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Ex-cop pleads guilty to manslaughter in George Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS – A former Minneapolis police officer has pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. As part of Wednesday’s plea deal, Thomas Lane will have a count of aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder dismissed. Lane, along with J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, has already been convicted on…

Chauvin appeals murder conviction for killing George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS – Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is appealing his conviction for murder in the killing of George Floyd, arguing that jurors were intimidated by the protests that followed and prejudiced by heavy pretrial publicity. Chauvin asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals in a court filing this week to reverse his conviction, reverse and remand for a new trial…

State probe finds discrimination by Minneapolis police

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A state investigation launched after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer has determined that the department engages in a pattern of race discrimination. Minnesota’s Department of Human Rights announced the finding of the nearly two-year probe on Wednesday. The department has the power to enforce the state’s Human Rights Act, which makes it…

Trial of 3 ex-officers in Floyd death won’t be livestreamed

Judge Peter CahillMINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota judge has ruled that the trial of three fired Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting George Floyd’s killing will not be livestreamed. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill cited the threat of COVID-19 to allow livestreaming of last year’s murder trial of Derek Chauvin in Floyd’s death. In his order, Cahill said that…

Plea deal rejected by 3 ex-officers in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS – Prosecutors have revealed that they offered plea deals to three former Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting the murder of George Floyd, but say the defendants rejected them. Judge Peter Cahill held a Monday evening hearing mostly to consider whether he has the authority to allow live video coverage of the upcoming trial set for former…

Judge weighs cameras in next trial over George Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota judge will hear arguments Monday on whether to allow live video coverage of the upcoming trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged in the murder of George Floyd. Judge Peter Cahill allowed it for ex-Officer Derek Chauvin’s trial last year. He made an exception to Minnesota’s normal rules, citing the need to balance safety amid…

$2.4 million to be paid to man shot during Floyd riots

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minneapolis man who lost an eye when he was hit by a projectile fired by police during riots that followed George Floyd’s killing will get a $2.4 million settlement. Soren Stevenson was in a large group of people standing in a grassy area near an interstate on-ramp when he was hit by a 40 mm projectile on…

Minneapolis didn’t follow protocols during 2020 riots

Minneapolis 3rd Precinct burns. May, 2020 MINNEAPOLIS – A report on how Minneapolis police, fire and other agencies responded to the riots that erupted following the killing of George Floyd paints a picture of miscommunication and a lack of planning. The report by the risk management firm Hillard Heintze describes a breakdown of critical communication among government agencies that left…

Jury convicts former Minneapolis cops of violating George Floyd’s civil rights

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Three former Minneapolis police officers have been convicted of violating George Floyd’s civil rights. Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were charged with depriving Floyd of his right to medical care when Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes as Floyd was handcuffed and facedown on the street…