Body of mum found in park in Stockport was in ‘several parts’ – The Sun

THE body of a mum found in a Stockport park was reportedly discovered in "several parts".

A murder probe was launched after the body of Yvonne McCann, in her 40s, was found by a member of the public in Reddish Vale Country Park on Monday.

Her body was found in 'several parts', according to the MEN.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being quizzed in custody.

Friends and family have paid tribute to Yvonne, of nearby Brinnington, on social media sites.

One child posted on Facebook “Miss you mum”.

Another friend wrote “Please say it’s not true Vonnie.”

Police are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Superintendent Neil Jones, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “This is an absolutely devastating incident.

"First and foremost, our thoughts are with the victim’s loved ones and specialist officers will do everything they can to support them.

“Understandably, this news may cause concern within the community but I would like to provide some reassurance by saying that, at this time, we believe that this was an isolated incident.

"Nevertheless, there will be increased patrols in the area in the coming days and I would encourage anyone with concerns to speak to those officers."




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Presence of Proxima b Earth-sized planet is CONFIRMED by scientists

Presence of Proxima b Earth-sized planet is CONFIRMED by scientists who suggest it may have liquid water and host life

  • Proxima b was first spotted in 2016, but now its presence has been confirmed 
  • The team used new technology to determine its mass and orbiting time
  • Proxima b has a mass 1.7 times that of Earth and orbits its star every 11 days
  • It is also close enough to its star to get the same energy Earth does from its sun
  • This suggests there may be liquid water on the surface and ability to host life 

Scientist have made a breakthrough discovery – they have confirmed the presence of Proxima b, an Earth-like planet that 4.2 light-years-away from the sun.

The planet has a mass of 1.17 Earths and sits in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, which it orbits every 11 days.

Proxima b was first discovered in 2016 using HARPS (High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher), but the recent probe was conducted with ESPRESSO, that has three times the precision, allowing for exact data on the exoplanet’s size and timing of orbits.

The new analysis determined that the distant world receives about the same amount of energy from its star as Earth does from the sun.

This means that its surface temperature could mean that water would be in liquid form and may potentially be harboring life.

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Scientist have made a breakthrough discovery – they have confirmed the existence of Proxima b, an Earth-like planet that 4.2 light-years-away from the sun. The planet has a mass of 1.17 Earths and sits in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, which it orbits every 11 days 

Michel Mayor, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2019, honorary professor in the Faculty of Science and the ‘architect’ of all ESPRESSO-type instruments, said: ‘ESPRESSO has made it possible to measure the mass of the planet with a precision of over one-tenth of the mass of Earth.’

‘It’s completely unheard of.’

Proxima b was first discovered by astronomers using the European Southern Observatory (ESO) telescope HARPS.

‘Context. The discovery of Proxima b marked one of the most important milestones in exoplanetary science in recent years,’ reads the new study published in arXiv.

‘Yet the limited precision of the available radial velocity data and the difficulty in modelling the stellar activity calls for a confirmation of the Earth-mass planet. 

The analysis determined that the distant world receives about the same amount of energy from its star as Earth does from the sun. This means that water would be in liquid form and may potentially be harboring life.

‘We aim to confirm the presence of Proxima b using independent measurements obtained with the new ESPRESSO spectrograph, and refine the planetary parameters taking advantage of its improved precision.’

The rocky planet is only 4.6 million miles from the star, 5 percent of the distance between the Earth and the sun, and takes just 11.2 days to complete one orbit.

The temperature on the surface could be between -130 and 86 Fahrenheit.

The first observation suggested the exoplanet had a mass 1.3 times the mass of Earth, but the new analysis has determined it is 1.7 times that of our planet. 

Francesco Pepe, leader of the ESPRESSO research team and a professor of astronomy at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, said:’ We were already very happy with the performance of HARPS, which has been responsible for discovering hundreds of exoplanets over the last 17 years.’

‘We’re really pleased that ESPRESSO can produce even better measurements, and it’s gratifying and just reward for the teamwork lasting nearly 10 years.’

The team noted that determining the precise measurements of Proxima b brings them one-step closing to finding life on the planet.

With the theory that the exoplanet may have liquid water, the team also understands that more research is necessary to determine if life has ever developed on the surface.

On the downside, the Proxima star is an active red dwarf that bombards its planet with X rays, receiving about 400 times more than the Earth.

And any life that may have evolved would likely of been hardened against the radiation.

