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The wife of Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis police officer who is charged with killing George Floyd, has filed for divorce.

Derek Cauvin, 44, was arrested Friday and charged with 3rd-degree murder and 2nd-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd, 46.

Floyd's slow, tortuous death, which was captured in a viral video, sparked violent protests around the country.

Kellie Chauvin said in a statement through her attorney on Friday that she sends her condolences to the Floyd family. She said she is "devastated" and is divorcing her husband of 10 years.

Kellie, who has 2 children from her first marriage, said Chauvin was the man of her dreams.

She met Chauvin at the hospital in Hennepin County where she works as a radiologist, according to Pioneer Press.

He brought a suspect in for a health check before an arrest. After taking the suspect to jail, he returned and asked her out.

"Under all that uniform, he's just a softie," Kellie told Pioneer Press in 2018. "He’s such a gentleman. He still opens the door for me, still puts my coat on for me. After my divorce, I had a list of must-haves if I were ever to be in a relationship, and he fit all of them."

Kellie has no children from her marriage to Chauvin, but she asked the public and news media to respect the privacy of her children and grandparents.

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President Trump trolled rapper Tip "T.I." Harris by using his hit song "Whatever You Like" in a Joe Biden diss video.

T.I. issued a stern response to Trump using his single "Whatever You Like" in a smear ad against former Vice President Joe Biden.

"It goes without saying, that T.I. would not in any way ever support the divisive policies and destructive propaganda of Trump. The people of our country deserve far better than this," he said in a statement per the Miami Herald.

"Be clear, he does not authorize it or consent to the use of his song to falsely suggest any endorsement of President Trump or to attack Joe Biden. It is sad, but expected, that this President would stoop so low to use his property without authority to manipulate the community. T.I.'s legal team and media partners are already moving expeditiously to block this unauthorized use and set the record straight in no uncertain terms."

Trump was able to use the track without permission because the song is distorted, which changes the original track to something new. Kanye West used the same studio technique to sample copyrighted songs on his tracks.

The 39-year-old rapper has been a vocal critic of President Trump even before the 73-year-old was elected in 2016. Trump is very much aware that T.I. has no love for him.

Which explains why Trump trolled the rapper by using his own words to smear Biden.

In an open letter to Trump in 2017, T.I. wrote:

"Should it ever at times seem as though WE are against YOU, I assure you it's a result of YOU defining yourself as the representative for those who are and who always have been against US."

 

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Former President Barack Obama spoke out about the death of George Floyd, the Black Minneapolis man who died after a white officer knelt on his neck during an arrest on Monday.

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."

Obama, who is biracial, said the country must commit to improved racial relations.

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A Black biological female killed by a white Tallahassee police officer has been identified on social media as a female-to-male transgender.

Police say Natosha "Tony" McDade stabbed a man to death and was fatally shot after pointing a gun at cops around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

An eyewitness told reporters McDade stabbed a man then fled the scene on foot.

Police Chief Lawrence Revell said "anger is justified" after several Black people were killed by white officers in the state.

McDade's death is the third officer-involved shooting in Tallahassee in two months.

Revell said the status of the officer's body camera is unknown. But if it exists it will be made available only after a fringe jury hearing.

McDade was initially identified as a woman on social media.

"A black girl was just killed in Tallahassee by cops. She was walking alone and minding her business. Shot five times," one user tweeted. "Non-male so I know you mother***kers don't care. Just talking to myself..."

But angry transgender activists took to social media to correct the victim's gender and to criticize police and the news media for "misgendering" McDade.

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George Floyd and the ex-Minneapolis police officer who killed him may have known each other, according to a report by KSTP.com.

The former owner of a south Minneapolis nightclub says ex-cop George Floyd and Derek Chauvin worked overlapping shifts as security at her club until the end of last year.

"Chauvin was our off-duty police for almost the entirety of the 17 years that we were open," said Maya Santamaria, former owner of El Nuevo Rodeo club on Lake Street.

She wasn't sure if the two men knew each other. "They were working together at the same time, it's just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside."

Santamaria said she sold the club a few months ago. Santamaria was among millions worldwide who viewed the horrific video that showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck until he died.

"I didn't recognize George as one of our security guys because he looked really different lying there like that," she said.

