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Star Wars Day
Who Got Shot First?
May the Fourth be 2021

Be like the Mandalorian. Never take off your mask in front of others.
I'm not much of a Star Wars fan or a Star Trek fan or a Star Tribune fan. But since today isn't Star Trek day or Star Tribune day, I'll give two reasons that I'm not a Star Wars fan.

1.  The Star Wars Holiday Special
2.  The Ewok Adventures

If those reasons aren't enough, there are plenty more reasons in the Star Wars universe, including the who-shot-whom-first nonsense.

I once knew an elderly wife who would remind her elderly husband to shoot himself. (He had daily medications.) “Have you shot yourself?
she would ask.

I've been vaccinated.

The United States has more vaccines than it has people wanting to be vaccinated. According to some polls, not enough Americans want to get their shots, and the United States may not have enough immunized people to reach herd immunity. That means there will be third doses of the vaccines next year. The masks will stay on. And the health, entertainment, and hospitality industries will continue to suffer.

The pandemic will continue until the covidiots are ready for it to end.

Music Association: Erich Korngold - King’s Row & Gustav Holst - The Planets - Mars, the Bringer of War
see link for details of the Star Wars music cues

Roll Up Your Sleeves, Minnesota    anti-vaccinationists on cliff of misinformation over smallpox, 1930

After the Trial of Derek Chauvin
What's Next?
April 22, 2021

The Derek Chauvin guilty verdicts have delivered a brief sigh of relief for the people of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Chauvin is scheduled to be sentenced on June 25th at 1:30pm CT. The murder of George Floyd was a group effort, and the other three former Minneapolis 3rd Precinct officers are scheduled to stand trial August 23rd. Then there's the trial of former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police officer Kim Potter who killed Daunte Wright. And then there's the next Minnesota police murder that hasn't happened yet but will.

People should be prepared to be the next Darnella Frazier. She used a smartphone to upload video directly to Facebook. Another option is ACLU’s Mobile Justice app. Send your video directly to them while witnessing police misconduct, discrimination, or voting rights violations. Being a witness makes a difference. People with an iPhone can tell Siri, “Siri, I’m getting pulled over,” and it automatically starts a video recording using your front-facing camera.

Pretextual traffic stops must end. Issues like air fresheners hanging from rearview mirrors should either be addressed through traffic camera mailings or not addressed at all.

The University of Minnesota Department of Computer Science is using buggy code to attack the Linux Kernel. How does that help, you ask? I'm asking the same thing.

Music Association: Paul McCartney - Another Day

Minnesota attacks Linux operating system
Guilty - Derek Chauvin is convicted of all 3 charges against him in George Floyd's death

Hopes and Dreams

The George Floyd Murder
The Trial Of Derek Chauvin
April 20, 2021

The jury found Derek Chauvin guilty on all three counts for the murder of George Floyd today at 4:07pm CT.

The racism of policing, the judicial system, and American society must end.

Darnella Frazier is my hero.

From the GoFundMe page for the Peace and Healing of Darnella:

Darnella Frazier, the brave young woman who filmed the murder of George Floyd, deserves peace and healing. In addition to the trauma of watching a black man be murdered by police, she has had to deal with trolls, bullies and ignorant people harassing her online. It took unbelievable courage for her to stand there and bear witness to such an awful tragedy.

Darnella Frazier filmed the murder of George Floyd by former officer Derek Chauvin, even while Chauvin stared her down, trying to intimidate her. Her video and still images from her video were instrumental in the trial, and she also testified against Chauvin at the trial.

Thank you, Darnella Frazier.

Music Association: Van Halen - Right Now

The George Floyd Murder
The Trial Of Derek Chauvin
April 19, 2021

The prosecution is making its closing arguments in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.

The trial is about life and the right to live and the contempt of life by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Many businesses throughout the Twin Cities are boarded up to protect property. This is the first trial in Minnesota history to be televised, and the closing arguments are being covered live by all five local channels.

George Floyd's last words were, “Please, I can't breathe.
"I can't breathe," said George Floyd with Derek Chauvin's knee on his neck

Music Association: The Police - Every Breath You Take

Trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd

Trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd

Trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd

Trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd

Trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd

The Daunte Wright Murder
Policing the Police
April 12, 2021
Daunte Wright shot and killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer

What are we now — the Florida of the North?!?

“Oh Shit! I just shot him!”

Yes, officer, you did. That's what pulling the trigger at point-blank range does. And what was this all about? An air-freshener?!?

Yesterday, a Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police officer shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black father, during a traffic stop by confusing (?!?) a gun and a tazer. The police officer, a police union president and 26 year police veteran, supposedly mistook her gun for a tazer.

Music Association: B.J. Thomas - Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song
Movie Association: Police Academy
Acronym Association: WTF

Warning: Twin Cities Police Easily Startled   "We live in a world where trained Cops Can Panic & act on impulse but untrained civilians must remain calm with a gun in their face." - woman holding sign

The George Floyd Murder
The Trial Of Policing
April 11, 2021

Two weeks have passed in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Witness and body cam videos provided front row seats to the murder of George Floyd. Witness testimonies have shown bystanders seeing Chauvin's suffocation of George Floyd and they spoke up but have felt guilty for not having done more to stop Chauvin.

