Minneapolis Mayor Calls For Charges Against Officer Who Knelt On George Floyd’s Neck

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey calls for arrest of officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck resulting in his death

In the wake of a black men’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, the city’s mayor, Jacob Frey, is calling for charges against the arresting officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck, resulting in his death.

Frey took to Twitter on May 27th writing, “If most people, particularly people of color, had done what a police officer did late Monday, they’d already be behind bars. That’s why today I’m calling on Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to charge the arresting officer in this case.”

Frey continued: “There are precedents and protocols sitting in the reserves of institutions like this one that will give you about a thousand reasons not to do something. To not speak out. To not move so quickly.”

But, he says, “we can’t turn a blind eye.”

“George Floyd deserves justice,” he writes. “The Black community deserves justice. His friends and family deserve Justice.”

Floyd died on Monday, May 25th, 2020 after the arresting officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes while Floyd begged him to stop because he couldn’t breathe. “Please, please, please, I can’t breathe,” Floyd said. “My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Please, please. I can’t breathe.”

Video footage of the encounter was shared widely on social media this week, likely prompting the action that resulted in the officers involved being fired — but losing their jobs, as Frey points out, is not enough. If anyone else stopped the airway of another human being and ultimately killed them, losing their job is not the only consequence they’d face.

Floyd’s family is calling for all of the officers involved to face charges. “I would like for those officers to be charged with murder because that’s exactly what they did. They murdered my brother; he was crying for help,” Bridgett Floyd said on the “TODAY” show Wednesday, saying the loss of her brother was “heartbreaking” for their family. According to NBC News, Minneapolis police said in a statement yesterday that they were responding to a report of a forgery when Floyd “physically resisted” and that he died after “suffering medical distress.”

“You look at the video, and it doesn’t seem like he was posing a threat to police officers, and they did not have to use lethal excessive force,” civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing Floyd’s family, told CNN last night. “It’s worse than Eric Garner in many ways because you hear the people even pleading with them, ‘Please get your knee off his neck. Have some humanity; this is a human being,'” Crump said on TODAY.

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Some White Folks Care More About Dogs Than Black People––And It’s F*cking Despicable

Christian Cooper is a bird-watcher and board member of the NYC Audubon Society, Amy Cooper, unrelated to Christian, is a dog-owner. The two met in Central Park, where Amy was letting her dog run free without the park-required leash, right through a bird-watching area. When Christian reminded her of the rule, all white-fragility hell broke loose. Sound-The-Alarm-Amy, growing hysterical, told Christian that she was calling the police to report that “an African American man is threatening my life.” Then she does just that, while simultaneously trying to wrangle her dog.

Spoiler alert: Nobody was threatening her life.

Christian is calm and collected  as she loudly rages and invades his personal space, capturing about sixty seconds of the incident on video and posting it to his Facebook page. Watching it, all I could think was that Amy broke the rules, but she’s the one calling law enforcement. Unless Amy has lived under a rock, she knows that there have been numerous black men who have been seriously harmed or killed by police for minor infractions (if any infraction at all). As the video went viral and the story filled my social media feed, what stood out to me the most was all the white people completely ignoring the glaringly obvious racism and instead expressing concern for Amy’s dog.

Yes, you read that correctly. Instead of an outcry of support for a black man (who could have had his life put in imminent danger for no reason), and instead of condemning this racist Karen, I mean Amy, for summoning the police in a  public   tantrum rivaling that of a (racist) toddler, they are worried about the welfare of her pet. What does this say? That some white people value the treatment and life of a dog more than a human—because that human is black and male.

Before you go and say it, because despite what you’ve read here, you will still go and say it (further proving the point): No, I do not approve of the way she was manhandling her dog. Nor do I condone animal abuse in any way, shape or form. Yes, I  do think we can care about both of these things (animal welfare and systemic racism) at the same time. But many folks expressed more concern for the dog than the actual victim here, the innocent black man who could have had his life put in jeopardy by this unstable white woman.

Rebeccah Sanders, Audubon senior vice president for state programs, said it best when she told CNN, “Black Americans often face terrible daily dangers in outdoor spaces, where they are subjected to unwarranted suspicion, confrontation, and violence. The outdoors — and the joy of birds — should be safe and welcoming for all people.”

