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George Floyd, the Minnesota man whose death in police custody sparked violent protests across the nation, tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, his autopsy report shows.

Floyd, 46, died from asphyxia when a 200 lb. cop kneeled on his neck and chest, making it difficult for him to breathe.

The medical examiner said Floyd had likely recovered from the virus by the time of his death. The report indicated Floyd tested positive for the infectious disease on April 3, making it likely that he recovered by the time he died.

But the virus may have damaged his lungs, causing shortness of breath on exertion which would have caused him to fatigue easily.

The 20-page report also shows Floyd had traces of fentanyl and methamphetamines in his system when he died.

The report lists Floyd's cause of death as a heart attack complicated by law enforcement restraint and neck compression, which conflicts with a secondary autopsy paid for by the family that shows Floyd died of "asphyxiation from sustained pressure."

Derek Chauvin, 44, was fired from the Minneapolis police force along with three other officers who were at the scene and did nothing to save Floyd. All four officers are charged with his murder.

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An Atlanta hotel clerk was shot twice by a man demanding to see rapper 21 Savage, according to Atlanta police.

The clerk was hospitalized in stable condition after being hit twice in the arm by gunfire at the downtown Hilton hotel shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday.

A 29-year-old man from Virginia was arrested in connection with the shooting, Atlanta police said.

The unidentified hotel guest checked into a room at the Hilton then returned to the lobby and demanded to see the rapper.

It's unclear why the gunman asked to see the rapper, whose real name is Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, or why he believed the 27-year-old rapper was staying at the hotel.

21 Savage, who was born in London, was arrested in Feb. 2019 by ICE officials after it was determined that he was in the country illegally.

He was released after Jay-Z and other high-profile Americans intervened on his behalf.

21 Savage is best known for dating West Coast socialite Amber Rose.

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A male-to-female trans was badly beaten by a mob of at least 30 men in a convenience store parking lot in Minnesota this week.

Minnesota is ground zero for violent protests in response to the death of an unarmed Black man at the hands of a white police officer.

Cell phone video shows the Hispanic MtF trans being punched and stomped by a mob of Black males.

The tweet's author seemed to blame Black men in general and Black "cishet" females for the mob violence.

"Black men I don't have it in me to write a long post cishet Black women I don't have it In me to reprimand you all either. DO BETTER."

After many on social media questioned what preceded the beat down, someone wrote:

"Real Story of [Iyanna] Dior She jump into another persons car. Than she drove 50mph in a parking lot with kids.She than crash into 4-5 different cars. She was also not sober she was intoxicated. She than got out the car and ran to the corner store call sam diary #BlackLivesMatter."

The bloodied and bruised Dior fled inside the convenience store where the owner provided shelter behind the counter.

But Dior began to swear at the mob which only elevated tensions again.

Twitter users expressed outrage at the savage beating, as many asked for contact details to help Dior.

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Conservative Twitter activist Mark Dice tweeted, "So, Black Lives Matter, unless it's a black transgender person who happened to dent another black person's car in Minneapolis?"

Several concerned citizens reached out to Dior on Facebook. Dior soon posted a request for donations to "help me pay for the vehicles I destroyed..."

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A plethora of videos went viral over the weekend as riots, fires and looting broke out in major cities across America. But one viral video, in particular, got the looters' attention in Santa Monica, Calif.

On Sunday, protesters broke into stores, stealing clothing, luxury handbags, and electronics in Santa Monica.

As the looters ran out of stores with their arms full of shopping bags, one woman yelled, "Your looting is going to get Trump reelected!"

The video, which was posted to Twitter by Buzzfeed News reporter Brianna Sacks, shows a woman standing on a corner yelling at looters as they stole from local businesses.

"This is going to get Trump reelected!," she screamed. "Please stop. Think first. Do not get Trump reelected for your behavior. Please, Santa Monica. We don't want Trump reelected!"

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A Las Vegas couple has been charged with defrauding Medicaid out of $13 million and laundering the money by purchasing expensive jewelry, cars, designer handbags and other luxury goods.

Timothy and Latisha Harron were charged with seven counts of defrauding the North Carolina Medicaid system, according to Insider.com.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the couple committed "massive fraud" by laundering $13 million through their purchase of expensive luxury goods, gym equipment, luxury watches, high-end vehicles and a private jet worth $900,000.


 

The Harrons flossed their affluent lifestyle on social media where they shared photos of Tiffany Jewelry boxes, designer clothes and handbags, and vacations to exotic locales, including Bora Bora and Cancun.

