DOJ planned on arresting Chauvin and others immediately even if acquitted

Whatever happened to double jeopardy? And now they will put Chauvin through another trial? No doubt the Feds will make sure he gets a “hanging judge.”  One thing is for sure, no one will be willing to be a defense witness. That is the lesson that the government is giving.

Chauvin Case Takes Ugly Turn – Maryland DA to Investigate Defense Medical Examiner

A chilling turn is taking place with the Chauvin Murder Trial. A witness for the defense will have the full weight of the Maryland Attorney General’s office bear down to attempt to crush him. They are attempting to discredit him, dishonor him so that there will be few future defense witnesses willing to offer testimony in unpopular cases? For the remaining police officers involved in the Derek Chauvin case, the message is clear. Defense witnesses will be few and far between.

Even worse we learn 431 Doctors from around the country chimed in to the AG… “conclusions were outside the bounds of accepted forensic practice and all of his previous work should be questioned.”

The very basis of a murder trial is to present rebuttal to the charges. How many times have we seen opposing Forensic Pathologists duel it out… famous ones at that and highly paid.

This image from video shows the certificate of death of George Floyd that was entered into evidence, as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over court Firday, April 9, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, at

Here we go:

Leading up to Derek Chauvin’s murder trial, Justice Department officials had spent months gathering evidence to indict the ex-Minneapolis police officer on federal police brutality charges, but they feared the publicity frenzy could disrupt the state’s case.

So they came up with a contingency plan: If Chauvin were found not guilty on all counts or the case ended in a mistrial, they would arrest him at the courthouse, according to sources familiar with the planning discussions.

The backup plan would not be necessary. On April 20, the jury found Chauvin guilty on all three murder and manslaughter counts, sending him to the state’s most secure lockdown facility to await sentencing, and avoiding the riots many feared could engulf the city once again.

Now, with Chauvin’s state trial out of the way, federal prosecutors are moving forward with their case. They plan to ask a grand jury to indict Chauvin and the other three ex-officers involved in George Floyd’s killing — J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — on charges of civil rights violations, a source said.

H/T:  Star Tribune

For more on the Autopsy and trial:

Chauvin Case Takes Ugly Turn – Maryland DA to Investigate Defense Medical Examiner

Chauven – Floyd: Over what? ‘A little bit of money’

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Biden’s Address – Beware the health danger of HARPA – modeled after DARPA

Biden in his address to the Nation, talked about Health Care Research…DARPA… and why we should be concerned.

Informed consent for experiments? Not always what you have been lead to believe. They hawk this proposed agency as:

Federal investment is the fastest, most effective way to de-risk the marketplace. HARPA will disrupt the health technology sector to drive meaningful innovation that will save millions of lives and billions of dollars.

HARPA is modeled after the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),

…. As part of a proposed $9 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health, the Biden administration has earmarked $6.5 billion to create the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Health.

Under the DARPA model, research projects would not be vetted by peer reviewers, but instead, funding decisions would be made by program managers. And instead of multiyear grants, the agency would disburse awards as milestone-driven payments; program managers could also cancel projects that they decide aren’t panning out.

Before we get to the gist of the dangers of this agency creation and its program managers and for those who have concern about the COVID vaccines let me give a refresher on “Informed Consent” and the Cures Act.

Jan 31, 2020 — The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act), signed into law on December 13, 2016, is designed to help accelerate medical product development and bring new innovations and advances to patients who need them faster and more efficiently. (Link) 21st Century Cures Act

The Cures Act was passed in the tail end of 2016 under Obama. Today I focus on Section 3023, 3024 regarding Informed Consent and why you should care. No longer is the Gold Standard of “Informed Consent” required if there are “no more of minimal risks to participants.” And who decides this? A previous post:

The Cures Act – No longer is ‘Informed Consent’ required for some medical experiments

I am not sure I for one want the Biden administration in charge of:

Human research subject protections

The 21st Century Cures Act calls on the Secretary of Health and Human Services to harmonize differences between the HHS Human Subject Regulations and FDA Human Subject Regulations. In so doing, the Secretary may change rules applying to vulnerable populations in order “to reduce regulatory duplication and unnecessary delays” and “modernize such provisions in the context of multisite and cooperative research projects.” – Wikipedia,

Be sure and take the time to watch the video at the end of the post for the finer details.

The Cures Act introduces the possibility of waiving or altering informed consent for some FDA-governed research. This decision could mark a major step in the required harmonization of regulations; the rules around waivers of informed consent are some of the significant differences between FDA and Common Rule requirements.

The law sets two requirements for waiving or altering informed consent:

  1. The research must pose no more than minimal risk to participants; and
  2. Other measures to protect study volunteers must be in place.

The bill does not specify who will confirm decisions about minimal risk or appropriate safeguards, but the requirements seem consistent with determinations that IRBs already make.

From Science Blogs:

Title:The 21st Century Cures Act passes, potentially turning the FDA into a puppet of the pharmaceutical industry. (Well worth the full  read.)