Amy tried to use her white privilege to get her way. She believed she could do what she wanted without consequence. When a black male called her on her shit, she lost all control, certain that the only way out of the situation (that wasn’t a situation yet) was to call the police. She huffed and puffed that she was in dire danger and needed immediate assistance. She weaponized her whiteness. Literally. Is it just me, or does it seem like BBQ Becky, Cornerstore Caroline, and Permit Patty are related to Sound-the-Alarm Amy?

Black Man Dies After Begging White Cop To Stop Crushing His Neck

White police officer kills black man after holding him to the ground by his neck

A black man in Minneapolis has died at the hands of a white police officer, further contributing to the tragic pandemic of police brutality against black men in America. Just hours after a white woman went viral for calling the cops on a black man who asked her to leash her dog in Central Park, another story of racism against black men in America comes to light. A black man was arrested outside a grocery store in Minneapolis on Monday night and was pinned to the ground by the neck by a white police officer and held there under the officer’s knee until he became unresponsive and later died.

The incident was filmed and shared on social media and shows the man, identified as George Floyd, handcuffed on the ground, yelling for help, while the white arresting officer, who has been identified on social media as Derek Chauvin, forces his neck to the ground with his knee.

Floyd shouts “Please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man, please,” and “I can’t move. Everything hurts. Give me some water or something, please. I can’t breathe, officer.” The video shows Chauvin holding his knee against the man’s neck for eight minutes.

Eventually, Floyd’s body goes slack as onlookers scream for help. Despite this and despite the fact that Floyd was completely unresponsive, Chauvin continues to hold Floyd down by his neck and insisted to the crowd that he was “fine.” Eventually, paramedics arrive and remove Floyd on a gurney.

If this wasn’t horrifying enough, the Minneapolis police’s description of the murder does not match what is clearly witnessed in the video, including their claim that Floyd died at the hospital.

“He was ordered to step from the car,” the police statement read. “After he got out he physically resisted officers… officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and the officers noticed the male was going into medical distress.”

Per KSTP, Lloyd’s family has retained civil-rights attorney Benjamin Crump and Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the FBI are both currently investigating the situation as well. Minneapolis Police Department has terminated Chauvin, along with the three other officers who stood-by while the incident unfolded. What will happen after their termination remains to be seen and sadly, precedence has shown us that police officers who kill black men while on duty rarely face murder charges.

“What we saw was horrible, completely and utterly messed up. Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said in a press conference on Tuesday. “For five minutes, we watched as a white officer pressed his knee into the neck of a black man. For five minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense.”

The mayor’s sentiments were generally appreciated, but many on social media wrote in to express their dissatisfaction that his apology did not include any action. How many black men in this country have to die at the hands of the police before large-scale systemic action is taken to make it stop?

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Obama Says U.S. Leadership Isn’t ‘Even Pretending To Be In Charge’ During Commencement Speech

Barack Obama takes aim at Trump administration during commencement address on Saturday

Barack Obama delivered not one, but two, commencement speeches on Saturday, May 16, 2020 (and is set to give another next month), and although he did dole out inspirational verses to the graduating class of 2020, he also took aim at the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus, telling the next generation that it’s up to them if the U.S. is going to recover from our current political reality.

Speaking at the “Show Me Your Walk H.B.C.U. Edition,” where he spoke directly to students at 78 historically black colleges and universities across the country, Obama told the graduating class that “this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing. A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”

It’s rare for Obama to speak so candidly about Trump and the current administration, though he did briefly tweet last month that our current leaders seriously dropped the ball on coronavirus testing, but Obama’s address was meant to inspire our nation’s young people to — quote that old adage — be the change you wish to see in the world.

“If the world’s going to get better, it’s going to be up to you,” Obama added. “With everything suddenly feeling like it’s up for grabs, this is your time to seize the initiative.”

Obama echoed these sentiments in his second address of the day during the LeBron James-hosted “Graduate Together 2020″ special, reminding graduates that the “people in charge don’t have the right answers, sometimes they aren’t even asking the right questions,” hoping that it would inspire young people to reach out and claim leadership positions for themselves, to vote, to campaign, to march, and to ultimately change the world.

