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EXPLAINER: Chauvin defense argues he acted reasonably

Apr. 19, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys and witnesses have used the words “reasonable” or “unreasonable” often at the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd ’s death. Derek Chauvin's defense attorney put the...

EXPLAINER: Why 'excited delirium' came up at Chauvin trial?

Apr. 19, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murder and manslaughter in George Floyd ’s death cited the disputed concept of excited delirium during closing arguments Monday in an effort to show that the force Derek Chauvin used was objectively...

Insurer to pay $8M to Black man paralyzed by Iowa officer

Apr. 19, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An insurer for the City of Cedar Rapids will pay $8 million to a Black motorist who was paralyzed after a white police officer shot him during a 2016 traffic stop, the city announced Monday. The payout will settle a long-running lawsuit brought by...

Civilian board formed to review Birmingham police actions

Apr. 19, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A five-member board of civilians is being established to review complaints of police misconduct in Alabama's largest city, Mayor Randall Woodfin said Monday. The Civilian Review Board, which was recommended by a task force that reviewed public...

Protesters detained at Raleigh police brutality march

Apr. 19, 2021 05:34 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Several protesters were taken into custody Sunday night after authorities in North Carolina declared a police brutality demonstration an “unlawful assembly.” For a third night in a row, demonstrators marched through downtown Raleigh protesting...

Video: Louisville officer punches protester during arrest

Apr. 19, 2021 04:42 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A police officer in Kentucky was seen on video repeatedly punching a protester in the head while the man was face down on the ground and being arrested by several officers during a police brutality protest Sunday afternoon. Several Louisville...

Pig's head left at former home of Chauvin defense witness

Apr. 18, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Vandals left a pig’s head at the one-time California home of a use-of-force expert who testified on behalf of the officer accused of killing George Floyd, police said. Blood was also smeared on the house in Santa Rosa, north of San Francisco,...

Defense expert in Derek Chauvin trial faces Maryland lawsuit

Apr. 17, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The former chief medical examiner for Maryland who testified on behalf of the officer accused of killing George Floyd is a defendant in a federal lawsuit over the death of a man who died under circumstances similar to Floyd. Dr. David Fowler was chief...

NYPD told no unscheduled days off as Chauvin verdict looms

Apr. 17, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Police Department has instructed its officers not to take unscheduled days off beginning Monday and until further notice. Closing arguments in the trial of former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin, the white officer charged with murder...

EXPLAINER: How is 'reasonableness' key to Chauvin's defense?

Apr. 17, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys and witnesses have used the words “reasonable” or “unreasonable” often at the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death. It's no coincidence. The concept of reasonableness...