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Decision expected on charges for cop who shot Black motorist

Apr. 14, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors expect to decide Wednesday whether to charge the white former police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb, sparking nights of protests and raising tensions amid the nearby murder trial of the ex-officer...

Expert: Ex-cop justified in pinning George Floyd to pavement

Apr. 13, 2021 23:54 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense for a former police officer charged in George Floyd's death challenged the heart of the case against the officer, calling a use-of-force expert who testified that Derek Chauvin was justified in pinning Floyd and said it might have gone easier if the Black man...

Cop, police chief resign 2 days after Black motorist's death

Apr. 13, 2021 23:11 PM EDT

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A white police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb resigned Tuesday, as did the city's police chief — moves that the mayor said he hoped would help heal the community and lead to reconciliation after two nights...

Expert says cop was justified in pinning down George Floyd

Apr. 13, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Officer Derek Chauvin was justified in pinning George Floyd to the ground because he kept struggling, a use-of-force expert testified for the defense Tuesday, contradicting a parade of authorities from both inside and outside the Minneapolis Police Department. ...

Judge discusses plans for trial in newspaper shooting case

Apr. 13, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Nearly three years after five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper were killed, a Maryland judge discussed plans Tuesday for holding the second part of the shooter's trial under COVID-19 court protocols. Jarrod Ramos, 41, pleaded guilty in...

EXPLAINER: Why is 'excited delirium' cited at Chauvin trial?

Apr. 13, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer on trial in George Floyd ’s death revisited the disputed concept of excited delirium Tuesday in an effort to show that the force Derek Chauvin used was objectively reasonable given Floyd's resistance. ...

EXPLAINER: Will ex-officer on trial for Floyd death testify?

Apr. 13, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Now that prosecutors have wrapped up their case against a former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd’s death, Derek Chauvin and his legal team must make a decision about whether he'll testify. Doing so could help humanize Chauvin to jurors who...

Trial begins for St. Louis man in killings of baby, 2 others

Apr. 13, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A murder trial has again begun for a man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her mother and setting a fire that killed his own infant son. Jury selection began Monday in St. Louis Circuit Court in the trial of Eric Lawson, 32, who faces the death...

Trial starts of German far-right group that planned attacks

Apr. 13, 2021 05:48 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Twelve Germans went on trial Tuesday accused of being part of or supporting a far-right group that plotted to carry out deadly attacks on Muslims with the aim of stoking civil unrest and overthrowing the government. Members of the so-called “Group S”...

Expert: Chauvin did not take actions of 'reasonable officer'

Apr. 12, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors’ case against former Officer Derek Chauvin drew toward a close Monday with tender memories from George Floyd’s younger brother, along with another look at the harrowing video and testimony from a use-of-force expert who said no “reasonable” officer...