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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has agreed to consider a request from prosecutors to reinstate a third-degree murder charge against the fired Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death. Jury selection begins March 8 for Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. The appeals court set oral arguments for March 1 on adding the charge. Last October, Judge Peter Cahill dismissed a third-degree murder charge, which would require proof that someone’s conduct was “eminently dangerous to others,” not just to Floyd. Cahill said there was no evidence that Chauvin’s actions were dangerous to anyone else. Prosecutors asked Cahill to restore the charge earlier this month. They cited a three-judge appeals court panel that upheld a third-degree murder conviction against former Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor for the 2017 shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911 to...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In an 11th-hour development, the Minnesota Court of Appeals will be hearing arguments in early March about reinstating the third-degree murder charges for Derek Chauvin, who is accused in the death of George Floyd. The hearing for Chauvin is set for March 1. Prosecutors want the third-degree murder charges back in, and argued that the appeal to reinstate the charges needed to expedited due to the upcoming trail for Chauvin on March 8. The appeals court agreed. An oral argument to amend complaints to add third-degree murder charges for J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao will not be scheduled until a briefing is held. 11th hour major development in Derek Chauvin murder trial in #GeorgeFloyd case – MN COA will hear arguments March 1 about reinstating 3rd degree murder charges against 4 former officers, Prosecution wants to get 3rd degree back in...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House rejected a bill to create a fund to bolster security during the upcoming murder trial of a former Minneapolis officer charged with killing George Floyd. The measure failed Thursday on a 71-63 vote in the Democratic-controlled House. Democratic Gov. Tim Walz proposed creating the $35 million fund to reimburse any community that requests mutual aid from other law enforcement agencies. That would include, the trial of Derek Chauvin, which is expected to draw worldwide attention when it begins March 8, and the trial in August of three other ex-officers. Local, state and federal authorities have been preparing for demonstrations and possible unrest for months. They fear a repeat of violence that erupted after Floyd's death on May 25, as protests began in Minneapolis and spread worldwide, leading to a national reckoning over race. Floyd, a Black man in handcuffs, died after Chauvin,...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House rejected a bill to create a fund to bolster security during the upcoming murder trial of a former Minneapolis officer charged with killing George Floyd. The measure failed Thursday on a 71-63 vote in the Democratic-controlled House. Democratic Gov. Tim Walz proposed creating the $35 million fund to reimburse any community that requests mutual aid from other law enforcement agencies. That would include, the trial of Derek Chauvin, which is expected to draw worldwide attention when it begins March 8, and the trial in August of three other ex-officers. Local, state and federal authorities have been preparing for demonstrations and possible unrest for months. They fear a repeat of violence that erupted after Floyd’s death on May 25, as protests began in Minneapolis and spread worldwide, leading to a national reckoning over race. Floyd, a Black man in handcuffs,...
    For MPR, Brian Bakst writes: “The Minnesota House rejected a bill Thursday that seeks to create a state fund to reimburse police departments from outside Minneapolis if they’re called in to help prevent civil unrest around the upcoming trial of Derek Chauvin. …The security funding measure had stalled out due to a lack of support earlier in the week, but police organizations urged lawmakers to try again. The coalition of sheriffs, police chiefs and police officer union members said the safety fund  bill provided ‘an opportunity to work together, and policing in the coming months will be harder without its passage.’ Nevertheless, the bill failed by a vote of 71-63, with seven DFLers joining all Republicans in opposition.” Related. Sarah Mearhoff writes for the Forum News Service: “Immediately after the lawmakers voted down the bill, House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, motioned to reconsider, to loud protest by lawmakers...
    Minnesota authorities said a heavy security presence will be in place for the upcoming murder trial of ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s death. Minneapolis police, Hennepin County sheriff’s deputies, Minnesota state troopers, and the National Guard will all be deployed when jury selection begins in less than three weeks, KTTC, the NBC affiliated TV station in Rochester, Minnesota reported. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo addresses the media on preparations for the upcoming Derek Chauvin trial on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 in Minneapolis.  (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP) "We are not going to be caught flat-footed," Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington told the station. Authorities have been hatching security plans for the trial since July, when outrage over Floyd’s death on May 25 while in police custody sparked massive protests worldwide. Chauvin, 44, was seen on a viral video pressing his knee against the back of a handcuffed Floyd’s throat for...
    Lawyers for three of the Minneapolis cops charged for the death of George Floyd have filed motions to dismiss their cases, claiming leaked plea-deal negotiations with Derek Chauvin will 'taint' the jury pool. The three ex-officers - Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane - have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.    The former cops are scheduled to stand trial on August 23, separately from the 44-year-old Chauvin - who was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter after he was caught on video kneeling on Floyd's neck. Last week, The New York Times revealed that Chauvin had agreed to plead guilty to third-degree murder just days after Floyd's death.  Scroll down for video.  Ex-officers Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Kiernan Lane are awaiting trial for the murder of George Floyd Last week, The New York Times revealed...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Proposed funding for bolstered security during the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd has once again failed to pass in the Minnesota House. The House gathered for a vote Thursday afternoon at the urging of the Minnesota Law Enforcement Coalition. “We have previously stated our support of the Governor’s original proposal for the State Aid for Emergencies (SAFE) Account to provide funds to help keep communities and law enforcement officers safe in responding to civil unrest,” the coalition wrote in a letter to House leaders. “The Governor’s SAFE Account proposal is an opportunity to work together, and policing in the coming months will be harder without its passage.” Gov. Tim Walz had proposed a $35 million SAFE account that would reimburse local governments, not just Minneapolis, for providing mutual aid for “unplanned or extraordinary public safety events.” They would include, but...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two Rochester men wanted for arson and related crimes in connection to the unrest in the Twin Cities last May following the death of George Floyd were arrested this week in Mexico. Jose Angel Felan, Jr., 34, and Mena Dhaya Yousif, 22, were detained Monday by Mexican authorities for immigration violations, according to Erica H. MacDonald, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. The two made their first court appearance Wednesday in southern California. “Thanks to the skilled investigative work of the ATF and the tireless apprehension efforts of the U.S. Marshals Service these two defendants, who have been on the run for more than eight months, will be returned to Minnesota to face justice,” MacDonald said. RELATED: Minneapolis Leaders Outline Safety Plan Ahead Of Derek Chauvin Trial According to an indictment, Felan set fire on May 28 to three buildings along St....
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    A story from MPR and the AP says: “Minneapolis leaders said Wednesday they are beefing up security plans, preparing to close streets and making sure businesses and residents are well informed as the trial approaches for the former police officer charged in the death of George Floyd. Mayor Jacob Frey said safety will be a top priority ‘during this very difficult time in our city’ and that the trial of Derek Chauvin will likely increase trauma for many, especially as a verdict draws near. State and local law enforcement leaders vowed to work together to preserve people’s rights to assemble and protest but also keep the peace.” In the Pioneer Press, Katrina Pross writes: “In a series of motions filed by defense attorneys this week, three of the former Minneapolis police officers charged in connection with George Floyd’s death say that the prosecution has leaked information and they are calling...