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Chinese city of 2.8million braces for second wave of coronavirus cases

Chinese city of 2.8million faces new coronavirus crisis as officials chase the ‘mysterious source’ of a fresh COVID-19 cluster

  • Fears of a new crisis as Mudanjiang in north-eastern China found 11 new cases
  • All patients were said to be linked to the same source that remains ‘unknown’ 
  • Officials have yet to seal off the city but shut down public transport services 
  • Two cities from the same region went under Wuhan-style lockdown this month
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A north-eastern Chinese city with 2.8million residents has been hit with a fresh wave of coronavirus cases as officials scramble to hunt down the ‘unknown source’ of a new infection cluster.

The city of Mudanjiang in Heilongjiang province has recorded a total of 11 domestic infections with no symptoms in the past three days, prompting local authorities to shut down public transport.

Railway and coach stations were closed yesterday. Domestic and international flights were all cancelled. Schools suspended classes and sent students home.

The city government has yet to release an official notice to seal off all residential complexes, but online posts from citizens have claimed that their compounds were put under isolation.

The city of Mudanjiang in Heilongjiang province has recorded a total of 11 domestic infections with no symptoms in the past three days. The file picture taken on April 20 shows a resident having his temperature taken before he enters a local community in Mudanjiang

Local health authorities Tuesday reported the first two cases, a couple who contracted the killer bug from an unknown source. This file picture taken on April 21 shows staff members keeping watch at a checkpoint in Suifenhe of China’s north-eastern Heilongjiang province

The city of Mudanjiang, located in the Heilongjiang province of north-eastern China, has recorded a total of 11 domestic infections with no symptoms in the past three days

On Wednesday, Mudanjiang officials reported five more asymptomatic patients. Another four new infections were reported by the local authorities today. This file photo taken on April 24, shows a medical worker taking swab samples of a Chinese man for nucleic acid testing

Local health authorities Tuesday reported the cluster’s first two cases, a couple who contracted the killer bug from an unknown source that officials are still trying to track down.

The city of Mudanjiang is situated in a north-eastern Chinese region of over 100million people, Dongbei, which has been ravaged by the deadly disease after two cities went into Wuhan-style lockdown this month. 

On Wednesday, Mudanjiang officials reported five more asymptomatic patients. Another four new infections were reported by the local authorities today.

The nine infected residents were said to have had close contact with the couple who first contracted the deadly virus, according to official statements.

Authorities said that the first two patients were detected while local officials were conducting coronavirus screening in the city.

The residential complex where the couple lived has been sealed off, with no outsider allowed to enter, according to Chinese media.

The city has yet to enter lockdown but its public transport services including trains and buses have been closed, according to an official statement Tuesday.

A video released by Pear Video today shows the city’s airport empty with shut doors as a staff member said that all flights had been cancelled with no confirmed dates of resuming.

The city of Mudanjiang is situated in a north-eastern Chinese region of over 100million people, Dongbei, which is ravaged by the deadly disease after two cities went into lockdown in May

Shulan, a city of 700,000 people located in Jilin province, has been under lockdown since May 9 after reporting 12 COVID-19 cases in the space of two days. The picture taken on May 17 shows an entrance of a market is blocked in the Jilin city of Jilin province in Dongbei region

A ‘mysterious’ cluster of COVID-19 infections has ravaged a Chinese region of over 100 million residents as footage captures throngs of hazmat-clad workers conduct mass-testing on the citizens under Wuhan-style lockdown. Pictured, a group of medical workers wait to be disinfected as they line up to submit the COVID-19 samples in the city of Jilin on May 17

It comes after the provincial capital of Heilongjiang, Harbin city, adopted draconian quarantine measures in late April after reporting more than 70 infections.

The virus was believed to be ‘imported’ into the city by a student who had returned from New York.

The Heilongjiang province is situated in a north-eastern Chinese region of 100million people, Dongbei, which has been ravaged by the deadly disease after two cities went into Wuhan-style lockdown this month.

The city of Mudanjiang is situated in the Dongbei area in north-eastern China. Growing fears of a second wave have been fuelled in the vast region with 108million residents after two cities from the area went under Wuhan-style lockdown in May.

Shulan, a city of 700,000 people located in Jilin province, has been under lockdown since May 9 after reporting 12 COVID-19 cases in the space of two days.

Four days later, the city of Jilin, with a population of more than four million, shut down its borders and suspended public transport after reporting six new confirmed cases, all linked to the infection cluster in Shulan.

Four days later, the city of Jilin, with a population of more than four million, shut down its borders and suspended public transport after reporting six new confirmed cases, all linked to the infection cluster in Shulan. Police officers guard outside Jilin’s railway station on May 13

According to Jilin officials, a total of twenty COVID-19 patients are being treated at local hospitals. Two deaths have been reported. A volunteer is seen scanning a woman’s health QR code at the temperature checkpoint at the entrance of a residential complex in Jilin on May 17

The two cities have remained under lockdown as of today. They reported at least 43 infections, all linked to the same source, a local laundry worker. But it continues to remain unknown how she first contracted the bug.

