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Defense rests without Chauvin testimony at murder trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Officer Derek Chauvin chose not to take the stand as testimony at his murder trial ended Thursday, passing up the...

EXPLAINER: Here’s why Derek Chauvin won’t testify at trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in George Floyd’s death said Thursday that he won't testify in his own...

Defense expert blames George Floyd’s death on heart trouble

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd died of a sudden heart rhythm disturbance as a result of his heart disease, a forensic pathologist testified for...

EXPLAINER: Chauvin defense suggests prone position not risky

CHICAGO (AP) — The attorney for the former officer charged with killing George Floyd says several studies suggest police can safely use their...

Biden works to balance civil rights and criminal justice

WASHINGTON (AP) — On one end of Pennsylvania Avenue, he mourned with the family of a fallen police officer. On the other, he pledged...

Expert says cop was justified in pinning down George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Officer Derek Chauvin was justified in pinning George Floyd to the ground because he kept struggling, a use-of-force expert testified...

Biden works to balance civil rights and criminal justice

WASHINGTON (AP) — On one end of Pennsylvania Avenue, he mourned with the family of a fallen police officer. On the other, he pledged...

EXPLAINER: Prosecution explores Floyd’s ‘spark of life’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors trying a white former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd’s death put one of Floyd’s brothers on the witness stand...

Expert: Chauvin did not take actions of ‘reasonable officer’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors’ case against former Officer Derek Chauvin drew toward a close Monday with tender memories from George Floyd’s younger brother, along...

Twins, Wolves, Wild postpone games following police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In the raw aftermath of another killing of a Black man by police in Minnesota, there was no place for pro...

EXPLAINER: Judge lets jury decide Floyd’s remark about drugs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The judge overseeing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in the death of George Floyd said Monday that he'll...

For Chauvin’s trial attorney, it’s all about raising doubt

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Chauvin's defense attorney was questioning George Floyd's girlfriend about the couple buying drugs when he abruptly shifted gears for what...

Ex-officer’s trial in Floyd’s death shows courtroom tactics

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The murder trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death has introduced viewers from around the world...

For Black journalists, working Chauvin trial drains emotions

NEW YORK (AP) — At the end of a stressful day, Sara Sidner seeks the friendly wag of a dog's tail. Shaquille Brewster turns...

Medical examiner blames police pressure for Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The chief medical examiner who ruled George Floyd’s death a homicide testified Friday that the way police held him down and...

EXPLAINER: ‘Contributing’ factors in Floyd death key to case

CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors charged with determining the cause of an individual's death try to learn all they can about the person's life, medical...

‘Blue wall of silence’ takes hit in Chauvin’s murder trial

Police accused of wrongdoing can usually count on the blue wall of silence — protection from fellow officers that includes everything from shutting off...

Chauvin trial puts Court TV’s revival in the public eye

NEW YORK (AP) — Scott Tufts believes the media world is not complete without Court TV. If he's ever going to prove his point,...

EXPLAINER: Why would an expert witness go without pay?

CHICAGO (AP) — Experts in medicine can command thousands of dollars when they testify in American courtrooms, but prosecutors made a point of letting...

EXPLAINER: Courtroom technology on display in Chauvin trial

CHICAGO (AP) — The foundation of the case against the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd is a mountain of video...

EXPLAINER: What is excited delirium?

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for the officer on trial in George Floyd ’s death has raised the concept of excited delirium as testimony...

EXPLAINER: Expert uses imagery to explain Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A key witness at the trial of an ex-Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd's death used videos, animations and other imagery...

Expert: Lack of oxygen killed George Floyd, not drugs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd died of a lack of oxygen from being pinned to the pavement with a knee on his neck, medical...

EXPLAINER: Did Floyd really yell, ‘I ate too many drugs?’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer on trial in the death of George Floyd tried Wednesday to...

Expert: Chauvin never took knee off Floyd’s neck area

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck area — and was bearing down with most of his...

EXPLAINER: Could mask hamper ex-officer’s image with jurors?

The face mask that former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been required to wear during his trial in George Floyd's death has hidden...

EXPLAINER: Trial highlights Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jurors in the trial of a Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death are hearing from investigators from the Minnesota...

Police official: Chauvin trained to avoid neck pressure

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police are taught to restrain combative suspects with a knee on their back or shoulders if necessary but are told...

Floyd’s family takes its seat in ex-officer’s murder trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A member of George Floyd's family often occupies a reserved seat in the back corner of the Minneapolis courtroom where former...

EXPLAINER: Was officer’s knee on Floyd’s neck authorized?

CHICAGO (AP) — A critical factor for jurors to consider at a former Minneapolis police officer's trial in George Floyd's death is whether he...

EXPLAINER: Minneapolis chief has sought to reform department

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo was a star witness for the prosecution Monday at the trial of a former officer charged...

Police chief: Kneeling on Floyd’s neck violated policy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police chief testified Monday that now-fired Officer Derek Chauvin violated departmental policy — and went against “our principles and...

