+++ The case of George Floyd in the news ticker +++: Death of the African American Brooks classified as murder
The death of African-American George Floyd by police officers shakes the United States: there are repeated riots in numerous cities. US President Trump is again making a spectacle with a statement. All information in the FOCUS Online news ticker.
The essentials in brief:
- After the violent death of African-American George Floyd, protests and criticism of the president have increased in the United States
- All officials involved have been arrested – the policeman who is held responsible for Floyd’s death is now facing a second-degree trial, among other things, for murder
- Hundreds attended Floyd’s funeral service, with US civil rights activist William Lawson indirectly calling for Trump to be voted out
Forensic medicine classifies death of African American Brooks as a murder case
9:56 a.m .: The death of African American Rayshard Brooks during a police operation in Atlanta is classified as a homicide. The Georgia medical examiner’s office announced this on Sunday (local time). Prosecutor Paul Howard said according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper that his agency would decide by mid-week whether charges would be brought against Garrett Rolfe, who was said to have fired the deadly gunfire. Rolfe was released on Saturday.
Brooks had been shot by a police officer outside a fast food restaurant on Friday night in Atlanta, Georgia, and died in the hospital shortly thereafter. According to the Georgia Criminal Police Office (GBI), the police had been called because the apparently drunk Brooks had fallen asleep in his car and blocked the entrance to the restaurant. The police officers called in had carried out an alcohol test at Brooks and then tried to detain the 27-year-old.
According to the GBI, footage of the security camera shows that Brooks opposed his arrest and took a stun gun from the officers and fled. In the course of the chase, Brooks allegedly directed the stun gun at one of the officers, whereupon the latter was said to have shot Brooks. Brooks has been taken to a hospital but has been injured there, the agency said. One of the police officers involved in the operation was also injured.
Brooks’ death led to renewed violent protests against police violence in Atlanta; demonstrators also blocked a freeway. In the past few weeks, numerous people had taken to the streets in the southern metropolis to demonstrate against the death of African American George Floyd in a brutal police operation in Minneapolis at the end of May.
For weeks, nationwide protests against police violence and racism have kept the United States in suspense. US President Donald Trump is criticized for dealing with the protests. He had threatened to use the military to deal with the riots on the verge of demonstrations. The Pentagon distanced itself clearly from Trump’s threat and pointed out that the National Guard was responsible for it.
Hollywood star Babra Streisand makes George Floyd’s daughter a Disney shareholder
8:58 a.m .: She has long been known as an activist for civil rights, among others – now Hollywood star Barbra Streisand (78) has given shares in the entertainment giant Disney to the daughter of the killed African American George Floyd, according to press reports.
Several US media responded to the actress’s generous gesture (“Funny Girl”, “Lord of the Tides”) and referred to an Instagram post on Gianna Floyd’s supposedly official account. The six-year-old child can be seen there with a letter, next to it is the comment: “Thank you @barbrastreisand for my package. Thanks to you, I’m now a Disney shareholder. ”
Following the death of African American George Floyd in a brutal police operation, numerous people are currently protesting against racism and police violence in the United States. Floyd had died in Minnesota three weeks ago.
Streisand’s shares would not be the first donation to George Floyd’s daughter. According to a CNN report, rapper Kanye West (42) has set up a training fund to pay for the girl’s schooling.
Forensic medicine: Gunshot wounds resulted in the death of African Americans in Atlanta
Monday, June 15, 3:28 p.m .: Two gunshot wounds resulted in the death of African American Rayshard Brooks after a police operation in Atlanta, Georgia. The coroner said after the post-mortem on Sunday that Brooks had two shots in the back, the CNN TV station reported in the evening (local time). The 27-year-old died of organ damage and blood loss from the two gunshot wounds. Death is said to be a homicide.
Brooks had been checked by the police on Friday night because he had fallen asleep in his car in a queue in front of a fast food restaurant. After resisting arrest, one of the two white officers shot him down. According to the Georgia Criminal Police Office, the man died after an operation in a hospital.
Since Floyd’s death, several police officers have left Minneapolis
9:11 pm: Since the death of African-American George Floyd in a brutal police operation three weeks ago, at least seven officers have left the local police department in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The local newspaper “Star Tribune” reported, citing the city’s spokesman, Casper Hill. Hill did not give details of the reasons why the police officers gave up their jobs. Other police officers are about to leave the authority, the paper reported, citing the police.
The police in Minneapolis are under enormous pressure. The city council has launched a process to replace the local police with a new public security organization.
Since Floyd’s death on May 25, mass protests against police violence, racism and discrimination have taken place in Minneapolis and across the country. A white police officer had had his knee on his neck for almost nine minutes, although Floyd asked him to let him breathe. Floyd was arrested on suspicion of paying with a false $ 20 bill. After Floyd’s death, the policeman and three colleagues involved in the operation were released, arrested and charged.
