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GEORGE FLOYD

From the column: "A starting point is recognizing that racism does exist in law enforcement — not surprisingly, since it is embedded in many institutions in Duluth and elsewhere."
City officials declined to be interviewed about the future of the building at 3000 Minnehaha Ave. In a statement, the city said it’s being maintained and is monitored regularly, but that there was limited information to share as it examines options.
Many came to mourn and demand greater police accountability, or to show solidarity with residents who have rallied to keep the square an arts-driven memorial to Floyd.
By entering the plea on Wednesday, now-former officer Thomas Lane avoided an upcoming trial on the more serious charge of aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

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Jaleel Stallings was arrested and charged with attempted murder. A jury last summer found him not guilty of the charges.
Former officers J. Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao and Thomas Lane are charged in Hennepin County District Court with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s killing.
Chauvin pleaded guilty Dec. 15 to violating Floyd's civil rights. He will serve his federal sentence concurrently with his prison time from his state conviction in Floyd’s murder.
In the appeal filed in Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday, his lawyers raised 14 separate issues, including Judge Peter Cahill's decision to deny Chauvin's request to move the trial out of Hennepin County, which includes Minneapolis, because of the intense pretrial publicity.
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights also found that Minneapolis police officers used covert social media accounts to monitor Black individuals and organizations, including political figures, for purposes unrelated to criminal activity. Human rights officials launched their investigation on June 1, 2020, just days after police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The judge did allow livestreaming of the 2021 trial of their former colleague, Derek Chauvin, and had previously indicated that livestreaming would happen this summer.

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J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter in Floyd's killing. Their former Minneapolis colleague Derek Chauvin has already been convicted in state court.
Minnesota Reformer reporter Max Nesterak and Andy Mannix of the Star Tribune received subpoenas along with Jared Goyette, who was a freelance journalist at the time and now works for Fox 9.
On May 31, 2020, Soren Stevenson was with a large group of people standing in a grassy area at University Avenue and Interstate 35W when a police officer allegedly fired a 40mm blunt impact projectile directly at Stevenson’s face.

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