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HENDERSON, Nev. — The Las Vegas Raiders got angry backlash for a tweet the team sent after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd.

The tweet sent by the team’s official account on Tuesday said “I CAN BREATHE 4-20-21.” Floyd told officers “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times before he was killed when Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck last May.

— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) April 20, 2021

Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter on Tuesday for causing Floyd’s death.

The tweet was widely condemned in replies on Twitter but remained pinned to the top of the team’s Twitter account more than an hour after being posted.

How everybody looking at the Raiders “I Can Breathe” tweet

— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) April 20, 2021

It’s still up?

I’m glad y’all can breathe.

Wish we could say the same about George Floyd.

Take this down and apologize for the mishap.

And then diversify your social media team.


— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) April 21, 2021

2ND HAND EMBARRASSMENT: Las Vegas Raiders tweet about Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd. They said “I CAN BREATHE.”

— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) April 21, 2021

Delete this shit.

— Jim (@forever_slump) April 20, 2021

Did Nancy Pelosi help you all write this?

— Sam G (@sgranger1376) April 20, 2021

— Bradley Gelber (@BradleyGelber) April 20, 2021

— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) April 21, 2021

Y’all can’t be serious

— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) April 21, 2021

The folks who are running the Raiders social media page is sleep, locked out of the account, or drunk in Vegas.

— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) April 21, 2021

excuse me, what the fuck?!

— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) April 20, 2021

The team declined to comment.

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Trial for former officers charged in George Floyd's death delayed until March

Former Minneapolis police officers (L to R) Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, Alexander Kueng

The trial of three former Minneapolis police officers who who assisted Derek Chauvin in the attempted arrest of George Floyd last May has been delayed until next year.

Judge Peter Cahill said during a hearing Thursday that the trial for the three former officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao, would begin in March, according to a pool reporter present in the courtroom. The trial had been scheduled for August.

Lane, Kueng and Thao were captured on video assisting Chauvin while the veteran police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck and back during the arrest, which led to Floyd's death.

Chauvin, who is white, continued for about nine minutes while Floyd, a Black man, cried out for a chunk of that time that he could not breathe. Floyd, who was apprehended on suspicion of passing a counterfeit bill, died while in custody, and the footage of his killing sparked months of protests against racism in policing.

Cahill cited the likely publicity around Chauvin's sentencing on June 25 as a reason for the delay. The judge also cited new federal charges against Chauvin and the three officers, which could carry steeper penalties than the state charges.

It was revealed earlier this month that a federal grand jury charged all four former officers with violating Floyd's civil rights.

Chauvin was found guilty last month of Floyd's murder and is facing a potential sentence of more than a decade in prison.

On Wednesday, Cahill ruled that Chauvin abused his authority as a police officer and treated Floyd with particular cruelty, aggravating factors that could increase the length of his sentence considerably.

Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The other three officers have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

The newly revealed federal indictment accused Thao and Kueng of failing to intervene while Chauvin used unreasonable force that led to Floyd's death. All four former officers were accused in the indictment of failing to provide Floyd with aid while he was "in clear need of medical care."

Attorneys for the three former officers agreed to the delay in the trial, the Associated Press reported. Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank, a prosecutor in the case, opposed the move.

People hold placards after the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, found guilty of the death of George Floyd, in front of Hennepin County Government Center, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 20, 2021.Carlos Barria | Reuters

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