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Republican Rick Scott Latest Lawmaker to Test Positive for Coronavirus

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U.S. Senator Rick Scott, Republican of Florida, is the latest federal lawmaker to test positive for coronavirus, after self-quarantining over the past six days. Scott announced November 14 he “came into contact with someone who subsequently tested positive for COVID.”

Friday morning he announced he is positive.

Senator Scott becomes the ninth federal lawmaker to test positive this week. Almost all are Republicans.

He also urged Americans to “be responsible” and follow coronavirus safety protocols.

Scott, a 2024 presidential contender, was just elected chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the arm of the GOP Senate that works to elect Republicans.

 

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Columbus Police Shoot and Kill 15 Year Old Black Girl Who Called for Help, Family Says: Reports

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A family member of a 15-year old Columbus, Ohio girl says she called police around 4:30 PM local time on Tuesday. Fifteen minutes later police were on the scene and shot her, WBNS reports. “The family says Bryant called the police for help because girls were fighting outside her house.”

The 15-year-old’s name was Makiah Bryant, The Daily Beast reports, citing their source as the teen’s aunt, Hazel Bryant.

But The Beast also reports a different reason for why police were called: “According to Bryant, Makiyah called the police because someone in her house was abusing her. She went on to say that police saw a knife on the ground near Makiyah and shot the teenager four times.”

The Columbus Dispatch reports the person who called 911 “reported a female was trying to stab them, then the caller hung up.”

“Columbus Fire medics were cleared to come into the scene at 4:46 p.m., police said. The wounded person was transported in critical condition to Mount Carmel East hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5:21 p.m., police said.”

“She was a good kid. She was loving,” said Hazel Bryant in a video posted to social media (below). “She was 15 years old. She didn’t deserve to die like a dog in the street.”

Alexis Moberger, a reporter for Columbus’ WSYX, posted the video:

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther confirmed the shooting and that the victim was “a young woman.”

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Watch: Derek Chauvin Handcuffed and Taken Out of Court After Judge Reads Guilty Verdict in Murder of George Floyd

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Minutes ago a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of three counts in the murder of George Floyd.

He was just handcuffed after prosecutors asked for his bail to be revoked and for him to be remanded into custody.

Watch the judge deliver the verdict and Chauvin being handcuffed and taken away.

 

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Derek Chauvin Found Guilty on All Counts in Murder of George Floyd

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all counts in the May 25, 2020 murder of George Floyd, a 46-year old Black man and father of five who was unarmed and died after Chauvin pressed his knee across Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.

Chauvin, who has been free on bail, was charged with second-degree murder, third degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. He was taken into custody.

The jury, six white people and six people of color, delivered their verdict just 24 hours after closing arguments concluded. They deliberated about 10 hours and asked no questions of the judge.

Chauvin, 45, faces potentially decades in prison were he to get sentenced to the maximum on all charges and serve consecutive sentences.

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