Minnesota has issued a posthumous pardon to a black man in a century-old case that became notorious for the lynchings of three other black men. The state pardons board voted 3-0 to pardon Max Mason in the alleged rape of a 19-year-old white woman. The case traces back to 1920 in Duluth, when Irene Tusken's male companion alleged that traveling circus workers had raped her at gunpoint. A white mob eventually lynched three men. Mason was the only man convicted in the case despite doubts by some people back then about evidence. Gov. Tim Walz called the pardon “100 years overdue.”
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota leaders have mapped out a plan to reopen classrooms, dormitories and other common spaces this fall amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Board of Regents endorsed the plan Thursday and is expected to vote in July. The reopening plan includes some physical distancing, COVID-19 monitoring, testing and isolation. The Star Tribune reports each of the university’s five campuses would adjust their academic calendars to start the semester early and end classroom instruction by Thanksgiving. University provost Rachel Croson says the school has sufficient COVID-19 testing capability and enough space to isolate anyone who becomes ill. Croson [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — George Floyd's brother is challenging Congress to “stop the pain," testifying on Capitol Hill that Floyd's death should not be in vain. Philonise Floyd testified Wednesday at a House hearing on proposed changes to police practices and accountability. He asked lawmakers to make sure his brother is not just “another name” on a growing list of those killed during interactions with police. Floyd says he hopes his brother's death changes the world for the better. George Floyd's death in police custody in Minneapolis has sparked worldwide protests. House Democrats have proposed a sweeping package of changes in police [...]
Protesters in Minnesota have pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus outside the state Capitol amid continuing anger over the death of George Floyd. The protesters threw a rope around the 10-foot bronze statue Wednesday afternoon and pulled it off its stone pedestal. The protesters, including Dakota and Ojibwe Indians, said they consider Columbus a symbol of genocide against Native Americans. They said they had tried many times to remove it through the political process, but without success. State Patrol trooper who provide security in the Capitol complex stood by at a distance but did not try to stop the protesters, [...]
State Senator Nick Frentz hosted a virtual town hall on racial equity with state and local officials. During the discussion, Mankato Mayor Najwa Massad said she had an eye-opening experience when talking about diversity with a young woman. Massad, "And she looked at me and said, you don't know what it's like to be black. And I did like most people and I got on the defense and said what do you mean, I don't see you as different, I see you like everybody else. And she said you don't see when we go to the grocery store, everybody looks at [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Police Department is withdrawing from police union contract negotiations. It’s the first step in what Chief Medaria Arradondo said would be transformational reforms to the agency in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Arradondo said Wednesday that a thorough review of the contract is planned. He said the contract needs to be restructured to provide more transparency and flexibility for true reform. The review would look at matters such as critical incident protocols, use of force, and disciplinary protocols including grievances and arbitration.
HOUSTON (AP) — Hundreds of mourners packed a Houston church Tuesday for the funeral of George Floyd, the black man whose death has inspired a worldwide reckoning over racial injustice. His body was carried in a horse-drawn carriage to be laid to rest next to his mother. The mourners included actors Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, J.J. Watt of the NFL’s Houston Texans, rapper Trae tha Truth, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Floyd was 46 when he was killed May 25 as a white Minneapolis officer pressed a knee on Floyd’s neck [...]
VATICAN CITY (AP) — George Floyd’s killing at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis and the global protests that followed might normally have drawn a muted diplomatic response from the Vatican. But from Pope Francis on down, the Vatican has instead mounted an intensive response. It has denounced the killing and other instances of police brutality while encouraging peaceful protests. Experts say the message in a U.S. election year suggests that Francis wants to convey a clear statement about where American Catholics should stand ahead of President Donald Trump’s bid for a second term in November.
SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — Police in Shakopee have made an arrest in a fatal shooting. Officers responded to a report of a shooting incident about 7:30 p.m. Monday and found a 65-year-old male victim inside a home with gunshot wounds. The unidentified victim was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Authorities say a 23-year-old man was arrested at the scene. He’s being held in the Scott County Jail on a possible charge of second-degree murder. Investigators say they do not believe the victim and suspect knew each other.
HOUSTON (AP) — The black man whose death has inspired a worldwide reckoning over racial injustice will be buried in Houston on Tuesday His body will be carried home in a horse-drawn carriage and will be laid to rest next to his mother. George Floyd was 46 when he was killed May 25 as a white Minneapolis officer pressed a knee on Floyd’s neck as the dying man cried out for his mother. Floyd’s death sparked international protests and drew new attention to police treatment of African Americans in the U.S. His funeral will be private. Some 6,000 people attended a [...]