George Floyd

Chauvin’s attorney seeks new trial, alleging juror misconduct 

BY: - May 5, 2021

Derek Chauvin’s attorney filed motions Tuesday seeking a new trial and asking the judge to bring in jurors for questioning, alleging they committed misconduct, without giving specifics. Attorney Eric Nelson wrote that the jury and prosecutors committed misconduct and the judge abused his discretion, saying the jury “committed misconduct, felt threatened or intimidated, felt race-based […]

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Chauvin is a rotten apple in a decaying barrel | Column

BY: - April 12, 2021

We’re supposed to be thrilled that the Minneapolis Police Department has smashed the blue wall of silence to get former officer Derek Chauvin convicted of the murder of George Floyd. The commander in charge of the field training program and another who leads the homicide unit condemned Chauvin’s actions on the evening of Memorial Day, […]

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 […]

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Police control is out of control | Opinion

BY: - April 7, 2021

Throughout America, police are authorized to exert control in situations in which law or safety is otherwise challenged. Such control will be imposed by force if necessary. The presumption is that authorizing police control provides the ultimate means to ensure abidance with our collective decision-making, the latter established through the Constitution, legislatures and executive departments, […]

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.

The Chauvin jury is more racially diverse than the city of Minneapolis

BY: - March 23, 2021

The jury that will decide whether Derek Chauvin is guilty of murder or manslaughter in the death of George Floyd is more racially diverse than the state of Minnesota, Hennepin County or the city of Minneapolis. Among the 15 jurors selected — 12 jurors and three alternates — there are four Black people, nine white […]

Gallery: Day 1 of the Derek Chauvin trial

BY: - March 8, 2021

For months Minnesotans have anticipated the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd. Floyd’s death set off a wave of unrest both here and across the country. On the day the trial was to begin, about 1,000 demonstrators marched, while the area around where Floyd was killed in […]

Demonstrators call for justice for George Floyd as trial of former police officer is delayed

BY: and - March 8, 2021

Jury selection for the trial of Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd was delayed Monday morning, but a few hundred people were in downtown Minneapolis calling for justice for Floyd and criminal justice reform.  “I hope they convict Chauvin of murder along with the other three officers,” said Rissa Ficken, a member of […]

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Q&A with Soren Stevenson, who was blinded in one eye during George Floyd protests

BY: - March 8, 2021

One moment, Soren Stevenson was standing on a bridge over 35W with his arms raised, chanting “don’t shoot” with others protesting the murder of George Floyd. The next, flashbangs went off, and he crumpled in pain as a rubber bullet struck his face.  Stevenson lost his left eye and is due for a sixth facial […]

Floyd family ‘disappointed’ that only one family member will be allowed at Chauvin trial

BY: - March 2, 2021

Hennepin County District Judge Peter A. Cahill issued an order Monday allowing only one family member of both Derek Chauvin and George Floyd to be in the courtroom for Chauvin’s trial. Different family members are allowed to rotate in and out each day when the trial begins Monday in downtown Minneapolis at the Hennepin County […]

Walz pushes for $35 million to prepare for potential unrest during Derek Chauvin trial

BY: - February 3, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday urged lawmakers to swiftly approve $35 million in state funding to help law enforcement agencies plan and pay for any unanticipated costs that may stem from maintaining peace during the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Walz, who has faced criticism — including from Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey […]

Minneapolis has yet to discipline a single officer for misconduct during summer’s unrest

BY: - January 28, 2021

More than a hundred people have been charged with arson and other crimes related to the riots following the police killing of George Floyd. The city of Minneapolis has begun settling lawsuits for police misconduct during the protests. But Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo has not disciplined a single officer for any misconduct during the […]