According to Jilin officials, a total of twenty COVID-19 patients are being treated at local hospitals. Two deaths have been reported.

The coronavirus pandemic has infected nearly 5.7million people worldwide and claimed at least 356,000 lives. 

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Matty Healy accused of promoting The 1975 song with George Floyd message

The 1975’s Matty Healy has deactivated his Twitter account after criticism for apparently tweeting a song link along with a Black Lives Matter message.

The 31-year-old is being dragged online after he appeared to promote his track Love It If We Made It, in a tweet about the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on Monday after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for five minutes during an arrest.

Due to The 1975’s politically minded nature, fans were expecting Matty to speak out about it – however, when he did, he was accused of promoting his own work off the back of Black Lives Matter.

In a now-deleted tweet, Matty apparently wrote: ‘If you truly believe that “ALL LIVES MATTER” you need to stop facilitating the end of black ones’ – before adding in the YouTube link to Love It If We Made It.

The song includes the lyrics: ‘We’re f***ing in a car, shooting heroin/ Saying controversial things just for the hell of it/ Selling melanin and then suffocate the black men/ Start with misdemeanors and we’ll make a business out of them.’

After receiving heat for the post, Matty deleted it and reportedly tweeted: ‘Sorry I did not link my song in that tweet to make it about me it’s just that the song is literally about this disgusting situation and speaks more eloquently than I can on Twitter.’ 

However, it seems that after this, the singer tweeted his original message and the link to the video separately, which infuriated critics even more.

After this, Matty’s account, which had over 1 million followers, disappeared. 

The star began trending on Twitter as people called him out.

This isn’t the first time Healy has been criticised for his response to major incidents on social media, with many calling The 1975 out for staying quiet during the UK election last year.

Matty tweeted about vote registration twice on 30 October and 11 November, but stayed quiet on who he would be voting for and didn’t mention the election again until 5pm on election day, after The 1975 were called out repeatedly on their silence. 

Although he tweeted: ‘PLEASE VOTE TODAY. POLLING STATIONS CLOSE AT 10PM. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. DON’T VOTE TORY’, he did not signal who he preferred, and the band’s Twitter account never mentioned the election at all.

Metro.co.uk has contacted Healy’s rep for comment. 

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Liverpool ‘pull out of Timo Werner transfer talks’ with Klopp refusing to meet RB Leipzig’s £50m release clause – The Sun

LIVERPOOL are ready to pull out of the race to sign RB Leipzig's Timo Werner as they refuse to match his £50million release clause, according to reports.

Boss Jurgen Klopp has been lining up a switch for the Germany international to provide Roberto Firmino competition in attack.

But the Mirror write how they are unwilling to trigger his release fee, which expires on June 15, because the Reds feel it doesn't represent value for money.

Instead, Liverpool are only prepared to fork out £30m to bring him to Anfield – an offer unsurprisingly refused by the Bundesliga club.

Werner has scored an impressive 24 league goals in 28 appearances this season.

And Leipzig's chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff warned Liverpool that Werner's price tag will not drop if they fail to meet the release clause deadline.

Speaking to Sport Bild, he said: "It won't get any cheaper. We will not sell a player below value if he is under contract for more than a year.

"In general, we always have to ask the following question – can we replace a player if we sell him for less than his market value?

"But, I only think about those things once I have the facts on the table."

Werner is contracted to RB Leipzig until 2023 but he has made it no secret of his desire to move to Anfield and play under Klopp.

He labelled the Kop club as the "best team in the world" and added he would be a "good fit" at Anfield.

But it won't stop Manchester United from making a late swoop for his signature with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the market for a new forward.

Loanee Odion Ighalo looks likely to head back to Shanghai Shenhua with the Chinese Super League side unwilling to permit an extension to his loan deal.

While Ighalo certainly filled a hole during his brief stint at Old Trafford, scoring four goals in eight appearances, he was never deemed a long-term solution up front.

That is why Solskjaer is looking at buying a younger, explosive striker in the summer.

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Shopper who accused carer of ‘spreading germs’ in B&M is nurse who would ‘do it again’ – The Sun

A SHOPPER who reduced a care worker to tears after accusing her of "spreading germs" by wearing her uniform in a B&M store is a nurse who would "do it again". 

The nurse, who has since been subject to online abuse, told friends she had been enforcing "the nursing code".

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Care worker Kimberley Simpson claimed the nurse – who we have not named – followed her through the store "shouting" that she wasn't allowed to buy non-essential items.

And the young carer said she had been left "disgusted" by the woman's behaviour – who threatened to report her to her manager.

