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Minneapolis pays $27 million over George Floyd’s death
Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died in May as Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd’s dying pleas for help were captured on widely viewed bystander video, sparking one of the largest protest movements ever seen in the United States.Crump said the agreement was the largest pre-trial settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit in U.S. history.The size signifies that a Black person’s death at the hands of police “will no longer be written off as trivial, unimportant or unworthy of consequences,” Crump said at a news conference where he was joined by Floyd’s relatives, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and other officials.
Judge allows third-degree murder charge in Chauvin trial
[JUDGE PETER CAHILL] “With regard to the state’s motion to reinstate, the court is going to grant the motion to reinstate…” Minnesota Judge Peter Cahill on Thursday, granted a request by prosecutors to reinstate a charge of third-degree murder against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who is already on trial facing second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd. [JUDGE PETER CAHILL] “I have to follow the rule that the court of appeals has put in place.” Judge Cahill’s decision comes after the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled last Friday that he must reconsider a third-degree murder charge against Chauvin, whose trial got underway with jury selection this week in Minneapolis. The reinstatement of a third-degree murder charge was a victory for state prosecutors, who sought the lesser charge in part to afford them an extra path to a conviction should the jury find the evidence does not support the most serious charge. The third-degree murder charge carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison. Chauvin’s charges stem from his actions during the arrest of George Floyd on May 25 of last year. Video showed the officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes on a sidewalk outside a grocery store as the Black man pleaded for his life and then stopped moving. Police were arresting him on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill at the store. The video sparked outrage around the world and helped fuel one of the largest protest movements ever seen in the United States, with daily demonstrations against racism and police brutality. Jury selection for Chauvin’s trial was set to resume Thursday.
George Floyd killing: Derek Chauvin faces additional third-degree murder charge
A former police officer on trial over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis will face an additional charge of third-degree murder in a victory for prosecutors who hoped to boost their chances of securing a conviction. Derek Chauvin, 44, who was filmed kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes last May, is already charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter charges which carry a maximum sentence of 40 years. With third-degree murder, prosecutors need only show that Mr Floyd’s death was caused by an act that was obviously dangerous but not necessarily a felony, a lower bar than second-degree, offering an extra path to a conviction should the jury find the evidence does not support the most serious charge. Third-degree murder carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison. The third-degree murder charge was dropped by the presiding judge last year, but reinstated on Thursday at the request of the prosecution in light of an appeals court ruling. “I have to follow the rule that the court of appeals has put in place,” Judge Peter Cahill said as he announced his decision.
Severe kidney problems seen with COVID-19; second vaccine dose should not be delayed for cancer patients
The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Sudden kidney problems from severe COVID-19 appear to be worse, and longer-lasting, than kidney problems that develop in other seriously ill patients, a new study found. Doctors at five hospitals in Connecticut and Rhode Island studied 182 patients with COVID-19-associated acute kidney injury (AKI) and 1,430 patients with AKI not associated with the coronavirus.
Woman Arrested for Coughing, Pepper-Spraying Asian Uber Driver in SF
A woman has been arrested for coughing on and pepper-spraying an Uber driver in San Francisco last weekend. Malaysia King was one of the riders accused in the incident, which was caught on the vehicle’s dashboard camera. Subhakar Khadka picked up King and two other riders in the Bayview neighborhood at around 12: 45 p.m. on Sunday.
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