Worse, the bill undermines informed consent, as discussed before. The provision is still there that would add another category of research for which it is acceptable to forego informed consent. Normally, it is only acceptable to skip informed consent when it is not feasible or it is contrary to the best interests of the subject.

Add to that now that it would be acceptable to forego informed consent when “the proposed clinical testing poses no more than minimal risk to the human subject and includes appropriate safeguards to protect the rights, safety, and welfare of the human subject.”

As Merrill Goozner put it and agreed, even if the risk is minimal, why would the authors of this legislation waive a central tenet of international agreements designed to protect the rights of human subjects in clinical trials? I didn’t understand either (and still don’t), particularly since the act doesn’t define “minimal risk” or specify who determines whether a study is minimal risk

Worth a good look. Our lives may depend on it. An excellent review of the bill and the ramifications.

Now that we know where we are, let’s see where we have been:

Let’s take a look how the so called research projects went under Obama since we have the same cast of characters roaming around the White House. This research was conducted by Lisa Jackson, EPA administrator.

A federal judge decided to shut down the lawsuit rather than the government’s human experimentation program.

To Judge Trenga, however, the important thing apparently was to nitpick to death the effort to stop the experiments with a narrow reading of the federal rules of civil procedure.

Judge Trenga determined that the EPA’s decision to endanger the lives of its study subjects, including inducing them to sign a fraudulent consent form, did not constitute a “final agency action” under the Administrative Procedures Act. Judge Trenga also determined, as the American Tradition Institute was not being harmed by the experiments, it didn’t have standing to pursue the case. Now the story:

The suit accuses the EPA of paying as many as 41 participants $12 an hour to breathe in concentrated diesel exhaust, for as long a two hours at a time. The exhaust was directly piped in from a truck parked outside the Chapel Hill facility. According to the lawsuit, the fine particulate matter, called “PM2.5,” was piped in at levels 21 times greater than what the EPA calls its “permissible limit.”

Milloy added some historic perspective to the mix. “In the context of rules established after scientific horrors of World War II and the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, the notion that EPA would pipe high levels of PM2.5 and diesel exhaust into the lungs of unhealthy people to see what would happen is simply appalling,” he said in a press release announcing the lawsuit.

“Unhealthy” is an accurate assessment. The 41 subjects who took part in the experiment included people who were elderly or suffering from asthma, hypertension or metabolic syndrome. One of them, an obese 58-year-old woman with a history of health problems and family history of heart disease, experienced an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) and had to be hospitalized as a result. Another subject developed an elevated heart rate.

Then again, the study subjects really weren’t “asked” to risk their lives, since the EPA researchers failed — and, in fact, refused — to warn them that PM2.5 could kill them. At the very least, exposing study subjects to a dangerous and deadly toxin without their consent is also known as “assault and battery.”

Given that the EPA long ago determined that any exposure to PM2.5 could cause death (as well as a host of other serious health consequences) within hours or days of inhalation, the experiments are fundamentally illegal. Federal regulations and the Nuremberg Code strictly prohibit scientists from treating human subjects like expendable guinea pigs. In the experiment in question, the study subjects were asked to risk their very lives for $12 per hour.

The American Tradition Institute sued the EPA in October to stop an ongoing experiment in which the agency was exposing elderly study subjects (up to 75 years of age) to concentrated levels of a deadly (according to EPA) air pollutant known as PM2.5 (soot or dust much smaller than the width of a human hair).

The lawsuit claimed the experiments were illegal in that they blatantly violated virtually every major standard developed since World War II for the protection of human study subjects used in scientific experiments.
The EPA engaged in disturbing experimentation that deliberately exposed human beings to airborne particulate matter the agency itself considers lethal. The experiments were conducted at EPA’s Human Studies Facility at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. “That EPA administrator Lisa Jackson permitted this heinous experimentation to occur under her watch shocks the conscience,” said Milloy.

Full story at  Washington Times

Then there was this:

Obama orders Behavioral experiments on U.S. Citizens

President Obama announced a new executive order on Tuesday which authorizes federal agencies to conduct behavioral experiments on U.S. citizens in order to advance government initiatives.

“A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights — research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them — can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people,” reads the executive order, released on Tuesday.

The initiative draws on research from University of Chicago economist Richard Thaler and Harvard law school professor Cass Sunstein, who was also dubbed Obama’s regulatory czar. The two behavioral scientists argued in their 2008 book “Nudge” that government policies can be designed in a way that “nudges” citizens towards certain behaviors and choices.

The desired choices almost always advance the goals of the federal government, though they are often couched as ways to cut overall program spending.
Read more: Daily Caller

New Law Could Eliminate Informed Consent for Human Experimentation with Vaccines and Drugs – Video done on March 26, 2017.

Time well spent with the details…

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Say good-bye to Faucism!

Imagine waiting for the CDC to give you permission to walk outside without a mask.

Here is some silliness for a Wednesday.  

Enjoy! UPDATE:

The police officer who posted a hilarious video mocking LeBron James has been suspended from his job over the harmless joke.

