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Ex-officer involved in George Floyd killing sentenced to nearly 5 years



Former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao has been sentenced to 4-3/4 years in prison for aiding and abetting manslaughter in the 2020 killing of George Floyd – which lead to global protest on police violence

The incident involved Floyd’s neck being pinned to the ground by another officer’s knee during a failed arrest.

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill handed down the sentence, which slightly exceeded the 4-1/4 years requested by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.

“I was hoping for a little more remorse, regret, acknowledgment of some responsibility,” Judge Cahill said before handing down the sentence.

The sentence will run concurrently with the 3-1/2 years Thao had previously received for a federal conviction related to violating Floyd’s civil rights.

Thao, a nine-year police force veteran, was the fourth and final officer to be sentenced in connection with Floyd’s death.

“I didn’t intend on doing any malice or … try hurt anyone. That was never my intent. I did the best that I thought I could,” Thao said in court before sentencing.

Derek Chauvin, the white officer seen in a widely circulated cellphone video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, was found guilty of murder in 2021.

Thao had kept bystanders at bay while Chauvin and two other officers subdued Floyd, who was suspected of using a counterfeit $20 bill.

The killing ignited widespread protests against racism and police brutality in the United States and internationally.

Thao’s lawyers did not provide immediate comments on the sentencing.

The other officers present during the incident, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, had held down Floyd’s legs and buttocks while Chauvin knelt on his neck.

Both Lane and Kueng had previously pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in state court, receiving sentences of 3-1/2 years and three years, respectively.

In a federal trial, Lane and Kueng were also found guilty of violating Floyd’s civil rights, resulting in additional prison time.

Chauvin, convicted of unintentional second-degree murder, was sentenced to 22-1/2 years in state prison, along with a concurrent 21-year sentence on federal charges related to violating Floyd’s civil rights.

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YouTuber Trevor Jacob behind bars for plane crash stunt



YouTuber Trevor Jacob has been sentenced to jail after orchestrating a dangerous stunt involving a plane crash in a reckless bid for views.

The shocking incident unfolded as Jacob attempted to push the boundaries of extreme content creation on his YouTube channel.

In a bid to capture the attention of his audience, Jacob embarked on a perilous mission, piloting a small plane before deliberately crashing it. The stunt, which was filmed and uploaded to his channel, garnered immediate backlash from viewers, many of whom decried the reckless behavior as dangerous and irresponsible.

Authorities swiftly intervened, launching an investigation into Jacob’s actions. Following the investigation, he was arrested and subsequently sentenced to a prison term.

The incident has raised important questions about the ethics of content creation, the pursuit of internet fame, and the potential legal consequences for those who prioritize views over safety.


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Russian women want their men back from Ukraine



In a heartfelt plea, Russian women have taken to the streets demanding the safe return of their loved ones from the Ukrainian front.

The conflict in Ukraine has stretched on for years, and the toll on families has been immense. Mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters are uniting to call for an end to the fighting and the return of their men.

The women, often referred to as the “mothers of the front,” are growing increasingly frustrated with the ongoing conflict. They argue that their husbands, sons, and brothers have been away for far too long, and the human cost of the war is simply too high.

With no clear resolution in sight, their calls for peace and reconciliation are becoming more urgent.

This grassroots movement has sparked a national conversation in Russia, with many questioning the government’s handling of the conflict.

While the official stance has been to support the separatist forces in Ukraine, these women are highlighting the personal tragedies and broken families left in the wake of the war. Their determination to bring their loved ones home is palpable.

The situation raises important questions about the impact of long-term conflicts on families, the role of women in peace movements, the government’s response to public sentiment, and the prospects for a peaceful resolution in the ongoing Ukraine conflict.

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Is a long commute a reason to quit?



Workers reconsider roles due to lengthy travel times

A surge in resignations is hitting the job market as employees reevaluate the impact of long commutes on their work-life balance. The trend, intensified by the rise of remote work during the pandemic, sees a growing number of professionals opting to quit rather than endure extended travel times.

A recent survey conducted among commuters revealed that 68% of participants identified their daily journeys as a major source of stress. The findings suggest a paradigm shift in the traditional understanding of commuting as an inherent aspect of employment.

Employers are now grappling with the challenge of retaining talent as dissatisfaction with lengthy commutes becomes a catalyst for resignations. The implications extend beyond individual decisions, impacting productivity and overall workforce dynamics.

The phenomenon underscores the need for businesses to reassess their remote work policies and invest in solutions that alleviate the burden of commuting. As the job market adapts to evolving expectations, companies that fail to address the commute conundrum risk losing valuable contributors.

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