A federal grand jury indicted the couple on May 19, according to the DOJ. The Harrons, who married in 2018, were arrested Wednesday and charged with seven counts of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, aggravated identify theft, conspiracy to commit money laundering and making false statements related to health care matters.

The Harrons allegedly stole the money by submitting fraudulent bills to Medicaid through Agape Healthcare Systems, Inc. -- a company founded by Latisha, 44, in North Carolina in 2010.

She committed fraud by registering the company with Medicaid in NC without disclosing she had previously been convicted of identity theft.

The couple allegedly searched through obituaries to find people who had recently died in North Carolina. Using information from the obituaries, they would turn to the NC Medicaid eligibility tool to find whether the person had a Medicaid Identification Number.

Using that number, they back billed Medicaid for "fictitious services" they claimed to have provided to the person before death.

The couple flaunted their extravagant lifestyle on Instagram, showing off expensive jewelry, and posing for pictures at 5-star restaurants, luxury suites at sporting events, and on lavish vacations. Mr. Harron tagged the photos "#millionaire, #billionaire, #entrepreneur" and "millionaire lifestyle."


 

In one caption for a photo gallery showing off Tiffany boxes and high end shoes and bags, Harron wrote, "Sometimes it's a @tiffanyandco , @brioni_official & @louisvuitton kind of day! All delivered and didn't have to leave the #penthouse. Mrs. Harron, nothing but the best!"

When the couple was arrested, the feds seized an Aston Martin sports car and the couple's expensive wine collection.
 

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A Black police officer was suspended after viral video shows him knocking out a mixed-race woman who assaulted a police sergeant during a George Floyd protest in Baltimore on Friday night.

Cellphone video shows the barefoot woman arguing with a white male police sergeant who grabbed her arm when she turned to walk away.

The woman responded angrily by punching him twice in the head. The Black cop, who was behind the woman, landed a solid right to the woman's face, knocking her to the pavement.

The video went viral, sparking more outrage on social media early Saturday.

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young said in a statement that the officer had been "removed from police duties" and the incident is under investigation, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Mayor Young called the footage "deeply disturbing."

Young said the officer who was struck by the woman "showed remarkable restraint by not retaliating as he was being assaulted."

Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Mancuso said, "it is reprehensible that you would use political pressure after a situation where one officer was protecting his colleague from further attack. Escalation occurred only after the female attacker continued the assault."

The woman was not charged with assault.

Violent protests and fires erupted in cities across the U.S. for the 4th straight night in response to the murder of an unarmed Black man in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Monday, May 25.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, was arrested and charged with the murder of George Floyd, 46, on Friday.

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin shows anger and a lack of remorse in his mugshot released hours after he was arrested and charged in George Floyd's death.

Floyd, 46, died Monday after Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes following his an arrest for passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store.

Viral video showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck as he begged for air and bystanders pleaded with him to stop.

Chauvin, 44, was charged Friday with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter on day 4 of rioting and looting in south Minneapolis.

The charges carry a sentence of no more than 25 years or a fine of no more than $40,000, or both.

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Despite Chauvin's arrest, violent protests spread to cities in California, New York, Maryland, and Georgia.

Rioters destroyed CNN's headquarters in downtown Atlanta, breaking glass, throwing bottles and setting a police car on fire outside the building.

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Police in riot gear clashed with rioters inside the CNN building as protesters destroyed the interior.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms angrily addressed the rioters at a press conference Friday night.

"You have defaced the CNN building. Ted Turner started CNN in Atlanta, 40 years ago because he believed in who we are as a city," she said. "If you care about this city, then go home!"

Protesters said the riots will continue until three other officers who were at the scene of Floyd's murder are arrested.

Rapper and entrepreneur Killer Mike rebuked CNN for inciting riots with their news coverage.

"I love CNN — but karma's a mother... Stop feeding fear & anger everyday," he said.

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A Minnesota medical examiner has determined that George Floyd died from the combined effects of Coronary Artery Disease, hypertensive heart disease, and a knee pressed against his neck and back.

The medical examiner found no evidence that Floyd died from traumatic asphyxia or strangulation, the complaint said, according to NBC News.

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Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck for exactly 8 minutes and 45 seconds, was fired from the police force on Tuesday along with officers Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J Alexander Kueng.

The four officers responded to a 911 call of a "forgery in process" at Cup Foods on Monday, May 25.

According to the state charging documents, the officers found Floyd, 46, sitting in his car outside the store. He was removed from the car and arrested for passing a counterfeit $20 bill in the store.

The document states Floyd refused to get into a patrol unit and complained that he was claustrophobic and he could not breathe.

"While standing outside the car, Mr. Floyd began saying and repeating that he could not breathe," the document said.