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I couldn’t be prouder of this year’s graduating high school seniors––as well as the teachers, coaches, and most of all, parents and family who’ve guided you along the way. Graduating is a big achievement under any circumstances––let alone during a pandemic. And some of you have had to overcome serious obstacles along the way to make it here. What remains true is that your graduation marks your passage into adulthood––the time when you begin to take charge of your own life. ⁣ ⁣ So here’s my quick advice: Be fearless. Always do what you think is right. And work to build a community. No one does big things all by themselves. When you need help, Michelle and I have made it the mission of the @ObamaFoundation to give young people like you the skills and support you need to be leaders—and to connect you with other young people around the globe. But you don’t need us to tell you what to do, because in so many ways, you’ve already shown us how it’s done. Congratulations, Class of 2020––keep making us proud.⁣

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Although so many of us look to the 44th president of the United States for guidance during the chaos of the Trump administration, Obama pointed to the class of 2020 as our way into the future. From the Parkland teens to Greta Thunberg, the next generation has already stepped up to change the future.

“The truth is,” Obama said during the ‘Graduate Together’ ceremony. “You don’t need us to know what to do, in so many ways, you’ve already started to lead.”

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Cuomo Says 15 States Reporting Cases Of Child Illness Linked To COVID-19

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces that 15 states now reporting child illness possibly linked to COVID-19

Originally, it was believed that children weren’t as susceptible to coronavirus as adults, but according to Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo, a worrisome number of children are showing symptoms for something called “pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome” and most of the children with these symptoms are testing positive for COVID-19. In a Wednesday news briefing, Cuomo said that New York has 100 cases of children with pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome and that there are cases in 14 other states now as well.

“If your child has been exposed to someone who had COVID, even if it was several weeks ago, that is a special alert in this situation,” Cuomo said during the May 13, 2020 press conference. “Parents say ‘should I be concerned?’ You should be aware.”

According to the governor, 14 other states, as well as Washington D.C. have reported cases. Those states are: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Washington.

This syndrome appears to affect children of all ages, as three children in New York, ages five, seven, and 18, died after showing symptoms, though Cuomo says a majority of the children were between five and 14 years old. The narrative is that these new symptoms appear to be “associated’ with COVID-19 because of New York state’s 102 identified cases, 60% have tested positive for COVID-19 and 40% tested positive for its antibodies, meaning they likely had COVID-19 some time in the recent past.

Previously, it was believed that children were largely unaffected by the coronavirus, but Cuomo surmises that it was because we may not have been looking at the correct symptoms as COVID-19 symptoms are predominantly respiratory. According to the New York State Department Of Health, the pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome has “overlap with Kawasaki Disease and Toxic Shock Syndrome” and symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, and a skin rash. Some children have also shown changes in skin color (becoming, pale, patchy, or blue), difficulty breathing, a racing heart, as well as lethargy and irritability. Additionally, Cuomo stated in his address that the syndrome may not show up until weeks after a child has been infected with coronavirus, which is why it’s just as important to test for COVID-19 as it is to test for the antibodies.

During the Senate hearing on the administration’s coronavirus response, Dr. Fauci referenced this syndrome in response to Senator Rand Paul claiming that it is “really ridiculous” to think that kids won’t be able to go to school in the fall.

“We don’t know everything about this virus and we really better be very careful — particularly when it comes to children,” Fauci warned yesterday.

Doctors in the United Kingdom first noted cases of the syndrome last month, and the World Health Organization is also investigating the link between COVID-19 and these new symptoms.

“While we believe this illness to be rare, seek care is your child has these symptoms — especially if your child has been exposed to someone who had COVID-19,” the governor stated.

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People Exercise In Front Of Florida Courthouse In Protest Of Closed Gyms

Protestors in Florida are demanding that gyms and fitness centers open up now, rather than in Phase 2

Today, WFLA News reported that 20-30 people in Clearwater, Florida, are taking to the streets outside the Pinellas County Courthouse and demanding that their gyms reopen. Protestors are shown doing squats and pull-ups to drive their fitness point home. While parts of the country have been slowly opening back up, gyms in Florida remain closed until the state reaches Phase Two of Governor Ron DeSantis’s reopening plan.

