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Fiery protests erupt in Minneapolis for third night after man was killed in police shooting: 'Time for the police to get killed'

For the third straight night, protests erupted in Minneapolis as demonstrators reacted to the shooting death of a man by law enforcement that happened on Thursday afternoon.
Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force attempted to arrest Winston Boogie Smith, who was wanted on a state arrest warrant for being a felon in possession of a firearm. When law enforcement tried to take Smith into custody on the top level of a parking ramp in the Uptown neighborhood, he allegedly "produced a handgun" and fired shots from inside his vehicle at the officers, according to officials. U.S. Marshals returned fire and struck Smith, 32, who was pronounced dead at the scene. A 27-year-old female passenger in the vehicle was transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment of glass injuries sustained during the shooting and released.
"Evidence at the scene indicates that the man fired his weapon from inside the vehicle. BCA crime scene personnel recovered a handgun as well as spent cartridge cases from inside the driver's compartment," the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a statement.
There is no footage of the fatal shooting because the U.S Marshal Service does not allow the use of body cameras for officers serving on its North Star Fugitive Task Force.
Smith was wanted in neighboring Ramsey County for failing to appear for a sentencing hearing scheduled for May 19 after he pleaded guilty to felony firearm possession, court records show.

Smith was convicted of felony aggravated robbery in 2017 and was on probation, which meant he was prohibited from possessing a firearm. "If he had been nabbed with a firearm by cops Thursday, he could have sent back to prison," according to the New York Post.

Following George Floyd's death, Smith allegedly made life-threatening posts towards police and called for a "war" against law enforcement.

"We got guns and bullet proof vest too or should be able to get em… why not just rush these f***s and start this war they keep asking for!" Smith reportedly wrote on Facebook.

"F*** justice anyway b**** justice is an eye for eye u kill one of mine we need one of yours that's justice! Right or wrong f*** being right cuz they keep doing us wrong," he allegedly posted on social media. "I'm down with the burn everything government not touch s*** else I don't even need to loot I'll buy my s*** just kill them dirty ass cops off we tired of being scared at the red light!"

Protesters took to the streets on Thursday night to demand "justice" in the shooting death of Winston Boogie Smith. Protesters barricaded streets and set fires. The demonstrations escalated at times on Thursday night with storefront glass being destroyed, and there was looting at a T-Mobile store and CVS pharmacy.
A protester celebrated the attack on a Minneapolis police precinct from last summer, "When your precinct burned, America rejoiced. People celebrated seeing your comrades run for their lives!"
There was graffiti on an L.A. Fitness gym that reads: "No trial for us, no trial for them. MPLS still hates cops. Kill cops."

One video features a demonstrator making death threats to police officers.

"It's time for the police to get killed," a man is heard screaming. "One of y'all is gonna die this week."

"I'mma shoot your kids before I shoot y'all, and make you watch," the man yelled at the police. "Y'all better call the National Guard because guess what – y'all gonna need help."

Then fireworks are launched at the police guarding a gas station.

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On Saturday night, protesters marched through the city chanting anti-police slogans, "I smell b****es! Oink! Oink! Motherf*****!"

The crowd, some of which were flying "Black Lives Matter" flags, were heard chanting, "No good cops in a racist system!" Other chants ring through the streets of Minneapolis, "If Winston don't get it – burn it down! Who shut this down? We shut this down! Who keeps us safe? We keep us safe!"
There was also anti-cop graffiti posted on the street, which depicted police as pigs. Anti-police rhetoric such as "ACAB(All Cops Are Bastards)," F*** 12," "Cops = Terrorists," and "This will continue until the police are abolished." There was a tribute to Winston Smith and "Black Lives Matter" also written on the street.

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Biden’s ‘bigot’ smear vs. Trump voters: Devine

Joe Biden is America’s biggest troll.

His speech in Tulsa could not have been more disunifying, dishonest or more designed to inflame.

Who is the president’s speechwriter? Goebbels?

No, white supremacy is not a threat worse than ISIS.

No, Texas’ voter ID bill is not “a truly unprecedented assault on our democracy.”

Biden could have given an uplifting speech on Tuesday at a ceremony marking 100 years since the Tulsa Race Massacre.

Instead, he wheeled out his now-familiar refrain that democracy is “in peril” from the enemy within.

“Terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today.” Not ISIS, not al Qaeda, white supremacists, he declared, citing “the intelligence community.”

Does he remember ISIS?

The images of its atrocities are etched into the memories of the rest of us.

ISIS gang-raped Yazidi women. It ethnically cleansed whole swathes of Iraq and Syria, slaughtering Christians and driving them out of their homes. It threw homosexuals off buildings.

You get the feeling that for Democrats, “white supremacy” means Donald Trump voters who are opposed to Biden’s agenda.
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It set victims alight and burned them in cages. It beheaded hostages. It displayed severed heads on spikes on street roundabouts and public squares in Raqqa, the capital of its pretend-caliphate.

Its reign of terror, which lasted roughly from 2014 to 2018, was like a throwback to the barbarism of the Middle Ages.

We minimize its evil at our peril.

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The phrase conjures up images of white hoods, neo-Nazi skinheads and swastika tattoos. Where are these people and why hasn’t the FBI rounded them up?

But you get the feeling that for Democrats, “white supremacy” means Donald Trump voters who are opposed to Biden’s agenda.

If white supremacists are such a clear and present danger, then Democrats and their media allies wouldn’t have to invent crimes for them, like the Atlanta massage parlor massacre in March. Or the violent attacks on Asians in New York, most of which appear to be committed by black males.

The Capitol riot also is being rebranded as a white supremacist event, but it had nothing to do with race, unless you buy the line that Trump was a white supremacist president.

In order to claim that white supremacy is the greatest threat to our democracy, you have to widen the definition.

Essays in The Atlantic are typical of this bracket creep. It took Ta-Nehisi Coates mere months to declare, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist.”

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So of course, anyone who would vote for such a monster has to be a white supremacist, too.

“Whiteness brought us Donald Trump … [and] whiteness as an ­existential danger to the country and the world,” Coates wrote in 2017.

In case you wonder what “whiteness” is, it’s not really about skin color, because black people who don’t go along with the left’s talking points are deemed to be afflicted by “whiteness,” too.

An exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture defined “whiteness” as “self-reliance,” “the nuclear family,” “the scientific method,” “objectivity,” “hard work,” “Christianity,” “delayed gratification” and “respect for authority.”

These attributes are a recipe for success and a happy life, but somehow dependency, family breakdown, superstition, laziness, Godlessness, disrespect for authority and instant gratification are positive attributes to be cultivated in black people.

What an insult. This is the destructive message Biden sent on Tuesday: “Young black entrepreneurs are just as capable of succeeding given the chance as white entrepreneurs are, but they don’t have lawyers, they don’t have accountants.”

It’s a cartoon view that doesn’t comprehend a world in which black people have agency, and can be successful in their own right — or even are capable of showing ID at a polling booth.

That brings us to another repellent part of Biden’s Tulsa speech.

People pay theirs respects at a memorial in honor of the victims of the shootings in Atlanta, where eight people were killed the week before, during a candle vigil in Monterrey Park, Calif., late Saturday, March 27, 2021.
People pay their respects to the victims of the shootings in Atlanta, where eight people were killed the week before, during a candlelight vigil in Monterrey Park, Calif., Saturday, March 27, 2021.
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He exploited the moment to push his party’s “For the People” Act, which attempts to hijack state elections and cement Democratic rule in perpetuity.

“This sacred right [to vote] is ­under assault with an incredible intensity like I’ve never seen …

“It is simply un-American,” he declared, as if it’s an outrage to roll back emergency voting measures sneaked through by clever Democratic lawyers last year under cover of the pandemic. Tilting the playing field helped Biden win the election, but Republicans won’t be railroaded again.

That’s what Biden’s hyperventilating on new voting laws is all about.

The president could have used his Tulsa speech for healing and pointed out how far we’ve come in the past 100 years.

demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group, slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul
Demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State slogans while carrying its flags in Mosul, Iraq, in 2014.
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Instead he continued to mislead half the country into thinking the other half is the enemy.

It’s a dangerous game, and history will not look kindly on him if he keeps it up.

Get real, Trump backers
The idea that Donald Trump is going to take back the White House this year is just crazy. But that’s what the most fanatical Trump adherents are saying.

They see last year’s election as like a heist at Tiffany’s. You have to get the diamonds back.

Really, what happened in 2020 is more like a football game you lost because — you suspect, but can’t prove — of suspect practices by the other team cheated — but which you can’t prove. You accept the officials’ rulings and wait to play another day.

