U.N. Rights Chief Calls for End to ‘Systemic Racism’ – Seeks Reparations, Funding of Black Lives Matter

The U.N. human rights chief on Monday called on the world to immediately dismantle systemic racism against people of African descent and “make amends” to the oppressed — including reparation payments, while groups like Black Lives Matter should receive “funding, public recognition and support.”

Michelle Bachelet claimed the dehumanisation of people on racial grounds had fed a culture of tolerance for discrimination and violence, declaring the time has come to end the practice.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights set out a four-point agenda for change on racial justice and equality, and urged states to implement it without delay.

Former Chilean Socialist president Bachelet’s recommendations include reparations for historical racism, as well as state funding for groups like Black Lives Matter, as a starting point to tackle an issue she said knows no bounds or borders.

Her report also identifies a “long-overdue need to confront the legacies of enslavement, the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans and colonialism, and to seek reparatory justice.”

“The status quo is untenable,” said Bachelet, who presented her 23-page report to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

“Systemic racism needs a systemic response” to dismantle centuries of entrenched discrimination and violence, she said.

“We need a transformative approach that tackles the interconnected areas that drive racism, and lead to repeated, wholly avoidable tragedies like the death of George Floyd.”

The voices of black people and anti-racism activists must be heard and their concerns acted upon, said the report.

This should include ensuring representation at every level in state institutions, including law enforcement, criminal justice and policy-making, it warned.

The report comes three days after former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison over the death of George Floyd in May 2020, as Breitbart News reported.

The conclusions of the U.N. study came from interviews with more than 340 people — mostly of African descent — and experts; more than 100 contributions in writing, including from governments; and review of public material, the rights office said.

“We could not find a single example of a state that has fully reckoned with the past or comprehensively accounted for the impacts of the lives of people of African descent today,” Mona Rishmawi, who leads a unit on non-discrimination at the U.N. human rights office, told a news conference. “Our message, therefore, is that this situation is untenable.”

Compensation should be considered at the “collective and the individual level,” she said, while adding that any such process “starts with acknowledgment” of past wrongs and “it’s not one-size-fits-all.”

She said countries must look at their own pasts and practices to assess how to proceed.

The U.N. report and recommendations can be read in full here.

AP, AFP contributed to this report

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Hollywood Celebrities Erupt After Derek Chauvin Sentencing: ‘F**k You Derek.’ ‘22.5 Years Is Not Long Enough’

Hollywood celebrities sounded off on Friday following former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin being sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd. “22.5 years is not long enough,” lamented left-wing activist and actress Alyssa Milano. “Fuck you Derek,” said Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Dune star Dave Bautista.

“Derek Chauvin is a murderer. A murderer who watched multiple people plead for the life of the man he killed in broad daylight. A murderer who placed the full weight of his body on another human being’s neck and felt the life drain out of him,” tweeted Selma director Ava DuVernay. “Derek Chauvin is a murderer.”

“Understand Chauvin’s Mom Not Wanting Her Son 2 Be Gone, But GEORGE FLOYD’S MOM WILL ‘NEVER’ SEE HER SON AGAIN,” singer Cher reacted to Chauvin’s mother, Carolyn Pawlenty’s comments ahead of the sentencing. “Chauvin’s Lawyer Said ‘If Only He Hadn’t Gone 2 Work That Day, Answered That call.’ I SAY ‘IF ONLY HE HADNT PUT HIS WEIGHT ON GEORGE’S NECK FOR 9 MINS. HE HAD 9 MINS 2 STOP.”

“Hmmm…..what is the punishment for taking a life? So…with good behavior…he’s out in 8 years? My heart remains with George Floyd and his family. I pray for your peace and healing,” The Suicide Squad and The First Lady star said.

Actress Ellen Barkin also reacted to Chauvin’s mother’s comments, claiming Pawlenty “expressed no remorse,” alongside the hashtag, “Like Mother Like Son.”

“‘A lengthy sentence will not serve Derek well’ said Chauvin’s mother, Carolyn Pawlenty. How about the death sentence her son inflicted on George Floyd? How did that serve Mr Floyd?” Barkin tweeted. “Carolyn Pawlenty expressed no remorse for her sons actions. #LikeMotherLikeSon.”