    Three of the four officers charged in the death of George Floyd filed separate motions to dismiss the criminal cases against them after prosecutors allegedly leaked information about a failed plea deal to the New York Times. Attorneys for Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane, all of whom were jailed for purportedly aiding and abetting Derek Chauvin, who authorities said knelt on Floyd's neck for over eight minutes, petitioned the court beginning on Tuesday. The New York Times on Friday published a report that said former Attorney General William Barr rejected a plea deal from Chauvin, who has been charged with murder, after his lawyers agreed to a 10-year incarceration term. Barr reportedly believed the deal was too lenient, the New York Times reported, citing law enforcement officials close to the matter. Chauvin was arrested four days after Floyd's death amid a nationwide outcry when...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — All three of the former Minneapolis police officers accused of aiding and abetting in the death of George Floyd last spring case have now filed new motions to dismiss the charges. RELATED: George Floyd Case: Prosecutors File To Appeal Decision Not To Reinstate 3rd-Degree Murder Charges RELATED: As Students Get Set For In-Class Return, Those With Vulnerable Family Members Staying Put On Tuesday, Tou Thao’s attorney filed a motion of dismissal on the basis that prosecutors allegedly leaked details of a failed plea deal to the New York Times. Attorneys for J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane followed suit Wednesday. RELATED: Minneapolis Leaders Outline Safety Plan Ahead Of Derek Chauvin Trial J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, Tau Thao (credit: Henn. Co. Jail) The article said fellow former officer Derek Chauvin — who was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes — had agreed to plead...
            by Anthony Gockowski  A proposal from Gov. Tim Walz to help cover the cost of security for ex-officer Derek Chauvin’s upcoming trial was stalled Monday in the Minnesota House. Democrats, who have a 70-64 advantage in the House, blamed Republicans for the gridlock. House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, said the Republican position “is not possible to meet halfway.” “They, instead of working on legislation to prevent harm, have used this opportunity to demonize, attack, and make worse the trauma of people who have suffered so much already,” Winkler said during Monday’s House floor session before moving to table the governor’s proposal. Walz’s proposal, introduced by DFL lawmakers as House File 445, would create a $35 million state fund to reimburse local governments for providing mutual aid during “unplanned or extraordinary public safety events.” The proposal was crafted with Chauvin’s March 8 trial in mind. Republicans believe...
    MinnPost photo by Peter CallaghanSenate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said Minneapolis’ recent move to spend $6.4 million to hire more police was a step in the right direction, but maintained the city should have hired more officers previously.When Gov. Tim Walz unveiled a $35 million plan in late January to help pay costs for security around the March 8 trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the governor asked state lawmakers to swiftly adopt it so law enforcement could prepare for what might be a tumultuous period. Weeks later, as Chauvin’s second-degree murder trial in the killing of George Floyd inches closer, legislators remain fractured over not only over who should pay for security help, but what exactly the state’s role should be in handling protests and civil unrest. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonGov. Tim WalzThe Minnesota Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, passed a bill Monday over Democratic objections that would...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A partisan dispute over who should pay for reinforcing police during the murder trial of a former Minneapolis officer charged with killing George Floyd came to a head Monday at the Minnesota Legislature, where the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate debated two very different plans. The Senate led the contentious discussions by passing 35-32 a proposal to allow the state to garnish money that Minneapolis gets from the state’s Local Government Aid program to ensure that other law enforcement agencies are reimbursed for their costs of contributing officers for what’s expected to be a massive security effort. It would provide no new state aid. RELATED: Talking Points: Debate Over Chauvin Trial Security Funding Continues Backers said Minnesota taxpayers and other communities should not have to bail out Minneapolis, where the police department is more than 200 deployable officers under its authorized strength and some council members...
    US Attorney General William Barr rejected a plea deal for Derek Chauvin days after the Minneapolis cop was accused of killing George Floyd, a new report claims.  Three law enforcement officials with knowledge of the deal told the New York Times that Chauvin had agreed to plead guilty to third-degree murder three days after video of him kneeling on Floyd's neck during an arrest on May 25 went viral, sparking fevered protests in the city and around the US.  Under the deal, Chauvin would avoid civil rights charges and serve no more than 10 years in prison, the Times sources said.  But right before local prosecutors were set to announce the deal, Barr stepped in and quashed it. One official said Barr made the decision because he feared the deal would be perceived as too lenient and premature, potentially exacerbating the unrest gripping the nation.    The Times report published Wednesday...
    With ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's trial a month away, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz authorized the deployment of the Minnesota National Guard to prepare for the potential unrest across the state in a repeat of the demonstrations and violence seen last year in the wake of the death of George Floyd.  Walz issued an executive order Friday that authorizes the deployment of an unspecified number of troops in Minneapolis, St. Paul and elsewhere during both the trial of Chauvin, which is scheduled to begin March 8, and that of three other former officers ‒ Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng ‒  scheduled for trial in August. PROSECUTORS WANT ALL 4 OFFICERS CHARGED WITH THIRD-DEGREE MURDER IN DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD  "The upcoming trials of the former officers involved in the death of George Floyd have raised the potential of civil unrest in the Cities of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and nearby communities," the order...
    Loading the player... Gov. Tim Walz on Friday authorized the Minnesota National Guard to deploy in preparation for potential civil unrest during the upcoming trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the killing of George Floyd. The Democratic governor’s executive order authorizes the deployment of an unspecified number of troops in Minneapolis, St. Paul and elsewhere during both the trial of ex-officer Derek Chauvin, which is scheduled to begin March 8, and three other former officers scheduled for trial in August. Local, state and federal authorities have been preparing for months, fearing a repeat of violence that erupted after protests began in Minneapolis and spread worldwide, leading to a national reckoning over race. Floyd, a Black man in handcuffs, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for several minutes even though Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. Walz came under Republican criticism last...
    Prosecutors want to charge all four police officers at the scene of George Floyd’s death with third-degree murder, according to a report Friday. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a motion Thursday, citing a legal precedent that would allow him to charge officers Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng with the crime — potentially adding decades to the amount of prison time they face, according to NBC. Unlike officer Chauvin — who was captured in footage kneeling on Floyd’s neck in May 2020— Thao, Lane and Kueng responded to the call for a suspected “forgery in process” but did not directly cut off Floyd’s breathing. But the officers are accused of failing to stop their partner from allegedly killing Floyd, and Thao later admitted he should have been “more observant”  while working crowd control as the incident unfolded. In the motion filed Thursday, Ellison argued that the state’s...
    By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov Tim Walz on Friday authorized the Minnesota National Guard to deploy in preparation for potential civil unrest during the upcoming trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the killing of George Floyd. The Democratic governor's executive order authorizes the deployment of an unspecified number of troops in Minneapolis, St. Paul and elsewhere during both the trial of ex-officer Derek Chauvin, which is scheduled to begin March 8, and three other former officers scheduled for trial in August. Local, state and federal authorities have been preparing for months, fearing a repeat of violence that erupted after protests began in Minneapolis and spread worldwide, leading to a national reckoning over race. Floyd, a Black man in handcuffs, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for several minutes even though Floyd said he couldn’t breathe....