EXPLAINER: Doctor’s testimony details Floyd’s heart activity

George Floyd had “pulseless electrical activity” and his heart wasn’t beating when he arrived at a Minneapolis hospital, a doctor testified Monday. ...

EXPLAINER: Legion of Chauvin prosecutors, each with own role

Viewers watching the trial of a former Minneapolis officer charged with murder in George Floyd 's death may be struck by the array of...

Chauvin’s trial leaves many Black viewers emotionally taxed

For some it’s too much to watch. Others just can’t turn away. ...

EXPLAINER: Analyzing use of force by police officers

As former Officer Derek Chauvin stands trial in George Floyd's death, a central question is whether he followed the Minneapolis Police Department's guidelines on...

Lieutenant: Kneeling on Floyd’s neck ‘totally unnecessary’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kneeling on George Floyd 's neck while he was handcuffed and lying on his stomach was top-tier, deadly force and “totally...

EXPLAINER: How Chauvin trial has impacted its witnesses

The first days of testimony at the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death were dominated by witnesses to...

Floyd’s girlfriend recalls their struggles with addiction

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd’s girlfriend tearfully told a jury Thursday the story of how they met — at a Salvation Army shelter where...

EXPLAINER: How Floyd’s ‘spark of life’ played out at trial

Prosecutors trying a white former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd’s death put Floyd's girlfriend on the witness stand Thursday in an effort to...

Brooklyn attorneys weigh plea deal in NYPD firebombing case

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors told a judge Thursday they have offered a plea deal to two Brooklyn attorneys charged with firebombing an...

Plan to revamp police force proceeds in Ithaca, New York

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in an Ivy League town in upstate New York voted to proceed with a hotly debated plan to revamp...

EXPLAINER: Use-of-force experts evaluate Floyd arrest

Jurors on Wednesday saw Minneapolis police officers’ body camera footage showing how an initial confrontation over an alleged misdemeanor last year spiraled into George...

EXPLAINER: Video dominates trial in George Floyd’s death

CHICAGO (AP) — Video is playing a huge role in the early stages of the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in...

Ex-cop told onlooker Floyd was big, ‘probably on something’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After the ambulance took George Floyd away, the Minneapolis officer who had pinned his knee on the Black man’s neck defended...

2 views of Floyd onlookers: Desperate to help, or angry mob

To the prosecution, the witnesses who watched George Floyd’s body go still were regular people — a firefighter, a mixed martial arts fighter, a...

Witnesses: Onlooker anger increased as Floyd stopped moving

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Onlookers grew increasingly angry as they begged Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin to take his knee off George Floyd’s neck, but Chauvin...

EXPLAINER: In ex-cop’s trial, defense promises video too

CHICAGO (AP) — It’s clear video will be the central focus at the trial that began Monday for a white former Minneapolis police officer...

Jurors shown video at ex-officer’s trial in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The video of George Floyd gasping for breath was essentially Exhibit A as the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed...

Ample opportunities for viewers to follow Chauvin trial

NEW YORK (AP) — American news consumers have a multitude of options to follow the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer accused in...

EXPLAINER: Pandemic shapes ex-officer’s trial in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in George Floyd 's death is being conducted under special circumstances due...

Floyd family, leaders hold prayer service on eve of trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — National civil rights leaders appeared alongside several family members of George Floyd at a prayer service Sunday night, hours before opening...

Key players in trial of ex-officer charged in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Opening statements are set for Monday in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder and manslaughter in...

Jurors in ex-officer’s high-profile trial face heavy burden

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One prospective juror's voice quivered as she told attorneys during jury selection that she feared for her family's safety if chosen...

Key events since George Floyd’s arrest and death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A timeline of key events that began with George Floyd's arrest on May 25, 2020, by four police officers in Minneapolis: ...

Floyd spurred broad push for change globally, activists say

Richard Wallace had seen it all before, and he wasn’t hopeful. ...

Snap-decision defense may not work for Minneapolis officer

Convicting a police officer of killing someone is notoriously difficult, in part because juries hesitate to second-guess the defendant when the officer claims to...

Reforms pushed in Texas as trial nears in George Floyd death

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Outside of George Floyd's public memorial last summer in Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott floated the possibility of a law...

EXPLAINER: How is officer’s duty relevant to Floyd case?

As attorneys argued over whether to allow evidence from George Floyd's 2019 arrest at the trial of a former police officer charged in his...

Ivy League town weighs revamping police; critics see flaws

The nationwide reexamination of policing after the killing of George Floyd has led an Ivy League college town in upstate New York to consider...

Diverse jury raises activists’ hopes for ex-cop’s trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The jury that will decide the fate of a white former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death is unusually...

Jury set for ex-cop’s trial in Floyd death; starts Monday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A jury has been seated for the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd’s death, with opening statements...

The 15 jurors selected for the trial of Derek Chauvin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fifteen jurors have been selected for the case against Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death. ...

14th juror seated for ex-officer’s trial in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 14th juror was seated Monday for the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death, leaving...

