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“Thank You God”: Nation Breathes Sigh of Relief as Derek Chauvin Is Actually Held Accountable for Murdering George Floyd

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For an hour on Tuesday, it felt like the entire country stopped what it was doing to collectively wait for the Derek Chauvin verdict to come in. Long used to cops escaping accountability for violence against Black people, the fact that there was literal footage of the former Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, for nine minutes and 29 seconds last May, didn’t seem like it would necessarily be enough to ensure that he would be found guilty of one or any of the charges he faced. But then it actually happened: Second-degree murder: guilty. Third-degree murder: guilty. Second-degree manslaughter: guilty.

Not surprisingly, the reaction was palpable relief, with the phrase “THANK YOU GOD” trending on Twitter:

Also trending: “BAIL REVOKED” and “ROT IN HELL”:

In a sign of how incontrovertible the evidence against Chauvin was, even Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro wholeheartedly agreed with the outcome, saying: “Clearly the verdict is supported by the facts. This case was extremely unusual. I’ve tried many murder cases and I’ve sat as a judge on murder cases. It is rare that you even get a picture of the victim in a murder case other than maybe an autopsy photo. But here we had a living, breathing person that the jury was able to relate to every day, day after day, watching the trauma of what he went through, begging for air, begging to breathe. This was an emotional as well as an intellectual decision, and when I say that, make no mistake, the facts are solid on this verdict—this verdict will be upheld on appeal.”

Still, as Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison said Tuesday afternoon, actual justice would be Black people not having to worry in the first place about being murdered by the police in broad daylight. “I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration,“ he said. “But it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice. George Floyd mattered. He mattered because he was a human being and there is no way we can turn away from the reality. This verdict reminds us how hard it is to make enduring change.“

Reminder: Chauvin might’ve gotten off if not for a quick-thinking 17-year-old

Nancy Pelosi delivers wildly bizarre statement on outcome of the case

Chauvin could go to prison for dozens of years


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Elizabeth Banks: Images of myself can make me insecure

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Elizabeth Banks battles feelings of insecurity over “images” of herself.

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The ‘Pitch Perfect’ star has revealed looking at pictures of herself after events can change her “entire perception” of the night, as happy memories of the fun she had are often replaced by anxiety over the way she looks in photos.

She said: “Images of myself have always affected me.”

And recalling one specific moment in which she attended a school dance where she had an “amazing time”, she added: “This is before social media. I confronted a photo of myself after the fact, way after the fact, and it changed my entire perception of the night I had. On the night I experienced this dance, I had an amazing time. I got that photo and all I could think about was, ‘Oh my God, all anybody was looking at was my chicken legs and my raging acne, and my shiny forehead.’ The fact that it could ruin an evening for me still strikes me. I can still feel that feeling.”

The 47-year-old actress then encouraged other people struggling with their body image, especially when it comes to pictures, to remember “images aren’t our bodies”.

Speaking during her ‘My Body, My Podcast’ Audible original series, she said: “Self-images are incredibly powerful and there are never more images being made than now, and never more tools, like filters and Photoshop, to alter those images. It’s important to be reminded that images aren’t our bodies. They’re just pictures of our bodies.”

Meanwhile, Elizabeth previously said she is “uninterested” in having cosmetic surgery.

She said in 2019: “That’s something I will happily say to everyone, like I have not put anything in my face, I’ve never had a needle in my face.

“I’m really uninterested in the psychology of starting to mess with my face.”

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Bob Odenkirk ‘Doing Great’ After Medical Emergency, Says David Cross

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By Corey Atad.

It sounds like Bob Odenkirk is fully on the road to recovery.

On Friday, “Arrested Development” star David Cross shared the good news that Odenkirk is doing much better after collapsing on the set of “Better Call Saul” earlier this week.

RELATED: Bob Odenkirk Is ‘Awake’ And Recovering In Hospital After Collapsing On ‘Better Call Saul’ Set

Cross said in a tweet that he had spoken with Odenkirk over the phone and that “he’s doing great” and that fans “will be hearing from him soon.”

On Tuesday, while working on “Better Call Saul” in Albuquerque, Odenkirk collapsed due to a “heart-related incident,” though specific details about the emergency haven’t been disclosed.

RELATED: Bob Odenkirk ‘Taped’ Jeremy Irons Yelling At Him: ‘He Was Right’

“He and his family would like to express gratitude for the incredible doctors and nurses looking after him, as well as his cast, crew and producers who have stayed by his side,” a rep for the actor said on Wednesday. “The Odenkirks would also like to thank everyone for the outpouring of well wishes and ask for their privacy at this time as Bob works on his recovery.”


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FBI joining investigation into lesbian’s ‘gruesome’ murder in Piedmont Park

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The FBI has joined the investigation into the fatal stabbing and dismemberment of a 40-year-old woman inside Atlanta’s Piedmont Park early Wednesday.

Katherine Janness was walking her dog in the park Tuesday evening when she was brutally attacked.

Janness’ lesbian partner pinged her phone and located her spouse’s body inside the park.

Janness’ body parts were found scattered about 100 yards inside the Charles Allen Drive entrance to the park near 10th Street in Midtown just after 1 a.m. Wednesday. Her dog Bowie was also stabbed to death.

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Bowie defended his owner during the vicious attack. FBI agents plan to use DNA from the dog’s saliva to identify the killer.

Atlanta police have stepped up foot patrols inside the park since the “gruesome” murder.

Police are trying to determine if Janness’ murder was random or targeted because the killer spent time with her body after she died.

Investigators aren’t ruling out a serial killer. Janness is the second woman killed at an Atlanta area park in the past week.

Police are asking residents who live on 10th Street near the park to check their security videos.

Janness worked as a bartender for Campagnolo restaurant in Midtown Atlanta.

A $10,000 reward is being offered by Atlanta Crime Stoppers for information on the case.
 

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