The six Atlanta police officers who were accused of battery and aggravated assault against two HBCU students during a 2020 George Floyd protest have been cleared of all wrongdoing.
Despite countless incidents in the intervening 30 years, police accountability continues to be sidelined in favor of unchecked funding increases.
Attorneys for Derek Chauvin filed an 82-page appeal listing the reasons Chauvin didn't get a fair shake during his criminal trial last year for the murder of George Floyd.
The guilty verdicts for former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao for violating George Floyd's civil rights should send a clear message to members of law enforcement who ignore their sworn duties, civil rights leaders said.
A mostly white jury was selected in the case for Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao, the three ex-Minneapolis cops who, along with Derek Chauvin, were involved in George Floyd's death. Judge Paul Magnuson said, “There is absolutely nothing about the subject of religion, race or ethnicity that’s involved in this case.”
A newly reduced prison sentence for former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, who was originally convicted of third-degree murder, has prompted speculation about the legal implications it has for Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty of the same charge for killing George Floyd.
Florida man William John Hartnett, who threatened to kill a lawyer for representing Derek Chauvin during the former Minneapolis cop's murder trial, is facing five years in prison after he pleaded guilty.
Derek Chauvin and his legal team have reportedly been negotiating a federal plea deal that could provide some context to the cryptic message that the convicted murderer gave George Floyd's family in court during his sentencing.
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