Nate Silvester, a detective in Twin Falls, Idaho, aimed to “humanize the badge” 

Bonus of more silliness

Wishing you a wonderful day!

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John Kerry, Israel and his family ties to Iran UPDATE

How does Kerry keep getting recycled back into into the government? John Kerry, the U.S. special envoy for climate change, is facing calls for his resignation from Republican lawmakers and pundits for reportedly discussing Israeli military operations with Iran’s foreign minister when he served as then-President Obama’s secretary of State. Should we be surprised? UPDATE:

 

Iran orders probe into leaked audio of Zarif bemoaning military’s influence

Rouhani-ordered investigation seeks to identify who released ‘stolen’ three-hour recording that has sparked anger among country’s conservatives

 

“In the Islamic Republic the military field rules,” Zarif said in the audiotape, quoted by The New York Times. “I have sacrificed diplomacy for the military field rather than the field servicing diplomacy.”

Back to the post:

First, let’t take a look at his Iranian connection in case we wonder why his concern about Iran.

Kerry’s daughter Vanessa is married to an Iranian national and physician. Who was best man at the ceremony? The son of Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Zarif was also and Kerry’s chief counterpart in the nuclear deal negotiations.

Kerry also said he was “strongly committed to resolving” the differences between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, “to the mutual benefit of both of our people.”

Blackmail?

“But what if the regime simply decides to round up Nahed’s family members and torture them? Or sends its goons to visit them at home? Or exerts some form of more subtle pressure on them that gets no publicity, and then makes it known they want the United States to release Iranians jailed in the United States on terrorism charges or for attempting to procure weapons technology or military spare parts”?

Our patriot Kerry:

Kerry exposes Iranian family tie — and subjects family to blackmail

In a greeting to the Iranian people on the occasion of the traditional New Year (Nowruz) holiday last week, Secretary of State John Kerry exposed a secret that journalists and academics have been agonizing over for the past six weeks: the fact that his daughter has married an Iranian-American who has extensive family ties to Iran.

Since its inception, the FBI has vetted U.S. government officials involved in national security issues, and it generally won’t grant clearances to individuals who are married to nationals of an enemy nation or have family members living in that country, for fear of divided loyalties or, more simply, blackmail.

Kerry has repeatedly appeared with groups such as the American Iranian Council (AIC), and has taken money from Iranian-Americans for his political campaigns, including at least one illegal donation from an Iranian woman who did not have a green card.

Among Sen. John Kerry’s top fund-raisers are three Iranian-Americans who have been pushing for dramatic changes in U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran.

So he didn’t need to have an Iranian-American family member to believe that the United States should forge direct relations with the Islamic Republic or ease U.S. pressure on the regime.

Read more: Daily Caller

2013:

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has controversially claimed that American Senators should ‘stop listening to the Israelis’ in respect to Iran’s nuclear program. Kerry made the incendiary remark during a behind-close-doors briefing he gave to the Senate Banking Committee, where he made an impassioned plea to the lawmakers to put a halt to proposed new sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

But of course nothing will happen. Just a little snafu for Kerry.

Republican blowback is running the gamut from calling for Kerry to leave his position as the top official addressing climate change to calling for an investigation and his prosecution. Biden administration officials are dismissing the allegations, saying the information Kerry allegedly shared was widely known at the time.

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) called for Kerry’s resignation in a floor speech, one of several senators to do so Monday.

Keep reading

Let us not forget as well a post done in 2010. Lucky us, she is back again as well.

Iranian Born Valerie Jarrett Rises Again

Valerie Jarrett-Named Iranian of the Month

Obama’s closest aide is Shirazi

 Jarrett is a member of African-American and Chicago royalty. But her story and her life begin in the Middle East, not the Midwest. She was born in 1956 in Shiraz, Iran, Hospital, where Jarrett was born, and spent her early years. ”Every memory from Iran is a very happy memory,” Jarrett told me in an e-mail.  . Jarrett speaks Persian-Farsi and French.

“I had the honor of being in Shiraz and was student and later friend of Professor and Mrs Bowman (Valerie parent).
This Family is highly exceptional and Dr Bowman loves Iran and Shiraz and had been in touch with Shiraz ever since Valerie was in Shiraz and she is a brilliant and superb individual who belong to entire world”

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Chauvin Case Takes Ugly Turn – Maryland DA to Investigate Defense Medical Examiner

A chilling turn is taking place with the Chauvin Murder Trial. A witness for the defense will have the full weight of the Maryland Attorney General’s office bear down to attempt to crush him. They are attempting to discredit him, dishonor him so that there will be few future defense witnesses willing to offer testimony in unpopular cases? For the remaining police officers involved in the Derek Chauvin case, the message is clear. Defense witnesses will be few and far between.

Even worse we learn 431 Doctors from around the country chimed in to the AG… “conclusions were outside the bounds of accepted forensic practice and all of his previous work should be questioned.” Really? Did they watch the full trial? Did they read the autopsy and read the testimony at trial? I did.

Setting aside whether Chauvin acted properly and provided timely assistance, the question is how did Floyd die? Did Chauvin kill Floyd? That is what forensic pathologists do. They examine dead people.

