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George Floyd’s brother criticizes violent protesters: ‘Don’t tear up your town’

The younger brother of George Floyd is calling for the end of violent protests and riots that have escalated in the U.S. over the past week, according to a report on Sunday.

Terrence Floyd told ABC News he wants justice handed to the officers responsible for his brother’s death, but as violent demonstrations are currently wreaking havoc in many cities across the country, he feels they are not what his sibling would have wanted.

“[S]ometimes I get angry, I want to bust some heads, too,” Terrence Floyd said. “I wanna … just go crazy. But I’m here. My brother wasn’t about that. My brother was about peace. You’ll hear a lot of people say he was a gentle giant.”

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George Floyd, 46, died Monday night and video later emerged showing him on the ground with a police officer pressing his knee against his neck. Footage released of the incident showed Floyd shouting, “I cannot breathe” and “Don’t kill me.”

The officer responsible, Derek Chauvin, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in his death.

The incident originally sparked peaceful protests, but many have turned violent amid clashes between demonstrators and law enforcement. Curfews have been implemented in cities throughout the U.S, with the National Guard being called in amid fires, vandalism, and looting.

“Don’t tear up your town, all of this is not necessary because if his own family and blood is not doing it, then why are you?” Terrence Floyd told the news organization. “If his own family and blood are trying to deal with it and be positive about it, and go another route to seek justice, then why are you out here tearing up your community? Because when you’re finished and turn around and want to go buy something, you done tore it up. So now you messed up your own living arrangements. So just relax. Justice will be served.”

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Demonstrators gprotest the death of George Floyd, Sunday, May 31, 2020, near the White House in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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He added that his brother was known in the community for his positivity and he wants him to be remembered that way, not for the violence stemming from his brother’s tragic death in the hands of police custody. Even after the death of his sibling, Floyd took the high road amid reignited tensions between police and the black community.

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“Do something positive. Stop making excuses,” Terrence Floyd told ABC News. “And that’s what I feel is going on: They’re using this as an excuse to be stupid.”

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Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy talks police, racism, protests gripping US

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Barstool founder Dave Portnoy, known by fans as “El Presidente,” posted a viral video on Twitter Sunday afternoon where he discussed the heated climate in the U.S.

Entitled: “Emergency Press Conference: State of the Union,” Portnoy emotionally talked about police behavior, racism, and protests currently gripping the U.S., following the death of George Floyd in police custody.

“Sh** sucks in the country right now, it absolutely sucks,” he said. “First thing’s first, the cop murderer obviously, clearly, everyone agrees with that, and it’s a shame that he was still there, that’s almost the biggest problem.”

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Regarding incidents of police brutality towards minorities, Portnoy said he believes many groups throughout the U.S. have bad apples whether it be cops, sports teams, or even accountants. He believes the majority of police are really trying to do good and help people.

“How do you get to somebody who’s my age or your age or whoever’s age different ethnicity different color of skin that they feel how I feel, that cops aren’t out to get them but to protect them,” he said.

Growing up as a white person from a middle-class background, he believes the issue of violence needs to be fixed, so African Americans and minorities can feel the same trust he feels towards law enforcement.

“That’s the change that’s got to happen, that’s where we gotta get to. How to get to it? I don’t know, because we haven’t in a long time and this s*** keeps happening.” he said. “And I don’t ever recall a white guy getting choked out or a knee down. It always seems to be a black person. I don’t think that’s a coincidence.”

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As protests — some turned violent — have broken out in cities throughout much of the U.S., including Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis, and Atlanta — Portnoy believes that type of behavior isn’t the answer. He allegedly cited Black Lives Matter and leaders of the African American community who he claims said that violence needs happen or else “northing ever changes.”

“Maybe, I don’t know. Personally I don’t think that burning down businesses…is gonna solve it, I don’t think just looting is gonna solve it,” he said. “And with these protests, there’s no doubt, you have people who are out there for the right reasons, and then you just have scum****. Like you have scu**** cops, you have scu**** protesters.”

“Taking advantage, looting robbing, what the f***. And then it all gets convoluted, everyone’s picking sides, and there is no side. Everyone should be on the same fu***** side here. It shouldn’t matter if you’re black or white in this country, it really shouldn’t.”

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms gave an emotional speech on Saturday morning, citing the actions of looters who smashed windows and threw bottles, rocks and knives at law enforcement as “not a protest” and “not Atlanta.”