Friends of the 53-year-old nurse who challenged Kimberley told MailOnline: "She fully stands by what she did and she would do it again.

"People can call her whatever they like but she regards it as being part of her nursing code – to protect her patients and uphold her profession.

"That is what she signed up to do."

Another pal said the nurse, who until February was a senior lecturer in adult nursing at a university, said she has been a target for death threats online.

They said: "I know she is traumatised by what happened.

"She has had to delete all her social media due to the volume of hatred being directed against her.

She fully stands by what she did and she would do it again.

"‘There have even been people calling for her to be refused NHS treatment. The ignorance is stupefying."

In the video filmed by Kimberley, the nurse can be seen confronting her and telling her that she was spreading germs.

Kimberley could be heard from behind the camera saying: "You're having a go at me for buying stuff.

"You just said that I am buying stuff that is non essential.

"You're absolutely ridiculous, you should not have come up to me aggressively like that saying I'm spreading germs when I'm not spreading germs."

The other woman then interjects saying: "I'm not having a go.

"You're still spreading germs."

She then claims she is not referring to the coronavirus pandemic, but germs in general.

It was claimed the woman had followed Kimberley around the shop for ten minutes.

Kimberley later shared a photograph of her face stained with tears – saying "I'm not doing anything wrong."

She wrote on Facebook: "I know I’m an ugly crier, but this lady has just followed me around B&M shouting at me saying I’m not allowed in the shop because I’m in uniform.

"Apparently I’m not allowed to buy non-essential items."

People can call her whatever they like but she regards it as being part of her nursing code – to protect her patients and uphold her profession. That is what she signed up to do.

And she said she had spoken to her manager after the woman threatened to bring it up with the care home she worked for, believed to be Nexus.

Kimberley added: "I've just spoken to (my manager) and they said I’m not doing anything wrong.

"We have worked so hard, no clients have covid so we are clearly doing something right."

Kimberley, believed to be from Burton upon Trent, was inundated with support after sharing the video online.

She said: "Feel overwhelmed by all the kind messages, all I've done is cry this afternoon."

The confrontation comes as care workers have been targeted during the pandemic.

In one horrific case, a care worker said a Lidl shopper had spat on her and called her a "virus spreader" while she was at the shops.

The deadly bug has killed at least 131 social care workers in the UK. 

Nexus and B&M have been contacted for comment.

 



 

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Mum of Britain's biggest family Sue Radford says she's '100% done' with having kids after giving birth for 22nd time

THE mum to Britain’s biggest family says she won’t be having any more babies after giving birth to her 22nd in April.

Sue Radford, 45, said she is “100 per cent done” when it comes to having kids in a Q&A on the family YouTube channel.

The mum, from Morecambe, Lancashire, was joined by husband Noel, and some of her older children to answer questions sent in by fans on their Instagram account.

And by far the most asked question was whether Sue would be adding to her bulging brood following the birth of their daughter Heidie.

Speaking in the video Sue says: “Every other question asked is, will you be having another baby and the answer to that is no!

“Definitely no more – we are 100 per cent done. Done, done, done.”


Husband Noel also shared the very sweet story of how he and Sue met.

“We met donkeys years ago” he said, “I used to live in one cul-de-sac, Sue lived in the other but I used to hang around with Sue’s brother.

“We used to pass each other little love letters.”

And while Sue and Noel won’t be welcoming anymore kids, their daughter Millie is currently expecting her first.

The 18-year-old is 24 weeks pregnant and revealed in the video that her daughter is due on September 6th, previously revealing she is planning to name her Ophelia.

The super-mum lives with husband Noel, 48, and their 21 kids.

The couple famously don’t claim any benefits apart from Child Benefit and rely on Noel’s bakery business to make ends meet.

The Radfords are parents to Chris, 30, Sophie, 25, Chloe, 23, Jack, 22, Daniel, 20, Luke, 18, Millie, 17, Katie, 16, James, 15, Ellie, 14, Aimee, 13, Josh, 12, Max, 11, Tillie, nine, Oscar, seven, Casper, six, Hallie, three, Phoebe, two, Archie 18 months, and Bonnie, one.

They also have three grandchildren – who are Sophie's kids – Daisy, six, Ayprill, four, and Leo, two.

In other news, Sue created an amazing outdoor movie night for her bumper brood in lockdown.

And the Radfords revealed the chaos of going on a huge family walk during lockdown.

Plus Sue revealed the £30 grey paint she uses to achieve her Mrs Hinch style home.

