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Black Twitter reacted after a Minnesota judge sentenced former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin to 22.5 years in prison for the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, 46, died on May 25, 2020 from cardiac arrest due to neck compression after Chauvin kneeled on his neck for 9.5 minutes.

Derek Chauvin, 45, was convicted on second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in April.

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On Friday, June 25, Judge Peter Cahill sentenced Chauvin to 12.5 years, plus an addition 10 years for abusing "his position of authority as a police officer, and did it in front of children."

Federal civil rights charges are still pending against Chauvin. Those charges carry their own penalties if he is convicted.

The city of Minneapolis settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Floyd's family for $27 million.

Not everyone was satisfied with the sentence on Friday. Many said Chauvin didn't receive enough time in prison.

Former ESPN journalist Jemele Hill, 45, tweeted:

"If you're wondering if Derek Chauvin's sentence is fair, Chauvin will be 60 years old when he's released from prison after serving 15 years of his 22 1/2-year sentence. George Floyd was murdered by Chauvin when he was 46. Floyd can never resume his life. Chauvin can."


 

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Joe Biden used the woke term "LatinX" while referring to every Latino and Hispanic American as immigrants.

boy gif The 46th U.S. president made the comment while discussing low vaccination rates among minority groups, including Blacks and Hispanics, during a speech in North Carolina on Thursday.

In addition to touring a mobile vaccination unit, Biden spoke to a mixed crowd of Blacks and Latinos at the Green Road Community Center.

Biden claimed Latinos and Hispanics didn't want to take the experimental spike protein injections because they feared being deported.

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Biden said:

"There's a reason why it was harder to get African Americans -- initially -- to get vaccinated, because they're used to being experimented on. Tuskegee airmen and others, people have long memories. It's awful hard as well to get Latinx vaccinated, Why? They're worried they'll be vaccinated and deported."

The response on social media was outrage, particularly among Hispanic and Latino Americans who object to being referred to as immigrants or "LatinX."

One Twitter user wrote:

"This is just an outrageous statement from President Biden. Latinos don't like to be called 'Latinx,' and you're racist to assume that they're all illegal immigrants."

Another user wrote:

"Joe Biden claiming Latinos don't want to get vaccinated because they’re worried about getting deported is about as racist as it gets. Par for the course for old racist Joe Biden."

A third user tweeted:

"Biden literally said getting Latinx vaccinated is difficult because they think they will be deported if they go in for the vaccine Seems pretty racist to me to imply all 'Latinx' are illegal immigrants. If Trump made that statement yall would be furious!"

And someone else tweeted:

"Now we know who the real racist president is Biden Goes Woke, Calls Latinos 'LatinX' and Assumes They Are All Illegal Aliens."

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A massive search and rescue operation is underway at the site of a partial building collapse in South Florida.

Officials have confirmed at least one death and 35 people injured when a section of the oceanfront Champlain Towers condominium fell around 1:30 a.m. Thursday in Surfside, Florida.

Surfside is located about 6 miles north of Miami Beach, Florida.

Officials said the 12-story condominium, built in 1981, was undergoing renovations on the roof. They do not believe the renovations caused the disaster.

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Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue sent 113 units to the site of the collapse. Rescue teams and K9 dogs continue to search the rubble for survivors.

At least 99 people are still unaccounted for, while 102 people have been accounted for and are safe.

Residents in nearby buildings describe hearing a loud cracking sound before part of the building fell.

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Section of the building that collapsed. View is from 88th Street and Collins Avenue.

Security camera footage shows the middle section of the L-shaped building crumble to the ground. Seconds later the rest of the structure fell in a cloud of debris.

The rising sun revealed the total devastation of the pre-dawn collapse. Furniture, carpets and bunk beds can be seen on one floor.

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A child was rescued by a passerby who heard him screaming and saw his hand sticking up from the rubble.

A Twitter user shared video from her home surveillance camera that shows a shower of debris falling before the walls begin to shake and the camera loses connection. The woman was not at home at the time of the collapse (watch video here).

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Engineers will determine the cause of the building collapse when the search and rescue phase is completed. One building expert called it "an oddity of biblical proportions" for the 40-year-old structure to fall unexpectedly.

