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Judge imposes gag order on attorneys in George Floyd case

By |2020-07-10T05:30:43-05:00July 10th, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has imposed a gag order on attorneys in the trial of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill issued his order Thursday, the day after the judge says two or more attorneys granted interviews or talked to the news media. The judge said in his order that continuing pretrial publicity in the case would increase the risk of tainting the potential jury pool and “will impair all parties' right to a fair trial.” Cahill previously had warned he likely would move the ex-officers' trials out [...]

Medical experts: Floyd’s speech didn’t mean he could breathe

By |2020-07-10T05:04:34-05:00July 10th, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When George Floyd said he couldn't breathe, two of the Minneapolis officers at the scene pointed out that he could still speak. Medical experts say that reaction is dangerously wrong, and that a person can still utter words, even if they can't inhale enough breath. They say waiting until a person can't breathe may be too late. Floyd, a Black man who was handcuffed, died May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for nearly eight minutes. Experts on police training and use of force say there is no known training [...]

Minneapolis council members pledge thoughtful police revamp

By |2020-07-09T06:00:46-05:00July 9th, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Members of the Minneapolis City Council are pledging a thoughtful approach to their proposal to dismantle the city’s police department following the killing of George Floyd. Council members sought Wednesday to reassure the Minneapolis Charter Commission, with some commissioners expressing concern that the council was rushing to push through the proposal so voters can decide it in the November election. The proposal would eliminate the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a new agency, the Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention. Floyd died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against the [...]

Officer to Floyd: ‘It takes … a lot of oxygen to talk’

By |2020-07-09T05:59:02-05:00July 9th, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd's neck before he died told him, “it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk” after Floyd pleaded for air more than 20 times. That's according to transcripts of body camera video recordings made public Wednesday. Floyd, a Black handcuffed man, said he couldn’t breathe multiple times in the moments before he died, and he told officers they were going to kill him. The documents were filed in court Wednesday as an attorney for officer Thomas Lane requested that the case against his client be dismissed. [...]

Tornado hits 3 farms, crosses I-94 in western Minnesota

By |2020-07-09T05:25:51-05:00July 9th, 2020|

DALTON, Minn. (AP) — The National Weather Service reports a powerful tornado has damaged farms and injured at least two people in western Minnesota. The tornado struck at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday near Dalton. The weather service says three farmsteads were hit, and one of those farmhouses was flattened. Otter Tail County Sheriff Barry Fitzgibbons says two people were taken to a hospital. Their conditions were unknown. The tornado crossed Interstate 94 but no vehicles were affected. A National Weather Service staffer is at the scene checking the tornado aftermath, but the tornado is believed to be at least in the EF-3 [...]

Florida killer pleads not guilty to husband’s slaying

By |2020-07-08T06:26:33-05:00July 8th, 2020|

A Minnesota woman convicted of killing a woman in Florida to assume her identity pleaded not guilty Tuesday back in her home state in her husband’s 2018 slaying. Lois Riess entered her plea in a virtual court hearing in Dodge County in the 2018 death of her husband David. Riess is already serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in Florida, where she was convicted last year of killing a woman who had a similar appearance and assuming her identity. Riess is being held in the Steele County jail in Owatonna after being extradited from Florida to face charges in her [...]

Minnesota headed for another special session next week

By |2020-07-08T06:03:14-05:00July 8th, 2020|

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is prepared to call Minnesota lawmakers into a special session that would begin Monday. The session is triggered by an extension of the peacetime authority that Walz has used to manage the coronavirus in Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. The first special session this summer came soon after the death of George Floyd, and lawmakers wrestled over proposals for major changes in policing. Democrats and Republicans couldn’t come together on the issue. They also didn’t approve a package of state-financed construction projects. Both items are likely to be back on the table [...]

Pregnant Minneapolis woman who died after delivery ID’ed

By |2020-07-08T05:43:04-05:00July 8th, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities in Minneapolis have released the name of a pregnant shooting victim who was pronounced dead after her baby was delivered. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office on Tuesday identified the victim as 27-year-old Leneesha Columbus of Minneapolis. The medical examiner's office says Columbus died of a gunshot wound to her torso and her death was a homicide. Police say Columbus was in a vehicle when she was shot about 9 p.m. Sunday in south Minneapolis. Paramedics rushed the woman to Hennepin County Medical Center where the baby was delivered and placed in intensive care. The woman was [...]

U to help international students comply with ICE directive

By |2020-07-08T05:41:18-05:00July 8th, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is reviewing its fall semester plans to make sure that international students aren’t forced to leave the country under new guidance from federal immigration authorities. The guidelines Monday from the U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement say international students must leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools plan to offer classes entirely online this fall. The guidelines are adding new pressure on universities to reopen even as the coronavirus is resurging in many parts of the country. They also come as President Donald Trump has demanded that schools and colleges reopen [...]

Convicted Florida killer back in Minnesota on murder charges

By |2020-07-06T11:54:27-05:00July 6th, 2020|

OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a woman in Florida so she could assume her identity has been returned to her home state to face trial on allegations that she killed her husband in 2018. Lois Riess is being held at the Steele County Detention Center in Owatonna on charges of first- and second-degree murder. She’s accused of fatally shooting David Riess at their home in Blooming Prairie in March 2018. Prosecutors say Riess drove to Florida afterward, befriended Pamela Hutchinson and fatally shot her at a Fort Myers Beach condo. She received a [...]