Ranking police officers testified repeatedly that Chauvin was acting outside of police procedure, as if Chauvin was one bad apple in an orchard of sweet, unblemished fruit.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said there was nothing reasonable about Chauvin keeping his knee on the handcuffed suspect’s neck for 9½ minutes. “Once Mr. Floyd had stopped resisting, and certainly once he was in distress and trying to verbalize that, that should have stopped,” Arradondo said. Lt. Richard Zimmerman, who leads the Minneapolis Police Department's homicide unit, said Chauvin's use of force while George Floyd was already pinned down and handcuffed was “totally unnecessary.”

Los Angeles Police Sgt. Jody Stiger testified that Chauvin was inflicting pain on George Floyd, while he was handcuffed and pinned on the pavement. Stiger said officers' body-worn camera video showed Chauvin using “his right hand and appeared to use a pain compliance on Mr. Floyd's hand.” Chauvin appeared to be “squeezing fingers or bringing knuckles together, which can cause pain or pulling the hand into the cuff, which can cause pain as well.” Sgt. Stiger pointed out that “the handcuffs were not double-locked; they can continue to ratchet tighter as the person moved” while George Floyd was in the prone position and not resisting.

Many commentaries have said that the Police are not on trial here in Minneapolis. But it is. Black lives matter and should even to the police. Far too long, the blue wall of silence has gagged any decency and destroyed evidence of police misconduct. A compost heap of bad apples have been shielded behind police badges.

Maryland has just canceled its police bill of rights.

The police should have liability insurance and licensing, not their own bill of rights and not qualified immunity.

The trial continues tomorrow.

Music Association: The Osmond Brothers - One Bad Apple
Tv Association: 
See that sign? It says, Apple sauce.

The George Floyd Murder
The Trial Of Derek Chauvin
March 29, 2021

Opening statements began today in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.

A bystander video was played by the prosecution. The defense tried to sell the idea that George Floyd happened to die of unrelated medical issues while Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck.

Music Association: Van Halen - Right Now

The George Floyd Murder
Jury Statistics
March 12, 2021

On Tuesday, three jurors were selected. On Wednesday, two jurors were selected. On Thursday, one juror was selected. Today is Friday.

If I were designing a bar chart, the X axis would be days of the week, the Y axis would be number of jurors, and the bars would be represented by jury chairs stacked on top of each other.

Jury selections continue today in Minneapolis for the trial of
former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Music Association: Badfinger - Day After Day

Hopes and Dreams

The George Floyd Murder
Jury Selection
March 9, 2021

Jury selection began today in Minneapolis in the case of the George Floyd murder, the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

The voir dire of potential jurors has two fundamental problems: bias due to lack of diversity and a required ignorance about a case.

One of my favorite movies is 12 Angry Men, a 1957 jury room drama filmed in 19 days. It has everything: expert cinematography, dynamic characters, a study of arguments, rationale of emotion, actors wearing their own clothes, a knife fight -- it has everything, except diversity. The cast was quite white and male. The jury room has a men's room and a women's room off of it, not that they needed a women's room.

12 Angry Men (1957) with a Women's Room

The murder case before the 12 Angry Men didn't have video from multiple sources like the George Floyd murder. It didn't have national attention or (to a point) global attention. It didn't have a jury representational of Minneapolis.

The trial of Derek Chauvin, facing murder and manslaughter charges, has video and witnesses of him kneeling on George Floyd's neck for nine minutes. George Floyd and Derek Chauvin both worked event security for the El Nuevo Rodeo nightclub with Floyd working security from inside while Chauvin worked security outside. The videos include more than 18 minutes from Officer Alex Kueng's bodycam and 10 minutes from Officer Thomas Lane. They were the first two police officers to arrive on the scene after a complaint that Floyd had attempted to pass a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes at Cup Foods, a store in the Powderhorn Park section of Minneapolis.

George Floyd is
lying on the road with Chauvin's knee pressed on his neck with Lane and Kueng helping to restrain Floyd.

He says he can't breathe over and over again and calls for his
mother but his voice slowly gets weaker as his life drains away.

“Tell my kids I love them. I'm dead,
he says at one point.

Kueng is seen nonchalantly picking a pebble from the squad car tire with his right hand as he restrains Floyd's legs with his left.

As his knee presses the life out of Floyd, Chauvin, the most senior officer on the scene, asks rookies Lane and Kueng if they are okay. “My knee might be a little scratched but I will survive,
Lane answers. When Floyd continues to wail that he can’t breathe, Kueng is heard telling him. “You’re fine. You’re talking fine.’

 Floyd replies: “I'll probably just die this way.

“I'm through,' Floyd says. 
I'm claustrophobic. My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. I need some water or something, please.

“Then stop talking. Stop yelling,
Chauvin replies. It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk.

As Floyd stops moving Chauvin keeps his knee on his neck, despite complaints from a small crowd that has gathered.

“Check his pulse,
one man says repeatedly. “You call what you are doing okay?!?”

But the other officers do little to stop Chauvin. At one point Lane asks: 
Should we roll him on his side? But Chauvin replies. No, he's staying where we've got him.

Okay, Lane says. I just worry about the excited delirium or whatever.

Well, that's why we got the ambulance coming, Chauvin says.

By the time EMTs arrive, George Floyd is dead.

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on George Floyd - Monday, May 25, 2020 (DarnellaFrazier) 

Music Association: The Police - Every Breath You Take
Transcript from Daily Mail

George Floyd, murdered by police, May 25, 2020
George Floyd

Covid-19 disease - the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus

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