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Minneapolis voters decide to keep police department

MINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis voters have rejected a proposal to replace the city’s police department with a new Department of Public Safety. The initiative would have changed the city charter to remove a requirement that the city have a police department with a minimum number of officers. Supporters of the proposal said a complete overhaul of policing was necessary to stop…

Minneapolis voters deciding whether to abolish police department

Police Chief Medaria ArradondoMINNEAPOLIS – Voters in Minneapolis are deciding whether to replace the city’s police department with a new Department of Public Safety. The election comes more than a year after George Floyd’s death launched a movement to defund or abolish police across the country. Mayor Jacob Frey is also in a tough fight for a second term. He’s…

Judge in Chauvin trial to release names of jurors

Judge Peter CahillMINNEAPOLIS – The judge who oversaw the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin says that he will release the names of the 15 jurors and alternates next week. Judge Peter Cahill’s order says he will make the list of jurors public on Nov. 1. The written questionnaires of all 109 potential jurors who were formally…

Minneapolis officer charged in pursuit that killed motorist

Leneal Frazier memorial (FOX 9)MINNEAPOLIS – A prosecutor says a Minneapolis police officer has been charged with manslaughter and vehicular homicide in a fatal crash in July that occurred while the officer was pursuing a stolen vehicle. Officer Brian Cummings was driving nearly 80 mph in Minneapolis with his siren and lights activated when his squad car slammed into a…

George Floyd pardon request now with Texas governor

HOUSTON (AP) – A Texas agency has approved a request that George Floyd be granted a posthumous pardon for a 2004 drug arrest made by a now-indicted ex-Houston police officer whose case history is under scrutiny following a deadly drug raid. Monday’s unanimous recommendation by the seven member Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant the pardon will now…

Candlelight vigil honors Anyiwei Maciek

Maciek helped organize marches for the Black Lives Matter movement in the Fargo area.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — People come together at a candlelight vigil honoring a Fargo woman. The vigil celebrates the life of 23-year-old  Anyiwei Maciek who helped organize and push marches for the Black Lives Matter movement throughout the Fargo area. That includes the march in May 2020 in Fargo following George Floyd’s death. Maciek unexpectedly passed away earlier this month…

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…

Ex-cops accused of violating Floyd’s rights plead not guilty

MINNEAPOLIS  – Four former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights have pleaded not guilty to the federal charges against them. A federal grand jury indicted Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao in May for allegedly depriving Floyd of his rights while acting under government authority.  Tuesday’s hearing was held remotely via videoconference. Chauvin appeared…

Judge rejects Minneapolis ballot language on policing

MINNEAPOLIS – A judge has struck down ballot language that aimed to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new agency, saying the wording was misleading and unworkable. Judge Jamie Anderson issued the order Tuesday just ahead of a deadline for ballots to go to the printer. The language approved by the City Council would have asked voters whether to…