Derek Chauvin trial

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Expert says cop was justified in pinning down George Floyd

Former Officer Derek Chauvin was justified in pinning George Floyd to the ground because he kept struggling, a use-of-force expert testified for the defense Tuesday, contradicting a parade of authorities from both inside and outside the Minneapolis Police Department. Taking the stand at Chauvin’s murder trial, Barry Brodd, a former Santa Rosa, California, officer, stoutly

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The Derek Chauvin Trial — Day Ten

Editor’s Note: See our coverage of the first day of the trial here, the second day here, and the third day here, the fourth day here, the fifth day here, the sixth day here, the seventh day here, the eighth day here, and the ninth day here. The first witness called was Lindsey Thomas, a forensic pathologist. She described forensic pathology as “where medicine

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For Chauvin’s trial attorney, it’s all about raising doubt

Derek Chauvin’s defense attorney was questioning George Floyd’s girlfriend about the couple buying drugs when he abruptly shifted gears for what seemed an innocuous question: He presumed the couple had pet names for each other. Under what name, he asked, did she appear in Floyd’s phone? Courteney Ross first smiled at the question, then paused

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The Derek Chauvin Trial — Day Nine

Editor’s Note: See our coverage of the first day of the trial here, the second day here, and the third day here, the fourth day here, the fifth day here, the sixth day here, the seventh day here, and the eighth day here. Day nine was all about how George Floyd died — the most important question in this case. The prosecution called

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‘Blue wall of silence’ takes hit in Chauvin’s murder trial

Police accused of wrongdoing can usually count on the blue wall of silence — protection from fellow officers that includes everything from shutting off body cameras to refusing to cooperate with investigators. But that’s not the case with Derek Chauvin, with many colleagues quick to condemn his actions in George Floyd’s death, some even taking

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The Derek Chauvin Trial — Day Six

Editor’s Note: See our coverage of the first day of the trial here, the second day here, and the third day here, the fourth day here, and the fifth day here. Day Six started with an intriguing but mysterious ruling by the judge that there had been no juror misconduct. He did not say what the misconduct might have been.

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