Showing posts with label George Floyd. Show all posts
Showing posts with label George Floyd. Show all posts

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Former Minneapolis police officer gets 36 month sentence over role in George Floyd’s death

A Minnesota judge on Wednesday sentenced former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane to three years in state prison after he was found guilty earlier this year of violating George Floyd’s civil rights.

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill sentenced Lane after he reached a plea agreement with state prosecutors for a 36-month sentence.

Lane, 39, is already serving a 2 ½ year federal sentence for violating Floyd’s rights when he pinned the 46-year-old Black man down by holding his legs while the officer in charge, Derek Chauvin, kneeled on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes in May 2020.

Lane pleaded guilty in May to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.


Monday, June 13, 2022

Civil: Ben Crump documentary to be released on Juneteenth

CIVIL is an intimate look at the life of maverick civil rights attorney Ben Crump and his mission to raise the value of Black life in America. Through the lens of award-winning filmmaker Nadia Hallgren (Becoming), CIVIL follows a year in the life as Crump takes on the civil cases for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Black farmers and banking while Black victims.

The film was produced by Kenya Barris, Roger Ross Williams, Lauren Cioffi and Nadia Hallgren

Civil: Ben Crump will be released on Netflix June 19, 2022


Sunday, May 22, 2022

New biography: His Name Is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice

His Name Is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice is a new book by authors Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa.

The book is a landmark biography by two prizewinning Washington Post reporters that reveals how systemic racism shaped George Floyd's life and legacy—from his family’s roots in the tobacco fields of North Carolina, to ongoing inequality in housing, education, health care, criminal justice, and policing—telling the story of how one man’s tragic experience brought about a global movement for change.

His Name Is George Floyd tells the story of a beloved figure from Houston's housing projects as he faced the stifling systemic pressures that come with being a Black man in America. Placing his narrative within the context of the country's enduring legacy of institutional racism, this deeply reported account examines Floyd's family roots in slavery and sharecropping, the segregation of his schools, the overpolicing of his community amid a wave of mass incarceration, and the callous disregard toward his struggle with addiction—putting today's inequality into uniquely human terms. Drawing upon hundreds of interviews with Floyd's closest friends and family, his elementary school teachers and varsity coaches, civil rights icons, and those in the highest seats of political power, Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa offer a poignant and moving exploration of George Floyd’s America, revealing how a man who simply wanted to breathe ended up touching the world.


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Former Minneapolis officer Thomas Lane pleads guilty to manslaughter in death of George Floyd

A former Minneapolis police officer has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Wednesday. Thomas Lane will receive a three-year sentence, which will be served in a federal institution, according to his attorney.

Ellison released the following statement:

Today my thoughts are once again with the victims, George Floyd and his family. Nothing will bring Floyd back. He should still be with us today.

I am pleased Thomas Lane has accepted responsibility for his role in Floyd’s death. His acknowledgment he did something wrong is an important step toward healing the wounds of the Floyd family, our community, and the nation. While accountability is not justice, this is a significant moment in this case and a necessary resolution on our continued journey to justice.

Sunday, October 03, 2021

Saturday, June 26, 2021

NAACP President CEO & President statement on Derek Chauvin sentencing

NAACP President CEO & President released the following statement on the Derek Chauvin sentencing:

Our hearts are with the Floyd family today. While George Floyd’s murderer was held accountable in court, we know that no amount of jail time is going to bring Gianna Floyd’s father back.

Legislation is urgently needed to ensure that what happened to George Floyd over a year ago will not happen again a year from now, and devastate another family. We need a federal standard in policing to protect the lives of those often targeted.

Rev. Al Sharpton Reacts To Derek Chauvin Sentence

Reverend Al Sharpton reacted to Derek Chauvin’s sentence of 22 and a half years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, saying the judge’s order sends “an incomplete message” of accountability.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Rep. Karen Bass: Maximum sentence needed for Derek Chauvin

During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Bass told host George Stephanopoulos, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) said that the "maximum" sentence is "absolutely needed" after a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of two counts of murder and one count of manslaugher in George Floyd's death.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Minneapolis reaches $27 million settlement with George Floyd’s family

The city of Minneapolis has settled a civil suit with the family of George Floyd for a record $27 million.

The city council voted 13-0 to approve the settlement which also includes $500,000 for the south Minneapolis neighborhood that includes the 38th and Chicago intersection that has been blocked by barricades since his death, with a massive metal sculpture and murals in his honor.

The Minneapolis City Council emerged from closed session to announce the settlement.

“I hope that today will center the voices of the family and anything that they would like to share,” Council President Lisa Bender said. “But I do want to, on behalf of the entire City Council, offer my deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd, his friends and all of our community who are mourning his loss.”

Floyd family attorney Ben Crump called a news conference for 1 p.m. that include family members.