"Buildings just don't fall down," Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said. "There's no reason for this building to go down like that unless someone literally pulls the supports out from underneath."
 

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Samira Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, is not a fan of transracial activist Shaun King. 12-year-old Tamir was fatally shot by a cop in Cleveland, Ohio in 2014.

Samira spoke out after King posted a conversation he had with her on his blog, "The North Star with Shaun King."

In the post, he explained the fundraising he did for Samaria in the wake of her son's death. However, Samaria questioned King's agenda before adding that she never gave him permission to raise money for her family.

"Why do you think it's so important to tell folks we had a conversation?" she asked in her Instagram post. She questioned where the money went and reiterated that she never gave him permission to raise money for her.

"Well we talked and everything that was said was very toxic and uncomfortable for me to hear that you raised additional money and then say you did not want to bother me. Personally, I don't understand how you sleep at night. I never gave you permission to raise nothing. Along with the United States, you robbed me for the death of my son."

She continued:

"You gave me a cop and donut conversation [sic]. All lies Shaun, please stop thinking we on the same page," Samaria said. "As a white man acting black, you are [an] imposter that can not be trusted. My son was 12 years old, and DOJ needs to reopen his case period. Tamir Human rights was violated, why would you so ever make it about you? You are a selfish self centered person and God will deal with you White man."

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Former No Limit Records rapper Mac walked out of prison a free man after two decades behind bars.

Mac, real name McKinley Phipps Jr., was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 30 years in prison in the shooting death of 19-year-old Barron Victor Jr.

Mac insisted he was innocent of murder, and in 2015, five witnesses to the shooting claimed they had been coerced into naming him as the shooter at the time by investigating officers.

Mac was finally granted clemency in April, allowing him to argue his case for freedom before members of a state parole board, and on Tuesday, June 22, they voted in his favor.

He was released on parole on Tuesday night, and must now abide by a curfew, avoiding establishments where alcohol is served, and meeting weekly with his parole officer.

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Mac, who is set to start working as a painter for a friend's construction business, has also been ordered to perform six hours of community service a month with at-risk youth, according to NOLA.com.

Mac was a protege of hip-hop veteran Master P in the late 1990s, and is best known for his album, Shell Shocked, which hit number 11 on Billboard 200 chart.

He went on to drop World War III, his final album for No Limit Records before his 2000 arrest.

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Rapper Killer Mike called in to WSB Radio's "Word On the Street" on Wednesday night to celebrate Mac's release. He shared that prosecutors used Mac's rap lyrics to convict him.

Mike compared Mac's legal situation to artists in other music genres, including Johhny Cash and Bob Marley, who sing about killing people, but whose lyrics weren't used against them.

"If we let this stand, what you're going to see is that tool is going to be used to wipe out an entire potential generation of [artists] out of our community," Mike said in 2017.

Mike said he is donating money to Mac to help him get acclimated to the outside world after spending two decades behind bars. Mike also called on other rappers to donate to Mac.

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The founder of antivirus software company McAfee reportedly committed suicide in his cell at a Spanish prison.

John McAfee took his own life in a prison cell in Barcelona on Wednesday, hours after his extradition to the U.S. was approved.

McAfee, a multi-millionaire, was accused of income tax evasion by the IRS.

The tech innovator died hours after the Spanish High Court approved his removal to the United States, the Associated Press reported.

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McAfee was arrested at Barcelona airport in October 2020. He fled there from the U.S. to avoid income tax evasion charges.

McAfee reportedly told Spanish authorities he was being targeted for political reasons.

The AP reports he still had the opportunity to appeal the Spanish High Court's decision to deport him.

McAfee founded the software company in 1987, and the company was purchased by Intel in February 2011.

In 2014 at a convention in Las Vegas, Intel said it was phasing out the McAfee name and replacing it with "Intel Security Group."

McAfee released a drug-fueled video in which he uninstalled McAfee from a computer and claimed to have the ability to block NSA surveillance.

He told the BBC he was grateful that he was no longer associated with "the worst software on the planet."

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A second lab analysis of Subway restaurant's tuna fish sandwich, obtained by The NY Times, failed to identify any fish DNA in the ingredients.

Months after two Bay Area residents claimed there was no fish in Subway's tuna fish sandwiches, the New York Times ordered a new lab analysis.

