Democrats see political peril in replacing Minneapolis PD
As activists mobilized this summer to ask Minneapolis voters to replace their police department, one of the first prominent Democrats to slam the plan was a moderate congresswoman who doesn’t even live in the city. Angie Craig declared it “shortsighted, misguided and likely to harm the very communities that it seeks to protect." Craig's district covers a suburban-to-rural and politically divided region south of the city, but her willingness to jump into the fight next door highlights the political threat that Democrats like Craig see in the proposal.news.yahoo.com
Judge won't change 'trauma' wording in Chauvin memo
The Minnesota judge who oversaw the trial of Derek Chauvin is denying prosecutors' request to rewrite his sentencing order as it relates to the four girls who saw George Floyd’s death, saying Tuesday that they may have been emotionally traumatized but that the state failed to prove it. Attorney General Keith Ellison wrote last week that he wasn't seeking to change Chauvin's 22 1/2-year sentence, but he asked Judge Peter Cahill to modify his sentencing order to remove suggestions that the teens and young girl were not traumatized. Cahill denied that request Tuesday, saying Ellison's mischaracterization of his sentencing order and the “tone and substance” of Ellison's request necessitated a response.news.yahoo.com
Judge is asked to change 'trauma' wording in Chauvin memo
Prosecutors have asked the judge who handled former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial in George Floyd’s death to rewrite his sentencing order to delete suggestions that child witnesses did not suffer trauma. Attorney General Keith Ellison, in a filing released Thursday, stressed that he’s not seeking any change to Chauvin’s 22 1/2-year sentence. But he asked Judge Peter Cahill to revisit the document to remove suggestions that four girls who witnessed Floyd's death and testified at Chauvin's trial weren't traumatized by what they saw. “Discounting the trauma of the children who testified at trial — in an authoritative judicial opinion, no less — will only exacerbate the trauma they have suffered," Ellison wrote.news.yahoo.com
Ellison files request for Chauvin judge to acknowledge trauma of Black teen witnesses in memo
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has reportedly e-filed a request in Hennepin County Court for Judge Peter A. Cahill, who presided over the Derek Chauvin trial, to add the word ‘trauma’ in his 22-page sentencing memo. A portion of the sentencing memorandum for Chauvin, the first officer charged, and now convicted, in the murder of George Floyd, is in question and centers on two pages.news.yahoo.com
AG: Woman misused funds raised in Philando Castile's name
A St. Paul professor who led a viral crowdfunding campaign to pay off student lunch debts in Philando Castile’s name spent less than half of the $200,000 she raised on the intended purpose, Minnesota’s attorney general said Thursday. The Star Tribune reported that Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office filed a civil enforcement action in Ramsey County District Court against Pamela Fergus, alleging a breach of charitable trust, deceptive solicitation of charitable contributions, failure to maintain proper records and unregistered solicitation of contributions. “Philando Castile cared deeply about the children he served and the children loved Mr. Phil right back,” said Ellison, calling Castile a “hero” in his lunchroom.news.yahoo.com
Prosecutor on Wright's death case resigns, citing 'vitriol'
A prosecutor who was handling the case against a former suburban Minneapolis police officer charged in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright resigned Monday, saying “vitriol” and “partisan politics” have made it hard to pursue justice. Imran Ali, the assistant criminal division chief at the Washington County Attorney's Office and director of the office's major crime unit, had been working on the prosecution of Kim Potter. The former Brooklyn Center officer fatally shot Wright, a 20-year-old Black motorist, on April 11. Ali and Washington County Attorney Pete Orput charged Potter with second-degree manslaughter — then faced intense pressure from activists who protested outside Orput's home and called for murder charges to be filed.news.yahoo.com
Minnesota AG's office to prosecute case in Wright's death
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Friday that his office will lead the prosecution of a former suburban police officer who is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright. Former Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter, who is white, fatally shot Wright, a 20-year-old Black motorist, on April 11. Ellison said he took the case at the request of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, after another prosecutor — Washington County Attorney Pete Orput — gave the case back to Freeman's office.news.yahoo.com
