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POLICE VIOLENCE

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."
According to a statement Tuesday the proposal also includes changes in policing to prevent stops like the one that preceded Wright's killing in April 2021.
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.
Jaleel Stallings was arrested and charged with attempted murder. A jury last summer found him not guilty of the charges.

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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.
Reuters identified five police trainers whose political commentary on social media has echoed extremist opinions or who have public ties to far-right figures. They work for one or more of 35 firms that advertised at least 10 police or public-safety training sessions in 2021.
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.
Wright's mother Katie grieves while she works to change policing.
A brief body camera excerpt released by the city after the shooting showed officers opening the door of the apartment where the 22-year-old Locke was staying. Officers did not knock before entering. Seconds later, Locke is seen stirring from underneath a blanket and holding a handgun just before he was shot.
Did the controversial term originate in a missed serial killing? Contested diagnosis is commonly cited in cases of death while in police custody, but a new report says it arose from a failure to spot murders at the hand of a mid-1980s, Miami-based killer of Black women.

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From the column: "A (2017) study ... showed that between 2010 and 2016, a total of 81 civilians and 13 police officers died in no-knock police raids. The same study indicated that twice as many officers died in no-knock-warrant situations compared to standard knock-and-announce warrant cases. No-knock laws must be repealed."
Attorneys for Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane have presented a case that shifts blame for George Floyd's killing away from the former officers and toward a paramilitary police department where the unofficial blue-line code supersedes the policy manual.
Attorneys for prosecution, defense deliver closing arguments

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