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Family of George Floyd Unveil Hologram in Richmond, Tour to Follow [VIDEO]

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*On Tuesday night in Richmond, Virginia, George Floyd’s family unveiled a hologram in his likeness over the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on historic Monument Avenue. 

The event was organized by the George Floyd Hologram Memorial Project, reports Yahoo! News

As stated in the press release, the new project hopes to “transform spaces that were formerly occupied by racist symbols of America’s dark Confederate past into a message of hope, solidarity and forward-thinking change.” 

The hologram, which features “a myriad of fireflies that form into a 3-D image” of Floyd. It will be taken on a week-long tour through North Carolina, Georgia and more, along the route of the 1961 Freedom Rides.

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Change.org partnered with the George Floyd Foundation to create this hologram image, TMZ reports.  

“Since the death of my brother George, his face has been seen all over the world,” Rodney Floyd, George’s brother, said in a statement. “The hologram will allow my brother’s face to be seen as a symbol for change in places where change is needed most.” 

George’s family want his hologram displayed in cities they believe need it most amid the rising racial tension in America.

In related news, Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who killed Floyd during an arrest, could receive more than $1 million in pension benefits during his retirement years even if he is convicted. 

As reported earlier… Chauvin has been the subject of national fury since Memorial Day when footage emerged of him kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd begged him to stop. After his firing for the heinous act and amid national protests, he was eventually charged with second-degree murder. Three other officers involved with the incident were also fired and face felony charges.

But as far as his pension, none of that matters.  Chauvin still stands to benefit from a pension partially funded by taxpayers. While a number of state laws allow for the forfeiture of pensions for those employees convicted of felony crimes related to their work, this is not the case in Minnesota.

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Ellesia Blaque of Philly Vs. Trump: Professor Basically Tells 45 to Shut Up and Let Her Finish (Watch)

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Ellesia Blaque asks President Trump about protecting pre-existing conditions in his attempt to repeal the ACA at ABC News’ Town Hall on Sept. 15, 2020 in Philadelphia

*He can interrupt people all he wants to without pushback because he’s the so-called POTUS, but not Ellesia Blaque of greater Philadelphia. Not last night.

The assistant professor of literature at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania was one of the few masked, socially-distant audience members in attendance at President’s Trump’s town hall moderated by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. Blaque told the president that she was born with sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease that qualifies as a pre-existing condition under the Affordable Care Act. She reminded Trump that “Obamacare” assured that folks with pre-existing conditions would not get charged more by insurers. But she’s still shelling out over $7,000 a year in copays due to her condition.

Her exchange with Trump began: “Mr. President, I was born with a disease called sarcoidosis, and from the day I was born, I was considered uninsurable. That disease started in my skin, moved to my eyes, into my optic nerves, and when I went to graduate school, into my brain.”

Blaque told Trump: “Should preexisting conditions, which ObamaCare brought to fruition, be removed…”

“No,” Trump began while she was still talking.

“Please stop and let me finish my question, sir. Should that be removed, within a 36 to 72-hour period, without my medication, I will be dead,” she continued. “And I want to know what it is you’re going to do to assure that people like me who work hard, we do everything we’re supposed to do, can stay insured. It’s not my fault that I was born with this disease. It’s not my fault that I’m a Black woman and in the medical community I’m minimized and not taken seriously.”

Watch Blaque’s entire moment below:

Trump also addressed questions about the country’s systemic racism and disproportionate police brutality against Black Americans. On both issues, he basically pivoted to defending police officers. Regarding his response to the pandemic, he denied downplaying the virus, as evidenced by his own words in the tapes provided by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward for his new Trump biography, “Rage.”

“I actually, in many ways, I up-played it, in terms of action,” Trump said. “My action was very strong.”

The lies just keep coming. Watch them exit his mouth below:

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Wear Their Names: Titans’ Derrick Henry Sports Suit with Names of Racial Injustice Victims

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*Tennessee Titans star Derrick Henry made a powerful statement against racial injustice just by stepping off the plane in Denver.

On Sunday, the star running back arrived in Colorado to play the Broncos in a suit that featured the names of victims whose lives were lost to police brutality and racial injustice. The suit was black with white text and included names such as Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tamir Rice and Emmett Till.

Henry paired the statement suit with a white undershirt and black face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Later that evening, the Titans shared several photos of Henry’s outfit on their Twitter page, writing, “It takes all of us.”

On Monday, the Titans beat the Denver Broncos 16-14. During the game, several players from both the Titans and the Broncos took a knee during the singing of the national anthem, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Watch photos of Henry’s suit below:

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George Floyd’s Family and Attorney Refute Drug Allegations by Cops’ Attorneys

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*You only conclude that the defense lawyers for the four ex-Minneapolis cops charged in the death of George Floyd are pretty creative or desperate for a defense.

We say that because they are claiming that Floyd swallowed fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid, before his arrest, but the slain man’s lawyers disputed that.

You can best believe that Ben Crump, a lawyer for Floyd’s family, ain’t buying it and isn’t gonna let it fly. In fact, he accused the defense team of blaming the dead, a legal maneuver that “flies in the face of what we see with our own eyes on the video,” he added, referring to viral cellphone footage of an officer with his knee on Floyd’s neck before his death.

“The only overdose that killed George Floyd was an overdose of excessive force and racism by the Minneapolis Police Department. George was lucid, cooperative, obeyed commands and had situational awareness when he died,” Crump said in a statement. “The world witnessed his asphyxiation on video, and now defense counsel is asking us to disbelieve our own eyes. Multiple autopsies determined that he died of asphyxiation because of the officers kneeling on his back and neck.”

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George Floyd’s family raise their fists at a press conference outside the family justice center after a court hearing on the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Sept. 11, 2020. / Photo: Getty

He claimed Floyd told the officers that he couldn’t breathe and “pleaded for his life,” but those pleas were ignored.

“It is classic police defense to blame the dead and claim that suspects with any amount of drugs in their system were responsible for their own death,” he said. “It’s called ‘blame the dead,’ and it flies in the face of what we see with our own eyes on the video.”

Crump gathered with the Floyd family outside the Family Justice Center in Minneapolis on Friday, where the pre-trial hearing took place as more than 200 peaceful protesters marched nearby in support. Some gave speeches condemning the police, including the officers involved in Floyd’s death, while others chanted anti-police brutality slogans.

Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, said the “painful” video of his brother dying has traumatized his family forever. But he said listening to the defense team “blame him for his own death” showed how unfair the justice system is.

“Watching our brother die on video was the most painful experience of our lives. But listening to those defending these officers blame him for his own death today felt like a knife in the heart,” Philonise Floyd said in a statement. “It shows the degree to which the justice system works to protect those in authority at our expense.”

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