Bail for accused George Floyd ‘killer cop’ Derek Chauvin set at $500K

Bail for former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who faces a murder charge in the death of George Floyd, has been set at $500,000, according to the criminal complaint filed in the 4th Judicial District Court of Minnesota.

No conditions have been set for his release, according to the document, nor does it indicate if Chauvin is out on bail. But it does say that if he does bond out, bail is set for $500,000, CNN reported.

Chauvin was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County officials said. Chauvin was fired this week, along with three other cops who were at the scene when Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck.

The officers were responding to an alleged forgery at a corner store.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who was unarmed and handcuffed, said he was unable to breathe as Chauvin kept his knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes. He was declared dead not long after paramedics took him to the hospital.

Chauvin had 18 prior complaints filed against him with the Minneapolis Police Department’s Internal Affairs, according to the police department. His wife has reportedly filed for divorce as a result of the incident.

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Monkeys steal coronavirus blood samples from lab worker

A mob of monkeys stormed a lab worker in India and snatched several coronavirus-positive blood samples — causing outbreak-fearing neighbors to go ape, according to a report Friday.

In the totally bananas attack, the laboratory technician was carrying boxes of the blood across the campus of a state-run medical college in Meerut, near Delhi, when the primates pounced, according to Reuters.

“Monkeys grabbed and fled with the blood samples of four COVID-19 patients who are undergoing treatment,” said S. K. Garg, a top official at the college. “We had to take their blood samples again.”

The mischievous mammals scampered into a tree and began nibbling a container holding the infected loot, according to the Guardian.

People living near the college campus feared the virus would spread if monkeys carried the samples into their neighborhoods, authorities said. But it wasn’t clear if the animals had spilled the samples, or whether monkeys can contract COVID-19.

“No evidence has been found that monkeys can contract the infection,” Garg said.

On Friday, India had reported 165,799 cases of the coronavirus and 4,706 deaths. The virus is believed to have transferred from animals to people in a wildlife market in the city of Wuhan, China late last year.

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Who is Omar Jimenez, the CNN reporter who was arrested on air during Minneapolis riots? – The Sun

CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was arrested early Friday morning while covering the Minneapolis riots and the George Floyd shooting.

He was handcuffed and led away while reporting live for the cable news network at about 5 am.

Who is Omar Jimenez?

The 26-year-old Jimenez is a correspondent based in Chicago, according to his CNN bio.

He started with CNN three years ago for the network's affiliate service, CNN Newsource, and covered the aftermath of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire in Paris and the Las Vegas shooting.

Jimenez previously covered the trials of the officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray while working for WBAL in Baltimore.

Why was the CNN reporter arrested?

Jimenez and colleagues Bill Kirkos and Leonel Mendez were arrested while Jimenez was on the air in Minneapolis.

It's not totally clear why they were taken into custody by the Minnesota State Patrol, but they were released within an hour.

“This is a very public apology to that team,” Gov Tim Walz said during a press conference.

The state patrol said the journalists “were released once they were confirmed to be members of the media.”

Jimenez was arrested even though he had told officers to “put us back where you want us. We are getting out of your way.”

He was holding what appeared to be a laminated ID card before he was handcuffed, and the crew members told police that they were from CNN.

“I've never seen anything like this,” said CNN New Day co-anchor John Berman.

Jimenez said he had been showing his credentials to authorities while covering the story all week.

“You don't have to doubt my story,” he said.

“It's not filtered in any way. You saw it for your own eyes.

"That gave me a little bit of comfort. But it was definitely nerve-wracking.”

The National Association of Black Journalists condemned the arrest.

“We are relieved to see Omar has been released, but we are still disturbed by the apparent violation of First Amendment rights that are the bedrock of journalism,” the organization tweeted Friday.

Why are there riots in Minneapolis?

Protesters took to the streets not long after George Floyd died in police custody on Monday.

