DEREK CHAUVIN TRIAL

Expert blames George Floyd’s death on heart problem

MINNEAPOLIS – A retired forensic pathologist says George Floyd died from a sudden heart rhythm problem due to his heart disease while being restrained by police officers, not because former Officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee in Floyd’s neck. Dr. David Fowler is a retired forensic pathologist and former chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland. He testified Wednesday…

Expert: Chauvin never took knee off Floyd’s neck

MINNEAPOLIS – A use-of-force expert says Derek Chauvin’s weight was bearing down from his knee and pushing into George Floyd’s neck the entire time that he was handcuffed behind his back and lying face-down. Jody Stiger is a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant serving as a prosecution expert. Stiger testified Wednesday that his review of video evidence found that Chauvin’s…

Police supervisor says kneeling on Floyd’s neck ‘totally unnecessary’

MINNEAPOLIS – The head of the Minneapolis Police Department’s homicide division has testified that kneeling on the neck of someone who is handcuffed and in the prone position is “top-tier, deadly” force and “totally unnecessary.” Lt. Richard Zimmerman testified Friday at the trial of Officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with killing George Floyd last year. His testimony came a…

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz delivers 3rd “State of the State” Address

Gov. Walz discusses COVID-19, police accountability and helping Minnesotans most affected throughout the pandemic.

MANKATO, Minn. (KVRR) — Minnesota Governor Tim Walz delivers his third State of the State Address. Governor Tim Walz begins his State of the State Address by announcing a major COVID-19 vaccination milestone. “More than 1.5 million Minnesotans have received the vaccine. Over 80 percent of seniors have been vaccinated, outperforming the rest of the nation,”(D) Minnesota Governor Tim Walz…

Jury seated for Derek Chauvin Trial

MINNEAPOLIS – A jury has been seated for the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd’s death, with opening statements set for March 29. The final juror was chosen Tuesday,  more than two weeks after the process began. Attorneys and the judge worked through more than 100 people, dismissing most because they acknowledged strong views about an…

Judge refuses to delay, move trial of ex-cop in Floyd death

(Court TV, via AP, Pool)MINNEAPOLIS – A judge has denied a defense request to delay or move the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death after a $27 million settlement for Floyd’s family raised concern about a tainted jury. Jury selection was halfway complete last week in former officer Derek Chauvin’s trial when the city…

Judge warns media at Chauvin trial of possible removal

Judge Peter CahillMINNEAPOLIS – The judge overseeing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in the death of George Floyd is threatening to remove a media pool and shut down a media center over some reporting on the case. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill was visibly angry Wednesday as he described a pool report that included a reporter’s attempts…

Attorneys sift strong opinions, anxiety among Chauvin jurors

MINNEAPOLIS – Jury selection opens its second day Wednesday in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death last May. Derek Chauvin faces second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Several potential jurors were dismissed Tuesday, including some who said they wouldn’t be able to set aside their strong views about the case. Jury selection is proceeding…