Phase 1, which became effective May 4, allowed restaurants and retail businesses to open their doors and allow only 25 percent capacity in their facilities. Hospitals and doctors’ offices are allowed to start performing elective procedures (except for Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties). Schools will remain closed for the school year until further notice. As far as business offices go, employees are allowed to come back to the office, but only a quarter of the office can be filled at any given time, and social distancing is still “strongly encouraged.”

Floridians have grown impatient, wondering when Phase 2 will be implemented. However, the governor seems to be basing his decisions on “considering medical data in consultation with state health officials.” Aka, he’s waiting until the experts say when it’s safest (however, it’s important to note that many medical professionals have spoken out about how it’s way too early for states to be opening up — period).

The governor’s “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step” recovery plan communicates that Phase 2 will only happen after the “successful conclusion of the first phase” which means “a downward trajectory of the syndromic and epidemiology criteria while maintaining adequate health care capacity.” This also means “no evidence of a rebound or any kind of resurgence of coronavirus cases.”

Phase 2 entails the reopening of bars, pubs, and nightclubs (but only at 50 percent capacity), and restaurants will be able to increase their capacity to 75 percent. Not only will gyms be able to operate, but even sporting events will be held (just at 50 percent capacity, though). Theme parks (like Disney World) may also reopen. It’s unclear when this will happen, exactly.

States across the country are treating the reopening process differently, though. South Carolina, for instance, is allowing fitness centers (along with public pools) to open May 18. Other close-contact services will be open for business, such as hair and nail salons, spas, tanning services, and tattoo parlors. Like Florida, South Carolina will have protocols in place, like a certain capacity for each business. Another example is Georgia, which already reopened some businesses in late April and has been relaxing safety protocols.

While the uncertainty and lack of clear direction across the country is frustrating, many fear that reopening the states too soon will lead to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases and take us back to where we were two months ago.

Just today, infectious disease expert Dr. Fauci warned the Senate that Americans could face “needless suffering and death” if we’re too hasty about rebooting the country. In an email before today’s hearing, he stated that, “The major message that I wish to convey to the Senate HLP committee tomorrow is the danger of trying to open the country prematurely. If we skip over the checkpoints in the guidelines to ‘Open America Again,’ then we risk the danger of multiple outbreaks throughout the country. This will not only results in needless suffering and death, but would actually set us back on our quest to return to normal.”

Former director or the CDC added that, “We’re not reopening based on science. We’re reopening based on politics, ideology and public pressure. And I think it’s going to end badly.” In fact, the Wharton model projects that, by opening too soon, 233,000 more people will die from the coronavirus.

Ultimately, there’s no “easy” solution. By keeping states closed, unemployment will continue to skyrocket. But by opening businesses and relaxing safety precautions too soon, we risk hundreds of thousands of illnesses and deaths, on top of hospitals getting overrun with cases and not having the resources to manage. And that means, like Dr. Fauci stated, we’d only have to close down states (again), making the situation even more financially disastrous.

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Dr. Fauci: ‘We Better Be Very Careful, Particularly When It Comes To Children’

Dr. Anthony Fauci warns that we don’t know enough about the effect of COVID-19 in children

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions on the administration’s coronavirus response and while his driving motivation during the hearing was to warn of the dangers of reopening the country (including schools) too soon, the topic turned to the oft-ignored dangers of coronavirus in children.

Fauci’s entire testimony cautioned the “really serious” consequences we could face if states and areas reopen prematurely and his fears that there will be a second wave of infections in the fall. To counter this, Senator Rand Paul stated that “outside of New England we’ve had a relatively benign course for this virus nationwide” and that the economy needs to reopen. Unclear where Paul is getting this information as John Hopkins University states that just over 80,000 people have died from coronavirus in the U.S. to date (almost double the amount of deaths during the average flu season). Also, the virus is not just in New England as Paul claims. Metro areas like Los Angeles and cities including Philadelphia and Miami are not far behind in coronavirus cases.

Despite the facts, Paul went on to claim that it is “really ridiculous” to think that kids won’t be able to go to school in the fall.

As much as I respect you Dr Fauci, I don’t think you’re the end-all, I don’t think you’re the one person who gets to make the decision. If we keep kids out of school for another year, what’s going to happen is the poor and underprivileged kids who don’t have a parent who’s able to teach them at home are not going to learn for a full year and I think we ought to look at the Swedish model and let our kids get back to school,” Paul stated to Dr. Fauci. “I think it’s a huge mistake if we don’t let our kids get back to school in the fall.”

