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State review faults law enforcement response to unrest after Floyd killing

The analysis released Thursday says law enforcement didn't appropriately distinguish between lawful and unlawful demonstrations, and that some community members felt abandoned by the police. The review was especially critical of the Minneapolis police response. → Read More

Minneapolis City Council approves police contract

Council members who opposed the deal say it failed to include provisions designed to better discipline officers or encourage more accountability. → Read More

Talks set to resume as Minneapolis teachers' strike extends into third day

Mediation is set to resume Thursday morning as the strike by Minneapolis Public Schools teachers and support staff extends into a third day. → Read More

George Floyd killing: Federal jury finds 3 ex-cops guilty on all counts

Philonese Floyd, George’s brother, called it a good day but still a sad one. “This is just accountability,” he said of the convictions. “It can never be justice because I can never get George back. → Read More

George Floyd killing: Emotional testimony as ex-officer takes the stand

Tou Thao, who ran crowd control at the scene of George Floyd’s killing, told a federal jury Tuesday he assumed his fellow officers were attending to Floyd’s medical needs as he focused on keeping back bystanders. → Read More

George Floyd: Bodycam video rolls in 3 cops' federal trial

A second day of testimony wrapped up Tuesday in the federal trial of three ex-Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's constitutional rights, failing to intervene as fellow officer Derek Chauvin killed the man as he subdued him. → Read More

Jury seated in trial of 3 ex-MPD cops charged with violating Floyd's civil rights

It took a single day Thursday to find 18 jurors for the federal trial of the three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s constitutional rights. Opening statements are expected Monday. → Read More

Twin Cities tightening COVID bar, restaurant rules as cases climb

With the virus spreading rapidly, Minneapolis and St. Paul will soon require proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test to enter places serving food and drink. Some worry the plan will spark new confrontations with patrons. → Read More

Jury finds Potter guilty of manslaughter in Daunte Wright killing

A Hennepin County jury on Thursday found ex-Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter guilty of first- and second-degree manslaughter in the April 11 traffic stop killing of Daunte Wright. She was led out of the court in handcuffs. → Read More

Kimberly Potter trial: A look at the case before the trial begins Wednesday

The former Brooklyn Center police officer is facing manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Daunte Wright — a 20-year-old Black man. Jury selection wrapped up last week. → Read More

Kimberly Potter trial: 2 jurors to go; opening statements next week

Opening statements are still set for Dec. 8 in the trial of the former Brooklyn Center police officer charged in the Daunte Wright killing, although it may come sooner. Jury selection is expected to finish on Friday. → Read More

Kimberly Potter trial: Jury selection speeds toward completion

With nine members picked so far for a jury of 12 and two alternates, opening statements in the trial of the former Brooklyn Center police officer charged in the Daunte Wright killing may come sooner than expected. Potter intends to testify in her defense. → Read More

Kimberly Potter trial: 8 key questions, answered

Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter is charged in the shooting death of Daunte Wright. Here are answers to key questions around the trial. → Read More

Kimberly Potter trial: Jury selection continues; Potter to testify

Work continues Wednesday to pick a jury in the trial of the former Brooklyn Center police officer charged in the Daunte Wright killing. Potter’s attorney has made it clear Potter will testify in her defense. → Read More

Judge set to sentence former officer Noor on lesser conviction in killing of Ruszczyk

Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor could soon be a free man. He’s scheduled to appear in Hennepin County District Court Thursday to be resentenced after the Minnesota Supreme Court overturned his third-degree murder conviction last month. → Read More

Voter guide: Minneapolis mayoral candidates on how they’d address the city’s top issues

We asked the aspiring mayors how they’d address housing, public safety, climate change and the local economy — plus their opinions on the three questions on the ballot this fall. → Read More

What to know about the ‘strong mayor’ ballot amendment in Minneapolis

Minneapolis voters in November will have the chance to decide whether the city’s governmental structure needs to be revamped to give the mayor more executive authority over city agencies. → Read More

Supreme Court speeds up review of ruling on Minneapolis ballot question

The Minnesota Supreme Court has granted a petition for accelerated review of a district court's ruling that blocks the Minneapolis public safety referendum. They want paperwork in by 5 p.m. today. → Read More

4 ex-cops in Floyd's killing plead not guilty at first federal hearing

The four former Minneapolis police officers federally charged with violating George Floyd’s constitutional rights pleaded not guilty in their first appearance together at a federal court hearing Tuesday morning. → Read More

Minneapolis will vote on rent control this fall. Here’s what to know.

Minneapolis voters will get the chance in November to decide if the Minneapolis City Council should have the authority to enact rent stabilization measures on privately owned residential properties. → Read More