MINNEAPOLIS (Star Tribune) — Law enforcement agencies have acknowledged that officers punctured the tires of numerous unoccupied vehicles during the height of recent unrest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Minnesota Department of Public Safety spokesman Bruce Gordon says troopers deflated tires in order to stop vehicles from “driving dangerously and at high speeds in and around protesters and law enforcement.” Deputies from Anoka County also deflated tires on vehicles during the protests connected to Floyd’s death on May 25, according to Anoka County Sheriff’s Lt. Andy Knotz. He says deputies were following orders from the state-led command center.
A former Minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree murder in George Floyd's death will remain in custody on $1 million bond. Derek Chauvin said almost nothing during an 11-minute hearing Monday in which he appeared on closed-circuit television from the state’s maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights. His attorney, Eric Nelson, did not contest the bail amount. Nelson also didn’t address the substance of the charges. Nelson didn’t speak with reporters afterward. Chauvin’s next appearance is set for June 29.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree murder in George Floyd’s death is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Monday. Derek Chauvin is also charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s May 25 death. The handcuffed black man died after the white police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. Chauvin and three other officers on the scene were fired the next day. Floyd’s death set off protests, some violent, in Minneapolis that swiftly spread around the U.S. and the world.
HOUSTON (AP) — Mourners in George Floyd’s hometown of Houston will be able to view his casket as the series of memorials in his honor reach their final stop. A six-hour public viewing will be held Monday at a Houston church. Visitors must wear a mask and gloves to comply with coronavirus-related guidelines. Floyd’s funeral and burial will be Tuesday. Floyd died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped responding. His death has inspired international protests and drawn new attention to the treatment of African Americans by police.
A church whose congregation dates back 144 years caught fire over the weekend in rural western Minnesota during a thunderstorm and was destroyed. Bethel Lutheran Church caught fire early Saturday evening about 11 miles south of Battle Lake. No injuries were reported. The Rev. Todd Hylden believes lightning caused the blaze. The church has about 150 members. Worship services scheduled for late Sunday morning have been moved to the parking lot next to the charred rubble of the church, whose congregation was formed in 1876.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters are making the demand, “defund the police," as they show their anger at the police custody death of George Floyd and other black Americans killed by police officers. But what does that mean? It’s not necessarily about gutting police department budgets. Supporters of the idea say it is time for the country to address systemic issues in policing in America and spend more on what communities need, like housing and education. President Donald Trump has been using the emergence of the “Defund the Police” slogan as an opportunity to brand Democrats as soft on crime.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The deaths of George Floyd and other black men at the hands of Minneapolis police have exacerbated the corrosive relationship between people of color and a criminal justice system they feel is stacked against them. It’s a story that dates back to the 1970s, when crime rates soared in the black community. An officer’s murder in 1992 set off a crackdown by police that reverberates to this day, according to critics. Five years ago, the U.S. Justice Department report found that law enforcement agencies failed to remove bad officers and that there were no clear criteria on the [...]
EYOTA, Minn. (Star Tribune) — A 17-year-old old is charged in juvenile court with killing his 5-year-old brother in Olmsted County. A charging document says the Eyota teen pinched his brother’s nose shut and held his hand over his mouth so he would stop “crying and throwing a fit.” The boy was taken by ambulance to a Rochester hospital June 1 and declared dead a short time later. The Star Tribune reports the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office said the boy’s brain suffered swelling consistent with being deprived oxygen by smothering. The teen is charged with second-degree murder and domestic assault. [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who was with George Floyd on the night he died says his friend did not resist arrest, and instead tried to defuse the situation. Maurice Lester Hall is a longtime friend of Floyd’s and was a passenger in Floyd’s car when police approached him on May 25. Hall told The New York Times that Floyd was crying out for help because he was dying, and he will always remember seeing fear in his friend's face. Floyd died after Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd's neck and held it there for several minutes, even after Floyd [...]
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 say the medical problems don’t change the conclusion that the handcuffed man’s death was a homicide. The health problems were revealed in a full autopsy report released Wednesday. Floyd’s May 25 death has sparked international protests about the mistreatment of black people by police. Bystander video showed officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck, ignoring Floyd’s “I can’t breathe” cries until he eventually stopped moving.