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Duluth police officer on trial for shooting unarmed man

DULUTH, Minn. – A prosecutor in the trial of a Duluth police officer who shot an unarmed man through the closed door of his apartment told jurors the defendant repeatedly fired his weapon even as he heard the victim begging for his life. Prosecutor Aaron Welch told jurors Tuesday during opening statements that Officer Tyler Leibfried had time to think…

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…

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…

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…

Media groups protest restrictions for ex-officers’ trial

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A coalition of media groups says restrictions on access to the federal civil rights trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death amount to an unconstitutional closing of the courtroom. Citing the risks of the pandemic, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson has restricted the number of people who may be in his…

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…

Watch: Potter guilty of manslaughter in Daunte Wright death

MINNEAPOLIS – Jurors have convicted a suburban Minneapolis police officer of first-degree and second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of motorist Daunte Wright. The jury deliberated for about four days before finding Kim Potter guilty of both counts on Thursday. Potter was a Brooklyn Center police officer when she shot and killed the 20-year-old Wright during an April 11 traffic…

Kim Potter trial: ‘Outcome’ reached, will be read between 1:30-2 PM

Kim Potter MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – The jury has reached an “outcome” in the trial of Kim Potter for the deadly shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, a Black man, during a traffic stop earlier this year. The former Brooklyn Center police officer’s trial began on Nov. 30 with jury selection. The state and the defense delivered opening statements on Dec. 8, followed…

Jury in Kim Potter trial ends another day without verdict

Kim Potter MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minnesota jury has ended its second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict in the manslaughter trial of the suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot Black motorist Daunte Wright. The jury weighing Kim Potter’s fate broke at about 6 p.m. Tuesday. They deliberated for about half a day Monday. Jurors asked Judge Regina…