Where's the Thread on "George Floyd" ????

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George Floyd's death was 'wake-up call' about systemic racism: Trudeau​


OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is welcoming the guilty verdict against the former Minneapolis police officer whose knee to the neck of George Floyd ended in the Black man's death last May.

Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday on all three charges against him: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Trudeau says the verdict is good news.

But he says the trial underlines how much work remains to be done to combat systemic racism.

Chauvin pinned Floyd to the ground, with his knee to his neck, for more than nine minutes, as the 46-year-old struggled to breathe and called out for his mother.

George Floyd's death was 'wake-up call' about systemic racism: Trudeau (msn.com)
 

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What we learned today from the criminal George Floyd:
You can have a life of crime & unemployment
You can be doing crime on a Monday work day
You can do drugs w/ homies during quarantine
You can wear no mask during covid
You can have covid & be out in public
You can do drugs in your car & drive
You can have counterfeit bills
You can rob a Palestinian owned conv store
You can have Black & Asian cops called on you
You can lie to the police
You can be treated polite by them but resist
You can lie that you can’t breathe for 30mins
You can fight your way out of safe cop car
You can demand to be put on ground
You can overdose on fentanyl
Your family can get paid $50+million
You can have a gold casket funeral
Your supporters can burn down 30 cities before knowing details with no penalty and steal shoes and tvs...

...But we must place all the blame above- a life of unhealthy & bad choices- on the final guy to the scene if he’s white.

And we can hide behind our race as we do all the above crime as long as we fit a magical category. This is the message that all criminals just received.

Law enforcement officers are dealing with strangers with all levels of unknown. They are going to go hands-off. Therefore we are all in great danger from this message.

Well done, leftists... criticizing a job that you could never do while making decisions from the comfort of your mom’s sofa with 5 camera angles telling us what you would’ve done. (The epitome of an armchair quarterback.)

Be sure to look up the “Ferguson Effect” as you cheer & clap tnite. Be aware: You will not be safe simply because you put up a BLM lawn sign
 
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There was no gold casket funeral for this man. No 50 million in donations from leftists

This nation isn’t racist. It is a war of ideas and values. Right vs Wrong

Conservatives would gladly see officer Dorn alive. So I’m not falling for the race crap..

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I'd like to hear from the pregnant woman that Floyd assaulted and put a gun to her belly. What does she think? He impersonated a utility worker, forced his way into her house, had his homies rob the house, beat her up and then drive off.... He is NO HERO....

All officers need to resign and come to our Republican states where you will be embraced with compassion and prayers and know they are respected and loved by Patriots!
 

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Everything about the Chauvin trial and the media coverage of it showcases the subversion and transformation of our justice system into one of a third-world banana republic.

We can’t have a justice system that is ruled by threats of violence, doxxing, and harassment from the domestic terrorists in the mainstream media, on the streets, and in the Democratic party.

That’s not how civilized societies function, it’s how third-world countries function. If you import the third-world, don’t be surprised when your country becomes the third-world.

If you are caught in the censored echo chambers of Big Tech platforms, chances are you missed most of the stories I’ve gathered below. If you are trapped inside the Big Media echo chambers, you’ve been spoon-fed what the oligarchs want you to see and hear about the trial.

That’s why I’ve taken the time to curate a collection of stories for you so you can save them and never forget how this all played out.

National guard activated in Washington DC ahead of Derek Chauvin verdict

Police departments across US brace for Derek Chauvin verdict

Minneapolis Star-Tribune Publishes Biographical Information of Derek Chauvin Trial Jurors

Biden praying for ‘right verdict’ in Derek Chauvin trial since he believes case is ‘overwhelming’

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Encourages BLM Rioters to Get More Violent

Chauvin judge warns Waters comments may overturn trial

Steve Scalise: ‘I Was Shot’ Because of the Kind of ‘Dangerous Rhetoric’ Repeated by Maxine Waters

Facebook Preparing to Censor Posts Ahead of Chauvin Trial Verdict

Former home of defense witness in Chauvin trial vandalized with Pig’s Head and blood

Minneapolis approves “historic” $27 million settlement with George Floyd’s family

Minneapolis’s Mayor Effectively Said the Chauvin Trial’s Verdict Doesn’t Matter and Ensured Riots Destroy the City

Media’s slanted stories could ‘contribute’ to rioting, says constitutional expert

Compare what is happening in our streets right now and what is being said by our “leaders” to what happened with peaceful protestors at the Capitol on January 6th. Compare the media coverage and the reaction to it. Compare how the Officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt was treated by both the media and our “justice system.”

