Controversial ‘activist’ arrested, charged with trying to intimidate judge in Daunte Wright shooting case

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Cortez Rice, the man who calls himself the nephew of George Floyd although the two aren’t related, has finally been arrested and charged.

Rice’s name came up last month when video footage emerged of him suggesting the jurors in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial would be doxxed if they didn’t convict the young man.

It was also known at the time that he’d been one of the so-called “protesters” who’d showed up outside the home of a Minnesota judge, Regina Chu, after she’d issued an order barring cameras inside the courtroom during the upcoming trial of Kim Potter.

Potter is a former Minnesota police officer who accidentally shot suspected armed robber Daunte Wright during a traffic stop gone bad last April.

Fast-forward to Monday, when Rice was arrested in Waukesha, Wisconsin — the location where a deadly vehicle rampage had been committed by a suspected black  nationalist a week earlier — for harassing Judge Chu.

“Cortez Rice, 32, was arrested in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Monday and is awaiting extradition to Minnesota. A warrant was issued out of Hennepin County for his arrest on Nov. 24,” Saint Paul station KSTP reported.

“According to a criminal complaint, Rice was one of a group that went to what they believed was Chu’s apartment building in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis on Nov. 6 to seek a reversal of Chu’s order quashing cameras and audio devices. Other protestors stayed outside, but Rice entered the building and went up to the floor he thought Chu lived on, live-streaming his actions on YouTube.”

“Rice was charged via warrant with felony harassment with aggravated violations — tampering with a juror or retaliating against a judicial officer — court records show. He is currently in custody in the Waukesha County Jail awaiting extradition to Hennepin County,” according to KSTP.

In an interview with police after the Nov. 6th incident, Chu reportedly said she “believed he was a target” and that the intention had been “to intimidate her” and “interfere with the judicial process.”

Incidentally, three days after the incident, the judge reversed her camera ban, claiming that she’s only instituted it because she’d thought at the time that the COVID pandemic would have receded by the time the trial began.

“That has not turned out to be the case,” her updated order reads.

The timing of the reversal led to widespread speculation that the decision was made out of fear:

Regarding Potter, the video evidence makes it fairly clear that she’d opened fire by accident. However, it also shows that she did so during a fast-paced altercation that ensued after Wright began resisting arrest during an April 11th traffic stop gone bad.

Watch (*Language warning):

Left-wing activists like Cortez have crafted their own narrative. To hear Wright’s family attorney tell it, for instance, the shooting had been “an intentional, deliberate and unlawful use of force” rooted in racism.

“Driving while black continues to result in a death sentence. A 26-year veteran of the force knows the difference between a taser and a firearm. Kim Potter executed Daunte for what amounts to no more than a minor traffic infraction and a misdemeanor warrant,” he said in a statement after Potter’s arrest last April.

Though it’s true Wright was originally pulled over for a traffic violation, and there’d indeed been an open warrant on him relating to illegal gun possession, what went unmentioned in Crump’s statement was that he was also facing charges related to an aggravated armed robbery attempt.

Wright and a high school acquaintance, Emajay Maurice Driver, were both charged with first-degree aggravated robbery as per a December 2019 incident in Osseso, Minn., according to court documents.

The documents show that, after attending an apartment party, the duo wound up staying the night. The next morning, as one of the two women who lived at the apartment tried paying the other resident her share of the rent ($820 in cash) before leaving for work, Wright tried to rob her.

And in trying to rob her, he first threatened the woman with a handgun and then allegedly started choking her when she refused.

Vivek Saxena

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