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Family of black man George Floyd says firing of four cops is a start

Family of black man George Floyd call for cops to be charged with murder after four were fired over video of white officer kneeling on his neck during arrest – as attorney says it’s worse than Eric Garner

  • George Floyd’s family have told how they watched the footage on TV before realizing it was their ‘baby cousin’
  • Ben Crump, the family attorney, has demanded officers face murder charges over the killing of Floyd
  • Crump said it was ‘worse than Eric Garner’ – the black man who died after being held in a police chokehold
  • A video emerged Monday showing white cop Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck during his arrest 
  • Floyd was heard repeatedly telling cops he was in pain and could not breathe before losing consciousness 
  • Minneapolis Police Department confirmed the man later died in the hospital and four officers have been fired
  • FBI and state authorities are now investigating the man’s death 

The heartbroken family of black man George Floyd have called for cops to be charged with murder after four were fired over the video of a white officer kneeling on his neck during his arrest.

Two of George Floyd’s cousins said the firing of the officers was just ‘a start’ after watching footage of the shocking incident and the cops ‘murdered our cousin’. 

The family’s lawyer has called for white cop Derek Chauvin to be charged with murder and the other three officers involved charged as murder accomplices as he revealed Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for a staggering eight minutes and blasted the case as ‘worse than Eric Garner’.  

Floyd was filmed Monday begging the Minneapolis cop to stop and telling him he could not breathe before he lost consciousness and later died after officers arrested him for allegedly trying to use forged documents at a local deli. 

Four members of the Minneapolis Police Department who were involved in Monday’s incident have now been fired, and the FBI and state law enforcement authorities have launched an investigation into the man’s death.  

The heartbroken family of black man George Floyd (pictured) who died in police custody after a white cop was filmed pinning him to the ground by his neck have said the firing of four police officers involved is only ‘a start’ to getting justice

Floyd was filmed Monday begging the Minneapolis cop to stop and telling him he could not breathe before he lost consciousness and later died

Floyd’s devastated family have now broken their silence over his death in an interview with TMX.news, where they told how they watched the horrific footage on TV before realizing it was their ‘baby cousin’.  

‘I actually saw it before knowing it was my cousin – I saw it on Gayle King,’ said Shareeduh Tate.

‘And I remember thinking how devastating this would be for the family who have lost their family member like this… then about five minutes after that I got a phone call saying that it was my cousin.’ 

She thanked the bystanders who were heard in the footage urging the police to stop what they were doing and warning them that they were killing Floyd.

‘I can’t thank them enough. We always see these kinds of things take place and we always wonder what we would do in that position and we’re so grateful… and even more so grateful for the person who was there with a camera to capture it as so many times there is not a witness around and it’s questionable as to what has happened,’ Tate said.

Floyd’s other cousin Tera Brown called the footage ‘unbelievable’.

‘It’s unbelievable to see someone suffering in the way that he did,’ she said. ‘And to have so many people around asking for them to basically allow him to live.’

His devastated family have now broken their silence over his death in an interview with TMX.news, where his cousins Tera Brown (left) and Shareeduh Tate (right) told how they watched the video not realizing it was their ‘baby cousin’

Tate said the firing of the four police officers was ‘a start’ but is ‘definitely not enough’ as she blasted the authorities for ‘murdering’ the father-of-one.

‘They murdered our cousin,’ she said.

Brown described him as ‘the cousin that everybody loved’ who was ‘always happy’ and a ‘jokester’. 

‘He was everybody’s favorite everything – he was the favorite friend, the favorite cousin,’ she added.  

She said news of his death has been especially hard on Floyd’s daughter who she said is ‘not doing well’. 

Ben Crump, the attorney for the victim’s family has demanded officers face murder charges over the killing and said this is ‘worse than Eric Garner’ because the officers held Floyd down by the neck for a staggering eight minutes. 

Ben Crump, the attorney for the victim’s family has demanded officers face prosecution over the killing and saying this is ‘worse than Eric Garner’ because the officers held Floyd down by the neck for a staggering eight minutes

Crump pointed to the similarities in the case with the death of unarmed black man Garner who died in 2014 after he was placed in a chokehold by New York City police and pleaded for his life, saying he could not breathe.     

Parallels have already been drawn between the two cases but Crump described Floyd’s death as even ‘worse’.

‘I mean it was 8 minutes. It is in many ways worse than Eric Garner as they have his knees on his neck and he is begging, pleading for not one minute, not two minutes, not three minutes but eight minutes – begging them to let him breathe so we have “we can’t breathe” again in 2020,’ he said.

‘It just takes you back to Eric Garner and now we have another black man saying to police “I can’t breathe” and them not offering any humanity.’

Crump said news that the officers had been fired was a ‘good first step’ but said it does not go far enough to getting justice for the dead man. 

‘I think the officer should be charged with murder,’ Crump told TMX.news, about Derek Chauvin, who has been identified as the cop who held Floyd down by the neck. 

‘It was clear that he was begged by public bystanders to take his knee off George’s neck.’ 

