George Floyd

Trial to resume for cops accused of violating Floyd’s rights

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Testimony will resume for a second week as the federal trial continues for three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights. Prosecutors are trying to prove that Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao deprived Floyd of his rights when they failed to give him medical aid as Officer Derek Chauvin…

Trial begins for ex-cops accused of violating Floyd’s rights

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The federal trial for three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights as Derek Chauvin pinned the Black man’s neck to the street is set to begin Monday with opening statements. J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are charged with depriving Floyd of his civil rights while acting under government authority.  All…

Jury selection to start in federal trial over Floyd’s death

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Three former officers who were with Derek Chauvin during the arrest that led to George Floyd’s death face federal trial this week on charges they violated Floyd’s civil rights. J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are broadly accused of willfully depriving Floyd of his constitutional rights while acting under “color of law,” or government authority….

3 other cops in George Floyd death to stand trial this month

MINNEAPOLIS – Three former Minneapolis police officers charged with federal civil rights violations in George Floyd’s death will go on trial Jan. 20. The trial date was given Thursday in a docket filing, with proceedings to be held in St. Paul. Court records in November showed that juror summonses had gone out for that date, but the new filing was…

Texas governor silent on possible pardon for Floyd

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott isn’t saying whether he will pardon George Floyd for a 2004 drug arrest. Floyd spent much of his life in Houston before his death last year in Minneapolis led to riots and a reckoning over race and policing. In October, Texas’ parole board sent Abbott a unanimous recommendation to pardon Floyd whose arrest…

Chauvin pleads guilty to federal charges in Floyd’s death, prosecutors recommend 25 years in prison

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Federal prosecutors are recommending a sentence of up to 25 years in prison for Derek Chauvin, who pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal civil rights charges in the death of George Floyd. The former Minneapolis police officer’s plea means he will not face a federal trial in January. Chauvin was convicted this spring of state murder and…

Derek Chauvin guilty plea expected in George Floyd federal case

(FOX 9) – Derek Chauvin has notified the federal court in Minnesota of a change of plea to charges that he violated George Floyd’s constitutional rights. A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at the federal courthouse in St. Paul. The scheduling of the hearing signal that Chauvin intends to plead guilty to the charges. Chauvin…

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…