Cup Food owner Mahmoud “Mike” Abumayyaleh spoke of what the police normally do when the store calls the police about a single counterfeit bill – Mike Abumayyaleh specifically stated in the below video, “Usually it’s just a matter of questioning: Where did you get the bill from? How long have you had it? Has it been circulated to anybody else? And they normally put it in a bag and they take it.”
“Despite the fact that George never resisted arrest, police proceeded to end George Floyd’s life over a counterfeit bill. It’s likely that George did not even know that he had a fake bill, to begin with.”
– Mike Abumayyaleh, store owner
Do these bills look fake to you? They don’t look fake to me.
1) Prosecution failed to fully challenge the veracity and necessity of George Floyd’s arrest;
2) Prosecution failed to obtain Officer Chavin’s personnel/disciplinary record from the Minneapolis Police Dept.
3) Prosecution failed to state as fact Officer Chavin has never arrested anyone prior to George Floyd’s arrest for purchasing an item with a single counterfeit bill.
Instead of the Prosecution recognizing and highlighting Chauvin’s unnecessary bad faith arrest of George Floyd, the Prosecution allowed defense council to repeatedly state and restate Chauvin’s arrest of George Floyd as legitimate and necessary. Because the Prosecution failed to challenge Chauvin’s arrest of Floyd, defense council repeatedly cast Floyd as a hardened criminal evading arrest.
The only thing Prosecution said about the unnecessary arrest of George Floyd was when prosecutor Jerry W. Blackwell told jurors during opening statements: “The police officers could have written him a ticket, and let the courts sort it out.”
Prosecutor Steve Schleichler
In the Prosecution’s closing argument, instead of reminding the jury how Chauvin’s arrest of Floyd was unlawful, unnecessary and even unprecedented, Prosecutor Steve Schleichler praised police:
“It may be hard for any of you to imagine a police officer doing something like this. Imagining a police officer committing a crime might be the most difficult thing you have to set aside, because that’s just not the way we think of police officers. We trust the police. We trust the police to help us. We believe the police are going to respond to our call for help. We believe they are going to listen to us. This case is called the State of Minnesota versus Derek Chauvin. This case is not called the State of Minnesota versus the police. He betrayed the badge and everything it stood for. It’s not how you’re trained, it’s not following the rules. This is not an anti-police prosecution. It’s a pro-police prosecution.”
The arrest of George Floyd was never challenged by the prosecution despite a preponderance of evidence the arrest was unnecessary and unlawful.
The prosecution should have subpoenaed store owner Mahmoud “Mike” Abumayyaleh and his managers at Cub Foods to testify as to the usual sequence of events whenever the store calls police to report a single possible counterfeit bill.
Cup Foods owner Mike Abumayyaleh and his managers have never seen the Minneapolis Police arrest anyone ever in their store pursuant to the store reporting a single possible counterfeit bill to police. It is a fact that the only entity in the United States of America that can legally certify a suspicious bill as a counterfeit bill is the Secret Service.
BUT FOR the unnecessary minor misdemeanor arrest of Floyd, George Floyd would still be alive.
USA TODAY investigated and reported the following regarding George Floyd’s arrest:
(from USA TODAY)
Floyd allegedly used a counterfeit bill to buy cigarettes at the convenience store last week. The clerk reported it to police, a step that management described as store policy in Facebook posts. Four police officers arrived for what is now a notorious arrest, captured on video by bystanders. Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, and Floyd was declared dead shortly thereafter.
His death was ruled a homicide. Chauvin and three other Minneapolis police officers were fired; Chauvin faces criminal charges.
“It went from a counterfeit bill, to a man being killed, to millions of people around the nation just hurting,” Hill said. “Then to people being angry and responding in a militant way and destroying, burning cities. Then to a grieving and trying to protest.”
“You just think about that, all from a counterfeit bill,” Hill said.
In Minnesota, the highest penalty for knowingly using counterfeit money less than $1,000 is up to 1 year in prison and a fine up to $3,000.
What happened to that bill?
Public officials have been mum on the location of the alleged counterfeit bill, citing ongoing investigations and lawsuits.
A spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department referred a reporter to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
“Under Minnesota law, the BCA is unable to discuss evidence or details of an open and active investigation,” wrote BCA Public Information Officer Jill Oliveira in an email response to USA TODAY.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will help prosecute Chauvin, who is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Spokesman John Stiles said officials couldn’t comment on investigative data.
