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Floyd’s brother: ‘My family has been given a life sentence’

George Floyd's brothers asked a judge Friday to impose a harsh sentence against the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder and manslaughter in his death. "On behalf of me and my family, we seek the maximum penalty," Terrence Floyd said in delivering one of four victim impact ...

Chauvin prosecutor tells judge that Floyd was tortured

A prosecutor told the judge at Derek Chauvin's sentencing Friday that the former Minneapolis police officer should face a maximum sentence because he violated an officer's most important job by failing to provide for George Floyd's care while trying to take him into custody. Chauvin was being ...

Chauvin offers condolences to Floyd family at sentencing

Derek Chauvin used brief comments at his sentencing hearing Friday to offer condolences to George Floyd's family, and said he hopes more will come out in the future that gives them "some peace of mind." Chauvin spoke for less than a minute. With a possible appeal and with a federal case still ...

‘Miss you.’ Floyd’s daughter speaks at Chauvin’s sentencing

George Floyd's 7-year-old daughter shared what she wished she could tell her late father in a video shown ahead of Derek Chauvin's sentencing. "I miss you and I love you," Gianna Floyd said in the video when asked what she would say to her dad. Gianna Floyd's video interview was played in ...

Chauvin’s mother calls her son ‘honorable and selfless’

The mother of the former Minneapolis police officer being sentenced Friday in George Floyd's death told the judge that her son is a "quiet, thoughtful, honorable and selfless man" who should not receive a lengthy sentence. Carolyn Pawlenty made the statement in court before her son, Derek ...

‘We’re gonna stay strong’: Floyd family reacts to sentencE

Some of George Floyd's family members on Friday called Derek Chauvin's 22 1/2-year sentence for murder in his death insufficient, while others expressed optimism that it would be an impetus for change. One of Floyd's brothers, Rodney Floyd, called the sentence a "slap on the wrist." "We've ...

Floyd girlfriend seeks ‘evening of nonviolence’ in Minnesota

George Floyd's girlfriend called for an "evening of nonviolence" Friday in Minneapolis after a judge sentenced former police Officer Derek Chauvin to 22 1/2 years in prison for Floyd's murder. Courteney Ross said Floyd "will always be mine, he will always be the love of my life." "I'm not ...

Minnesota AG after Chauvin’s sentence: ‘It’s time to act’

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Friday that he's hoping a judge's 22 1/2-year sentence imposed on former police Officer Derek Chauvin will be a "moment for change." Ellison spoke shortly after Chauvin heard his sentence for second-degree murder in George Floyd's death. Repeating ...

Chauvin gets 22 1/2 years in prison for George Floyd’s death

By AMY FORLITI and STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced Friday to 22 1/2 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, whose dying gasps under Chauvin's knee led to the biggest outcry against racial injustice in ...

Judge acknowledges Floyd family pain, sentences Chauvin

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Judge Peter Cahill told George Floyd's family members that "I acknowledge and hear the pain that you're feeling" before sentencing a former Minneapolis police officer to 22 1/2 years in prison for murder. Cahill didn't speak at length ...

EXPLAINER: Will Chauvin’s prison experience remain unusual?

By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd. But it's not clear yet what Chauvin's experience will look like. AN UNUSUAL START Since his April conviction, ...

Floyd family lawyer calls for federal conviction for Chauvin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A lawyer for the family of George Floyd called for a federal conviction for former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, saying he hopes that would lead to a longer sentence. Chauvin was convicted of murder in April and sentenced in state court Friday to 22 1/2 years ...

Medical marijuana patients in Minnesota seek gun rights

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Staunch conservatives and advocates of legal marijuana have formed an unlikely alliance in Minnesota to pressure the Legislature to allow medical cannabis patients to own guns. The more than 35,000 patients in Minnesota's program can't own guns as the law now stands ...

Counties with lower COVID-19 vaccinations have higher cases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say a handful of Minnesota counties with low COVID-19 vaccination rates have slightly higher cases of the coronavirus. Among the 10 counties with COVID-19 rates of 5 per 10,000 people or higher in the week ending June 5, none had vaccination rates ...

Trucker who drove into Floyd protest could have charges drop

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A truck driver who drove through a large crowd of protesters on a Minneapolis highway last year during demonstrations over George Floyd's death will have criminal charges dropped if he remains law-abiding for the next year. Hennepin County prosecutors entered into a ...

Feds: Man suspected of stealing at least 63 golf carts

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a Minnesota man with transportation of stolen vehicles in what they say was a litany of thefts of golf carts. An FBI affidavit filed in North Dakota this week says the man is suspected of stealing at least 63 carts in at least seven states, ...

Twin Cities roads buckling in extreme heat

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Roads are breaking apart as an oppressive heat wave continues to bake the Twin Cities. As pavement heats up it expands, sometimes to the point of buckling. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Thursday that state transportation officials have responded to 43 incidents of ...

Couple charged with bilking $200K from elderly mother

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Roseville man and his wife with bilking his elderly mother out of almost $200,000. Gregory and Kelly Harrington were both charged Thursday with felony financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult, the St. Paul Pioneer Press ...

2 men charged in fatal graduation party shooting

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged two men in a fatal shooting at a Woodbury graduation party. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported 19-year-old Jaden Townsend and 23-year-old Enrique Davila were charged late Thursday in Washington County with aiding and abetting second-degree ...

First-year university enrollment confirmations up 12%

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — First-year enrollment confirmations for the fall semester are up from the same time last year, officials with the University of Minnesota system said Friday. System officials said confirmations from students coming directly from high school have increased 12% from last ...