Crump, in a prepared statement, said it was the largest pretrial civil rights settlement ever, and “sends a powerful message that Black lives do matter and police brutality against people of color must end.”

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Judge reinstates third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill said Thursday that he will reinstate a third-degree murder charge against the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd.

Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd's neck for about nine minutes May 25, is already charged with second-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years, as well as second-degree manslaughter. The third-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years.

Cahill dismissed the charge last fall because he believed that the circumstances of Chauvin's case did not fit, but an appellate ruling in an unrelated case provided new grounds for it days before the trial started and ordered him to reconsider.

An appeals court ruled Friday said Cahill erred when he rejected a prosecution motion to reinstate the third-degree murder charge against Chauvin in October. A three-judge panel said Cahill should have followed the precedent set by the appeals court last month when it affirmed the third-degree murder conviction of former officer Mohamed Noor in the 2017 shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, an Australian woman had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault happening.

In a statement Wednesday, Minnesota Attorney General, Keith Ellison, whose office is prosecuting Chauvin, said: "We believe the charge of 3rd-degree murder is fair and appropriate. We look forward to putting it before the jury, along with charges of 2nd-degree unintentional murder and 2nd-degree manslaughter."


Monday, October 19, 2020

African American Reports Interview with Jerri Haslem, the founder of the 8:46 Breathe Series Race

Hi, this is George Cook of African American Reports. Please check out my interview with Jerri Haslem, the founder of the 8:46 Breathe Series Race to honor George Floyd. Learn more and register for the event here: 846BreatheSeries

Saturday, October 17, 2020

846 Breathe Series Race to honor George Floyd

The world witnessed a man’s Life end in 8:46 | Eight minutes and Forty-Six seconds. That man was George Floyd. This event is virtual and the entire world is invited to register. The location is where you make it, the distance is 8.46 miles or the time is 8:46 (eight minutes and forty-six seconds). Your choice for completing the distance is to run, walk, hike, skate, rollerblade, you can swim 8.46 laps the choice is yours. Your choice may be to address this event from a time perspective. What will you do in eight minutes and forty-six seconds to make difference in your life or in the lives of others?

Registered participants will be mailed, a tee shirt, a medal, and 8.46 breathe magnet. The date is October 25, 2020 it is your day to show from your location why you breathe. We hope to see you on social media; as on that day we will be live on multiple platforms, in a variety of times zones at 8:46AM. Participants that are registered by midnight October 15, 2020 will receive their race packets prior to the event date. Participants that register after this time packets will be mailed the first week of November.

Together we can make a difference and change the world. The 846 Breathe is not about every step that you make, it’s about every breath you take.

The race benefits the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, museum and educational research center. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute brings the legacy of the struggle for civil and human rights into modern-day focus.

To find out more about the race or to register for the race click here: 846 RACE SERIES

Friday, June 26, 2020


The NAACP applauded the bi-partisan passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of H.R. 7120, the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.” The legislation represents unprecedented action and a significant first step to prevent and address violence against the Black community by law enforcement all over the country.

While there is more to be done, the legislation seeks to hold law enforcement officials accountable for their actions. It bans chokeholds and “no-knock warrants,” requires body-worn cameras, removes iron-clad protections for police officers such as “qualified immunity,” provides stronger investigative authority for federal and state officials, ends racial and religious profiling, limits military equipment on American streets, and classifies lynching as a hate crime.

Derrick Johnson, President & CEO, of the NAACP, stated: “This legislation represents the only way forward. If we’ve learned anything from these past weeks, it’s that the American people are demanding systemic change. We need bold, transformative action to rethink policing and reimagine public safety in our communities.

For far too long, police across the country have operated with impunity and no regard for the people they are sworn to protect and serve. We have witnessed the tragic consequences in the brutal killings of George Floyd to Breonna Taylor to Elijah McClain, and countless others who have lost their lives to state-sponsored violence.

We now call upon the Senate to put partisanship aside and do the right thing by passing this seminal legislation. The Black community and, indeed, our entire nation cannot afford to risk one more life and wait for one more day. Congress must seize this extraordinary moment in time to push for the elimination of racism in policing and in the criminal justice system writ large, and to rid our society of the structural inequality that has tormented and held back our nation for far too long.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

#SAYHERNAME: 18 Black women who have died at the hands of police since Eric Garner's death

We all know the names of Eric Garner, George Floyd, and the far too many other Black men that have died at the hands of police in between their deaths. But other than Breonna Taylor and perhaps Attatiana Jefferson how many of us know the names of 16 other Black women who have died in between the deaths of Garner and Floyd?

