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Past articles by Jeff:

Minneapolis calm morning after man’s suicide sparked unrest

An emergency curfew expired and downtown Minneapolis was calm Thursday morning after unrest broke out following what authorities said was misinformation about the suicide of a Black homicide suspec… → Read More

National Guard activated after downtown Minneapolis unrest

The governor of Minnesota activated the National Guard on Wednesday night to help quell unrest that broke out in downtown Minneapolis following what authorities said was misinformation about the suicide death of a Black homicide suspect → Read More

Governor Walz deploys national guard and state patrol amid growing unrest

The governor of Minnesota activated the National Guard on Wednesday night to help quell unrest that broke out in downtown Minneapolis following what authorities said was misinformation about the suicide death of a Black homicide suspect. → Read More

Newly released body cam video captures crowd’s horror during George Floyd arrest

Newly released body-camera video from a third officer involved in George Floyd’s arrest captures for the first time the growing horror of onlookers who repeatedly pleaded with the officers to get off Floyd. → Read More

Ex-cop's video captures crowd's horror during George Floyd arrest

Newly released body cam footage shows onlookers demanding police help the man. → Read More

New police video captures crowd’s horror during George Floyd’s arrest – Twin Cities

Newly released body-camera video from a third officer involved in George Floyd’s arrest captures for the first time the growing horror of onlookers who repeatedly pleaded with the Minneapolis offic… → Read More

Ex-cop's video captures crowd's horror during Floyd arrest

Newly released body-camera video from a third officer involved in George Floyd’s arrest captures for the first time the growing horror of onlookers who repeatedly pleaded with the officers to get off Floyd → Read More

Ex-cop's video captures crowd's horror during Floyd arrest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Newly released body-camera video from a third officer involved in George Floyd’s arrest captures for the first time the growing horror of onlookers who repeatedly pleaded with the officers to get off Floyd. The video made available Thursday comes from fired Officer Tou Thao, one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of Floyd, a handcuffed Black man. → Read More

Prosecutors want joint trial for 4 ex-cops in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday asked a judge to try four fired Minneapolis police officers jointly in George Floyd’s death. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a memo arguing that evidence against the four is similar and that a single trial would spare witnesses and family members from the trauma of multiple trials. → Read More

Prosecutors reject ‘rookie’ argument by ex-cop in George Floyd death – Twin Cities

State prosecutors have rejected an argument by a fired Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death that he was just a rookie overridden by a senior officer at the scene. Prosecutors … → Read More

Prosecution rejects rookie argument by ex-cop in Floyd death

State prosecutors have rejected an argument by a fired Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death that he was just a rookie overridden by a senior officer at the scene. Prosecutors on Monday opposed the fired officer’s motion to be dismissed from the case. Officer Thomas Lane is charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death. → Read More

Minneapolis panel rejects referendum on eliminating minimum police staffing requirement

The Minneapolis Charter Commission on Wednesday rejected sending voters a referendum on eliminating a minimum staffing requirement in the city police department. The 15-member commission voted 8-6 … → Read More

Frey: Officer who put knee on George Floyd’s neck should be charged

The mayor of Minneapolis called Wednesday for criminal charges against the officer seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd. → Read More

GRAPHIC: Officer who put knee on man’s neck should be charged, Minneapolis mayor says

The Minneapolis police chief said the department would conduct a full internal investigation, and prosecutors will decide whether to file criminal charges against the officers involved. → Read More

GRAPHIC: Swift firings for Minneapolis officers in death of black man

The Minneapolis police chief said the department would conduct a full internal investigation, and prosecutors will decide whether to file criminal charges against the officers involved. → Read More

GRAPHIC: Swift firings for Minneapolis officers in death of black man

The Minneapolis police chief said the department would conduct a full internal investigation, and prosecutors will decide whether to file criminal charges against the officers involved. → Read More

Police Fire Tear Gas At Crowd Protesting Against Killing Of George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — To the general public, the video of a white police officer pressing his knee into the neck of a black man prone on the street… → Read More

Swift firings for Minneapolis officers in death of black man

To the general public, the video of a white police officer pressing his knee into the neck of a shirtless black man prone on the street, crying out for help → Read More

Swift firings for Minneapolis officers in death of black man

Firings came swiftly for four Minneapolis police officers after bystander video captured the death of a black man in custody. → Read More

Swift firings for Minneapolis officers in death of black man

Four officers were fired a day after George Floyd's death, a stunning and swift move by the Minneapolis chief with the mayor's full backing. But despite their dismissal, whether the incident will be considered criminal, or even excessive force, is a more complicated question that will likely take months to investigate. → Read More