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More Legal Trouble for Cops in George Floyd Case

Federal grand jury indicts Derek Chauvin, 3 others on civil rights charges

(Newser) - A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s arrest and death, accusing them of violating the Black man’s constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air, according to indictments unsealed Friday. The three-count indictment...

Derek Chauvin Asks for New Trial
Derek Chauvin
Asks for New Trial

Derek Chauvin Asks for New Trial

Attorney cites alleged prosecutorial, jury misconduct

(Newser) - Two weeks after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, he is seeking a new trial. Attorney Eric Nelson filed the request Tuesday, arguing that there was jury and prosecutorial misconduct in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer, NBC reports....

Picture of Chauvin Juror Raises Questions on Impartiality

Facebook post showing Brandon Mitchell in BLM T-shirt at DC march last August could affect appeal

(Newser) - A photo has emerged of one of the jurors in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, and it's raising questions that could affect Chauvin's appeal. Brandon Mitchell, who served on the jury that convicted the former Minneapolis police officer in the death of George Floyd, says he went to...

Teacher Swears at Students, Calls George Floyd a 'Criminal'

NJ science teacher Howard Zlotkin has been suspended

(Newser) - A New Jersey teacher with strong feelings about the George Floyd case was suspended after he shared them with high school students in an expletive-laden rant during what was supposed to be an online discussion about climate change. Zlotkin, a science teacher at William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey...

Trial of 3 Other Cops Is More Important Than Chauvin's

Paul Butler of Washington Post says convictions would dent the 'blue wall of silence'

(Newser) - Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of murdering George Floyd. In August comes the trial of three other former Minneapolis officers who were at the scene—Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao, all of whom are charged with aiding and abetting . If their trial feels like a lesser event...

Chauvin Juror: Here's Why It Took Us as Long as It Did

Brandon Mitchell says most of the deliberation time was spent going over terminology

(Newser) - A juror who cast one of the unanimous votes to convict a white former Minneapolis police officer of killing George Floyd said deliberations were primarily spent trying to convince one person who was uncertain about part of the jury instructions. Brandon Mitchell is the first juror that deliberated in Derek...

Man Dies After Cops Pin Him Facedown for 5 Minutes

Mario Arenales Gonzalez's April 19 death compared to George Floyd's

(Newser) - Body camera footage just released by authorities in Alameda County, Calif., shows a man died in police custody after he was pinned facedown on the ground for five minutes. Mario Arenales Gonzalez, a Hispanic man, died April 19, one day before former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of...

Floyd's 2004 Charge Came From Allegedly Corrupt Cop

Request is filed for posthumous pardon

(Newser) - George Floyd's family is requesting a posthumous pardon for his 2004 drug arrest by a former Texas police officer now charged with felony murder. Floyd was arrested by former Houston cop Gerald Goines for selling $10 worth of crack that February, before pleading guilty and spending 10 months in...

Work of Expert Who Testified for Chauvin to Be Examined

Maryland to review in-custody deaths from David Fowler's tenure as medical examiner

(Newser) - Dr. David Fowler's testimony about the death of George Floyd was so far removed from mainstream forensic practice that a review of his past work for Maryland should be conducted, hundreds of doctors have told the state. The state Attorney General's Office agreed that an investigation is needed,...

Nielsen Tallies Up Viewership for Chauvin Verdict

At least 23.2M Americans were watching

(Newser) - At least 23.2 million Americans watched on television this week as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, per the AP . The Nielsen company's estimate came from viewership figures on 11 different networks that carried Tuesday's...

Families of Others Killed by Police Mourn Wright

Relatives of George Floyd join political and civil rights leaders at funeral

(Newser) - Minnesota politicians, national civil rights leaders, and heartbroken family members mourned Daunte Wright at his funeral Thursday, supported by relatives of other people who have died in police violence. Ben Crump, a lawyer for Wright's family, led a call and response with the mourners, who echoed, "Daunte Wright'...

Cops Say Post About George Floyd Was Shared by Accident

Mayor says Facebook post was 'unacceptable'

(Newser) - Derek Chauvin became a convicted murderer Tuesday—but somebody at a Massachusetts police department still held him up as a model of good behavior the next day. The Facebook page of the Fall River Police Department shared a screenshot Wednesday of a tweet that said, "Chauvin immediately stood and...

Bus Driver to Boy, 11: 'I Don't See a Knee on Your Neck'

Louisiana woman is out of a job after racist comment

(Newser) - A white Louisiana school bus driver who made a racist remark to a Black student about the murder of George Floyd is out of a job after the child's mother complained to school officials, the AP reports. WWL-TV reported that 11-year-old Rashad Gabriel had a face mask below his...

DOJ Will Investigate the Minneapolis Police Department

Merrick Garland announces 'pattern or practice' probe

(Newser) - Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday announced a wide-ranging DOJ investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department, saying the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial "does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis." And that's exactly what the DOJ "pattern or practice" investigation will attempt to...

After the Chauvin Verdict: 'This Is Our Selma Moment'
After the Chauvin
Verdict: 'This Is
Our Selma Moment'

After the Chauvin Verdict: 'This Is Our Selma Moment'

Reaction and backlash after ex-cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty for the murder of George Floyd

(Newser) - The aftereffects of the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd are still being felt across the nation and around the world, with one of Floyd's brothers noting, "This is a day for celebration," per CNN . Tuesday was also...

How Derek Chauvin's Sentencing Could Play Out

Former Minneapolis cop faces up to 40 years behind bars

(Newser) - Derek Chauvin will be sentenced in eight weeks after he was convicted Tuesday on all three counts of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. The former Minneapolis police officer faces up to 40 years behind bars, ABC News reports. That's the maximum sentence for the most...

Meet the Teen Girl Who Took Critical Video of Chauvin, Floyd

Darnella Frazier filmed fatal encounter with Derek Chauvin

(Newser) - The teen girl who filmed George Floyd's death under Derek Chauvin's knee is being widely praised following Chauvin's conviction on all three counts of Floyd's murder and manslaughter . The cellphone video taken by Darnella Frazier , who was 17 when she came upon the scene outside Cup...

Biden: 'It Was a Murder in the Full Light of Day'

Chauvin could still face federal charges

(Newser) - The verdict against Derek Chauvin "can be a moment of significant change," President Biden said in a White House speech Tuesday, hours after a jury found the former Minneapolis police officer guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. The Black man's death "...

Videos of Killings By Police Aren't Helping
Stop Showing Videos
of Killings by Police

Stop Showing Videos of Killings by Police

People of color shouldn't need to build 'video empathy before justice,' Allissa Richardson says

(Newser) - Allissa Richardson once thought videos showing police brutality would bring justice. Proving to everyone what people of color encounter with police would bring change. Richardson has changed her mind, she writes in an essay on Vox , after repeatedly seeing George Floyd die on television. The practice invites a victim'...

Lawmakers From Both Parties Praise Guilty Verdict

'Today, a jury did the right thing,' Obama says

(Newser) - Lawmakers from both parties are expressing satisfaction with Tuesday’s guilty verdict of former police officer Derek Chauvin for murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd, the AP reports. Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters says: “I’m not celebrating, I’m relieved." Sen. Tim Scott, the chamber’...

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