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Minneapolis Public Schools Make Big Move Amid Unrest

They will no longer use Minneapolis PD for school security

(Newser) - As the number of those arrested in protests sparked by the death of George Floyd nears 10,000 , with at least a dozen people killed amid the ongoing unrest, a big move from the school board in the city where it all started. Minneapolis public schools will no longer use... More »

Tanker Driver 'Panicked' When He Saw Protesters

Authorities say they don't believe Bogdan Vechirko intended to run down crowd

(Newser) - A tanker truck driver who drove into a crowd of protesters on I-35 in Minneapolis Sunday was confused, not homicidal, according to state authorities. State Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington says driver Bogdan Vechirko apparently failed to realize the road was closed and did not go around any barricades before... More »

In Impromptu Talk to Family, a Chief's Sign of Respect

Minneapolis' Arradondo removes his cap, tells George Floyd's brother other 3 officers 'complicit'

(Newser) - Fired Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin is facing murder charges . But what about the other three officers present during the arrest of George Floyd? During an impromptu interview on CNN , Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo suggested they may be facing legal trouble, too, reports Forbes . "Silence and inaction—you’re... More »

Charged Minn. Cop Used 'Overkill' Tactics at Nightclub

'He would mace everyone' on 'African American nights,' former owner says

(Newser) - A white Minneapolis police officer and the black man he's charged with killing both worked as security guards at the same Latin nightclub as recently as last year, but its former owner says she’s not sure if they knew each other, the AP reports. What she is certain... More »

Pentagon Takes 'Rare Step' After Latest Protests

And Minnesota's governor calls in more National Guard

(Newser) - Minnesota's governor is "fully mobilizing" the National Guard to quell violence that has erupted in Minneapolis and to some extent in St. Paul, USA Today reports. Numbers vary, but CBS Minnesota notes that up to 13,000 soldiers and airmen might be serving in Minnesota and CNN reports... More »

More Bad News for Ex-Cop Accused of Killing George Floyd

Kellie Chauvin has filed for divorce from Derek Chauvin, per legal team

(Newser) - The former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd has a new problem. Per CBS Minnesota , the legal team for Kellie Chauvin, wife of Derek Chauvin, spoke with her Friday night, and released a statement for her that says she's filing for divorce. "... More »

Trump: 'Haters' Are Distorting My Tweet About Looters

President says he doesn't want shooting to happen

(Newser) - President Trump's fight with Twitter has escalated further now that the site has restricted one of his tweets for "glorifying violence." Background and related coverage about the controversy:
  • The tweet: Early Friday, Trump was tweeting about the violence in Minneapolis . "....These THUGS are dishonoring the memory
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Fired Minneapolis Cop Charged With Murder

Derek Chauvin is taken into custody over death of George Floyd

(Newser) - The white police officer who knelt on the neck of George Floyd has been arrested, reports the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. Officials said Friday that Derek Chauvin is in custody, and the AP reports he has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death. Chauvin was fired... More »

Obama Weighs In on George Floyd

'This shouldn't be normal in 2020 America'

(Newser) - President Obama has weighed in on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. "This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America," he wrote in a statement posted online . "It can't be 'normal.' If we want our children to grow up in a nation... More »

Cop Who Knelt on George Floyd Had Several Complaints

Derek Chauvin was cleared of wrongdoing, except for one letter of reprimand

(Newser) - The fired Minneapolis police officer seen in video footage kneeling on the neck of George Floyd , an unarmed black man who later died, had a prior history of violent encounters. Derek Chauvin, a white officer who joined the department in 2001, was involved in the fatal shooting of a man... More »

Trump Fires Back After Twitter Hides Tweet

He repeats call to 'Repeal Section 230!!!'

(Newser) - President Trump fired back Friday morning after Twitter hid one of his tweets behind a warning for "glorifying violence." He accused Twitter of enforcing its rules unevenly to target conservatives and renewed his call to regulate social media companies more stiffly. "Section 230 should be revoked by... More »

CNN Reporter Arrested Covering George Floyd Protests

3 crew members have since been released in Minneapolis

(Newser) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has apologized to CNN after three crew members were arrested early Friday by state police during a live report on protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. According to CNN , correspondent Omar Jimenez, producer Bill Kirkos, and photojournalist Leonel Mendez were reporting near a... More »

Twitter Hides Trump Tweet on Minneapolis

Company said it was 'glorifying violence'

(Newser) - Twitter isn't backing down in its dispute with President Trump. The company, accusing the president of breaking its rules, hid one of his tweets early Friday, putting it behind a warning that it was "glorifying violence," the Guardian reports. The president, denouncing violent protests in Minneapolis over... More »

Trump on Minneapolis: 'When the Looting Starts, the Shooting Starts'

President calls those protesting George Floyd's death 'thugs'

(Newser) - The governor of Minnesota on Thursday activated the National Guard, and 500 soldiers will respond to Minneapolis, which has seen protests every night since Tuesday over the Monday death of George Floyd . Also Thursday, the mayor of Minneapolis declared a state of emergency, KSTP reports. Looting, violence, smashed windows, and... More »

George Floyd's Family Urges Calm in Minneapolis

Seeing Minneapolis burning 'would devastate' him, girlfriend says

(Newser) - As civil rights leaders arrived in Minneapolis, relatives of a man killed in a confrontation with police this week urged an end to the violence and looting in the city George Floyd loved. A statement issued by the family's lawyer thanked demonstrators for "standing for justice," but... More »

They Had Every Right to Use the Gym. He Didn't Think So

White CEO in Minneapolis loses office lease after video shows him calling 911 on black entrepreneurs

(Newser) - One of the perks of using an office space via WeWork in Minneapolis' MoZaic East complex is that you get to take advantage of the site's amenities, including its gym. But, per the Hill , a group of black entrepreneurs who've owned a business in the building for a... More »

Coach in Hot Water Over Posts About Minneapolis Death

Wrestling coach depicted himself with knee on his neck and wrote 'not dead yet'

(Newser) - A high school wrestling coach who aimed to defend police in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis is now defending himself from charges of racism. Dave Hollenbeck, a wrestling instructor at Bethel High School in Washington state, posted images of himself in which he is on... More »

Hannity: What Was Done to George Floyd 'Makes No Sense'

Protests over Minneapolis man's death continue

(Newser) - Protests over the death of George Floyd , the unarmed black man who died after a white Minneapolis cop knelt on his neck Monday, continued Wednesday—and not just in Minneapolis. In California, a Black Lives Matter protest blocked all lanes of traffic on both sides of the 101 freeway, a... More »

Mayor: Let's Charge the 'I Can't Breathe' Cop

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey weighed in after protesters hit the streets

(Newser) - The mayor of Minneapolis called Wednesday for criminal charges to be filed against the white police officer seen on video kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed black man during an arrest, even after the man said he couldn't breathe and stopped moving, the AP reports. Based on the... More »

LeBron Posts Photo of Kaepernick: 'Do You Understand NOW?'

Star responds to death of George Floyd

(Newser) - Thousands of people in Minneapolis protested the death of George Floyd in police custody Tuesday night—and sports stars including LeBron James expressed their anger on social media. On Instagram , James posted an image of a white police officer kneeling on Floyd's neck next to an image of former... More »

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