civil rights

Civil Rights and Hate Crimes Presentation During Fargo Human Rights Commission

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — North Dakota’s top federal prosecutor speaks to the Fargo Human Rights Commission about hate crimes. The presentation by U.S. Attorney Mac Schneider focused on federal hate crimes laws and how they are identified. He says since he began his role as U.S. attorney for North Dakota last December, there have been no suspected federal hate crimes…

Concordia College Looks To Past History To Celebrate MLK, Jr.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) — A linguistics scholar, former Georgia County Commissioner, rapper and organizer with a southern Union workers movement is a keynote speaker at Concordia College’s MLK Day event. “Student movements throughout history have been a very critical part of the anti-war movement, movements against racism etcetera and I think that still needs to be the same today,” said…

Man claims he couldn’t walk for two years after assault by Moorhead police officer

TODD BOGGIS IS SUING THE CITY AND SEVEN POLICE OFFICERS IN FEDERAL COURT

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – A Moorhead man who says he couldn’t walk for nearly two years after his leg was broken by a Moorhead police officer is suing the city and seven officers. The civil rights lawsuit, filed in federal court in Minneapolis says it happened in Nov., 2019, after Moorhead police responded to a fight at an apartment complex….

Jury convicts former Minneapolis cops of violating George Floyd’s civil rights

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Three former Minneapolis police officers have been convicted 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 9 1/2 minutes as Floyd was handcuffed and facedown on the street…

Defense rests in federal trial in George Floyd’s killing

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Defense attorneys in the federal trial for three officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights have rested their cases. Thomas Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, rested his case Monday. Lane’s co-defendants, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, presented their cases last week. Lane testified Monday that he thought Floyd was doing OK while handcuffed, facedown on…

Officer says he assumed fellow cops were caring for Floyd

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s killing says he was relying on his fellow officers to care for Floyd’s medical needs as he controlled onlookers as police tried to arrest him. Former Minneapolis Police Officer Tou Thao is one of three former officers charged in federal court with violating Floyd’s constitutional rights when…

Reporters appeal access ruling in civil rights trial over Floyd death

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A coalition of news media organizations has asked a federal appeals court to intervene to ensure public access to the trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights. The news organizations petitioned the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to quash two orders from Judge Paul Magnuson that they say…

Trial to resume for cops accused of violating Floyd’s rights

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Testimony will resume for a second week as the federal trial continues for three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights. Prosecutors are trying to prove that Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao deprived Floyd of his rights when they failed to give him medical aid as Officer Derek Chauvin…

Jury selection to start in federal trial over Floyd’s death

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Three former officers who were with Derek Chauvin during the arrest that led to George Floyd’s death face federal trial this week on charges they violated Floyd’s civil rights. J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are broadly accused of willfully depriving Floyd of his constitutional rights while acting under “color of law,” or government authority….

Media groups protest restrictions for ex-officers’ trial

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A coalition of media groups says restrictions on access to the federal civil rights trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death amount to an unconstitutional closing of the courtroom. Citing the risks of the pandemic, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson has restricted the number of people who may be in his…