Anger from city residents boiled over after video circulated of Officer Derek Chauvin keeping his knee on Floyd's neck.

Walz begged for calm and called the violence “an extremely dangerous situation," but many businesses were torched and a police precinct was destroyed by looters.

As a result President Trump has warned that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

Many people are turning to Martin Luther King Jr for guidance.

What happened to George Floyd?

Floyd died while being arrested for allegedly trying to use forged documents at a deli in Minneapolis.

He pleaded for help and complained that he could not breathe as Chauvin held him down with his knee.

Chauvin was arrested in connection with Floyd's death on Friday, and a total of four police officers were fired.

It was revealed that Floyd did not have a pulse when he was treated in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

The crew was "told by several people that the police 'had killed the man,'" according to a fire department report.


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MP insists social distancing was in place at veteran´s 100th…

Labour MP defends going to war veteran’s 100th birthday party inside village hall during lockdown and insists social distancing was in place

  • North Durham MP Kevan Jones attended 100th birthday celebration for veteran
  • He was invited to Frederick Herron’s party in Quaking Houses village on May 10
  • Outdoor event forced inside by bad weather but MP insists that social distancing was ‘maintained’

An MP has explained his decision to attend a 100th birthday party where dozens of elderly people gathered inside during lockdown.

A video clip showing Labour’s Kevan Jones, 56, who represents North Durham, attending the celebration for a Second World War veteran has been circulated on social media.

Mr Jones said he was invited to the outdoor VE Day-themed party, organised by the community, for Frederick Herron’s 100th in the village of Quaking Houses, County Durham, on May 10.

People were meant to join in from their own property, but bad weather meant the party was taken inside to the village hall at short notice, with social distancing strictly kept, Mr Jones said. 

Labour MP Kevan Jones has explained his decision to attend a 100th birthday party for WW2 veteran Frederick Herron where dozens of elderly people gathered inside during lockdown

Mr Jones said he was invited to the outdoor VE Day-themed party, organised by the community in the village of Quaking Houses, County Durham, on May 10, which had to be held inside due to changes to the weather

Decorations were put up and chairs spread out 2m apart so a few neighbours could join his party, with the local paper reporting Mr Herron’s family had a ‘great time’.

However footage from the event shows Jones mingling with locals prior to the performance by a Vera Lynn tribute act.

He later posted pictures of the event, including of him sitting only a chair-length away from Mr Herron. 

‘Thanks to Councillor Carole Hampson, Mayor of Stanley for arranging a socially-distanced celebration at Quaking Houses Village Hall, PACT House Stanley for providing cake and a performance by Wor Vera,’ he said on twitter.

Decorations were put up and chairs spread out 2m apart so a few neighbours could join his party, with the local paper reporting Mr Herron’s family had a ‘great time’

Speaking today, Mr Jones said: ‘I would like to assure everyone that this was well organised to ensure that social distancing could be maintained and that only a very limited amount of people would be there and everyone’s hands were sanitised as they entered the building.

‘I understand that a video has been shared that was taken from an angle that does not illustrate the distances between myself and other people at the event.

‘Can I give the reassurance that social distancing was maintained although people from the same household were able to sit together.’

Mr Jones said police advice had been sought before the party and officers were present.

Mr Jones said that social distancing at the event in Quaking Houses village hall was maintained ‘although people from the same household were able to sit together’

He added: ‘This was a small act of kindness organised by the community at Quaking Houses to recognise a debt of gratitude to Second World War veteran Frederick Herron whose 100th birthday happened to coincide with the 75th VE Day Anniversary bank holiday weekend, which I know he and his family greatly appreciated.’

At the time of the event, Boris Johnson was about to announce that people were allowed to meet up with just one person from a different household, but this had to be outside with both parties remain two metres apart.

Now 100 years old, Mr Herron worked as a grocer before he signed up to join the RAF in the Second World War, and was first based in northern Scotland defending the area during Nazi bombing raids.