    The murder trial of Chauvin, 44, is set for March 8 in Minneapolis Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has highlighted a proposal for a $35million fund for extensive security plans around Derek Chauvin's trial for the death of George Floyd. Officials are planning to bring in hundreds of officers from across the state and even the National Guard if violent protests erupt around the March 8 trail of Chauvin, 44. They are also considering building a perimeter wall around the city's courthouse and government administration building. Authorities fear a repeat of the crime and disorder that spread through the city as protesters looted and rioted in the wake of Floyd's death. Chauvin was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after he was caught on video kneeling on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 44 seconds, killing him on May 25, 2020. 'We know we can't predict every public...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In the wake of a Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling decision, prosecutors are seeking to reinstate third-degree murder charges against not only former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin — who was previously charged with that offense — but now also the three other officers involved in the fatal arrest of George Floyd. Earlier in the week, the appeals court affirmed the third-degree murder conviction of the former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed Justine Ruszczyk Damond, Mohamed Noor. He was found guilty of third-degree murder and manslaughter in the July 2017 shooting death of Damond and sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in prison. The appeals court ruled “the evidence at trial was sufficient to establish, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Noor committed third-degree murder … even though his death-causing act was directed at a single person and the result of a split-second decision.” The court also ruled...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has approved a divorce settlement between the former Minneapolis police officer who placed his knee on George Floyd’s neck and the officer's wife, according to redacted court documents made public Thursday. The divorce of Derek Chauvin and Kellie Chauvin was granted Tuesday — months after Washington County District Judge Juanita Freeman rejected a prior agreement that transferred most of the couple’s assets to Chauvin's wife. The judge wrote at the time that the transfer of most assets to one party could be a “badge of fraud.” While details of that first proposed settlement weren't public, Freeman wrote that Kellie Chauvin would have received all equity in the couple’s two homes, all the money in their bank and investment accounts and all the money from Derek Chauvin’s pension and retirement accounts. Legal experts said her rejection of that proposal added to speculation that the Chauvins...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has approved a divorce settlement between the former Minneapolis police officer who placed his knee on George Floyd’s neck and the officer’s wife, according to redacted court documents made public Thursday. The divorce of Derek Chauvin and Kellie Chauvin was granted Tuesday — months after Washington County District Judge Juanita Freeman rejected a prior agreement that transferred most of the couple’s assets to Chauvin’s wife. The judge wrote at the time that the transfer of most assets to one party could be a “badge of fraud.” While details of that first proposed settlement weren’t public, Freeman wrote that Kellie Chauvin would have received all equity in the couple’s two homes, all the money in their bank and investment accounts and all the money from Derek Chauvin’s pension and retirement accounts. Legal experts said her rejection of that proposal added to speculation that...
    Thirty-four days before the trial of Derek Chauvin, Gov. Tim Walz is seeking $35 million from taxpayers to pay for law enforcement to keep the peace during the Chauvin’s trial. Chauvin stands accused of killing George Floyd last May. The Walz administration is pursuing the creation of the $35 million State Aid for Emergencies Account (SAFE). Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, immediately rejected Walz's proposal. “We are not going to bail out Minneapolis city council after they have made cuts to the public safety budget,” Gazelka said in a statement. “Actions to defund the police have consequences. Instead, we will propose an alternative later this week to make sure mutual aid will be reimbursed, law enforcement can respond, and without taking general fund dollars away from education, healthcare, or transportation.” Minneapolis is embroiled in a lawsuit accusing the city of staffing too few...
    By MOHAMED IBRAHIM, Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota politicians clashed Wednesday over who should pay for security during next month's murder trial of the former police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd's neck, a proceeding certain to bring the city heightened attention and the potential for more unrest. Democratic Gov. Tim Walz highlighted a proposed $35 million State Aid for Emergencies account that would reimburse local governments for “unplanned or extraordinary public safety events.” The funding is aimed at helping law enforcement prepare for protests over the trial starting March 8 for Derek Chauvin, the white officer who pressed his knee into the neck of Floyd, a Black man who was handcuffed and pleading for air. “If we're not able to put this account in place, it hampers plans that have been being made for these trials for months,” the governor said at a news...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota politicians clashed Wednesday over who should pay for security during next month’s murder trial of the former police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck, a proceeding certain to bring the city heightened attention and the potential for more unrest. Democratic Gov. Tim Walz highlighted a proposed $35 million State Aid for Emergencies account that would reimburse local governments for “unplanned or extraordinary public safety events.” The funding is aimed at helping law enforcement prepare for protests over the trial starting March 8 for Derek Chauvin, the white officer who pressed his knee into the neck of Floyd, a Black man who was handcuffed and pleading for air. “If we’re not able to put this account in place, it hampers plans that have been being made for these trials for months,” the governor said at a news conference. “This is an opportunity for Minnesota...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Hennepin County District Court has ruled that the Derek Chauvin trial, which is set for March, will be held in person, and not virtually. On Wednesday, the court order from Chief Judge Toddrick Barnette says there are “exceptional circumstances to support” conducting the hearing in person after reviewing the Pandemic In-Person Hearing Request. The jury trial scheduled for March 8, with Judge Peter Cahill presiding, will also be held in person. Due to the pandemic, all court proceedings in Minnesota are to be held remotely unless granted an exception. Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck while he was handcuffed face down on the street. Police were investigating whether Floyd used a counterfeit bill at a nearby store. In a video widely seen on social media, Floyd could be heard pleading with...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s top law enforcement officials said Tuesday they are worried about arranging security for the trial of Derek Chauvin after Republicans balked at a proposal to have the state help pay for it. Chauvin is one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd and is the first of the defendants scheduled for trial. Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck while he was handcuffed face down on the street. It sparked violent protests throughout the Twin Cities. To help boost security around the court proceedings for the scheduled March 8 trial, the House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Committee voted along party lines to advance a new $35 million fund to reimburse various law enforcement agencies. Some Republicans complained that it would take money from greater Minnesota to bail...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The trial for one of the former officers charged in the death of George Floyd could be delayed — possibly for months. Right now, jury selection for the trial of Derek Chauvin is set to begin March 8. However, prosecutors filed an appeal late Thursday to the Minnesota Court of Appeals asking for the Chauvin trial to be delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The prosecutor is also asking the appeals court to overturn the decision to try Chauvin separately from the three other officers in the case: J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Chauvin was the officer seen on video with his knee to George Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes on May 25, 2020. Prosecutors continued the COVID argument they made earlier this month in an affidavit from University of Minnesota infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm. In that affidavit, Osterholm said, “Holding...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The State of Minnesota is asking for the trial in George Floyd’s death to be pushed from March to June 7, in order to better prepare for COVID-19. The state argues that, even with COVID-19 protocols put into place, there could be serious disruptions to the trial given the scope. Four now-fired Minneapolis officers — Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — are all facing charges in Floyd’s May death in south Minneapolis. The state’s legal team offered a doctor affadavit, and added that they were ready to start on March 8 as originally planned, but requested the delay to June for safety reasons. Earlier in the month, Chauvin’s attorney Erik Nelson requested for the trial to be delayed, arguing the state’s presentation of the evidence has been unorganized and delayed. A new request from the attorney of Derek Chauvin, the former...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new request from the attorney of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, asks the court for more time to prepare for next year’s trial. In a filing Monday, attorney Erik Nelson blasted the state for the way it’s presenting the evidence, saying it’s been unorganized and delayed. Nelson asked Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill to push back the start of the trial. Last week, the attorney for former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao, who is also charged in the case, made a similar argument. Currently, the trial is set for March. All four officers involved in Floyd’s arrest will stand trial together in Hennepin County. RELATED: Judge Rules Joint Trial For All 4 Ex-MPD Officers, Change Of Venue Motions Denied For Now Floyd, a Black man, died on May 25 after being arrested outside a south Minneapolis...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new request from the attorney of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, asks the court for more time to prepare for next year’s trial. In a filing Monday, attorney Erik Nelson blasted the state for the way it’s presenting the evidence, saying it’s been unorganized and delayed. Nelson asked Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill to push back the start of the trial. Last week, the attorney for former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao, who is also charged in the case, made a similar argument. Currently, the trial is set for March. All four officers involved in Floyd’s arrest will stand trial together in Hennepin County. RELATED: Judge Rules Joint Trial For All 4 Ex-MPD Officers, Change Of Venue Motions Denied For Now Floyd, a Black man, died on May 25 after being arrested outside a south Minneapolis...