We still don’t even know his name!
Half of the country lives in reality and the other half lives in a bubble world of fear and loathing handcrafted by the oligarch elites. One side plays by one set of rules, the other plays by no rules at all. This is a serious problem and it’s not getting better anytime soon. Our nation needs prayer and we as individuals must cling to the hope, peace, and Biblical justice of the Holy Spirit.

“Conservative” courts and judges mean nothing if our justice system is ruled by a mob of domestic terrorists. The rule of law means nothing if there are one set of rules for half of the country and a different set of rules for the other. Nothing about what we are seeing unfold right now is “justice” in any sense of the word and it certainly is not “normal.”

It’s anarcho-tyranny.

How long are we going to put up with it?

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Influence of Solar Cycles on Earthquakes​

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This research inspects possible influence of solar cycles on earthquakes through of statistical analyses. We also discussed the mechanism that would drive the occurrence of increasing of earthquakes during solar maxima. The study was based on worldwide earthquakes events during approximately four hundred years (1600-2010). The increase of earthquakes events followed the Maxima of Solar cycle, and also depends on the tectonic plate location. From 1600 until 1645 events increased during the Maxima in some of the tectonic plates as Pacific, Arabian and South America. The earthquakes analyzed during two grand solar minima, the Maunder (1645-1720) and the Dalton (1790-1820) showed a decrease in the number of earthquakes and the solar activity. It was observed during these minima a significant number of events at specific geological features. After the last minima (Dalton) the earthquakes pattern increased with solar maxima. The calculations showed that events increasing during solar maxima most in the Pacific, South America or Arabian until 1900. Since there were few records during these three centuries we needed additional analysis on modern data. We took the last four solar cycles events (1950-2010) and made similar calculations. The results agreed with the former calculations. It might be that the mechanism for the Sun-Earth connection relies on the solar wind speed. In both records (1600-1900) and (1950-2010) the results showed a significant increase in earthquakes events in some of the tectonic plates linked to solar maxima. The Solar wind energy striking the Earth's magnetosphere affects the entire environment because the pressure on the region increases and the magnetosphere shrinks sometimes four Earth's radii. This sudden compression causes earthquakes in specific plates. During the times of solar minima the pressure from the solar wind on the earth decreases, then the magnetosphere expands and earthquakes happen in a different pattern according to the geological feature on earth's surface less frequently. Solar driven events include coronal mass ejections (CME) and coronal holes, which are at a maximum during the descending phase of solar activity. The tectonic are important because there is heterogeneity in the crust and the tectonic stress depends on each region. The geo-effectiveness of solar wind from a coronal hole only depends on the position of the hole relative to the Earth and for the CMEs an additional factor is their velocity. The influence of these solar events could be detected from electromagnetic variations on the ground prior the earthquakes. The goal in this research was to show the solar events influenced the earthquakes and seismologic events following some special display and also how the Sun's activity played to make earthquakes increase. This paper discussed details of this mechanism, calculations and associated factors.

Publication:
American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2011, abstract id.NH33A-1552
Pub Date: December 2011 Bibcode: 2011AGUFMNH33A1552T Keywords:
  • 1734 HISTORY OF GEOPHYSICS / Seismology;
  • 7536 SOLAR PHYSICS;
  • ASTROPHYSICS;
  • AND ASTRONOMY / Solar activity cycle;
  • 8123 TECTONOPHYSICS / Dynamics: seismotectonics;
  • 4306 NATURAL HAZARDS / Multihazards
 

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Influence of Solar Cycles on Earthquakes​