Crump also called for the other officers involved to be charged as accomplices to murder.  

‘They were supposed to protect and serve citizens like George. We in black America, we are done dying at the hands of the people that are supposed to protect and serve us,’ he said.    


Disturbing footage captured by a bystander shows the moment a white Minneapolis police officer pins  a black man to the ground with his knees during an arrest on Monday 

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced Tuesday that four officers are now ‘former employees’ of the force.

‘We know there are inherent dangers in the profession of policing but the vast majority of the work we do never require the use of force,’ Arradondo said.

The names of the four fired cops have not been released, however two officers seen in the video were identified by Floyd’s family’s lawyer as officers Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao.

The two were filmed in a video taken by a bystander on Monday which showed Floyd struggling to breathe on the ground as a white cop kneeled on his neck for several minutes.  

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey responded to the four officers’ termination on Twitter saying the move was ‘the right call.’  

Floyd, who was arrested on suspicion of forgery on Monday night, was heard repeatedly telling officers that he could not breathe as he lay on the ground next to the tire of a squad car. 

The man, unresponsive and handcuffed, is then placed on a stretcher before being transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died shortly after 


The incident has drawn comparisons to the case of Eric Garner (pictured)  an unarmed New York man who died in 2014 after he was placed in a chokehold by police and pleaded for his life saying he couldn’t breathe

‘Please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man,’ Floyd, who is shirtless, begs the  cop. 

The officer repeatedly tells him ‘Well get up and get in the car then,’ while he continues to pin Floyd to the ground.

Floyd responds ‘I will’ but the cop continues to hold him to the ground by his neck.   

‘My stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everything hurts,’ Floyd is heard gasping at one point, before saying he needs water. 

After several minutes, one of the officers tells him to ‘relax.’ 

‘Man, I can’t breathe,’ Floyd responds, before eventually passing out. 

A number of politicians and public figures have since spoken out against the incident on social media, calling for the police officers involved to be held accountable. 

Floyd was identified as the victim on Tuesday by Crump, a prominent civil rights and personal injury attorney who said he had been hired by Floyd’s family.  

Crump is also representing the family of 25-year-old black man Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot and killed by two white men in Georgia earlier this month. 

‘This abusive, excessive and inhumane use of force cost the life of a man who was being detained by the police for questioning about a non-violent charge,’ Crump said in a statement. 

‘We will seek justice for the family of George Floyd, as we demand answers from the Minnesota Police Department. How many “while black” deaths will it take until the racial profiling and undervaluing of black lives by police finally ends?’ 

The black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday has been identified as George Floyd on social media. The attorney representing Floyd’s family Benjamin Crump tweeted this photo of the victim on Tuesday, calling for police officers to be brought to justice

Floyd, seen in a Facebook photo, was arrested on suspicion of forgery, however details of his alleged offense or what he was doing in the lead up to his arrest were not released 

Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing the family of 25-year-old slain black man Ahmaud Arbery, has been hired to represent Floyd’s family. Crump identified Floyd as the victim on Tuesday, as well as the two officers officers involved in the incident 

When asked by reporters about the use of the knee on the man’s neck, Chief Arradondo said the department has ‘policies in place regarding placing someone under control’ that ‘will be part of the full investigation we’ll do internally.’ 

The Minneapolis Police Department released a statement earlier this morning confirming Floyd died in hospital after officers had responded to a ‘forgery in progress.’    

They did not release details on Floyd’s alleged offense or what he had been doing in the lead up to his attempted arrest. 

According to CBS Local, he was apprehended outside Cup Foods grocery store around 8pm after he allegedly tried to use forged documents at a deli.

Police found the man, believed to be in his 40s, matching the suspect’s description in his car. 

‘He was ordered to step from his car. After he got out, he physically resisted officers,’ police spokesman John Elder claimed in a statement. 

‘Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress.’

He was taken by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center where he died a short time later, police said.

But in the footage, shared by onlooker Darnella Frazier, the arresting police officer was seen pinning Floyd to the ground for more than six minutes as he pleaded with officers to release him. 

‘Please, please, please, I can´t breathe. Please, man,’ the man is heard telling the officer. 

Despite his pleas and agonizing screams, the officer continued to kneel on the man’s neck for several minutes.  

Multiple witnesses were also heard arguing with the two cops over their excessive use of force. 

THE 2014 DEATH OF ERIC GARNER

Eric Garner, was killed in 2014, after NYPD officers placed him in a lethal chokehold during his arrest

Eric Garner, 43, died on July 17, 2014, after NYPD officers placed him in a fatal chokehold during his arrest. 

Video footage of the incident and Garner’s subsequent death sparked national outcry over police brutality towards the black community. 

