Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty today of killing George Floyd. George Floyd’s death was captured on camera and by all appearances was the result of Chauvin’s knee on his neck for 9 minutes. George Floyd had an extensive criminal career. (However many others saw a different side of his personality and consider him a reformed “gentle giant.”) The video sparked an international outrage over police brutality resulting in “George Floyd Riots” (aka “fiery but mostly peaceful protests”) that produced $2,000,000,000.00 in damage, cries for defunding the police, violent police-free autonomous zones and catapulted the Black Lives Matter Movement into global prominence.
From the onset, the mainstream media formed and supported the narrative that George Floyd was a typical African American male who fell victim to another racist police officer. Mainstream media declared that the time for black men being hunted down in the streets had to stop and as a result, George Floyd’s death was a cause célèbre. Indeed, in his name, BLM flourished, politicians gained more influence for themselves, CNN’s ratings surged, the Floyd family received a $27,000,000.00 settlement and George Floyd himself was given a golden casket to rest in.
The video of George Floyd’s death convinced most people that it was a clear case of police brutality. It certainly seemed that way to me when I saw it. However, Floyd’s autopsy cast doubt on the narrative. The official report (that you can read here) says he died from cardiopulmonary arrest and that he tested positive for COVID-19. A later report said Floyd had a “fatal level” of fentanyl in his system. Other cracks in the mainstream media narrative became clear from observations made from right-wing political pundits; chief among them Tucker Carlson. On August 5, 2020, Carlson pointed out facts that the mainstream media had ignored. (Click here to watch the video.) Townhall commented on the video saying this…
During his highly rated primetime show Tuesday night, Tucker Carlson detailed new evidence in the the George Floyd case that exposes the narrative we’ve been hearing about for months.
New police body camera video shows Floyd resisted arrest for ten minutes, complained officers were hurting him before they ever touched him and shows him irate. Floyd also said he couldn’t breathe before he was ever placed on the ground, something he requested after claiming he was too claustrophobic for the back of the police vehicle.
But the main question Carlson asks is, why did this take so long for Americans to see? Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, the man leading the prosecution against four Minneapolis police officers involved in the incident, has been blocking its release. The footage was leaked.
I did not follow the court trial closely so, I cannot speak on what was and what was not shared with the jury. From just this little bit of information, I am skeptical and have some doubt on what killed George Floyd. The autopsy was very clear. Floyd was on a lot of drugs. Maybe Chauvin’s action pushed Floyd over the edge? Maybe if Chauvin had not put him on the ground and held his knee on his neck, Floyd would have died at the police station instead of the street? I honestly do not know and as I said, I did not watch the trial closely. However, regardless of any doubts I have (or the jurors for that matter), a guilty verdict was expected.
It was expected from President Biden who weighed in on the case prior to conviction when he said that he was “…praying the verdict is the right verdict, which is — I think it’s overwhelming, in my view.”
It was expected from Vice President Harris who said in a CNN interview about the Chauvin trial just prior to the conviction, “…it will not heal the pain that existed for generations, that has existed for generations among people who have experienced and first-hand witnessed what now a broader public is seeing because of smartphones and the ubiquity of our ability to videotape in real time what is happening in front of our faces. And that is the reality of it.”
It was expected by the Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey who said, “Regardless of the decision made by the jury, there is one true reality, which is that George Floyd was killed at the hands of police.”
If not expected, it was certainly encouraged by Congressman Maxine Waters who told people to take to the streets if Chauvin was acquitted. (An action that might get Chauvin’s sentence overturned if the case is ever appealed.)
Vandals also encouraged such a verdict when they “…left blood and a severed pig’s head at the former Santa Rosa home of a use-of-force expert who testified on behalf of Derek Chauvin.”
Well, as fate would have it. Chauvin was pronounced guilty on all 3 counts by the jury and the crowd cheered that justice had been served.
"Justice!" A crowd gathered at the location where George Floyd was killed reacts after former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is found guilty on all three charges in Floyd's death https://t.co/PQuGEvg6vK pic.twitter.com/8FW9JLWL9L
— CNN International (@cnni) April 20, 2021
Since this is what so many people wanted (on both sides of the political spectrum), I would think that many on the left would be celebrating. However, many prominent liberals did not. They seemed disappointed (almost angry?) at the way it all went down; wholly unsatisfied. This according to Washington Examiner…
Rep. Maxine Waters’s first reaction to the guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd was not one of joy.
“I’m not celebrating. I’m relieved,” Waters, a California Democrat, told reporters soon after the jury announced its verdict.
Her initial reaction to the verdict came about an hour after House Democrats defeated a resolution from Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to censure Waters for comments she made about the trial.
In a statement, President Obama and First Lady Obama said the following…
While today’s verdict may have been a necessary step on the road to progress, it was far from a sufficient one. We cannot rest. We will need to follow through with the concrete reforms that will reduce and ultimately eliminate racial bias in our criminal justice system. We will need to redouble efforts to expand economic opportunity for those communities that have been too long marginalized.
Van Jones on CNN said that this was “one down, many, many more to go.”
‘This is the beginning of something. This is not the end of anything.’ — CNN’s Van Jones reacts to Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict for the murder of George Floyd pic.twitter.com/5YoRNAVCTI
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 20, 2021
This makes me wonder if the left will ever stop being outraged; if they will ever stop forcing reforms with threats of violence, cancellations and censorship until all of their demands are met. As of now, I think not. (See below.)
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 21, 2021
‘The Purge’ by Big Tech targets conservatives, including us
Just when we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns were ending and our ability to stay afloat was improving, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the last few months, NOQ Report and the American Conservative Movement have appealed to our readers for assistance in staying afloat through Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn in the economy has limited our ability to generate proper ad revenue just as our traffic was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over a million visitors in November, December, and January, but February saw a dip.
It wasn’t just the shortened month. We expected that. We also expected the continuation of dropping traffic from “woke” Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but it has actually been much worse than anticipated. Our Twitter account was banned. Both of our YouTube accounts were banned. Facebook “fact-checks” everything we post. Spotify canceled us. Medium canceled us. Apple canceled us. Why? Because we believe in the truth prevailing, and that means we will continue to discuss “taboo” topics.
The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You can’t say that on Big Tech platforms without risking cancellation, but we’d rather get cancelled for telling the truth rather than staying around to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They have been covering it up since before the election and they’ve convinced the vast majority of conservative news outlets that they will be harmed if they continue to discuss voter fraud. We refuse to back down. The truth is the truth.
The lies associated with Covid-19 are only slightly more prevalent than the suppression of valid scientific information that runs counter to the prescribed narrative. We should be allowed to ask questions about the vaccines, for example, as there is ample evidence for concern. One does not have to be an “anti-vaxxer” in order to want answers about vaccines that are still considered experimental and that have a track record in a short period of time of having side-effects, including death. One of our stories about the Johnson & Johnson “vaccine” causing blood clots was “fact-checked” and removed one day before the government hit the brakes on it. These questions and news items are not allowed on Big Tech which is just another reason we are getting canceled.
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