People’s perspectives on George Floyd’s death have changed dramatically in the past year

Update: The Minnesota Supreme Court declines to review the lower appellate court's decision

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May 25 marks the anniversary of the death of George Floyd. The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that a district judge may have erred in refusing to reinstate a third-degree murder charge (depraved mind ) against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

In its decision Friday, the appeals court had instructed Judge Cahill to reconsider his ruling that third-degree-murder did not apply, referencing the Mohamed Noor case;  a  former Minneapolis police officer was convicted of third-degree murder in the 2017 shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Noor fatally shot the 40-year-old Australian native after being startled in a south Minneapolis alley. Damond had called police after believing she heard a sexual assault behind her home. The appellate court had determined that third-degree-murder was applicable.

Chauvin’s trial on the current charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter (and possibly third-degree murder) in George Floyd’s death starts Monday morning, pending any intervention by the Minnesota Supreme Court on the lower appeals court decision.

Update: The Minnesota Supreme Court refused to disturb the Minnesota Court of Appeals decision; Judge Cahill reinstated the charge.

Cost of the Trials 

Republicans and Democrats in Minnesota are deeply divided over Gov. Tim Walz’s (DEM) plan to cover added security costs triggered by the impending trials of the ex-officers charged with George Floyd’s death, teeing up a larger battle at the Minnesota Capitol over how the state should handle responding to civil unrest.

Walz is asking the legislature to approve — with speed — $35 million for a special fund dubbed the “SAFE” account, designed to reimburse local governments whose officers may be dispatched to help with heightened security needs or emergency response. Overtime costs, logistical needs, and damaged or destroyed equipment would be among the items eligible for cost assistance, the local CBS affiliate reported.

It is estimated that Minneapolis and Hennepin County officials will spend at least $1 million to put up fences and other barricades ahead of the trial for the former officer charged with murder in George Floyd’s death.

The total cost for security, court costs, lawyers fees, and other trial-related matters is unknown.

The perspective of the public since Floyd’s death based on a poll

“People’s perspectives on Floyd’s death have changed dramatically in the past year. In last year’s USA Today/Ipsos poll, 60% of respondents described Floyd’s death as “murder.’ This year’s USA Today/Ipsos poll of 1,165 adults found that only 36% said Floyd was murdered.

Attitudes toward Floyd’s cause of death are much different when broken down along racial lines. There were 64% of black Americans who categorize Floyd’s death as ‘murder,’ while only 28% of white Americans see the death as murder. More white people, 33%, classify Floyd’s death as ‘negligence’ by police, but a mere 16% of black respondents label the death as such.

The percent of people who labeled Floyd’s death as an ‘accident’ went from 3% in 2020 to 8% in 2021. There were 17% who admitted that they didn’t know how to categorize Floyd’s death, up from 4% in June.

Trust in Black Lives Matter fell 10% since last year to 50%. Broken down by race, 75% of black Americans trust BLM versus 42% of white Americans who do.

Following the months of civil unrest in American cities and the Capitol riot in January, 49% of those surveyed said law and order is the most important thing to ensure, even if it means limiting peaceful protests.

40% of Americans, including 54% of black Americans, feel that race relations are getting worse than only 13% who believe it is improving.

The poll found that 69% trust local police and law enforcement to promote justice and equal treatment for people of all races, up from 56%.

The ‘defund the police” movement, which many Democrats have championed, is only supported by 18% of Americans. A paltry 11% supports the radical idea of abolishing the police. In fact, 57% of Americans support fully funding the budget for police in their community.

In September, a poll by The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that support for protests against police brutality plummeted substantially from 81% in June to 63% in mid-September.

A Bright Line Watch survey found that nearly a third of Americans want to break up the United States and create smaller, like-minded countries.” Partial Source: USA Today/Ipsos poll and The Blaze.

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