Police had suspected Garner of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes on the street in Staten Island. 

The confrontation was caught on amateur video, including Garner’s words ‘I can’t breathe,’ which become a rallying cry among protesters. 

The city medical examiner’s office later ruled Garner’s death a homicide caused by neck compressions from a chokehold.

In 2019, the New York Police Department began disciplinary proceedings against White police officer Daniel Pantaleo, but the trial did not result in any charges. 

Pantaleo was fired from the NYPD in August 2019.  

‘Bro, you’ve got him down at least let him breathe, man,’ a male onlooker says.  

‘He’s not even resisting arrest … he’s human, bro.’ 

One of the officers then replies: ‘This is why you don’t do drugs, kids.’

‘This ain’t about drugs, bro! He’s human,’ the bystander says.

‘You’re enjoying it. Look at you. Your body language, you bum. You know that’s bogus right now,’ he adds. 

About four minutes into the video, the man appears to begin to lose consciousness before becoming unresponsive. 

An ambulance then arrives and police officers move the man’s limp body onto a stretcher. 

‘You just really killed that man, bro,’ the male onlooker says. 

‘And if he’s not dead, he’s close to death, that’s crazy,’ Frazier adds.  

The video, which has been shared more than 15,000 times on Facebook, has sparked outrage among viewers on social media.

‘They killed him right in front of Cup Foods over south on 38th and Chicago!! No type of sympathy. #PoliceBrutality,’ Frazier wrote in a Facebook post.  

A man holds a ‘Stop Killing Black People’ placard while protesting near the area where a Minneapolis Police Department officer allegedly killed George Floyd

A Black Lives Matter memorial was left for George Floyd who died in custody on May 26

People gather around a makeshift memorial Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Minneapolis, near where a black man was taken into police custody the day before who later died

Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Minnesota Mayor Melvin Carter spoke out against Floyd’s killing on Tuesday, calling for the police officers to be held accountable  

Black Lives Matter protesters gathered at the site of Floyd’s death on Tuesday, where mourners were seen placing flowers and balloons at a makeshift memorial. 

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension confirmed the FBI has joined in its investigation. 

All body camera footage has been turned over to the BCA, which investigates most police shootings and in-custody deaths. 

The officers involved were initially put on paid administrative leave, per department protocol.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey addressed the incident in a press conference on Tuesday morning, calling events in the video ‘wrong at every level.’ 

‘Being black in America should not be a death sentence,’ he said.

‘For five minutes we watched as a white officer pressed his knee to the neck of a black man. For five minutes. 

‘When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help.

‘This officer failed in the most basic human sense. What happened on Chicago and 38th, this last night, is simply awful.’ 

Frey also apologized to the family of the man as well as the black community. 

‘He was a human being and his life mattered,’ he said.  

Throughout the video, the arresting officer is seen kneeling on the man’s neck as he lay motionless on the ground 


The FBI is now investigating the man’s death and the two officers have been placed on paid administrative leave 

Minnesota state Senator Amy Klobuchar released a statement following the mayor’s media briefing, calling for the police officers involved to be held accountable. 

‘We heard his repeated calls for help. We heard him say over and over again that he could not breathe. And now we have a seen yet another horrifying and gutwrenching instance of an African American man dying,’ she said.

‘Every single person in every single community in this country deserves to feel safe. As the Mayor Minneapolis noted, this tragic loss of life calls for immediate action.

‘There must be a complete and thorough outside investigation into what occurred, and those involved in this incident must be held accountable.

‘Justice must be served for this man and his family, justice must be served for our community, and justice must be served for our country.’

Nekima Levy-Armstrong, a prominent local activist, said watching the footage that was shared on social media made her ‘sick to her stomach’ and called the incident another example of police brutality toward African American men, the Star Tribune reported.

‘Whatever the man may have done should not have ended in a death sentence,’ she said. 

‘What started as an alleged economic incident once again turned deadly for a black man.’

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey addressed the incident in a press briefing on Tuesday morning, calling the events in the video ‘wrong at every level’ and saying the officers involved ‘failed in the most basic human sense’ 

The video has sparked outrage among viewers on social media and has been shared more than 7,000 times

Levy-Armstrong said the incident reminded her of the Eric Garner case. 

He was an unarmed New York man who died in 2014 after he was placed in a chokehold by police and pleaded for his life saying he couldn’t breathe. 

A grand jury later decided against indicting the officers involved, sparking protests around the country.

Police in Minneapolis have come under the microscope in recent years for deadly run-ins with citizens. 

A 24-year-old black man, Jamar Clark, was shot in the head and died in 2015 after a confrontation with two white officers responding to a reported assault. 

