George Floyd

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…

Body Cam video released: Brooklyn Park Police Chief believes officer meant to use Taser and not handgun

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – The police chief in a Minneapolis suburb where a Black man was fatally shot during a traffic stop said Monday that he believes the officer who fired intended to use a Taser, not a handgun. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting as “an accidental discharge.” The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was investigating….

Judge refuses to sequester jury in George Floyd murder case

MINNEAPOLIS – The judge in the George Floyd murder case has refused a defense request to sequester the jury, the morning after the death of a Black man during a traffic stop triggered unrest in a suburb just outside Minneapolis. The request came from the attorney for former Officer Derek Chauvin. He argued Monday that the jurors could be influenced…

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…

George Floyd’s girlfriend recalls the first time they met

Courteney RossMINNEAPOLIS – George Floyd’s girlfriend testified through tears Thursday about how they prayed together the first time they met in 2017 at a Salvation Army shelter where her son’s father was staying and Floyd was a security guard. Forty-five-year-old Courteney Ross said she was upset because her son’s father was not coming to the lobby to discuss their son’s…

Fargo attorney says witnesses ‘humanize’ videos in Chauvin trial

MINNEAPOLIS (KVRR) – Video continues to dominate the early days of testimony in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death. It’s not just the widely-seen bystander video that millions have seen since last year.  Other unseen videos from surveillance cameras and other bystanders are being played for the first time. Luke Heck,…

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…