He also served in India for three years, before fighting the invading Japanese forces in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

He was demobbed in 1946 at the rank of corporal. 

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Derek Chauvin, cop who pinned down George Floyd, has been arrested

The cop who was caught on camera using his knee to pin George Floyd’s neck to the ground has been arrested in the deadly incident, according to reports Friday.

Derek Chauvin was taken into custody by state authorities, Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said, according to tweets from multiple reporters.

It’s unclear what charge or charges will be filed, but Harrington had described Floyd’s death as a “murder” during a news conference earlier in the day.

He told reporters about the arrest after getting a phone call from the superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, according to a tweet from a KMSP-TV/FOX 9 reporter.

Chauvin, who is white, was fired following the release of a cellphone video that showed him ignoring bystanders’ pleas to release Floyd, who was black and was heard saying “I can’t breathe” before apparently losing consciousness.

Floyd’s death sparked three nights of increasingly violent protests in Minneapolis and led to the burning of a police station Thursday night.

Activists and others have demanded the prosecution of Chauvin as well as three other cops who were at the scene of Floyd’s arrest Monday for allegedly used a counterfeit $20 bill to try to buy groceries at a deli.

The three other cops were also fired.

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Northwell Health probing whether ventilators caused coronavirus deaths

New York’s largest hospital system is conducting a sweeping analysis of its use of ventilators while treating coronavirus patients during the peak of the pandemic — over concerns that an over-reliance on the machines may have cost lives.

For so many sick COVID-19 patients, getting attached to a mechanical ventilator was a death sentence. More than two-thirds of the patients in Northwell Health facilities hooked to ventilators died in March and early April and the fatality rate was similar at other hospitals.

At the beginning of the pandemic, health officials were worried whether there would be a shortage of ventilators to intubate COVID patients with serious breathing and lung problems. But then discussion in the medical community turned to whether the machines were being overused and possibly contributing to a higher death rate.

“One theory is if you put some patients on a ventilator you might irritate the lungs more. That’s a theory we’re looking at,” Dr. Thomas McGinn, Northwell’s senior vice president and deputy-physician-in-chief, told The Post.

Northwell — which runs Lexox Hill, Long Island Jewish and Staten Island University hospitals, as well as other regional hospitals — is examining a cohort of 12,000 coronavirus patients it treated in March and early April, including about 2,000 who were placed on ventilators.

“We’re trying to do a retrospective review. The debate is, should we have tried other non-invasive interventions in the first place? A big question is, can you delay putting patients on a ventilator or never put them on?” McGinn said.

McGinn said Northwell medics did experiment with alternative or non-invasive ventilation, such as delivering oxygen to patients through a tight-fitting face or nasal clip, rather than a mechanical ventilator with invasive tube inserted down the throat.

But there are no easy answers. The alternative mechanism provides more of a risk of spreading the virus to hospital staffers if a patient’s breath spews the virus into the air, he said.

“It puts the nurses and respiratory therapists at risk and provide a questionable benefit to the patients,” said McGinn.

McGinn also said the study will look at cases of patients who were on ventilators for just a few days as well as those who were on for an extended period.

He said younger COVID patients without other serious underlying problems tended to get well enough to be taken off ventilators in just a few days, while older patients with more serious heart or kidney problems tended to be too sick to be taken off the breathing machines.

One study found that nearly all of Northwell COVID patients treated in March and early April had at least one underlying condition in addition to the virus. The average age was 63.

Researchers also found that 37 percent of the more than 5,449 patients treated at Northwell hospitals from March 1 to April 5 developed acute kidney injury or kidney failure. Of those with kidney problems, 35 percent died.

The goal, McGinn said, is to learn from the findings and try to improve medical practice and techniques for treating COVID patients going forward.

