Federal Charges

Derek Chauvin pleads not guilty to federal charges alleging he violated teen’s civil rights

MINNEAPOLIS – A former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in George Floyd’s death has pleaded not guilty to violating a teenager’s civil rights in a separate case that involved a restraint similar to the one used on Floyd. Derek Chauvin was convicted this year on state charges of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s 2020 death. He’s also charged in…

Prosecutors want more time for federal trial in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS – Prosecutors are asking a judge for more time to prepare for the federal trial of four former police officers facing civil rights charges in George Floyd’s death. They’re calling the case unusual and complex due in part to the sheer volume of evidence. Last month, a federal grand jury indicted Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou…

Two more charged in arson fires set during George Floyd riots

MINNEAPOLIS – Federal authorities have charged two more people in arson fires set during riots that followed George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Jose Angel Felan Jr., 34, and Mena Dhaya Yousif, 22, both of Rochester, were charged after being arrested in Mexico on immigration violations. The U.S. Attorney’s office said Felan is charged with three counts of arson and Yusif…

Suspect in Grafton Police shooting now faces federal drug charges

GRAFTON, N.D.–The suspect involved in the alleged attempted murder of Grafton Police Officer Lucas Campoverde is now facing federal charges for selling drugs. The North Dakota U.S. Attorney held a press conference Wednesday morning to announce the charges against 37-year-old Ruben Cruz. Cruz reportedly sold drugs in South Dakota prior to the shooting in Grafton. Officials have charged Cruz on…

Fargo Man Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Charges For His Alleged Involvement in Downtown Riot

During the riot, federal prosecutors say Toa was seen inciting violence by jumping on top of an occupied police car and breaking the windshield.

FARGO, N.D. — Federal prosecutors say there is probable cause to believe 30-year-old Errick Toa committed civil disorder. They claim he unlawfully obstructed law enforcement and impeded commerce. During the riot, they say Toa was seen inciting violence by jumping on top of an occupied police car and breaking the windshield. Multiple squad cars were damaged during the night. OneFargo…

Federal Charges Handed Out for Two Murder Cases on Spirit Lake Reservation

The murders of Amanda Engst and Carla Yellowbird happened within ten months of each other

SPIRIT LAKE RESERVATION, N.D. — Over the course of ten months, two women were murdered on the Spirit Lake Reservation. Since crimes on reservations fall under federal jurisdiction, U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers formally filed charges against those allegedly involved in the murders. “A great deal of time and effort is put forth everyday by agents and prosecutors to ensure that those…