“See ya Derek. Have fun with all the motherfuckers you put away!” Hellboy star Ron Perlman said.

“22 ½ years. K,” HBO’s Westworld and The Batman star Jeffrey Wright wrote on Twitter.

Actress Sandra Bernhard reacted by claiming the former police office should have been sentenced to 40 years, instead.

“Should have been 40 years #GeorgeFloyd he is without remorse a stone cold murderer end of discussion #derekchauvin is devoid of emotion,” Bernhard wrote.

“Not nearly long enough,” said Natasha Rothwell, Saturday Night Live writer and actor on HBO’s Insecure.

You can follow Alana Mastrangelo on Facebook and Twitter at @ARmastrangelo, and on Instagram.


Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Sentenced to 22½ years in Death of George Floyd

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced today to 22½ years in prison after being found guilty in the 2020 murder of George Floyd. (Story Here) Prior to the sentencing Derek Chauvin made a brief, and seemingly cryptic, statement.

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Odd Stuff:

Derek Chauvin lived in the same house for over a decade.

No-one in the neighborhood knew he was a police officer.

The immediate neighbors (7 years) didn’t know he was a cop.

Chauvin never once drove a police vehicle home.

No-one ever Chauvin in a police uniform.

In addition to being a police officer, Chauvin worked at a dance club as security.

Chauvin worked at the club for 14 years while also being a police officer.

George Floyd also worked at the club, also as security.

The club, El Nuevo Rodeo, had a sketchy ownership background.

Coincidentally El Nuevo Rodeo was one of the first buildings burned to the ground in the “riots”.

The prosecution never called the club owner as a witness.

The defense never mentioned the relationship.

George Floyd was busted for passing a counterfeit $20 (that was the reason for the call to police).

Just weird…. nothing more.


Derek Chauvin Gets 22 1/2 Years in Prison for George Floyd’s Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, whose dying gasps under Chauvin’s knee led to the biggest outcry against racial injustice in the U.S. in generations.

The punishment — which fell short of the 30 years that prosecutors had requested — came after Chauvin broke his more than yearlong silence in court to offer condolences to the Floyd family and say he hopes more information coming out will eventually give them “some peace of mind.”

With good behavior, Chauvin, 45, could be paroled after serving two-thirds of his sentence, or about 15 years.

In imposing the punishment, Judge Peter Cahill went beyond the 12 1/2-year sentence prescribed under state guidelines, citing “your abuse of a position of trust and authority and also the particular cruelty” shown to Floyd.

Chauvin was immediately led back to prison. As with the verdicts in April, he showed little emotion when the judge pronounced the sentence. His eyes moved rapidly around the courtroom, his COVID-19 mask obscuring much of his face.

The fired white officer was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck for up to 9 1/2 minutes as the 46-year-old Black man gasped that he couldn’t breathe and went limp on May 25, 2020.

Bystander video of Floyd’s arrest on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a corner store prompted protests around the world and led to scattered violence in Minneapolis and beyond.

On Friday, Chauvin, who did not testify at his trial, removed his mask and turned toward the Floyd family, speaking only briefly because of what he called “some additional legal matters at hand” — an apparent reference to the federal civil rights trial he still faces.

“But very briefly, though, I do want to give my condolences to the Floyd family. There’s going to be some other information in the future that would be of interest. And I hope things will give you some some peace of mind,” he said, without elaborating.

In asking that Chauvin be left off on probation, defense attorney Eric Nelson called Floyd’s death “tragic” and said that Chauvin’s “brain is littered with what-ifs” from that day: “What if I just did not agree to go in that day? What if things had gone differently? What if I never responded to that call? What if what if what if?”

Floyd’s family members took the stand and expressed sorrow about his death. They asked for the maximum penalty.

“We don’t want to see no more slaps on the wrist. We’ve been through that already,” said a tearful Terrence Floyd, one of Floyd’s brothers.

Floyd’s nephew Brandon Williams said: “Our family is forever broken.” And Floyd’s 7-year-old daughter, Gianna, in a video played in court, said that if she could say something to her father now, it would be: “I miss you and and I love you.”

Prosecutor Matthew Frank asked the judge to exceed sentencing guidelines and give Chauvin 30 years in prison, saying “tortured is the right word” for what the officer did to Floyd.

