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Independent Autopsy Rules George Floyd’s Death Was Homicide By Asphyxiation

An independent autopsy conducted regarding the killing of George Floyd found his death was a homicide and that he died of “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.” The autopsy said compression to Floyd’s neck and back as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck and other officers knelt on his back led to a lack of blood flow to his brain and that he was “dead on the scene.”  A statement by the family’s lead attorney Ben Crump said, “The independent examiners found that weight on the back, handcuffs and positioning were contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Mr. Floyd’s diaphragm to function.”  Dr. Michael Baden, one of the pathologists who performed the independent autopsy said Floyd had no underlying medical problems that contributed to his death. “Police have this false impression that if you can talk, you can breathe. That’s not true,” said Baden. ...Read more

New York City Issues Curfew Amid Protests Following George Floyd Death

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a curfew for New York City on Monday night, following four days of protests in response to the killing of George Floyd.  The curfew began at 11 pm Monday, and will continue until 5 am Tuesday morning, Cuomo announced. Cuomo did not indicate if the curfew will extend beyond Monday.  The governor also announced that the NYPD will increase its police presence on Monday night, with the number of officers jumping from 4,000 to 8,000.  ...Read more

Major Retailers Target, Apple And Walmart To Temporarily Close Stores Amid Protest Dangers

U.S. retailers are closing some of their stores across the country because of disruptions caused by the widespread street protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On Sunday, Target, CVS, Apple and Walmart all said that they had temporarily closed or limited hours at some locations for safety reasons. In some places, their stores have been burned, broken into or looted as protests turned violent. ...Read more

President Trump Says He Will Designate Antifa A Terrorist Organization

President Donald Trump said on Sunday the U.S. government will designate anti-fascist group Antifa as a terrorist organization. President Trump made the announcement on Twitter, comes amid violent nationwide protests about police brutality following the death of a George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis seen on video gasping for breath as a white police officer knelt on his neck. ...Read more

Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Propose July Re-Opening Dates

Walt Disney World has announced a phased re-open approach for its parks.  WDW’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Park are proposing July 11, 2020 as an opening date, and Epcot and Hollywood Studios are targeting July 15, 2020. Once it is approved by Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and the committee, it needs final approval from Gov. Ron DeSantis. ...Read more

Storms Postpone Historic SpaceX Launch Moments Before Liftoff

NASA and SpaceX postponed the return to human spaceflight from the U.S. on Wednesday because of storm clouds at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  Astronauts Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley had been scheduled for launch to the International Space Station at 4:33 p.m. EDT in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Lightening and heavy rains due to a system that moved north and became Tropical Storm Bertha near Georgia on Wednesday morning was of concern. ...Read more

Minneapolis Police Department Fires Four Officer After Death Of Black Man Pinned Down During Arrest

Four officers from the Minneapolis Police Department have been fired following the death of a man who was pinned down during an arrest. Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced Tuesday that four officers were fired following a viral video that showed George Floyd, a black man, becoming unresponsive as an officer pinned him to the ground by holding a knee against his neck. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey commended Arradondo’s decision to fire the officers: “It is the right decision for our city,” Frey said. “We’ve stated our values, and ultimately, we need to live by them.” ...Read more