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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy has celebrated the “demise” of rival sports blog Deadspin. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

“You’re not honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement,” Bottoms said. “When you burn down this city, you’re burning down our community.”

Dr. Bernice King, daughter of the late Martin Luther King Jr., also appealed to the protesters saying the “only way to achieve constructive change is through non-violent means.”

Portnoy also discussed the lack of oversight for Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer seen kneeling on George Floyd’s — who reportedly had a history of violence.

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“There shouldn’t be racism, discrimination in this country…somethings gotta change,” he said. “Anytime this happens there are extremes left, extremes right who are pulling each other apart. It’s gotta stop.”

Fox News’ Peter Aitken contributed to this report

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Gunman dead following tractor-trailer chase, shootout in New York: police

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A tractor-trailer driver that “aggressively” tried to ram officers during a police chase has died following a shootout in New York Wednesday night, authorities said.

The series of events started in Genesee County around 8:30 p.m. when an officer attempted to pull over the semi tractor-trailer driver for speeding. Police said the fleeing vehicle traveled across county lines and there was “some kind of ramming” between the driver and multiple patrol cars.

“We had deputies out front blocking these roadways trying to keep our civilians safe because it’s a large vehicle that frankly is nearly impossible to try and stop with our patrol cars,” said Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty, according to Rochester’s WROC-TV.

DEADLY SHOOTING NEAR GEORGE FLOYD PROTEST AS LOOTING, ARSON GRIP MINNEAPOLIS

Police said they successfully used spike strips on the tractor-trailer, but they failed to stop the driver, who later began shooting at officers from out of the vehicle’s rear window.

An emergency alert was issued informing residents that police were “currently in pursuit of a tractor-trailer 390 SB from Geneseo, he is trying to ram traffic off the highway at this time,” according to the station.

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Dougherty said multiple rounds were fired at the officers, as he changed speeds and made several U-turns during the chase.

Deputies with long guns would later take “several” shots at the vehicle, which eventually came to rest in a ditch off the side of the roadway. Police said no officers were shot during the chase.

“We have a lot of scenes to tech with a lot of gunfire was exchanged,” Dougherty told WROC-TV. “I will confirm that the operator is deceased, and we’re working through the background timeline to find out who this guy is [and] why this happened.”

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A tractor-trailer driver that “aggressively” tried to ram officers off the road while shooting at them has died following a police chase in New York on Wednesday night, authorities said. (Livingston County Sheriff’s Office)

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Police said they’re in the process of determining what contents were inside the vehicle.

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Family finds alligator relaxing on alligator pool float in Florida

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A family vacationing in South Florida earlier this month came across an unlikely sight: a live gator perched on top of a gator pool float at their Airbnb.

Georgia resident Dave Jacobs said his family was in Miami for a wedding. They first noticed the alligator in the lake outside of their vacation rental on May 16. It appeared to catch the attention of their dog, Rascal, who spent the day barking and running around the screened-in pool deck near the taunting reptile.

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“We thought that was pretty cute,” Jacobs told the Miami New Times. “Then, the next day, it just showed up in the pool.”

After seeing double, Jacobs said his 14-year-old daughter described the sight as “so meta.”

He said his wife called the Airbnb’s owner, who eventually got a gator wrangler to fish the real reptile out of the pool.

“I guess it’s not that unusual, but it was unusual to me,” Jacobs told the paper.

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A 9-foot alligator being wrangled out of a pool in Odessa, Fla on April 19, 2018. (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

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Jacobs said his family eventually left the home to make the trek back to Georgia on May 20, taking with them a unique Florida experience to share with friends and family.

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“We have gators in Georgia, but they’re just in areas that are not as populated, like some swamp where no one lives,” Jacobs told the Miami New Times. “But in Florida, they’re just in your neighborhoods.”

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6 feet likely not far enough to stop COVID-19 transmission: experts

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When inside, it might be a good idea to take a few more steps back.

Experts on Tuesday said they believe the six-feet of distance recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) may not be enough to limit the transmission of COVID-19.

In a perspective article published in the journal Science, three experts wrote that aerosol particles can accumulate and remain infectious in indoor air for hours, while being easily inhaled deep into the lungs.

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Customers wearing protective masks from the coronavirus and keeping social distancing space line up to enter a Costco Wholesale store in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles, Saturday, May 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

“Increasing evidence for SARS-CoV-2 suggests the 6 ft WHO recommendation is likely not enough under many indoor conditions where aerosols can remain airborne for hours, accumulate over time, and follow air flows over distances further than 6 ft,” they said.

