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Derek Chauvin waives right to testify at George Floyd murder trial  


The defence at the murder trial of former US police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd wrapped up its case on Thursday without putting Chauvin on the stand, presenting two days of testimony to the prosecution’s two weeks.Chauvin informed the court that he would not testify, saying he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to take the stand.“Is this your decision not to testify?” Judge Peter Cahill asked.“It is, your honour,” Chauvin said.Some prosecution rebuttal testimony…


Policewoman Kim Potter who fatally shot black man Daunte Wright resigns from Minneapolis force   -8%


A white Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb and the city’s chief of police both resigned on Tuesday, moves that the mayor said he hoped would help heal the community and lead to reconciliation after two nights of protests and unrest.Officer Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon both resigned two days after the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Centre. Potter, a 26-year veteran, had been on administrative leave…


'All that I can think about': Texas leaders respond to video showing police shooting of Adam Toledo   -20%

Outrage and heartbreak followed the release of body camera footage showing the moment 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer.


The Polish police force had a key role in the Nazi Final Solution, explosive new research shows   17%

One police officer executed an infant before his mother’s eyes, others raped and murdered a young woman in their car. A groundbreaking study portrays for the first time the Polish police's involvement in the Nazis’ annihilation project. Historian Jan Grabowski is at it again


Daunte Wright and the Grammar of Kim Potters Resignation   20%

Potter insists that she “has loved every minute of being a police officer,” even if some of her final minutes in the field were spent annihilating a man.


Man revived, hazmat team called to Chelsea apartment complex Saturday morning   -12%

While on scene, Chelsea police officers found three small bags of a white powdery substance believed to be fentanyl, Houghton said. A hazmat team was called in and neutralized the scene.


Medical Examiner Accused of Covering Up Police Killing in Maryland Becomes Witness for Derek Chauvin  

In the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, a key witness for the defense was the former Maryland chief medical examiner, Dr. David Fowler, who contradicted most other expert witnesses in the trial and suggested heart trouble and other issues, not the police restraint, caused George Floyd's death. The decision by Chauvin's legal team to rely on Fowler's testimony shocked many in Maryland, where he is being sued by the family of 19-year-old Anton Black, an African American teenager from Maryland who died in 2018 after he was electrocuted with a Taser, pinned in a prone position and crushed under the weight of three white police officers and a white civilian as he struggled to breathe and lost consciousness. After an autopsy, Dr. Fowler ruled Black's death an accident, and no one was charged with a crime. The wrongful death lawsuit says Dr. Fowler delayed release of an autopsy report for months and covered up police responsibility for Black's death. Sonia Kumar, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Maryland, says there is "a pattern of conduct in Maryland involving police violence against Black people that then are characterized as anything other than homicides." We also speak with Richard Potter, the founder of the Coalition for Justice for Anton Black and president of the Talbot County branch of the NAACP, who says officials in Anton Black's case spent months dragging their feet after the teenager's death. "Nobody was giving the family any information in terms of a cause of death," he says.


Headlines for April 15, 2021  

Biden Vows to Pull Combat Troops from Afghanistan by 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks, Minnesota Police Officer Kimberly Potter Charged with Manslaughter for Shooting Daunte Wright, Witness for Derek Chauvin's Defense Claims George Floyd Died of Heart Disease, Drugs and Car Fumes, Expert Witness for Derek Chauvin's Defense Sued over Black Teen's Death at Hands of Maryland Police, New York Police Deploy Advanced Surveillance Robot in Public Housing Complex, Boston Cop Allowed to Stay on the Force for 20+ Years After Child Sexual Abuse Complaint, Maryland State Trooper Shoots Dead 16-Year-Old with Airsoft Pellet Gun, Gun Control Advocates Call for Action as Memorial Unveiled; VA Blocks Measure Limiting Gun Possession, CDC Delays Decision on Resuming J&J Vaccinations as U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 564,000, Southeast Asian Nations See New Surges After Successful Containment Efforts Early in Pandemic, Ex-World Leaders and Nobel Laureates Call on Biden to Waive Patent Rules for COVID Vaccines, Washington, D.C., Statehood Bill Advances to Full Vote Despite GOP Opposition, Washington State Bars For-Profit Prisons and Immigration Jails, Court Throws Out Death Sentence for Raymond Riles, Texas's Longest-Serving Death Row Prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal Scheduled for Heart Surgery as Health Deteriorates Following COVID Diagnosis, House Panel Votes to Advance Slavery Reparations Bill for First Time in Over 30 Years, Senators Advance Bill on Anti-Asian Hate Crimes; Biden Names Erika Moritsugu as AAPI Liaison