A county prosecutor declined to prosecute the officers, saying Clark was struggling for one of the officers´ gun when he was shot.

A white woman, Justine Rusczcyk Damond, died in 2017 when she was shot in the stomach by a Minneapolis officer responding to her 911 call. 

That officer, who is black, was convicted of manslaughter and murder and is serving a 12-year prison sentence.

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Doja Cat accused of participating in racist chat rooms, using slurs

It’s been a bittersweet month for Doja Cat.

The rapper, 24, landed her first Billboard No. 1 hit only to be accused days later of participating in allegedly racist internet chat rooms, prompting the Twitter hashtags #DojaCatIsOverParty and #DojaCatIsCanceled.

The viral footage shows Doja — real name Amalaratna Zandile Dlamini — taking part in chat rooms via video chatting platform Tinychat. The “Say So” singer can be heard making sexually suggestive comments to men believed to be members of the alt-right incel (involuntarily celibate) community. The biracial artist is also heard calling someone the N-word — in her own words “with a hard R” — in front of the group.

Doja has since addressed allegations that she participates in “White supremacists chatrooms,” claiming that while racists may enter the chat from time-to-time, they’re usually kicked off. She also denied personally taking part in “any racist conversations.”

“I want to address what’s been happening on Twitter,” she wrote Monday in an apology. “I’ve used public chat rooms to socialize since I was a child. I shouldn’t have been on some of those chat room sites, but I personally have never been involved in any racist conversations. I’m sorry to everyone I offended.

“I’m a black woman. Half of my family is black from South Africa and I’m very proud of where I come from.”

But her mea culpa wasn’t fully accepted by the masses, many of whom took issue with the “Tia Tamera” singer touting her South African heritage after using a racial slur that would undoubtedly offend her own family.

She followed up the apology Tuesday with a more detailed explanation on Instagram Live, denying once again that she participates in racist chatrooms. She also understands why many fans believe she may have an issue with self-hatred as a black woman, admitting that she often feels insecure about her natural hair.

As for her use of a racial slur, she claimed she was intoxicated. “Yes, this is me 100% f–king excusing my dumbass behavior. I’m dumb, but I’m also drunk … in this video, I’m being completely f–king blackout drunk and completely f–king dumb … this is where I’m saying ‘shut the f–k up, you,’ and then I say — with a hard R — the N-word.”

Just before blaming it on the alcohol, the Los Angeles native also addressed leaked song “Dindu Nuffin,” a phrase often used to mock victims of police brutality. Many believe it was a direct reference to Sandra Bland.

“It was in no way tied to anything outside of my own personal experience. It was written in response to people who often used that term to hurt me. I made an attempt to flip its meaning, but recognize that it was a bad decision to use the term in my music.”

Doja is the latest entertainer to be abandoned by much of her fanbase, but we’ve also seen Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kanye West and several other “canceled” celebs come back stronger than ever thanks to support from the very crowd who once shamed their behavior.

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Disney’s new line of face masks has everyone talking

Wearing a mask every time you venture outdoors might feel restricting, but thanks to inventive designers and bored innovators sitting at home with nothing else to do, there are a whole range of fun face masks to choose from, that don’t make it look as though you’re heading in to perform surgery, or working on a construction site.

Amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, the CDC recently recommended that everybody wears protective cloth face coverings while out in public, so it’s more important than ever to do so in order to keep ourselves safe. But, if you’re also looking for something a bit cooler or more stylish than the average face mask, look no further, because Disney has you covered.

The entertainment mega corporation is capitalizing on the need for face masks with its own line of fun, cute cloth coverings that are perfect for the little mermaid or lightsaber-wielding kid in your life (or, yourself).

Disney's face masks look good and do good too

CNN reports that the line features all our favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars characters from Rey to Baby Yoda, Forky to Buzz Lightyear, and even The Hulk. The masks helpfully come in packs of four, so they can easily be purchased for the whole family. Disney face masks retail at $19.99 a pack and can be pre-ordered now at shopdisney.com. Sizes come in small, medium, or large with measurements available in case you need to figure out what will suit a specific toddler or adult in your household. The masks are expected to be available by July 29th.

Disney advised in an Instagram post that they’re donating one million masks to Medshare, a humanitarian organization that delivers the necessary equipment and supplies to some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities across the U.S. Likewise, up to $1 million of Disney’s face mask proceeds, earned from now until September 30th, will go towards funding Medshare’s important work.

“Disney is committed to serving the communities where we live and work. During these challenging times, we’re using the power of our timeless stories and beloved characters to address our guests’ needs for family-friendly reusable cloth face coverings, also referred to as non-medical cloth face masks,” the company noted in the post. 

Here’s hoping Luke Skywalker will get more men to wear a face mask.

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