Chia Wang of National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan, as well as Kimberly Prather and Dr. Robert Schooley of the University of California, San Diego, said that a large proportion of the COVID-19 spread appears to be occurring through the airborne transmission of aerosols. They added the transmission was produced by asymptomatic individuals during breathing and speaking.

On Tuesday, the experts said that for society to resume as normal, measures must be implemented to reduce aerosol transmission, which includes the universal wearing of masks — in addition to widespread testing. They believe both practices could help identify and isolate those infected asymptomatic individuals.

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“It is particularly important to wear masks in locations with conditions that can accumulate high concentrations of viruses, such as health care settings, airplanes, restaurants, and other crowded places with reduced ventilation,” they added.

The perspective article stated that countries — like Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea — have implemented universal masking and were the most effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

The six feet of social distancing guidelines by the WHO is based on studies of respiratory droplets in the 1930s. However, technology didn’t exist at the time for detecting tiny aerosol particles, the experts stated.

Smaller aerosols will evaporate faster than they can settle, they added. Because of that, they can be affected by air currents, which can transport them over long distances and cause them to stay in the air for hours.

“A lot of the evidence has been pointing to aerosol transmission of respiratory viruses,” Prather told WebMD. “This particular virus, a lot of evidence is mounting.”

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This month, a study by scientists in Hong Kong found that using surgical masks could reduce the rate of non-contact transmission through respiratory droplets or airborne particles by up to 75 percent.

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Los Angeles protest erupts over George Floyd death; American flag burned, Hwy 101 blocked

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Protesters in Los Angeles temporarily blocked Highway 101 and clung to a California Highway Patrol cruiser during a downtown demonstration Wednesday over the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, 46, died Monday night in Minneapolis, with video later showing him on the ground with a police officer’s knee pressed against his neck.

“I can’t breathe” and “Don’t kill me,” Floyd shouts in the video, which has sparked outrage across the U.S. and led to the firings of four Mineapolis police officers. Protests continuing in Minnesota on Wednesday erupted into violence and looting.

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President Trump on Wednesday ordered the FBI and Justice Department to investigate the case.

In Los Angeles, protesters at one point were seen burning an upside-down American flag, FOX 11 of Los Angeles reported.

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Several hundred demonstrators marched in downtown L.A. — as well as in other cities across the nation — to show outrage over Floyd’s death in police custody. At one point during the march, some of the protesters broke off and entered Highway 101 near Alameda Street, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Demonstrators march during a protest of the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis, in downtown Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Associated Press)

“When I saw the video of George Floyd getting murdered in cold blood, I’ve never felt anything like that in my life, man,” one of the protesters told Los Angeles’s KABC-TV.

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Television footage showed some demonstrators halting traffic on 101 and confronting the CHP patrol car — as the Los Angeles Police Department issued a citywide tactical alert.

Demonstrators captured on video banged on the hood of the cruiser that attempted to move through the crowds and one person appeared to smash the vehicle’s rear window with a skateboard, according to the station.

At least one protester was injured and received medical attention after falling off the police vehicle as it drove away, the Los Angeles Times reported.

There were no immediate reports of arrests, but police remained worried over the rise in violence. The freeway has since been cleared.

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Demonstrators shut down the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, during a protest about the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis earlier in the week. (Associated Press)

“I’m concerned. They have exhibited a significant degree of violence,” LAPD Asst Chief Robert Arcos told the paper.

Later, LAPD Chief Michel Moore issued a statement that was posted on Twitter.

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“The actions I watched in the video were incredibly disturbing and go against the basic law enforcement principle of preservation of life,” Moore wrote. “The lack of compassion, use of excessive force, or going beyond the scope of the law, doesn’t just tarnish our badge — it tears at the very fabric of race relations in this country.”

In Memphis, Tenn., police in riot gear used pepper spray against demonstrators, FOX 13 of Memphis reported. Police confirmed making at least two arrests.

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Majority of US small businesses optimistic in face of coronavirus pandemic, study says

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The majority of small businesses in the U.S. are optimistic about reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new study says.

Nearly three-quarters of businesses (74 percent) expect to return to business as usual within six months of coronavirus restrictions being lifted, the Connected Commerce Council (3C) said Wednesday.

“This report shows that in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic and economic crisis, digitally empowered small businesses are weathering the storm and optimistic about the future,” said Jake Ward, president of 3C, a non-profit membership organization.