She also didn't recognize Chauvin at first. "My friend sent me (the video) and said this is your guy who used to work for you and I said, 'It's not him.' And then they did the closeup and that's when I said, 'Oh my God, that's him,'"

Chauvin, 44, is one of four officers fired from the police force a day after Floyd's death. Chauvin responded to a 911 call of a "forgery in process" on Monday - along with ex-cops Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J Alexander Kueng.

Violent protests continued for the 3rd night in south Minneapolis.

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Minnesota state police arrested a CNN reporter and his cameraman as they covered the continuing protests over the death of George Floyd in south Minneapolis.

The police cited CNN contributor Omar Jimenez with a misdemeanor for refusing to stop his coverage of the civil unrest on Thursday.

Police allowed Jimenez and his cameraman to finish his report before placing the camera on the ground and arresting the journalists.

Fellow journalists and CNN colleagues vented their outrage on Twitter, saying the arrests violated the reporter's freedom of speech rights.

"Arresting journalists is regime behavior. Please know that, Minnesota. #GeorgeFloyd," tweeted MSBNC corespondent Joy Reid.

Jimenez, a graduate of attended Northwestern University, is a Hispanic who grew up in Kennesaw, Georgia. He received his journalism degree in 2015.

Update: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz apologized the arrests of the reporters.

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President Donald Trump sparked an uproar with late-night tweets about the continuing protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Minneapolis burned for the 3rd straight night as hundreds of people protested the murder of the 46-year-old Black man by a white police officer.

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Demonstrators and "outside agitators" looted stores and set cars and buildings on fire. A pawn shop down the street from the Minneapolis police 3rd precinct burned to the ground. The abandoned police precinct was also set on fire, as hundreds of demonstrators cheered.

The Minneapolis Fire Department responded to more than 15 different structure fires resulting from the protests on Thursday night and early Friday.

The mayor called in the National Guard on Wednesday, but President Trump wasn't satisfied with the city's response to the looting and mayhem.

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Trump threatened to send in more National Guard units and "get the job done right."

"I can't stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis," he tweeted just before 1 a.m. Friday.

"A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right....."

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Trump angered Twitter users by referring to the mostly white looters and vandals as "THUGS." He tweeted, "When the looting starts, the shooting starts."

"These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!"

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The White House claims Trump was referring to shooting looters with rubber bullets, not real ammunition.

In response to the backlash, Twitter censored Trump's tweet, placing it behind a warning label.

According to Twitter, Trump's tweet "violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”

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Outraged Twitter users assumed Trump was referring to Black people as "thugs." Even though the majority of protesters have been whites, the looting and vandalism is being blamed on Black people.

Twitter activists complain that property owners and police officers are destroying properties to file insurance claims during the coronavirus lockdown.

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Hennepin County prosecutor Michael Freeman says there is currently no evidence to bring charges against one of the four officers involved in George Floyd's death.

Freeman responded to a question from a reporter asking why there are no charges against Derek Chauvin, the cop who was directly involved in Floyd's death.

Freeman said the video is "graphic and horrific and terrible," but "there is other evidence that does not support a criminal charge."

"My business is 'is it criminal?' and that's what we have to prove," he said

Freeman said his office will not rush to justice but they will "wade through" the evidence before charges can be brought.

U.S Attorney Erica McDonald said police are given "wide latitude" to use "a certain amount of force" and she is trying to determine if excessive force was used in this case.

All four officers were fired on Tuesday, a day after Floyd died.

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A mayor in Mississippi sparked outrage when he tweeted an insensitive comment about George Floyd, the Black man who was killed in police custody.

Floyd, 46, died from asphyxia when ex-cop Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly 8 minutes. Floyd died at the scene on Monday, May 25.

Hal Marx, the mayor of Petal, MS, said Floyd's trachea was not obstructed by the officer's knee, because when Floyd said he couldn't breathe, that proved he was breathing.

Marx made the comment on Twitter on Wednesday.

"I didn't see anything unreasonable. If you can say you can't breathe, you're breathing," Marx tweeted. Marx added, "Most likely that man died of overdose or heart attack. Video doesn't show his resistance that got him in that position. Police being crucified."

Following the backlash, Marx tried to clear up what he wrote, saying his tweet was "misinterpreted," and no one knows for sure how Floyd died.

"I think that people are so quick to judge the police before they have all the facts," he told the Hattiesburg American.

"I can't say whether a crime was committed or whether they did anything right or wrong, all I'm saying is don't rush to judgment based on what you see in that video."