Ex-cops in Floyd death claim witness coercion, harm of leak
Attorneys for three former Minneapolis officers awaiting trial in George Floyd's death will be in court Thursday to argue pretrial motions, including a request that prosecutors be sanctioned after media reports that Derek Chauvin had planned to plead guilty a year ago, and allegations that they haven't disclosed information about the alleged coercion of a witness. Attorneys for Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao have said they want the court to require prosecuting attorneys to submit affidavits under oath that they aren't responsible for the leak to the media. In a filing late Wednesday, Thao's attorney also alleged that the Hennepin County medical examiner was coerced to include “neck compression” in his findings — and that prosecutors knew of it.news.yahoo.com
Trial of other cops charged in Floyd's death to be broadcast
Derek Chauvin's murder trial was the first Minnesota criminal trial to be broadcast live on television. A spokesperson for the Hennepin County court system said an order from Judge Peter Cahill to allow the live broadcast will still apply to the August trial of the other three former Minneapolis officers charged in Floyd's death, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao.news.yahoo.com
Key players in trial of ex-officer charged in Floyd’s death
(Court TV, via AP, Pool)MINNEAPOLIS – Opening statements are set for Monday in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd’s death. THE JUDGEHennepin County Judge Peter Cahill is respected and has a reputation as a no-nonsense, fair judge. He also denied defense requests to delay or move the trial out of Hennepin County after the city of Minneapolis reached a $27 million settlement with Floyd's family. This was a win for local civil rights advocates who said longtime Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman didn't have the trust of the Black community. He helped win an acquittal for a Minnesota man who was charged with fatally shooting his unarmed neighbor in 2017.
Key events since George Floyd’s arrest and death
As the trial approaches for Chauvin, who is charged with murder in Floyd's death, prosecutors are putting the time Chauvin's knee was on Floyd's neck at about nine minutes. Officer Derek Chauvin uses his knee to pin Floyd's neck for about nine minutes while bystanders shout at him to stop. President Donald Trump tweets about “thugs” in Minneapolis protests and warns: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Protests turn violent again in Minneapolis and other cities. June 3 — Ellison files a tougher second-degree murder charge against Chauvin and charges the other three officers who were involved in Floyd's arrest. AdFeb. 12 — City leaders say George Floyd Square, the intersection blocked by barricades since Floyd's death, will reopen to traffic after Chauvin's trial.
7 jurors picked, 7 to come in ex-cop’s trial in Floyd death
AdMayor Jacob Frey deferred questions about the timing of the settlement to City Attorney Jim Rowader, who declined to comment. Potential jurors questioned later didn't mention hearing of the settlement, and neither attorneys nor the judge directly asked if they were aware of it. At least four potential jurors dismissed Monday said they couldn’t be impartial. He also wondered why other officers didn’t intervene. Three other former officers face an August trial on charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Key events since George Floyd's arrest and death
As the trial approaches for Chauvin, who is charged with murder in Floyd's death, prosecutors are putting the time Chauvin's knee was on Floyd's neck at about nine minutes. Officer Derek Chauvin uses his knee to pin Floyd's neck for about nine minutes while bystanders shout at him to stop. AdMay 31 — Walz says Attorney General Keith Ellison will lead prosecutions in Floyd's death and the nationwide protests continue. Feb. 12 — City leaders say George Floyd Square, the intersection blocked by barricades since Floyd's death, will reopen to traffic after Chauvin's trial. ___Find AP’s full coverage of the death of George Floyd: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-george-floyd
Key players in trial of ex-officer charged in Floyd's death
Jury selection begins Monday, March 8, 2021, for Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)MINNEAPOLIS – Jury selection begins Monday for a former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death. City, county and state officials are preparing for any sort of reaction that trial testimony or a verdict might elicit. AdTHE JUDGEHennepin County Judge Peter Cahill is respected and has a reputation as a no-nonsense, fair judge. AdPROSECUTIONDays after Floyd's death, Minnesota's governor announced that Attorney General Keith Ellison would take the lead on prosecuting the case.
