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Judge Scolds Cop for Lack of Remorse Over George Floyd

Tou Thao says he was nothing more than 'human traffic cone' as officers fatally restrained Floyd

(Newser) - Tou Thao , the last former Minneapolis police officer convicted in state court for his role in the killing of George Floyd, was sentenced Monday to 4 years and 9 months—even as he denied wrongdoing. As the AP reports, Thao had testified that he merely served as a "...

NASCAR Driver Suspended Over George Floyd Meme

Noah Gragson apologizes after liking post that mocked the late Floyd

(Newser) - Driver Noah Gragson has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR and Legacy Motor Club after liking an insensitive meme with a photo of George Floyd's face, per the AP . "I am disappointed in myself for my lack of attention and actions on social media," Gragson posted Saturday. "I understand the...

Derek Chauvin to Take His Case to Supreme Court

Minnesota Supreme Court declines to review his conviction in the murder of George Floyd

(Newser) - Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin will ask the US Supreme Court to review his conviction for second-degree murder in the killing of George Floyd, now that the Minnesota Supreme Court has declined to hear the case, his attorney said Wednesday, per the AP . The state's highest court without...

DOJ: This 'Made What Happened to George Floyd Possible'

After 2-year investigation, agency finds Minneapolis cops engaged in pattern of discrimination

(Newser) - The Justice Department accused Minneapolis police Friday of engaging in a pattern of violating constitutional rights and discriminating against Black and Native American people following an investigation prompted by the killing of George Floyd. The sweeping two-year civil rights investigation concluded that systemic problems in the Minneapolis Police Department "...

Last Officer in George Floyd Case Is Convicted

Tou Thao guilty of aiding and abetting manslaughter in state case

(Newser) - A former Minneapolis police officer who held back bystanders while his colleagues restrained a dying George Floyd has been convicted of aiding and abetting manslaughter, per the AP . Tou Thao , who already had been convicted in federal court of violating Floyd’s civil rights, was the last of four former...

Homeowner Shoots Teen Who Went to Wrong Address
Homeowner Charged
in Teen's Shooting at Door

Homeowner Charged in Teen's Shooting at Door

Ralph Yarl, 16, is hospitalized after arriving to pick up siblings

(Newser) - Missouri prosecutors announced charges late Monday against the white man who shot a Black teenager who came to his Kansas City front door by mistake. Andrew Lester, 85, faces assault in the first degree and armed criminal action charges, both felonies, per CNN . "I can tell you there was...

Chauvin Kneed People Before Floyd. It'll Cost His City $8.9M

Minneapolis will pay to settle two lawsuits filed over 2017 incidents

(Newser) - The city of Minneapolis agreed Thursday to pay nearly $9 million to settle lawsuits filed by two people who said former police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into their necks in 2017—three years before he used the same move that killed George Floyd. John Pope Jr. will receive...

Chauvin Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Officer in George Floyd case and ex-wife were charged with underreporting income to state

(Newser) - The former Minneapolis police officer serving time for the 2020 murder of George Floyd pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of tax evasion. Derek Chauvin specifically pleaded guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting, failing to file tax returns to the state of Minnesota for the years 2016 and...

Officer Who Knelt on Back of George Floyd Sentenced

Judge sends J. Alexander Kueng to prison for 3½ years

(Newser) - The former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd's back while another officer knelt on the Black man's neck was sentenced Friday by a judge to 3½ years in prison. J. Alexander Kueng pleaded guilty in October to a state count of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter....

Ex-Officer Pleads Guilty in George Floyd Killing

Former Minneapolis cop J. Alexander Kueng admits aiding and abetting charge

(Newser) - A former Minneapolis police officer pleaded guilty Monday to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd, just as jury selection was about to begin, per the AP . Another former officer waived his right to a jury trial, setting up an unusual proceeding in which the judge...

Family Considers Suing After Ye's George Floyd Remarks
George Floyd's Family
Plans to Sue Ye for $250M

George Floyd's Family Plans to Sue Ye for $250M

He 'maliciously made statements that are inaccurate and unfounded,' attorneys say

(Newser) - Update: George Floyd's family is planning to sue Kanye West for $250 million over his claims that Floyd died from a fentanyl overdose. Roxie Washington, the mother of Floyd's daughter, plans to file the suit on the girl's behalf, Rolling Stone reports. A statement from attorneys said...

Ex-Cop Gets Light Sentence for Role in George Floyd's Death

Thomas Lane's 3-year sentence is below state guidelines

(Newser) - A former Minneapolis police officer who pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd was sentenced Wednesday to three years. Thomas Lane is already serving a 2.5-year federal sentence for violating Floyd’s civil rights. When it came to...

Texas Rejects Posthumous Pardon for George Floyd

Board first voted yes, then no after Abbott's office kicked recommendation back

(Newser) - Without giving a reason, Texas officials revealed their decision Thursday to not grant a posthumous pardon to George Floyd over a Houston drug conviction. The Board of Pardons and Paroles told the public defender who has represented Floyd in a letter, the Hill reports. A majority on the board opposed...

Ex-Cops in George Floyd Case Get Sentences Below Guidelines

Federal judge told Tou Thao he had 'done well to become a good police officer'

(Newser) - All four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd have now received prison sentences. Former officer J. Alexander Keung received a federal sentence of 3 years on Wednesday; former colleague Tou Thao was sentenced to 3.5 years, the Star Tribune reports. Keung held the Black...

Derek Chauvin Just Got More Prison Time

Ex-officer convicted of violating George Floyd's civil rights

(Newser) - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Derek Chauvin to 21 years in prison for violating George Floyd's civil rights, a move that adds a few years to the time the former Minneapolis police officer is already serving for his murder conviction while transferring him to federal custody. US District...

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

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...

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