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Derek Chauvin found guilty of killing George Floyd

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A 12-member jury has convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd, whose death last year set many around the world to protest against racial injustice.

Chauvin was found guilty on all three charges — second-degree and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Wearing a light grey suit, a blue tie and a mask, he furrowed his brow only slightly when the verdict was read. He has led away in handcuffs and will be sentenced in eight weeks.

The trial in Minneapolis has been one of the most closely watched US court cases in years and comes at a time of calls for greater accountability when police kill people of colour in the line of duty. Jury selection began March 9, and opening statements began March 29. Jurors deliberated roughly 10 hours before announcing they had reached a verdict.

Last May, Chauvin, who is white, knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes while arresting him for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill.

“What is important to think about for justice, is what justice looks like for George Floyd’s family,” said Ashley Howard, a University of Iowa professor who studies the history of African Americans in the Midwest. “Any conviction will never bring back their father, their partner, their friend. But if a conviction brings some closure for the family, then they can call that justice.”

A crowd grew outside the Hennepin County government centre in downtown Minneapolis ahead of the verdict. One person led a familiar chat, shouting, “Say his name,” to which the crowd responded, “George Floyd”.

The city has expected protests after the verdict, regardless of the jury’s decision. The government centre has been barricaded with a fence topped with concertina wire since March. The National Guard increased troops in the metro area last week following civil unrest in a northern suburb after police shot a 20-year-old black man during a traffic stop.

Six of the 12 jurors were white, four were black, and two were multiracial, according to the Minnesota newspaper the Star Tribune.

The trial revolved around two issues: whether Chauvin’s use of force was justified and the precise cause of Floyd’s death.

Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo took the stand to condemn Chauvin’s actions, while defence attorney Eric Nelson said force can be “awful but lawful” and that Chauvin should be judged on what any reasonable officer would have done in similar circumstances.

Prosecution witnesses primarily cited asphyxia as Floyd’s cause of death, and medical examiner Andrew Baker said he died from cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by law enforcement. A lawyer for Chauvin said Floyd died of cardiac arrhythmia, pointing to prior health problems and drug use.

Race has been a central element of the trial and the surrounding attention, although both prosecutors and defence have tried to separate the court case from its social context. Police are rarely charged when they kill someone in the line of duty, let alone convicted.

For Jada Brown, a Minneapolis protester who supports redirecting police department funding to social services, Chauvin’s conviction is “a first step, I don’t think it’s a victory.”

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Things are not as bad as today as they were when NDC was in power – Kofi Bentil

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Things are not as bad as today as they were when NDC was in power - Kofi Bentsil

Things are not as bad as today as they were when NDC was in power – Kofi Bentsil

A Vice President of IMANI Africa, Kofi Bentil, has said that though things are not what Ghanaians expect under the Akufo-Addo administration, but they are far better than they were under Mahama.

Sharing his views on the botched FixtheCountry demonstration with its concomitant issues on JoyNews’ Newsfile on Saturday, May 8, 2021, Mr. Bentil indicated that much as there appears to be a lot of challenges in the system now, they cannot be worse than when John Mahama was in power.

“Things are bad but they’re not as bad as they were under Mahama. I repeat, things aren’t good but they are better than we experienced under the NDC. Our expectations have not been met but one cannot say that what we went through under Mahama was better than now. No!” he emphasized.

A group of Ghanaians, it could be recalled, began a social media campaign aimed at asking the leadership of this country to fix the system since, in their views, things have gone bad.

Dubbed ‘FixtheCountry’, the people behind it have raised issues with water supply, electricity supply, unemployment, increase in taxes and levies, general economic situation in the country as the drive behind this campaign.

A street demonstration towards baring their teeth to the Akufo-Addo administration over the aforementioned issues has been put on hold due to a restraining order against them by the Ghana Police Service citing COVID-19 restrictions.

 

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I Will Never Go Hungry Even If Kwaku Oteng Sacks Me From ABN – Captain Smart

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I Will Never Go Hungry Even If Kwaku Oteng Sacks Me From ABN – Captain Smart

I Will Never Go Hungry: The  30 days suspension of Captain Smart from Angel Broadcasting Network ABN has caused a stir among Ghanaians and people are talking and wondering why Captain Smart who recently resigned from Adom FM and joined ABN has to be put on suspension.

Well, the obvious reason may be the firebrand journalist’s continuous attack on politicians whom he feels are corrupt and not helping the nation.

Paul Adom Otchere, host of Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV had an interview with Captain Smart on his show largely on his suspension from Angel Broadcasting Network. In the interview, Smart made it clear to his critic in the industry who were rejoicing at his suspension that he will never go hungry even if the founder of the media company sacks him.

He also revealed that his suspension is for a month and that after it has expired he will go back to the radio station and continue his work as usual.

He said, “I have brain, my brain is working so there is no way I will go hungry even if the president of ABN decides to terminate my contract”.

“If Kweku Oteng says he cannot work with me again, Praise God, I will leave and will never get hungry because I’m not a lazy person, Yes my brain works. So I called Doc and he said people in government are calling him and the government is using the Ghana Revenue Authority because they say I talk too much” he added.

 

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Prophet Owusu Bempah scares Mahama with new prophecy

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Rev Owusu Bempah gives new serious prophecy about John Mahama

Prophet Owusu Bempah scares Mahama with new prophecy


Prophet Owusu Bempah scares Mahama; The Founder and general overseer of Glorious Word Power Ministry International, Prophet Isaac Owusu Bempah has given a new prophecy concerning NDC presidential candidate, John Mahama.

In a new video in front of his congregation, the man of God said Mahama has been cursed with back luck spiritually like Cain in the Bible.

So this is the reason why he can never win an election.

“He can stand for 1000 times and he’ll lose 1000 times. If you think I am lying, you can write it down and see”, he said authoritatively.

Owusu Bempah went on to say that Mahama needs a divine hand on his life to reverse that curse.

“It is only that divine hand that can lift the curse on him. If it is not so, people will deceive him that you’ll win but when he stands again, he’ll be disgraced. It’s not that people are not voting for him but it is the curse at work”.

“He needs someone experienced in spiritual things like myself to give him support or advice”, he stated.

He went on to say that when he says things of this nature, people come to insult him but he’ll love to warn those people to keep mute. Because the words are not from him.

“Anytime I speak you insult me, yet, the things I say come to pass, so can’t you see that the things I say are not ordinary?”, he asked.

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