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Judge: Ex-Cops in Floyd Killing Can't Get Fair Trial Right Now

Judge Peter Cahill delays trial of Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng until January

(Newser) - The judge overseeing the remaining case of two former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's killing ordered Monday that the trial be delayed until January to improve prospects for a fair trial. Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng had been due to go on trial next Monday on...

Lawsuits: We Endured Derek Chauvin's 'Signature Move'

Minneapolis city attorney hopes for a 'reasonable settlement'

(Newser) - Two Minnesotans filed federal civil rights lawsuits Tuesday against the city of Minneapolis and Derek Chauvin, alleging they were traumatized when the former police officer used his "signature move" of kneeling on their necks—the same way that he killed George Floyd, per the AP . John Pope Jr. was...

Police Who Tased Students in 2020 Won't Be Prosecuted

The prosecutor says officers 'acted within the scope of their legal authority'

(Newser) - In one of the more viral videos to emerge during nationwide protests in 2020 surrounding George Floyd’s death, two college students— Messiah Young and Taniyah Pilgrim —were tased and pulled from their car by Atlanta police. The very next day, then-Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms fired two officers and...

A 'Sweet Deal' for Ex-Cop in George Floyd Case

Thomas Lane will serve 3 years concurrently with his federal sentence

(Newser) - Ex-Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane will avoid trial next month thanks to a guilty plea issued Wednesday in connection with George Floyd's May 25, 2020, death. The Star Tribune reports Lane pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting manslaughter and will be handed a three-year sentence....

Family Backs Derek Chauvin's Prison Choice
Federal Judge Accepts
Chauvin Plea Deal
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Federal Judge Accepts Chauvin Plea Deal

Ex-officer will serve 20 to 25 years for violating George Floyd's civil rights

(Newser) - Update: A federal judge has accepted a plea deal in the civil rights case against Derek Chauvin and will sentence him to 20 to 25 years in prison. The former police officer pleaded guilty in December to violating George Floyd's civil rights during the arrest that led to the...

Ex-DOD Chief Esper Writes of 'Surreal' Incident With Trump

Former defense secretary writes in memoir that Trump wanted to shoot George Floyd protesters

(Newser) - Mark Esper was fired as defense secretary by then-President Trump shortly after the 2020 election. But while Esper's stint heading up the Pentagon was short—he'd been sworn in during the summer of 2019—he was still witness to some notable events in his time under No. 45,...

After 2-Year Probe, a 'Scathing' Report on Minneapolis PD

Investigation finds pattern of racial discrimination

(Newser) - A state investigation launched after George Floyd’s killing in the custody of four Minneapolis police officers has determined that the department engages in a pattern of race discrimination. The state launched its investigation barely a week after Floyd's death on May 25, 2020, and Minnesota's Department of...

Derek Chauvin Appeals to Overturn Conviction

Or, at the very least, he wants a new trial or his sentence reduced after murder of George Floyd

(Newser) - Derek Chauvin has filed an appeal, seeking to overturn his conviction for murdering George Floyd in May 2020. CNN reports the court filing entered by the former Minneapolis police officer's lawyer on Monday in Minnesota's Court of Appeals detailed a dozen-plus "structurally defective" parts of his case...

Other 3 Officers Convicted of Violating Floyd's Civil Rights

Defense argued they'd deferred to Chauvin as the senior officer

(Newser) - Three former Minneapolis police officers were convicted Thursday of violating George Floyd's civil rights. Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane were charged with depriving Floyd of his right to medical care when officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for 9½ minutes as the...

19 Austin Officers Indicted Over Protests

City to pay $8M to man who suffered brain damage after being shot with beanbag round

(Newser) - A Texas grand jury indicted 19 Austin police officers on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for their actions during 2020 protests over racial injustice that spread nationwide following the killing of George Floyd, according to people familiar with the matter. Multiple people spoke to the AP on...