Clarence Magee, president of the Forrest County NAACP, said the mayor's comment was uncalled for. "To hear that statement made by a mayor or anybody is very troubling," he said.

The tweet has since been deleted.

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters took aim at President Donald Trump during an interview with TMZ on Friday. Waters, a Democrat who represents California, accused Trump of "dog whistling" which creates an environment that led to a police officer "enjoying" the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Floyd, 46, died from asphyxiation after a cop kneeled on his neck during an arrest for "forgery" in Minneapolis. Four cops were fired from the force a day later.

The 81-year-old congresswoman wore a face mask while Skyping with the gossip blog from her home.

"I'm reflecting on all the killings of young black men in particular but of course black woman too, at the hands of the police and at the hands of, you know these white supremacists. And I'm thinking about the way that the president conducts himself. In a way he's dog-whistling. And I think that they are feeling that they can get away with this kind of treatment. And I'm just so sorry about the loss of another life."

She added:

"I think that the officer who had his knee on his neck enjoyed doing what he was doing. I believe sometimes some of these offices leave home, thinking I'm going to get me one today. And I think this is his one that he got today. And he didn’t care of whether or not anybody was photographing him. He did what he was doing, and the officers who stood there and watched him are just as guilty as he is. And I’m glad that all of them were fired."

 

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Candace Owens is being dragged on Twitter for stating her opinions on the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

Four cops were fired from the police force on Tuesday, a day after Floyd, who is Black, died from asphyxiation when a white cop kneeled on his neck for nearly 8 minutes (brain death occurs in 4 minutes).

Owens, a conservative, pro-Trump activist, angered Black Twitter when she suggested Black people act like a "trained chimpanzee" every time a Black person is murdered by a non-Black person.

In a livestream on YouTube, Owens compared Black people to the Scottish people who have passed the English people in engineering, and in the sciences, "because they challenged themselves to be better, and not to be worse."

She added:

"They didn't pretend that somehow having a broken language, having broken-down families was a symbol of who we are. And that is so unique to Black America. I won't subscribe to it. People say that's how you have to be Black.

"'That's how you have to be Black'? Listen to your psychological conditioning. If to be Black, you can't speak in proper English, or you're 'acting white.' Right? To be Black, you instantly have to jump up like a fucking trained chimpanzee - excuse my language - like a trained chimpanzee every single time the media runs a story, and act angry, and riot, and talk about how pained you were to see this happen to Black people, but keep your mouth shut, right, when it happens Black-on-Black because if you talk about the Black-on-Black crime, you're a race traitor, right?"

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In an unexpected move, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg sided with President Trump in his feud with Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey.

After Twitter fact-checked one of Trump's tweets about mail-in-ballots, Trump threatened to end Twitter's immunity from liability (lawsuits) by signing an executive order today.

Trump tweeted that mail-in ballots would be "substantially fraudulent." But Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey fact-checked Trump's tweet, essentially moderating the president.

"Per our Civic Integrity policy, the tweets yesterday may mislead people into thinking they don't need to register to get a ballot (only registered voters receive ballots). We're updating the link on @realDonaldTrump's tweet to make this more clear," Dorsey tweeted.

Trump's executive order removing Twitter's status as a public forum will not only affect Twitter adversely, it will also affect Facebook and other social media platforms.

Twitter and Facebook are privately owned companies and can not be regulated by Trump. But Trump can remove their protections by changing their status from public forums to publishers.

Publishers such as bloggers, who edit and delete content, are vulnerable to lawsuits and do not receive special protections from liabilities as forums do.

That's why Zuckerberg slammed Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey, saying Twitter should stop policing what Trump tweets.

"I don't think that Facebook or internet platforms in general should be arbiters of truth," Zuckerberg told "Squawk Box" co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin in an interview that aired Thursday morning. "Political speech is one of the most sensitive parts in a democracy, and people should be able to see what politicians say."

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Dorsey responded to Zuckerberg on Friday, tweeting:

"This does not make us an 'arbiter of truth.' Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves."

Ari Fleischer, former White House Press Secretary for George W. Bush, said Dorsey was "incredibly stupid" to correct Trump's tweets. "Where does it end? He hasn't done that to the Iranian president. He hasn't done that to Chinese leaders. Why is he doing it?"

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YouTube viewers lashed out at vlogger Myka Stauffer and her husband James after they gave up their adopted son, Huxley, because he was too much to handle.