Currently, the narrative is that kids are mostly immune from the coronavirus, but Fauci questions this, saying we don’t know nearly enough about the virus to make that assumption.

“We don’t know everything about this virus and we really better be very careful — particularly when it comes to children,” Fauci warned. “Because the more and more we learn, we’re seeing things about what this virus can do that we didn’t see from the studies in China or in Europe. For example, right now, children presenting with COVID-19 who actually have a very strange inflammatory syndrome, very similar to Kawasaki syndrome.”

Officials in New York are currently investigating rare cases of inflammatory conditions in kids that appear to be associated with COVID-19. Per Governor Andrew Cuomo, there have been 73 reported cases of children in New York who show symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. Kawasaki disease causes swelling of the heart’s blood vessels and mainly affects children under the age of 5. Symptoms include a rash, swollen glands in the neck, dry lips, and red fingers or toes. Toxic shock syndrome is rare, but life-threatening and symptoms include a high temperature, a sunburn-like rash, headache, and sore throat. The World Health Organization announced last month that they were also investigating the link between COVID-19 and these new symptoms.

“I think we better be careful that we are not cavalier in thinking that children are completely immune to the deleterious effects,” Fauci continued during the hearing. “So you’re right in the numbers that children, in general, do much much better than adults… but I am very careful and hopefully humble in knowing that I don’t know everything about this disease and that’s why I’m very reserved in making broad predictions.”

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Maine Devastates Family By False Allegations of Medical Child Abuse

They still don’t have a definitive cause for 4-year-old Jaxen Steimlosk’s medical problems. According to a report by the Portland Press-Herald, it’s coded under muscular dystrophy, a blanket diagnosis that deals with symptoms rather than cause. He needs a feeding tube. He requires a breathing tube. And yet, test after test, treatment after treatment, diagnostic failure after diagnostic failure, baffled doctor after baffled doctor. So much so that his mom, Cassie Steimlosk, was accused of medical child abuse — which is sometimes referred to as factitious disorder (formerly know as Munchausen by proxy.)

Medical child abuse occurs, according to MedlinePlus, when a person — usually a mother — fabricates a child’s illness as a way to gain attention and sometimes material benefit. It’s a mental illness. The child’s symptoms can be real (the caregiver actually inflicts them) or made up. Steimlosk’s ordeal was long, arduous, and completely fabricated. The state “rushed to judgment,” according the the Press-Herald — making a decision of medical child abuse and working backwards to prove their case. They accused Steimlosk of conning doctors into performing unnecessary surgeries upon a small child. They threatened for months to remove Jaxen, but never met him, a fact emphasized by both the Press-Herald and Steimlosk herself. Steimlosk told Scary Mommy that Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) never visited her home or met her other children.

Maine Devastates Family By False Allegations of Medical Child Abuse: Mother and son
Courtesy of Cassie Steimlosk

The State of Maine opened a case in June 2019, and filed a petition to remove Jaxen in August 2019. For months, Steimlosk and her husband Tim, along with their other children, lived in terror that he would be taken at any time. Her children took hundreds of hours of video and thousands of pictures of Jaxen that summer. They were afraid the state would take him away. But they fought. Steimlosk told Scary Mommy that thousands of papers covered her living room. They employed attorney Beth Maloney, who’s worked with many similar cases, to defend them. Their case became so involved that the lawyer remains a family friend and calls daily.

All substantiations of medical child abuse were eventually overturned in December 2019 — after $240,000 dollars, sleepless nights, and stress beyond imagining. And the ordeal hadn’t ended.

Steimlosk told Scary Mommy, “I still have a lot of emotional triggers just leaving my house “because of the shame of being labeled a child abuser. She sees people in the grocery store who accused her of abuse — going to the grocery store, she says, used to be a major issue for her. Steimlosk would mow the lawn in the dark, terrified of seeing someone who might “say something” to her about the abuse case.