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Abstract​

This research inspects possible influence of solar cycles on earthquakes through of statistical analyses. We also discussed the mechanism that would drive the occurrence of increasing of earthquakes during solar maxima. The study was based on worldwide earthquakes events during approximately four hundred years (1600-2010). The increase of earthquakes events followed the Maxima of Solar cycle, and also depends on the tectonic plate location. From 1600 until 1645 events increased during the Maxima in some of the tectonic plates as Pacific, Arabian and South America. The earthquakes analyzed during two grand solar minima, the Maunder (1645-1720) and the Dalton (1790-1820) showed a decrease in the number of earthquakes and the solar activity. It was observed during these minima a significant number of events at specific geological features. After the last minima (Dalton) the earthquakes pattern increased with solar maxima. The calculations showed that events increasing during solar maxima most in the Pacific, South America or Arabian until 1900. Since there were few records during these three centuries we needed additional analysis on modern data. We took the last four solar cycles events (1950-2010) and made similar calculations. The results agreed with the former calculations. It might be that the mechanism for the Sun-Earth connection relies on the solar wind speed. In both records (1600-1900) and (1950-2010) the results showed a significant increase in earthquakes events in some of the tectonic plates linked to solar maxima. The Solar wind energy striking the Earth's magnetosphere affects the entire environment because the pressure on the region increases and the magnetosphere shrinks sometimes four Earth's radii. This sudden compression causes earthquakes in specific plates. During the times of solar minima the pressure from the solar wind on the earth decreases, then the magnetosphere expands and earthquakes happen in a different pattern according to the geological feature on earth's surface less frequently. Solar driven events include coronal mass ejections (CME) and coronal holes, which are at a maximum during the descending phase of solar activity. The tectonic are important because there is heterogeneity in the crust and the tectonic stress depends on each region. The geo-effectiveness of solar wind from a coronal hole only depends on the position of the hole relative to the Earth and for the CMEs an additional factor is their velocity. The influence of these solar events could be detected from electromagnetic variations on the ground prior the earthquakes. The goal in this research was to show the solar events influenced the earthquakes and seismologic events following some special display and also how the Sun's activity played to make earthquakes increase. This paper discussed details of this mechanism, calculations and associated factors.

Publication:
American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2011, abstract id.NH33A-1552
Pub Date: December 2011 Bibcode: 2011AGUFMNH33A1552T Keywords:
  • 1734 HISTORY OF GEOPHYSICS / Seismology;
  • 7536 SOLAR PHYSICS;
  • ASTROPHYSICS;
  • AND ASTRONOMY / Solar activity cycle;
  • 8123 TECTONOPHYSICS / Dynamics: seismotectonics;
  • 4306 NATURAL HAZARDS / Multihazards

WTF 😂

You had to much sun today 😎☀️
 

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The radical left hates these two words. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.

THEREFORE IT IS THE COPS FAULT. ALL 15 of them who arrested Floyd over the years

IT IS THE POLICE FORCE

IT IS THE RACIST NATION

IT IS THE SYSTEM

but they can never say it is George.
 

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Toronto Police acknowledge 'long-standing impacts' of Floyd murder
Author of the article:postmedia News
Publishing date:Apr 20, 2021 • 23 hours ago • 1 minute read • 34 Comments
Toronto police said a bank robbery was foiled in Mimico on Friday.
The Toronto Police Service says the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict is "one more step in the process for the family and friends of George Floyd" and acknowledged "there will be long-standing impacts on Black communities as a whole and not just those with lived experiences of discrimination in the justice system or by police." PHOTO BY TPS /TPS
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The Toronto Police Service says the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict is “one more step in the process for the family and friends of George Floyd,” but acknowledged “there will be long-standing impacts on Black communities as a whole and not just those with lived experiences of discrimination in the justice system or by police.”

The Toronto force issued a statement Tuesday night after Chauvin was convicted of murder in the arrest of George Floyd.


The 12-member jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty of all charges, including second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter after considering three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses, including bystanders, police officials and medical experts. Deliberations began on Monday and lasted just over 10 hours.

