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Chauvin gets 22 1/2 years in prison for George Floyd’s death

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced Friday to 22 1/2 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, whose dying gasps under Chauvin’s knee led to the biggest outcry against racial injustice in the U.S. in generations. The punishment — which came after Chauvin broke his yearlong silence to offer condolences to

Opinion

Opinion: George Floyd One Year Later

[Disclaimer: The views expressed in opinion pieces on the PrescotteNews website are solely those of the authors. These opinions do not necessarily represent those of the staff of Prescott eNews or its publisher.] We are witnessing a mass delusion of historic proportions. Thumbnail credit: Rossographer/Geograph.ie CC BY-SA 2.0 The death of George Floyd has given rise

Legal Beat

What to expect in closings for ex-cop’s trial in Floyd death

For three weeks, prosecutors at the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd played and replayed video, supplementing the bystander video that shocked the world with multiple other angles of Floyd’s arrest. And over and over, Derek Chauvin’s attorney argued that the visual evidence is deceptive, and that Floyd was

Legal Beat

The Derek Chauvin Trial — Day Four

See our coverage of the first day of the trial here, the second day here, and the third day here. The surprise of the day came when George Floyd’s girlfriend, Courteney Ross, told prosecutor Eric Nelson that she was saved in Floyd’s phone as “Mama,” Floyd’s pet name for her. This raised the possibility that the “Mama” Floyd

Legal Beat

Jurors shown video at ex-officer’s trial in Floyd’s death

The video of George Floyd gasping for breath was essentially Exhibit A as the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee on the Black man’s neck went on trial Monday on charges of murder and manslaughter. Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell showed the jurors the footage at the earliest opportunity, during opening statements, after telling them

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Jurors in ex-officer’s high-profile trial face heavy burden

One prospective juror’s voice quivered as she told attorneys during jury selection that she feared for her family’s safety if chosen for the panel that will decide the fate of a white former police officer charged with killing George Floyd. When the judge excused her, the woman exhaled in relief. Jurors at all trials feel

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