    THE cop who kneeled on the back of George Floyd's neck also knelt on the back of a 14-year-old boy for 17 minutes, according to prosecutors. Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was seen on video earlier this summer kneeling on George Floyd's neck for close to nine minutes before Floyd died of his injuries, was caught on tape likewise kneeling onto a 14-year-old's back in 2017. 6Chauvin put his knee to a 14-year-old's back in 2017Credit: AP:Associated Press 6Derek Chauvin was seen on tape kneeling on George Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 secondsCredit: Rex Features Now, prosecutors in Chauvin's upcoming murder trial want to show that video to jurors. In the video, the 14-year-old is seen on the ground gasping for air all the while Chauvin ignored his pleas for help, saying he couldn't breathe. Assistant State Attorney General Matthew Frank wrote in a memorandum filed...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The judge in the George Floyd case has issued several decisions, including a ruling to try all four former Minneapolis police officers together in one trial. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill said the evidence and charges are similar for all defendants and four trials would force witnesses to repeatedly relive trauma. Cahill also said four trials would put an unnecessary burden on court system. One trial means that there will be one verdict day. CHANGE OF VENUE DENIED (AS OF NOW) Additionally, Cahill ruled that the motions for a change of venue has been preliminarily denied. The defense teams have been worried about prejudice from the jury pool available in Hennepin County. Cahill says that because pretrial publicity is already on the internet and people from across the state have already been exposed to it, there’s no other venue in the state that would be a better...
    (CNN)A Minneapolis judge on Thursday rejected a defense request for a change of venue in the trial of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death.Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill also ruled the ex-cops will be tried at the same time in the county on March 8 for charges stemming from a death that was caught on video and became part of a rally cry for police brutality around the country.The anxieties looming over Black Americans on Election DayDefense lawyers argued that publicity surrounding the high-profile case would prevent the officers from getting a fair trial and they raised safety concerns for the defendants and potential witnesses. Cahill declined to move the trial but said he would reconsider a move if needed. And he ruled that holding a single proceeding for the four officers would ensured that jurors understand "all of the evidence and the complete picture of...
    A judge on Thursday declined to move the location of the trial for the former Minneapolis police officers charged in connection to the death of George Floyd, and that they will be tired in a single proceeding. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill ruled after defense attorneys had argued that pretrial publicity had made it impossible for the four men to get a fair trial. They had also cited a Sept. 11 hearing in which the men and their attorneys were confronted by angry protesters outside the courthouse, saying it showed that holding the proceeding in the same area where Floyd died would be unsafe for participants. This combination of file photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder of Floyd, a black man...
            by Scott McClallen  A Hennepin County District Court Judge on Wednesday night chose to sustain eight of the nine total charges against the four defendants in the death of George Floyd while he was in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department. In a 107-page ruling, Judge Peter A. Cahill dropped Derek Chauvin’s third-degree murder charge, but sustained second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges against the former Minneapolis police officer. The state has five days to appeal. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison applauded the decision. “The court has sustained eight out of nine charges against the defendants in the murder of George Floyd, including the most serious charges against all four defendants. This means that all four defendants will stand trial for murder and manslaughter, both in the second degree,” Ellison said in a statement. “This is an important, positive step forward in the path toward justice for...
    Former officer Derek Chauvin. On Thursday, Hennepin County Judge Peter A. Cahill dismissed a third-degree murder charge against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin is the man who helped brutalize George Floyd, kneeling on his neck while Floyd lay prone and handcuffed on a street, pleading for his life, for over eight minutes. According to The Hill, the dismissal of the charge came after lawyers for all four officers charged in Floyd’s death—Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao—moved to dismiss all charges in the case. Chauvin still faces a second-degree murder charge and manslaughter charge. Judge Cahill is also yet to decide on whether or not all four officers will be tried together or separately. After the ruling, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison told reporters: “The court has sustained eight out of nine charges against the defendants in the murder of George Floyd, including the most serious charges against all four...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The judge in the George Floyd case has dropped one of the murder charges for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who continues to face a more serious murder charge. The charges for the other three officers in the case also stand. On Thursday, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill dismissed Chauvin’s third-degree murder charge, but denied a request to dismiss the ex-officer’s more serious second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter charges. Cahill also ruled that he will not dismiss aiding and abetting charges from the other three officers — Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng. The attorneys for those former officers argued lack of probable cause. Cahill is still deciding whether the jury should be anonymous; if the trial should happen in Hennepin County; and whether the officers involved should have separate trials. RELATED: Judge Denies Use Of 2019 George Floyd Arrest...
    George Floyd stopped breathing for three minutes as onlookers pleaded with cops to check his pulse nearly 30 times, new court filings have revealed.  Floyd, who died May 25, appeared not to be breathing for at least three of the nine and a half minutes Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck, according to prosecutors. His death was captured in bystander video that set off protests around the world. A court filing Tuesday by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison's team says Floyd was held down by cops for around 9 minutes, 30 seconds - longer than previously cited, The Star Tribune reports. DailyMail.com has contacted the office of AG Ellison. The court document states: 'For at least three of those minutes, Floyd appeared not to be breathing. And for at least two and a half minutes, the officers were unable to locate Floyd's pulse. 'After Floyd fell silent, the crowd alerted the officers 10 times that...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Prosecutors are pushing for harsher potential sentences for Derek Chauvin and the other three former Minneapolis officers involved in the death of George Floyd. In a brief filed Monday, attorney Matthew Frank, of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s Office, argued that an “upward departure” from the regular state sentencing guidelines was warranted because the officers were in a position of power over Floyd and he was particularly vulnerable. RELATED: Citing Safety Concerns, Judge Allows Derek Chauvin To Live In Neighboring State Floyd died on Memorial Day outside a south Minneapolis convenience store. Officers were called to the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue on a report that Floyd tried to pass a $20 counterfeit bill. Cellphone video of Floyd’s arrest showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he lay handcuffed, repeatedly saying he couldn’t breathe. Two of the other officers, J. Alexander...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have offered additional explanation about why they believe longer sentences should be given if four former Minneapolis police officers are convicted in the death of George Floyd. In a court filing Monday in Hennepin County, prosecutors said the position of trust the officers held and Floyd’s vulnerability are two reasons why the men, if convicted, should receive longer sentences than guidelines recommend. Prosecutors previously requested longer-than-recommended sentences for former officers Derek Chauvin, his partner, Tou Thao, and the initial arresting officers, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane. The filing from Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office offers an explanation for enhanced sentences that Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill requested. Lane’s defense attorney Earl Gray said the request for an upward sentencing departure is an attempt to poison the potential pool of jurors. “They first have to get a conviction,” he said. Chauvin, who is white, was captured...
    Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, may leave Minnesota while he is free on bail out of concerns for his safety, NBC News reported. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, earlier this week Chauvin, 44, posted $1 million bail and was released on certain conditions, one of which was that he not leave the state of Minnesota. Other conditions included that he have no contact with Floyd’s family, and that he not possess firearms or work in security or law enforcement. However, on Friday a Hennepin County judge modified one of those conditions, allowing him to live in either Minnesota or one of the four states — Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota — which border it. According to TMZ, that decision was made after the Minnesota Department of Corrections provided evidence that there were unspecified safety concerns should he remain in the...
    The Minneapolis ex-cop charged in the police custody death of George Floyd was released from prison on a $1 million bond. Derek Chauvin, 44, who faces murder and manslaughter charges in Floyd’s May 25 death, walked out of the Oak Parks Heights prison Wednesday after posting the hefty bond, KMSP-TV reported. Chauvin, who had been behind bars for more than four months, had been the last of the four fired Minneapolis cops charged in the high-profile case to remain in jail pending trial. Viral video of Floyd’s fatal encounter with police on Memorial Day sparked worldwide outrage and massive Black Lives Matter protests. The footage shows the cops pin a handcuffed Floyd to the ground outside a convenience store at East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in the Minnesota city after he allegedly tried to pass off a counterfeit $20 bill. Chauvin is seen pressing his knee to the back...