What did the bill look like?
In the 911 transcript a Cup Foods clerk told the dispatcher: “Um, someone comes our store and give us fake bills and we realize it before he left the store, and we ran back outside, they was sitting on their car.”
A former employee and customer of the shop Angel Stately told the New York Times she saw the bill and the ink was running on it. Stately could not be reached for additional comment.
Cup Foods owner Mahmoud Abumayyaleh questioned whether Floyd even knew he used a counterfeit, in a statement posted on Facebook Sunday.
He told TRT, a Turkish public broadcast service, that normally officers ask a few questions about counterfeits, “put it in a bag and take it.”
“As a check-cashing business, this is a routine practice for us: we report forged money, then the police come and ask patrons about the bill to trace its origin. Upon receiving a counterfeit bill from George Floyd, one of our employees called the police in accordance with this procedure,” according to the statement on Facebook.
Abumayyaleh was not at the store during the incident, according to his statement. The business has been open for more than three decades and Abumayyaleh has expressed grief and outrage over what happened to Floyd: “There is no justification for the use of reckless force displayed by the police that murdered George Floyd.”
Other issues with counterfeits?
Dalfonzo Credit described the alleged fake $20 bill as a “nudge” that pushed police over the edge. He lives in the area and said Floyd’s death is not the first problem with the Minneapolis Police Department.
“It kind of feels like a drop in the bucket,” Credit said. He’s never seen a $20 counterfeit, but he’s seen other fakes.
“Most stores are catching bills nowadays. It’s never been a problem where the police have been called,” he said.
Hamza Refaya, owner of Mill City Auto Body less than a block north of Cup Foods, and his brother-in-law Moses Wazwaz, said they have not had any issues with counterfeits or heard of any issues with them before Floyd’s arrest and death.
Cubtan Nur runs a business a few doors south of Cup Foods called Axis Home PCA Agency, which does not rely on cash transactions. She’s been there two years.
“This is the first time I’m hearing (about counterfeits),” Nur said.
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From the Secret Service website:
If You Suspect A Counterfeit
If you suspect a counterfeit note or have information about counterfeiting activity, please report it immediately to the U.S. Secret Service, or to your local police.
Security Features – visit USCurrency.gov
For your personal safety. . . PLEASE:
Do not put yourself in danger.
Do not return the bill to the passer.
Delay the passer with some excuse, if possible.
Observe the passer’s description – and their companions’ descriptions – and write down their vehicle license plate numbers if you can.
Contact your local police department OR call your local U.S. Secret Service Office.
Write your initials and date in the white border area of the suspected counterfeit note.
DO NOT handle the counterfeit note. Place it inside a protective cover, a plastic bag, or envelope to protect it until you place it in the hands of an IDENTIFIED Secret Service Agent.
Surrender the note or coin ONLY to a properly identified police officer or a Secret Service Special Agent, or mail it to your nearest U.S. Secret Service field office.
Please Note: There is no financial remuneration for the return of the counterfeit bill, but it is doing the “right thing” to help combat counterfeiting.
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“I thought that George didn’t really know that it was a fake bill,” Christopher Martin testified Wednesday about taking the $20 bill. “So I thought I’d be doing him a favor.”
The relevant law regarding reporting a counterfeit bill requires that one knew the possible counterfeit bill was counterfeit. Officer Chauvin did not ask Mr. Floyd if he thought the suspected bill was counterfeit or not. Instead, Officer Chauvin arrested Mr. Floyd without determining the authenticity of the bill in question and without telephoning the nearest Secret Service office, which is literally just three miles up Park Avenue from Cup Foods.
609.632 COUNTERFEITING OF CURRENCY.
3. Uttering or possessing. Whoever, with intent to defraud, utters or possesses with intent to utter any counterfeit United States postal money order, United States currency, Federal Reserve note, or other obligation or security of the United States, having reason to know that the money order, currency, note, or obligation or security is forged, counterfeited, falsely made, altered, or printed, is guilty of offering counterfeited currency and may be sentenced as provided in subdivision 4.
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Martin eventually told his manager about the situation, and after Floyd refused to return to the Cup Foods store to talk to the manager, the police were called. The encounter that then transpired ended when Floyd died in police custody, on the street outside the store.
In court, Martin said he felt disbelief and guilt as he watched Floyd being placed on a gurney.
Surveillance video shows Martin clasping his hands on top of his head as he looked on from the sidewalk. When asked what he was thinking at the time, he replied, “If I would have just not took the bill, this could have been avoided.”
