Pasadena Reacts To Conviction Of Former Officer For The Murder Of George Floyd in Minnesota

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News People embrace one another and bow their heads as they gather around the Anthony McClain memorial in Pasadena for a prayer vigil, after the guilty verdict in the Minnesota murder trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (Photo by James Carbone) More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community members gather around the Anthony McClain memorial on North Raymond Avenue in Pasadena for a prayer after the guilty verdict in the Minnesota murder trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (Photo by James Carbone) [UPDATED] Pasadena and Southland leaders reacted quickly Tuesday to the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter by a jury after less than two days of deliberation.“Today, the jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd,” said Mayor Victor Gordo. “While this is significant accountability, no decision can bring back Mr. Floyd from a death that should not have happened. “This conviction on all counts is an affirmation that we must hold officers accountable when their actions are found to be unlawful and when they violate their policies and training. The verdict cannot bring Mr. Floyd back to his family and loved ones, but it does move us forward toward accountability, progress, and healing. We must continue to do the work to address the racial disparity, systemic racism, and prejudice when they are present in the very public institutions that are supposed to protect and serve our communities.”Chauvin killed Floyd on May 25 after he placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest after Floyd allegedly attempted to pass a counterfeit $20 bill in Minneapolis.Floyd’s death came at a time when racial tensions were running high in the nation.“The death of Mr. Floyd is a tragic situation and I trust the justice system has come to an appropriate verdict,” said Pasadena Police Chief John Perez. “The Pasadena Police Department is dedicated to the advancement in law enforcement practices while maintaining open lines of communication with members of the community. We remain committed to professional policing, holding our officers accountable and building trust with the Pasadena community.”Some local residents visited a memorial dedicated to Anthony McClain, a Pasadena man shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in August.“I wanted to connect with other community members,” said local activist James Farr.The verdict comes as communities across the nation continue to deal with the chasm between Black residents and police.For decades, Black parents have been forced to have talks with their sons at an early age to instill wisdom on how to survive police encounters.“I have a moral responsibility to teach my children right from wrong,” Farr said. “I have the added burden because my children are Black that their decisions could involve someone calling the police on them. A simple trip to the pool with toys could trigger Karen.”Karen is the generic name popularly used to describe white women who call the police on Black men and women for no other reason than the color of their skin.“[After] my 6-year-old son [asked] why do police kill Black men. I said, damn, the talk will start years earlier than my father had with me,” Farr said.The Pasadena Police Dept. posted this graphic on its Facebook page shortly after the verdict was read.The city is in the process of seating an 11-member community police oversight commission, but efforts to name commissioners from local organizations stalled on Monday.“My thoughts are with the family of George Floyd as they struggle with the tremendous grief from the loss of a son, father, brother, nephew, and friend,” said Patrice Marshall McKenzie, who is vying for a seat on the commission. “I saw justice carried out today in the verdict, but will continue to fight for the day when a conviction for wrongdoing is the norm and not the exception. I also look forward to the day when no more families’ lives are shattered by police violence.”Floyd’s death set off protests in Pasadena that were attended by thousands of people and remained peaceful. In other parts of the nation, protesters responded with violence.Locally the incident pushed the City Council to pass an ordinance establishing the yet-to-be seated police oversight commission.“This verdict only makes me hopeful for justice,” said Esprit Jones who has been selected to represent District 1 on the oversight commission. “Accountability was exhibited, justice is another thing entirely. I am hopeful for sentencing to carry the appropriate weight. I’m hopeful to see the same accountability leading to justice for Anthony McClain here in Pasadena. It’s disgusting that George Floyd and Anthony McClain, amongst many others, have been stolen away from their loved ones. I value the uniqueness of their respective matters to bring about change in the ways accountability and justice are presented. I’m here for accountability and justice!”Councilmember John Kennedy who was the lone voice for police oversight on the City Council for several years called the verdict a wake up call.“In my view, George Floyd is a messenger and harbinger to confirm that justice is on the way, not just in policing, but in all the horrors that have been perpetrated against, Coloreds, Negroes, Blacks, and African Americans, as well as other ethnic groups and women in this country,” Kennedy said.“Minnesota v. Chauvin, – Chauvin guilty on all counts is a wake up verdict that delivers a clarion exultation that policing must be rooted in justice, accountability, transparency, and best in class community-focused service.“The multiracial and gender diverse jury in Minneapolis heard and saw the evidence against Officer Chauvin and were left no choice but to call Officer Chauvin to the bar of justice so that he will suffer the fate of the evil convict that he is.