Maine Devastates Family By False Allegations of Medical Child Abuse: Mother and son
Courtesy of Cassie Steimlosk

Steimlosk was a stay-at-home mom who has always loved children. She bashfully told Scary Mommy, the type of person of whom people would always say, “Oh, when I have kids, I hope I’m a mom like you.” She was always a mother’s helper, a babysitter. She ran a daycare. She wore her children — she wore the daycare children, and when people laughed at her, she told them that “the daycare kids need to be loved on, too.”

“To have that accusation placed on me was just devastating,” she said. “It’s very difficult to face life.” She suffered from violent, recurring nightmares. Her husband’s neuropathic illnesses, affected by stress, have worsened. The two of them take it day by day, she told Scary Mommy.

One incident symbolized how much the family’s life has changed. Someone knocked on the door one day after the case ended. Steimlosk bolted it, threw the curtains closed, and shook. “I lost my ability to protect my kids except to hide,” she said.

Maine Devastates Family By False Allegations of Medical Child Abuse: Mother and son
Courtesy of Cassie Steimlosk

She explained that as a parent, she sees her main job as protecting her children. “You tell them it’s okay, everything will be all right [Mommy’s here] … I couldn’t promise that anymore,” because the state had spent so long threatening to take the kids. Even if she says that, she told Scary Mommy, “the oldest know it’s not guaranteed.” They know, instead, that the state, rather than their parents, has the ultimate say. “The state stole my ability to protect my kids — and my kids know it.”

They also know, Steimlosk said, that these things happened to her even though she was honest, and even though she fought hard for Jaxen’s best interests. They learned that “it can happen to people who are honest and good,” which is something that like all parents, she wanted to shield her kids from for as long as possible. It was what Steimlosk calls “an ultimate betrayal” — one of their accusers was a home health nurse whom they had let into their house. Someone they trusted. Their daughter Ever has said, “How is it that people can pretend to be kind?” Even little Jaxen has been affected. He told Steimlosk of one potential friend saying, “I liked her. But I found out she wore a mask of kindness, and when she took it off, she was really mean.”

Their ordeal has caused “eternal damage.” In addition to not feeling safe in the family itself, the kids have to be pushed to leave to do “normal kid stuff — they’re scared a lot.” They’re so scared, in fact, and so scared of their mother being accused of medical child abuse, that they try to hide their own health issues now. They don’t trust counselors, because their mother’s counselor talked to the state. Their oldest is in constant pain over nerve issues in her hands and stomach problems, but she suffered for a long time before she told her parents, and she’s afraid to talk to doctors about them. “She’s afraid they’ll come to take her away,” Steimlosk said. “I can’t promise her they won’t.”

Maine Devastates Family By False Allegations of Medical Child Abuse: Mother and son
Courtesy of Cassie Steimlosk

The damage keeps going. They lost most of Jaxen’s medical team — “nearly all of his care,” Steimlosk said. Hospitals aren’t always safe places for them because the state reported her as under investigation for medical child abuse. She’s frightened at all of Jaxen’s doctor’s appointments, and she feels that she can no longer advocate for his care. She told Scary Mommy that if she pushes for something, “and the doctor doesn’t like it,” they might think she’s “trying to create a certain diagnosis” which could lead to repeat allegations of medical child abuse. She has to carry binders with all the trial documentation to her to new doctors, all the work that cleared her. She said that even when doctors say they’ll take her anyway, she gives them a week to call her back to refuse.

“We never had speeding tickets. We were never in car accidents more than a fender bender,” she told Scary Mommy. “It destroyed us … I was never a worrier. I always assumed people were nice, but now it’s hard to assume people are kind.”

Of the kids, she said, “How do I create that trust for them again?” It’s hard for her to hold her hand out to people and say, “Hi, I’m Cassie Steimlosk” because of the abuse allegations.

In the end, she said, the state and the people involved in Jaxen’s case thought “nothing of the damage” they would cause. They “are still missing pieces,” Steimlosk told Scary Mommy, because of the false allegations of medical child abuse, and always will be. For the Steimlosk family, the court battle may be over. But its damage still rages on.