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Before the police were called, Martin and his co-workers made two trips to the SUV that Floyd was sitting in outside Cup Foods, trying to get him to come back to the store, Martin said. He recalled telling Floyd and his friends that the bill Floyd had just used was fake, and that his boss wanted to talk to him.
But Floyd and the other occupants, a man and a woman, refused to return to the store, he added. After the first attempt, Martin went back to his manager.
“I’d offered to pay, but he said no, just tell them to come back inside,” Martin told the jury.
After Floyd and his friends again refused to return to the store, Martin testified, his manager told another co-worker to call the police.
After police arrived, they did not enter the store.
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Alvin Manago, roommate of George Floyd
“I’ve never known Floyd to use any counterfeit money,” Floyd’s roommate of four years said. “If he tried to pass along a counterfeit $20 bill it was unintentional.”
“’He probably didn’t know the money was fake.”
He added: “I’m just not sure why the store employees didn’t just tell him it was a fake $20. They all knew him them. He was a regular customer.”
The two became friends while working at the Conga Bistro Bar and Grill together; Floyd worked as security and Manago worked as a bar back.
The owner of the store who called the cops on Floyd wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday that he will no longer cooperate with the police because it “always does more harm than good.”
Mahmoud Abumayyaleh said his nephew at the store berated the police while they tussled with Floyd, he said, and was pushed away by the officers.
The store owner continued: “The incidents that led up to this event teach us all an important lesson about dealing with police.”
“By simply following procedure we are putting our communities in danger,” he wrote. “Until the police stop killing innocent people, we will handle incidents like this one using non-violent tactics that do not involve police.”
“Despite the fact that George never resisted arrest, police proceeded to end George Floyd’s life over a counterfeit bill.”
“It’s likely that George did not even know that he had a fake bill, to begin with.”
Chauvin’s one disciplinary action came in 2007 from a Minneapolis woman he had stopped on her way home from a grocery run. The woman alleged that Chauvin had pulled her over for going 10 mph over the speed limit, frisked her and put her in his squad car. Chauvin got a letter of reprimand for his handling of the stop and for not turning on his recording equipment.
A year later, Chauvin shot Ira Latrell Toles in the abdomen after responding to a 911 domestic-abuse call. According to an internal review, Chauvin later told investigators that he had tried to hit Toles in the head with the butt of his handgun because Toles failed to comply with commands to get on the ground. Chauvin said he shot Toles when he thought Toles reached for his gun. Toles’ ex-girlfriend reported that Chauvin fired his gun “about two seconds” after he entered the bathroom.
“If he was reprimanded for shooting me, then maybe more lives could have been saved,” Toles said in a recent interview.
Kristofer Bergh, now 24, was a high school senior in 2013 when he and some friends were driving home in south Minneapolis after school. They’d been playing a team Nerf-gun game, and one of his friends fired a dart out the car window. Seconds later, as they pulled up to Bergh’s home, Bergh said he turned to see a police car and two officers — one identified as Chauvin — coming at them.
One had “his gun drawn on me,” Bergh said. It’s unclear which officer drew his gun. Bergh said they yelled obscenities and demanded to know who fired the Nerf dart; they stuck his friend in the squad and berated him.
Another complaint was filed by Lasean Braddock, a former St. Paul resident now living in Chicago. Braddock, 48, said police stopped him as he drove home in 2013 from a double shift as a mental health worker at Hennepin County Medical Center. One of the officers was identified as Chauvin.
Braddock said he suspected they had mistaken him for someone who had been using his name. Braddock said the officer at his driver’s window, later identified by his lawyer as Chauvin, began hitting the glass with his flashlight when he hesitated to get out of the car. Braddock said the officers tried to force him to the pavement. He went down on his own to avoid injury.
Although the identity mix-up was somehow resolved at the jail, Braddock said, they booked him for failing to comply with police orders and resisting arrest. Prosecutors ultimately tossed the case.
Hennepin County Assistant Public Defender Jordan Deckenbach said Braddock was stopped on a bad warrant. The case was dismissed after the City Attorney’s Office watched the squad car video, he said. The aggression was “routine” for the Third Precinct then, he said, but Braddock’s case stuck out “because Chauvin went from zero to 60.”
Braddock said he’s still angry and was not surprised to learn that the officer at his car window that night was Chauvin. To Braddock, Chauvin was “running around like a loose cannon.”