Civil Rights Trial Opens for 3 Cops in George Floyd's Death

Prosecutors say they stood by as Chauvin killed Floyd 'right in front of them'

(Newser) - Prosecutors in the trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights accused the men Monday of standing by as fellow officer Derek Chauvin "slowly killed George Floyd right in front of them." But one defense attorney countered that Chauvin called "...

George Floyd Pardon Dropped
George Floyd Pardon Dropped

George Floyd Pardon Dropped

Abbott's office says there were errors in recommendation by Texas parole board

(Newser) - The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously recommended that George Floyd, who was convicted on a drug charge in 2004 and killed by a police officer in 2020, be given a full pardon. But Thursday, when it came time for Gov. Greg Abbott to release his annual list of...

With Removal of Statue Comes Rare Find
With Removal of Statue
Comes Rare Find
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With Removal of Statue Comes Rare Find

Crews working to take down a Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond discovered a time capsule

(Newser) - Update: Inside the base of a Robert E. Lee statue recently taken down in Richmond, Virginia, were books and other texts, a coin, and an envelope. Conservators chipped the time capsule out of the granite box Tuesday, and preservationists unsealed it Wednesday, NPR reports. Inside, they found just a fraction...

Chauvin Expected to Change His Plea in Federal Case
Chauvin to Judge:
'Guilty, Your Honor'
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Chauvin to Judge: 'Guilty, Your Honor'

Former Minnesota cop pleads guilty to violating George Floyd's civil rights

(Newser) - Update: Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of violating George Floyd’s civil rights, averting a trial but likely extending the time he's already spending behind bars on a state conviction. Chauvin appeared in person Wednesday for the change of plea hearing in an orange short-sleeved prison...

Minneapolis Voters Reject Plan to Replace the Police

56% of voters opposed measure

(Newser) - Minneapolis voters on Tuesday rejected a proposal to replace the city’s police department with a new Department of Public Safety, an idea that supporters had hoped would bring radical change to policing in the city where George Floyd’s death under an officer’s knee brought calls for racial...

After George Floyd, a Big Choice for Minneapolis Voters

Residents to decide whether to replace police department with new public-safety agency

(Newser) - Voters in Minneapolis were deciding Tuesday whether to replace the city's police department with a new Department of Public Safety, more than a year after George Floyd's death under the knee of a white police officer launched a movement to defund or abolish police across the country. The...

No Federal Charges for Cop Who Shot Black Man in Back

Kenosha shooting in August 2020 sparked deadly protests

(Newser) - In August 2020, just months after the protests that followed George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, shot a Black man in the back , leaving him paralyzed. That shooting, too, sparked protests , and the protests were deadly. Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old...

Chauvin Files Appeal, Asks for Public Defender
Derek Chauvin Is
Denied a Public Defender
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Derek Chauvin Is Denied a Public Defender

He filed an appeal in September, listing 14 issues with conviction

(Newser) - Update: Derek Chauvin's request to have a public defender assist him with his appeal of George Floyd's murder has been shot down by the Minnesota Supreme Court. The Star Tribune reports Chief Justice Lorie Gildea said Chauvin failed to prove that, as the law requires, he cannot afford...

Pardon Recommended for George Floyd's 2004 Arrest

It's up to Gov. Greg Abbott now

(Newser) - Update: On Monday, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously approved a posthumous pardon request from George Floyd's family. The request, which relates to Floyd's 2004 arrest at the hands of a former Houston cop who's since been indicted on counts including murder, now goes to...

Judge Argues Claim That Rioters Are Treated Unfairly

Seeking racial justice and trying to overthrow the government aren't equivalent, judge tells court

(Newser) - A Texas man who joined the mob that stormed the US Capitol on Jan 6 was sentenced Monday to 45 days behind bars even though prosecutors weren't seeking jail time, after the judge blasted comparisons between the riot that day and the Black Lives Matter protests over racial injustice....

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