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Desperate vineyard owners fly in Romanian pickers by PRIVATE JET

Desperate vineyard owners fly in Romanian pickers by PRIVATE JET to save their harvest in Italy

  • Each summer, thousands of fruit pickers travel to Italy to harvest grapes
  • This year, however, the coronavirus has stopped many from being able to work 
  • Vintner Martin Hofstaetter said Italians usually give up the work after a few days
  • One of the fruit pickers said that it was the first time they had been on a plane 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Desperate vineyard owners have flown Romanian fruit pickers in to Italy by private jet in a bid to save their grape harvests.

One of the fruit pickers who was flown to the northern Italian town of Termeno said it was the first time they had been on a plane. 

Italy’s vines have not stopped growing during the country’s long coronavirus lockdown, but without their usual foreign grape-pickers, winemakers are now fearing for their harvests. 

A desperate owner of a vineyard in Northern Italy flew a group of Romanian fruit pickers by private jet (pictured at the airport in Bolzano) into the country on May 29

Every summer, tens of thousands of farm workers from Africa and Eastern Europe come to Italy to harvest fruit and vegetables.

The outbreak of coronavirus, which locked down Italy in early March, made it almost impossible for these vital foreign workers to come.

One South Tyrolean vintner in the northern province of Bolzano took matters into his own hands, renting a plane to fly in his team of long-time workers from Romania. 

Martin Hofstaetter, whose vines are located around the picturesque town of Termeno, has relied for more than ten years on a team of female Romanian pickers.

Every year, thousands of fruit pickers travel to Italy from Eastern Europe to harvest fruit and vegetables. This year, however, the coronavirus has made this almost impossible

Usually, they arrive in a small bus and stay for a few months. But this year, despite having the right to work in Italy, they were turned away at the Hungarian border.

Hofstaetter was quick to act, hiring a small plane to transport the women directly from Romania to Termeno at his own expense.

‘We had never been on a plane before. It was a great experience for us,’ Maria Codrea, from Calinesti in Romania, told AFPTV.

Codrea, 39, said she depended on the annual work in Italy.

Staying back in Romania ‘would have been hard,’ she said.

‘Even where we are, everything is closed, factories and everything.’

One of the fruit pickers who arrived in Italy said that they rely on this work every year, and that a summer of staying in Romania ‘would have been hard’

Pictured: Martin Hofstaetter, who grows wine at a vineyard near Termeno, Northern Italy, flew the fruit pickers to his vineyard on a private jet in a bid to save this year’s grape harvest

Codrea will stay until mid-July in Termeno with her team of seven other Romanian women before returning home. A second team of about 20 workers from Romania will arrive in Termeno at the end of August for the harvest.

Hofstaetter, whose wines include the famous white varieties of Italy’s northeast, said he might have been able to find Italian workers, ‘but now the Italians no longer want to work in the fields or vineyards.’

‘The Italians disappear after a few days’ of the back-breaking work, he added.

It was a shame that work in agriculture was not ‘more highly valued’, he said, but he was very happy with the skills and dedication of the Romanians, who had been picking for him for over 10 years.

Last week, the first group of about 100 foreign farm workers arrived in Italy from Morocco, their transport paid for by a farmers’ association in the eastern region of Abruzzo.

For Codrea, it is not difficult work among Hofstaetter’s family vines in the Adige Valley, with the sound of the birds, and views of the mountains and a nearby church steeple.

‘We’re used to the work. I like the work, I work with pleasure,’ she said.

Hofstaetter said that ‘the Italians disappear after a few days’ of the back-breaking work, and that he is very happy with the skill and dedication of the Romanian workers he hires

Italy was hit particularly hard by coronavirus, and was the European epicentre of the disease in its early stages. It has since reported 231,732 cases of Covid-19 and 33,142 related deaths. 

The country has been steadily easing its lockdown in recent weeks.

Hotels in Italy are set to reopen next week with reduced capacity and a two-metre distance policy, with restaurants and bars having already reopened on May 18 with tables being spaced two metres apart.

Beaches are mostly open, with umbrellas set at five metres apart to ensure social distancing measures are followed.

