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Minneapolis to pay $27 million to settle George Floyd family lawsuit

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Minnesota — The city of Minneapolis on Friday agreed to pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit from George Floyd’s family over the Black man’s death in police custody, as jury selection continued in a former officer’s murder trial.

Council members met privately to discuss the settlement, then returned to public session for a unanimous vote in support of the massive payout. It easily surpassed the $20 million the city approved two years ago to the family of a white woman killed by a police officer.

Floyd family attorney Ben Crump called it the largest pretrial settlement ever for a civil rights claim, and thanked city leaders for “showing you care about George Floyd.”

“It’s going to be a long journey to justice. This is just one step on the journey to justice,” Crump said. “This makes a statement that George Floyd deserved better than what we witnessed on May 25, 2020, that George Floyd’s life mattered, and that by extension, Black lives matter.”

“Even though my brother is not here, he’s here with me in my heart,” Philonise Floyd said. “If I could get him back, I would give all this back.”

Chris Stewart, another attorney who worked with the family, said the size of the settlement “changes evaluations and civil rights for a Black person when they die.”

“And what happens is that trickles down to decisions in the communities across this country. When there is a city council or a mayor deciding, ‘Oh, should we get rid of no-knock warrants, should we get rid of chokeholds, do we want to change these policies?’ They have 27 million reasons now why they should. And that will make decisions happen. That will make accountability happen.”

The settlement includes $500,000 for the south Minneapolis neighborhood that includes the 38th and Chicago intersection that has been blocked by barricades since his death, with a massive metal sculpture and murals in his honor. The city didn’t immediately say how that money would be spent.

Floyd was declared dead on May 25 after Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against his neck for about nine minutes. Floyd’s death sparked sometimes violent protests in Minneapolis and beyond and led to a national reckoning on racial justice.

City Council President Lisa Bender choked up as she addressed a news conference about the settlement, saying she knew “no amount of money” could bring Floyd back.

“I just want you to know how deeply we are with you,” she said to Floyd’s family members.

Floyd’s family filed the federal civil rights lawsuit in July against the city, Chauvin and three other fired officers charged in his death. It alleged the officers violated Floyd’s rights when they restrained him, and that the city allowed a culture of excessive force, racism and impunity to flourish in its police force.

In 2019, Minneapolis agreed to pay $20 million to the family of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, an unarmed woman who was shot by an officer after she called 911 to report hearing a possible crime happening behind her home, to settle her family’s civil rights lawsuit. Damond was white.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the settlement might affect the trial or the jury now being seated to hear it. Ted Sampsell-Jones, a criminal law expert at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, said it’s additional pretrial publicity that is “bad for the defense” and could lead some jurors to think guilt has already been decided.

“However, this ultimately should not affect the criminal case,” Sampsell-Jones said. “There has already been a ton of pretrial publicity — some of it bad for the prosecution, some of it bad for the defense. All we can do is hope that the jurors will follow Judge Cahill’s instructions and decide the case based solely on the evidence presented at trial.”

Meanwhile, another potential juror was dismissed Friday after she acknowledged having a negative view of the defendant.

The woman, a recent college graduate, said she had seen bystander video of Floyd’s arrest and closely read news coverage of the case. In response to a jury pool questionnaire, she said she had a “somewhat negative” view of Chauvin and that she thought he held his knee to Floyd’s neck for too long.

“I could only watch part of the video, and from what I saw as a human, I, that did not give me a good impression,” she said. She said she did not watch the bystander video in its entirety because “I just couldn’t watch it anymore.”

The woman repeatedly said she could put aside her opinions and decide the case on the facts, but Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson nonetheless used one of his 15 challenges to dismiss her.

With jury selection in its fourth day, seven people have been seated. Cahill has set aside three weeks for jury selection, with opening statements no sooner than March 29.

Potential jurors’ identities are being protected and they are not shown on livestreamed video of the proceedings.

Chauvin and three other officers were fired. The others face an August trial on aiding and abetting charges. The defense hasn’t said whether Chauvin will testify in his own defense.