“This is not a momentary gunshot, punch to the face. This is 9½ minutes of cruelty to a man who was helpless and just begging for his life,” Frank said.

Chauvin’s mother, Carolyn Pawlenty, appeared in court to plead for mercy for son, saying his reputation has been unfairly reduced to that of “an aggressive, heartless and uncaring person” and a racist.

“I can tell you that is far from the truth,” she told the judge. “I want this court to know that none of these things are true and that my son is a good man.” She added: “Derek, I want you to know I have always believed in your innocence, and I will never waver from that.”

“I will be here for you when you come home,” she said.

The concrete barricades, razor wire and National Guard patrols at the courthouse during Chauvin’s three-week trial in the spring were gone Friday, reflecting an easing of tensions since the verdict in April.

Ahead of the sentencing, the judge agreed with prosecutors that there were aggravating circumstances that could justify a heavier punishment than the recommended 12 1/2 years — among them, that Chauvin treated Floyd with particular cruelty, abused his position of authority as a police officer and did it in front of children.

Before the sentencing, the judge denied Chauvin’s request for a new trial. The defense had argued that the intense publicity tainted the jury pool and that the trial should have been moved away from Minneapolis.

The judge also rejected a defense request for a hearing into possible juror misconduct. Nelson had accused a juror of not being candid during jury selection because he didn’t mention his participation in a march last summer to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Prosecutors countered the juror had been open about his views.

Philip Stinson, a criminal justice professor at Bowling Green State University, said 11 non-federal law officers, including Chauvin, have been convicted of murder for on-duty deaths since 2005. The penalties for the nine who were sentenced before Chauvin ranged from from six years, nine months, to life behind bars, with the median being 15 years.

With Chauvin’s sentencing, the Floyd family and Black America witnessed something of a rarity: In the small number of instances in which officers accused of brutality or other misconduct against Black people have gone to trial, the list of acquittals and mistrials is longer than the list of sentencings after conviction.

In recent years, the acquittals have included officers tried in the deaths of Philando Castile in suburban Minneapolis and Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Two mistrials were declared over the death of Samuel Dubose in Cincinnati.

“That’s why the world has watched this trial, because it is a rare occurrence,” said Arizona-based civil rights attorney Benjamin Taylor, who has represented victims of police brutality. “Everybody knows that this doesn’t happen every day.”

Chauvin has been held since his conviction at the state’s maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights, where he has been kept in a cell by himself for his own protection, his meals brought to him.

The three other officers involved in Floyd’s arrest are scheduled for trial in March on state charges of aiding and abetting both murder and manslaughter. They will also stand trial with Floyd on the federal civil rights charges. No date has been set for that trial.


Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for George Floyd’s murder

Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced Friday by Judge Peter Cahill to 22.5 years behind bars for the murder of George Floyd.

Chauvin could have been sentenced to 40 years after he was convicted in April of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the killing of Floyd.

Since his conviction Chauvin has been held in solitary confinement at a state prison.

For more on this story go to Fox News.


BLM Activist Threatens Kansas City Police: ‘We Gonna Blow Your Motherf-cking Head Off’

BLM Activist Threatens Kansas City Police: ‘We Gonna Blow Your Motherf-cking Head Off’

Footage captured Tuesday on the anniversary of the death of George Floyd shows a Black Lives Matter demonstrator in Kansas City threatening to murder law enforcement.

“Cause we’re tired of being shot and killed because we’re gonna get pulled over for air fresheners,” the woman said. “I’m waiting for one of those motherf-ckers to pull me over. Cause, baby, where I’m from, we don’t give two f-cks about the police. Let them kill one of ours. Guess what we doing? We kill one of theirs in Chicago, baby, they continue. We gonna knock on your door. We gonna blow your motherf-cking head off.”

Additional footage of the protest shows people in vehicles trying to make their way through the blocked-off intersection.

In addition to protests in Kansas City, police declared a riot in downtown Portland, Oregon, on Tuesday after rioters smashed windows and blocked traffic. Gunshots were fired in Minneapolis, where a festival had been planned, and caused reporters to scramble while live on-air. One person was reportedly injured in the incident.

