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Wright’s family wants stiffer charge for Minnesota ex-cop

By SCOTT BAUER and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Daunte Wright's family members joined with community leaders Thursday in calling for more serious charges against the white former police officer who fatally shot him, comparing her case to the murder charge ...

Nearly 1.5 million fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in MN

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State health officials say more than 3.4 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered in Minnesota and 1.5 million people have been fully vaccinated. Almost half the vaccine eligible population, age 16 and older, has gotten at least one dose of vaccine, the ...

What to expect in closings for ex-cop’s trial in Floyd death

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and DOUG GLASS Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For three weeks, prosecutors at the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd played and replayed video, supplementing the bystander video that shocked the world with multiple other ...

Chauvin skips testifying as trial in Floyd death nears end

By AMY FORLITI, STEVE KARNOWSKI and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Officer Derek Chauvin 's trial in George Floyd's death will be in a jury's hands by early next week, after his brief defense wrapped up with Chauvin passing on a chance to take the stand and tell the ...

Minnesota mayor blasts police tactics to control protesters

By TODD RICHMOND and MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Elected leaders in the Minneapolis suburb where a police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright want officers to scale back their tactics amid nightly protests, leaving some law enforcement called in to assist ...

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

By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press 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 experts testified Friday at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial. The results of an autopsy, lab tests and ...

Medical examiner blames police pressure for Floyd’s death

By AMY FORLITI, STEVE KARNOWSKI and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The chief medical examiner who ruled George Floyd's death a homicide testified Friday that the way police held him down and compressed his neck "was just more than Mr. Floyd could take," given the condition ...

EXPLAINER: How Chauvin trial has impacted its witnesses

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press 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 his arrest and countless videos that forced them to relive the trauma of it all over again. One man who shouted "You ...

Lawsuit over correction’s handling of COVID-19 will proceed

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Ramsey County judge has ruled a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota can proceed against the Minnesota Department of Corrections over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Judge Sara Grewing ruled this week that all Minnesota inmates ...

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

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, AMY FORLITI and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kneeling on George Floyd 's neck while he was handcuffed and lying on his stomach was top-tier, deadly force and "totally unnecessary," the head of the Minneapolis Police Department's homicide division ...

EXPLAINER: Analyzing use of force by police officers

By STEPHEN GROVES Associated Press 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 the use of force — and used that force reasonably. The department's longest-tenured officer ...

Dinner theater drops ‘Cinderella’ with mostly white cast

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis dinner theater has scrapped plans for a production of "Cinderella" because the cast was mostly white and it didn't fit with its efforts to become more diverse on and off stage. Instead of putting on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, ...

Former staff at Duluth jail sues after guard attacked her

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former member of the medical staff at the St. Louis County Jail in Duluth, Minnesota has sued the county over an alleged 2016 incident in which a correctional officer attacked the medical technician and claimed it was an impromptu training exercise. Natalina Slaughter ...

Walz expands vaccine eligibility before boost to supply

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Friday announced a final expansion in vaccine eligibility to all Minnesotans 16 and older starting next week, though securing an appointment may prove difficult for much of the state. The expansion, ...

Snap-decision defense may not work for Minneapolis officer

By COLLEEN LONG and CLAUDIA LAUER Associated Press 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 have made a split-second decision in a life-or-death situation. But that's ...

Daily Mail seeks to reverse order denying trial credentials

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A British newspaper asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Friday to swiftly throw out a judge's order denying it credentials for a former police officer's trial in George Floyd's death. Hennepin County Chief Judge Toddrick Barnette on ...

Police fire at man shooting from bridge before he shot self

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Police in suburban Minneapolis fired at a man they say was shooting his gun from a pedestrian bridge before he took his own life. Officers responded to a report of a man walking with a gun in Bloomington about 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Authorities say the man was found ...

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

By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press 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 opportunity for justice" that has been denied to countless other families, urging efforts to address the root causes of ...

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 homeless encampment led to a violent clash between officers and civilians who tried to stop them. Five people were arrested and five officers suffered ...

Minnesota officials link variant to recent rise in cases

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials suspect that a coronavirus variant is driving a recent increase in the state's case rate. Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann said during a media briefing Friday that more than 300 ...