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Mientras nosotros protestamos para salvar vidas, esta es la cobertura de noticias de Telemundo y Univision

A raíz de la detención y la muerte de George Floyd, la cual fue captada en video, han surgido varias demostraciones en todo el país.

El video en el cual fueron grabados los últimos minutos de vida de Floyd demuestra que el hombre afroamericano de 46 años de edad estaba batallando para respirar, ya que el policía Derek Chauvin, quien lo arrestó, había colocado su rodilla en el cuello de Floyd para mantenerlo en el piso. Mientras Floyd intentaba respirar, la gente que lo rodeaban le rogaban al policía que lo dejara respirar.

Aparte de las demostraciones y varias demandas por parte de figuras políticas y celebridades en todo el país, los noticieros han estado reportando extensamente desde el lugar de las protestas. La cobertura ha incluido reportes desde el lugar de las marchas, al igual que entrevistas con los defensores del movimiento “Black Lives Matter” y sus aliados. Durante el fin de semana antepasado, varios canales también se enfocaron en cómo se han formado protestas en todo el país, también prestando atención a los negocios que fueron vandalizados, y por lo cual la policía justificó su uso de violencia y gases lacrimógenos.

Desgraciadamente, las cadenas de Telemundo y Univision han elegido sancionar la violencia en vez de reportar los eventos.

Las dos cadenas, conocidas por su entretenimiento y noticias para la comunidad hispana, también tienen historia de emplear reporteros con prejuicios raciales que influyen en sus reportajes. Ahora cuando la comunidad negra más los necesita, las dos cadenas han fallado. Durante las dos últimas semanas, usuarios de la plataforma Twitter llamaron la atención en la manera que las dos cadenas manipularon los videos violentos para alarmar su audiencia sobre las protestas realizadas el fin de semana antepasado.

La cobertura sesgada de las cadenas causó que este comentario recibiera miles de likes, comentarios, y reproducciones.

“Es muy interesante que los medios hispanos como Univision y Telemundo sean tan particulares en elegir lo que muestran en sus canales respecto a las protestas y el motín, sabiendo que la mayoría de nuestras familias hispanas obtienen información principalmente de estas dos cadenas” explica @valeriabty_. “¡Mejor apaguen el televisor y enséñenle a sus padres!”.

Otros comentaron que no les sorprende este comportamiento, dada la manera en la cual las cadenas “representan” a la comunidad hispana.

“Hay que ser realista, bien sabemos que la comunidad hispana también es racista. Por eso no le llama la atención la marcha pacífica, sino la violencia”.

“Yo soy una puertorriqueña negra y no podría estar más de acuerdo. Nosotros los afrolatinos tenemos muy poca visibilidad en la comunidad hispana y el colorismo sigue vivo y dando patadas”, escribe otro usuario

“Telemundo y Univision nunca han sido particularmente inclusivos con la comunidad afrolatina, así que no me sorprende que su cobertura sea tan selectiva. Mis papás estaban viendo las noticias en Telemundo el otro día y ¡no duró ni un minuto el reporte de las protestas! Qué decepcionante”.

“Que lo escuchen hasta atrás: TELEMUNDO Y UNIVISION SOLAMENTE PROMUEVEN LA DIVISIÓN ENTRE NUESTRA CULTURA Y OTRAS GENTES DE COLOR. Requisitos para ser sus estrellas:

  • Piel clara
  • Ojos de color
  • Rubias preferidas
  • “Curvas” obligatorias

Tenemos que ayudarle a otras generaciones que lo vean”.

“Chica, acabo de ir a sus perfiles y no vi ni una persona morena o negra. Qué lástima”.

Ojalá Telemundo y Univision encuentren la manera de reportar las noticias por lo que son y apoyen a la comunidad negra.

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

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Police have taken another Black man’s life, this time it’s 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Protests have broken out in cities across the country as the nation reacts to the killing of yet another young Black man.

But as the nation reacts to the murder, Wright’s family – his mother and child – need all the support they can get right now and thankfully there are many ways that we can all be better allies while helping support the family that Wright leaves behind.

Daunte Wright is the third high-profile police murder in Minneapolis.

Daunte Wright was driving to his older brother’s house with his girlfriend on Sunday afternoon, when police pulled him over for expired tags. Police said they found an existing warrant for Wright’s arrest and attempted to handcuff him.

Bodycam footage revealed Officer Kim Potter shot Wright when she claimed to be reaching for her taser. He died on the scene, just 10 miles from where former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the death of George Floyd.

According to CNN, Daunte’s death is at least the third high-profile death of a Black man at the hands of police in Minnesota in the last five years. And Daunte Wright’s death comes less than a year after the police killing of George Floyd, which sparked protests around the world.

Daunte Wright leaves behind a family still struggling with such an immense loss.