A federal class action lawsuit noted a laboratory analysis of the tuna fish sandwiches determined no seafood DNA was found in the ingredients.

"We found that the ingredients were not tuna and not fish," said one of two attorneys representing two plaintiffs in the lawsuit in an email to The Washington Post.

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The lawsuit claimed the "products are made from a mixture of various concoctions that do not constitute tuna, yet have been blended together by Defendants to imitate the appearance of tuna."

Subway restaurant hit back at the claims that the company made "false and misleading representations about tuna being used as an ingredient."

"There simply is no truth to the allegations in the complaint that was filed in California," a company spokesperson told DailyMail.com in January.

However, a second analysis of more than five feet of Subway tuna fish sandwiches obtained by the New York Times, determined no fish DNA was found in the samples.

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Ikea store's Juneteenth menu featuring fried chicken and watermelon angered employees at an Atlanta area store.

The store's Juneteenth menu was created in honor of the first official Juneteenth federal holiday on the weekend of June 19.

The Juneteenth menu contained fried chicken, watermelon, macaroni and cheese and collard greens -- all southern food staples.

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The soul food was to be served to all employees on Saturday to "honor and persevere Black Americans" on Juneteenth, the store stated in an email sent to employees, according to WGCL CBS46 in Atlanta.

However, Black employees expressed outrage after discovering the menu was created by execs at Ikea's corporate office.

"You cannot say serving watermelon on Juneteenth is a soul food menu when you don't even know the history, they used to feed slaves watermelon during the slave time," one employee told CBS46.

Following the backlash, Ikea released a statement, saying "the meal was intended to be served to co-workers as an internal celebration, not customers."

Some employees told CBS46 that no Black employees were involved with creating the menu, But Ikea stated that there were a few Black people on the menu selection committee.

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Texas homeowners who purchased smart thermostats that connect to the Internet are crying foul after someone accessed their thermostats remotely.

Houston area homeowners are upset that someone accessed their thermostats and turned them up to nearly 80 degrees to save energy.

A Deer Park resident told KHOU that he awoke bathed in sweat and discovered his thermostat had been cranked up to 78 degrees.

The man said his wife turned the thermostat down before they went to bed.

He feared that his 3-month-old daughter would overheat in the unbearably hot house.

Later that day, his wife received an alert on her phone that said the thermostat was turned up remotely during a three-hour "energy saving event."

The family's smart thermostat was installed as part of a program called "Smart Savers Texas" operated by a company called EnergyHub.

In the small print, the agreement states that electric customers allow EnergyHub to control their thermostats during periods of high energy demand.

EnergyHub's list of clients include TXU Energy, CenterPoint and ERCOT power companies.

The Deer Park homeowner and several of his neighbors have uninstalled the smart thermostats. He said the smart thermostats are convenient but not worth the trouble.

Smart devices, including thermostats and kitchen appliances, are connected to the Internet and may be accessed from outside the home.

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Sha'Carri Richardson, who qualified for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Track & Field team, revealed her mother died last week.

The 21-year-old Dallas native revealed her personal loss after winning the women's 100-meter dash at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon over the weekend.

She ran a blistering 10.86 seconds, just missing Florence Joyner's world record by 0.24 seconds.

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After her qualifying run, Richardson went to the stands to embrace her grandmother.

She told ESPN, "My family has kept me grounded. This year has been crazy for me. Going from just last week, losing my biological mother, and I'm still here."

The LSU track & field standout said her personal loss motivates her to strive for Olympic greatness.

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"I'm still here. Last week, finding out my biological mother passed away and still choosing to pursue my dreams, still coming out here, still here to make the family that I do still have on this earth proud. And the fact [is] nobody knows what I go through. Everybody has struggles and I understand that, but y'all see me on this track and y'all see the poker face I put on, but nobody but them and my coach know what I go through on a day-to-day basis.

"I'm highly grateful for them. Without them, there would be no me. Without my grandmother, there would be no Sha'Carri Richardson. My family is my everything, my everything until the day I'm done."

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Richardson won a gold medal at the junior Olympics in 2016.

The last American woman to win a gold Olympic medal in the 100 yard dash was Gail Devers in 1996.

Richardson has a chance to top both Devers and Joyner at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games next month. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics was delayed a year due to the pandemic.