In March 2021, the first of the former officers charged in the killing of George Floyd will go on trial. Police officers are rarely prosecuted in such cases—and the world will be watching. The Minnesota Public Radio newsroom, which has followed this case in detail from the beginning, will bring listeners updates on this monumental case, and the consequences it holds for the city and the country. Created in collaboration with American Public Media.
No testimony from Derek Chauvin; closing arguments set
The murder trial of Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd enters the final stages, with closing arguments set for Monday. The defense rested its case on Thursday after Chauvin said he would not take the stand in his own defense. And the Twin Cities area is rocked by another police killing of a Black man. This is a special edition of Minnesota Today for Saturday, April 17, 2021. Hosted by Nina Moini. Theme music by Gary Meister.
Training, use of force and watching from Cup Foods
Prosecution makes the case in Derek Chauvin's murder trial that George Floyd's death had more to do with the officers' weight pressing him to the pavement as he tried to breathe, and not underlying health or drug use issues.
Emotional testimony from remorseful bystanders, top cop says knee restraint 'uncalled for'
Emotion overflowed in the first week of testimony as the court saw video that showed what happened before, during and after George Floyd's death. Bystanders testified that they wanted to do more to save the Minneapolis man. And Derek Chauvin's former Minneapolis police superior said kneeling on a handcuffed, prone person does not fall within training.
The courtroom, the jurors, the community and the start of the trial
A criminal trial carried live breaks tradition as attorneys prepare to deliver opening statements on Monday. Also, a series of healing events aims to help people who continue to experience trauma that some expect will be heightened by exposure to the details of George Floyd’s killing last May.
What the trial over George Floyd’s death means
Before George Floyd was killed, the police killings of other Black men in Minnesota generated public pressure to prosecute the officers. MPR News reporter Jon Collins has covered several of these shootings and their aftermaths. He explains the significance of the current trial over George Floyd’s death.
The shift in how we talk about racism
After George Floyd was killed the world watched, and the world reacted. Part of that reaction was a shift in how some people talk about racism. MPR News reporter Brandt Williams talks with his cousin about the killing of George Floyd, and how its capture on video made it impossible to look the other way.
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More like a 4 or a 3 but 1 isn’t fair so I’m offsetting
I’m not sure how people see this as bad reporting as they’re covering what’s been said in the court room. The chief of police said the cop was wrong. The coroner ruled out drugs as cause of death and declared it homicide. So at this point it really does just come down to a matter of degrees.
Something needs to be done about our police structure and I have to say I’m very proud of the courage the police chief demonstrated by saying this was not ok because there are so many cases where this isn’t happening. (Long Island serial killer, the woman in Malibu mts who was released from a weird pick up...at midnight and then found dead...how so many officers are tied to clan..how so many officer groups are tied to groups where they place bets on inmates or let them go in neighborhoods that are unsafe for them and can cause them death...because it’s now a game....cases of people in poor neighborhoods who call in and report drug activity and then nothing is done when the drug sellers set the concerned citizens house on fire)
There’s a sickness in this country and it seems to love positions of power. It needs to stop
It’s founder runs off to California and buys up bunch of mansions with all the donation money...George Floyd death is nothing but an excuse for these people to vandalize and loot. Today’s media should be ashamed!!
What a joke
This whole media coverage on this trial is a joke...