Daunte’s mother, Katie Wright, spoke out about the fear he experienced before his death. Daunte called her after the police pulled him over, at the suggestion of his older brother. “I know my son was scared. He’s afraid of the police, and I just seen and heard the fear in his voice. But I don’t know why, and it should have never escalated the way it did,” Katie told Good Morning America on April 13.

According to Katie, Daunte believed he was getting pulled over for his hanging air fresheners, then she heard “scuffling” and an officer told him to hang up the phone. “I tried to call back three, four times and the girl that was with him answered the phone and she said that they shot him and he was lying in the driver’s seat unresponsive.”

If you’d like to help support Daunte’s family and demand justice, below are a few resources and action items:

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The Lead Investigator In Derek Chauvin Case Says He Heard George Floyd Incorrectly

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The Lead Investigator In Derek Chauvin Case Says He Heard George Floyd Incorrectly

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Updated April 7, 2021.

The opening statements of Derek Chauvin’s criminal trial took place in late March and revealed shocking details on the case of George Floyd. One of the biggest revelations came from the prosecuting attorney Jerry Blackwell that Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds rather than the commonly believed 8 minutes and 46 seconds. In addition to this, is the reveal that it was in fact a 911 dispatcher who witnessed George Floyd’s death last May.

Watching the incident through a nearby police camera, Jena Scurry was in fact the person who called the police on the police officer.

Jena Scurry is the dispatcher who first raised the alarm about Floyd’s death.

“You’re going to learn that there was a 911 dispatcher. Her name is Jena Scurry,” special prosecutor Jerry Blackwell stated during an opening statement on behalf of the state “There was a fixed police camera that was trained on this particular scene. She could see through the camera what was going on. You will learn that what she saw was so unusual and, for her, so disturbing that she did something that she had never done in her career.”

Watching what was happening, Scurry reportedly became so worried by what she saw Chauvin and the three other officers taking part in that she called Minneapolis Sgt. David Pleoger. Ultimately it was Pleoger who managed the officers involved in the murder

“My instincts were telling me something was wrong,” Scurry explained to prosecutors that took place during the trial at Hennepin County Courthouse this past Monday. “It was a gut instinct of the incident: Something is not going right. Whether it be they needed more assistance. Just something wasn’t right.”

Scurry testified that while she could not remember when she called police she was moved to take action after an uncomfortable “extended period of time.” 

At one point, the defense noted that it took some time for Scurry to call Chauvin’s sergeant. In fact, it took nearly 30 minutes from when the dispatcher received the first 911 call about Floyd. She also stated during her testimony that she became concerned when she saw the police vehicle “rocking bath and forth” while Floyd was inside.

Scurry was actually one of “at least three people who called for police intervention as she watched Chauvin kneel on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds during his May 25 arrest outside a downtown convenience store, according to Blackwell,” according to CNN.

On the eighth day of Chauvin’s criminal trial, the special agent who led investigation into George Floyd’s death changed his mind on what he thought he heard Floyd say while Chauvin was kneeling on his neck.

Senior Special Agent James Reyerson who led the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was shown a clip from Minneapolis Police body-camera footage of Floyd during his murder. In the clip, Floyd can be heard something while handcuffed, his stomach pressed to the ground.

“Did it appear that Mr. Floyd said, ‘I ate too many drugs?” Chauvin’s defense attorney Eric Nelson asked Reyerson.

“Yes, it did,” Reyerson replied.

After, what CNN describes as “a short break,” the prosecution played an extended clip of the video for for Reyerson.

“Having heard it in context, are you able to tell what Mr. Floyd is saying there?” the prosecutoing attorney Matthew Frank asked.

“Yes, I believe Mr. Floyd was saying, ‘I ain’t do no drugs,” Reyerson replied.

Top-ranking police officials from the Minneapolis Police Department, including the city’s police chief, testified that Chauvin’s use of force against George Floyd was a violation of protocols.

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, Lt. Richard Zimmerman, and Chauvin’s currently-retired former supervisor, Sgt. David Pleoger, testified against him this week during his murder trial for his murder of Floyd. Arradondo testified against Chauvin on Monday said that he “vehemently disagreed” with Chauvin’s use of force against Floyd on May 25, 2020.

“There’s an initial reasonableness in trying to get him under control in the first few seconds,” Arradondo told the jury. “But once there was no longer any resistance — and clearly when Mr. Floyd was no longer responsive and even motionless — to continue to apply that level of force to a person prone down, handcuffed behind their back … that in no way, shape, or form is part of our policy, is not part of our training, and is not part of our ethics and values.”

The prosecution team played bystander video of Floyd’s murder during the opening statement and accused Chauvin of violating the oath of his badge.

The prosecutor stated that he also betrayed his post when he refused to help Floyd when he pleaded “I can’t breathe.”

“We plan to prove to you that he’s anything other than innocent,” Blackwell said in his statement.

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