The Chauvin Trial

Derek Chauvin declines to testify, invoking his Fifth Amendment right as defense rests its case

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin said Thursday that he declines to testify in his own trial, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Chauvin’s defense team announced Thursday that it intended to rest its case.

Ex-officer in shooting of Daunte Wright faces manslaughter charge

The charge against Potter is relatively unusual, as police who shoot and kill people are rarely charged.

Derek Chauvin’s trial is not justice for Black Americans

Advances in Black citizenship and dignity often arise from protest rather than the system.
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Get police out of the business of traffic stops

Reduce police violence by creating separate agencies to conduct traffic enforcement — with unarmed officers.
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A violent police encounter in Virginia is a reminder of the anti-Black racism Latinos must fight

Officer Joe Gutierrez’s actions showed how white supremacy has shaped the attitudes of many Latinos – often with deadly consequences.
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Derek Chauvin's defense

Protests continue in the Minneapolis area after the police killing of Daunte Wright. And the defense rests in the Derek Chauvin murder trial.
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Hank Aaron’s name will replace a Confederate general’s on an Atlanta school

Nathan Bedford Forrest also was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

Derek Chauvin’s defense rests after he declines to testify in his murder trial in the death of George Floyd

The defense rested its case minutes after just two days of testimony, paving the way for closing arguments and jury deliberations in the landmark trial to begin Monday.

Derek Chauvin’s murder trial puts local governments on the stand

Violent policing damages trust in local government, our research finds.
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Derek Chauvin defense expert blames heart disease and drug use for George Floyd’s death

The former Maryland state medical examiner said he would classify Floyd’s manner of death “undetermined,” not homicide.

Defense expert says Derek Chauvin did not cause George Floyd’s death as cross-examination grows tense

David Fowler, a former Maryland chief medical examiner, testified Wednesday that the former officer did not play a critical role in George Floyd’s death by kneeling on his neck. Cross-examination grew tense at times.

Derek Chauvin’s witnesses include former Maryland medical examiner being sued over ‘chillingly similar’ case

For Anton Black's family, George Floyd's death was a painfully familiar story. Now the cases are connected by a medical expert.

Texas students created Snapchat group to ‘Slave Trade’ their Black classmates, activists said

An Aledo, Tex., school district said it disciplined students for pretending to "Slave Trade" Black classmates on Snapchat.

Kenosha officer who shot Jacob Blake returns to work after internal probe finds ‘he acted within the law’

Kenosha officer Rusten Sheskey returned to work on March 31 after internal and external investigations.

Two N.C. officers suspended over ‘disturbing’ video of Black man punched on the ground

Two police officers who used “closed-fist strikes” while arresting a Black man in Kinston, N.C., have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation after video of the incident went viral on Monday.

High school athlete taunted with banana peels says he is ‘fine’; local officials decry ‘vile’ incident

The police chief in Moline, Ill., said detectives from his department conducted interviews with “multiple student-athletes, coaches and staff” from the Moline High football team.

Defense’s expert says Chauvin was ‘justified’ but admits he kept knee in place while Floyd was compliant

Barry Brodd, the defense's use-of-force expert, said Chauvin acted reasonably but admitted under cross-examination that the ex-officer kept his knee in place while Floyd was complying with police.

Derek Chauvin’s defense opens with focus on George Floyd’s drug use, rebuttal testimony on use of force

This phase of the trial opened against the backdrop of a city again in turmoil over the killing of another Black man by police — the Sunday shooting death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center.

Officer who shot Daunte Wright resigns, as does Brooklyn Center police chief

Police in the Minneapolis suburb fatally shot the 20-year-old unarmed Black man during a traffic stop Sunday. Authorities said veteran officer Kim Porter meant to use her Taser, not her service weapon.

Officer Kim Potter resigns: 26-year veteran and former union president fatally shot Daunte Wright, police said

On Monday, authorities identified Officer Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran, as the officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, 20.

George Floyd’s brother discusses the meaning of his testimony: ‘I can tell the world what he meant to us’

Philonise Floyd delivered an emotional account of his brother Monday as the prosecution prepared to conclude its case against Derek Chauvin. He said he approached his testimony with a sense of duty, love and pain.

Before Daunte Wright’s death, a gun-Taser mix-up was blamed for another police killing: Oscar Grant at Fruitvale Station

The police officer who fatally shot Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Black man, also said he meant to shock Grant with a Taser.
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