Protester saves right-wing counter-demonstrators in London
8.50 p.m .: More than 100 people have been arrested in rioting in the wake of anti-racism protests and rallies by far-right groups in London. The demonstrations were largely peaceful, but there were individual attacks on officials, the police said on Saturday evening.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson indicated that the violence was primarily caused by right-wing demonstrators. “Racist fights have no place on our streets,” he wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, a remarkable situation occurred near the Waterloo station during the protests. There are images of a dark-skinned protester carrying a right-wing counter-demonstrator over his shoulder.
According to the agency “Reuters”, the counter-demonstrator was previously brutally attacked in front of the steps to the Royal Festival Hall. Demonstrators have tried to stop the conflict. Finally the man put the attacked demonstrator over his shoulder to bring him to safety. Finally, he dropped him off at police officers. The “Black Lives Matter” demonstrator is celebrated for the campaign on Twitter.
“Indivisible” demo in Berlin: protesters form kilometers of human chains
3:27 pm: Demonstrators used human chains to tie a “solidarity band” in several German cities on Sunday and protested against social inequality and racism. In the beginning, according to police, 1,700 people took part in Berlin, far fewer than the announced 5,000. They often wore mouthguards and wanted to form a nine-kilometer chain from the Brandenburg Gate to the Neukölln district in accordance with the hygiene rules.
According to police, around 500 people in Hamburg participated in a chain that should extend from the town hall around the inland age to the main station, also with a lot of distance between people.
Demonstrations should also take place in many other cities, but in Erfurt the event was canceled due to a severe weather warning.
The Berlin police were satisfied with the start. “It is a viable concept that the chairman of the meeting has presented and you can see that people are making sure that the protection against infection is done properly,” said police spokesman Thilo Cablitz.
Signs read, for example, “Black Lives Matter” or “More money for education”. At the Brandenburg Gate, members of the “Grannies Against Right” group demonstrated with face masks and sometimes with pink wool hats. Other demonstrators had written “Earth is your mother too” in chalk on the floor.
US policeman shoots 27-year-old African American – Mayor does not believe in justified violence
Sunday, June 14, 8:15 a.m .: In the middle of the protests against racism, an African American was killed again in a police operation in the United States. A police officer shot a black man in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday night, who previously refused to be arrested, the GBI Criminal Police Office said. The 27-year-old reportedly died in a hospital after an operation.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said, “I don’t think this was a justified use of lethal violence.” She asked for the police officer to be released. Bottoms also said she accepted Erika Shields’ offer to resign. The death of the black triggered a new wave of protests in Atlanta.
The GBI had said that the police were called to a fast food restaurant late Friday night because a man in the queue had fallen asleep in a car. Other vehicles should have passed him. As a result, the 27-year-old, who was sitting in the car, failed a sobriety test and should be taken into custody. There was a fight in which the man testified that an official took off his electroshock gun from an official.
GBI chief Vic Reynolds said that the video shows that the man escapes from the officers, then turns around with the taser in his hand and the police officer then draws his service weapon. Reynolds made it clear that everything went very quickly. The authority wanted to publish the video material. Reynolds said the GBI would quickly collect all the facts and pass them on to the prosecutor. At the same time, prosecutor Paul Howard said his agency had already started an independent investigation into the incident.
Reynolds warned of hasty conclusions – and referred to the heated mood in the country. “I don’t want anyone to rush to some form of judgment under any circumstances, which is very easy on both sides in these cases,” he said. The investigators are aware that in such cases “enormous feelings” are involved and this is exacerbated by the current situation. The prosecutor had to assess whether it was justified that the police officer shot.
Authorities in Atlanta investigate killing of black man by police officer
5.13 p.m .: After the violent death of George Floyd, the case of a police officer-shot African-American is investigated in the US city of Atlanta. The Georgia State Criminal Police Office (GBI) described the case on Friday evening (local time) as follows: The police had been called to a fast food restaurant in whose queue a man had fallen asleep in a car. Other vehicles should have passed him. As a result, the 27-year-old man who was sitting in the car failed a sobriety test and should be taken into custody.
There was a fight. “Witnesses report that the male subject seized the taser (a police officer) during the fight.” In the fight for this electro-pulse device, which can be used to put suspects out of action, an official shot the African American with his pistol. He reportedly died in the hospital a short time later.
A non-verifiable video was circulating on the net to show the incident. The GBI is aware that a video was released on social media that was recorded by witnesses to the incident, the agency said on Twitter. The video will be checked.
Since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in late May, protests against police violence and racism have occurred in many cities in the United States. A white police officer had pressed his knee into the neck of the man lying on the floor, despite repeated requests to let him breathe. The policeman and three colleagues involved in the operation were released, arrested and charged. Floyd was arrested on suspicion of paying with a false $ 20 bill.
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