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When 'Nonlethal' Police Tactics Result in Deaths
When 'Nonlethal' Police
Tactics Result in Deaths

When 'Nonlethal' Police Tactics Result in Deaths

The AP finds 1K cases across the US over a decade

(Newser) - Every day, police rely on common tactics that, unlike guns, are meant to stop people without killing them, such as physical holds, Tasers, and body blows. But when misused, these tactics can still end in death—as happened with George Floyd in 2020, sparking a national reckoning over policing. And...

Prosecutors: Inmate Stabbed Chauvin 22 Times

FBI agents say John Turscak first said he chose Black Friday for the attack as a message

(Newser) - An incarcerated former gang member and FBI informant was charged Friday with attempted murder in the stabbing last week of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin at a federal prison in Arizona. John Turscak stabbed Chauvin 22 times at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson and said he would have killed...

Chuavin's Family: We're in the Dark Over Prison Stabbing

Attorney blasts what he calls prison system's lack of transparency

(Newser) - An attorney for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd, said Saturday that Chauvin's family has been kept in the dark by federal prison officials after he was stabbed in prison . The lawyer, Gregory M. Erickson, slammed the lack of transparency by the Federal...

Chauvin Doesn't Get the Answer He Wanted From SCOTUS

Justices declined to review his conviction in the murder of George Floyd

(Newser) - Derek Chauvin's latest hopes for a conviction appeal withered on Monday, with the Supreme Court refusing to hear his case without comment. Chauvin took his appeal of his second-degree murder conviction in the death of George Floyd to the SCOTUS last month after the Minnesota Supreme Court declined to...

On Matters of Race, New Speaker Cites His Black Son

Mike Johnson and wife took in a Black teen as newlyweds, though they didn't formally adopt

(Newser) - New House Speaker Mike Johnson is a Southern Republican with four biological children, as can be seen in photos from his official website . But a new wrinkle to his family life has emerged amid the flood of coverage about the Louisiana congressman: He and his wife took in a Black...

Judge Scolds Cop for Lack of Remorse Over George Floyd

Tou Thao says he was nothing more than 'human traffic cone' as officers fatally restrained Floyd

(Newser) - Tou Thao , the last former Minneapolis police officer convicted in state court for his role in the killing of George Floyd, was sentenced Monday to 4 years and 9 months—even as he denied wrongdoing. As the AP reports, Thao had testified that he merely served as a "...

NASCAR Driver Suspended Over George Floyd Meme

Noah Gragson apologizes after liking post that mocked the late Floyd

(Newser) - Driver Noah Gragson has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR and Legacy Motor Club after liking an insensitive meme with a photo of George Floyd's face, per the AP . "I am disappointed in myself for my lack of attention and actions on social media," Gragson posted Saturday. "I understand the...

DOJ: This 'Made What Happened to George Floyd Possible'

After 2-year investigation, agency finds Minneapolis cops engaged in pattern of discrimination

(Newser) - The Justice Department accused Minneapolis police Friday of engaging in a pattern of violating constitutional rights and discriminating against Black and Native American people following an investigation prompted by the killing of George Floyd. The sweeping two-year civil rights investigation concluded that systemic problems in the Minneapolis Police Department "...

Last Officer in George Floyd Case Is Convicted

Tou Thao guilty of aiding and abetting manslaughter in state case

(Newser) - A former Minneapolis police officer who held back bystanders while his colleagues restrained a dying George Floyd has been convicted of aiding and abetting manslaughter, per the AP . Tou Thao , who already had been convicted in federal court of violating Floyd’s civil rights, was the last of four former...

Homeowner Shoots Teen Who Went to Wrong Address
Homeowner Charged
in Teen's Shooting at Door

Homeowner Charged in Teen's Shooting at Door

Ralph Yarl, 16, is hospitalized after arriving to pick up siblings

(Newser) - Missouri prosecutors announced charges late Monday against the white man who shot a Black teenager who came to his Kansas City front door by mistake. Andrew Lester, 85, faces assault in the first degree and armed criminal action charges, both felonies, per CNN . "I can tell you there was...

Chauvin Kneed People Before Floyd. It'll Cost His City $8.9M

Minneapolis will pay to settle two lawsuits filed over 2017 incidents

(Newser) - The city of Minneapolis agreed Thursday to pay nearly $9 million to settle lawsuits filed by two people who said former police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into their necks in 2017—three years before he used the same move that killed George Floyd. John Pope Jr. will receive...

Chauvin Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Officer in George Floyd case and ex-wife were charged with underreporting income to state

(Newser) - The former Minneapolis police officer serving time for the 2020 murder of George Floyd pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of tax evasion. Derek Chauvin specifically pleaded guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting, failing to file tax returns to the state of Minnesota for the years 2016 and...

Officer Who Knelt on Back of George Floyd Sentenced

Judge sends J. Alexander Kueng to prison for 3½ years

(Newser) - The former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd's back while another officer knelt on the Black man's neck was sentenced Friday by a judge to 3½ years in prison. J. Alexander Kueng pleaded guilty in October to a state count of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter....

Ex-Officer Pleads Guilty in George Floyd Killing

Former Minneapolis cop J. Alexander Kueng admits aiding and abetting charge

(Newser) - A former Minneapolis police officer pleaded guilty Monday to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd, just as jury selection was about to begin, per the AP . Another former officer waived his right to a jury trial, setting up an unusual proceeding in which the judge...

Family Considers Suing After Ye's George Floyd Remarks
George Floyd's Family
Plans to Sue Ye for $250M

George Floyd's Family Plans to Sue Ye for $250M

He 'maliciously made statements that are inaccurate and unfounded,' attorneys say

(Newser) - Update: George Floyd's family is planning to sue Kanye West for $250 million over his claims that Floyd died from a fentanyl overdose. Roxie Washington, the mother of Floyd's daughter, plans to file the suit on the girl's behalf, Rolling Stone reports. A statement from attorneys said...

Ex-Cop Gets Light Sentence for Role in George Floyd's Death

Thomas Lane's 3-year sentence is below state guidelines

(Newser) - A former Minneapolis police officer who pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd was sentenced Wednesday to three years. Thomas Lane is already serving a 2.5-year federal sentence for violating Floyd’s civil rights. When it came to...

Texas Rejects Posthumous Pardon for George Floyd

Board first voted yes, then no after Abbott's office kicked recommendation back

(Newser) - Without giving a reason, Texas officials revealed their decision Thursday to not grant a posthumous pardon to George Floyd over a Houston drug conviction. The Board of Pardons and Paroles told the public defender who has represented Floyd in a letter, the Hill reports. A majority on the board opposed...

Ex-Cops in George Floyd Case Get Sentences Below Guidelines

Federal judge told Tou Thao he had 'done well to become a good police officer'

(Newser) - All four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd have now received prison sentences. Former officer J. Alexander Keung received a federal sentence of 3 years on Wednesday; former colleague Tou Thao was sentenced to 3.5 years, the Star Tribune reports. Keung held the Black...

Derek Chauvin Just Got More Prison Time

Ex-officer convicted of violating George Floyd's civil rights

(Newser) - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Derek Chauvin to 21 years in prison for violating George Floyd's civil rights, a move that adds a few years to the time the former Minneapolis police officer is already serving for his murder conviction while transferring him to federal custody. US District...

Judge: Ex-Cops in Floyd Killing Can't Get Fair Trial Right Now

Judge Peter Cahill delays trial of Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng until January

(Newser) - The judge overseeing the remaining case of two former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's killing ordered Monday that the trial be delayed until January to improve prospects for a fair trial. Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng had been due to go on trial next Monday on...

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