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Jason Nichols, facilities operation manager, disinfects equipment at the Life Time Biltmore as it opens for business after being closed due to the coronavirus, May 18, 2020, in Phoenix. (Associated Press)

“Small businesses drive the American economy, and they will drive the American recovery.”

The study was based on a survey by LRWGreenberg, a research & strategy consultancy in California. The company surveyed 502 small business owners in the U.S. from May 6-18. The businesses were based in various sectors including: education and food services, retail trade, arts, entertainment, and recreation, and more.

The coronavirus and subsequent stay-at-home orders have placed a tremendous strain on small businesses, in what’s been described as one of the worst business climates in history. The swift and cruel nature of the virus and response to it blindsided many businesses and put the future of many more in jeopardy. It’s also left nearly 40 million Americans without a job since March.

The survey found small businesses that adapted to using digital technology have been able to survive in the face of the outbreak, which has led them to be optimistic about reopening the economy.

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Examples of using digital tools include selling their products online on places like Amazon, using online marketing channels such as Instagram and YouTube, or continuing to build relationships by using Salesforce and Constant Contact.

Charlie Meyer, owner of the Spice House in Evanston, Ill., said his company implemented communications tools such as Slack and Zoom, which helped his business survive and stay connected during the pandemic, according to the study.

Nearly one-third of owners said they would have been forced to close all or parts of their business during the crisis without using online tools. and roughly 50 percent of businesses said they would have been negatively impacted if they didn’t use them.

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An employee works at the Spice House, located in Evanston, Ill. (The Spice House)

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While digital technology has been beneficial as helping many small businesses, others that require in-person sales to survive — like restaurants — face a much more challenging road ahead until shutdowns are finally ended.

An overhaul of small business aid will be the next thing Congress focuses on in hopes of helping employers reopen shops and survive the coronavirus pandemic.

Fox Business’s Ken Martin contributed to this report.

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Manhunt underway for gunman that shot officer, carjacked bystander in Maryland: police

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Baltimore police said they’re looking for an “armed and dangerous” suspect who shot an officer on Tuesday before carjacking at least one person to make his escape.

The officer was transported to Shock Trauma with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the abdomen, police said early on Wednesday.

“[The injury] is likely to be treated without surgery,” Commissioner Michael Harrison said, according to Baltimore’s WJZ-TV. “The officer was wearing body armor, which very likely saved his life.”

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The shooting happened shortly before 9:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Light Street in Federal Hill. The officer was on patrol when he spotted an erratic vehicle and believed the driver to be under the influence.

He attempted to pull over the vehicle, which crashed and a chase on foot ensued, police said. They said the suspect later discharged a firearm, which struck the officer in the lower abdomen.

The suspect then carjacked a blue Toyota Camry and possibly a second car to make his getaway, Harrison said, according to Fox 45 Baltimore.

“There is a suspect on the loose who is armed and dangerous who has fired at and shot a police officer” he added. “Thank God that officer is doing okay at this moment.”

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Following the shooting, Mayor Bernard C. Jack Young described the level of violence in the streets of Baltimore as “completely unacceptable and won’t be tolerated.”

“Our public safety officials, and in particular our police officers, deserve our gratitude and thanks for placing themselves in harm’s way each and every day,” he added.

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Anyone with more information about the incident or suspect is asked to contact the police or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup.

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Protesters clash with Minneapolis police after George Floyd’s death

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Chaos broke out on Tuesday night in Minneapolis as protesters took to the streets to demand action after the death of George Floyd in police custody a day earlier.

Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades on some protesters, reports said. The protest started peacefully but the situation deteriorated and some protesters were seen breaking windows of police cars and hurling rocks, reports said.

Floyd, 46, died Monday night and video later emerged showing the man on the ground with a police officer pressing his knee against his neck. Footage released of the incident showed Floyd shouting, “I cannot breathe” and “Don’t kill me.”

Officers had responded to a call from a grocery store that claimed Floyd had used allegedly a forged check.

Floyd’s death sparked new tensions between police and the black community.

“We’re here to let them know this can’t be tolerated, there will be severe consequences if they continue to kill us this will not go on another day,” a protester said, according to Minneapolis’s WCCO-TV.

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Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, released a statement on Tuesday and called it another “horrifying and gutwrenching instance of an African American man dying.”

The protests began on the south side of Minneapolis, near where Floyd was arrested. Protesters were seen sitting in the crosswalks and using their own vehicles to block traffic. Organizers emphasized keeping this protest peaceful, but chaos began to swell during the day, according to Fox 9 Minneapolis.