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Franklin Graham on ‘God Loves You’ tour: I’m not a preacher of hate; my message is about love

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Evangelist Franklin Graham, who is on a U.K. tour called “God Loves You” despite opposition from LGBT activists, including a Welsh Labour Party politician, due to his biblical views on marriage, said the accusation that he’s “a preacher of hate” is a lie.

“Their criticism is a lie. They say, I’m a preacher of hate,” Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, told Premier Christian News during his ongoing tour, which was scheduled for 2020, but the venues he had booked canceled the booking after activists groups complained about his past comments on homosexuality and Islam.

“The reason they say I’m a preacher of hate is because I say that marriage is between a man and a woman,” explained Graham, who also heads the Samaritan’s Purse humanitarian ministry. “And it is. What I do is I answer reporters’ questions. Well, what do you think about gay marriage? Well, it’s a sin. That’s what the Bible calls it.”

Graham’s tour involves free events throughout the U.K. from May through July.

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has expressed his “regret” over Graham’s upcoming visit to Wales.

“I’m sorry to see a person of those views given a platform to express them here in Wales and they absolutely do not reflect any that the Welsh Government would be prepared to endorse or sanction,” Drakeford said, according to Christian Today.

Graham said the criticism is not fair.

“They say, Well, you’re offending a lot of people. I’m not offending them, but God’s offending them, because it’s what God says. But my message is not against gay people, or people that think differently or worship differently to us. My message is a message about love.”

Graham, who has taken legal action against the venues for canceling his tour events, said criticism was expected.

“We never expect to get 100 percent support to the churches, there’s always critics within the Church,” he said. “They’re always critics of the Lord Jesus Christ within the religious community. They’re the ones that turned on Him. So I expect to have criticism, and there are a lot of churches that have compromised and there’s division within the church.”

In the interview, Graham said the Church needs to rise up. “We don’t back up. I would hope that there would be an army of young evangelists who would come down and take their place to preach the Gospel. We cannot allow one act of violence to stop the Gospel. If anything, it should be a recruiting tool for other evangelists to stand up where she shed her blood and take the Gospel to the next generation — not be afraid and not be ashamed.”

At his event in Liverpool Saturday, Graham encouraged the audience to seek a relationship with Jesus. “We have a vacuum, an emptiness inside each of us, in our souls that only God Himself can fill,” he was quoted as saying. “God made us. God created us in His own image, the Bible says. Did you know that God has a plan and purpose for your life?”

In an interview with the BBC, Graham said he wants all to know that fulfillment in life is found in God, according to CBN News.

“I want people to know that God loves them. We have trials and storms that we go through in life, but Jesus Christ is our anchor. If we put our faith and trust in Him. He will get us through those storms of life — He loves us and cares for us.”

This isn’t the first time the evangelist has been met with opposition from LGBT groups. In 2018, bus ads for his evangelistic festival were pulled following an outcry from activists.

Graham earlier said he believes the need for preaching the Gospel in the U.K. is “greater than ever.” He added he wanted people “to know that we are all sinners and our sins separate us from God.”
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ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്രം നിയമ വിരുദ്ധമായി പ്രഖ്യാപിക്കുന്ന ബിൽ യു.എസ് സംസ്ഥാനo പാസാക്കി

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ഗർഭധാരണത്തിന്റെ പ്രാരംഭ ഘട്ടം മുതൽ ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്രം നിയമ വിരുദ്ധമായി പ്രഖ്യാപിക്കുന്ന ബിൽ യു.എസ് സംസ്ഥാനമായ ഒക്‌ലഹോമ പാസാക്കി.

