One year since George Floyd murdered by Minneapolis police


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Hundreds of people gathered on Sunday for the rally in front of the courthouse in downtown Minneapolis where a month ago former policeman Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering the black man by kneeling on his neck…

Amid chants of “no justice, no peace!” and “Say his name,” Minnesota governor Tim Walz, Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey and St Paul mayor Melvin Carter watched alongside a dozen of Floyd’s family members as speakers called for justice for families of black men slain by police.

Tuesday will mark one year since Floyd’s death sparked worldwide protests and calls for change in policing in the U.S….

Since Floyd’s killing, at least 17 states, including Minnesota, have enacted legislation to ban or restrict the use of chokeholds and neck restraints by police officers, according to data provided to the Associated Press by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Before then, only two states, Tennessee and Illinois, had bans on such police hold techniques. A majority of the bans enacted over the past year are in states controlled politically by Democrats.

No surprise, there. No one expects any political body controlled by the Republican Party to support freedom, democracy or an end to racism in the United States.

One CNN Reporter Arrested, The Other One Left Alone. Guess What’s Different?


Oscar Jimenez (L) and Josh Campbell (R)

Reporter Josh Campbell described the situation in Minneapolis where a reporter was arrested live on camera…“No, I can tell you my experience has been the opposite of what Omar just experienced there. Talking to police, I identified myself. I told them who I was with. They said okay, you’re permitted to be in this area. As a vehicle came by, they asked me to step out of the street. I asked if I could move back in. They said yeah, you’re good to go. What happened to Omar was clearly a lot different and just something that we certainly haven’t seen, where a journalist identified himself covering a story has been taken into custody by the police,” Campbell said.

“Again, the police knew who our crew was, who they consisted of. They saw the camera and the live shot in progress. Omar identified himself very politely, yet they took that decision to make that arrest.”

I’m not cynical. I’m just not surprised.

Health Department decides where salmonella outbreak in Minneapolis came from – it was the guinea pig meat

A Minneapolis woman has been fined after tainted guinea pig meat serving at her market resulted in a mass salmonella outbreak, health officials said.

The Minnesota Department of Health issued a $1,000 citation Oct. 1 to Nieves Riera, owner of New York Plaza Produce. the citation says Riera obtained the guinea pigs and pork from sellers that aren’t approved for wholesale, and that Riera slaughtered the guinea pigs in the back of her shop in August prior to an Ecuadorian Independence Festival, creating a health hazard.

More than 80 people fell ill as a result of eating the guinea pig meat

Um, OK.

New Minneapolis bridge opens, 13 months after collapse

A steady stream of motorists crossed the new Interstate 35W “smart bridge” as it opened, a little more than a year after the old one collapsed into the Mississippi River and killed 13 people.

A vanguard of squad cars, fire trucks, ambulances and maintenance trucks slowly led a parade of cars, motorcycles, trucks and buses across the new bridge in downtown Minneapolis just after 5 a.m. this morning, reopening one of the busiest arteries in the Twin Cities…

The old bridge fell August 1, 2007, killing more than a dozen people and injuring 145 others. The state put the replacement on the fast track, and contractors had it ready for traffic in just 11 months.

The bridge was completed on budget and more than three months ahead of the December 24 deadline. That means the contractors should get a bonus close to the contract maximum of $27 million, though the actual amount hasn’t been determined.

RTFA – especially the details of the sensor system they installed to stay ahead of preventative maintenance requirements.

And the contractor beat the install date. Good for you!