George Floyd

$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…

Defense rests in federal trial in George Floyd’s killing

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Defense attorneys in the federal trial for three officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights have rested their cases. Thomas Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, rested his case Monday. Lane’s co-defendants, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, presented their cases last week. Lane testified Monday that he thought Floyd was doing OK while handcuffed, facedown on…

Officer says he asked twice if George Floyd should be moved

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A former Minneapolis police officer charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights testified at his federal trial Monday that officers considered using a type of restraint known as the hobble because Floyd was kicking and had hurt himself in the back seat of a squad car. But Thomas Lane said it seemed “excessive” because an ambulance…

Officer says he assumed fellow cops were caring for Floyd

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s killing says he was relying on his fellow officers to care for Floyd’s medical needs as he controlled onlookers as police tried to arrest him. Former Minneapolis Police Officer Tou Thao is one of three former officers charged in federal court with violating Floyd’s constitutional rights when…

Journalists settle lawsuit over mistreatment while covering riots

MINNEAPOLIS – The state of Minnesota has agreed to pay $825,000 and change several policies to settle a lawsuit brought by journalists who say they were hurt or harassed while covering violent protests over the police killings of George Floyd and Daunte Wright. The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota and the state’s Department of Public Safety announced the settlement….

Reporters appeal access ruling in civil rights trial over Floyd death

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A coalition of news media organizations has asked a federal appeals court to intervene to ensure public access to the trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights. The news organizations petitioned the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to quash two orders from Judge Paul Magnuson that they say…