    The four former Minneapolis police officers who were involved in the killing of George Floyd at the end of May appeared in the Hennepin County Courthouse on Friday for a pretrial hearing, with attorneys on both sides of the case representing multiple motions. Attorneys representing Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — the officers in question — had all filed motions requesting the charges against their clients be dismissed. Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for well over eight minutes, leading to his death, is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter as well as third-degree murder. Kueng, Lane and Thao are each charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter. They have posted bail and are currently not in custody, while Chauvin is being held at a Minnesota state prison. Judge Peter Cahill said that he would not rule on dismissing the charges today, and also delayed...
    The four former Minneapolis Police Department officers who have been charged in the killing of George Floyd want separate trials as they seek to push responsibility for the death onto one another, the Guardian reported. Derek Chauvin, the officer who had his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes before Floyd died on May 25, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The other officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao, have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting manslaughter. The four men are scheduled to appear in court Friday. Prosecutors want a joint trial for the four officers, arguing that the evidence for all of the officers is similar and that they acted in concert. They also say four trials might be traumatic for Floyd's family. The defense attorneys argue that they each need separate trials, since evidence against...
    FORMER Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged in George Floyd’s death, appeared in court on Tuesday—on tax evasion charges.  Chauvin, 44, appeared remotely in Washington County District Court before Judge Sheridan Hawley, who determined his pretrial release conditions, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. 2Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is accused in George Floyd's deathCredit: AFP 2Officer Derek Chauvin was seen in the George Floyd video with his knee on Floyd's neckCredit: AFP In July—two months after kneeling on the neck of Floyd, leading to the black man’s death— Chauvin and his estranged wife Kellie Chauvin were charged with nine felony counts relating to false, fraudulent and missing tax returns. They were charged with six counts of aiding and abetting taxes or filing fraudulent returns starting in 2014, and three counts of failing to file returns from 2016 to 2018. The Chauvins underreported $464,433 in joint income...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Derek Chauvin is due in court Tuesday for felony tax fraud charges. He’s the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd. Prosecutors have also charged Chauvin, and his estranged wife, with several counts of tax evasion for lying about their income. Chauvin makes his first appearance on those charges Tuesday. Chauvin will be back in court Friday, along with the three other former officers charged in Floyd’s death. They are expected go on trial next year.
    The attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death is asking a judge to drop all charges against his client, arguing that the 46-year-old African-American’s death was allegedly due to a drug overdose and was not caused by the officer. Derek Chauvin was caught on camera choking Floyd with his knee for about nine minutes on May 25. The former officer was charged with involuntary manslaughter and was fired from his post after the video was made public in which the pleas of Floyd were recorded, who said repeatedly that he could not breathe. Eric J. Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, filed a motion in a Minnesota courthouse alleging that prosecutors have not shown probable cause to charge their client with Floyd’s death. The former officer has pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces. Nelson maintains that Chauvin acted in accordance...
    The attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death is asking a judge to drop all charges against his client, arguing that the 46-year-old African-American’s death was allegedly due to a drug overdose and was not caused by the officer. Derek Chauvin was caught on camera choking Floyd with his knee for about nine minutes on May 25. The former officer was charged with involuntary manslaughter and was fired from his post after the video was made public in which the pleas of Floyd were recorded, who said repeatedly that he could not breathe. Eric J. Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, filed a motion in a Minnesota courthouse alleging that prosecutors have not shown probable cause to charge their client with Floyd’s death. The former officer has pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces. Nelson maintains that Chauvin acted in accordance...
    The attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death is asking a judge to drop all charges against his client, arguing that the 46-year-old African-American’s death was allegedly due to a drug overdose and was not caused by the officer. Derek Chauvin was caught on camera choking Floyd with his knee for about nine minutes on May 25. The former officer was charged with involuntary manslaughter and was fired from his post after the video was made public in which the pleas of Floyd were recorded, who said repeatedly that he could not breathe. Eric J. Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, filed a motion in a Minnesota courthouse alleging that prosecutors have not shown probable cause to charge their client with Floyd’s death. The former officer has pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces. Nelson maintains that Chauvin acted in accordance...
    Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, has requested a judge dismiss the murder charges as prosecutors push for longer prison sentences.  On Friday, an attorney for Chauvin filed a motion in court that argued there was no probable cause to support the second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges pinned to his client.   The motion claimed that Floyd's death was caused drugs in his system, not Chauvin pressing his knee into Floyd's neck for an extended period.   'Put simply, Mr. Floyd could not breathe because he had ingested a lethal dose of fentanyl,' the filing said, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin (left) on Friday asked that a judge dismiss his murder charges in the death of George Floyd (right)  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Man, 33, is arrested for 'jogging...
    Prosecutors in the case against four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd intend to seek stiff sentences if the men are convicted, saying in court documents filed Friday that Floyd was vulnerable as he was handcuffed with his chest pressed against the ground and he was treated with particular cruelty. Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office also noted that the former officers were in a position of authority at the time and “inflicted gratuitous pain on Mr. Floyd” as witnesses, including multiple children, watched. Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe and became motionless. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Three other officers, J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao,...
    The Vikings held a scrimmage Friday at U.S. Bank Stadium but their access with media afterward wasn’t spent discussing football. Head coach Mike Zimmer stepped up to a microphone and said he was proud of the stance his players have taken on social justice, then turned the microphone over to running back Ameer Abdullah, tight end Kyle Rudolph and safety Anthony Harris, members of the team’s 10-man social justice committee. Abdullah said Vikings players are “sick to our stomachs” over the shooting of Jacob Blake last Sunday in Kenosha, Wis., and said the team is calling for “proper prosecution of Derek Chauvin, the police officer that kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for eight minutes, along with the other officers.” Abdullah also mentioned Ahmaud Arbery, who in February was pursued by three white residents and shot to death while jogging in Brunswick, Ga. Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on May...
    The public quickly reached its verdict: Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. Video seen around the world shows him on the pavement, his neck pinned beneath the knee of Officer Derek Chauvin, pleading for his life — “I can’t breathe” — until his body goes limp. Two autopsies concluded the death was a homicide. Chauvin was charged with murder and three other officers — Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, who both helped hold down Floyd, and Tou Thao, who kept onlookers at bay — were charged as accomplices. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, a lawyer for Lane laid out what he said would be a central argument for the defense. “None of these guys — even Chauvin — actually killed him,” said the attorney, Earl Gray. “He killed himself.” Defense attorney Earl Gray leaves the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul, Minn. on Monday, June 12, 2017....
    The knee-on-the-neck arrest of George Floyd had nothing to with his death — because he actually “killed himself,” a lawyer for one of the four charged cops has claimed. Earl Gray, the attorney for Thomas Lane, has already filed court papers trying to dismiss the fired officer’s charges, insisting the real cause of Floyd’s death was an overdose of the powerful opioid fentanyl. Gray now claims it will help clear all of the fired cops — even Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis officer filmed with his knee of Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes as he begged, “I can’t breathe.” “None of these guys — even Chauvin — actually killed him,” Gray told the Los Angeles Times of the May death ruled a homicide by the medical examiner. “He killed himself,” he insisted of Floyd, whose death sparked months of often violent protests across the US and parts of the rest...
    A mural painted by artist Kenny Altidor depicting George Floyd is unveiled on a sidewall of CTown Supermarket on July 13, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough New York City. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images A lawyer for Thomas Lane, one of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death told the Los Angeles Times that he plans to argue that Floyd "killed himself." He told the Times that Floyd died from a fentanyl overdose and an underlying heart condition, and the former Minneapolis police officers involved in Floyd's death were just "doing their jobs." "None of these guys — even Chauvin — actually killed him," he said, referring to Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd's neck for nine minutes during the May 25 incident.  The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office listed Floyd's cause of death as a homicide, saying his heart stopped when police officers restrained him...
