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All Four Officers Charged in the George Floyd Case

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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced today that the charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, have been upgraded to second-degree murder. He is now charged with second-degree murder without intent, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin’s bail has also increased from $500,000 to $1 million.

Charges have also been filed against the other three officers, J. Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao, and Thomas Lane. They are currently charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Their bail has also been set to $1 million and they’ve all been fired from their jobs.

According to FOX 9 News in Minneapolis, Chauvin wasn’t the only officer holding George Floyd down. Lane and Kueng were also on Floyd while Thao stood nearby and watched.

Now that all four officers are charged this is the first step on a long journey for justice. Ellison reminded everyone that this process will take time and getting justice of George Floyd will not be easy.

“As it is so hard to do, I now ask for continued patience…this case continues to be under investigation. We will not be able to say very much publicly about the investigation.” Ellison stated.

“Trying this case will not be an easy thing,” Ellison continues. “Winning a conviction will be hard.”

Benjamin Crump, the attorney representing George Floyd’s family, took to Twitter to share the family’s response.

Crump still believes that this is not enough and Chauvin should be charged with first-degree murder. “We cannot celebrate because an arrest is not a conviction and we want justice. We want whole justice,” Crump said.

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Chadwick Boseman Passes Away At 43

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Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as King T’Challa in the box office smash “Black Panther” passed away from colon cancer Friday.

The actor was first diagnosed with stage 3 cancer in 2016, but remained active in his career with much of his work being released post-diagnosis. A statement from his family confirmed that he continued to work despite his cancer progressing, befitting a man who brought America’s first Black superhero to the silver screen. 

As the news of the actor’s death spread, many took to social media to share their condolences. 

The tributes continue to flood in as news of his passing continues to ripple through. Read the official statement from his family below.

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.

Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.

A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.

It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. 

He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.

The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

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Steve Bannon Arrested on Border Wall Fundraising Scheme

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Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former political adviser, and three other leaders of the“We Build the Wall” online fundraising campaign have been indicted on wire fraud and money laundering charges by federal prosecutors. 

Federal agents and officials from the United States Postal Inspection arrested Bannon while he was on a boat located off the eastern coast of Connecticut.


Bannon is expected to make his initial court appearance in New York later today, according to the US attorney’s office. Bannon’s attorney, Bill Burck, declined to comment on the matter. 

Audrey Strauss, acting Manhattan U.S attorney, issued the following statement: 

“As alleged, the defendants defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their interest in funding a border wall to raise millions of dollars, under the false pretense that all of that money would be spent on construction. While repeatedly assuring donors that Brian Kolfage, the founder and public face of We Build the Wall, would not be paid a cent, the defendants secretly schemed to pass hundreds of thousands of dollars to Kolfage, which he used to fund his lavish lifestyle. We thank the USPIS for their partnership in investigating this case, and we remain dedicated to rooting out and prosecuting fraud wherever we find it.” 

According to the charges, Kolfage—one of the crowdfunding organizers, spent more than $350,000 of the donations on personal expenses. These expenses include a luxury SUV, a golf cart, cosmetic surgery, home renovations, jewelry, personal tax payments,  and credit card debt. 

The four individuals being charged—Bannon, Kolfage, Andrew Badolato, and Timothy Shea—are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, CNN reports

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