Myka and James earn thousands of dollars a month documenting their family on YouTube.com. The Stauffers have three biological children.

Their revenue increased when they documented the difficulties of trying to adopt baby Huxley from China.

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The couple celebrated when they were finally approved to adopt Huxley in 2017 when he was a baby.

Stauffer, of Ohio, told her 700,000+ YouTube subscribers he had "stolen" their hearts. Their subscribers were genuinely happy for them.

But this week, the couple confessed to rehoming Huxley, a 3-year-old who has special needs.

In a new video, Stauffer revealed that Huxley would be going to a "new forever home" after discovering he had additional medical needs beyond his autism and a brain cyst.

"After multiple assessments, after multiple evaluations, numerous medical professionals have felt that he needed a different fit in his medical needs," Stauffer said in her tearful video. "He needed more."

The couple's decision drew intense criticism on Twitter and other online platforms, as many accused her of exploiting the boy for profit and giving him up when he was no longer profitable to them.

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One viewer wrote: "I'm sorry but you did fail as a mum. You wouldn't have given up your own child."

Stauffer claimed the accusations were "insidious" and "hurtful." She added: "Do I feel like a failure as a mom? Like, 500 per cent."

Stauffer also claimed that she and her husband have not shared "95 per cent of the struggles" they had with Huxley and she could not share any more details out of respect for the boy's privacy.

The YouTuber went on to say that she and her husband have been updated on his progress and experts found him a family "they felt would ultimately be the best fit".
 

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Cardi B spoke out about the riots and looting in Minneapolis, Minnesota in response to the murder of George Floyd in police custody.

Floyd, 46, was strangled to death by an ex-Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on his neck for nearly 8 minutes while Floyd repeatedly said he couldn't breathe.

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Derek Chauvin, the cop who kneeled on Floyd's neck, and three other police officers were fired from the police force a day after Floyd died. But that wasn't enough for Floyd's family, who demanded arrests.

Riots rocked south Minneapolis, as hundreds of protesters threw rocks, bottles and empty tear gas canisters at police wearing riot gear.

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Images and videos of rioting, arson and looting blanketed social media on Wednesday and Thursday.

Rapper Cardi B said the protesters had no choice but to riot since their demands have not been met and no arrests have been made.

"They looting in Minnesota and as much as I don't like this type of violence it is what it is," she tweeted on Wednesday. "Too much peaceful marches, too much trending hashtags, and NO SOLUTIONS! The people are left with NO CHOICE."

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Peaceful protests escalated to violence on day 2 of civil unrest in response to George Floyd's death in south Minneapolis, Minnesota on Wednesday evening.

Riots rocked south Minneapolis, as hundreds of protesters threw rocks and bottles at police wearing riot gear.

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Rioters smashed every window inside Minneapolis Police's 3rd precinct. Heavily armed police stood guard in front of the one window left intact.

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Protesters set fire to stores, including an AutoZone. Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to disperse crowds. Dozens of injuries were reported. But protests remained peaceful at Cup Foods, where Floyd was killed in police custody on Monday.

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The unrest spread to Los Angeles, where over 1,000 Black Lives Matter protesters blocked an L.A. freeway and destroyed at least one cop car.

Videos posted by citizen journalists and reporters showed scenes of unrest and looting in Minneapolis.

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A Target store was hard hit by looters who walked out with TVs, clothing, appliances, toys and household goods, while cops were busy with rioters in other parts of the city.

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a Democrat who represents Minnesota, tweeted:

"Shooting rubber bullets and tear gas at unarmed protesters when there are children present should never be tolerated. Ever. What is happening tonight in our city is shameful. Police need to exercise restraint, and our community needs space to heal."

President Trump tweeted about George Floyd, promising "Justice will be served!"

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Former Vice President Joe Biden commented on Floyd, comparing his murder to the case of Eric Garner, who died when a cop used an illegal chokehold on him during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes in New York in 2014.

"George Floyd's life mattered. It mattered as much as mine, it matters as much as anyone's in this country." Biden said.

"Watching his life be taken in the same manner, echoing nearly the same words as Eric Garner more than five years ago — 'I can't breathe' — is a tragic reminder that this was not an isolated incident, but part of an ingrained systemic cycle that exists in this country."

Biden added: "It cuts at the very heart of our sacred belief that all Americans are equal in rights and in dignity."