for agents.Last year, for example, StreetEasy launched a program dubbed Agent Tools that allows agents to circumvent Premier Agent by paying $333 per month. But to participate agents must enter listings manually.In a recent conference call with agents, Corcoran CEO Pam Liebman lambasted the upcoming changes, according to multiple sources.Several firms — including Compass, Brown Harris Stevens and Warburg Realty — cut their direct listing feeds to StreetEasy in August 2017 in favor of the Real Estate Board of New York’s newly-syndicated residential listing service (RLS).Manual entry is just one flashpoint in the conflict between brokers and StreetEasy. Sources said the rental fee — which has doubled over the last two years — is a heavy burden for agents as well as the firms that have paid for those fees on behalf of agents.After StreetEasy attempted to vet rental listings by asking agents for copies of their exclusive listing agreements, the firms accused the portal of trying to steal landlord clients. StreetEasy denied any attempt to cut out agents.Zillow is going head to head with several top brokerages in the Hamptons, too. Earlier this year, several firms banded together to form the Hamptons Real Estate Association and this month launched a consumer-facing portal, called HamptonsRE. The group included the Corcoran Group, Sotheby’s International Realty, Brown Harris Stevens, Halstead and Saunders & Associates. Compass has since joined the group.After clashing with Hamptons brokers, Zillow said it would drop the subscription fees for brokers and agents, who previously paid to post listings and access data on Out East. But skeptics likened the move to a Trojan horse and said they fear it’s the first step to monetizing the portal.Read moreStreetEasy doesn’t want feeds anymoreBrokers resist manual listingsOut East is now free for brokerslast_img read more

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DENMARK 2015: Wch 2013 finalists and European vice-champion are out!

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Roque Ramirez

first_imgRoque Ramirez passed away in Groves, TX on Sunday, October 2, 2016.He was bornAugust 15, 1921 in Torreón, Mexico to Genovevo and Basilia Ramirez.Roque lived most of his life in Groves, TX. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson HighSchool in 1942 and served in the Army during WWII as a radio operator. He married Teresa Ramirez in1947 and was married for 67 years.  He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great-great grandfather. Next UpRoque was preceded in death by his parents Genovevo and Basilia Ramirez; wifeTheresa Ramirez; and brothers James Ramirez, Frank Ramirez, Luz Ramirez, and JesseRamirez; and sisters Andrea and Lus Ramirez. He is survived by son Roland Ramirez and wife Barbara; granddaughter Rusti Girolamo and husband Troy; brothers Isabel Ramirez, Carlos Ramirez, Augustine Ramirez, and Felix Ramirez; two great grandsons, and two great-great grandsons along with numerous nieces and nephews.Visitation for family and friends will be on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. Service to honor Roque’s life will be celebrated at 2:00 PM Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Clayton Thompson. Entombment with full Military Honors will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.last_img read more

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Bar LRS now covering Miami-Dade

first_img October 15, 2008 Regular News Bar LRS now covering Miami-Dade Bar LRS now covering Miami-Dadecenter_img The Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service has added Miami-Dade County to its coverage area.The Bar’s LRS will start making referrals in Miami-Dade County beginning October 1, which coincides with the publishing of the new phone books, according to Karen Kelly, director of the Bar’s public service programs.Kelly also invites Miami-Dade lawyers to join the Bar’s LRS. The service refers callers to an attorney in their county who practices the type of law requested.More than 1,200 attorneys participate in the lawyer referral service program statewide. Florida Bar members in good standing who have an office in a county covered by the Bar referral service are eligible to join the service by completing an application and submitting a $125 membership fee. The attorney must also carry at least $100,000 in professional liability insurance.Prospective clients may reach the service by calling (800) 342-8011 from anywhere in Florida or visiting www.floridabar.org.last_img read more

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SMKBA plans diverity workshop

first_imgSMKBA plans diverity workshop THE SOUTH MIAMI KENDALL BAR ASSOCIATION will host its first Diversity Workshop September 16 at the Bankers Club in Miami. The event will review old definitions and approaches to diversity and inclusion and introduce new ways of approaching the subject in the profession and community. The workshop will also provide participants with some practical tools to overcome obstacles and leverage the benefits of diversity to advance client trust, attorney relationships, firm values, and business goals. The main speaker/facilitator for the workshop is Philadelphia-based David Tulin, a nationally recognized expert on professional diversity and inclusion best practices. For the past 20 years, Tulin has designed and implemented diversity and inclusion programs for executives, Fortune 500 companies, law firms, court systems, government agencies, universities, and community groups. Pictured are South Miami Kendall Bar board mkembers, back row from the left, President Kevin Deeb, Michael Capiro, David Weissman, and Steven Paulson. In the front from the left are Josh Wintle, Diane Kuker, Debbie Lowe, Karem Hadjez, Calrie Marsh, Sharon Azoulay, and Craig Hirsch. Register online athttp://smkba.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Sharon Azoulay at [email protected], Calrie Marsh at [email protected], or Michael Capiro at [email protected] August 15, 2011 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Minnesota shows promise despite adversity-filled season, departures