Floyd’s family went to the White House to meet with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, as Democrats seek to pass the Justice in Policing Act, a bill that was received in the Senate in March. The measure would ban chokeholds, which Rafael Mangual, a senior fellow and deputy director of legal policy at the Manhattan Institute, previously told The Federalist is a bad move.

“Obviously no one wants to see excessive force used on anyone when it’s not necessary,” Mangual said, “but the mere fact that we’ve had a handful of controversial cases involving chokeholds, I’m not sure that that should justify a blanket ban, particularly when you consider the fact that there are going to be situations in which using that kind of neck restraint could probably mean less force than what might otherwise end up being used because an effective grappling technique was taken off the table. … Proposals like that kind of failed to appreciate some of the nuance involved in policing.”


Three Women Accused of Leaving Pig’s Head at Former Home of Chauvin Witness

Three Women Accused of Leaving Pig’s Head at Former Home of Chauvin Witness

Three women are accused of leaving a pig’s head at the former California home of the police expert who testified for the defense in the Derek Chauvin trial.

Police arrested Kristen Aumoithe, 34, Amber Lucas, 35, and Rowan Dalbey, 20, in Santa Rosa this week and charged them with felony vandalism and conspiracy, NBC Bay Area reported.

They were all cited and released.

The three women, dressed in all black, are accused of vandalizing the former home of former Santa Rosa Police Officer Barry Brodd over his testimony during former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin’s trial in connection with the murder of George Floyd in mid-April.

“It appears the suspects in this vandalism were targeting Mr. Brodd for his testimony,” cops said at the time. “Mr. Brodd has not lived at the residence for a number of years and is no longer a resident of California.”

Brodd, who retired from the Santa Rosa Police Department, now works as a use-of-force expert and testified during Chauvin’s trial that the former Minneapolis officer’s actions were within standard police protocols.

Chauvin was convicted of second-and-third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter.

Police believe there are additional suspects in the pig’s head vandalism case and are asking the community for assistance in identifying them.


Derek Chauvin Files Motion for New Trial, Citing Jury Intimidation

Former police officer Derek Chauvin, convicted last month of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd last May, filed a motion for a new trial on Tuesday.

Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, argued that the court should have granted the defense’s motion to move the trial out of Hennepin County, given the strong local sentiments about the case.

Nelson also argued that Judge Peter A. Cahill erred when he denied the defense’s motion for a mistrial after public officials, including Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), made statements suggesting that there would be unrest unless the jury delivered a guilty verdict. The jury was not sequestered yet, Nelson pointed out.

Such statements, throughout the trial, “was so pervasive and so prejudicial before and during this trial that it amounted to a structural defect in the proceedings,” Nelson argued.

He added that the judge erred by not sequestering the jury throughout the trial, or telling them avoid “all media.”

In addition, Nelson accused the State of Minnesota of prosecutorial misconduct “including but not limited to: disparaging the Defense; improper vouching; and failing to adequately prepare its witnesses.”

He alsosaid that the court should have compelled Morries Hall, the man suspected of selling drugs to Floyd, to testify.

Finally, Nelson said that the court made several other errors, including giving the jury faulty instructions, among others.

The motion did not mention recent revelations that juror Brandon Mitchell had participated in Black Lives Matter protests in Washington, DC, last summer. The Associated Press (AP) reported that a photo of Mitchell shows him “standing with two cousins and wearing a T-shirt with … the words, ‘GET YOUR KNEE OFF OUR NECKS’ and ‘BLM,’ for Black Lives Matter.”

Mitchell had reportedly claimed during jury selection that he had not attended Black Lives Matter demonstrations, the AP noted:

Mitchell said he answered “no” to two questions about demonstrations on the questionnaire sent out before jury selection.

The first question asked: “Did you, or someone close to you, participate in any of the demonstrations or marches against police brutality that took place in Minneapolis after George Floyd’s death?” The second asked: “Other than what you have already described above, have you, or anyone close to you, participated in protests about police use of force or police brutality?”

He said he could be neutral at trial.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune cited a comment by John Stiles, spokesman for the Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, in response to the motion: “The court has already rejected many of these arguments and the State will vigorously oppose them.”

Chauvin is still awaiting sentencing in the case on June 25. His bail was revoked and he is currently being held in prison.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the new e-book, We Told You So!: The First 100 Days of Joe Biden’s Radical Presidency. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.



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