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A 'Sweet Deal' for Ex-Cop in George Floyd Case

Thomas Lane will serve 3 years concurrently with his federal sentence

(Newser) - Ex-Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane will avoid trial next month thanks to a guilty plea issued Wednesday in connection with George Floyd's May 25, 2020, death. The Star Tribune reports Lane pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting manslaughter and will be handed a three-year sentence....

After 2-Year Probe, a 'Scathing' Report on Minneapolis PD

Investigation finds pattern of racial discrimination

(Newser) - A state investigation launched after George Floyd’s killing in the custody of four Minneapolis police officers has determined that the department engages in a pattern of race discrimination. The state launched its investigation barely a week after Floyd's death on May 25, 2020, and Minnesota's Department of...

'Insufficient Admissible Evidence' in Amir Locke's Death

Officer who shot and killed 22-year-old won't be charged

(Newser) - A Minneapolis SWAT team entered an apartment on a no-knock warrant about 6:48am on Feb. 2, and in less than 10 seconds, 22-year-old Amir Locke had been fatally shot . Prosecutors on Wednesday announced Mark Hanneman, the 34-year-old police officer who killed Locke, will not be charged. "After a...

Other 3 Officers Convicted of Violating Floyd's Civil Rights

Defense argued they'd deferred to Chauvin as the senior officer

(Newser) - Three former Minneapolis police officers were convicted Thursday of violating George Floyd's civil rights. Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane were charged with depriving Floyd of his right to medical care when officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for 9½ minutes as the...

Protests Continue in Minneapolis Over Police Killing of Amir Locke

His cousin was arrested in the case SWAT team was investigating at the time

(Newser) - A Minneapolis SWAT team entered an apartment on a no-knock warrant about 6:48am on Feb. 2, and in less than 10 seconds, a 22-year-old Black man had been fatally shot. Outrage and protests have followed the death of Amir Locke at the hands of the authorities, who were investigating...

Chauvin Expected to Change His Plea in Federal Case
Chauvin to Judge:
'Guilty, Your Honor'
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Chauvin to Judge: 'Guilty, Your Honor'

Former Minnesota cop pleads guilty to violating George Floyd's civil rights

(Newser) - Update: Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of violating George Floyd’s civil rights, averting a trial but likely extending the time he's already spending behind bars on a state conviction. Chauvin appeared in person Wednesday for the change of plea hearing in an orange short-sleeved prison...

Here Are the Most Generous Cities in America

Minneapolis and Seattle top LawnStarter's list

(Newser) - If you're wondering why your socials are suddenly filled with requests for charitable donations, allow us to solve the mystery: It's Giving Tuesday, a day to open up one's wallet for good causes after doing the same in the name of consumerism on Black Friday and Cyber...

Minneapolis Voters Reject Plan to Replace the Police

56% of voters opposed measure

(Newser) - Minneapolis voters on Tuesday rejected a proposal to replace the city’s police department with a new Department of Public Safety, an idea that supporters had hoped would bring radical change to policing in the city where George Floyd’s death under an officer’s knee brought calls for racial...

After George Floyd, a Big Choice for Minneapolis Voters

Residents to decide whether to replace police department with new public-safety agency

(Newser) - Voters in Minneapolis were deciding Tuesday whether to replace the city's police department with a new Department of Public Safety, more than a year after George Floyd's death under the knee of a white police officer launched a movement to defund or abolish police across the country. The...

Cop Gets Nearly 5 Years for Killing 911 Caller

Mohamed Noor shot Justine Damond when responding to her call in Minneapolis

(Newser) - A Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape happening behind her home was sentenced Thursday to nearly five years in prison—the maximum allowed for manslaughter after his murder conviction was overturned in the case, per the AP . Mohamed...

Chauvin Files Appeal, Asks for Public Defender
Derek Chauvin Is
Denied a Public Defender
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Derek Chauvin Is Denied a Public Defender

He filed an appeal in September, listing 14 issues with conviction

(Newser) - Update: Derek Chauvin's request to have a public defender assist him with his appeal of George Floyd's murder has been shot down by the Minnesota Supreme Court. The Star Tribune reports Chief Justice Lorie Gildea said Chauvin failed to prove that, as the law requires, he cannot afford...

Chauvin Addresses Alleged Chokehold on Black Teen

Former cop pleads not guilty to civil rights violation involving 14-year-old

(Newser) - The former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd pleaded not guilty Thursday to allegedly violating the civil rights of a teenager in a separate case that involved a restraint similar to the one used on Floyd. Derek Chauvin, who is charged in federal court...

Murder Verdict Reversed in Justine Damond Case

Minnesota Supreme Court rules the charge against ex-cop didn't fit the circumstances

(Newser) - The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed the third-degree murder conviction of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an Australian woman in 2017, saying the charge doesn't fit the circumstances in this case. Mohamed Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of...

Nearing Retirement? This State Looks Tempting

4 Fla. cities, including Orlando, make WalletHub's top 10 list for the best places to retire

(Newser) - Whether you're decades away from retirement or right around the corner, where you head after you clock out for the last time may already be percolating. WalletHub looked at more than 180 of America's cities, analyzing metrics in four main categories: affordability (cost of living, taxpayer friendliness, and...

OK, We Get It—This City Is Extremely Fit

Arlington, Va., named fittest city in America for 4th straight year on ACSM's annual list

(Newser) - For the 14th straight year, the American College of Sports Medicine, in conjunction with the Anthem Foundation, has published its Fitness Index , ranking America's largest 100 cities and Washington, DC, on more than 30 indicators regarding various health behaviors, local infrastructure, and chronic diseases. And for the fourth year...

Teen Who Filmed Floyd's Murder Has Distressing News

Darnella Frazier says her uncle was killed in crash while Minneapolis cops were chasing someone else

(Newser) - The teen awarded a Pulitzer Prize special citation for her recording of George Floyd's murder says her uncle has died in an interaction with police. "Minneapolis police killed my uncle ... nothing feels real," Darnella Frazier, 18, wrote Tuesday on Facebook, per NBC News , noting police "took...

Minneapolis Protester Killed When Car Rams Crowd

Driver in custody, though whether it was intentional remains unclear

(Newser) - A woman protesting the recent death of a Black man in Minneapolis at the hands of police was killed Sunday night when a vehicle rammed the crowd, reports KARE11 . The driver is in custody, though no charges have been filed and it remains unclear whether his vehicle hit the crowd...

Pulitzers Honor Teenager Who Filmed George Floyd's Death

Citation praises Darnella Frazier's courage and cites citizens' role in pursuit of truth

(Newser) - Darnella Frazier, whose video of George Floyd's slaying helped bring about widespread protests and a murder conviction, has been honored alongside journalists who produced the year's most consequential work. The teenager received a Pulitzer Prize special citation on Friday, USA Today reports. The Pulitzer Prize Board wrote that...

Post-Vigil, Fires and Vandalism in Minneapolis

Protesters faced off against police after Thursday's fatal shooting of Winston Boogie Smith Jr.

(Newser) - Protesters faced off with officers in Minneapolis early Saturday over the shooting death of a man by members of a US Marshals task force. Photos from the scene following a vigil for Winston Boogie Smith Jr., 32, showed dumpster fires in the street and a line of officers standing guard....

A Year After Floyd's Death, Teen Who Filmed It Is Changed

Darnella Frazier, 18, writes of trauma she's endured

(Newser) - "It's a little easier now, but I'm not who I used to be," said Darnella Frazier, the bystander who filmed George Floyd's killing last year on her cellphone. "A part of my childhood was taken from me." Frazier, 18, posted the statement on...

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