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An ‘Officer Karen’ Broke Into Tears Because She Didn’t Recieve Her McMuffin Fast Enough

A viral video showing a cop breaking down in tears after waiting a little longer than expected for her McDonald’s order has fueled questions about whether we can trust the police.

In a recent clip of an office has gone viral after she expressed nervousness over waiting too long for her order.

The officer named Stacey, who identified herself as a 15-year veteran of the police force, broke out in tears after she was made to wait to pick up her mobile order for a McMuffin, hashbrowns, and coffee at a McDonald’s in Richmond Hill, Georgia. In a video she took of her own choosing, Stacey can be seen crying as she explains her story by starting off by sharing that she put in an order through the mobile app and that she was upset about having to wait.

“And I’m waiting. And I’m waiting. And I’m waiting,” Stacey explained before underlining that she had been feeling hungry for some time. She also shared that after she arrived she was asked to pull over to the side so that an employee could deliver her food. Eventually, an employee came out to serve her but tragically only delivered her coffee order.

“That’s all she hands me is the coffee,” Stacey continued her story, breaking down into tears. “I said, ‘Don’t bother with the food because right now I’m too nervous to take it’ It doesn’t matter how many hours I’ve been up. It doesn’t matter what I’ve done for anyone. Right now, I’m too nervous to take a meal from McDonald’s because I can’t see it being made.” She then went onto ask people to “Please, just give us a break. I don’t know how much more I can take.” She also said that her anxiety is at her mos high and asked people to say “thank you” when they see police officers.

A Twitter user, who identifies as a conservative Trump supporter in her profile, posted the clip which has now been viewed over 11 million times.

Supporters of the officer are suggesting that the delay in her delivery was done in reaction to increasing disgust of police brutality and calls for justice of police victims  Breonna Taylor and George Floyd who were both killed by law enforcement.

Officer Karen’s tearful rant comes after police unions in New York City accused workers at a Shake Shack of poisoning milkshakes ordered by three officers.

Police ultimately determined that the Manhattan fast-food joint had not intentionally tainted the drinks.

“After a thorough investigation by the NYPD’s Manhattan South investigators, it has been determined that there was no criminality by shake shack’s employees,” Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.

Many have been quick to point out that Officer Stacey’s reaction to her food delay is OTT especially considering that she has no idea what is going on behind the counters of McDonald’s.

“She thinks fast-food workers have time to delay her order intentionally as if they aren’t constantly being micromanaged, or that they can even keep track of who had a single egg McMuffin,” wrote one.

“There’s nothing rational about a cop having delusions that her McMuffin is being poisoned because a McDonald’s crew is running behind. Much like the irrational cops who thought they were poisoned by Shake Shack, she shouldn’t have a gun until she’s independently evaluated,” another user remarked.

And here’s just another reason why we need #policereform.

Transcripts Of George Floyd’s Death Find He Told Cops He Couldn’t Breathe More Than 20 Times: “Tell my kids I love them”

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Transcripts Of George Floyd’s Death Find He Told Cops He Couldn’t Breathe More Than 20 Times: “Tell my kids I love them”

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Over a month has passed since the death of George Floyd and while the aftermath of it seemed to spark a reaction that rattled those of us left behind to our cores, outrage over his death has slowed down. Likely you’re hearing less calls to end police brutality, seeing fewer signs that Black Lives Matter and most of your friends’ Instagram pages have likely returned to their usual blissfully ignorant states. Still, the fight for justice for George Floyd carries on and newly released transcripts of body camera footage show that Floyd had pled for his life and told officers at least 27 times that he couldn’t breathe before his death.

New transcripts from body camera footage of Floyd’s death have been filed in court.

Floyd (a truck driver, security guard, and father of five) told Minneapolis police officers over 27 times that he couldn’t breathe before he died. “I’m scared as fuck, man,” Floyd told the officers while they restrained them. “Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead.”

Transcripts of body camera footage show that Floyd told officers at least 27 times that he couldn’t breathe before passing out and dying.

“I can’t breathe for nothing, man,” Floyd told officers. “This is cold-blooded, man.” Ignoring Floyd’s cry for help, officer Derek Chauvin continued to pin Floyd down with his knee on his neck.

In the transcript, Chauvin can be heard saying to Floyd “Then stop talking. Stop yelling. It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk.”

“I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe,” Floyd continued. “I’ll probably just die this way.”

The transcripts were filed by former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane in a move to have charges against him dropped.

Lane is one of four former police officers to be charged in Floyd’s death. Chauvin, Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao are also being charged. Lane, Kueng, and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin in Floyd’s death. Meanwhile, Chauvin faces second-degree murder charges.

According to BuzzFeed, “In the motion looking to have charges against Lane dropped, attorneys argue he was a new officer on the force and following the cues from Chauvin.” At the time of Floyd’s death, Chauvin was not Lane’s field training officer. He had however been one in Lane’s precinct and had provided the Chauvin with instructions on how to deal with calls. Attorneys have pointed out that in the transcripts Lane called paramedics to the scene and asked if they should roll Floyd on his side while he was holding onto his legs.

In the transcript, Chauvin says “No, he’s staying put where we got him.”

According to transcripts, after Chauvin passed out bystanders pointed out Floyd was unresponsive. Still, Chauvin pinned him to the ground.

St. Louis Protesters Return To The Area Where A White Couple Drew Guns At Activists

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St. Louis Protesters Return To The Area Where A White Couple Drew Guns At Activists

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In another display of a peaceful protests, activists returned the site of a St. Louis mansion owned by the white couple who drew out their guns during a calm demonstration last month. On Friday, chanting protesters returned to the home of Patricia and Mark McClosky, stopping just outside of their gate to protest for nearly 15 minutes.

During the peaceful protest over a dozen men in plain clothes walked the area inside of the gate.

According to Time Magazine, “One protester briefly straddled an iron gate as if he was going to jump over, but did not. No one threw anything and no one behind the gates showed aggression. One man on the McCloskeys’ balcony clapped along with the chanting protesters.” The crowd of protesters included a racially diverse crowd carrying signs calling to “Defund the Police” and underlining that “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace.” Chants included calls like “when Black lives are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back,” and “this is what democracy looks like.”

According to reports, it is unknown if the McCloskeys were home. Soon after, the protestors left and marched to Interstate 64. Police had closed off the roads to traffic in both directions to allow protestors to march onto the highway. There the protestors sat on the highway for several minutes to honor the life of George Floyd who died on May 25 after a white police officer pressed his knee to his neck for over eight minutes.

The recent rally was organized by the group Expect Us and is among various demonstrations in St. Louis that have taken place in the weeks since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

The McCloskeys first came to national attention in mid-June after they had been spotted aiming guns at protesters outside their home in St. Louis. Soon after the images of them began circulating Twitter dubbed them “Ken and Karen” and the stars of the “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” remake no one asked for. The incident occurred as protesters marched their way towards the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson who declared in a Facebook post that she would not support rising calls to defund the police. She also reportedly shared activists’ full names and addresses while reading off suggestions on how to better spend the city’s funds. After users ridiculed her online, Krewson apologized for her actions saying “Never did I intend to harm anyone or cause distress,” Krewson tweeted. “The update is removed and again, I apologize.”