Republicans must work out why they lost and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

But they also must adhere to reality. The most important thing is to win the next election. Indulging a fantasy about Trump’s restoration to the throne will ensure that won’t happen.

President Donald Trump holds a rally on October 26, 2020 in Lititz, Pennsylvania.
President Donald Trump holds a rally in Lititz, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 26, 2020.
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Times Square hard sell
The CD sellers in Times Square are as aggressive as ever, just two weeks after one was arrested for allegedly shooting three tourists during a territorial dispute.

A friend this week was accosted by one of the peddlers who would not take no for an answer. “Are you a racist,” he snarled when my friend refused to buy a CD.

Where once the vendors used to be controlled by police and boxed into one corner of the square, now they roam free and menace everyone who walks by.

Police patrolling the area say they are powerless to stop them, and now that they have lost their qualified immunity, they aren’t even willing to try.

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National Black Power Convention activist says a time to ‘kill everything white in sight’ will soon come

A black rights activist at a weekend rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, said that a time would come when black Americans would need to "kill everything white in sight."
According to a Monday report from BizPac Review, groups of black nationalists gathered in Tulsa to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Black Wall Street Massacre. The race slaughter left at approximately 300 people dead in a Tulsa neighborhood once known as "Black Wall Street."

The attack, carried out by a purportedly all-white mob, left more than 10,000 people homeless and practically demolished 40 square blocks.

In a statement to KTUL-TV, Malik Z. Shabazz, keynote speaker at the convention and national president of Black Lawyers for Justice, said, "The 100-year anniversary of the Black Wall Street Holocaust is a rallying cry to all blacks that we must fight on every front to protect the legal and human rights of our people and we must unite and organize with a zealous fierceness never witnessed before."

The station also reported that the convention's theme was "Reparations Now!"
In an early May news release, the march's organizers said that the struggle for reparations "must be escalated."

"We must fight on every front to achieve redress and reparations for the atrocities committed upon Tulsa Massacre descendants; and we must intensify the fight to achieve reparations for all 40-million blacks still grossly affected by racism, inequality, wealth disparity, police brutality and the like," a portion of the statement read. "Tulsa will mark a new beginning in the upgraded fight for reparations for black people."

Public Radio Tulsa reported that "several hundred" demonstrators took part in the weekend activities.
What else happened?
The weekend events, according to the outlet, included a Second Amendment March for Reparations, in which many participants exercised their right to carry openly.
One video of the largely peaceful march, however, highlighted an activist calling for reparations and more.

"We're pushing death to white supremacy. Death to capitalism. Death to imperialism. And death to fascism," an unidentified man can be heard saying in the video. “We are pushing an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a head for a head, and a life for a life."

The man also said that black people were stolen from Africa to work as slaves for white people in colonial America.

“Once they die, we must understand that we can never give them the pain that they gave us," he insisted. “So once they get buried … once they are buried, we must bury them, dig them up and kill them again. Bury them. Dig them up. And kill them again."

His remarks caused the crowd to cheer.

Emboldened, the man continued, "Because that time will come when there's a rat-a-tat-tat. Black Americans will kill everything white in sight," and promised black Americans would give "crackers hell," "from the cradle to the grave."

Those groups leading the effort included the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, the Elmer Geronimo Pratt Gun Club, the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, the Fred Hampton Gun Club, the New Black Liberation Militia, the Panther Special Operations Command, and more.

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Five Oregon counties have now voted to leave state, create 'Greater Idaho'

May 19 (UPI) -- On Tuesday, voters in five counties in eastern Oregon urged county officials to begin to promote border relocation and joining Idaho.

The counties -- Malheur, Sherman, Grant, Baker and Lake -- join Jefferson and Union counties, whose voters applied to join Idaho last year, in their planned secession to what is being called "Greater Idaho."
While President Biden was favored 56 to 40 percent ahead of former President Donald Trump statewide, these five counties heavily favored Trump over Biden with up to 69-79 percent of the vote going to Trump.

The group, Move Oregon's Border for a Greater Idaho, is behind the effort. In addition to rural eastern Oregon, the planned Greater Idaho would also encompass large swathes of northeastern California.
Last year, a drive "to seek refuge from the blue states" was stalled after petitioners seeking signatures to place the item on the ballot said COVID-19 stopped their efforts.