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is handcuffed to be led away after a jury found him guilty of all charges in his trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., April 20, 2021 in a still image from video.
Minneapolis jury convicts ex-cop Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, right, and his defence attorney Eric Nelson attend closing arguments during Chauvin's trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd with his defense attorney Eric Nelson in Minneapolis, Minn., April 19, 2021 in a still image from video.
Jury begins deliberations in Derek Chauvin trial over death of George Floyd
The former chief medical examiner of Maryland, Dr. David Fowler, answers questions during the thirteenth day of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. April 14, 2021 in a still image from video.
CHAUVIN MURDER TRIAL: Prosecutors grill defence expert who said George Floyd died from heart disease, exhaust fumes

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“We acknowledge the hurt, anger, frustration and fear that many may still be feeling at this time,” the Toronto Police statement read.

“As a Service, we have been listening, learning, and changing over the past year and it is our desire to be more responsive to the communities we serve, including our Black residents.

“This is a journey we will continue to take, in partnership with our Black communities as we stand with them on this day and in the future.”

Peel Regional Police also released a statement, saying in part: “This event affected communities globally, along with our local communities. We acknowledge this and are continuing to lead meaningful work towards eliminating systemic discrimination and anti-Black racism — locally, provincially and nationally. It will be based on listening, open communication and collaboration.”
 

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U.S. launches probe of Minneapolis police after Chauvin conviction
Author of the article:Reuters
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Publishing date:Apr 21, 2021 • 14 hours ago • 4 minute read • 25 Comments
Minneapolis police officers in riot gear leave as protesters gather after an officer shot and killed a man in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 11, 2021.
Minneapolis police officers in riot gear leave as protesters gather after an officer shot and killed a man in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 11, 2021. PHOTO BY KEREM YUCEL /AFP via Getty Images
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday launched a sweeping civil investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis following a jury’s verdict that former city police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd.

The probe is the first major action of Attorney General Merrick Garland, after President Joe Biden vowed to address systemic racism in the United States. It will consider whether the department engages “in a pattern or practice of using excessive force, including during protests,” he said.


He added it will also examine whether the department “engages in discriminatory conduct and whether its treatment of those with behavioral health disabilities is unlawful.”

Chauvin’s conviction was a milestone in the fraught racial history of the United States and a rebuke of law enforcement’s treatment of Black Americans. Floyd’s death was one in a long list of police killings that prompted nationwide protests.

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“I know such wounds have deep roots. That too many communities have experienced those wounds firsthand. Yesterday’s verdict in the state criminal trial does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis,” Garland said.


Garland has previously said he will make cracking down on police misconduct a priority.

A separate criminal Justice Department investigation into whether the officers involved in Floyd’s death violated his civil rights continues, Garland said.

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is also conducting its own investigation into the police department there.

In separate statements, both the city attorney and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said they welcomed the federal investigation, and pledged to cooperate.

The Minneapolis City Council also signaled its support for the probe, saying it welcomed “the opportunity for the Department of Justice to use the full weight of its authority to hold the Minneapolis Police Department accountable for any and all abuses of power.”

The decision to open a probe into systemic policing problems marks a sharp contrast from the administration of former President Donald Trump, which sharply curtailed the use of court-enforcement agreements to prevent police departments from violating peoples’ civil rights.

Garland rescinded that policy on Friday, saying the department would be returning to its traditional practices of investigating state and local police departments and allowing unit heads to approve most settlements and consent decrees.

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On Wednesday, Garland said Justice Department officials had already started to reach out to community groups in Minneapolis to ask about their experiences with law enforcement and they also plan to speak with police officers there about the training and support they receive.

If a finding of misconduct is uncovered, Garland said the Justice Department would issue a public report, and it could also potentially file a civil lawsuit so that it could seek relief from a judge.

Lisa Bender, the Minneapolis City Council president, told Reuters in an interview that Justice Department officials informed the city of its decision to open the investigation on Wednesday morning shortly before it became public.

Bender said she was not surprised by the news, noting that communities of color there have been long complaining about problems with overpolicing.

“Even just our publicly available data shows disparate outcomes on who is being pulled over in traffic stops,” she said, adding that she and her colleagues “welcome any opportunity to understand what is contributing to those disparate outcomes and looking at ways we can improve.”