The news reports:

Dr. David Fowler, Maryland’s chief medical examiner from 2002 to 2019, was a key defense witness for Chauvin, who was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes last May.

During the four-week trial, Fowler testified that the primary cause of Floyd’s death was a sudden heart rhythm disturbance during police restraint due to underlying heart disease, contradicting several experts who said Floyd had died due to a lack of oxygen.

We will get back to that but let’s finish with the predicate that is about to try to destroy and defame defense witness one Dr. Fowler.

The news report continues:

A former medical examiner who served as a witness in Derek Chauvin‘s murder trial will have 17 years’ worth of his in-custody death reports independently reviewed after he testified that the cop was not responsible for George Floyd‘s death, officials have announced.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh made the review announcement Friday, a day after receiving a letter from former Washington DC medical examiner Roger A. Mitchell that was signed by 431 doctors from around the country.

….

The letter said Fowler’s testimony and conclusions were outside the bounds of accepted forensic practice and all of his previous work should be questioned, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Frosh later released a statement in agreement, saying: ‘It is appropriate for independent experts to review reports issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) regarding deaths in custody.’

He said his office is already in talks with the governor’s office about how to coordinate the review.

The investigation would call into question the validity of all of Fowler’s in-custody death reports during his tenure, which includes the deaths of Anton Black, a 19-year-old who died in police custody in Greensboro in 2018.

(Surely let us challenge all police shooting autopsies.)

More at Daily Mail

I posted previously a lengthy post examining in detail the trial and medical evidence. Let me highlight a few facts. Know that Chauvin did not have one medical expert testify on his behalf. Just the Forensic Pathologist who reviewed the autopsy.. Chauven – Floyd: Over what? ‘A little bit of money’

Apparent Facts for the prosecution?

Twice a lethal dose of Fentanyl with assorted accessory drugs on board a man dying can have nothing to do with cause of death.

That  substantial heart disease including a 90 percent blockage could not have played a roll.

The autopsy report from Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office concludes the cause of death was “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” That conclusion, death due to heart failure, differs from the one reached by an independent examiner hired by the Floyd family; that report listed the cause of death as “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.”

That was the Prosecutor’s own medical examiner Dr. Andrew Baker. Prosecution would retain two additional Forensic Pathologists to refute some of their own Dr. Baker’s testimony – (remember he is the one who signed the death certificate) and Chauvin’s defense witness Dr. David Fowler who is now under attack.

Most importantly George Floyd’s arterial blood gas oxygen level after he arrived at the hospital was 98 percent!  Normal. At the time of his death. How was it that  he could have a normal oxygen level after being transported “flat lined” to the hospital and yet the cause of death has been asphyxiation? Lack of oxygen?

The question of excessive force used:

Autopsy: No areas of subcutaneous hemorrhage, soft tissue contusion (bruising), or other occult injury are found in the posterior neck, right and left lateral neck, shoulders, back, flanks, or buttocks

Layer by layer dissection of the anterior strap muscles of the neck discloses no areas of contusion (bruising) or hemorrhage within the musculature.

Use of placing Floyd in the prone position:

It was testified that placing individuals in the prone position – face down – does not necessarily cause death. Studies were introduced as evidence that obese individuals could possibly be at risk. In fact, Covid patients with reduced breathing capacity in the ICU were often placed in the prone position.

Floyd had complained “I can’t breathe” at the very beginning of the encounter with Chauvin.

Note contributing factors:

This image from video shows the certificate of death of George Floyd that was entered into evidence, as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over court Firday, April 9, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, at

Testimony of the girlfriend at trial indicated that just moments previous to the incident with Chauvin, Floyd had a “white foam” at the corners of his month. The same type foam and location as at the time of a drug overdose previously in March which necessitated his hospitalization, I paraphrase.

Several pills were found in Floyds car as well as in the police car. The pills tested indicated it was Fentanyl. The pill with his DNA was in the police car. Keep in mind he was already handcuffed at the time he was placed in the police car.

Lastly, how could Chauvin be convicted of all three charges each of which require dissimilar facts? Perhaps Manslaughter? Perhaps but keep in mind

Alt. juror in Chauvin trial on mob: ‘I was concerned they would come to my house’

Regardless of your take on a jury finding former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, it would be difficult to deny that the men and women sitting on that jury panel fully understood what the consequences would be if they voted for an acquittal.

And the Judge? What about him and the sentencing? The future cops on trial?

Finally and even more chilling, will witnesses for future defenses be intimated by the unlimited budgets of D.A’s offices that want to teach a lesson about Justice in this new world in which we now live.

For more details and autopsy repots read my previous post:

Chauven – Floyd: Over what? ‘A little bit of money’

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Sunday Respite – Out of Africa

I caught the film “Out of Africa” this weekend. Available on Amazon Prime right now. It’s hard to believe it was made in 1986. It seems like yesterday. A wonderful musical score by John Barry.

You may prefer to view it in full screen.

