Criminal Justice & Policing

Derek Chauvin won’t testify in his own defense; closing arguments Monday

BY: - April 16, 2021

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin opted not to take the stand Thursday in the last day of testimony during his murder trial. 

Defense pathologist says manner of George Floyd’s death ‘undetermined’

BY: - April 15, 2021

Testimony in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial is nearing the end. Jurors heard from a Maryland forensic pathologist Wednesday who said George Floyd died of sudden cardiac arrest due to heart disease while being restrained by three Minneapolis police officers. 

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Derek Chauvin trial: Defense begins presenting case Tuesday

BY: - April 13, 2021

After 11 days of testimony, the prosecution is wrapping up its case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. 

Jerome Film Festival founders said they didn’t know about Jan. 6 violence. New video says otherwise.

BY: - April 13, 2021

The Jerome Film Festival is facing calls for boycotts after its founder and her fiancé attended the “Stop the Steal” rally and marched to the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, and newly discovered video casts doubt on their protestations that they were unaware of the day’s violence.

Medical examiner stands by homicide determination in Derek Chauvin trial

BY: - April 12, 2021

Hennepin County’s chief medical examiner told the jury he stood by his initial conclusion that George Floyd died when his heart and lungs stopped after Derek Chauvin and other Minneapolis police officers subdued and restrained him, compressing his neck.

Breathing expert testifies in Chauvin trial: ‘That’s the moment the life goes out of his body’

BY: - April 9, 2021

A diminutive Irish doctor captured the attention of the jury deciding Derek Chauvin’s fate, explaining in simple terms Thursday how he believes three Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd when they handcuffed and put him face down on the street and restrained him for more than nine minutes. 

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Testimony in Chauvin murder trial continues on excessive force, drugs found in Floyd’s car

BY: - April 8, 2021

A Los Angeles sergeant, the lead investigator on the case and three scientists testified Wednesday, as prosecutors continued to lay out their case that former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin committed murder and manslaughter when he pinned George Floyd to the ground last year.

Derek Chauvin murder trial: Cops say he violated policy, used excessive force

BY: - April 7, 2021

Prosecutors continued calling police officers Tuesday to testify that Derek Chauvin’s handling of George Floyd violated Minneapolis Police Department policies and training.

Arizona police got more than $6 million in military gear in the past year

BY: - April 6, 2021

Over the past year and into 2021, Police agencies in Arizona have received $6.8 million in military equipment through the Law Enforcement Support Office of the Department of Defense. 

Police chief condemns Derek Chauvin: ‘Not part of our ethics or values’

BY: - April 6, 2021

Testimony continued Monday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd on May 25.

Police officer dead after suspect rams car into barricade outside U.S. Capitol

BY: - April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — One U.S. Capitol Police officer was dead and another injured Friday after a driver slammed a car into a barricade outside the Capitol and struck the officers, according to law enforcement.

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New unit launched at Interior to investigate cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people

BY: - April 2, 2021

The U.S. Department of the Interior is creating a new unit to lead and help coordinate investigations into the ongoing crisis of murdered and missing American Indian and Alaska Native people. Interior Secretary Debra Haaland, the first Indigenous person to lead the agency, announced Thursday the formation of the Missing & Murdered Unit within the […]