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EXPLAINER: Federal charges against 3 cops in Floyd killing

Jan. 20, 2022 18:11 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former officers who were with Derek Chauvin during the arrest that led to George Floyd's killing face federal trial this week on charges they violated the Black man’s civil rights. A jury was selected Thursday in the federal case against J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou...

Jury selected for federal trial over George Floyd’s killing

Jan. 20, 2022 17:48 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury was picked Thursday for the federal trial of three Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing, with the judge stressing repeatedly that fellow Officer Derek Chauvin's conviction on state murder charges and guilty plea to a federal civil rights...

Court bolsters defendant's right to cross-examine witnesses

Jan. 20, 2022 15:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday buttressed a criminal defendant's right to cross-examine prosecution witnesses, ruling in favor of a New York man who was convicted of killing a 2-year-old boy on Easter Sunday in 2006. By an 8-1 vote, the justices held that defendant...

Timeline of events since George Floyd's arrest and murder

Jan. 20, 2022 11:20 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A timeline of key events that began with George Floyd's arrest on May 25, 2020, by four police officers in Minneapolis: May 25, 2020 — Minneapolis police officers respond to a call shortly after 8 p.m. about a possible counterfeit $20 bill being used at a...

Lawsuit says new majority Latino district in WA a 'facade'

Jan. 19, 2022 21:02 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Latino civil rights organization and others filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that says new political maps in Washington state approved by a bipartisan redistricting panel intentionally dilute Hispanic voters' influence. The legal action in the U.S. District Court...

Timeline of events since George Floyd's arrest and death

Jan. 19, 2022 17:50 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A timeline of key events that began with George Floyd's arrest on May 25, 2020, by four police officers in Minneapolis: May 25, 2020 — Minneapolis police officers respond to a call shortly after 8 p.m. about a possible counterfeit $20 bill being used at a...

Former Oklahoma jailer pleads guilty over inmate assault

Jan. 19, 2022 17:50 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma jailer has pleaded guilty to violating an inmate’s civil rights by kicking and striking him in a 2020 assault, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Johnnie Drewery, 27, faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced in a few months, the...

EXPLAINER: The federal charges against 3 cops in Floyd death

Jan. 19, 2022 15:27 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former officers who were with Derek Chauvin during the arrest that led to George Floyd's death face federal trial this week on charges they violated the Black man’s civil rights. Jury selection begins Thursday in the federal case against J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou...

UK plan to curb protests faces opposition in Parliament

Jan. 18, 2022 06:02 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Conservative government has suffered a setback in Parliament in its attempt to give authorities stronger powers to curb peaceful but disruptive protests. Parliament’s upper chamber, the House of Lords, late Monday rejected some of the most contentious...

Judge will decide soon on whether free speech violated at UF

Jan. 14, 2022 16:52 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge sharply criticized an attorney for the University of Florida on Friday during a hearing on whether six faculty members' free speech rights were infringed upon after the lawyer accused some of the professors of having no standing to make their cases because...