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Dr. Fauci Says We’re Not Going Back To Normal Without A Vaccine Or Treatment

Dr. Fauci says there’s no “normal” until we find a coronavirus vaccine or cure

Currently, more than 95% of the U.S. is under some form of state-mandated stay-at-home order and the federal government’s social distancing guidelines are telling us to stay indoor until April 30, however, that doesn’t mean we’re all going back to work and school on May 1. Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director and a constant voice of reason against President Trump’s seemingly toxic optimism, just made it clear that despite the current social distancing expiration date, there is no “going back to normal” until we have a vaccine.

Speaking to reporters at a news briefing on Monday, April 6, 2020, a reported asked Fauci how we can get “back to normal.”

“If ‘back to normal’ means acting like there never was a coronavirus problem, I don’t think that’s going to happen until we do have a situation where you can completely protect the population,” Fauci said. “But when we say getting back to normal, we mean something very different from what we’re going through right now. Because right now, we’re in a very intense mitigation.”

“When we get back to normal, we will go back to the point where we can function as a society. But you’re absolutely right. If you want to get back to pre-coronavirus, that might not ever happen in the sense that the threat is there. But I believe that with the therapies that will be coming online, and the fact that I feel confident that over a period of time we will get a good vaccine, that we will never have to get back to where we are right now.”

As for those vaccines, the most promising one is from Johnson & Johnson, who are planing to start testing the vaccine in September with hopes of having the first batches ready for use by early 2021. However, Dr. Fauci has previously stated that a vaccine could take a year to a year and a half before it’s ready for public use.

In terms of therapies to treat COVID-19, there is a ton of debate surrounding the use of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus. Trump continues to push it as a miracle treatment and some doctors have adminstered it to patients, but they have no way of knowing if the patients got better on their own or if the drug played a part. Unfortunately, there is still very little research and Dr. Fauci has urged caution when referring to the drug as some coronavirus cure-all. Currently, a few clinical trials are about to launch, with the hopes of investigating whether the drug is actually effective at taming the virus. The FDA is also hard at work on “blood-related therapies for COVID-19″ using the blood of individuals who recovered from COVID-19 to help those currently affected by the illness.

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There’s Going To Be A ‘Tiger King’ Sequel About Carole Baskin’s Missing Husband

Will we finally know what happened to Carole Baskin’s husband?

Anytime you hear the name “Carole Baskin,” a horror movie-like image likely pops to mind — her casually feeding her husband to her tigers. Now Investigation Discovery is taking Tiger King to a whole new level by centering their sequel around what exactly did happen to Baskin’s second husband, Don Lewis.

The Tiger King documentary that has saved us all from a complete and total quarantine meltdown is getting a sequel. Though Netflix recently announced new episodes would be available, the crime cable channel, Investigation Discovery, recently announced an unofficial limited series following Netflix’s already-iconic docuseries.

Of course, any sequel worth watching wouldn’t be the same if it didn’t at least include some footage of Joseph “Joe Exotic” Maldonado-Passage and his gaggle of characters, but what people really want to know is what in the hell happened to Carole Baskin’s missing husband?

“Love her or hate her, Carole is now in the center ring of the big cat circus,” ID said in a statement. “Is she a selfless crusader and protector of animals, who found unimaginable strength despite the mysterious disappearance of her husband? Or are we witnessing Carole Baskin’s master plan finally take effect? Despite her claims of innocence, did she orchestrate the disappearance of Don Lewis to seize control of his fortune, consolidate power and lay waste to her foes? No one seems to be talking – except for one man – and that man is the center of ID’s upcoming investigative series.”

The project is titled Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic, which promises to show “the investigation you didn’t get to see, revealing the secrets only Joe knows, the exclusive footage that has never been shown and the search to answer the one question every person in America is asking themselves right now: although she’s denied it, is Carole Baskin responsible for the disappearance of her husband, Don Lewis?”

It makes sense the TV network that has brought us shows like Evil Lives Here and In Pursuit With John Walsh would take a stab at solving the world’s most talked about possible murderer — Carole Baskin. “ID is the perfect place to find the inevitable sequel to this drama — featuring a missing husband, a hit man, and the illegal business of exotic animals,” the statement continues. The man at the center of the allegations — Joe Exotic himself — will be interviewed at length and will provide viewers with even more evidence (as he believes it), so that hopefully we can finally put this entire mystery to bed.

There is no word on when the series will be available but I’m pretty sure Tiger King fans will be waiting on pins and needles until it is announced.

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