President Joe Biden weighed-in Tuesday on the trial of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis; saying he prays the verdict is the “right” one after viewing the “overwhelming” evidence.
“I waited until the jury was sequestered and I called the Floyd Family,” said the President.
“I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict. I think it’s overwhelming, in my view. I wouldn’t say that unless the jury was sequestered, now that they can’t hear me say that,” he added.
President @JoeBiden on the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin:
"I'm praying the verdict is the right verdict. I think it's overwhelming, in my view." pic.twitter.com/LKer2dSshK
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 20, 2021
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz officially declared a ‘State of Emergency’ hours before a jury is set to deliver their verdict on Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged with second-degree murder in the killing of George Floyd.
“Fox 9 reported that Walz held a news conference to lay out his plans to maintain security. He said the state is bringing in police backup from Nebraska and Ohio. The report pointed out that the Minnesota Senate approved $9 million in emergency funding to deal with potential unrest,” reports Fox News.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) April 20, 2021
“We can’t live like this,” he said. “We simply can’t. But we can’t have thousands of businesses burned and people put at risk.”
“The murder case against Chauvin in the death of George Floyd went to the jury Monday. The jury of six white people and six people who are Black or multiracial began deliberating after nearly a full day of closing arguments,” adds Fox.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
AMERICA WAITS: Minneapolis on Edge as City Waits for Verdict in Trial of Derek Chauvin
Closing arguments are now underway in the Minneapolis trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged with second-degree murder in the death of George Floyd.
“Floyd’s death, and the shocking video of the events leading up to it, caused national and global outrage. Now there are fears of unrest if Chauvin is acquitted — an outcome that Black Americans, in particular, would see as evidence of a system egregiously biased against them,” reports The Hill.
BREAKING: NBC News Special Report: Prosecution begins closing arguments in Derek Chauvin's murder trial in George Floyd's death.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 19, 2021
Prosecution tells jury to reject Derek Chauvin’s “nonsense” claims that George Floyd suddenly died from a drug overdose, heart disease or exhaust fumes from the police car.
“Use your common sense. Believe your eyes. What you saw, you saw.” pic.twitter.com/CNd89KbKqG
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 19, 2021
“The Chauvin verdict is set to play out against the backdrop of the deaths of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minn., just 11 miles from the site of Floyd’s death; and of Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old, in Chicago,” adds the outlet.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
DEFUND to REFUND: Far-Left Cities Reverse Course on Police Budgets After Violent Crime Spikes
From Fox News:
Cities in parts of the U.S. that slashed their police department funding last year, in part as a result of police-involved shootings, have seen an uptick in certain crimes over the past year, according to data analyzed by Fox News.
Cities such as Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas, have shifted funds from police departments to social services programs. Such cuts have led some departments to lay off officers, cancel recruiting classes or retreat from hiring goals.
As police departments were left to make do with shrunken budgets and less support, some big cities have seen sometimes drastic upticks in murders and other violent crimes, a Fox News crime analysis found.
The “defund the police” movement is not necessarily about gutting police department budgets — though some groups have tried. And budget cuts were already expected as a result of alternate needs for funding because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s a look at how some of the cities have fared in terms of crime numbers from when the respective budget cuts took effect through the present day.
Violent crime rates surged in 2020 after the May death of George Floyd, a Black man who was handcuffed and pleading while Derek Chauvin, a White former Minneapolis police officer, pressed his knee against his neck for more than nine minutes, as seen on moments captured on video. Chauvin is currently standing trial on murder and manslaughter charges.
Between Dec. 11, 2020, and March 28 of this year, murders in the city rose 46% – to 19 – compared to the 13 reported during the same time period last year, statistics show.
And going back further, there have been 49% more homicides since the initial budget cut in July 2020 – 58 murders between July 22, 2020, and March 28, compared to the 39 reported year-over-year.
Total violent crime in Minneapolis between July 22, 2020, and March 28 was also up 22% year-over-year – 3,692 this year compared to the 3,025 last year; the violent summer months appear to have caused such a significant increase, an analysis of Minneapolis Police Department statistics show.
Read the full report at Fox News.