Minnesota juvenile lifer walks free after 18 years in prison
Just hours after receiving the news, he walked out the front door of Stillwater prison into below-freezing temperatures. The AP investigation that followed sparked national outrage and gave Burrell’s family and community organizers the ammunition they needed to get Klobuchar’s attention. One had his 16-year prison sentence cut to three. He said the justice system failed his family, and media coverage and support for Burrell’s release overshadowed his sister’s death. Edwards III, Tyesha’s brother, said news of Burrell’s release is especially hard after the death of his mother last year.
President Donald Trump campaigns in Wisconsin, Minnesota at MAGA rallies
President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold Make America Great Again campaign rallies in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Rochester, Minnesota on Friday. The first rally is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. and it will be livestreamed in this article. The Rochester rally at 5:45 p.m. will also be livestreamed in this article. The president’s campaign says the Rochester rally will be capped at 250 people at the insistence of state and local officials. The Trump campaign sought to shift the venue to a nearby business but ultimately reversed course and moved ahead with the rally at the airport.
The Latest: Biden: I've learned from Clinton campaign errors
WASHINGTON – The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local):9:20 p.m.Joe Biden says he has learned from the mistakes that Hillary Clinton's campaign made four years ago in the Midwest. After her stunning loss to Donald Trump in 2016, many Democrats criticized her campaign as overconfident and too complacent. President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden are campaigning hard to win both states, where Trump scored narrow victories in 2016. The campaign announced in addition to his Monday trip to the state, Biden will campaign in Philadelphia on Sunday. The Minnesota Department of Health has linked 28 coronavirus cases to other recent Trump campaign events in the state.
Federal appeals court temporarily halts order to give some Texas geriatric inmates hand sanitizer
Birds fly overhead at the Hilltop prison unit in Gatesville, Texas. A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked a lower court’s order that would require Texas to provide more protective measures against the coronavirus at a geriatric prison, like giving hand sanitizer to inmates who use wheelchairs. Two dozen Texas prison employees have also died with the virus. TDCJ appealed the ruling, having argued that it had many protective measures in place already, and hand sanitizer could be used to drink or start fires. Inmates’ attorneys said the concerns were “disingenuous,” as fires are not a problem at the prison and inmates have plenty of other flammable material, like paper.
Federal court orders Texas prison system to provide hand sanitizer for some geriatric inmates during pandemic
“The Court acknowledges that [TDCJ officials] have taken a number of steps to address the spread of COVID-19 … at the Pack Unit,” Ellison wrote in his ruling. Texas has had more inmate deaths related to the coronavirus than any other prison system in the nation. Its death toll of at least 162 inmates outranks every other state as well as the federal prison system. More than 20 Texas prison employees have also died with the virus. The trial included testimony from several inmates, TDCJ officials and experts on health and prison conditions.
Biden friend Sen. Coons to elevate faith on convention stage
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2015, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden administers the Senate oath to Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., as Coons' wife, Annie Coons, watches during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in, in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. The theme and timing of Coons speech on the pandemic-altered convention schedule underscore Democrats' interest in engaging with religious voters on the basis of shared values with Biden. For Joe, faith isnt a prop or a political tool, Coons is set to say, according to prepared remarks shared with The Associated Press ahead of time. Coons is also one of the more vocal Democrats when it comes to coaxing fellow party members to be more open about faith. When it comes to speaking for Biden about faith, though, Coons will have the most prominent forum.
More US churches sue to challenge COVID-19 restrictions
Tim Walzs executive orders requiring 6-foot social distancing and the wearing of face masks at worship services. The Thomas More Society, which specializes in litigation on religious issues, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in California Superior Court against Gov. A few churches have been openly defiant, including one in California's Ventura County which held indoor worship services Sunday despite a judges temporary restraining order. Earlier this year the U.S. Supreme Court upheld state COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings in a suit filed by South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California. In June a federal judge blocked New York state from enforcing restrictions on indoor religious gatherings to 25% capacity when other types of gatherings were limited to 50%.
