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On Violence and Politics

  For the Symposium on Jack M. Balkin, The Cycles of Constitutional Time (Oxford University Press, 2020).  Khiara M. Bridges   Jack Balkin’s The Cycles of Constitutional Time is stunningly expansive and wholly wonderful. My analysis focuses on just a sliver of the massive theoretical undertaking that Balkin accomplishes in the book. Here, I will train my focus on Balkin’s understanding of “constitutional crisis.” Balkin argues that although the past four years have been equal parts surrea...
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Prosecutors: Chauvin used neck restraints in past arrests

A white police officer accused in the death of George Floyd had used neck or head and upper body restraints seven times before, including four incidents in which prosecutors say he went too far, according to prosecution documents released Friday in the case against four former Minneapolis officers charged in Floyd's death. In one July 2019 arrest, prosecutors say, Derek Chauvin kicked an intoxicated male in the midsection, then applied a neck restraint until he fell unconscious. In June 2017, ...
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Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin requested dismissal of murder charges in George Floyd killing

In a new court filing, Chauvin's attorney explained that Minneapolis officer "acted according to MPD policy, his training, and within his duties."
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Chauvin lawyer: Restraint didn't kill Floyd, ill health and drug abuse did

Motion says former officer acted professionally and showed care in his actions.
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The New George Floyd Video Should Not Surprise You

This week, the Daily Mail managed to get its hands on some previously unreleased body-camera footage of George Floyd’s arrest. Some found that it changed their perception of the incident. Most notably, my former American Conservative colleague Rod Dreher wrote a lightning-rod blog post in which he contended that “George Floyd is dead today almost entirely because of George Floyd.”The video does clarify some things, especially the precise degree to which Floyd resisted arrest. But I would urge an...
Tags: News, Daily Mail, Floyd, Rod Dreher, MPD, American College of Emergency Physicians, Andy McCarthy, Dreher, Minneapolis Police Department, American Conservative, Chauvin, Minneapolis Office of Police Conduct Review, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin


‘George Floyd All Over Again’: ICE Guard Drove Knee Into Detainee

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement guard at an immigration jail in Virginia knelt dangerously on the upper back of a man already bleeding from his head, two detained men who said they saw the disturbing incident told The Daily Beast. “It was like seeing George Floyd all over again,” said one detainee, whom The Daily Beast will call Glenn. Since the incident on Monday, July 13, the detained men said that they have not seen the beaten man, identified as 31-year old Carlos Rivas Monsano. “Right...
Tags: News, Minneapolis, Virginia, Army, The Daily Beast, Floyd, Glenn, Carlos, Caroline, Doyle, Jerry, Customs Enforcement, Customs Enforcement ICE, Rivas, Chauvin, Bowling Green Virginia


Derek Chauvin charged with felony tax fraud

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd, is now also facing felony tax fraud charges.On Wednesday, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput announced that Derek Chauvin and his estranged wife, Kellie Chauvin, have been accused of fraudulently filing tax returns from 2014 to 2019 and not filing individual income tax returns on time from 2016 to 2019.The criminal complaint states that the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the Oakdale Police Departme...
Tags: News, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Trump, Floyd, Washington County, Fox Friends, Pompeo, Minnesota Department of Revenue, Oakdale Police Department, Chauvin, Pete Orput, Orput, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, Kellie Chauvin


Fired Minneapolis police officer Chauvin and estranged wife face 9 felony tax charges

The former Minneapolis police officer who was charged in George Floyd's death and his estranged wife face nine felony income-tax charges, according to the Washington County, Minnesota, attorney.
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Officer Who Pressed His Knee on George Floyd’s Neck Drew Scrutiny Long Before

In more than 19 years on the Minneapolis police force, Mr. Chauvin had a reputation as a rigid workaholic with few friends. He sometimes made other officers uncomfortable.
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Derek Chauvin Had a History of Complaints Before George Floyd’s Death

In more than 19 years on the Minneapolis police force, Mr. Chauvin had a reputation as a rigid workaholic with few friends. He sometimes made other officers uncomfortable.
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The Quiet Life of Derek Chauvin Before the Public Death of George Floyd

In more than 19 years on the Minneapolis police force, Mr. Chauvin had a reputation as a rigid workaholic with few friends. He sometimes made other officers uncomfortable.
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George Floyd bodycams show abusive, gun-toting cops goading him and refusing to give reason for arrest

Still not made available to the general public, the bodycam footage from the cops who killed George Floyd shows that they gave no explanation for arresting him, swore at him, pointed a gun at him and pushed him around. Lane’s video showed that medics at the scene did not appear alarmed or rushed in assisting Floyd after taking his pulse, and that about three minutes passed before anyone began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Floyd, who had been unresponsive for several minutes by th...
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Footage of Police Body Cameras Offers Devastating Account of Floyd Killing

The footage was made available by appointment at a court in Minneapolis, and shows officers seemingly more concerned with controlling George Floyd’s body than saving his life.
Tags: News, Minneapolis, Police Brutality, Black Lives Matter Movement, Floyd, Minn, Misconduct and Shootings, Chauvin, Police Department (Minneapolis, George Floyd, George (d 2020, Derek (1976-, George Floyd Protests (2020


Attorneys for ex-Minneapolis officers object to judge's gag order in George Floyd death

The judge's order violates Chauvin's constitutional rights to free speech and a public trial, his attorney argued.
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Attorney for Derek Chauvin objects to judge's gag order in George Floyd death

The judge's order violates Chauvin's constitutional rights to free speech and a public trial, his attorney argued.
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New Body Camera Transcripts Detail Last Moments for George Floyd