Out of Africa | Robert Redford and Meryl Streep Soar Over Kenya

Denys Finch (Robert Redford) takes Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) flying over Kenya’s Great Rift Valley in his Gipsy Moth biplane in this breathtaking sequence from Out of Africa, winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Wishing you a wonderful day with much Peace.

Saturday’s Passel of Potpourri

 

Let’s see what mischief our fellow earthlings have gotten themselves into this week. It’s Saturday and time for a break and maybe a smile or two.

Animals rule this week.

For politics page down and/or check top posts at the right side of the page.  Page may take a few seconds to load. Check for Sound!

 

H/T:  Liberty is a contact sport

 

 

SOUND UP!!!!!!!

I will end with this one.

Once in a While The Chimes 1961 – with some great pics of yesterdays.

That’s all folks… have a great day.

Minneapolis City Council essentially welcomes the DOJ taking over the police department

Justice Department to probe whether Minneapolis police have ‘pattern and practice’ of misconduct

The Template for what will happen to other police departments. DOJ will look for systemic bias in policing.

Minneapolis is more than George Floyd and Derek Chauven. It is the beginning of the takeover of police departments under the ruse of investigation of any number of things.This will set the precedent of federalizing the police. Let’s read the fine print of what our Attorney General Garland has in mind. Learn that the Mayor and City Council save one, are more than happy to turn their police department over the the DOJ. After all they want to disband the entire police department anyway. If the DOJ is not successful in reaching an agreement- whatever that may be – the DOJ is prepared to go to court

Council renews plan to replace the police department

In January 2021, Minneapolis City Council Members Phillipe Cunningham, Steve Fletcher, and Jeremy Schroeder introduced a new city charter amendment to establish a Department of Public Safety in Minneapolis to oversee policing, violence prevention, and community safety programs, and remove the direct oversight of the police by the mayor’s office. The amendment would also remove the city charter requirement to maintain a minimum number of police officers based on the city’s population. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he opposed the approach. The councilors hoped to put the amendment before voters in the 2021 November municipal election.[7][40]

Star Tribune:

The U.S. Department of Justice will undertake a sweeping investigation into whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a “pattern and practice” of illegal conduct, including whether officers used excessive force during protests.

The investigation, welcomed by 12 City Council members, Mayor Jacob Frey and the police chief, will seek to establish whether the state’s largest police department is engaging in practices that promote or allow systemic wrongdoing.

The investigation will also be separate from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights probe, announced after Floyd’s death, which will look at policies, procedures and practices over the past 10 years, and whether the department engaged in systemic discrimination.

If the Justice Department finds systemic wrongdoing, it will report its findings to the public. The federal civil rights division will seek to work with Minneapolis police, with input from the community, to identify ways to address the deficiencies.

If the civil rights division can’t reach an agreement with Minneapolis on how to reform the police department, the Justice Department has authority to file a lawsuit to force changes.

Chief vows cooperation

City officials, who learned of the investigation a half-hour before the public did, applauded the Justice Department for using its authority to reform Minneapolis police.

Every Minneapolis City Council member except for Alondra Cano signed onto a statement saying they “fully support” the federal investigators in holding accountable “any and all abuses of power and harms to our community and stand ready to aid in this process as full partners.”

“The City Council’s oversight of the Minneapolis Police Department has been historically constrained by the City Charter and state law and we welcome new tools to pursue transformational, structural changes to how the City provides for public safety.”

Mayor Frey also released a statement welcoming the investigation, saying Minneapolis must seize on this “generational opportunity” to improve life for the Black community.

More at Star Tribune

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday announces that the Department of Justice will investigate the practices of the Minneapolis police department, Justice Department officials told NBC News.

Just the beginning.

 

 

Yesterday my post included a background of three of the out of the mainstream council members. If you need a refresher

Minn City Council Candidate Encourages Rioters to Burn Down Wealthy Neighborhoods

Today I will add number four.  No less than Jeremiah Ellison, son of the infamous Keith Ellison, Minnesota’s Attorney General.

City Councilman Jeremiah Ellison explains disbanding police

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You betcha….. and we know why.

Here is where this is going:

Yes indeed.

What will be really interesting is that the Mayor and City Council will be up for re-election in November 21. The City will come face to face with their future. Will they continue this madness? Will cooler heads prevail? Stay tuned. This will be a hoot to watch. The Mayor’s race already has announced candidates.

Candidates

Declared

  • Jacob Frey, incumbent[5]
  • Kate Knuth, former DFL state representative and educator[6]
  • Sheila June Nezhad, community organizer[7]
  • A.J. Awed, Co-Executive Director of the Cedar-Riverside Community Council
  • Philip Sturm, former Marine[8]

My guess it will be ‘Sheila for the people” – she fits all of the boxes of misfits. The next Mayor. Wander over.

“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.”

….a worldwide revolution demanding the end of violent policing that started right here on Chicago Avenue. 

2020 changed me. I have always believed in the possibility of a revolution, of a more just world. This past year the people of Minneapolis taught me what walking toward justice really looks like.