"This election proves that rural Oregon wants out of Oregon. If Oregon really believes in liberal values such as self-determination, the Legislature won't hold our counties captive against our will," Mike McCarter, lead petitioner, said.

Last year McCarter said that the movement was a "peaceful revolution" and that the vote would be a crucial decision between rural and urban areas.
Any such change in the state's boundaries would require ratification by the Oregon Legislature, which is controlled by Democrats. From there Oregon and Idaho would have to sign a formal agreement, which will then have to be ratified by the U.S. Congress.

Congress has only allowed for such a change on three instances, the last in 1863 when West Virginia was created during the Civil War.

Future elections on similar ballot items will be held for residents of Harney County and Douglas County.

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Derek Chauvin requests new trial after being convicted of George Floyd's murder


Derek Chauvin requests new trial after being convicted of George Floyd's murder
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The defense attorney for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Tuesday requested a new trial after Chauvin was convicted in April of second-degree murder and other charges in the death of George Floyd.

Attorney Eric J. Nelson says in the motion that Chauvin was denied a fair trial for reasons including "prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial," and that the resulting jury's verdict was "contrary to law."

Chauvin, who is white, was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes as the Black man said he couldn’t breathe and went motionless.

Tuesday's motion, an expected development in the case, argues a number of reasons would justify a new trial. Among the most anticipated: that Judge Peter Cahill should not have denied the defense's request to change the venue of the trial.


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During the trial’s jury selection, Cahill said he wouldn’t delay or move Chauvin’s trial over concerns that a $27 million settlement for Floyd’s family could taint the jury pool.

Nelson's Tuesday filing also asked the judge to impeach the verdict on the grounds that the jury committed misconduct, felt pressured, and/or failed to adhere to jury instructions, though the filing did not include details about that assertion. To impeach a verdict is to question its validity.

Mary Moriarty, the former chief public defender of Minnesota's Hennepin County, said the motion is common and that nearly all of the arguments raised were previously brought up during the trial. Attorneys frequently do so in order to preserve potential issues for an appeal.

Requesting a new trial can be an "intermediary step" for criminal defendants in addition to filing an appeal, according to BK Law Group.

In the filing, Nelson also requested a hearing to examine jury misconduct.

Tuesday's motion did not mention recent reports that juror Brandon Mitchell participated in an Aug. 28 march in Washington, D.C., to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., but Moriarty believes that may be one reason for the request. Mitchell was photographed wearing a t-shirt that framed a picture of Martin Luther King with the words "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks" and "BLM."

Mitchell, like all jurors, filled out a questionnaire regarding his viewpoint on issues like BLM and was also asked about it during jury selection.

Nelson repeatedly asked Cahill during the course of the trial to sequester the jury due to the immense amount of public interest in the case, and he specifically brought up Congresswoman Maxine Waters' comment urging protesters to "get more confrontational" if Chauvin isn't convicted, which was made prior to the start of deliberations.

The motion says it resulted in "jury intimidation and potential fear of retribution among jurors."

"I think he (Nelson) wants a very broad inquiry (but) the judge is not going to do that. I can pretty much guarantee that," Moriarty said.

Moriarty said one reason for the request may also be to get potential issues of juror misconduct into the court record, because that is what an appeals court would solely reference in their review of potential issues that would demand a new case.

Chauvin is scheduled to be sentenced in June. Minnesota's attorney general last week filed paperwork asking that Chauvin be given a more severe prison sentence in the case, arguing that the former Minneapolis police officer inflicted torturous deadly methods as Floyd pleaded for his life.

“Mr. Floyd was treated with particular cruelty. ... Defendant continued to maintain his position atop Mr. Floyd even as Mr. Floyd cried out that he was in pain, even as Mr. Floyd exclaimed 27 times that he could not breathe, and even as Mr. Floyd said that Defendant’s actions were killing him,” Minnesota's Attorney General Keith Ellison said. He added that Chauvin stayed in position as Floyd cried out for his mother, stopped speaking and lost consciousness.

Prosecutors also wrote that Chauvin's actions "inflicted gratuitous pain" and psychological distress not just on Floyd but on the civilian bystanders who they argued will be haunted by the memory of what they saw.

Four of the people in the crowd watching Floyd die were minors, the court filing said.

 

 

 

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