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Derek Chauvin had previously used neck restraints — one suspect was ‘rendered unconscious’: prosecutors

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George Floyd and Derek Chauvin (screengrabs)

New court filings suggest that the physical tactics fatally employed against George Floyd were part of a pattern of conduct.

“Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who held his knee at George Floyd’s throat for over nine minutes and is now charged with his murder, allegedly used a similar neck restraint at least four other times, including during a 2019 arrest in which a male suspect was ‘rendered unconscious’ because of the tactic, according to prosecutors,” The Washington Post reported Friday. “That episode was listed in a new court filing here as one of eight cases from Chauvin’s 19-year history on the Minneapolis force that prosecutors say they plan to cite as evidence of a pattern of excessive force, including at least four times Chauvin allegedly restrained suspects ‘beyond the point when such force was needed.'”

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Chauvin is being tried in Hennepin County.

“The filing came as Chauvin made his first in-person court appearance in the Floyd murder case, joining the three other former police officers implicated in the 46-year-old Black man’s death,” the newspaper reported. “A short while later, the three former officers who are out on bail — [Tou] Thao, Thomas K. Lane and J. Alexander Kueng — were surrounded and pursued by angry protesters as they left the courthouse and walked down a street that had been closed to traffic for security reasons. ‘Murderers!’ some yelled.”

Prosecutors allege that in 2017, Chauvin “kicked an intoxicated male in the midsection and then applied a neck restraint on the male until the male was rendered unconscious.”

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Medical expert doubts Trump’s claim every America will have a COVID vaccine by April: ‘I don’t see how that’s possible’

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Speaking on CNN this Friday, professor of tropical medicine, Dr. Peter Hotez, pushed back on President Trump's claim that every American will have access to a coronavirus vaccine by April.

According to Hotez, there's "just too many unknowns right now" for Trump or any other administration official "to make such a statement.

Even if the vaccines currently in development work, "we don't have the details on the distribution," he added.

"There's going to be a lot of unknown questions," he continued. "We have to really take it in stages."

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Shocking emails document Trump administration’s scheme to muzzle the CDC — and misinform Americans

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Emails obtained by The New York Times detail how Trump administration political appointees sought to silence the Centers for Disease Control during the coronavirus pandemic.

"On June 30, as the coronavirus was cresting toward its summer peak, Dr. Paul Alexander, a new science adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services, composed a scathing two-page critique of an interview given by a revered scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," the newspaper reported. "Dr. Anne Schuchat, a 32-year veteran of the C.D.C. and its principal deputy director, had appealed to Americans to wear masks and warned, 'We have way too much virus across the country.' But Dr. Alexander, a part-time assistant professor of health research methods, appeared sure he understood the coronavirus better."

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‘That is not true’: MSNBC cuts away from Trump’s press briefing after he claims Biden is anti-vaccine

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During a press briefing at the White House this Friday, President Trump touted the coronavirus vaccine currently in development, preemptively calling it “successful” and saying that it will save “millions of lives.”

While making his comments, Trump took a dig at Joe Biden, claiming he espouses "anti-vaccine theories" and he's "putting a lot of lives at risk" for "political reasons."

Trump's words prompted MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin to cut away from the briefing and issue a fact check.

"Obviously there's no evidence of that -- that is not true," Mohyeldin said.

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