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Chris Hansen sparks controversy

Famous journalist, Chris Hansen, has apparantly enraged many of the people who came to trust him. The famous journalist, known for targeting child predators, had allegedly sold the rights for his Onision investigation. While Hansen has claimed it to be a move to gain more attention, the online community is simply not buying it. In one instance, Hansen even blocked an individual who was critical of the act.

Being critical of Hansen, Youtuber “Deity” makes his feelings known. He would later be blocked for this tweet.
In a tweet, “Deity” shows that he had been blocked by the journalist.

Controversies

Although Hansen has had years of experience as a television journalist, he hasn’t been without financial problems. Rather it be millions worth of debt, an arrest, it seems that things haven’t been fairing well for the journalist. It is for this reason, many within the online community speculated that the Onision investigation was a money ploy.

Although Hansen brought a form of momentum to the Onision situation, he hadn’t actually stated any facts that weren’t already available. At one point, Hansen attempted to interview the infamous Youtuber only to be met with local police. Meanwhile, some within the online community speculated this to be a problicity stunt.

Behind the scenes of the investigation, there was a boiling pot of controversy. While much of it was focused on his former employee, Vincent Nicotra, Chris wasn’t spared. Nicotra was infamously known for filing false DMCA claims, doxxing, hate speech, and so fourth. While all of this had been made public, it would take months for Hansen to act. Upon removing Nicotra, things cooled down a bit, but that wouldn’t last.

During the investigation, Hansen made claims that the FBI were investigating. However, when probed, he appeared to be evasive only stating that, “these things take time.” For a community who already felt betrayed, for many reasons, this wasn’t flying very well. The controversy didn’t end on that note, however.

Hansen selling the Onision story seems to have boiled the pot dry. Questions regarding the victims, who entrusted him with their stories, has become a common concern. It also raises questions into Hansen’s current investigation on “Dahvie Vanity.” In this aspect, people can’t help but wonder rather or not Chris will sell this story also.

While selling a story, even if it brings controversy, is common, blocking those who are critical is questionable at best. As a journalist, we are constantly under a microscope, people awaiting for us to slip just so they can berate us. However, doing a move that creates controversy and then blocking those who question it, leads me to question Hansen’s journalistic integrity.

Milwaukee medical professional mows down protestors

With national protests occuring on a daily basis, it’s not to farfetched that some rather interesting stories would arise. Today, in Milwaukee, we stumbled upon one of these stories. A cardiovascular physician assistant, identified as Emily Novicki, was accused of runing over several “peaceful protestors.” In her tweet, a woman going by “Alexis.” Says:

Today in Milwaukee! This woman hit 2 peaceful protestors, injuring them and came within 2 feet of hitting a child. This was as they peacefully marched. She drove into the crowd. Police were shown multiple videos & she was still let go. TWITTER LETS MAKE SURE SHE LOSES HER JOB. 🥳

However, the events, as explained by the BLM protestor, is not what actually took place. As I began searching through evidence, I found a slightly different story. I attempted to reach out to Emily only to find her Facebook had been deleted, more on that shortly. Based upon the evidence, which included a video, the alleged peaceful protestors had surrounded the young woman’s car. At this point they jad begun chanting, even tapping her car with a sign. It is alleged that this is when Emily ran through them. But was she in the right for doing so?

We have already seen, in recent weeks, what happens when protestors encircle a vehicle. Recently, a Fed-Ex driver was forced to flee in his semi as they attempted to vandalize his equipment; this is just one example, of course. It isn’t to hard to believe that this woman would had been in fear for, not only her safety, but her life.

Following this event, Emily had apparantly deleted her Facebook. From what I was able to obtain, one of the protestors began sharing her workplace information, and her social media account, on Twitter. In doing this, she opened the young medical professional to harassment, threats, and so fourth. It is presumed that this is what lead to her deleting the account.

A peaceful protest is exactly as it claims to be: peaceful. Blocking somebody from leaving the area is not a peaceful demonstration, that is an act of aggression. While I would never condone using a car for a weapon, I can understand how terrorizing a situation like this must be.

While a false narrative spreads around on Twitter, I choose to present my findings, without bias. The situation comes down to this: had the protestors not surrounded her car, hit it with a sign, in what can be viewed as a clear act of intimidation, nobody would had been injured. The false narrative, placing complete blame on the woman, who appears to had been a victim, is absolutely ridiculous.

Protest safetly, protest smartfully.

The Final Day of George Floyd

George Floyd was a 44-year-old man who lived in Minneapolis, MN and worked as a bouncer before the pandemic hit. Before movie to Minnesota, George grew up in Houston. He did have a previous arrest before his death, but was known as “a friendy face, a pleasant customer that never caused trouble,” according to Cup Foods’ owner, Mike Abumayyaleh.

George had been there to buy cigarettes when cashier believed that the $20 bill he used was counterfeit. Following protocol, the cashier called 911. According to a transcript that was released by authorities, the cashier instructed George Floyd to return the cigarettes. According to the cashier, “he didn’t want to do that.” The Officers of the Minneapolis Police Department responded to the call as a “forgery in progress” and arrived at Cup Foods Shortly after. According to Officer Thomas Lane, George was being arrested for “passing counterfeit currency.”

Upon the Officers arrival, George was in his car with two other people and appeared to be “under the influence.” Thomas pulled his gun on George and demanded that he put his hands where he could see them. George complied and Officer Derek Chauvin proceeded to pull George out of his car as George began to visibly resist. He was laying face down on the ground as the Derek struggled to put handcuffs on. That’s when Derek placed his knee on George’s neck for eight minutes.

George started yelling, “I can’t breathe!” He cried out for his mother and then begged, “Please don’t kill me!” One of the bystanders watching said, “You got him down, let him breathe.” Bystanders begged the Officers to check George’s pulse once he stopped moving. One of the other Officers that was there, JA Kueng, checked George’s right wrist and said he, “couldn’t find one.” Derek didn’t move until an ambulance arrived. The Minneapolis Fire Department attempted chest compressions on him, yet he remained unresponsive. George was pronounced dead one hour later after arriving to Hennepin County Medical Center.

Derek and the other officers who were on scene were fired on May 26th. On May 29th, Derek was arrested for third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges.

Since then, protests have erupted across the country. While President Donald Trump initially tweeted, “My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!” He later tweeted, “I can’t stand back and watch this happen to a great American city, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and get his city under control or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right,” and ” these THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Waltz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts, thank you.” While one tweet remains up, it now come with a warning since it glorifies violence.

Now is the time that we come together as a Nation. Being black in America should never be a death sentence and it never should have been. Racism normally starts at home and now, more than ever, is the time to teach your kids that no matter the color of a person’s skin, they are still people and deserve just as much equality as the next.

To my fellow white leaders, we need to show that we are allies. Stand up and make it clear that this violence needs to end. Acknowledge that white privilege exists and use that privilege to make it loud and clear that we will make it loud and clear that black lives matter.

#BlackLivesMatter

Sources:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/05/28/george-floyd-donald-trump-twitter-jacob-frey-thugs/5281374002/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52861726

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_George_Floyd#cite_note-WCCO-3