Biden snags support from prominent Muslim American officials
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)Several prominent Muslim American elected officials endorsed Joe Biden for president in a letter organized by Emgage Action ahead of an online summit that starts Monday and features the presumptive Democratic nominee. A Biden administration will move the nation forward on many of the issues we care about, it said, citing racial justice, affordable health care, climate change and immigration. The Muslim American officials also praised Bidens agenda for their communities. Other state- and local-level Muslim American officials signing onto the pro-Biden letter hail from 10 states, including Michigan a state where Alzayat said he believes there are more than 150,000 registered Muslim voters. Farooq Mitha, senior adviser for Muslim engagement with Bidens campaign, said reaching out to Muslim American voters is a priority for Biden, pointing to his own appointment as an example.
Judge rejects cameras for ex-cops' hearings in Floyd death
MINNEAPOLIS A Minnesota judge on Friday rejected allowing cameras in the court for pretrial proceedings of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd. Minnesota rules allow the judge, prosecutors or defense attorneys to veto camera coverage during criminal court proceedings before a conviction. The judge will rule later on whether cameras will be allowed at trial. A defense attorney filed a motion Thursday on behalf of the ex-officers to allow recording of all pretrial and trial proceedings. Doing otherwise allows these public officials to geld the Constitution, wrote attorney Thomas Plunkett, representing J. Kueng, one of four fired officers charged in Floyd's death.
For Ellison, Floyd case brings pressure -- and opportunity
Doing so is giving Ellison a national platform to talk about race in America. Ellison, the first African American elected to his job, is now tasked with nothing less than making that system work. What we need is accountability from a top lawyer like Keith Ellison to put these cops in jail. If Ellisons national reputation was as a progressive purist, his work as attorney general has been more tempered. The Floyd case could bring some tensions with progressives who have long viewed Ellison as an uncompromising ally.
Minnesota pardons black man in century-old lynching case
(Alex Kormann/Star Tribune via AP)Minnesota's pardons board on Friday granted a posthumous pardon to a black man imprisoned a century ago in the alleged rape of a white woman, part of a case that included the infamous lynchings of three other black men in Duluth. The board voted 3-0 to pardon Max Mason, one of several traveling circus workers accused in the 1920 case. According to the summary, the young man made no mention of any attack when dropping off Tusken at her parents house but related the story to his father early the next morning. Mason was allowed to travel to the circus next city, but was re-arrested the next day, and eventually identified as an attacker by Tusken and the young man. In recent weeks we have seen an injustice at the hands of those who are sworn to serve and protect in the murder of George Floyd, Tusken said.
Appeals court tosses order that required face masks, hand sanitizer for inmates at geriatric Texas prison
Prison staff and inmates move through the Darrington Unit's main hallway on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. The appeals judges noted that many of the district judges orders had already been met by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. At least five have died from the virus, a states attorney said during a hearing in front of the appeals court judges last week. Inmates countered, and the district judge agreed, that court intervention was needed to protect them from the prison's apparent "deliberate indifference" to inmates' risk. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded the appeals court ruling Friday, saying in a statement that the district court's order reflected "outdated guidance" from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Beyonc Urges Fans to 'Remain Aligned and Focused' Amid Protests Following George Floyd's Death
"The world came together for George Floyd," Beyonc wrote alongside an aerial photo showing the massive crowd of protesters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Floyd was killed by police on May 25. Charges were also raised against former officer Derek Chauvin from third degree murder to second degree murder. Beyonc had previously expressed support and solidarity with the protests and her horror at what happened to Floyd in an emotional message posted last Friday. For more on the ongoing protests and demonstrations being held across the world, see the video below. RELATED CONTENT:Amber Riley Sings Beyonc's 'Freedom' at Black Lives Matter Protest3 Other Fired Police Officers Charged for George Floyd's DeathBeyonc, Kim Kardashian, Cardi B and More React to Fatal Arrest of George Floyd
Bail set at $1 million for three ex-officers charged in George Floyds death
A judge on Thursday set bail for three former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death at $1 million each, or $750,000 under certain conditions, including that they do not work in law enforcement or have any contact with Floyd's family. J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao appeared in court one day after they were arrested and charged with second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Protests go on hours after arrestsProtests showed no signs of abating hours after officials arrested and charged the three additional officers. The city's mayor said the curfew would not be enforced as long as the protesters remained peaceful. Final county autopsy contradicts family'sIn the meantime, officials released more details on Floyd's autopsy.