first_imgFinding a pairing to replace Stecklein and defensive partner Megan Wolfe will be no short order, but Minnesota has plenty of players ready to fill the holes left behind by their predecessors.Sydney Baldwin saw significant time on the Gophers back line this season, as well as skilled freshman Patti Marshall, who sealed Minnesota’s Frozen Four berth with the only goal in its quarterfinal match-up against UMD.Minnesota also returns starting goalie Sidney Peters, who garnered a .917 save percentage this year.But, the biggest question mark comes from the international stage.Sarah Potomak had a breakout sophomore season, and finished second on the team with 53 points. She would return as a clear difference-maker for Minnesota.The impending 2018 Winter Olympics say otherwise for Potomak, as her status as a top Canadian forward could bring a redshirt year, and wouldn’t see her return until the 2018-2019 season. “Hopefully, Sarah’s doing some bigger things [next year], but I would love to play with her again, she’s so fun to play with, so dynamic, and so sneaky. I can’t say enough great things about her, and her future is so, so bright,” Pannek said.Despite the uncertainty and the departures, the Gophers look to build on a mostly solid foundation and get back en route to another national championship.“It’s gonna be hard to lose those guys,” said head coach Brad Frost. “With a program like ours and other top teams, you’re losing great players every year and it’s our job as coaches to bring some great ones in and develop the ones we have. We’ll be okay.” Minnesota shows promise despite adversity-filled season, departuresThe Gophers senior class went 133-17-11 in their careers.Chris DangSophomore forward Loren Gabel handles the puck on Friday, Mar. 17, 2017 in St. Charles, Missouri at the Family Arena. The Gophers lost 4-3 against Clarkson University Golden Knights. Tommy SlettenMarch 18, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintLee Stecklein finished her senior season just short of a perfect career – four national championships.After a 4-3 national semifinal loss to Clarkson University on Friday, Stecklein will leave the Gophers as one of the most storied players in program history.“It’s been a great four years at Minnesota, regardless of how it ended,” Stecklein said. “I’m gonna miss these girls, but it’s been the best four years.”Along with Stecklein, the Gophers lost five seniors earlier than they would have hoped after friday’s loss, including a top defensive pairing, and four forwards.Hope, however, is not all lost for Minnesota.The Gophers return the regular season NCAA scoring champion in Kelly Pannek, who will lead her team as a senior next year.“Any time you lose a senior class it’s really hard – I mean, they’re some of my best friends,” Pannek said. “Just to see how they love this team has been really fun to be a part of. We had two sophomores score goals tonight [Sophie Skarzynski and Sarah Potomak] and we have some really talented freshmen.”In its offensive corps, Minnesota also returns Caitlin Reilly, a grizzled veteran who has a knack for finding the net, Sophie Skarzynski, a talented utility player, and Alex Woken, a highly-touted recruit whose freshman year was cut short due to injury.Freshman forward Lindsey Agnew saw limited impact in her first year, but will look to provide a larger contribution in her sophomore season.last_img read more

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Scientists identify two brain networks influencing how we make decisions

