Feb 23, 2021
Runners Honor Ahmaud Arbery With 2.23 Mile Run, Walk On Anniversary Of His Death
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BOSTON (CBS) — Runners across the country lacing up their sneakers in honor of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man shot and killed while jogging on February 23, 2020. Among them is Leandrew Belnavis, the founder of the Unnamed Run Crew.
“He could’ve been a younger brother. He could’ve been an uncle. He could’ve been a cousin.He could’ve been me,” said Belnavis. “I think of making my way in my neighborhood. Who knows, I can be mistaken for someone else. These occurrences happen every day to black and brown runners. The fear is always there.” READ MORE: State Using Catholic Schools As Example To Bring Students Back To Class Safely
In Ahmaud’s memory, the 2:23 Foundation is hosting “Finish The Run,” a virtual 2.23-mile run, walk, or bike. The foundation has a fundraising goal of raising $223,000 over the next year for scholarships.
Members of Boston-based PIONEERS Run Crew took part in the race Tuesday morning, including Captain Aliese Lash.READ MORE: Direct Payments, Minimum Wage Hike: Where The Economic Relief Bill Stands
“It was an emotional morning. There were lots of emotions packed in the day, knowing this is his death anniversary and knowing that our intention was just to come together and hold that moment as a community,” said Lash.
“It’s a day of remembrance. It’s a solemn day. And I’m just hoping we do the legacy proud,” said Belnavis.
“The idea is for us to finish the run that Ahmaud couldn’t finish himself. And so we were to go out. We started our run and finished our run and we were able to hold that and we were able to have that privilege to do that in a way that Ahmaud couldn’t,” said Lash.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Frustration Continues In Massachusetts
The virtual global run is going on through March 3rd and participants are encouraged to share on social media using the hashtag #FinishTheRun. For more information on 2:23 Foundation, visit: https://events.elitefeats.com/223run
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Derek Chauvin trial in George Floyd death: How to watch and what to know
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Jury selection is set to get under way Monday in the highly anticipated murder trial of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin for George Floyd’s death.
Minnesota officials are on high security alert over the case — which has sparked worldwide protests for racial equality while condemning police brutality.
Here is what you need to know about the trial:When and where does the trial begin?
Jury selection starts Monday morning in Hennepin County District Court in Minnesota, with opening arguments scheduled for no earlier than March 29.
But opening statements could be delayed thanks to a Court of Appeals ruling last week that said Hennepin District Judge Peter Cahill erred by dismissing an additional third-degree murder charge against Chauvin, which may present further legal challenges — and hold-ups.How can I watch the Derek Chauvin trial?
The trial will be streamed live by CourtTV and can be viewed through this link.
The network will provide live coverage and commentary starting with jury selection, although potential jurors will not be shown on camera.How long is the trial expected to take?
Minnesota court officials anticipate that the trial will last between two and four weeks.What are the charges against Derek Chauvin?
The white cop, 44, is accused of pressing his knee to the back of Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes while the black man was handcuffed, leading to his death. Viral video of the incident sparked global protests.
The now-ex-cop, who was fired after the incident, is now charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. Depending on Cahill’s ruling or a possible appeal, the third-degree murder charged could be reinstated for jurors to consider as well.Chauvin is now charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.Anadolu Agency via Getty Images How will the jury be selected?
Jury selection will follow atypical guidelines because of COVID-19 social-distancing restrictions and the tense and high-profile nature of the case.
Prospective jurors will be interviewed individually because of the restrictions, with eight potential panelists questioned by lawyers from both sides each day. The potential jurors will be called by number rather than name to protect their identities, the Star Tribune said.see also
The court will select a panel of 12 jurors and four alternates — two more alternates than normal.Who is permitted in the courtroom?
Space will be severely limited because of social-distancing requirements.
In addition to the judge and required court personnel, Chauvin and his lawyers will be in the courtroom, as well as a team of prosecutors from the state attorney general’s office and special attorneys assigned to the case, Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported.
Only one member each of Floyd’s and Chauvin’s families will be allowed in the room at a time, and two seats are reserved for members of the media, who will rotate pool duties.Are there special security measures in place?
The trial will take place under unprecedented security measures in the state. A massive law-enforcement presence in and outside the courthouse will include Minneapolis police, Hennepin County sheriff’s deputies, Minnesota state troopers and National Guard members.
Authorities have also ringed the courthouse with concrete barriers, security fencing and barbed wire and installed barricades outside all five of the city’s police precincts.What happens after this trial?
Three other former Minneapolis police officers who were at the scene of Floyd’s death will be tried separately after the conclusion of Chauvin’s trial.
Ex-cops J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are due to stand trial on charges of aiding and abetting, second-degree murder and manslaughter.Filed under George Floyd , minneapolis , police brutality , 3/8/21