Three Other Former Police Officers Involved in George Floyd's Death Charged
The three other Minneapolis police officers who were fired for their involvement in George Floyd's death have been charged with aiding and abetting murder, according to court records obtained by CBS Minnesota. Additionally, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has also increased former officer Derek Chauvin's murder charge to second-degree murder. Per CBS, "Minnesotas sentencing guidelines indicate two different possibilities for intentional second-degree murder and unintentional second-degree murder. Floyd's family conducted an independent autopsy, with the results stating that his cause of death was mechanical asphyxiation and called the death a homicide. Floyd's death has led to widespread outrage, protests and unrest across the nation, as many people call for justice.
JAY-Z Buys Full-Page Ads Across the U.S. in Dedication to George Floyd
JAY-Z's Roc Nation has taken out full-page ads in newspapers across the United States in the wake of George Floyd's death. We're going to stand up right here amid police dogs, if they have them. "Earlier today, Governor Walz mentioned having a human conversation with me -- a dad and a black man in pain. Yet, I am a human, a father and a black man in pain, and I am not the only one." RELATED CONTENT:Mother of George Floyd's 6-Year-Old Daughter Speaks OutKeke Palmer Encourages National Guard to March Alongside ProtestersBen Affleck, Keke Palmer and More Celebs Take to the Streets to Protest George Floyd's Death
Why the three other officers in George Floyds death have not been charged -- yet
(CNN) -- George Floyds brother Philonise had a clear and pressing question for the Minneapolis Police chief on Sunday. Derek Chauvin, the officer seen kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes, was charged on Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The state murder trial of Michael Slager, the officer charged with shooting Walter Scott, ended in 2016 with a hung jury and mistrial. In 2016, none of the six officers charged in Freddie Gray's death were convicted of wrongdoing. Floyds death was a homicide by officers who taunted him while holding him down for more than eight minutes, he said in a statement.
JAY-Z Says Justice for George Floyd Is Just a First Step After Call With Minnesota Governor
Tim Walz and called for the prosecution of the police officers involved in the death of George Floyd -- but added that justice in this case is just the beginning. "After our very earnest conversation, thank you to Governor Walz for doing what's right and calling in Attorney General Keith Ellison to take over the George Floyd case," he wrote. "Earlier today, Governor Walz mentioned having a human conversation with me -- a dad and a black man in pain. "I am more determined to fight for justice than any fight my would-be oppressors may have." "He knows the world is watching, and how Minnesota handles this is going to have an impact across the country," Walz added.
The Latest: California closes all downtown state buildings
Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. ___PORTLAND, Ore. Police in Portland deployed tear gas to disperse a large crowd downtown late Sunday night after authorities said projectiles were thrown at officers. Thousands of people marched throughout Oregons largest city on Sunday, the third day of George Floyd protests in Portland. Unlike Dallas, where police made dozens of arrests to enforce a downtown curfew, Austin doesnt have a curfew and demonstrators have been roaming downtown from the police station to the state Capitol several blocks away for nearly 10 hours. The demonstration over the death of George Floyd came after turbulent protests that led to the arrest of 83 people Saturday night.