Flights in and out of Italy are set to resume from June 3 when travel between regions will also be permitted. Quarantine is also set to be lifted on June 3.  

However, the Italian government’s website says that movements may still be restricted in specific regions depending on the individual risk of the virus spreading further.

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Pervert policeman is jailed for eight years for targeting schoolgirls

Pervert policeman who was sacked for stalking PC ex-girlfriend is jailed for eight years for grooming two girls aged 13 and 15

  • A police officer who groomed two girls for sex has been jailed for eight years
  • Stuart Bradshaw, 34, had been sacked by North Wales Police for stalking his ex
  • The force was then tipped off that he was grooming girls aged 13 and 15

A pervert policeman was jailed for eight years for grooming two schoolgirls for sex – and was caught after he was sacked from North Wales Police Force for stalking a female officer. 

Shamed Stuart Bradshaw, 34, of Hawarden, North Wales, was paid to protect the community when he targeted two girls aged 13 and 15 for ‘completely depraved’ online sex chats.

A court heard the PC used aliases with the underage girls by posing as a teenage schoolboy to persuade them into sex acts and trying to arrange meetings.

Stuart Bradshaw, 34, was sentenced to eight years in jail for grooming two girls aged 13 and 15

His grooming came to light after Bradshaw was kicked out of the North Wales Police for stalking a female police officer – and hacking into her social media accounts – in 2017.

Bradshaw developed an ‘unhealthy obsession’ with fellow officer Emma Dinning, then 28, after meeting her through a dating website.

She ended their short-lived relationship – but Bradshaw accessed her Snapchat account more than 250 times to look at photographs including in her underwear. He was sacked from the force after admitting stalking.

But his former colleagues were then tipped off that ‘creepy’ Bradshaw had been grooming the two girls before he was sacked.

Bradshaw was sacked from North Wales Police for stalking fellow officer Emma Dinning

Elen Owen, prosecuting, said one schoolgirl believed he was a schoolboy only slightly older – and she regarded him as her boyfriend.

Bradshaw had called himself Simon Jones in his chat with the first girl. He had encouraged her to carry out sexual acts.

Miss Owen said: ‘When she was still only 14, he had arranged to met her in London but the girl’s father learned of her trip and stopped her. They did eventually meet at a seaside resort in Essex when she was 16.’

The second girl received a friend request from a Justin Lambourne – also an alias of Bradshaw.

Ms Owen said the girl became aware Bradshaw had appeared in court for the stalking charge in 2017 and contacted his former police colleagues.

His electronic devices were examined to find the email address and telephone number of the first girl.

Bradshaw was then arrested. He later admitted charges of causing a child to engage in sexual activity between August 2011 and August 2014.

He also admitted similar charges against a second girl between June 2012 and June 2013. 

Jailing Bradshaw for eight years at Mold Crown Court, Judge Rhys Rowlands said: ‘It goes without saying your behaviour was completely depraved.

‘At the time you were a police officer, trusted and expected to protect the community, yet in the privacy of your home you were doing quite the opposite.

‘This was seriously depraved behaviour. Your behaviour involved repeated targeting of young girls who have quite enough on their plate without the likes of you seeking them out and pressurising them into various forms of sexual activity.’ 

The former police officer was sentenced to jail at Mold Crown Court (pictured)

Bradshaw was put under an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and must sign the Sex Offenders Register.

The judge paid tribute to the hard-work of his former colleagues at North Wales Police after it was reported by the victims.

He was only caught after fellow police officer Miss Dinning raised the alarm – because he ‘blitzed’ her with texts saying that he would never give up on her and sent gifts including jewellery and flowers.

She sent ‘creepy’ Bradshaw a message telling him to leave her alone, but he replied that he had a photograph of her with her new partner.

Miss Dinning later reported Bradshaw, who threatened to harm himself, to the police.

