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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

‘Rocky’ Documentary Narrated By Sylvester Stallone To Debut This Month

A “Rocky” documentary titled 40 Years Of Rocky: The Birth Of A Classic, will debut this month.  Narrated by Sylvester Stallone, the behind-the scenes film will delve into Stallone’s experiences working on the original “Rocky.” The documentary is written and produced by Derek Wayne Johnson, and in a statement he said the film will “give audiences an intimate, and at times, emotional experience.” ...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