Currently, the Justice Department has four police practice probes open in addition to the one in Minneapolis. The others, which were opened prior to Garland’s tenure, are focused on the Orange County, Ca. district attorney and sheriff’s offices, as well as the police department in Springfield, Mass.

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It is also currently enforcing a total of 16 settlements with law enforcement agencies across the country.

The jury on Tuesday found Chauvin, 45, guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter after considering three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses, including bystanders, police officials and medical experts.

In a confrontation captured on video, Chauvin, a white veteran of the police force, pushed his knee into the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man in handcuffs, for more than nine minutes on May 25, 2020.

The conviction triggered a wave of relief and reflection not only across the United States but in countries around the world.

Even as crowds celebrated the verdict, protesters called for justice in the case of Daunte Wright, a Black man who was fatally shot by a police officer after a routine traffic stop on April 11, just a few miles from where Chauvin stood trial. Kimberly Potter, who has turned in her badge, has been charged with manslaughter in that case.

As the country focused on the guilty verdict in Minneapolis, police in Columbus, Ohio, fatally shot a Black teenage girl they confronted as she lunged at two people with a knife, as seen in police video footage of the encounter, authorities said. The incident sparked street protests in Ohio.
 

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CHAUDHRI: Chauvin guilty verdict signals new era
The once impenetrable blue wall has fallen.

Author of the article:Sunira Chaudhri
Publishing date:Apr 24, 2021 • 2 hours ago • 4 minute read • Join the conversation
People react after the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, found guilty of the death of George Floyd, at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, Minn., April 20, 2021.
People react after the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, found guilty of the death of George Floyd, at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, Minn., April 20, 2021. PHOTO BY OCTAVIO JONES /REUTERS
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The once impenetrable blue wall has fallen.

Last week, former cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty on charges of murder and manslaughter following the death of George Floyd last May. Chauvin was captured on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for approximately nine-and-a-half minutes after arresting him.


Following the verdict, U.S. President Joe Biden remarked, “But it is not enough. We can’t stop here,” signalling that the Chauvin verdict and the #blacklivesmatter movement is the zeitgeist the country desperately needs to embrace as racial injustice still persists and continues to be perpetuated by those in power — including employers.

In 2020, the CBC reported that even following convictions of drunk driving and assault only seven Toronto Police officers over the preceding 10 years were fired. Most kept their jobs. Few private citizens would remain employed after the same conduct. More concerning is the tribunal condoning the gross misconduct of these officers, including behaviour that discriminates against racialized citizens like George Floyd, allowing it to perpetuate again here in Canada.

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Racial discrimination must be tackled in workplaces first for us to experience any meaningful change in society. It is where the majority of adult citizens spend most of their time. I have shared statistics in the past of the under representation of visible minorities in the workplace. The Environics Institute released a study in December 2019 confirming “the reality of racism exists in Canada.”

Anywhere from a third to half of Canadians of colour reported being discriminated against. And 40% of those who said they experienced racism reported that it happened at work. This means most workplaces likely have workers who have experienced unchecked racism.

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People celebrate as the verdict is announced in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, Minn., Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
HASSAN: Chauvin verdict a watershed moment
Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is shown in this police booking photo after a jury found him guilty on all counts in his trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Picture released on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
FATAH: Will the verdict in George Floyd trial change America?

Racism in the workplace can often be subtle, through acts of omission, failing to include employees of colour in important workplace decisions and events and can have a lasting impact on the promotion of these employees in the workplace.

It can also be overt. I have been written-off as being an “affirmative action hire” by people who have never met me. Surely if one gives it any real thought, I couldn’t have simply lucked my way into a rigorous and vigorous career serving hundreds of clients every year, working hundreds of hours a month to get there. The problem is most people don’t think about it and stereotypes live on.

The Chauvin decision is a clarion call for workplaces to embrace the responsibility it brings with it. Employers must introduce diverse employees into their management ranks to address the racial bias that exists in their organizations. Tokenism is not enough; employees of colour in positions of power also carry an immense duty. They must speak up and speak often about the issues and barriers that people of colour face in the hiring process, in the workplace and in being promoted.

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In a country as multicultural and diverse as ours, Canada can do better.