    An attorney for one of the police officers involved in the death of George Floyd is arguing that Floyd overdosed on fentanyl during the arrest and thus the officers should not have been charged with his murder. Citing newly released body camera footage of the May 25 incident, attorney Earl Gray, who is representing former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, said Floyd took “2 milligrams of fentanyl, a lethal dose," before being taken to the ground by police. The Hennepin County medical examiner ruled Floyd's cause of death "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression." The report found Floyd had fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system when he died and also tested positive for the coronavirus. A second autopsy commissioned by Floyd's family listed his cause of death as "asphyxiation from sustained pressure." “All he had to do is sit in the police...
    One of the police officers that is charged in connection with the killing of George Floyd is calling for the charges against him to be dropped, claiming that Floyd died from an overdose of fentanyl, not from former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes. An attorney for former officer Thomas Lane, who was one of the officers who witnessed Chauvin kneel on Floyd's neck, filed a reply on Monday to prosecutors' defense of the charges that were brought against Lane, Chauvin and two other officers. “Officer Lane did nothing wrong,” attorney Earl Gray wrote. Gray had previously submitted a filing in July asking the court to throw out the charges against Lane because they were legally deficient, according to the Star Tribune. This time around, Lane's lawyer played hardball, evoking Floyd's past crimes and his struggles with substance abuse. “With this background in mind, the State’s suggestion that...
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KABC) -- Gut-wrenching new police body camera video in the death of George Floyd has been released, capturing the horror of people pleading for the officers to get off of him.The newly released video is from a third fired officer involved in the arrest, Tou Thao.Thao held back a crowd of nearly a dozen bystanders, while Officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd with his knee and two others held Floyd down.Some of the bystanders can be heard urging the officers to let Floyd up from the ground and help him."He's not responsive right now, bro," one man tells the officers."Let me see a pulse," says another woman.Floyd died soon after the arrest seen on the now-infamous video in which Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd's neck for an extended period of time.In the meantime, Minneapolis' mayor has announced plans to not fill an expected 100 police officer openings in...
    Prosecutors on Wednesday asked a judge to try four fired Minneapolis police officers  jointly in George Floyd’s death. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a memo arguing that evidence against the four is similar and that a single trial would spare witnesses and family members from the trauma of multiple trials. Holding one trial also would allow the community and the nation to absorb the impact of the verdicts for the four officers at once, instead of piecemeal, Ellison argued. “Forcing the community to endure four separate trials, with four separate verdicts at four different times, is likely to compound and prolong the trauma to the community,” wrote Ellison, whose office is leading the prosecution. This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Chauvin is charged with...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday asked a judge to try four fired Minneapolis police officers jointly in George Floyd’s death. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a memo arguing that evidence against the four is similar and that a single trial would spare witnesses and family members from the trauma of multiple trials. Holding one trial also would allow the community and the nation to absorb the impact of the verdicts for the four officers at once, instead of piecemeal, Ellison argued. “Forcing the community to endure four separate trials, with four separate verdicts at four different times, is likely to compound and prolong the trauma to the community,” wrote Ellison, whose office is leading the prosecution. Floyd, a Black man, was handcuffed and lying face-down when Officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes on May 25. Floyd repeatedly said...
    THE HIGHLY anticipated trials of the Minneapolis police officers in the George Floyd case and the men charged in Ahmaud Arbery’s killing are set to air LIVE on TV. A true-life crime channel Court TV announced Tuesday that it plans to roll cameras for two high-profile court cases. vowing to bring viewers "gavel-to-gavel" coverage. 7Former Minneapolis police officers are charged in the death of George Floyd. From left, Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou ThaoCredit: AP:Associated Press Court TV said its upcoming roster of trials will include Minnesota v. Chauvin, with Court TV's anchors, legal correspondents, and crime and justice journalists breaking down the events of the day as they happen.  "The most important cases of our generation will be covered gavel-to-gavel on Court TV, offering our audience a front-row seat to justice in every sense of the word," Scott Tufts, senior vice president at Court TV told TV Guide....
    The lawyer for one of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged over George Floyd's death has claimed his client 'only handled crowd control' and had offered cops a hobble restraint to use during the fatal arrest.   Defense attorney Robert Paule filed a memo on Wednesday supporting his earlier motion to dismiss charges against fired officer Tou Thao for lack of probable cause.  The memo said Thao had his back to what was going on as officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee to the neck of Floyd, a handcuffed black man.  Chauvin had pinned Floyd down with his leg for more than eight minutes on May 25 even after he repeatedly pleaded for air. The defense attorney for former Minneapolis cop Tou Thao (pictured during a court hearing last month) is seeking to dismiss the charges against his client due to 'lack of probable cause' ...
    An attorney for one of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd argues his client only handled crowd control. Defense attorney Robert Paule filed a memo Wednesday supporting his earlier motion to dismiss charges against Tou Thao for lack of probable cause. The memo said Thao had his back to what was going on as Officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee to the neck of Floyd, a handcuffed Black man. Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes on May 25 even after Floyd pleaded for air. Former Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, center, Tou Thao, right, Thomas Lane, top left, and J Alexander Kueng, lower left.  According to the memo, Thao offered a hobble restraint to the other three officers, but they refused it. The memo also argues Chauvin was using a non-deadly, Minneapolis Police Department-approved neck...
    An attorney for one of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd argues his client only handled crowd control. Defense attorney Robert Paule filed a memo Wednesday supporting his earlier motion to dismiss charges against Tou Thao for lack of probable cause. The memo said Thao had his back to what was going on as Officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee to the neck of Floyd, a handcuffed Black man. Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes on May 25 even after Floyd pleaded for air. According to the memo, Thao offered a hobble restraint to the other three officers, but they refused it. The memo also argues Chauvin was using a non-deadly, Minneapolis Police Department-approved neck restraint, and that Thao and the other three officers “had been repeatedly trained to use neck restraints.” Former Minneapolis police...
    MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the city is working to pair new police officers with “the right individuals” for field training following George Floyd’s death, in which a senior officer rejected a younger colleague’s question about how Floyd was being restrained. In an interview with The Associated Press as part of its AP Newsmakers series, Frey said the city wants to make sure that the training new officers get isn’t undermined once they go into the field. “We need to make sure that those who are in a supervisory role, those that are riding with new officers with new cadets, are the right individuals to be role models,” Frey said. “You learn from who your role models are, and that can be a good thing and that can also be a bad thing.” Floyd, a 47-year-old Black man who was in handcuffs, died May 25 after Officer Derek...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the city is working to pair new police officers with “the right individuals” for field training following George Floyd’s death, in which a senior officer rejected a younger colleague’s question about how Floyd was being restrained. In an interview with The Associated Press as part of its AP Newsmakers series, Frey said the city wants to make sure that the training new officers get isn’t undermined once they go into the field. “We need to make sure that those who are in a supervisory role, those that are riding with new officers with new cadets, are the right individuals to be role models,” Frey said. “You learn from who your role models are, and that can be a good thing and that can also be a bad thing.” Floyd, a 47-year-old Black man who was in handcuffs, died May 25 after Officer...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the city is working to pair new police officers with “the right individuals” for field training following George Floyd’s death, in which a senior officer rejected a younger colleague’s question about how Floyd was being restrained. In an interview with The Associated Press as part of its AP Newsmakers series, Frey said the city wants to make sure that the training new officers get isn’t undermined once they go into the field. “We need to make sure that those who are in a supervisory role, those that are riding with new officers with new cadets, are the right individuals to be role models,” Frey said. “You learn from who your role models are, and that can be a good thing and that can also be a bad thing.” Floyd, a 47-year-old Black man who was in handcuffs, died May 25 after Officer...
