Medical Examiner Accused of Covering Up Police Killing in Maryland Becomes Witness for Derek Chauvin

In the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, a key witness for the defense was the former Maryland chief medical examiner, Dr. David Fowler, who contradicted most other expert witnesses in the trial and suggested heart trouble and other issues, not the police restraint, caused George Floyd’s death. The decision by Chauvin’s legal team to rely on Fowler’s testimony shocked many in Maryland, where he is being sued by the family of 19-year-old Anton Black, an African American teenager from Maryland who died in 2018 after he was electrocuted with a Taser, pinned in a prone position and crushed under the weight of three white police…

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Deliveroo riders strike as the fat cats try to make a killing

Deliveroo workers have gone on strike, just as the company joined the stock market. It was, of course, a game of two halves: workers fighting for rights; fat cat investors attempting to make a killing. Everybody out… on your bikes Deliveroo workers held protests in cities across the UK: from London, York and Sheffield via Reading and Wolverhampton. The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is repping the Deliveroo workers. It noted a report which stated: major health and safety concerns including but not limited to poor COVID-19 protections. It also highlights pay well below minimum wage, with many riders earning as little as £2 per hour…

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9 Minutes, 29 Seconds: Derek Chauvin Trial Opens with Full Video of George Floyd’s Killing

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show in Minneapolis, where the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin has begun. Chauvin is charged with second- and third-degree murder, as well as manslaughter, for killing George Floyd last May by kneeling on his neck for over nine minutes. George Floyd was a 46-year-old father who was originally from Houston, Texas. His death sparked international protests calling for racial justice. During opening statements, special prosecutor Jerry Blackwell made the case that the white officer, Derek Chauvin, should be found guilty of murder. A warning to our audience: Blackwell’s presentation…

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George Floyd’s family prays for justice as trial starts for police officer accused of killing him

The trial for Derek Chauvin, the police officer accused of killing George Floyd, began on 29 March. Prosecutors say Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes in an incident that led to protests calling for justice around the world. A medical examiner later classified Floyd’s death as a homicide. Chauvin is facing several charges, including second-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty. Floyd’s family have called for justice after holding a vigil in Minneapolis before the trial. One of his brothers, Philonise Floyd, said: I have a big hole right now in my heart. It can’t be patched up… I need justice for George. We need…

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Rights group files complaint against Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi killing

An international media rights group has filed a complaint with German prosecutors against Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and four other senior officials accusing them of crimes against humanity over allegations they were involved in the killing of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, authorities said. Reporters Without Borders The federal prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe told the Associated Press it received the complaint from Paris-based Reporters Without Borders on 1 March. The complaint, relying partially on a newly declassified US intelligence report released on 26 February, identifies five primary suspects: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, his close adviser Saud Al-Qahtani, and three other high-ranking Saudi officials, Reporters Without Borders said. They…

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“The Dead Are Arising”: New Biography on Malcolm X’s Childhood, Killing & Secret Meeting with KKK

We speak with the co-author of a major new biography of Malcolm X, “The Dead Are Arising,” which recently won the 2020 National Book Award for Nonfiction and offers a sweeping account of Malcolm X’s life by weaving together hundreds of interviews with Malcolm X’s family, friends, colleagues and enemies. The book is based on decades of research by Les Payne, who died in 2018, and finished by his daughter, Tamara Payne. “The reason why he admired Malcolm is because Malcolm was dealing with the conditions that Black people are facing even internally and how we viewed ourselves in this situation,” she says, and describes how her father…

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"The Dead Are Arising": New Biography on Malcolm X's Childhood, Killing & Secret Meeting with KKK

We speak with the co-author of a major new biography of Malcolm X, “The Dead Are Arising,” which recently won the 2020 National Book Award for Nonfiction and offers a sweeping account of Malcolm X’s life by weaving together hundreds of interviews with Malcolm X’s family, friends, colleagues and enemies. The book is based on decades of research by Les Payne, who died in 2018, and finished by his daughter, Tamara Payne. “The reason why he admired Malcolm is because Malcolm was dealing with the conditions that Black people are facing even internally and how we viewed ourselves in this situation,” she says, and describes how her father…

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Parties unite to call for Pat Finucane killing public inquiry

Four political parties in the north of Ireland have united to call for a public inquiry into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane. Mr Finucane, 39, was murdered by loyalist terrorists in front of his family in 1989 amid claims of collusion with state security forces. In February last year, the Supreme Court ruled that investigations into the fatal shooting of the solicitor have not been effective and fell short of international human rights standards. ? BREAKING: Letter from the four parties to Brandon Lewis calling on the British Government to hold a public inquiry into the killing of human rights lawyer, Pat Finucane. pic.twitter.com/zPcw4JdYg3 — Sinn…

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Protests erupt in Brazil following the brutal killing of a Black man by white security guards

Anti-racism protests have erupted in Brazil following the brutal killing of a Black man by two white security guards outside a Carrefour supermarket in Porto Alegre on 19 November. The incident took place following a confrontation between the man and a supermarket employee. Reminiscent of George Floyd’s murder The incident was caught on video and took place in front of many witnesses, including the victim’s wife. The death of 40-year-old Afro-Brazilian João Alberto Silveira Freitas was reminiscent of the murder of George Floyd which sparked Black Lives Matter protests in the US and beyond in summer 2020. The video shows scenes of one white security guard restraining Frietas,…

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International outrage grows following the killing of peaceful protesters in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was officially disbanded on 11 October. The Nigerian government pledged to investigate acts of police brutality and human rights violations. But state-sanctioned violence continues. Youth-led protests against police brutality and impunity have been taking place across Nigeria and beyond since 8 October. Lekki toll gate massacre On 20 October, national police chief Mohammed Adamu ordered the deployment of riot police, and imposed an indefinite 24-hour curfew in Lagos and other urban centres across Nigeria. That evening, the Nigerian army opened fire on a crowd of peaceful protesters at Lekki toll gate, Lagos, according to Amnesty International. The human rights group stated that they received…

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