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The Minnesota Freedom Fund revealed it used only $200,000 out of $35 million in donations to bail out protesters during the civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd.

The unrest has resulted in millions of dollars in donations to help those arrested. But many say they have not seen an accounting of the money from any bail fund organization.

The MFF is a small, volunteer community fund based in Minneapolis -- the city where Floyd was killed by a former Minneapolis cop.

In the last few weeks, the MFF has been hashtagged in posts on Instagram and Twitter, asking for donations to bail out protesters.

But in the last week, donors -- particularly major corporations -- have been asking for an accounting of where the money went -- since many of those arrested are still sitting in jails.

One Twitter user, Evelyn Woodsen, founder of The Affinity Mag, tweeted, "Wait till Twitter wakes up tomorrow and finds out the Minnesota Bail Fund got $35 million and only used $200k to bail out protestors."

After calls for transparency and accountability, the MFF finally acknowledged it was overwhelmed with donations and struggling to figure out what to do with the money.

"We are a volunteer community fund who until last month was doing all we could to pay a handful of misdemeanors each month, steadily paying, getting funds back, raising more $ when we could, doing it again," they wrote.

They removed their "donate" button and tried to redirect funds to other organizations with bail-out initiatives. But donations kept pouring in.

A lawyer contacted by Refinery29 explained the organization's dilemma:

"We were a small organization that was not ready for this kind of influx and so we're working as quickly as possible while being mindful that we have to take slow, necessary steps and have conversations with the group about hiring an accountant and attorney who can help us go through these processes," Mirella Ceja-Orozco, the Immigration Attorney Volunteer on the Board of Minnesota Freedom Fund, told Refinery29. "Before, we were an organization that had two staff members and maybe 8 volunteers and that's completely changing now."

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Minneapolis City Council president Lisa Bender defended the City Council's decision to dismantle the police department in the aftermath of the murder of a 46-year-old Black man in police custody.

On Sunday, nine City Council members vowed to dismantle the police force "and try something new."

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On Monday Bender spoke via Skype with CNN's Alisyn Camerota, saying the "revolutionary" movement to remove the police department is a "wake up call" that the police "is not keeping every member of our community safe."

"What if in the middle of the night, my home is broken into?" Camerota asked Bender.

"That comes from a place of privilege," Bender replied.

"Because for those of us for whom the system is working, I think we need to step back and imagine what it would feel like to already live in that reality where calling the police may mean more harm is done," she said.

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Bender said the City Council is looking to shift the response away from armed police officers to community policing by trained residents.

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The City Council will face opposition from Mayor Jacob Frey, who has said he will not allow the police force to be dismantled.

"We are not starting from scratch we have invested in community-based safety strategies," Bender said. "We've done an analysis of all the reasons people call 911 and have looked at ways we can shift the response away from police officers into a more appropriate response for mental health calls. So the groundwork is laid already in Minneapolis for us to work from that," she said.

"Now the hard work begins for us to rebuild systems that really work to keep everyone in our community safe," Bender said.

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The Minneapolis City Council is holding an emergency meeting to "dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety."

The emergency meeting comes after nearly 2 weeks of civil unrest and looting in south Minneapolis and surrounding areas in response to the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody.

Four police officers are in jail awaiting trial on murder charges in connection with Floyd's death.

On Thursday, City Council member Jeremiah Ellison tweeted: "We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. And when we're done, we're not simply gonna glue it back together. We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response. It's really past due."

City Council member Lisa Bender added: "Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety."

The emergency meeting began at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5. City Council members are set to vote on immediate changes to the police force including removing the police force and replacing it with a community-based, non-violent neighborhood watch group.

The City Council on Friday voted to ban police choke holds. Police officers are required to intervene when they observe inappropriate use of force being used on a suspect.

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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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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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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."

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George Floyd, the unarmed Black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday, was a "gentle giant" to those who knew him, says his fiancée.

The 46-year-old trucker moved from Houston to Minneapolis about five years ago to search for a better job.

His fiancée Courteney Ross, said his daughter stayed behind in Houston, along with his family and friends.

Ross called for protesters to forgive the cop who killed her fiancé.

"You know, if he was here, he would say that he's a man of God. He would stand on that firmly," Ross said.

"He stood up for people, he was there for people when they were down, he loved people that were thrown away," Ross said. "We prayed over every meal, we prayed if we were having a hard time, we prayed if we were having a good time."

Ross said she knows the community is hurting, and she hopes they respond in a way that honors Floyd.

"You can't fight fire with fire. Everything just burns, and I've seen it all day -- people hate, they're hating, they're hating, they're mad. And he would not want that. He wouldn't, he wouldn't, he wouldn't. He would give grace -- I stand on that today -- he would still give grace to those people," she said.

Ross said Floyd's mother died about a year ago. She believes his mother's spirit was there with him when he took his last breath.

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Protesters located the home of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the officer directly responsible for the death of George Floyd while in police custody.

Chauvin and three other cops were fired Tuesday, a day after Floyd died.

Video uploaded to YouTube.com shows protesters surrounding Chauvin's home and vandalizing his driveway with the words "F**k Killer Cops" in chalk.

Others wore t-shirts with the words "I can't breathe" on the front.

At one point in the footage, the NWA song "F**k the police" can be heard playing in the background.

Some protesters prevented a Door Dash driver from delivering food to the home.

Wednesday's peaceful protests was in contrast to the demonstrations on Tuesday outside a Minneapolis police precinct and the site where Floyd died.

Protesters broke glass doors at the precinct and threw bricks at patrol cars. Police clashed with protesters in the street and fired tear gas canisters to disperse the crowds.