Bradshaw was spared jail after he admitted stalking Miss Dinning – and handed a 12-week suspended sentence at Flintshire magistrates.

He was also banned from contacting Miss Dinning for five years.

Miss Dinning, who works for West Midlands Police, said she had let Bradshaw into her life for a short time after meeting him on the dating website Plenty of Fish.

She added: ‘I have a new life, I have moved on. But I feel that he is lurking in the background and is still haunting me.’

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George Floyd protests could spark coronavirus surge in Minnesota

Health officials warn that the mass protests roiling Minneapolis in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death could have the unintended consequence of a spike in coronavirus cases in Minnesota, according to a report.

State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said that it was understandable that people want to protest Floyd’s death while in police custody, but warned about their exposure risks during the pandemic, the Star Tribune reported.

Minnesota reported a single-day record of 35 deaths on Thursday from the illness, raising the death toll to 967, according to the news outlet.

“People are moved to want to speak and to want to gather in solidarity and in protest, and we certainly honor and respect that right,” Malcolm said.

“As we know, large gatherings do pose a risk in any epidemic, but certainly where we stand today with the state of COVID-19 spread in our community. Knowing that we have community spread, we just want to again encourage folks who gather to be mindful of the risk,” she added.

The state is among 20 that ate listed on the COVID Exit Strategy website as “trending poorly” due to increasing case counts and hospitalizations, the Star Tribune reported.

Blacks have contracted at least 29 percent of the known cases with listed racial information in Minnesota, despite making up a little more than 6 percent of the state’s population.

The state had been scaling back restrictions, with churches being able to offer services for up to 250 people or 25 percent of their capacities, and restaurants and bars being allowed to provide outdoor service beginning Monday.

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George Floyd – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson unleashes his rage at ‘ongoing disease of racism’ over cop killing – The Sun

DWAYNE "The Rock" Johnson has taken to social media to call for an end to the "disease" of racism following the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, an African-American, died on Monday after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for several minutes during an arrest.

Floyd had reportedly tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill to pay at a nearby deli.

Footage of the incident shows Floyd handcuffed faced down and telling Chauvin, "I can't breathe", and has sparked anger and unrest in cities across the US.

The death has been compared to the death of Eric Garner in 2014 and those of numerous other unarmed black men who have died or been shot by police in the course of an arrest in recent years.

Taking to Instagram, Johnson wrote: "Past few days I’ve been stunned trying make sense of George Floyd’s death.
"The video. The plea for breath. The callous response. The racism. The killing. This is our ongoing disease.
"I’ve had cops in my family. Good men.
"And there’s a cop code, granting you the authority to use force if your life is in danger.
"But when a man is handcuffed, on the ground, no longer a threat, with your brothers in arms standing around watching and he struggles to say, 'please I can’t breathe' when your knee is on his neck.. not his back, but his neck – cutting off his air.
"Cop code must become moral code."

The text accompanied a photo of a handwritten note that read: "I can't breathe – George Floyd"


The police account of Floyd's death claims that he was restrained after resisting arrest, but surveillance footage from a nearby restaurant appears to contract the account, CNN reported.

Four officers involved in the arrest have now been fired.

Johnson continued: "[W]hen you decide to not ease up, your intention is to kill.
"These officers will be charged, I’m positive of that.
"But then where’s the greater accountability?
"The leadership to healing.
"More importantly, the leadership to EQUALITY.
"We ultimately win when we can normalize equality."


Floyd's death came just a few years after he moved to Minneapolis to start a new life following his release from prison in Texas, the Mail reported.

He had been given a five-year sentence in 2009 after pleading guilty to armed robbery.

Heartbreaking footage that emerged online following his death shows him pleading with young people not to become involved in crime or violence.

"Our young generation is clearly lost," he said.

"I don't even know what to say no more.

"You youngsters just going around, busting guns, in crowds, kids getting killed.

"Come on home, man. One day it's going to be you and God. You're going up or you're going down."

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