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Prosecutors seek higher sentence for Chauvin in Floyd death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors are asking a judge to give Derek Chauvin a more severe penalty than state guidelines call for when he is sentenced in June for George Floyd's death, arguing in court documents filed Friday that Floyd was particularly vulnerable ...

Police chiefs hail Chauvin verdict as a key step to healing

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and JAKE BLEIBERG Associated Press Not long after a jury convicted former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of killing George Floyd, police chiefs across the U.S. started speaking up. And it wasn't to defend the police. New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun ...

Evidence in Chauvin case contradicted first police statement

By CLAUDIA LAUER Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Moments after former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in George Floyd's death, copies of the original Minneapolis police statement began recirculating on social media. It attributed Floyd's death to "medical distress" and ...

Minnesota schools see ‘worrisome’ surge in COVID-19 cases

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — COVID-19 case rates are rising across Minnesota, and they're affecting younger Minnesotans, especially middle and high school students. Minnesota health officials said Thursday that the number of school-related COVID-19 cases reported this week among students has now ...

EXPLAINER: Can Chauvin get his convictions tossed on appeal?

By MICHAEL TARM AP Legal Affairs Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The unique circumstances surrounding Derek Chauvin's trial in George Floyd's death could offer the former Minneapolis police officer some shot at winning a retrial on appeal, though most legal experts agree it's a long ...

Minnesota records 100th traffic death of 2021

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota recorded its 100th traffic death of the year on Wednesday, marking the earliest point in a year that the total has hit triple-digits since 2016. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported two teenagers were killed in a crash Thursday near Alexandria, bringing the ...

Investigators probing why plane crashed in field

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — Federal investigators are trying to determine why a small plane crashed in a field just near the Faribault Airport. The Rice County Sheriff's Office said in a news release the 2017 Piper single-engine plane took off from the airport Thursday afternoon and crashed into ...

Court record: Chauvin to be sentenced June 16 in Floyd death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder and manslaughter for pressing his knee against the neck of George Floyd as the Black man said he couldn't breathe, will be sentenced in June, according to an online ...

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, ...