My name is Sheila June Nezhad (she/her pronouns). I’m grateful to my parents for giving me an early start on a life of cross-cultural movement building. My parents chose my first and middle names “Sheila June” to be both Persian (my dad) and American (my Anishinaabe-Swedish-Norwegian mom). And my last name, Nezhad (pronounced “neh-zh-ahd”) roughly translates to “the people.”

Thats what the lady says. Say goodbye to all the white members of the council. The best of the swamp today,

Minn City Council Candidate Encourages Rioters to Burn Down Wealthy Neighborhoods

 

Looks like the Minneapolis City Council is looking for a few good Marxists to join their radical group. First a candidate to round out this group and then we will visit a couple of the members.

A Minneapolis City Council candidate publicly encouraged Black Lives Matter rioters who “feel like burning sh-t down” to target wealthy communities instead of poor ones.

Margarita “Rita” Ortega

 

Police are now investigating her for making a “credible threat,” according to reports. Margarita “Rita” Ortega wrote on her personal Facebook page that “the poor community is not your oppressors” and claimed that the wealthy community of Lake of the Isles has “more then [sic] needed.”

So let’s wander over to the Council and meet a couple of the members.

The Minneapolis City Council is the legislative branch of the City of Minneapolis. It consists of 13 members, elected from separate wards to four-year terms. The Council is dominated by members of the DFL (the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party), with a total of 12 members. The Green Party of Minnesota has one member, Cam Gordon.

 

First a couple of the transgendered members.

Phillipe Cunningham (born July 7, 1987) is the city councilperson for Minneapolis Ward 4 and one of the first openly transgender men to be elected to public office in the United States.[2][3][4] In the Minneapolis City Council election, 2017, Cunningham won over 20-year incumbent Barb Johnson by 157 votes.[5][6] Cunningham identifies as black, queer, and transgender.[7]

Early life and education

Cunningham was born in Streator, Illinois, where he lived until he was 18.[8] His father worked as a unionized tractor mechanic/builder for more than forty years, while his mother was a dry cleaner employee; he is their only child.[9] He studied at Mills College and Southern Illinois University Carbondale before transferring to DePaul University,[8] where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese studies.[10] He transitioned during his junior year at DePaul,[8] inspired by the life and work of Lou Sullivan.[11]

Career

Prior to his election to public office, Cunningham worked as a special education teacher in the South Side of Chicago[5] and for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. He also worked as Senior Policy Aide and Advisor for Education, Youth Success, Racial Equity, and LGBTQ Rights for the Office of the Mayor of Minneapolis.[10]

On July 10, 2015, when same-sex marriage was legalized, Cunningham married Lane Cunningham, who is an IT professional at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities .[12] They met at the Victory 44, a popular restaurant until its closing in 2017.[13]

Here he is out on the “stump.”

Next

Andrea Jenkins (born 1961) is an American policy aide, politician, writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. She is known for being the first black openly transgender woman elected to public office in the United States,[1] serving since January 2018 on the Minneapolis City Council.

Personal life

Jenkins is a performance artist, poet, and writer who identifies as bisexual and queer.[18][19] She is a grandmother. Her own mother now lives in Ward 8. She has a partner of eight years. Jenkins was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis in 2018.[20]

She has participated in the Trans Lives Matter movement and chaired the board of Intermedia Arts.[3] In 2015, Jenkins was grand marshal of the Twin Cities Pride Parade.[18] Jenkins has cited Barack ObamaHarold Washington, the Black Panther PartyJeremiah Wright, and Jesse Jackson as having influenced her to be involved with politics.[21]

Jenkins moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota in 1979 and was hired by the Hennepin County government, where she worked for a decade. Jenkins worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota‘s Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.

Born in 1961, Andrea Jenkins was raised in North Lawndale, Chicago.[2][3] She has said she grew up in “a low-income, working-class community” and “lived in some pretty rough places.” She was raised by a single mother, Shirley Green, who was “very loving and very much concerned that we get a good education.”[4]

When she was young and still presenting as male, she participated in the Cub Scouts and played football at Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy before moving to Minneapolis in 1979 to attend the University of Minnesota.[2][3][5]

In her 20s, Jenkins came out as gay, married a woman, became a parent, and divorced.[5] At 30, she began to outwardly present as female and returned to college to finish her bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University, which she followed by earning two master’s degrees–an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University and an MS in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University.[2][5][6] During which, Jenkins worked as a vocational counselor for the Hennepin County government.[5]

Career

Jenkins worked for a decade as a vocational counselor with Hennepin County.[2][5] In 2001, Robert Lilligren, who was running for a seat on the Minneapolis City Council, asked Jenkins to be a part of his campaign.[5] After his election, Jenkins joined Lilligren’s staff where she worked as an aide for four years.[7]

 

 

Abdi Warsame – no doubt on his way to Congress.

