Kanye West’s false claim about George Floyd’s death could lead to a lawsuit

A prominent civil rights attorney said the family of George Floyd is considering suing Yi, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, for making false allegations about Floyd’s death.

In a recent appearance on the hip-hop podcast Drink Champs, the rapper and fashion designer questioned the cause of Floyd’s death, noting that it was due to the use of fentanyl and not by Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 hours. minutes and was convicted of murder.

Yi said that Shufen’s knee “wasn’t even on his neck like that.” The interview had been viewed nearly two million times on YouTube as of Monday afternoon.

Yi said his claims are backed up by a documentary by conservative commentator Candace Owens.

George Floyd.photo courtesy

His remarks were met with widespread condemnation, including from civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who chirp Sunday: “While one cannot discredit the dead, the #GeorgeFloyd family is considering a lawsuit over Kanye’s false statements about the manner of his death. The claim that Floyd died from fentanyl and not the brutality that has been both criminally and civilly proven undermines and downplays the Floyd family’s fight.”

Merritt said Monday that Floyd’s brother Philonez called him on Sunday about whether legal action could be taken to prevent Ye from repeating the debunked allegations about Floyd’s death. Merritt said he’s also looking into the possibility of suing Owens on similar grounds as well.

Chauvin was convicted in April 2021 of second- and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter, and in June 2021 he was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison. Last year, he pleaded guilty to a federal charge of violating Floyd’s civil rights by using excessive force under the cover of the law and was sentenced to more than 20 years in July. Its federal and state provisions will be implemented concurrently.

The medical examiner who ruled Floyd’s death to murder testified during the Chauvin State trial that heart disease and drug use contributed to his death, but police officers’ restraint and pressure on his neck were the main causes. Witnesses for other prosecution experts have been frank in their assessments that Floyd died from asphyxiation, or lack of oxygen.

Sentencing in the federal civil rights case, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson in St. Paul told Chauvin, who was the eldest of the four officers at the scene, “I don’t really know why you did what I did. But put your knee on someone else’s neck until it expires.” It is simply wrong, and for this behavior you should be severely punished.”

Three other former police officers have also been charged in connection with Floyd’s death: Thomas Lane, who grabbed his legs as he screamed he couldn’t breathe; Alexander Koenig, who helped restrain Floyd; And Tu Thao, who kept passersby worried.

Officers met Floyd on May 25, 2020, outside a store where he allegedly used a fake $20 bill to purchase cigarettes. Video of Floyd’s final moments captured by bystanders sparked protests around the world against police brutality and systemic racism.

Lane pleaded guilty last month to second-degree premeditated murder in Floyd’s murder and was sentenced to three years in prison. King and Thao, who rejected the plea agreement, are due to stand trial this month.

The three men were convicted in federal court of depriving Floyd of his civil rights while working under government authority when they failed to provide him with medical assistance. King and Thao were also convicted of not interfering. In July, King was sentenced in federal court to three years in prison and Thao to three and a half years Years.

Yi, who has sparked controversy in recent weeks, He was banned from posting on Twitter and Instagram about a week ago due to anti-Semitic posts that the social networks said violated their policies. In one tweet, Yi said he would soon go “death 3 to the Jewish people,” according to Internet Archive records, in an apparent reference to the US Defense Readiness Status Scale known as DEFCON. This month, Yi, who once suggested slavery was a choice, was criticized for wearing a “White Lives Matter” shirt, along with Owens, to his collection at Paris Fashion Week. The Anti-Defamation League called it hate speech.

Many criticized Drink Champs and her hosts, rapper NORE and DJ EFN, on social media, for giving a platform to Yee’s racist talking points that denied Floyd’s brutality and excessive force against blacks in some confrontations with police.

During a phone interview Monday with The Breakfast Club, a nationally syndicated radio show, NORE apologized to Floyd’s family and said Drink Champs would adjust the broadcast in the future.

And he said, “I just want to be honest. I’m in favor of free speech. I’m in favor of anyone who, you know, isn’t censored.” “But I’m not in favor of hurting anyone. I didn’t realize that George Floyd’s comments on my show were so hurtful. And I realized it was the first five minutes of the show. Like when he came in, my producer said, he said if he stops filming, he’s going to leave. “.

NORE also said he “reviewed” Yi about his comments about Floyd and White Lives Matter, but said it was way too late in the episode and “I was really drunk at the time that people might have looked at it.”

“I apologize to the family of George Floyd,” he said. “I apologize to anyone affected by Kanye West’s comments.”

Early Monday, it was announced that Ye had agreed in principle to acquire conservative social media app Parler. Parlement Technologies, Parler’s parent company, announced that it had “entered into an agreement in principle to sell Parler” to Ye, who was “taking a bold stand against his recent oversight of Big Tech”.

“In a world where conservative views are considered controversial, we have to make sure we have the right to express ourselves freely,” Yi said in a statement.

“Yi’s acquisition of Parler Corporation will enhance our ability to create an irrevocable ecosystem,” George Farmer, CEO of Parlerment, who is married to Owens, said in a statement Monday.


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