George Floyd

Fargo rioter sentenced to six months in jail

CALIFF MCCLAIN Riot May 30,2020 FARGO (KVRR/KFGO) – A man who pleaded guilty for his part in the rioting in downtown Fargo nearly a year ago has been sentenced to six months in the Cass County jail. Califf McClain, who listed a Delaware address in court documents, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief conspiracy. McClain was among those accused of forcing…

State trial for three ex-officers charged in George Floyd death delayed until next year

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – The Minnesota trial for three ex-Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd is going to be delayed until next year. That step has been taken so the former officers can face federal civil rights charges in court first. Those federal charges offer the potential for stronger sentences, including the possibility of life in prison….

Ruling paves way for longer sentence in George Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS – A judge has found aggravating factors in the death of George Floyd, paving the way for a longer sentence for former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin was convicted in April on murder and manslaughter charges.  He’s scheduled to be sentenced June 25. Under Minnesota sentencing guidelines, he would have faced a presumptive sentence of 12 1/2 years for…

Wahpeton School district plans to move forward in George Floyd teaching incident

"We're going to provide both staff and students with tools that encourage understanding which will build our community in a meaningful way by focusing on these steps

WAHPETON, N.D. (KVRR) — Officials from the Wahpeton School district are releasing more details about a fifth grade teacher who had students reenact the arrest of George Floyd. “The issue at hand deals with a fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Barb Michaelson. She’s a veteran teacher. She’s like everybody’s grandma,” Wahpeton Public Schools Superintendent Rick Jacobson said. Michaelson, who had students…

Wahpeton teacher involved in George Floyd reenactment investigation ‘well-respected’

WAHPETON, N.D. (KVRR) – Wahpeton Public School officials continue investigating an elementary school teacher after students in a class demonstration reenacted the arrest of George Floyd. Fifth grade teacher Barb Michelson is on administrative leave. Superintendent Rick Jacobson describes Michelson as a well respected teacher and says it was an incident where students were focused on learning. “We as a…

Federal grand jury indicts Chauvin, 3 others for civil rights violations

MINNEAPOLIS – A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s arrest and death. The men are accused of violating Floyd’s constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air. An indictment unsealed Friday names Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao. Specifically, Chauvin, Thao and…

Two agencies recommend removal of Minnesota Capitol fence

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota officials say the security fence that has surrounded the state Capitol for nearly one year should come down soon. The departments of Public Safety and Administration are recommending removal of the fence after the legislative session ends. The Legislature adjourns its regular session May 17. “Absent any credible threat to the building, the…

Man who helped burn police precinct sentenced

Minneapolis 3rd Precinct burns. May, 2020 MINNEAPOLIS – A St. Paul man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for his role in the arson fire that burned a Minneapolis police station during protests over the death of George Floyd last year. Twenty-three-year-old Branden Michael Wolfe was given 41 months in prison after earlier pleading guilty to…

Derek Chauvin moves to have guilty verdicts thrown out

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Derek Chauvin’s attorney filed a motion asking the court to throw out his guilty verdicts and schedule a new trial Tuesday. The filing, made by Attorney Eric Nelson, cites jury intimidation and a failure of the court to sequester the jury as some of the reasons he is asking for a new trial. In the filing, Nelson…

Report: DOJ to seek indictment of Derek Chauvin and three other ex-Minneapolis police officers

(CNN) Federal prosecutors are moving forward with plans to charge Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers with federal civil rights violations, according to two local media reports in Minnesota. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, citing a source, and KSTP-TV, citing sources with knowledge of the investigation, say the Justice Department intends to ask a grand jury to indict Chauvin,…