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Brother George Floyd calls for police reform: ‘Stop the pain’



Hear Philonise Floyd's opening statement to House committee

Philonise Floyd will appear Wednesday in front of the House Judiciary Committee for hearings on law enforcement oversight and accountability. It happened after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis police custody, an event that sparked a national protest along with ongoing protests and civil unrest over the issue of police violations and racial injustice, as well as calls for Congress to act.

In his testimony, Floyd’s brother said, “George always sacrificed for his family. And he sacrificed for strangers. He gave a little that he had to help others. He was our gentle giant. I remembered that when I watched the video of his murder. He called all officers ‘sir.’ He was polite, didn’t fight, he listened to all officers, people who took his life, who choked him for eight minutes and 46 seconds, he still called them ‘sirs’ when he begged for his life. ”

He added, “I can’t tell you what kind of pain you feel when you watch something like that.”

His voice rising, he said, “I’m tired. I’m tired of pain, the pain you feel when you watch something like that. When you see your brother that you’ve been looking for all your life dead, die begging his mother. I’m here to ask you to stop him. Stop the pain. Stop us from being tired. “

Floyd’s brother referred to mass protests that took place throughout the United States and urged police reform and accountability.

“George asked for help and he was ignored. Please listen to the call I am making for you now. Our family’s calls and calls that are walking the streets throughout the world,” he said.

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“Respect them, respect George, and make the changes needed to make law enforcement the solution and not the problem. Make them responsible when they do something wrong, teach them what it means to treat people with empathy and respect. Teach them what strengths they need are Teach them that the power of death should be used infrequently and only when in danger. George did not hurt anyone that day. He did not deserve to die for more than $ 20. ”

Following protests and national unrest, Democrats House and Senate have launched a police reform law, while the Republican Senate is also now working to draft their own reform proposals. However, it is still unclear whether there will be sufficient bipartisan support for anything passing through the two chambers of Congress.
Democrats House now aims to bring their police reform package to the DPR floor for a vote during the week of June 22.

The package – put together by the Congressional Black Caucus, the Parliamentary Judiciary Committee, Democrats, and Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey – will ban chokeholds, make a National Police Bad Behavior Record, provide incentives to state and local governments to conduct racial bias training for officers, and set limits on the transfer of military grade equipment to enforcement entities. local law, among other provisions.

Judicial Council Chair Jerry Nadler, a Democrat from New York, spoke in support of the law during the hearing, saying that it would “take a holistic approach that includes various front-end reforms to change the law enforcement culture, while also holding bad police officers accountable. to separate them from those who have the right ethics to protect and serve. ”

Democrats offer a police reform bill

“This nation demands and deserves significant change,” Nadler said, adding, “it is the responsibility and obligation of the Council of Justice Council to do everything in our power to help bring change to the American people.”

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Representative Jim Jordan from Ohio, a prominent Republican on the committee, said during the trial that “the Americans understand that it’s time for real discussion, real debate, real solutions, about the treatment of police from African-Americans.” He added that Americans also understand that “most law enforcement officials are responsible, hardworking, and heroic first responders.”

Jordan added that Americans also understand “it is pure madness to denigrate the police,” referring to calls that have been shared by some activists, but high-level Democrats in Congress have not supported them when they pushed for reform.

A number of other witnesses also testified at the hearing on Wednesday. Witnesses who gave testimony included Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights & Human Rights, Sherrilyn Ifill, president and Director-Advisor for the Defense Fund and Legal Education of NAACP, and Chair of Art Acevedo, President of the Association of Heads of Major Cities and heads of policeman for the Houston Police Department.

Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao responded to a call about a fake $ 20 bill on May 25 when they arrested George Floyd. Chauvin pressed his knees against Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. The four officers were dismissed and now face charges in Floyd’s death.

Her voice was broken and full of emotion, Floyd’s brother, Philonise, told the committee Tuesday that he had no chance to say goodbye to his brother, adding, “I was robbed of it, but I know he is looking down on us now.”

Speaking to George directly, he said, “Look what you are doing, brother, you are changing the world. Thank you for everything, for caring for us on Earth, for caring for us now. I hope you find mama and you can rest in peace with strength. Thank you. ”

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This story has been updated with additional developments Wednesday.

Lauren Fox, Haley Byrd, and Harmeet Kaur from CNN contributed to this report.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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