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Deena Winter

Deena Winter

Deena Winter has covered local and state government in four states over the past three decades, with stints at the Bismarck Tribune in North Dakota, as a correspondent for the Denver Post, city hall reporter in Lincoln, Nebraska, and regional editor for Southwest News in the western Minneapolis suburbs. Before joining the staff of the Reformer in 2021 she was a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She and her husband have a daughter, son, and very grand child. In her spare time, she likes to play tennis, jog, garden and attempt to check out all the best restaurants in the metro area.

Dr. Andrew Baker, key witness, stands by homicide determination in Chauvin trial

By: - April 9, 2021

Hennepin County’s chief medical examiner told the jury he stood by his initial conclusion that George Floyd died when his heart and lungs stopped after Derek Chauvin and other Minneapolis police officers subdued and restrained him, compressing his neck. Dr. Andrew Baker, chief medical examiner since 2004, is a key witness in the murder and […]

Breathing expert testifies in Chauvin trial: “That’s the moment the life goes out of his body”

By: - April 8, 2021

A diminutive Irish doctor captured the attention of the jury deciding Derek Chauvin’s fate, explaining in simple terms Thursday how he believes three Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd when they handcuffed and put him face down on the street and restrained him for more than nine minutes.  Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonary and critical […]

Chauvin Trial Day 8: Testimony continues on excessive force, drugs found in Floyd’s car

By: - April 7, 2021

A Los Angeles sergeant, the lead investigator on the case and three scientists testified Wednesday, as prosecutors continued to lay out their case that former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin committed murder and manslaughter when he pinned George Floyd to the ground last year. Floyd died, and prosecutors say his death was caused by positional asphyxia, […]

Chauvin murder trial day seven: Cops say he violated policy, used excessive force

By: - April 6, 2021

Prosecutors continued calling police officers Tuesday to testify that Derek Chauvin’s handling of George Floyd violated Minneapolis Police Department policies and training. Chauvin is charged with murder and manslaughter in the May 25 death of Floyd after police were called to Cup Foods. Takeaways from the seventh day of testimony:  Training coordinator says officers should […]

Neighbors remain divided over the future of George Floyd Square

By: - April 6, 2021

The murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has drawn hordes of national and international media to George Floyd Square, a four-block zone around 38th Street and Chicago Avenue currently controlled by activists. The attention comes at a time of increasing tension among neighbors, with some demanding the area around where Floyd died […]

As trial enters week two, Chief Medaria Arradondo condemns Chauvin: ‘Not part of our ethics or values’

By: - April 5, 2021

Testimony continued Monday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd on May 25. Police chief says Chauvin violated multiple policies The city’s top cop testified Monday that Chauvin putting his knee on Floyd’s neck wasn’t allowed […]

MPD head of homicide testifies in murder trial of Derek Chauvin: ‘If your knee is on a person’s neck, that could kill him’

By: - April 2, 2021

The head of homicide for the Minneapolis Police Department testified Friday that the use of force by Derek Chauvin and three other police officers to restrain George Floyd was “totally unnecessary.”  Lt. Richard Zimmerman said once they had Floyd handcuffed and face down on the street, they should have stopped restraining him. Instead, they held […]

George Floyd’s girlfriend takes the stand; Chauvin’s supervisor says restraint should have stopped sooner

By: - April 1, 2021

The fourth day of testimony in Derek Chauvin’s trial revolved around George Floyd’s drug use and two paramedics’ conclusion that Floyd was dead by the time their ambulance arrived on the scene at Cup Foods. Takeaways from the trial Thursday: Floyd’s girlfriend acknowledges their opioid addiction George Floyd’s girlfriend, Courteney Ross, 45, gave jurors a […]

Cup Foods clerk regrets 911 call on George Floyd; Chauvin body cam footage played in third day of trial

By: - March 31, 2021

During the third day of testimony in Derek Chauvin’s trial for murder and manslaughter, the jury saw more videos from virtually every angle of the day George Floyd died in south Minneapolis. They heard from the 19-year-old clerk who sold Floyd cigarettes, and an elderly Black man who pleaded with Floyd while he was pinned […]

Chauvin trial Day 2 takeaways: “I believe I witnessed a murder.”

By: - March 30, 2021

The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged with murder and manslaughter in the May 25 death of George Floyd, continued Tuesday, with testimony from six witnesses.  Here are six takeaways from the trial Tuesday:  Vocal witness: “I wasn’t being heard”  Donald Williams II, a mixed martial arts fighter and the most vocal […]

George Floyd’s family, attorneys call for justice before opening statements in Chauvin trial

By: - March 29, 2021

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump stood outside the Hennepin County courthouse along with Rev. Al Sharpton and George Floyd’s relatives to demand justice in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The news conference was scheduled minutes before opening statements in the trial of Chauvin, who is charged with second- and third-degree murder […]

Record-breaking Floyd settlement is bigger than the city’s already-anemic insurance fund

By: - March 26, 2021

The $27 million settlement of a civil lawsuit by the city of Minneapolis is one of the biggest police brutality payouts of its kind, eclipsing the balance in the city’s self-insurance fund and requiring the city to tap general fund reserves.