On to your questions from this week:

Q. I work with someone who sometimes wears a mask and sometimes does not. When she takes off her mask, she says it is because of a health problem. My manager has not probed her beyond that — I assume he is too scared to say the wrong thing. Shouldn’t there be some evidence to support not wearing a mask for a medical reason? I dread coming to work when I know the maskless employee will be there.

A. You may want to refer your supervisor to a recent decision of the B.C. human rights tribunal dealing with this very issue. In “The Customer v. The Store” BCHRT 39, a customer was denied permission to a store by a security guard after she refused to wear a mask. When asked to explain why, the would-be customer said the mask caused her “breathing difficulties.” The customer filed a complaint. The tribunal dismissed the complaint stating evidence should be provided to support a request to not wear a mask and “the Code does not protect people who refuse to wear a mask as a matter of personal preference, because they believe wearing a mask is ‘pointless’ or because they disagree that wearing masks helps to protect the public during the pandemic.” If your coworker wants the freedom to remain maskless, your employer should ask for evidence to back up the request and then require your coworker to wear PPE to keep you and other employees safe.

Q. I work at an accounting firm and most of the employees there are friends as we sometimes work really long hours together, especially during tax season. Well, I am sorry to say that despite lockdown orders most of us have continued to meet on the weekends. We say we will meet outdoors but after 20 minutes of stomping around in the cold we usually head indoors to someone’s house or apartment. I know this is really wrong and am now really scared of the mounting cases in Toronto. I seem to be the only one though. I don’t want to go to these weekend meet ups anymore but feel like everyone will think I am being judgmental. Could this affect my job?

A. It shouldn’t affect your job and if it does, get legal advice immediately. Don’t socialize indoors any longer. People respect boundaries. All you need to do is set them.

Send me your workplace question to schaudhri@lscslaw.com and your question may be featured in a future article. Until then, stay safe my friends!
 

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Prosecutors ask judge to consider aggravating factors when sentencing Chauvin for Floyd murder
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Publishing date:Apr 30, 2021 • 15 hours ago • 1 minute read • 6 Comments
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, right, and his defence attorney Eric Nelson attend closing arguments during Chauvin's trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd with his defense attorney Eric Nelson in Minneapolis, Minn., April 19, 2021 in a still image from video.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, right, and his defence attorney Eric Nelson attend closing arguments during Chauvin's trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd with his defense attorney Eric Nelson in Minneapolis, Minn., April 19, 2021 in a still image from video. PHOTO BY POOL VIA REUTERS /Pool via REUTERS
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Prosecutors on Friday asked the Minneapolis judge overseeing the case against Derek Chauvin to consider several aggravating circumstances when he sentences the former police officer in June for the murder of George Floyd.

State of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and lead prosecutor Matthew Frank said in a memorandum to District Court Judge Peter Cahill that Chauvin deserves a sentence stiffer than the state guidelines dictate because he held a position of authority who treated Floyd, a vulnerable victim, with cruelty.

The “defendant’s actions inflicted gratuitous pain, and caused psychological distress to Mr. Floyd and to the bystanders,” the prosecutors wrote, adding that Chauvin made “no attempt” to give Floyd medical attention.

Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson was not immediately available for comment.


In the confrontation captured on video, Chauvin, a white veteran police officer, pushed his knee into the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man in handcuffs, on May 25, 2020. Chauvin and three fellow officers were attempting to arrest Floyd, accused of using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes. Floyd’s death led to protests in the United States and abroad about excessive use of force by police against people of color.

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On April 20, a jury of 12 found Chauvin guilty of second degree murder, third degree murder and manslaughter in the killing of Floyd, a milestone conviction in the fraught racial history of the United States and a rebuke of law enforcement’s treatment of Black Americans.

When he is sentenced on June 16, Chauvin faces a combined 75 years in prison, based on the state’s sentencing guidelines. He could receive more time in prison if Cahill agrees with the prosecutors legal arguments.


Prosecutors also argued that Cahill should keep in mind that Chauvin committed crimes with a group of three or more people and in the presence of four children.

“All four were traumatized by defendant’s actions, as their testimony at trial makes clear,” they wrote.