Abdi Warsame (SomaliCabdi WarsameArabic: عبدي وارسام‎) (born 1978) is a Somali-American politician in Minnesota’s Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party. After moving to London as an asylum-seeker, he immigrated to Minnesota in 2006. In November 2013, he was elected to the Minneapolis City Council, becoming the first Somali official to be elected to the position.[1] Warsame was reelected for a second term in 2017. Some information indicates he resigned in March of 2020 to take a position in Housing however he is listed as voting later in the year,

Early life and education

Warsame was born on March 5, 1978 in MogadishuSomalia.[1][2] In the late-1980s, and his family sought asylum in London.[1] Warsame earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the Middlesex University. He also holds a master’s degree in International Business from the University of Greenwich.[3] In 2006, Warsame immigrated to Minneapolis, Minnesota.[3]

Warsame first entered politics in 2011, while working on Mohamud Noor‘s campaign for a state Senate seat on a DFL ticket.[1]

Warsame was the founder and spokesperson for the Citizen’s Committee for Fair Redistricting, which took part in the Minneapolis redistricting process. The group lobbied the Minneapolis Charter Commission to redraw the municipality’s political districts so as to maximize the East African community’s vote.[1] The commission concurred and established a number of new precincts in Ward 6.[4][5]

2013 Election

Warsame ran in the 2013 Minneapolis municipal elections to represent Ward 6 on the Minneapolis City Council.[1]

Somali-American professionals contributed significantly to Warsame’s election campaign. 

Personal life

Warsame is married and has four children.[3] He is a resident of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, which is home to the largest concentration of Somalis outside of East Africa.[1]

Move the clip to 2:15 to miss the Somali talk.

 

So much for the swamp today. More on the other members later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chauven – Floyd: Over what? ‘A little bit of money’

 

What did we learn? That counterfeiting money is not a crime. Maybe a misdemeanor but nothing that the police should/would bother themselves over.

That twice a lethal dose of Fentanyl with assorted accessory drugs on board a man dying means nothing.

That  substantial heart disease including a 90 percent blockage could not have played a roll.

That the police officer charged named Derek Chauven never was offered a defense. At most a forensic pathologist. The Medical Examiner who actually was a defense witness in truth. The prosecutor who brought in outside forensic pathologists to discount their own Medical Examiner.

The dream team prosecutors were not from the prosecutor’s office but outside attorneys offering their services pro-bono with what appears to have been unlimited support resources. All save one who played a bit part so was reported.

An Expert for the defense that first offered themselves for the offense. Not one medical expert to rebut the hours of testimony from the prosecutor’s bevies of five medical experts. Cardiologists, pulmonologists, toxicologists, two more Forensic Pathologists to overcome their own Medical Examiner. Most of them offering themselves free of charge for the most part because “it was an important case.”

Weeks and weeks of prosecution testimony scrutinizing every inch of tape from every angle played over and over again. The defense? A couple of days.

A Defense attorney that by happen chance was Chauven’s attorney. His name was on a list it was reported and it was “his turn” – no show defense team for this police officer. His only help was a recent law school graduate who sat in the background and said nothing. No one to even bring in the defense witnesses to the witness stand. No one to manage the computer exhibits.

I watched the trial gavel to gavel via HLN which happened to have an excellent panel of experts from which most of this information has be taken.

The autopsy report from Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office concludes the cause of death was “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” That conclusion, death due to heart failure, differs from the one reached by an independent examiner hired by the Floyd family; that report listed the cause of death as “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.”

Yet post mortem he had an oxygen level of 98 percent~!!!!! An oxygen saturation of 95 to 100 percent is normal. 

NOTE: Contributing factors.

This image from video shows the certificate of death of George Floyd that was entered into evidence, as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over court Firday, April 9, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, at

 

Signed by Dr. Andrew M. Baker, it says Floyd had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on April 3. A post-mortem nasal swab confirmed that diagnosis. The report notes that because a positive result for coronavirus can persist for weeks after the disease has resolved, “the result most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent … positivity from previous infection.”

In addition to fentanyl and methamphetamine, the toxicology report from the autopsy showed that Floyd also had cannabinoids in his system when he died.

Floyd also had heart disease, hypertension and sickle cell trait — a mostly asymptomatic form of the more serious sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder that primarily affects African Americans.

If you want to know more than CNN is telling you … 20 pages in length.

https://www.hennepin.us/-/media/hennepinus/residents/public-safety/documents/floyd-autopsy-6-3-20.pdf

VI. Toxicology (see attached report for full details; testing performed on antemortem blood specimens collected 5/25/20 at 9:00 p.m. at HHC and on postmortem urine) A. Blood drug and novel psychoactive substances screens: 1. Fentanyl 11 ng/mL 2. Norfentanyl 5.6 ng/mL 3. 4-ANPP 0.65 ng/mL 4. Methamphetamine 19 ng/mL 5. 11-Hydroxy Delta-9 THC 1.2 ng/mL; Delta-9 Carboxy THC 42 ng/mL; Delta-9 THC 2.9 ng/mL 6. Cotinine positive 7. Caffeine positive B. Blood volatiles: negative for ethanol, methanol, isopropanol, or acetone C. Urine drug screen: presumptive positive for cannabinoids, amphetamines, and fentanyl/metabolite D. Urine drug screen confirmation: morphine (free) 86 ng/mL