Derek Chauvin Trial Breaks Down "Blue Wall of Silence" as Police Officials Testify Against Ex-Cop   21%

We get the latest on the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd, with Minneapolis-based civil rights attorney Nekima Levy Armstrong. She says prosecutors in the case have successfully chipped away at the "blue wall of silence" by getting current police officials to testify against Chauvin. However, she says it's likely that "the only reason that these officers have testified is because the world is watching."


Killed over a Car Air Freshener: Outrage Grows over Police Shooting of Daunte Wright in Minnesota   -11%

Protests continue in the Minneapolis area after a white police officer shot and killed a 20-year-old Black man, Daunte Wright, during a traffic stop Sunday in the suburb of Brooklyn Center. The deadly shooting took place about 10 miles from where former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for killing George Floyd. Just before he was killed, Wright called his mother to say he was being pulled over — allegedly because an air freshener was obscuring his rearview mirror. The Brooklyn Center police chief claims Kimberly Potter, a 26-year police veteran who has served as the police union president for the department, accidentally pulled a gun instead of a Taser. The Star Tribune reports Daunte Wright is the sixth person killed by Brooklyn Center police since 2012. Five of the six have been men of color. "Unfortunately, there has not been a serious attempt to change the phenomenon of driving while Black, which is something that happens to Black people on a routine basis in the Twin Cities and across the state of Minnesota," says Minneapolis-based civil rights attorney and activist Nekima Levy Armstrong. We also speak with Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who says policing in the United States is as dangerous to Black and Brown people as ever. "They are deadly. They kill Black and Brown people," says Hussein.


Protesters rally in downtown Sacramento over police killing of Daunte Wright   -16%

Protesters gathered in downtown Sacramento on Tuesday night to decry the killing of Daunte Wright, a Black man shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb.


Action on racialized police violence   -44%


Over the past few weeks, the nation has seen another series of horrific videos documenting both violent treatment and deaths of Black and brown people at the hands of police. Even as the world was reliving the killing of George Floyd — as videos of his death under the knee of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin were shown repeatedly at Chauvin's televised trial — images were surfacing of Daunte Wright being shot by an officer during a traffic stop in nearby Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.


Rep. Bass: 'I'm very worried' about reaction to Chauvin verdict   -7%


Democratic Rep. Karen Bass of California tells CNN's Dana Bash that she's concerned what might happen in Minneapolis if former police officer Derek Chauvin isn't convicted of murdering George Floyd.


Chauvin trial highlights and takeaways   -7%


CBC's Susan Ormiston takes a look back at 14 days of testimony at the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with killing George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who died after Chauvin pinned him to the ground by kneeling on his back and neck for about nine minutes while two other officers held him down.


Former Minnesota police officer who shot Daunte Wright during traffic stop makes 1st court appearance  


The former Minnesota police officer charged with the shooting death of a Black man during a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center made her first court appearance Thursday. Kim Potter is charged with second-degree manslaughter.


Police taken hostage by Pakistani Islamists after days of anti-France protests   -24%

At least seven Pakistan police officers and special rangers were taken hostage Sunday by supporters of a radical Islamist party, officials said, after days of violent anti-France protests.


Police Violence And Reform: The Inequality In Restorative Justice Opportunities   30%

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with attorney sujatha baliga about whether restorative justice principles are useful after a shooting incident or killing involving a police officer.