derek chauvin

Jury selection paused for ex-cop charged in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS – The judge overseeing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer accused in the death of George Floyd has paused jury selection while an appeal proceeds over the possible reinstatement of a third-degree murder charge. Judge Peter Cahill said Monday that he does not have jurisdiction to rule on whether the third-degree murder charge should be reinstated against…

Activists speak up ahead of Chauvin’s trial

"You should know better being a police officer, you should be held to a higher standard than the average citizen and the sheer disregard for another human being's life is intolerable."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Ahead of the start of Derek Chauvin’s trial, activists throughout the FM metro are seeking justice. “Today is a message of solidarity for the families of victims of police brutality, specifically George Floyd’s family as the trial begins March 8th. We’re here to let them know that they’re not alone in their cries for justice that…

Fargo attorney says jury selection has ‘paramount importance’ for Chauvin trial

FARGO (KVRR) – The Minnesota Court of Appeals Friday ordered a third-degree murder charge against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin to be reconsidered. The order sets up a potential delay in the trial, which is scheduled to begin with jury selection Monday. The selection process could take up to three weeks. Vogel Law Firm criminal defense attorney Mark Friese…

Fargo-Moorhead law enforcement prepares for Chauvin verdict

FARGO (KVRR) – Fargo-Moorhead area law enforcement agencies are getting ready for a verdict in the upcoming trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death if George Floyd. Thousands of demonstrators gathered May 30 for a peaceful protest in Fargo, just days after Floyd died in police custody.  About 20 people were arrested after the demonstration turned…

Federal grand jury hearing evidence in death of George Floyd

WASHINGTON – Several witnesses have been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury considering charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is already facing state murder charges in the death of George Floyd. That’s according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person said the Justice Department’s federal…

Appeals Court won’t delay ex-cop’s trial in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Court of Appeals has dismissed prosecutors’ request to delay the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd. Derek Chauvin is scheduled to go to trial on murder and manslaughter charges on March 8. The appeals court also dismissed the state’s request to hold a joint trial for Chauvin and…

Chauvin wanted to plead guilty to 3rd-degree murder

MINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was prepared to plead guilty to third-degree murder in George Floyd’s death before then-Attorney General William Barr personally blocked the plea deal last year. Two law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the talks say the deal would have averted any potential federal charges, including a civil rights offense. It was part of…

Lawsuit claims jail guards were kept away from Chauvin because of race

MINNEAPOLIS – Eight Minnesota jail guards have filed a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination after they were barred from working on the floor where a former police officer charged in George Floyd’s death was being held. The eight guards identify as African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander American and multiracial. They say they were segregated and prevented from doing their jobs at…

Police worried about security funding for Chauvin trial

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota’s top law enforcement officials say they are worried about arranging security for the trial of Derek Chauvin after Republicans balked at a proposal to have the state help pay for it. Chauvin is one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd and is the first person scheduled for trial. To help…