Judge won’t move trial in Floyd’s death; 13th juror picked

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge said Friday he won’t delay or move the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s...

EXPLAINER: Role of alternate jurors in ex-officer’s trial

Attorneys in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death are wrangling over not just the 12 jurors who...

Minneapolis police review force used in homeless camp clash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police department on Friday was reviewing use of force by its officers after their attempt to clear out a...

UN rights chief: Justice at stake in trial over Floyd death

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief said Friday that the U.S. trial over the killing of George Floyd presents a “crucial, defining...

With striking of Black juror, Floyd activists see racism

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A prospective juror who once lived in the neighborhood where George Floyd was arrested told the attorney for an ex-officer charged...

EXPLAINER: Chauvin’s lawyer is outnumbered, but has help

As trial approaches for a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death, the early proceedings suggest it’s not exactly a fair...

12th juror picked, lawyers clash over expert in Floyd trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys at the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death nearly finished jury selection on Thursday...

2 jurors dropped from Chauvin trial after $27M settlement

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Wednesday dismissed two jurors who had been seated for the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer accused...

Corporations become unlikely financiers of racial equity

In the months since the police killing of George Floyd sparked a racial reckoning in the United States, American corporations have emerged as an...

Movement for Black Lives opposes George Floyd Justice Act

DETROIT (AP) — The Movement for Black Lives is opposing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, arguing the bill doubles down on reform...

EXPLAINER: What’s behind some Chauvin jury questions?

Potential jurors in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer accused in George Floyd's death have been asked many predictable questions. Attorneys from...

Battle over Floyd’s 2019 arrest highlights key trial issue

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A lawyer for the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck wants to bring up Floyd’s...

EXPLAINER: What is the impact of racially diverse juries?

CHICAGO (AP) — Questions around race have been central to the murder case against the former Minneapolis police officer who leaned on George Floyd's...

Defense in ex-cop’s trial fears impact of $27M settlement

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death asked the judge Monday to delay the trial,...

Patterns emerge in jury screening for trial in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first week of jury selection in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death established...

EXPLAINER: Striking jurors in ex-cop’s trial in Floyd death

As attorneys in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death screen potential jurors, they're on guard for anything...

Floyd family agrees to $27M settlement amidst ex-cop’s trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Minneapolis on Friday agreed to pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit from George Floyd’s family over...

A look at big settlements in US police killings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for George Floyd's family said Friday that a $27 million settlement of a federal lawsuit by the city of...

EXPLAINER: Ex-cop trial to include ‘spark of life’ on Floyd

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors trying a white former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd's death plan to use a legal doctrine called “spark...

Report condemns Los Angeles police tactics amid civil unrest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new report excoriated Los Angeles police for the department’s actions during last summer’s protests following the death of George...

Judge OKs 3rd-degree murder charge for ex-cop in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Thursday granted prosecutors’ request to add a third-degree murder count against a former Minneapolis police officer charged in...

Attorneys in ex-cop’s trial probe jurors’ views about police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death questioned potential jurors Wednesday about their...

EXPLAINER: Why jurors can’t be dismissed based on their race

The issue of race looms large over the trial of a white former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death last May of George...

At Chauvin trial, some in jury pool have sharp views on case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The long process of jury selection for a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death began Tuesday with three...

Pandemic shapes trial of Minneapolis ex-cop in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Because the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death is being held during the coronavirus pandemic,...

Fiery chants for justice from marchers at Chauvin trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered Monday outside the fortified courthouse for the first day of the trial of a former police officer...

EXPLAINER: Why battle over a murder charge in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jury selection in the trial of a former Minneapolis officer accused in the death of George Floyd was put on...

Jury selection paused for ex-cop charged in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jury selection for a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death was halted before it began Monday by the...

Key events since George Floyd’s arrest and death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A timeline of key events that began with George Floyd's arrest on May 25, 2020, by four police officers in Minneapolis: ...

Floyd’s cause of death, ex-cop’s force will be keys at trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer was swiftly fired and charged with murder after bystander video showed him pressing his knee into George...

Key players in trial of ex-officer charged in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jury selection begins Monday for a former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death. Derek Chauvin's...

Dozens rally before ex-officer put on trial in Floyd’s death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Dozens of people gathered in front of the Minnesota governor’s mansion on Saturday to demand accountability for police officers,...

Key events since George Floyd’s arrest and death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A timeline of key events that began with George Floyd's arrest on May 25, 2020, by four police officers in Minneapolis: ...

Officer’s trial could reopen intersection where Floyd died

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — During a group's recent meeting at the now-vacant Speedway gas station near where George Floyd died, children roasted marshmallows on a...

3rd-degree murder count could be reinstated in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Friday ordered a judge to reconsider adding a third-degree murder charge against a former Minneapolis...

House OKs George Floyd Act as Democrats avoid ‘defund’ clash

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats passed the most ambitious effort in decades to overhaul policing nationwide, avoiding a potential clash with moderates in their...

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