When Floyd was placed facedown on the pavement, Chauvin placed his left knee "in the area of Mr. Floyd's head and neck," according to prosecutors.

"Mr. Floyd said, 'I can't breathe' multiple times and repeatedly said, 'Mama' and 'please,' as well."

One of Chauvin's fellow officers suggested rolling Floyd over on his side, but Chauvin said, "No, staying put where we got him."

When Floyd eventually fell silent and stopped moving, "officer Kueng checked Floyd's wrist for a pulse and said, 'I couldn't find one.' None of the officers moved from their positions," the complaint said.

After three days of unrest, looting and vandalism in south Minneapolis, Chauvin, 44, was arrested Friday and charged with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death. There were no other arrests.

The coroner's report will likely form the basis of Chauvin's defense during his trial.

His legal team will attempt to convince a jury that Floyd would have died in police custody even if Chuavin had not kneeled on his carotid artery for 8 minutes and 45 seconds.

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The former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for nearly 9 minutes has been arrested, according to multiple reports.

Authorities confirm Derek Chauvin is in police custody. The arrest comes after south Minneapolis was rocked by violent protests, rioting, and looting for 3 days.

"Why did it take so long? How is it not clearly criminal conduct from the video that we all watched, said Guy Benson, host of Guy Benson Radio Show, in an appearance on Fox News.

Social media celebrated the news that Chauvin was finally in police custody on Friday.

"Derek Chauvin has been taken into custody!! Thank you Jesus!!! Justice is being served!!! #JusticeForGeorge," one user tweeted.

In an open letter shared on Twitter Friday morning, the former president spoke of the frustrations expressed in conversations he had about Floyd's death.

He noted that incidents of police brutality cannot be allowed to be regarded as a normal part of daily life.

"This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America. It can't be 'normal.' If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must do better."

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Four Minneapolis police officers were fired after video showed one cop with his knee on the neck of a handcuffed Black man who later died.

George Floyd, who was face down on the ground, repeatedly groaned and complained that he couldn't breathe. His nose was bleeding and his arms were handcuffed behind his back.

"My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts... Water or something. Please. Please. I can't breathe, officer... I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe."

Eventually, he stopped moving and appeared to fall unconscious.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced Tuesday that four officers involved in Floyd's death are now "former employees" of the police force.

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Their names were not released, but two of the cops seen in a viral video were identified on social media as officers Derek Chauvin (left) and Tou Thao.

The video, which was recorded on May 25, was uploaded to Facebook by a user named Darnella Frazier. She is heard asking the officer why his knee is on the man's neck when he's not resisting arrest.

"That's bulls—t, Bro," said a male bystander. "You're stopping his breathing right there, Bro. Get him off the ground, Bro. You're being a bum right now."

The FBI and state law enforcement authorities announced on Tuesday they have launched an investigation into Floyd's death.

Floyd’s death has drawn comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, the New York man who died in 2014 after he was placed in a chokehold by a police officer.

The cop was fired from the NYPD in 2019.
 

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An argument between two men at a Kroger gas station in Kentucky ended when one man was shot multiple times over the Memorial Day weekend.

Dayshawn Tolbert, 37, of Louisville, was fatally shot while arguing with another man at the Kroger gas station at South 28th Street and West Broadway, around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The shooting was captured on cellphone video by multiple witnesses who uploaded the videos to social media.

One video shows two men arguing at a gas pump. Three shots ring out after the victim threatened to take the shooter's gun.

"I will sleep you and take your gun," Tolbert said while walking towards the gunman.

Louisville Metro Police Department officers and medics responded to the scene and performed CPR on the dying man.

Tolbert was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the chest at University of Louisville Hospital, according to the Jefferson County Coroner’s office.

Kroger released a statement about the fatal shooting on Sunday.

"We are saddened by the shooting incident that occurred around 3:30 p.m. today at our West Broadway store, and our team is thankful for the quick response of the LMPD," the company said. "We are cooperating with law enforcement and assisting with their investigation."

The company said the West Broadway Kroger has been closed and "will reopen after the investigation concludes."

LMPD's homicide unit is investigating the shooting. There are no suspects.
Despite stay-at-home orders in some states, the U.S. saw its deadliest Memorial Day weekend in years.

10 people were killed and 24 wounded in shootings in Chicago. And at least 19 were shot and 4 dead in Missouri over the Memorial Day weekend.

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A Macon youth pastor told police he was kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint by two Black men in a hotel room.

Christopher Keys called 911 to report an armed robbery at the Regency Inn motel on Eisenhower Parkway on May 19.