Some carried signs reading “I can’t breathe” and “Jail killer KKKops,” according to the Guardian.

Protesters continued to block traffic during the evening. As the crowds grew, the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota reminded protesters to keep their distance to help stop the spread of COVID-19, WCCO reported.

The sounds of motorcycles revving were also captured on video as they sent crowds running during the protest, with many demonstrators confused as to what was happening, according to the station.

The protesters later moved toward the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd precinct where crowds swelled. People were seen throwing rocks at the building, as well as at police cruisers — with one being sprayed with paint, according to FOX 9.

Protesters threw water and milk bottles at the officers, shouting “pigs” and “how could you,” the Guardian reported. Police fired green teargas and stun grenades to disperse the crowd approaching the station.

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Police officers deploy to disperse protesters gathered for George Floyd in Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of the black man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday, hours after a bystander’s video showed an officer kneeling on the handcuffed man’s neck, even after he pleaded that he could not breathe and stopped moving. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

“It’s real ugly. The police have to understand that this is the climate they have created, this is the climate they created,” another protester said, according to WCCO.

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As rains came down in the city, demonstrators were seen using carts at a Target store as cover before police launched tear gas.

The four officers were terminated Tuesday. Klobuchar called a step in the right direction on Tuesday.

“Those responsible must still be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” she added. “Justice must be served.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, later called the actions by police “a disgusting display.”

“I’m here on the southside, helping people as I can with milk, water, and towels,” she said. “So far, I have been unable to prevent the police from firing indiscriminately into the crowd. Moments ago, I held a towel to a teenage girls head as blood poured from it”

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Tuesday that the officers involved had been fired after they were initially placed on paid leave. The FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) are investigating Floyd’s death.

Ben Crump, an attorney for the Floyd family, told TMX.news the officer shown in the video with his knee on Floyd’s neck should be charged with murder and that the other officers should be charged as accomplices.

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“They were supposed to protect and serve citizens like George,” Crump said. “We in black America, we are done dying at the hands of the people who are supposed to protect and serve us.”

Floyd’s death has prompted comparisons to that of Eric Garner, an African-American man whose death was brought on by an illegal chokehold during a 2014 interaction with New York City police. A video showed Garner repeatedly stating “I can’t breathe” while being choked on the ground.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report

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Tennessee couple charged after child’s skeletal remains found buried in back yard: report

A Tennessee couple was charged Monday after the skeletal remains of a young girl were discovered buried in their back yard, according to multiple reports.

Michael Anthony Gray Sr., 63, and his wife, Shirley Ann Gray, 60, face multiple charges, including child abuse, child neglect, kidnapping and abuse of a corpse.

The skeletal remains are believed to belong to their daughter, who authorities say was around 10 years old when she died. Michael Gray allegedly admitted to the state Department of Children’s Services that he had buried the girl after she died in 2017, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Her remains were found on Saturday. An autopsy has been planned.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating and have reported chilling new details from the home in Roane County. Authorities said there were three more children in the couple’s possession and that they were not the parents, 10 News reported.

The couple is accused of holding one of the surviving children — a 15-year-old — locked inside the unfinished basement of their family home for many years, arrest warrants said. Authorities said they discovered the teenager in the partially flooded basement without running water and surrounded by human and animal feces.

“[The child] was confined to the unfinished basement since this date and had no contact with anyone outside the basement, only given small amounts of food, being white bread and some water,” the warrants said, according to the paper.

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Michael Anthony Gray Sr., 63, and his wife, Shirley Ann Gray, 60 was arrested on Monday and charged in the abuse of four children after the skeletal remains of a young girl were found buried in their back yard, according to multiple reports. (Roane County Sheriff’s Office)

Roane County authorities originally responded on Friday after someone found one of the children walking alone along a road near their home, 9th Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson said in a statement to news outlets.

The three surviving children, aged 11 to 15, were removed from the couple’s custody by the state Department of Children’s Services, Johnson said. They are not the couple’s biological children, but the couple had legal custody of them, he said.

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“(Two of the children) appear to have no formal education,” the warrants said, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel, “and were, in fact, amazed by what a refrigerator does when they observed one in their foster home.”

They appeared to be “stunted in growth,” the warrants added.

The Roane County couple was charged with aggravated child abuse, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated child neglect, and abuse of a corpse, the statement said.

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The Grays remained in custody. It wasn’t immediately clear whether they have an attorney.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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