George Floyd

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…

News outlets want judge to release names of Chauvin jurors

Judge Peter CahillMINNEAPOLIS – A coalition of news media outlets is asking the judge who oversaw the trial of Derek Chauvin to release the identities of jurors who convicted him. Chauvin was found guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd. In a Wednesday court filing, the coalition, which includes The Associated Press, asked Judge Peter Cahill to immediately…

Ex-cops charged in Floyd death want separation from Chauvin

MINNEAPOLIS – Three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights are asking that their federal trials be separated from the trial of Derek Chauvin, who has already been convicted on state murder charges. Attorneys for J. Kueng and Tou Thao said in court filings Tuesday that their clients would be unfairly prejudiced if they went to…

Ellison wants to change ‘trauma’ wording in Chauvin memo

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has asked the judge who handled former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial to rewrite his sentencing order to delete suggestions that child witnesses did not suffer trauma. Ellison stressed that he’s not seeking any change in Chauvin’s 22 1/2- year sentence. Ellison is asking Judge Peter Cahill to remove suggestions that…

LA cop cleared of wrongdoing for George Floyd ‘Valentine’

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles police officer who shared a photo of George Floyd with the words “you take my breath away” in a Valentine-like format has been cleared of wrongdoing and will not face any punishment. The officer, who has not been named publicly, was found not guilty of any administrative charges by a internal disciplinary panel comprised…

Court approves 3rd-degree murder charges against 3-ex cops in Floyd death

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Court of Appeals says prosecutors may file aiding and abetting third-degree murder charges against three former Minneapolis police officers in the death of George Floyd. The appeals court sent the case back to Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill. He denied prosecutors’ motion to add the charges against former officers J Kueng, Thomas Lane…

Fargo attorney reacts to Chauvin sentence

FARGO (KVRR) – A prominent Fargo defense attorney says Derek Chauvin’s 22-and-a-half-year sentence is a bit more than he expected. Mark Friese of the Vogel Law Firm says the sentence imposed on Chauvin is longer than the overwhelming majority of similar cases.  He noted that former Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor was sentenced to 12-1/2 years for the shooting death…