 

Detailed Findings: Analysis and Comments Result Units Rpt. Limit Specimen Source Analysis By Caffeine Positive mcg/mL 0.20 001 – Hospital Blood LC/TOF-MS Cotinine Positive ng/mL 200 001 – Hospital Blood LC/TOF-MS 4-ANPP 0.65 ng/mL 0.10 003 – Hospital Blood LC-MS/MS 11-Hydroxy Delta-9 THC 1.2 ng/mL 1.0 001 – Hospital Blood LC-MS/MS Delta-9 Carboxy THC 42 ng/mL 5.0 001 – Hospital Blood LC-MS/MS Delta-9 THC 2.9 ng/mL 0.50 001 – Hospital Blood LC-MS/MS Methamphetamine 19 ng/mL 5.0 001 – Hospital Blood LC-MS/MS Fentanyl 11 ng/mL 0.10 001 – Hospital Blood LC-MS/MS Norfentanyl 5.6 ng/mL 0.20 001 – Hospital Blood LC-MS/MS Cannabinoids Presump Pos ng/mL 50 012 – Urine EIA This test is an unconfirmed screen. Confirmation by a more definitive technique such as GC/MS is recommended. Amphetamines Presump Pos ng/mL 500 012 – Urine EIA This test is an unconfirmed screen. Confirmation by a more definitive technique such as GC/MS is recommended. Fentanyl / Metabolite Presump Pos ng/mL 2.0 012 – Urine EIA This test is an unconfirmed screen. Confirmation by a more definitive technique such as GC/MS is recommended. Morphine – Free 86 ng/mL 25 012 – Urine LC-MS/MS Other than the above findings, examination of the specimen(s) submitted did not reveal any positive findings of toxicological significance by procedures outlined in the accompanying Analysis Summary. Reference Comments: 11-Hydroxy Delta-9 THC (Active Metabolite) – Hospital Blood: 11-Hydroxy Delta-9 THC is an active intermediate metabolite of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the active component of marijuana. Usual peak levels: Less than 10% of THC levels after smoking. 1. 4-ANPP (Despropionyl fentanyl) – Hospital Blood: 4-ANPP (despropionylfentanyl) is a precursor chemical used in the production of fentanyl and is also a fentanyl metabolite. It may be used in the production of other related compounds such as acetyl fentanyl, butyryl fentanyl and furanyl fentanyl and may be a metabolite of these and other fentanyl-related compounds. It is considered to be pharmacologically weak. 2. Amphetamines – Urine: Amphetamines are a class of central nervous system stimulant drugs, with some therapeutic uses, and a high potential for abuse. This result derives from a presumptive test, which may be subject to cross-reactivity with non-amphetamine related compounds. A second test is necessary to confirm the presence of amphetamine related compounds.

Autopsy:

NECK: Layer by layer dissection of the anterior strap muscles of the neck discloses no areas of contusion or hemorrhage within the musculature. The thyroid cartilage and hyoid bone are intact. The larynx is lined by intact mucosa. The thyroid is symmetric and red-brown, without cystic or nodular change. The tongue is free of bite marks, hemorrhage, or other injuries. The cervical spinal column is palpably stable and free of hemorrhage.

Heart: ……….Cross sections of the vessels show multifocal atherosclerosis, with 75% proximal and 75% mid narrowing of the left anterior descending coronary artery; 75% proximal narrowing of the 1st diagonal branch of the left anterior descending coronary artery; 25% proximal narrowing of the circumflex coronary artery; and 90% proximal narrowing of the right coronary artery. 

SPECIAL PROCEDURES: Incision and subcutaneous dissection of the anterior and lateral aspects of the wrists demonstrates no foci of contusion or hemorrhage deep to the skin on the right. In the left wrist, there is multifocal fascial hemorrhage, with approximately 3 mL liquid blood accumulation, in the tissue surrounding the flexor tendons. The exposed wrist musculature itself appears free of injury. An incision from the back of the head to the lower back, extending onto both buttocks, is dissected subcutaneously to the lateral aspects of the neck, the shoulders, and flanks. No areas of subcutaneous hemorrhage, soft tissue contusion, or other occult injury are found in the posterior neck, right and left lateral neck, shoulders, back, flanks, or buttocks.

Finally most importantly George Floyd’s oxygen level at the hospital was 98 percent! Post Mortem. How was it that  he could have a normal oxygen level after being transported “flat lined” to the hospital and yet the cause of death been asphyxiation?

 

The movie “Fargo comes to mind. Over what? A little bit of money. 

A counterfeit bill and a man who resisted arrest.

 

 

And the jury dutifully rendered their righteous verdict. Guilty. On all three counts??  Floyd? Oh he would have been dead in a couple of months probably anyway.  Gotten caught up in a drug deal. Overdosed. A cardiac arrhythmia. A heart attack.  A long long history of drugs and in March an overdose.

Now? The thin blue line grows thinner. Calls to nationalize the police. Derek Chauven?… how long will he last in prison?

The United States of America convulses in the death throes.

 

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