According to a report from ABC News, officials in the Justice Department are taking a hard look at possibly indicting former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin for an attack on a Black teen dating back to 2017.
Chauvin, who was convicted on three counts and is awaiting sentencing over the killing of George Floyd last year after he knelt on the Black man's neck for over 9 minutes in a city street while onlookers begged him to let him up, could find himself back in court on new charges.
According to a source who spoke with ABC News, federal investigators are looking at videos from Sept. 4, 2017, where Chauvin is reportedly seen, "striking a Black teenager in the head so hard that the boy needed stitches, then allegedly holding the boy down with his knee for nearly 17 minutes, and allegedly ignoring complaints from the boy that he couldn't breathe."
While Chauvin was never charged locally, "Two months ago, federal prosecutors in Minneapolis brought witnesses before a federal grand jury to provide testimony related to the incident," ABC is reporting before adding, "... this week, a source informed of the probe told ABC News that the investigation is still underway, with the Justice Department still weighing whether to bring federal charges against Chauvin for both the 2017 incident and George Floyd's death."
Prosecutors were barred from describing the 2017 assault during the Floyd trial.
According to a report issued by state prosecutor Matthew Frank about the 2017 incident, "Chauvin and [the other officer] placed [the teenager] in the prone position and handcuffed him behind his back while the teenager's mother pleaded with them not to kill her son and told her son to stop resisting," Frank wrote, noting that at one point the teenager's ear began bleeding. "About a minute after going to the ground, the child began repeatedly telling the officers that he could not breathe, and his mother told Chauvin to take his knee off her son," adding that Chauvin did remove his knee from the teen's neck after approximately eight minutes and transferring it to his back.
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‘Get on board or move along’: Chicago bars, restaurants start serving vaccinated only, requiring masks amid COVID-19 burst
For six weeks, it was just like old times at Four Moon Tavern in Chicago's Roscoe Village neighborhood. No masks. Few worries. Little of the preoccupation that has hung over the last 1½ years of pandemic living. But last week, a vaccinated staff member at the bar tested positive for COVID-19. Four Moon co-owner Robbie Lane didn’t hesitate over what to do next: she closed Four Moon for two days and reopened Thursday with a renewed mask mandate and a requirement that anyone sitting at the bar show proof of vaccination. Lane said she is still weighing whether to make the entire bar open only to v...
Josh Wells, a school board candidate in Haven, was the subject of a hard-hitting editorial by The Kansas City Star this week.
"Josh Wells, a Hutchinson-area man with Proud Boys and other alleged right-wing extremist ties, is nostalgic for the good old days when the U.S. was a 'pro-white country with a protected white majority." He's running for the Haven USD 312 Board of Education,' the newspaper explained.
The editorial board explained how Wells had been exposed by the Midwest Youth Liberation Front for seeking to establish a "white nationalism and or a pro-Western Christian theocracy with a protected white majority status. Whichever one is more obtainable."
The newspaper noted Wells had been visited by the FBI for his connections to the Proud Boys on January 5th — one day before the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Former U.S. attorney for Kansas, Barry Grissom, urged voters to remain vigilant.
"In this era of half-truths and lies that weaken our institutions of government that, for years, were respected, we take comments from white supremacists and people who are on the fringe and we just now kind of shrug our shoulders like it's no big deal. That, to me, is a cancer on our society," Grissom said.
The newspaper also debunked Wells' efforts to deny being a white supremacist.
"No, if you involve yourself in white supremacist groups and talk about forming a country of 'white nationalism and or a pro-Western Christian theocracy,' then perhaps some get that impression of you," the newspaper explained. "It's the same impression the nation may get of Haven USD 312 if he somehow wins on Tuesday."
Here is the initial thread by the Midwest Youth Liberation Front:
Wells is from Emporia, KS and has since moved to Hutchinson where he owns Wells Home Repair Co. and does various ot… https://t.co/KEpSVg0sSj— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622484053.0
You might actually recognize Wells as “J.W.”, who was featured in several news articles after the Telegram chats of… https://t.co/hls7AJaE7X— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622484172.0
Now let’s take a look at what we’ve discovered about Wells through undercover conversations. Wells said he is a pre… https://t.co/LLgD5H7snZ— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622484246.0
Reuters journalist @AramRoston discovered several high-level Proud Boys in fact made contact with the FBI prior to… https://t.co/QcIKUgMmwZ— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622484333.0
Wells is apart of a small group that is underground – if the FBI would contact someone like Wells… it seems likely… https://t.co/pTitoZfX61— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622484553.0
We also know that Wells has a relationship with a Florida design company that apparently “does a lot of work for th… https://t.co/m9mHzmfK4P— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622484715.0
Well, we know some members of one Kansas 3%'ers group felt similar (we are unsure if there is any connection with W… https://t.co/9EsN0KJJW4— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622484827.0
Now we arrive at the Midwest Nationalist Party. Last time we checked, Wells claims he was filing paperwork to make… https://t.co/kzDulVJVMb— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622484904.0
This whole race war accelerationism sure does sound familiar… it is an idea that motivated, for example, the Christ… https://t.co/Y5qh4gCzDl— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622484979.0
Here is a sample of the party platform Wells shared in the MNP chat. Wells believes people that can't speak English should be deported out of the country. Wells thinks Muslims shouldn't be allowed into the country and that gays should be kicked out of the military. pic.twitter.com/HEltaC3zwq
— Midwest YLF (@MidYlf) May 31, 2021
Some other things Wells has sent in the chat: https://t.co/3W6fQjB5k1— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622485150.0
The group chat is also full of conspiracy theorists. Some of these theories are that: COVID and 5G is a plan to kil… https://t.co/6TPTEkCaix— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622485248.0
Another member: Jossette Storey (@Storey1Storey and @JossetteStorey) is from Plano, Texas where she (last time we c… https://t.co/yscN4tTwe4— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622485338.0
We also have “American Mabe”, also known as Landon Michael Mabe (Mike) from Walkertown, North Carolina. Mike is als… https://t.co/XksCCAe2uE— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622485445.0
GOP lawmaker lashes out at her Republican colleagues as she faces ethics hearing for sharing rape accuser's identity
After sharing a news article that exposed the identity of a 19-year-old legislative intern who accused former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger of rape in a police report, Idaho GOP Rep. Priscilla Giddings lashed out during an ethics hearing on Monday, slamming some in her party for participating in what she says is a "woke cancel culture movement," the Idaho Statesmen reports.
According to the ethics complaint against her, Giddings retaliated against the intern by sharing "defamatory writings" that identified her and making "defamatory statements herself" through Facebook and a government newsletter.
"I deny all the allegations made against me in their entirety," Giddings said. "These accusations are unfounded, biased attacks driven by partisan political goals."
Attorney Jeff Hepworth, who represented the complainants, said Giddings' actions jeopardized the investigation into Ehlinger.
In a separate written statement, Giddings said that the accusations against her are "a naked attempt to deprive a citizen of Idaho of her constitutional rights of speech and press."
According to GOP Rep. John Vander Woude, Giddings actions were an example of "conduct unbecoming any member of society."
Read the full report over at the Idaho Statesmen.
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