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Biden to meet with George Floyd’s family before funeral

By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden plans to travel to Houston to meet with the family of George Floyd and will provide a video message for Floyd's funeral service. A Biden aide on Sunday described the plans of the Democratic presidential ...

Minneapolis council majority backs disbanding police force

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A majority of the members of the Minneapolis City Council said Sunday they support disbanding the city's police department, an aggressive stance that comes just as the state has launched a civil rights investigation after George Floyd's death. Nine of the council's 12 ...

Chief struggles to change Minneapolis police culture

By TAMMY WEBBER and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Medaria Arradondo was tapped to lead the Minneapolis Police Department in 2017, he faced a public newly outraged by the fatal police shooting of a woman who had called 911 and still carrying deep mistrust from the ...

Minnesota AG asked to handle cases of police-involved deaths

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's county attorneys want to give the state attorney general the authority to handle all cases of police-involved deaths, as is the case against the four former Minneapolis police officers involved George Floyd's death. The Minnesota County Attorneys Association ...

Walz announces gradual reopening of indoor dining, gyms

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Friday a gradual reopening of indoor dining, gyms and entertainment venues during the coronavirus pandemic. Walz said the restrictions will loosen next Wednesday, but customers and employees still will be either strongly recommended or ...

U of Minnesota president to recommend in-person fall classes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The president of the University of Minnesota plans to recommend that the school resume in-person classes this fall after moving to online offerings during the coronavirus pandemic. President Joan Gabel also will recommend to the Board of Regents next week that the ...

Minneapolis bans police chokeholds in wake of Floyd’s death

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis agreed Friday to ban chokeholds and neck restraints by police and to require officers to try to stop any other officers they see using improper force, in the first concrete steps to remake the city's police force since George ...

The Latest: Sharpton: DC rally being planned for Aug. 28

By The Associated Press undefined TOP OF THE HOUR: — Sharpton planning DC rally for Aug. 28 anniversary of MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech — Minneapolis-St. Paul curfew over as troopers, National Guard to be sent home — Seattle mayor bans police use of a type of tear gas for 30 ...

Attorneys: 2 ex-cops charged in Floyd’s death were rookies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two of three Minneapolis police officers accused of aiding and abetting in the death of George Floyd were rookies barely off probation when a more senior white officer ignored the black man's cries for help and pressed a knee into his neck, defense attorneys said ...

8:46: A number becomes a potent symbol of police brutality

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — All protest movements have slogans. George Floyd's has a number: 8:46 Eight minutes, 46 seconds is the length of time prosecutors say Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was pinned to the ground under a white Minneapolis police officer's knee before he died last week. In the ...

Experts: Floyd’s health issues don’t affect homicide ruling

George Floyd had drugs in his system and severe heart disease when a Minneapolis police officer put a knee to his neck, but independent experts said the medical problems revealed in the full autopsy report don't change the conclusion that the handcuffed man's death was a homicide. "He has some ...

Floyd mourned, celebrated as death used as call to action

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A mural honoring George Floyd was projected above his golden coffin, where mourners knelt and cried, paused and prayed Thursday at his memorial service. Its simple message: "I can breathe now." But for far too many black Americans, dreams have been dashed and goals not ...

Floyd memorial will retrace life, push for justice in death

HOUSTON (AP) — The memorial services to honor George Floyd are extraordinary: three cities over six days, with a chance for mourners to pay their respects in the communities where he was born, grew up, and died. But so are the circumstances surrounding them: Since his May 25 death in ...

Journalists wage legal fights after facing protest attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — Journalists alarmed by dozens of incidents where reporters were shot at, manhandled, gassed or arrested while covering demonstrations touched off by the death of Minnesota man George Floyd are fighting back legally. A freelance journalist, backed by the American Civil ...

Cop in Floyd case got medals for valor and drew complaints

The Minneapolis police officer who used his knee to pin down George Floyd's neck before his death was the most experienced of the four officers involved in the arrest, with a record that included medals for bravery and 17 complaints against him, including one for pulling a woman out of her car ...

Autopsy report shows Floyd had tested positive for COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A full autopsy of George Floyd, the handcuffed black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police, was released Wednesday and provides several clinical details, including that Floyd had previously tested positive for COVID-19. The 20-page report released by ...

Prosecutors charge 3 more officers in George Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors charged three more police officers Wednesday in the death of George Floyd and filed a new, tougher charge against the officer at the center of the case, delivering a victory to protesters who have filled the streets from coast to coast to fight police brutality ...

Minneapolis police face civil rights probe over Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The state of Minnesota on Tuesday launched a civil rights investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department in hopes of forcing widespread changes following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for ...

Arson, attempted murder among charges in Minneapolis unrest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One Minnesota man has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting at police officers during unrest in Minneapolis last week, while two others face federal charges for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails into a suburban government building, according to ...

Judge blocks sit-down dining at central Minnesota bar chain

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday blocked a chain of central Minnesota bars and restaurants from offering sit-down dining in violation of Gov. Tim Walz's peacetime emergency order during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Stearns County judge issued a temporary injunction sought by ...