Inform Your Opinion 06-02-20

The tragedy gripping the nation outside of COVID-19, and causing major protests and unrest on the streets of America were caused by 4 Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Responding to a 911 call by a deli employee accusing George Floyd, a 46-year old black man of purchasing cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Seventeen minutes after the first squad car arrived at the scene, Mr. Floyd was unconscious and pinned beneath three police officers for over 8 minutes. Sometime after the 6th minute, Mr. Floyd showed no signs of life.

New York Times report by Evan Hill, Ainara Tiefenthäler, Christiaan Triebert, Drew Jordan, Haley Willis & Robin Stein

The two different autopsy reports of George Floyd state different reasons of what he passed away from; but both do rule the death a homicide. This isn’t surprising to anyone who watched the gruesome video showing the arrest of Gorge Floyd which ultimately lead to his death. Hennepin County Medical Examiner said Floyd died of “cardiopulmonary arrest.” While the independent autopsy stated that Floyd died of “mechanical asphyxiation.” Either way, the reason that Floyd died that day was due to the actions by the arresting police officers.

CBS News report by Erin Donaghue

Over the last week, major protest over George Floyd’s murder rippled through many major cities all across America. While during the day for the most part the protests are peaceful, at night they change into riots with violence and looting rarely seen in recent history. Due to this civil unrest, President Trump is calling on Governors to get tough and put an end to the violence. Furthermore he is threatening to deploy the military to enforce order inside the Unites States by invoking the Insurrection Act, an archaic law from 1807 allowing a president to deploy the US military to suppress civil disorder.

CNN report by Barbara Starr. Ryan Browne & Nicole Gaouette

Weekend Edition: Inform Your Opinion 11-17-19

Roger Stone, a former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump was found guilty by a jury on all seven charges that he faced on Friday. The charges he was found guilty of include lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction. Stone faces up to 50 years in prison if sentenced to the maximum for each of the charges he was found guilty of. Roger Stoner is the 6th Trump aide or adviser to be convicted of charges brought as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

AP report by Ashraf Khalil & Michael Balsamo.

Kellyanne Conway and her husband George Conway are on opposite ends when it comes to politics. Kellyanne Conway is a counselor to the president for President Donald Trump and often goes on major news networks to speak positively of the president. Her husband on the other hand, George Conway is a major critic of the president and goes on major news networks to criticize the president. When Kellyanne Conway is confronted about recent comments by her husband accusing the President of using his powers of the Presidency to advance his personal interests; Kellyanne dismisses his comments as personal opinion and instead tries to say that it is shameful of the media to even ask her about the different view points her husband has.

Mediaite report by Charlie Nash.

Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle were paid $50,000 in student fees to speak at the University of Florida on October 10, 2019. The October speech was part of Trump Jr.’s tour for his book “Triggered,” yet it bore elements of a campaign-style rally, including effusive praise for President Trump. Two weeks later, the school newspaper, The Independent Florida Alligator, published emails between UF student body president Michael Murphy and Caroline Wren, a finance official for Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, in which they discussed the speech. However, student activity funds should not be used in support of, or against a political party. So Tuesday, November 12th, five student senators at the university filed impeachment resolution to impeach student president Michael Murphy.

CNN report by Eric Levenson.