Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was fired after being accused of having killed the African-American man, George Floyd, was released on Wednesday after posting a bond of $1 million. The Department of Corrections confirmed that the ex-police officer left the Oak Park Heights maximum-security correctional facility.
The family of George Floyd has taken a new step towards the police and the local city government after he was killed when police officer Derek Chauvin squeezed his knee against his neck. A civil lawsuit by the Floyd family targets both the Minneapolis City Council and the four officers charged in the case.
New transcripts have given a detailed account of George Floyd’s arrest and last moments. Transcripts on footage recorded from body cameras fitted on officers Thomas Lane and Alexander Kueng revealed that Floyd said “I can’t breathe” 20 times. His pleas were dismissed by Derek Chauvin who said, “it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk.”
The Minneapolis City Council has begun the process of replacing the police force, a move that was triggered by the horrible death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis officers. The proposed charter aims at replacing the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention.
A judge in charge of George Floyd’s murder case has cautioned attorneys and other officials against making comments regarding the case. Judge Peter Cahill said further inappropriate public comments on the case would result to a change of venue for the case. He, however, did not issue any gag orders on the attorneys.
Minneapolis police have confirmed a shootout in the city early Sunday which left one man dead and 11 others wounded. All the injured are adults, and the injuries that they sustained are considered as not dangerous to their lives. The reasons that led to the shooting haven’t been established yet.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has countered calls to defund the police. According to the cabinet secretary, such a move will not solve the nation’s deep-seated socioeconomic problems. His comment comes in the wake of the George Floyd mass protests that have beset the country.
One of the former police officers charged with the murder of George Floyd, a victim of police brutality, has been released on bail. According to the sheriff’s records, Thomas Lane, a former Minneapolis police officer, was released from Hennepin County jail on a bail of $750,000.
Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council said Sunday afternoon that they support disbanding the city’s police department. The nine members attended a rally in a city park, and vowed take the action. Council President Lisa Bender said that the police systems were not keeping the communities safe.
The State of Minnesota has deployed the National Guard on the streets to keep law and order as protesters, triggered by the murder of George Floyd, continue to cause havoc. Rioters have left retail stores and vehicles destroyed in their wake as they lament his racially-instigated death.
Some members of the Joe Biden presidential campaign have contributed to the Minnesota Freedom Fund. At least 13 members of staff have posted receipts of their contributions on Twitter. The non-profit organization helps to pay bail for incarcerated community members that are unable to raise the money.
Despite nighttime curfews being enacted in at least 25 cities in the US, the protests against the death of the African American, George Floyd, continued on Saturday night for the fifth day running. Tens of thousands of protesters filled the streets across the country, and clashes between them and the police became a common scene.
Protests over the murder of a black man in Minneapolis have hit several major cities in the United States. Demonstrations in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC yesterday briefly led to the White House being locked down. In New York, more than 50 people have been arrested.
The ex-Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, was arrested on Friday and charged with the murder of George Floyd. According to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, Chauvin was charged with third degree murder and manslaughter. In all the demonstrations, protesters have been demanding the prosecution of the officer who had his knee on Floyd’s neck.
One man was shot and killed during protests against the police-involved death of George Floyd, an African American in Minneapolis. The police department said that they responded to a report of a stabbing, but upon reaching the Bloomington area, they found the body of a man lying on the sidewalk.
Four Minneapolis police officers have been fired following the death of an African-American, George Floyd. The move came a day after Floyd was killed after being inhumanely treated by the officers. In a horrifying video, a white police officer, since identified as Derek Chauvin, pinned Floyd down with his knee as he lay on the ground during an arrest.
- The latest polling and forecasts indicate that Donald Trump and the Republicans could hold onto both houses, although the House of Representatives looks the more likely to fall to the Democrats.
- California Senator Kamala Harris’ trip to Iowa represented a breakthrough — signaling the 2020 contest to challenge President Donald Trump had moved into an important and more urgent phase for what is expected to be a large and wide open Democratic field.
- If Democrats regain a House majority, expect them to forge ahead with more probes into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential collusion with the Trump campaign. Democrats who want an impeachment have urged the party to investigate Trump and build a case before attempting to remove him from office.
- Minnesota Republican candidates are looking to spoil Democrats’ hope for a “blue wave” in November. A new poll shows that a Republican is now leading the race for state attorney general, an office which the Democrats have held since 1971.
- Thousands more Texas voters have participated in the first day of early voting for the 2018 midterm elections on Monday than they did in the 2014 contest. A total of 37 states and the District of Columbia permit early voting. The midterm elections will be held on Nov. 6.