Daunte Wright: Protests continue after police resignations, decision on charges looms – National

Prosecutors expect to decide Wednesday whether to charge the white former police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb, sparking nights of protests and raising tensions amid the nearby murder trial of the ex-officer charged with killing George Floyd. Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter and […]

Prosecution explores George Floyd’s ‘spark of life’ testimony in Derek Chauvin trial – National

Prosecutors trying a white former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd’s death put one of Floyd’s brothers on the witness stand Monday in a further effort to humanize him for the jury and counter the defence narrative that Floyd was at least partially responsible for his own death due to his use of illegal […]

Minneapolis officer who shot Daunte Wright meant to user Taser, chief says – National

The police chief in a Minneapolis suburb where a Black man was fatally shot during a traffic stop said Monday that he believes the officer who fired intended to use a Taser, not a handgun. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting as “an accidental discharge.” The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension […]

Judge in George Floyd case won’t sequester jury after fatal police shooting – National

The judge in the George Floyd murder case refused a defence request to immediately sequester the jury Monday, the morning after the killing of a Black man during a traffic stop triggered unrest in a suburb just outside Minneapolis. The request came from the attorney for former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin. Defence attorney […]

Police fire tear gas at protesters angry over officer’s killing of Black Minnesota man – National

Police fired tear gas on Sunday to disperse angry protesters after an officer fatally shot a Black man about 16 km from where George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis last May, a Reuters witness said. About 100 people, some visibly upset and one carrying a sign demanding “Justice for George Floyd,” confronted police in […]

‘SNL’ tackles Derek Chauvin trial, systemic racism with spoofed newscast cold open – National

Saturday Night Live (SNL) took aim the trial of former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin in their newest cold-open, placing a spotlight on systemic racism and the differing views racialized people see within the American justice system. Spoofing a local Minnesota news show, cast members took the roles of news anchors who all initially […]

George Floyd died due to low oxygen, not drug overdose, another expert testifies – National

A forensic pathologist testified on Friday that the sheer volume of videos of George Floyd‘s arrest helped confirm the finding that asphyxiation by police caused his death, and not an opioid overdose, as argued by lawyers for the former Minneapolis officer on trial for his murder. Dr. Lindsey Thomas said she agreed with the […]

George Floyd died of lack of oxygen, medical expert says – National

George Floyd died of a lack of oxygen from being pinned to the pavement with a knee on his neck, a medical expert testified at former Officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial Thursday, emphatically rejecting the defence theory that Floyd’s drug use and underlying health problems were what killed him. “A healthy person subjected to […]

Derek Chauvin didn’t take knee off George Floyd’s neck for over 9 minutes, expert says – National

Officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck — and was bearing down with most of his weight — the entire 9 1/2 minutes the Black man lay facedown with his hands cuffed behind his back, a use-of-force expert testified Wednesday at Chauvin’s murder trial. Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department […]

George Floyd’s heart had stopped when he arrived at hospital, doctor says – National

The emergency room doctor who pronounced George Floyd dead after trying to resuscitate him testified Monday that he theorized at the time that Floyd’s heart most likely stopped because he didn’t get enough oxygen. Dr. Bradford Langenfeld, who was a senior resident on duty that night at Hennepin County Medical Center, took the stand […]