ഗർഭസ്ഥ ശിശുവിന്റെ ഹൃദയം മിടിച്ചു തുടങ്ങിയാൽ (ആറാം മാസം മുതൽ) ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്രം നിയമ വിരുദ്ധമാക്കുന്ന നിയമ നിർമ്മാണങ്ങൾ യു.എസ് സംസ്ഥാനങ്ങളിൽ ഉണ്ടാകാറുണ്ടെങ്കിലും അണ്ഡവും ബീജവും സംയോജിക്കുന്ന, ഗർഭധാരണത്തിന്റെ ആരംഭഘട്ടം മുതൽ ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്രം നിരോധിക്കുന്ന നിയമ നിർമ്മാണ നീക്കം ഇതാദ്യമാണ്. അതുകൊണ്ടു തന്നെ, രാജ്യത്തെ ഏറ്റവും ശക്തമായ ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്ര വിരുദ്ധ നിയമം എന്ന വിശേഷണത്തോടെയാണ് ബിൽ പാസാക്കിയിരിക്കുന്നത്.

16ന് എതിരെ 73 വോട്ടുകൾക്ക് ജനപ്രതിനിധി സഭ പാസാക്കിയ ബിൽ ഗവർണർ കെവിൻ സ്റ്റിറ്റിന്റെ പരിഗണനയിലാണ്. ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്രം നിരോധിക്കുന്ന ബില്ലിൽ ഒപ്പുവെക്കുമെന്ന് അദ്ദേഹം നേരത്തെ തന്നെ വ്യക്തമാക്കിയിരുന്നു. അതിനാൽ, നിയമം പ്രാബല്യത്തിൽ വരുമെന്ന ഉറപ്പിലാണ് സംസ്ഥാനത്തെ പ്രോ ലൈഫ് സമൂഹം. അമ്മയുടെ ജീവൻ അപകടത്തിലാകുന്ന സന്ദർഭത്തിന് പുറമെ ബലാത്സംഗം, ലൈംഗികാതിക്രമം, അവിഹിതബന്ധം എന്നിവയിലൂടെ സംഭവിക്കുന്ന ഗർഭധാരണത്തിനും മാത്രമായിരിക്കും നിയമത്തിൽ ഇളവുണ്ടാവുക.

നിയമം ലംഘിക്കുന്നവർക്ക് കർശനമായ ശിക്ഷാനടപടികൾ ഉറപ്പാക്കുന്ന ബില്ലിൽ, ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്രം നടത്തുന്നവർക്കും അതിന് സഹായിക്കുന്നവർക്കും എതിരെ ആർക്കും കേസ് ഫയൽ ചെയ്യാൻ അനുവദിക്കുന്ന വകുപ്പും വ്യവസ്ഥ ചെയ്തിട്ടുണ്ട്
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San Francisco Abp. Bans House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Receive Holy Communion Until Revoking Abortion Support

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San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced on Fri., May 20, that House Speaker Nanci Pelosi is prohibited from receiving Holy Communion until she publicly revokes her support for abortion.

The San Francisco representative often describes herself as a “devout Catholic,” despite her stanch support and advocacy for abortion up to birth. Her position disregards Church teaching.

In his letter, the archbishop cited Code of Canon Law, canon 915, which states that “those…obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”

He Said This Is A Pastoral Decision, Not A Political One. It Comes After “Numerous Attempts To Speak With Her.”
“After numerous attempts to speak with her to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, and the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that the point has come in which I must make a public declaration that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion unless and until she publicly repudiate her support for abortion ‘rights’ and confess and receive absolution for her cooperation in this evil in the sacrament of Penance.”

Archbishop Cordileone also sent the announcement to the priests of his diocese.

He Also Warned This Decision Could “Increase Attacks On Catholic Churches.”
“Our churches are already being targeted for violence, and our worship services are being disrupted, which motivated me to send you the memo last week asking you to be more attentive to security measures on your property. These attacks may now likely increase. I realize this,” he said in a letter to San Francisco’s diocesan priests.

“But for us, as faithful disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ, this is a cause for rejoicing, for the only reason this is happening is due to the Catholic Church’s consistent defense of the sanctity of human life in all stages and conditions, and especially at its beginning in the womb of the mother.”

“I am convinced that this is a time that God is calling us to live the last beatitude: ‘Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven’ (Matthew 5:11-12).”

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