The African American Policy Forum has started a #SayHerName Campaign to change that and to help us all understand that Black women are under the same threat from police as Black Men in the United States

Below is a list of 18 Black women who have died at the hands of police since Eric Garner's death. The list does NOT contain the list of every Black woman to have been killed by police since 2014. Click each name to find out about her story:


Pearlie Golden

Michelle Cusseaux

Tanisha Anderson

Natasha McKenna

Mya Hall

Alexia Christian


Joyce Curnell

Ralkina Jones

India Kager

Kisha Michael


Korryn Gaines

Deborah Danner

Michelle Shirley

Charleena Lewis


Decynthia Clements

Pamela Turner


Atatiana Jefferson

Breonna Taylor

Learn more about the AAFP's #SayHerName campaign by clicking here:

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Texas Southern University Announces Scholarship Fund for George Floyd’s Daughter

The Board of Regents of Texas Southern University (TSU) honors the memory of George Floyd on the day that he is laid to eternal rest. Mr. Floyd was a lifelong citizen of the Third Ward and a revered graduate of Jack Yates High School.

The Board, in conjunction with the TSU Foundation Board, has approved a fund to provide a full scholarship for Floyd’s beloved daughter, Gianna. TSU’s executive and academic staff will prepare a place for Miss Floyd if she wishes to attend the University.

“This Board is committed to education and understands that a college degree is one of many powerful steps toward a productive and successful life,” said Albert H. Myres, chair of the Board of Regents. “We know that this gesture cannot take the place of her dad’s loving presence, but we hope that it will contribute to easing her journey through life.”

“The TSU Foundation is proud to provide this privately-funded scholarship to Ms. Floyd,” said Gerald Smith, chairman of the TSU Foundation. “We know the value of an education in the pursuit of solutions and generational progress. We look forward to embracing her into the TSU family.”

Myres said that George Floyd’s powerful legacy will be strengthened by the offer of an educational pathway for his daughter.

Sunday, June 07, 2020

GoFundMe Suspends Candace Owens After She Trashes George Floyd

GoFundMe suspended pro-Trump personality Candace Owens from its fundraising platform on Sunday, after Owens raised more than $200,000 on the site for an Alabama cafe whose owner called George Floyd a “thug.”

Owens has become one of the right’s most prominent critics of Floyd and the protests held after his killing, with one video she made highlighting his criminal record going viral on Facebook. Those same remarks appear to have prompted GoFundMe to ban Owens. She later repeated the same attacks on Floyd during a chat with right-wing star Glenn Beck, and that video was then boosted by President Donald Trump.

In a statement, GoFundMe said that Owens, who is black, had spread “falsehoods against the black community.”

“GoFundMe has suspended the account associated with Candace Owens and the GoFundMe campaign has been removed because of a repeated pattern of inflammatory statements that spread hate, discrimination, intolerance and falsehoods against the black community at a time of profound national crisis,” the fundraising platform said in a statement. “These actions violate our terms of service.”

Owens had been raising money for the Parkside Cafe in Birmingham, Alabama, which has been embroiled in social-media controversy after co-owner Michael Dykes called Floyd a “thug” and described protesters as “idiots” in a text message that was later posted online. In his text message, Dykes also discussed raising prices and charging a “protest tax.”

Owens reacted to her GoFundMe suspension on Twitter, saying it was proof that conservatives live in a “a world that tells us that our very existence is unacceptable.”


Saturday, June 06, 2020

George Floyd's brother to testify in front of House Judiciary Committee

Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25, will testify before the House Judiciary Committee next Wednesday, June 10, sources confirmed to The Hill.

It's not yet clear if Philonise Floyd will testify in-person or virtually now that the House has amended its procedures to allow virtual hearings in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The hearing comes as House Democrats plan to unveil policing reform legislation this week that would repeal the so-called "qualified immunity" doctrine on Monday.


Friday, June 05, 2020

Congressional Black Caucus to propose policing reforms

The Congressional Black Caucus is at work on a package of policing reforms the House could advance later this month in response to the death of George Floyd, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., the chair of the caucus, told ABC News.

A federal chokehold ban, a review of police training standards and a reform of the legal doctrine that shields police officers from legal liability are some of the proposals circulating among the group, which House Democratic leaders have tasked with leading the chamber's response to Floyd's death and the ongoing protests.

"We are going to do everything we can, while the nation has a height of awareness on the issue, to pass transformative legislation," said Bass. "We want to make sure that, in this time period, we are very visible so that African Americans around the country understand that this is our experience as well."


Thursday, June 04, 2020

Cory Booker delivers emotional speech about racism in the Senate

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker delivered a passionate speech in the Senate about systemic racism in the US and the ongoing George Floyd protests.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Barack Obama's message of hope to those protesting George Floyd's death

In a hopeful speech former President, Barack Obama personally thanked protesters in the streets across the nation following the death of George Floyd, and urged young African Americans to "feel hopeful even as you may feel angry" because he feels change is coming.