“The wheels of justice oftentimes turn slower that we would like, but when they turn right, they turn ever so finely. Justice was served today in a Minneapolis Courtroom today. I am relieved, but I will not be satisfied until every rogue cop stops giving upstanding and justice/focused policing agency in this country a bad name. Bad and corrupt law enforcement officers across America must be forced out of the noble profession of policing.“That is certainly what every good cops wants to happen.In the final analysis, George Floyd was a martyr to the cause of justice. He is a messenger who speaks the truth that as a society we must all say “no more” to the racial horrors that have been perpetrated for centuries. Chauvin is a rogue cop and a killer. He was denounced by his police chief and virtually every member of his police department because they heard the message left us by George Floyd. Again, Chauvin was convicted by a multi racial and diverse jury who said “no more.” George Floyd was a martyr, but he lives. I say thank you God!”Others saw the verdict as a first step in a bigger process.“All our thoughts are with George Floyd’s friends and family,” said U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Pasadena). “Today was a step in the right direction and tomorrow the work continues.”The trial was televised across the nation. Despite the video evidence, many African Americans were tentative after it was announced that a verdict had been reached and feared that justice would once again prove to be elusive.“The prosecution did an excellent job of covering all bases and anticipating the defense’s moves,” said local attorney Pamela Dansby. “The defense attorneys did great with what they had to work with. It was highly charged and I’m grateful that the trial was broadcast for complete transparency. All Americans were able to be a part of the trek toward justice.”Speaking to the nation, President Joe Biden said he hopes that in the future Black and Brown parents won’t have to be afraid when their children are out of the house.“They don’t have to worry about whether their sons or daughters will come home after a grocery store run or just walking down the street or driving their car or playing in the park,” Biden said.“This takes acknowledging and confronting head-on systematic racism and the racial disparities that exist in policing and in our criminal justice system,” he said.Former City Councilmember Jacque Robinson expressed hope when contacted by Pasadena Now.“I shared in the collective exhale that today’s conviction provided and hope that it is just the beginning of the green light we needed to demonstrate to officers everywhere that operate in similar fashion that they will be punished to the greatest extent of the law for not fulfilling their professional and moral duty to serve in our communities,” Robinson said.Last month, Congress approved the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which bans chokeholds, ends racial and religious profiling, eliminates qualified immunity for law enforcement, establishes national standards for the operation of police departments, mandates data collection on police encounters, reprograms existing funds to invest in transformative community-based policing programs, and streamlines federal law to prosecute excessive force and establish independent prosecutors for police investigations.Pasadena has already banned the use of the chokehold.On June 17, the House passed the bill, but the legislation has stalled in the Senate.“Today’s verdict is a step towards justice,” said Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) “The jurors saw what the world saw in that video, which was murder. But justice still has not been served as there were three other officers who did nothing to stop Chauvin who have yet to be tried. Our work towards justice for George Floyd and countless victims of deadly and excessive force by police officers will continue.”U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (D-Pasadena) may have put it best.Chu said she hopes the verdict brings some comfort to Floyd’s family, but “I know that no ruling can ever heal the wounds left behind by institutionalized violence.” HerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment People gather around the Anthony McClain memorial on North Raymond street in Pasadena, after the guilty verdict in the murder trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin in for death of George Floyd in Pasadena, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (Photo by James Carbone) Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pastor Kerwin Manning, of the Pasadena Church, says a prayer at the Anthony McClain memorial in Pasadena after the guilty verdict in the murder trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (Photo by James Carbone) CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News A stone with “Justice” written on it is placed at the Anthony McClain memorial on North Raymond street in Pasadena, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (Photo by James Carbone) Community members gather around the Anthony McClain memorial on North Raymond Avenue in Pasadena for a prayer after the guilty verdict in the Minnesota murder trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (Photo by James Carbone)  11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pastor Kerwin Manning, of the Pasadena Church, says a prayer at the Anthony McClain memorial in Pasadena after the guilty verdict in the murder trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (Photo by James Carbone)   Community News Pasadena Reacts To Conviction Of Former Officer For The Murder Of George Floyd in Minnesota Local residents and officials reflect on race, policing and policy after verdict By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor | Photography by JAMES CARBONE Published on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 5:57 pm Subscribe Community News ‹›last_img read more