Keys, who is also a teacher, initially said he heard a knock at the door. When he opened it, two armed Black males wearing face masks robbed him of his wallet, $70 in cash and a cellphone at gunpoint.

After some questioning, Keys finally admitted he stretched the truth a little bit. He said he routinely solicited sex from male prostitutes on Craigslist.com.

An employee said Keys was a regular at the hotel. According to the police report, Keys said he "liked to play around" with men, but he was married to a woman.

He pleaded with police not to tell his family about his extracurricular activities.

Keys's cellphone was found in a nearby Walmart parking lot and returned to him.

Sheriff's deputies charged Keys with solicitation of sodomy. The investigation into the armed robbery continues.

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A Miami woman who claimed her 9-year-old autistic son was kidnapped by two Black men has been arrested and charged with the boy's murder.

Patricia Ripley, 47, was booked into jail on a charge of first-degree murder at 3 a.m. Saturday, according to the Miami Herald.

An Amber Alert was issued for Alejandro Ripley a day before his body was found in a Miami canal, the Miami Herald reports.

Patricia confessed to police that she told the non-verbal boy "he's going to a better place."

She claimed her car was run off the road near Home Depot by two Black men who demanded drugs and abducted her son.

Hours later, Alejandro's body was found in a canal at the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club, about 4 miles from where Patricia Ripley said her son was snatched.

Surveillance video shows a woman leading a boy by the hand and pushing him into the water. Separate surveillance video shows Patricia sitting in her car at nearby Home Depot for 20 minutes before she called 911 to report her son's false abduction.

The mother of two is being held in jail without bond.

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The 20-year-old man who filmed himself punching an elderly Army veteran in a Detroit nursing home was moved to the nursing home after he was diagnosed with Covid-19, his father says.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Ok'd the transfer of Covid-19 patients to nursing homes where the most vulnerable elderly population is housed.

"He never should have been housed -- quarantine with the victim that he eventually assaulted. That should have never happened," said the suspect's father who asked not to be identified. He said his son has a history of mental health issues.

Police were unaware of the assault until after the video went viral on social media. The suspect was identified by social media users, but his name has not been released by police.

The suspect is also under investigation for beating a staffer at a group home where he was sent after being diagnosed with Covid-19 at the University of Michigan Hospital.

The attack, which was filmed by the suspect, happened on May 15 at the Westwood Nursing Home in northwest Detroit, police confirmed.

The suspect was arrested Thursday and is being held without bond on assault and battery charges.

The 75-year-old patient is being treated for his injuries at a local hospital. The man's family said they had no idea their father was taken from his apartment and placed in a nursing home in northwest Detroit. They said they tried calling him at his apartment but he didn't answer.

The viral video caught the attention of President Donald Trump, who tweeted late Thursday: "Is this even possible to believe? Can this be for real? Where is this nursing home, how is the victim doing?"

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was heavily criticized for sending Covid-19 patients to nursing homes in that state. Thousands of nursing home patients died from the coronavirus in NY before Cuomo reversed his decision.

80% of all Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. are nursing home patients and people over age 65.

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Omaha police have arrested a public school employee after he confessed to killing a convicted pedophile in an anonymous email to the news media.

Police arrested James Fairbanks, 43, and charged him with criminal homicide in the death of Mattieo Conduluci (right), whose body was found near 43rd and Pinkney late Saturday night,

The email sent by "Stop Predators," said "I killed Mattieo Conduluci Thursday May 14th."

According to KETV, the anonymous sender said he was looking for an apartment in the area when he discovered Condoluci's name was on the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry. He described Condoluci standing in his driveway pretending to wash his truck while staring at a group of children playing in the street.

Conduluci was previously convicted of raping a child and served less than 3 years in prison. He was released for good behavior.

"Having had my own experience with these type of predators I knw [sic] the damage he would do to those kids," Fairbanks wrote in the email. "I've worked with kids for years who have been victimized and I couldnt [sic] in good conscience allow him to do it to anyone else while I had the means to stop him."

He added: "I know in this messed up judicial system that means I will face far more severe punishment for stopping him then he did for raping KIDS."

There have been calls from the public to raise money for legal defense for Fairbanks, who worked as a school corrections officer.

His wife, Kelly Tamayo, said Fairbanks probably killed Conduluci because he, "like all parents, was disgusted with that man's actions and wished justice."

She described her husband as "a protector who cared for some of the most vulnerable and victimized children."

She said "Developmental Services of Nebraska had to create a special award for him because he never had to restrain kids and was always able to verbally de-escalate them. Many of them were victims of sexual abuse."

Omaha Public Schools confirmed Fairbanks worked at Morton Middle School from 2016 to 2018 and most recently worked for the middle school alternative program.