Prosecution case nears end in ex-cop's trial in George Floyd's death

Prosecution case nears end in ex-cop's trial in George Floyd's death

By Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS: The trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death enters its third week Monday, with the state nearing the end of a case built on searing witness accounts, official rejections of the neck restraint and expert testimony attributing Floyd’s death to a lack of oxygen. Derek Chauvin, 45, who is white, is charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s May 25 death. Police were called to a neighborhood market where Floyd, who was Black, was accused of trying to pass a counterfeit…

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Expert says George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen

Expert says George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen

By Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS: George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen, which damaged his brain and caused his heart to stop, a medical expert testified Thursday at former Officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial. Floyd’s breathing was too shallow to take in enough oxygen while he was pinned facedown with his hands cuffed behind his back for 9 1/2 minutes as Chauvin knelt on his neck and back, said Dr. Martin Tobin, a lung and critical care specialist at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola University’s medical school in Chicago.…

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Kneeling on Floyd's neck violated department policy, training: Police Chief Medaria Arradondo

Kneeling on Floyd's neck violated department policy, training: Police Chief Medaria Arradondo

By Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS: The Minneapolis police chief who called George Floyd’s death “murder” soon after it happened testified that Officer Derek Chauvin had clearly violated department policy when he pinned Floyd’s neck beneath his knee for more than 9 minutes. Continuing to kneel on Floyd’s neck once he was handcuffed behind his back and lying on his stomach was “in no way, shape or form” part of department policy or training, “and it is certainly not part of our ethics or our values,” Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said Monday…

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Reforms pushed in George Floyd's native Texas as trial nears

Reforms pushed in George Floyd's native Texas as trial nears

By Associated Press AUSTIN: Outside of George Floyd’s public memorial last summer in Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott floated the possibility of a law named in honor of the Houston native that would take aim at police brutality. But nine months later, as a Minneapolis police officer charged in Floyd’s death is set to stand trial next week and a George Floyd Act is heard in the Texas Capitol for the first time Thursday, there are scarce early signs of GOP support for the package of sweeping police reforms introduced…

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George Floyd death case: Judge 'OKs' some evidence from 2019 arrest in ex-cop Chauvin's trial

George Floyd death case: Judge 'OKs' some evidence from 2019 arrest in ex-cop Chauvin's trial

By Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS: The judge overseeing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in the death of George Floyd said Friday that he’ll allow the jury to hear some evidence about a prior arrest in which Floyd was found with drugs. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill partially granted a defense motion to allow evidence of Floyd’s arrest in Minneapolis in May 2019, just over a year before his death. A lawyer defending former officer Derek Chauvin argued this week that he should be allowed to bring up the…

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Black Lives Matter: Judge refuses to delay, move trial of ex-cop in George Floyd's death case

Black Lives Matter: Judge refuses to delay, move trial of ex-cop in George Floyd's death case

By Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS: A judge on Friday denied a defence request to delay or move the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death after a USD 27 million settlement for Floyd’s family raised concern about a tainted jury. Jury selection was halfway complete last week in former officer Derek Chauvin’s trial when the city of Minneapolis unanimously approved the payout to settle a civil lawsuit over Floyd’s death. Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, called the timing of the settlement deeply disturbing and unfair, and said…

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George Floyd death trial 'defining' chance for justice: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

George Floyd death trial 'defining' chance for justice: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

By AFP GENEVA: The trial of a US police officer facing murder charges for the death of George Floyd is a crucial and defining opportunity for justice, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Friday. However, it is a chance denied to countless other families, because “so many cases” involving the deaths of people of African descent never make it to court, Bachelet told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. In the US state of Minnesota, Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, is facing murder and manslaughter charges over the…

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#BlackLivesMatter: George Floyd family agrees to USD 27 million settlement amidst ex-cop's trial

#BlackLivesMatter: George Floyd family agrees to USD 27 million settlement amidst ex-cop's trial

By Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS: The city of Minneapolis on Friday agreed to pay USD 27 million to settle a civil lawsuit from George Floyd’s family over the Black man’s death in police custody, as jury selection continued in a former officer’s murder trial. Council members met privately to discuss the settlement, then returned to public session for a unanimous vote in support of the massive payout. It easily surpassed the USD 20 million the city approved two years ago to the family of a white woman killed by a police…

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Black lives matter: Dozens rally before ex-officer put on trial in George Floyd's death

Black lives matter: Dozens rally before ex-officer put on trial in George Floyd's death

By Associated Press MINNESOTA: Dozens of people gathered in front of the Minnesota governor’s mansion on Saturday to demand accountability for police officers, days before a former Minneapolis officer is scheduled to go on trial in the death of George Floyd. Many of the roughly 150 people who demonstrated in Minnesota were family members of others who died during police encounters. Similar protests were being organized in cities around the country in advance of the trial of Derek Chauvin. Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is…

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Official apologizes to woman hit by rubber bullet in BLM protest, wants to work together

Official apologizes to woman hit by rubber bullet in BLM protest, wants to work together

By PTI FORT LAUDERDALE: A Florida woman who was shot in the face by a rubber bullet during a Black Lives Matter demonstration last year has received an apology from a city official. Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Ben Sorensen reached out to LaToya Ratlieff on Wednesday, news outlets reported. “I just felt like it was appropriate to reach out and see how she’s doing and talk with her about working together to improve police reform,” Sorensen said. Ratlieff told news outlets it was the first time anyone from the city has said…

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