More coronavirus cases and related deaths have been reported in Minnesota. Yesterday, health officials listed two-thousand-736 new cases and 11 additional deaths. With those numbers introduced, the state's totals show over 549-thousand infections and about 69-hundred-89 deaths overall. About two-million-162-thousand-665 people have received their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine so far.
Speaking to press Thursday, Daunte Wright's family says they were heartened by charges against former police officer Kim Potter as it's a sign of progress. She faces a count of manslaughter, which could result in up to 10 years in prison. During her first hearing yesterday, Potter was ordered to be back in court on May 17th. Alongside the Wright family, Attorney Ben Crump said Minneapolis is "ground zero" for change as protests continue for Wright and George Floyd.
Both sides have rested their cases in the Derek Chauvin trial. Chauvin invoked his Fifth Amendment rights Thursday morning before his defense team rested. Closing arguments are set to begin next Monday.
For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year, most hospitalizations in Minnesota are of people younger than 65. Officials with the CentraCare health care system in central Minnesota say 70 percent of their hospitalizations are younger than 65. Doctors say they think the UK variant of the virus may be part of the reason. They say the increase underscores the need for people to continue following COVID-19 protocols, including wearing masks.
In a week of turmoil, Minnesotans may be asking how they can shine some positivity into their own community. Dan Furry with the Salvation Army says one great outlet can be getting in contact with a local non-profit to ask what their needs are. "It's about what people can do to improve the lives of people who are struggling. Everybody can do something." Furry says many organizations, including the Salvation Army, simply need people willing to volunteer their time.
Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter is now charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright. The Washington County Attorney's Office brought the charges Wednesday morning, and Potter was later arrested at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in Saint Paul. Potter was released from custody after posting a 100-thousand dollars bond. She'll appear in court today.
(Brooklyn Center, MN) -- Hundreds of people take to the streets of Brooklyn Center for the fourth-straight night to protest the death of Daunte Wright. A curfew went into effect at ten o'clock Wednesday night, and police started making arrests less than an hour later. Reports say there was a larger law enforcement presence Wednesday than previous nights.
(Hennepin Co., MN) -- A forensic pathologist called by Derek Chauvin's defense team says there wasn't one sole cause of George Floyd's death. On Wednesday, Doctor David Fowler testified he thinks there were several factors contributing to Floyd's death. One factor he suggested was carbon monoxide poisoning because of how close Floyd was to the squad car's exhaust when he was being restrained by Chauvin. The prosecution could bring a rebuttal witness today. The defense is also expected to rest its case today.
(Hutchinson, MN) -- A man's accused of assaulting a Menards worker in Hutchinson with a hammer during a face mask dispute. Police say they responded to the assault report Wednesday afternoon and found the suspect driving in a nearby Walmart parking lot. Police say they chased the suspect, and he later dragged an officer who reached through the car window. The officer was taken to the hospital, and the suspect was later arrested.
More coronavirus cases and related deaths have been reported in Minnesota. Yesterday, health officials listed one-thousand-715 new cases and 16 additional deaths. With those numbers introduced, the state's totals show over 547-thousand infections and about 69-hundred-78 deaths overall. About two-million-131-thousand-904 people have received their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine so far.