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‘We Have Been Extremely Patient, but We Can Wait No Longer’: House Dems Demand GSA Chief Brief on Blocking Biden

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House Democrats are demanding General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy brief Congress “no later than November 23” to explain why she continues to block President-elect Joe Biden from receiving transition funds and support, despite a law that merely requires her to ascertain it is “likely” he won the election.

“We have been extremely patient, but we can wait no longer,” four House chairs write in a letter to Murphy, as Talking Points Memo reports. “As GSA Administrator, it is your responsibility to follow the law and assure the safety and well-being of the United States and its people—not to submit to political pressure to violate the law and risk the consequences.”

They make the situation quite clear:

“President-elect Biden has now collected more votes than any other candidate for President in history, and he defeated President Trump by a margin of nearly six million votes. By November 7, 2020, virtually every major news organization had declared President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris as the clear winners when they obtained a majority of Electoral College votes. In the weeks that followed, they won two additional states—Arizona and Georgia—bringing their Electoral College tally to 306 compared to President Trump’s 232. At this stage, there is no conceivable argument that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are not ‘the apparent successful candidates for the office of President and Vice President.'”

The House Chairs also warn Murphy she is endangering national security:

“Your actions in blocking transition activities required under the law are having grave effects, including undermining the orderly transfer of power, impairing the incoming Administration’s ability to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, hampering its ability to address our nation’s dire economic crisis, and endangering our national security.”

 

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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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