“They’ll kill me. They’ll kill me,” Mr. Floyd said, according to a body camera transcript in court filings by Thomas Lane, a former officer who wants the charges against him dismissed.
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New Transcripts Detail Last Moments for George Floyd

“They’ll kill me. They’ll kill me,” Mr. Floyd said, according to a body camera transcript in court filings by Thomas Lane, a former officer who wants the charges against him dismissed.
Tags: News, Police Brutality, Black Lives Matter Movement, Floyd, Thomas Lane, Misconduct and Shootings, Minneapolis (Minn, Chauvin, George Floyd, George (d 2020, Derek (1976-, George Floyd Protests (2020


Minneapolis PD Trained Officers to Use the Neck Restraint That Killed George Floyd: Docs

The Minneapolis Police Department, in a training manual issued to all new officers, detailed how to execute the same neck restraint that killed George Floyd, lawyers for one of the officers involved in the May 25 incident argued in a Wednesday motion. The training manual, which provided pictures of the “non-deadly” maneuver in which officers put an arm or leg on the back of a suspect’s throat if they are resisting arrest, was filed Wednesday in a motion to dismiss the charges against Thomas Lane...
Tags: News, Minneapolis, Academy, EMS, Gray, Star Tribune, Floyd, Lane, MRT, MPD, Kueng, Minneapolis Police Department, Thomas Lane, Chauvin, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin


Everyone’s an Antiracist. Now What?

Recognizing that Black people deserve dignity isn’t progress.
Tags: News, United States, Black People, Discrimination, Whites, Black Lives Matter Movement, Race and Ethnicity, Chauvin, Derek (1976-, George Floyd Protests (2020


Marvin Pollard walks both sides of the blue line, says it’s thinner than it looks

When football practice is done at Serra High in Gardena, Marvin Pollard often takes some Cavaliers home. “A guy with a big car, a lot of kids inside,” Pollard said. “I know I can get pulled over. I’m subject to being profiled.” Pollard is one of the few who can change the subject. He is an L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy and an assistant coach at Serra. He has given “the talk,” which used to mean birds-and-bees before it became such a frequent travel advisory between African-American fathers and so...
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'It makes it very difficult to fire them': police union contracts protect bad officers, critics warn

Oversight in many US police forces has been rendered ineffective by union contracts accused of thwarting disciplinary proceedings A court in 2009 convicted Washington DC police officer Michael Sugg-Edwards of sexually assaulting a teenage woman in his squad car. After conducting its own internal investigation, the department quickly fired the then 35-year-old officer.But, six years later, Sugg-Edwards was back on the force. A provision in the police union’s contract allowed him to appeal the dec...
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In Court, Derek Chauvin’s Lawyers Say Officials Have Biased the Case

The Minneapolis police chief recently described George Floyd’s death as murder. Lawyers for the four officers charged in the case say that may have biased potential jurors.
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Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible. This week the randomly selected blogs are 1 .Family LLB 2. ABlawg.ca 3. RT Blog 4. Canadian Securities Law 5. BC Injury Law Blog Family LLB What is the Cheapest Way to Get a Divorce? Let’s be clear, a “divorce” is simply the ...
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Police ‘Reform’ and the Making of a Racism Narrative

Have you seen that mountain of evidence that Derek Chauvin is a racist? Me neither.In that regard, I’m like the Wall Street Journal’s fearlessly fact-driven Jason Riley. Did some shred of racial animus motivate the since-fired Minneapolis police officer’s killing of George Floyd? For the moment, we have no proof of that -- just a racialist narrative built on the happenstance (no reason to believe it’s more than that right now) that Chauvin is white and Floyd was black.These days, alas, mere happ...
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We Know How George Floyd Died

The idea that drugs played a role is just a new version of an old racist myth.
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GOP House Candidate Insists George Floyd Killing Was Staged

A Republican House candidate in Missouri has published her own half-baked report claiming that the video of George Floyd’s death—which has sparked nationwide protests to end the racial inequities in the criminal justice system—is, in fact, a staged “false flag.” Winnie Heartstrong, a candidate running for the St. Louis congressional seat currently held by Lacy Clay (D-MO), has pushed conspiracy theories about Floyd’s death for nearly a month on Twitter. In late May, a video featuring Heartstrong...
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Police union says it's been 'scapegoated' after Floyd death

Leaders of the Minneapolis police union acknowledged Tuesday that bystander video of the police encounter with George Floyd was “horrific” but said they've been denied the chance to look at body camera video that could shed more light on what happened before Floyd ended up on the ground. Floyd, a Black man in handcuffs, died May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white officer, pressed his knee into his neck for nearly 8 minutes and held it there even after Floyd said he couldn't breathe and stopped mov...
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Minneapolis police union head says Chauvin firing is justified but rank and file officers being scapegoated

But police union leader says rank-and-file officers are being scapegoated.
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Non-white jail officers file discrimination charges over ‘segregation’ from Derek Chauvin

Eight non-white corrections officers have said they were barred from guarding former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin - the man charged with the murder of George Floyd - because of their race, according to a report.The officers at Ramsey County jail have filed discrimination charges with the state’s Department of Human Rights alleging they were barred from guarding or having any other contact with Chauvin based solely on the colour of their skin, according to a report by The Star Tribune...
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Officer Tou Thao’s ‘Silence Actually Killed’ George Floyd

The image of a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on the neck of a Black man, George Floyd, for 8 minutes and 46 seconds has been etched into the American consciousness. But for many Asian-Americans like myself, there’s another lingering image from that fatal encounter—the face of the Asian officer who stood by and did nothing as Floyd was violently choked to death.That officer is 34-year-old Tou Thao. He is Hmong American, a Southeast Asian ethnic community largely present in the Mid...
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