A’s top pick Kyler Murray makes decision on NFL Combine

first_imgOklahoma QB Kyler Murray has decided to attend the NFL … If Kyler Murray is actually going to be in camp with the A’s this spring, he’ll be taking at least a brief hiatus about two weeks into it.Murray is deciding to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis later this month, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The combine takes place Feb. 26-March 4 in Indianapolis, just 11 days after Murray is expected to report along with the rest of the A’s position players Feb. 15 in Arizona.last_img

Ronaldo says his ban for pushing referee is ‘persecution’

first_imgReal Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, left, celebrates after scoring during the Spanish Supercup, first leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo has bitterly criticized his five-game suspension for pushing a referee who had sent him off, describing the ban as “persecution.”Ronaldo wrote on his Instagram account on Wednesday that “it is impossible to remain silent in this situation, 5 games!! It seems exaggerated and ridiculous to me, this is called persecution!”ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Ronaldo was given an additional four-match ban for shoving the referee in the back after he was shown the red card.Ronaldo concluded his Instagram message with “Thanks to my teammates and fans for their support.”The message was accompanied by a photo of the moment when referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea showed Ronaldo the red card.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has also criticized the extended ban of his best player.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Ronaldo’s outburst came after the Spanish soccer federation ratified his suspension, which was announced on Monday.The Real Madrid forward will miss the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona later on Wednesday. Madrid holds a 3-1 advantage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe will also miss the first four matches of the Spanish league, which Madrid opens on Sunday at Deportivo La Coruna.Ronaldo was suspended for one match after being sent off during Sunday’s first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Spanish media reports said Madrid appealed Ronaldo’s second yellow card, when the Portugal forward was booked for diving. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES US men’s basketball enters a new world—without its stars Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer happy with victory at Newcastle: But there’s more to come

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer happy with victory at Newcastle: But there’s more to comeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with their 2-0 win at Newcastle/Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku struck for the visitorsSolskjaer said, “Finally we kept a clean sheet. A very professional performance. We didn’t hit the heights that we can do but we were in control, kept plugging away and got the goals.”A good first touch from a sub! When you see big Romelu Lukaku running towards you, as a keeper you might take your hands away! We were sluggish in the first half, it was like a testimonial, too many square passes.”We go to Dubai after the FA Cup game, you need that fitness work because we will need legs come the end of March.”He also said, “You’d be happy with four wins from four – we haven’t conceded from open play yet either.”We were slow in the first half but we controlled the game well, we concentrated and overall it was a very professional performance.”In a five-minute spell we gave them two or three chances but then we settled down again. Newcastle is a fantastic club, fantastic crowd, you expect them to attack you but Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones were fantastic.”Marcus Rashford has the Cristiano hit, it swerves everywhere, but I liked his goal today. Calmed himself down, just passed it in. Well done.”He is only 21, you have to remember that. You need to rattle Paul Pogba at times to get him going, he has been immense for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: While You Were Sleeping, Alabama RB Derrick Henry Was Up Working Out At 4:08 A.M.

first_imgDerrick Henry shedding a tackle.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 21: Derrick Henry #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks a tackle by Zane Cruz #43 of the Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama back Derrick Henry is a physical specimen, and thanks to a recent Instagram post, we might have a clue as to how that happened. While most of us were sleeping (or stumbling back home after a late night out) at 4:08 in the morning, Henry was busy getting after it in the gym. The season is still just under four months away, but Henry looks like he’s ready to take a few hand-offs to the house. He’ll get his first chance on September 5 in Dallas, when the Crimson Tide take on Wisconsin.last_img

London: Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs Presents Morocco’s African Policy

first_imgLondon- Minister delegate for foreign affairs Mbarka Bouaida presented, Tuesday in London, the broad lines of Morocco’s African policy which puts Africa at the center of its diplomatic priorities.Speaking at a working luncheon organized by Morocco’s ambassador to the UK Lalla Joumala, Bouaida underlined King Mohammed VI’s “special interest in developing ties with friendly African countries as part of a solidarity-based and active south-south cooperation.”“Morocco is tirelessly working, under the leadership of HM the King, to reinforce stability, development and prosperity of Africa,” Bouaida told around twenty African ambassadors who were invited to this luncheon. She also recalled the “huge success” of the latest tour of King Mohammed VI to four countries (Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea and Gabon).This tour was crowned by the signature of 91 agreements on projects meant to promote cooperation on Agriculture, fisheries, social housing, rural electrification, energy, tourism and infrastructure, she said.last_img read more

