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Lieutenant: Kneeling on Floyd’s neck ‘totally unnecessary’

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, AMY FORLITI and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kneeling on George Floyd 's neck while he was handcuffed and lying on his stomach was top-tier, deadly force and "totally unnecessary," the head of the Minneapolis Police Department's homicide division ...

EXPLAINER: Analyzing use of force by police officers

By STEPHEN GROVES Associated Press As former Officer Derek Chauvin stands trial in George Floyd's death, a central question is whether he followed the Minneapolis Police Department's guidelines on the use of force — and used that force reasonably. The department's longest-tenured officer ...

Dinner theater drops ‘Cinderella’ with mostly white cast

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis dinner theater has scrapped plans for a production of "Cinderella" because the cast was mostly white and it didn't fit with its efforts to become more diverse on and off stage. Instead of putting on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, ...

Former staff at Duluth jail sues after guard attacked her

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former member of the medical staff at the St. Louis County Jail in Duluth, Minnesota has sued the county over an alleged 2016 incident in which a correctional officer attacked the medical technician and claimed it was an impromptu training exercise. Natalina Slaughter ...

Walz expands vaccine eligibility before boost to supply

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Friday announced a final expansion in vaccine eligibility to all Minnesotans 16 and older starting next week, though securing an appointment may prove difficult for much of the state. The expansion, ...

Snap-decision defense may not work for Minneapolis officer

By COLLEEN LONG and CLAUDIA LAUER Associated Press Convicting a police officer of killing someone is notoriously difficult, in part because juries hesitate to second-guess the defendant when the officer claims to have made a split-second decision in a life-or-death situation. But that's ...

Daily Mail seeks to reverse order denying trial credentials

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A British newspaper asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Friday to swiftly throw out a judge's order denying it credentials for a former police officer's trial in George Floyd's death. Hennepin County Chief Judge Toddrick Barnette on ...

Police fire at man shooting from bridge before he shot self

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Police in suburban Minneapolis fired at a man they say was shooting his gun from a pedestrian bridge before he took his own life. Officers responded to a report of a man walking with a gun in Bloomington about 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Authorities say the man was found ...

UN rights chief: Justice at stake in trial over Floyd death

By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief said Friday that the U.S. trial over the killing of George Floyd presents a "crucial, defining opportunity for justice" that has been denied to countless other families, urging efforts to address the root causes of ...

Minneapolis police review force used in homeless camp clash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police department on Friday was reviewing use of force by its officers after their attempt to clear out a homeless encampment led to a violent clash between officers and civilians who tried to stop them. Five people were arrested and five officers suffered ...