    By MOHAMED IBRAHIM and AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the city is working to pair new police officers with “the right individuals” for field training following George Floyd's death, in which a senior officer rejected a younger colleague's question about how Floyd was being restrained. In an interview with The Associated Press as part of its AP Newsmakers series, Frey said the city wants to make sure that the training new officers get isn't undermined once they go into the field. “We need to make sure that those who are in a supervisory role, those that are riding with new officers with new cadets, are the right individuals to be role models,” Frey said. “You learn from who your role models are, and that can be a good thing and that can also be a bad thing.” Floyd, a 47-year-old Black man who...
    Newly released bodycam footage from two police officers who interacted with George Floyd offers the most comprehensive documentation yet of the events leading up to his arrest and death. Published Monday by The Daily Mail after it was leaked to the outlet, bodycam footage from Officers Thomas Lane, 37, and Alex Kueng, 26, shows the officers approaching Floyd’s vehicle after responding to a call that he was allegedly using counterfeit money at Cup Foods. Floyd is immediately distressed, agitated, and uncooperative with the officers, who demand he open his door and show them his hands. When he does not immediately show both hands, Lane pulls a handgun and points it at Floyd’s head. When Floyd places his hands on his head, Lane holsters the weapon. In the car with Floyd is his ex, Shawanda Hill, and a friend, Maurice Hall. When Lane orders Floyd out of his car, Floyd says, “Okay,...
    This combination of file photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Prosecutors say they may revisit the issue of audio-visual coverage of the trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd. (Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office via AP) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A second former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd will seek to have the charges against him dismissed. Read More: Minnesota passes historic police reform bill two months after George Floyd’s death Defense attorney Robert Paule filed a motion Wednesday saying Tou Thao will ask the judge to dismiss the charges at a hearing on Sept. 11. An attorney for former officer Thomas Lane, Earl Gray, also has filed a motion saying he will argue to dismiss the...
    MINNEAPOLIS  — A second former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd will seek to have the charges against him dismissed. Defense attorney Robert Paule filed a motion Wednesday saying Tou Thao will ask the judge to dismiss the charges at a hearing on Sept. 11. An attorney for former officer Thomas Lane, Earl Gray, also has filed a motion saying he will argue to dismiss the charges against his client. Paule said he will argue that the charges against Thao are not supported by probable cause. Prosecutors must prove that Thao knew former officer Derek Chauvin and others were going to commit a crime and “intended his presence or actions to further the commission of that crime,” Paule said in his motion. Related Articles California’s only Black female police chief ready for new role in the East Bay ‘Umbrella man,’ seen on...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A second former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd will seek to have the charges against him dismissed. Defense attorney Robert Paule filed a motion Wednesday saying Tou Thao will ask the judge to dismiss the charges at a hearing on Sept. 11. An attorney for former officer Thomas Lane, Earl Gray, also has filed a motion saying he will argue to dismiss the charges against his client. Paule said he will argue that the charges against Thao are not supported by probable cause. Prosecutors must prove that Thao knew former officer Derek Chauvin and others were going to commit a crime and “intended his presence or actions to further the commission of that crime,” Paule said in his motion. Paule said Thao's body camera video will show the lack of probable cause. Thao, 34, was seen in cellphone video standing near a...
    The former Minneapolis cop accused of killing George Floyd has also been charged with multiple tax evasion felonies, Minnesota prosecutors announced Wednesday. Derek Chauvin and his wife Kellie Chauvin are accused of failing to file individual tax returns from 2016 to 2019 and "fraudulently filing tax returns from 2014 to 2019," Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said in a news release. Prosecutors also accused the Chauvins of knowing “their obligation to file state income tax returns” from “multiple correspondences sent in 2019 by the department.” "When you fail to fulfill the basic obligation to file and pay taxes, you are taking money from the pockets of citizens of Minnesota,” Orput said. “Our office has and will continue to file these charges when presented.  Whether you are a prosecutor or police officer, or you are doctor or a realtor, no one is above the law." The Chauvins were each charged with...
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – The Minneapolis police officer charged with murder for the death of George Floyd was indicted on Wednesday on several serious charges of tax evasion. According to criminal complaints, he and his wife did not report earnings from various jobs, including more than $ 95,000 from an off-duty security job. Derek Chauvin and his wife, Kellie May Chauvin, were charged in Washington County with six counts each of instigating and supporting the filing of false or fraudulent tax returns in the state of Minnesota, and three counts of instigating and supporting no filing of state tax returns. According to the allegations, from 2014 to 2019, the Chauvin did not report $ 464,433 in income. Due to unpaid taxes, interest, and other charges, the couple owes $ 37,868 to the state. Chauvin was arrested last month and prosecuted for third-degree murder, a charge that was toughened to...
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – The Minneapolis police officer charged with murder for the death of George Floyd was indicted on Wednesday on several serious charges of tax evasion. According to criminal complaints, he and his wife did not report earnings from various jobs, including more than $ 95,000 from an off-duty security job. He is 44 years old and was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department Derek Chauvin and his wife, Kellie May Chauvin, were charged in Washington County with six counts each of instigating and supporting the filing of false or fraudulent tax returns in the state of Minnesota, and three counts of instigating and supporting no filing of state tax returns. According to the allegations, from 2014 to 2019, the Chauvin did not report $ 464,433 in income. Due to unpaid taxes, interest, and other charges, the couple owes $ 37,868 to the state. Chauvin...
    Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested on May 29, 2020 for the death of George Floyd. Courtesy of Ramsey County Sheriff's Office via AP Derek Chauvin, the ex-officer in Minneapolis charged in George Floyd's death, is also facing several felony tax fraud charges, several outlets reported.  Chauvin and his estranged wife face six counts of filing false or fraudulent tax returns from 2014 to 2019, and three counts of failing to file from 2016 to 2018.  Chauvin is currently in custody with a $1.25 million bail for the charges relating to Floyd's death. His wife, Kellie Chauvin filed for divorce when he was charged in May. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. One of the ex-police officers charged in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis also now faces several charges for tax evasion, the Associated Press reported.  Derek Chauvin, who faces second-degree murder charges...
    New details in the harrowing police killing of George Floyd have been revealed after a court unsealed police bodycam footage of the incident. The new footage, from cameras worn by officers Thomas Lane and Alexander Kueng, showed white officer Derek Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck for nine and a half minutes – a minute longer than previously estimated. Floyd gasped for breath and said 'please' more than 50 times in his interaction with officers, according to MPR News. At one point in the clip Lane asks multiple times if they should roll Floyd on his side as he pleaded for air. Chauvin is heard saying 'just leave him'.  Nothing in the footage captured by cameras suggests Floyd acted aggressively or threateningly with officers. A Hennepin County Judge allowed members of the public and journalists to view the video evidence in person on Wednesday but they were not allowed to record...