America Has Spoken MLB Steroid Users Should Lose A Third Of Their

This weekend, only one batter — Houston Astros stalwart Craig Biggio — will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. One major reason for the lack of swingers: The folks voting people into Cooperstown are (how can we say it?) skeptical of hitting records achieved during baseball’s “steroid era.”Spanning from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s, those juiced-up years saw a number of the game’s most treasured records assaulted by players who were later implicated in the use of performance-enhancing drugs. And that presents a bit of a pickle: On the one hand, players set new milestones in America’s pastime; we can’t just ignore those, right? On the other hand, a lot of those people were injecting a cocktail of hormones and steroids into their buttocks to reach those milestones. Factor in baseball’s revered position in American society and the diversity of opinions about how severe said crimes against the game actually were, and you have an ethical/bookkeeping quandary of profound proportions.This issue is particularly thorny for folks like us, who use statistics to understand the game. We could strike the steroid-era records entirely, and then all of a sudden, the all-time top list is the same as it was in 1993. We could count all of them, but that won’t make them legitimate in the minds of many people. So, what to do?Mutually exclusive solutions — strike ’em or count ’em — make this a tough nut to crack. Alternatively, though, we could apply a discount — a penalty in percentage terms deducted from players’ individual statistics. That would then alter the record books, penalizing players who juiced.We asked SurveyMonkey Audience to run a poll asking Americans all about baseball, and one question was whether a player’s statistics — such as home runs — should be partially discounted for the purposes of records and leaderboards if he is found to be using performance-enhancing drugs (PED), and if so, how much of a penalty should be applied.In the survey results, there were essentially three camps:The first group — 41 percent of all respondents — thought no discount should be applied and the records should stand as-is.An additional 23 percent said the records of juicers should be stripped entirely — press ctrl-a and then delete.Finally, 36 percent of respondents took a more nuanced view, providing a percentage1Ranging between 1 percent and 99 percent. by which offending players’ statistics ought to be docked.The median voter suggested a 20 percent penalty for juicers,2For self-identified fans of baseball, the median was a 10 percent discount. while the average penalty was 36 percent. The strip-everything crowd drags the average up. But if you cut out the all-or-nothing extremists, the median increases to 30 percent.So what would baseball history look like if we applied a few of these penalties to the steroid-era stats3Docking all users for stats accumulated between 1993 and 2004 — the widely acknowledged duration of the PED epoch — probably casts too wide of a net in some cases, but it’s also impossible to make case-by-case determinations of when each player began juicing. of implicated players? (Specifically, players who were suspended for PED offenses, were linked to the Biogenesis scandal, were named in the Mitchell Report or whose failed drug tests were leaked to the media.) Could we successfully penalize performance-enhancers without pretending that an entire era’s worth of great players didn’t accomplish a thing?Here’s how the all-time home run leaderboard would change if we applied discount rates of either one-fifth or one-third to the round-trippers mashed by PED users:The poster boy for steroid-fueled home run dominance, Barry Bonds would lose about 105 home runs under a 20 percent discount and nearly 174 if we dock users by 33 percent. The latter penalty would still land him in the top six for career dingers, but he’d also sit a distant 167 home runs behind Hank Aaron for the all-time lead. Also, Alex Rodriguez would go from fourth to 11th on the lifetime list; the quartet of Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Manny Ramirez and Gary Sheffield would drop by roughly 30 slots apiece; and Juan Gonzalez would fall by 73 spots.This process doesn’t have to be restricted to home runs. Here are the all-time leaderboards for position-player wins above replacement (WAR)4Averaging together the versions from Baseball-Reference.com and Fangraphs. if we apply the same discount rates detailed above:Perilously close to overtaking Babe Ruth as the GOAT in real life, Bonds drops to eighth in position-player WAR when we dock his steroid-era production by 33 percent. That leaves us with an all-time top five far more palatable to baseball traditionalists: Ruth, Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, Aaron and Honus Wagner.5Ted Williams still ranks 10th under either schema, a product of his multiple military-related absences from the game.The debate over steroids in baseball is bitter and divisive, but this solution represents a compromise, based on real data, that attempts to meet all camps somewhere in the middle.(Just kidding, this will never be settled and will remain a festering puncture wound to the game of baseball for generations to come. Play ball!) read more

Buffon reckons Neymars absence will be a huge miss

first_imgWith Neymar set to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Gianluigi Buffon has revealed the Champions League will be quite difficult for Paris Saint-Germain to winThe veteran Italian shot-stopper is not a stranger to Europe’s top-tier competition as his team heads into the crucial stages of the tournament.Neymar who has notched in 20 goals in 23 games this season will miss PSG’s last-16 tie against Manchester United due to a foot injury suffered last [email protected] gives OTRO an exclusive look as he begins his road to recovery. We can’t wait to see you back on the pitch. #OurOtherClub pic.twitter.com/xYMzeZ9mSb— OTRO (@OTRO) February 2, 2019Buffon, 41, is yet to win the top European club competition in his illustrious career and the PSG goalkeeper said Neymar’s absence hurt his side’s chances.“Every year, I always thought it could be the right year. But it is now 24 years since I am trying to win the Champions League,” he said on Saturday and cited via FourFourTwo.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“But it’s tough to do so. You have to be a bit lucky. Right now for us, it’s a particular time because Ney got injured.“For us, Ney is a significant player because he did incredible stuff for the team during the last three months.“For us, it’s dangerous not to have him.”With United’s resurgence in recent weeks, Thomas Tuchel knows his side are up for what could be a classic European tie, as the French side battle to land that elusive crown.PSG head to Old Trafford for the first leg of their tie against United on February 12.Gianluigi Buffon is concerned that Neymar’s injury means his 24-year wait for a Champions League title could continue 😱 pic.twitter.com/2KVSeT9JZa— Goal (@goal) February 3, 2019last_img read more