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Shooting Leaves Guardsmen With Minor Injuries

Shots came from SUV, Minnesota Guard reports

(Newser) - Two National Guardsmen suffered minor injuries early Sunday when they were fired upon as they provided neighborhood security in Minneapolis following the police killing of a 20-year-old Black man in a nearby suburb, authorities said. The Minnesota Guard said the men were hurt when several shots came from a light-colored...

'Slip and Capture' Theory May Explain Gun-Taser Mix-Up

Nation has seen at least 11 cases in which the explanation has been used since 1999

(Newser) - Police in Minnesota say the shooting of Daunte Wright happened because Officer Kim Potter mistakenly fired her gun instead of her Taser . Various outlets are digging into the subject, with the same general conclusion: The phenomenon is real, though it's rare. Coverage:
  • 11 times: The Minneapolis Star Tribune has
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Little Brother Tells Court About Growing Up With George Floyd

Philonise Floyd tears up when discussing his brother's relationship with their mother

(Newser) - Philonise Floyd took the witness stand in Minneapolis on Thursday to tell the court about his oldest brother, George—whom he described as "a leader in our household" when the two were growing up. That began with helping the younger children get ready for school, NPR reports. "George...

Reversal Follows Testimony on George Floyd's 5 Muffled Words

Witness claimed he said 'I ate too many drugs,' before changing his mind

(Newser) - What looked like a win for the defense soon turned into a blow Wednesday during the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin's defense attorney, Eric Nelson, was questioning James Reyerson, a senior special agent with Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which investigates police use-of-force incidents,...

Minnesota's 'Highest-Profile Murder Case' Begins
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Minnesota's 'Highest-Profile Murder Case' Begins

The trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd opens Monday

(Newser) - Attention will once again turn to Minneapolis on Monday, where the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin begins in the May 2020 killing of George Floyd. Chauvin, 45, faces charges of second- and third-degree murder, and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the former charge....

George Floyd's Family Settles With City for Record Sum

Minneapolis will pay $27M

(Newser) - The city of Minneapolis on Friday agreed to pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit from George Floyd's family over the Black man's death in police custody, even as jury selection continued in a former officer's murder trial . The Minneapolis City Council emerged from closed session...

Amateurs' Drone Video Catches Hollywood's Attention

Director Lee Unkrich says bowling alley clip is 'one of the most amazing things I've ever seen'

(Newser) - Filmmakers who posted an 87-second video to YouTube earlier this month are now getting calls from Hollywood directors. That's how impressive "Right Up Our Alley" is. The continuous clip, shot March 2 with a "first-person view" racing drone, offers a zigzagging view inside Minneapolis' Bryant-Lake Bowl, which...

Judge Pauses Jury Selection in Chauvin Case

Prosecutors want to reinstate 3rd-degree murder charge against ex-cop

(Newser) - The judge overseeing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer accused in the death of George Floyd on Monday paused jury selection for at least a day while an appeal proceeds over the possible reinstatement of a third-degree murder charge . As hundreds of protesters gathered outside the courthouse to...

In Minneapolis, the First Police Killing Since George Floyd

City's police chief: Bodycam footage to be released of shootout that killed suspect

(Newser) - Less than a mile from where George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police in the spring, a fatal police shooting during a traffic stop Wednesday evening spurred a protest and a plea from city officials to keep the calm. The city's police department says officers were conducting a traffic...

Minnesota Decides to Free Myon Burrell
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Minnesota Decides to Free Myon Burrell

The 34-year-old was sentenced to life as a juvenile

(Newser) - A Black Minnesota man sent to prison for life as a teenager took his first steps of freedom Tuesday to the sound of ringing bells and cheering family members and supporters, hours after a pardons board commuted his sentence in a high-profile murder case. Myon Burrell's prosecution and harsh...

Minneapolis Shifts $8M From Police Funding

But staffing levels will remain intact

(Newser) - The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a budget Thursday that will shift about $8 million from the police department toward violence prevention and other programs—but will keep the mayor's targeted staffing levels for sworn officers intact, averting a possible veto. Mayor Jacob Frey, who had threatened to veto...

Judge Rejects Officers' Demands in George Floyd Trial

They will be tried together and in Minneapolis, and it will be televised

(Newser) - A judge on Thursday rejected defense requests to move the trial of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death, and he also ordered that all four will be tried together instead of separately, per the AP . Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill ruled in another order that...

This Election Day, It's a Common Sight

Storefronts boarded up across the country in anticipation of protests

(Newser) - This Election Day looks different. Federal officials on Monday erected "non-scalable" fencing around the White House in anticipation of protests, per ABC News . Some businesses are following suit. "If you go downtown, everything is boarded up," a manager at Commercial Glass Door Repair in Washington, DC, tells...

He Got COVID in March— and Just Got Home From the Hospital

Chris Hirte still has a long way to go

(Newser) - A Minnesota man is grateful to be returning home after 208 grueling days in a hospital—all with the coronavirus, WCCO reports. "Well I think I'm fortunate to have love and family like I do," says Chris Hirte, whose speech was slowed by two months on a...

Judge Dismisses One Charge Against Derek Chauvin

More serious charges in George Floyd case still stand

(Newser) - A Minnesota judge has dismissed a third-degree murder charge filed against the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd's neck, saying there was not enough probable cause for that count to proceed to trial. The more serious second-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin remains. Hennepin...

Ex-Cop Charged With Killing George Floyd Released

Derek Chauvin posted $1M bond

(Newser) - After months in a state correctional facility, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd was released from custody Wednesday morning. Records show that Derek Chauvin was freed after posting $1 million bond ahead of a trial expected to start in March, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune . Under...

Minneapolis to Rename Street Where Floyd Was Killed

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey's office said he'll likely approve

(Newser) - A stretch of a Minneapolis street that includes the place where George Floyd was killed will soon be named in his honor, the AP reports. Although the street will still be called Chicago Avenue, the city will refer to the blocks between 37th and 39th streets as George Perry Floyd...

4 Cops in George Floyd Killing May Be Turning On Each Other

Former officers are seeking separate trials

(Newser) - Four ex-cops charged in the death of George Floyd appeared in court in Minneapolis on Friday—but they would rather be apart. The four men—including Derek Chauvin, who knelt on the Floyd's neck for eight minutes as he struggled to breathe—are blaming each other for Floyd's...

Looking to Retire? These US Cities Beckon

Nearly half of the top 10 are in one state

(Newser) - Unless you plan on living indefinitely on a cruise ship when you retire (not a bad idea, but maybe a little impractical for most of us), you may be looking ahead to where it would make the most sense to settle in for your golden years. Toward that end, WalletHub...

Officer in Floyd Arrest: I Was a 'Human Traffic Cone'

Tou Thao gave an interview that's being used as court evidence

(Newser) - A former Minneapolis police officer who helped arrest George Floyd said his job at the scene was crowd control—in fact, he called himself a "human traffic cone." Tou Thao made the remarks in a voluntary interview with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension eight days after Floyd'...

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