    Attorneys for the family of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who was killed in police custody, are expected to announce a lawsuit Wednesday against the city of Minneapolis and police officers. Attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel Antonio Romanucci will be making the announcement about the civil lawsuit. Floyd died in Minneapolis on Memorial Day after White police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for several minutes. His death sparked a nationwide movement against police brutality and racial injustice. How to watch the George Floyd announcement today What: Ben Crump and co-counsel Antonio Romanucci announce a lawsuit against Minneapolis and police officers on behalf of George Floyd's family Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Time: 11 a.m. CT; 12 p.m. ET  Location: Diana Murphy U.S. Courthouse, 300 S. Fourth Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota Online stream: Watch live on CBSN - in the player above and on your mobile...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The defense teams for fired Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao and Thomas Lane are requesting the court’s gag order be lifted. On Monday, attorneys for three of the four officers charged in George Floyd’s death filed objections to the gag order, issued on July 9, and asked for it to be vacated. Both Chauvin’s and Thao’s attorneys argue that their clients did not speak to the media and that the gag order is depriving them of their rights to free speech and a public trial. Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, also blasted media coverage and statements from popular figures, saying they led to an “overwhelming pretrial publicity damning Mr. Chauvin.” Nelson listed numerous instances where George Floyd’s death was called a “murder”. Read The Objections Below: – Derek Chauvin – Tou Thao – Thomas Lane “For more than a month, the press,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities attorney says that more than 150 Minneapolis police officers have begun the process of filing disability claims, with most saying they’re suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In a statement Friday morning, Ron Meuser, Jr., of the firm Meuser, Yackley and Rowland, said that the disability claims have come in the last six weeks, following the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing nights of looting, arson and unrest, including the burning of the 3rd Precinct police station. “While law enforcement is a high-stress career, the last two months in Minneapolis have pushed many officers to their breaking point,” Meuser said, explaining that many officers feel exhausted from working long shifts, day after day, without relief or support from city leadership. “I’m seeing PTSD symptoms of officers with highly diminished capacity to live and socialize, extraordinary rates of divorce, and...
    The 'fake' $20 bill George Floyd was killed over in Minneapolis in May has been seen for the first time in court documents filed by one of the cops charged with his death.   Thomas Lane was one of four cops who held Floyd down as he gasped for breath and begged for life on May 25 after being arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 to pay for something in a convenience store in Minneapolis.  Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck whereas Lane and two others; J.A. Kueng and  Thao Tou, held the man down. Chauvin has been charged with murder and manslaughter and the other three have been charged with aiding and abetting him.  But in a court filing on Wednesday, Lane's attorney said there was no probable cause against him.   He submitted photos of inside Floyd's car which include images of what he calls to 'crumpled'...
    An attorney representing Thomas Lane, one of the former Minneapolis police officers charged for his role in the arrest and death of George Floyd, has filed a motion asking for the case against the Lane to be dismissed.  Floyd, an unarmed Black man, died in May after a former white police officer Derek Chauvin was seen kneeling on his neck during an arrest. Chauvin held his knee on Floy's neck for several minutes while the man pleaded for air until Floyd was unresponsive. Chauvin was later dismissed from the Minneapolis Police Department, arrested and charged with second degree murder and manslaughter.  Lane was one of three officers who was captured on video restraining Floyd during his arrest on May 25. Lane had been holding Floyd’s legs at the time beside another officer positioned near his waist as as Chauvin knealt on his neck. Lane as well as the other officers were charged with aiding and abetting...
    THE George Floyd cop who "tried to have Derek Chauvin turn him over" has asked for his charges to be dropped. The Star Tribune broke the news on Wednesday. 1 Thomas Lane is one of the four officers charged in the death of George FloydCredit: Reuters More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best ever Sun Online experience. For iPhone click here, for Android click here.  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunUS.
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The defense team for fired Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, who is charged in George Floyd’s death, has filed a motion for the charges to be dismissed. Lane’s attorney agues that Lane “did not intentionally aid, advise, hir, counsel, or conspire with (Derek) Chauvin or otherwise procure Chauvin to commit second degree murder.” His attorney says that Lane did not know that third-degree assault was being committed and he didn’t intend for his actions of holding Floyd’s legs and feet would further a crime. The defense, as part of the evidence supporting the dismissal of charges, entered transcripts of two officer body worn cameras. Footage has not been released. MORE: State vs. Thomas Kiernan Lane This is a developing story, so check back for more.
    For the first time, police officers involved in the murder of George Floyd appeared before the judge. They face a sentence of more than 40 years in prison. Ex-Agent D. Chauvin Charged With Murder The ex-agent Derek Chauvin and his three former colleagues appeared in court Monday, June 29. They are all involved in the murder of theAfrican American, George Floyd. The judge Peter cahill set the trial date for March 8, 2021. From the high security prison where he has been held for a month, D. Chauvin appeared by video link. He was dressed in an orange prisoner costume, his face covered with a mask. 44 years old, he is charged with murder for suffocating the victim by kneeling on his neck for more than 8 minutes. They risk up to 40 years in prison In contrast, the other three police officers, Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao...
    ONE of the cops charged over the killing of George Floyd is intending to plead not guilty, using self defense, justifiable force and authorized use of force as defenses, according to reports. J Alexander Kueng has been charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder and manslaughter. 13 Ex-cop J. Alexander Kueng is seen ahead of the hearingCredit: AFP or licensors 13 The four officers involved in Floyd's death are set to appear in court on Monday. L-R, Derek Chauvin, J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou ThaoCredit: AP:Associated Press Kueng, who is 26, intends to use the three defenses during his trial, court filings seen by The Daily Mail revealed. Kueng and the three other George Floyd cops appeared in court on Monday over the shocking killing. The court appearances came a little more than a month after Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died on May 25 when Minnesota...
    The first of the four officers to indicate how he intends to plea in the killing of George Floyd will plead not guilty to all charges, DailyMail.com can reveal.  J Alexander Kueng stated his intentions in a court filing seen by DailyMail.com.  The papers filed by attorney Thomas Plunkett state that the ex-cop intends to plead not guilty and use the defenses of self defense, justifiable force and authorized use of force. It was filed just a few hours after he and his fellow defendants officers appeared in Hennepin County District Court for a pretrial hearing.     J Alexander Kueng stated his intentions to plead not guilty and use the defenses of self defense, justifiable force and authorized use of force  The papers filed by attorney Thomas Plunkett state that the ex-cop intends to plead not guilty and use the defenses of self defense, justifiable force and authorized use of...
    Minneapolis judge hoped Monday to hold trial for police involved in murder of George Floyd on March 8, but threatened to disorient him if parties continue to speak in the media on this America-revolted case . Audience of Derek Chauvin Dressed in an orange prisoner costume, his face covered with a mask, ex-agent Derek Chauvin appeared via video link from the high security prison where he has been held for a month. The 44-year-old white man is charged with murder for suffocating George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, while kneeling on his neck for long minutes. His three former colleagues Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, who were prosecuted for complicity in the murder, appeared in person in a court in this city in Minnesota, in the northern United States. The first two were released on bail on bail of $ 750,000. The latter is still in...
    A Minnesota judge for the case of four former police officers charged in the death of George Floyd’s instructed the involved attorneys, officials and family members to limit their public statements ahead of the trials. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill did not issue an official gag order preventing both sides’ attorneys from speaking publicly on the case. But he warned that if public statements continue, he will likely grant any request to move the trial outside of Minneapolis to form an objective jury, The Associated Press reported.  “The court is not going to be happy about hearing comments on these three areas: merits, evidence and guilt or innocence,” the judge said. Cahill requested Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank use his position to keep officials quiet, saying if they continue to speak out, he would likely “have to pull (the trials) out of Hennepin County and they need to be aware of...
    The four Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing have received a trial date of March 8, reports The Wall Street Journal. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill said the date was made under the assumption that the former officers — Derek Chauvin, 44; J. Alexander Kueng, 26; Thomas Lane, 37; and Tou Thao, 34 — would be tried together, but he said that he expected motions to be filed by their attorneys for separate trials. Chauvin, who is white, knelt on Floyds neck for nearly 9 minutes. He is charged with second-degree murder and is in custody on $1 million bail. Kueng, Lane and Thao are charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin. Thao is held on $750,000 bail. Lane and Kueng are free on bond. Kueng filed a document stating he intends to plead not guilty. None of the other officers have entered a plea. Cahill also warned public...
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