first_imgShare on Twitter Share on Facebook Email LinkedIn Sharecenter_img Scientists at the Medical Research Council Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford have pinpointed two distinct mechanisms in the human brain that control the balance between speed and accuracy when making decisions.Their discovery, published in eLife, sheds new light on the networks that determine how quickly we choose an option, and how much information we need to make that choice. A more detailed understanding of this intricate wiring in the brain holds the key to developing better treatments for neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.The fundamental trade-off between speed and accuracy in decision making has been studied for more than a century, with a number of studies suggesting that the subthalamic nucleus region of the brain plays a key role. Pinterest “Previous behavioural studies of decision making do not tell us about the actual events or networks that are responsible for making speed-accuracy adjustments,” says senior author Peter Brown, Professor of Experimental Neurology at the University of Oxford. “We wanted to address this by measuring the exact location and timing of electrical activity in the subthalamic nucleus and comparing the results with behavioural data collected while a decision-making task is being performed.”Brown and his team first studied the reaction times of 11 patients with Parkinson’s disease and 18 healthy participants, who were each asked to perform a moving-dots task. This required them to decide whether a cloud of moving dots appeared to be moving to the left or the right. The difficulty of the task was varied by changing the number of dots moving in one direction, and the participants were given randomly alternating instructions to perform the task with either speed or accuracy.The researchers found that participants made much faster decisions when the task was easier – with the dots moving in a single direction – and when instructed to make a quick decision. They also found, in line with previous studies, that participants made significantly more errors during tests where they spent longer making a decision after being instructed to emphasise accuracy.Using a computational model, they saw that it took longer in the more difficult tests for the brain to accumulate the necessary information to reach a critical threshold and make a decision. When the participants were asked to focus on speed, this threshold was significantly lower than when they focused on accuracy.“The next step was to determine the activated networks in the brain that control these behavioural modifications and the trade-off between fast and accurate decisions,” explains first author and postdoctoral fellow Damian Herz. “We measured the electrical activity of groups of nerve cells within the subthalamic nucleus in patients with Parkinson’s disease, who had recently been treated with deep brain stimulation. We found two distinct neural networks that differ in the way they are ordered and the way they respond to tasks.“One network increases the amount of information required before executing a decision and is therefore more likely to be activated when accuracy is important, while the second network tends to lower this threshold, especially when the choice needs to be made quickly.”The findings add to the increasing evidence that the pre-frontal cortex region of the brain contributes to decision making and opens up further interesting avenues to explore.“We know that changes in activity of one of the sites we identified is also related to movement control,” adds Brown. “Close relationships between these neural networks could mean that a common signal is responsible for adjustments in both the speed of decision and of the resulting movement. A better understanding of these mechanisms might make it possible to focus therapeutic interventions on specific neural circuits to improve treatment of neurological disorders in the future.”last_img read more

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Visiocorp Names Global Account Director, North America

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. MARYSVILLE, MI — Visiocorp USA, Inc., a manufacturer of car and light truck mirrors, has announced that Jeff McQueen has joined the company’s Detroit sales office as the global account director – North America, with global responsibility for the commercial business of Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. He is the local contact for all sales activities in North America, and will partner with other Visiocorp global account directors around the world for business development. He was previously North American director of sales at REHAU, Inc. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement McQueen will assist in supporting the North American commercial activities for Visiocorp’s key account managers who are responsible for the Korean, Japanese and European accounts based in North America. McQueen is the fourth generation of his family to work in the global automotive industry. He has a bachelor of arts from Kalamazoo College and an MBA from Michigan State University. McQueen also speaks several languages including German, French, Japanese and Spanish, and has lived in Europe and Asia. He joined Visiocorp in November 2007. For more information about Visiocorp, go to: www.visiocorp.com.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Matt Schmidt Joins Los Alamos Community Foundation Finance And Investment Committee

first_imgFrom left, Los Alamos Community Foundation Treasurer Cindy Rooney, new member Matt Schmidt and Executive Director Rachel Kizielewicz. Courtesy/LACFLACF News:Los Alamos Community Foundation announces the addition of Matt Schmidt to its Finance and Investment Committee. Schmidt is president and CEO of the Los Alamos Schools Credit Union, a role he has had since 2007.“I’m excited to guide, assist and provide additional oversight to our Community Foundation and the funds that many community members and organizations have entrusted to it,” Schmidt said.“Matt has a wealth of experience and will be a fantastic asset to this committee,” LACF Executive Director Rachel Kizielewicz said. “The committee serves an important role for the foundation, ensuring the prudent management of our assets, and we are thrilled to have Matt’s expertise.”Schmidt joins fellow committee members Edward Jones Financial Advisor Shelly Wiemann, LACF Advisor Rick Riess, LACF Vice President Pat Soran and LACF Treasurer Cindy Rooney. Enterprise Bank’s Eric Loucks is the foundation’s investment manager.The Finance and Investment Committee meets at least quarterly to supervise, monitor and evaluate the foundation’s invested assets. Committee members act in an expert advisory role on behalf of the foundation, regularly reviewing investment performance and asset allocation.    Schmidt’s commitment to Los Alamos extends beyond his job. He regularly participates in community activities, fundraisers and events. He is a current member and past president of The Family YMCA Board of Directors.About the Los Alamos Community Foundation:Established in 2015, the focus of the Los Alamos Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our community by inspiring, facilitating and supporting enduring philanthropy, and building the capacity of our local nonprofit organizations. The Los Alamos Community Foundation currently stewards six local endowment funds and total assets of more than $266,500. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit www.losalamoscf.org.last_img read more

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