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Ep. 1: The people left Rondo, but Rondo didn't leave them

St. Paul's Rondo neighborhood still embodies the values of a community torn asunder by the construction of I-94. In this first episode we look at how the Rondo neighborhood keeps going and helped make the city's first Black mayor, Melvin Carter III, who followed the “family business” of community service all the way to City Hall. → Read More

Chauvin trial: Verdict reached; expect to hear by 4 p.m.

The court system says a verdict has been reached in the Derek Chauvin murder trial and will be read in court between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. MPR News will carry the announcement live on the air and online. → Read More

Chauvin trial: Closing statements Monday start trial's final phase

The climactic chapters of Derek Chauvin’s murder trial begin Monday morning at the Hennepin County Courthouse. Prosecution and defense attorneys will deliver closing arguments and then hand the case to jurors to await perhaps the most consequential verdict in Minnesota history. → Read More

Chauvin trial: Defense expert faults 'sudden cardiac arrest' for Floyd death

Dr. David Fowler testified that George Floyd died of cardiac arrhythmia during the police restraint, but that methamphetamine and fentanyl, carbon monoxide exposure from the squad car, tumors and adrenaline contributed to his death. → Read More

Chauvin trial live: Judge denies defense request for acquittal

Defense attorney Eric Nelson said the state has failed to submit sufficient evidence that Derek Chauvin’s use of force in restraining George Floyd led to his death. He argued that the state provided six different opinions about Chauvin’s use of force, and that they contradict one another. → Read More

Chauvin trial: Defense set to present its case starting Tuesday

Defense attorneys are expected to begin calling witnesses Tuesday as prosecutors wrap up their case against ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. On Monday, George Floyd’s younger brother told jurors Floyd was a loving brother, son and father. → Read More

Chauvin trial: Defense readies its case as testimony resumes

The defense in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial is expected to make its case to jurors starting this week. On Friday, the medical examiner who autopsied Floyd testified that the restraint used by Chauvin and other officers against George Floyd tipped the man from life to death. → Read More

Chauvin trial: Medical examiner who ruled Floyd's death a homicide takes the stand

Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker takes the stand Friday in what could be pivotal testimony in the murder trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin. Baker in his autopsy ruled Floyd’s death a homicide. → Read More

Chauvin trial: Same evidence, very different views from defense, prosecution

Testimony continues Thursday in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial. Wednesday’s testimony was often dry but revealed a basic tension: Attorneys on both sides are presenting the same evidence to jurors with sometimes very different conclusions. → Read More

Chauvin trial: Cops sharpen prosecution argument that Floyd restraint was wrong

Jurors in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial continue to hear testimony from police officials who emphasized Chauvin’s methods to subdue George Floyd last May were his own. A use-of-force expert resumes testimony Wednesday. → Read More

Chauvin trial: MPD instructor says cops aren't trained to use knee on neck

A Minneapolis use-of-force instructor testified that officers aren't trained to use their legs or knees on somebody's neck, while another police official told jurors that Derek Chauvin received extensive training in how to defuse tense situations. → Read More

Chauvin trial: Chief's testimony nears; lieutenant says force 'uncalled for'

Derek Chauvin’s murder trial enters its second week of testimony Monday with the prosecution expected to sharpen its argument that the ex-Minneapolis police officer’s use of force against George Floyd was unacceptably dangerous and beyond the bounds of department training. → Read More

Chauvin trial live: 'I thought he was dead,' paramedic testifies

Derek Chauvin’s then-supervisor David Pleoger’s testimony capped a day in court that included testimony from paramedics who believed George Floyd was dead at the scene yet still tried to revive him. Earlier in the day, Floyd’s girlfriend, with laughter and tears, told of their life together and their addiction struggles. → Read More

Chauvin trial: Cops' bodycams captured agony, intensity at Floyd scene

Testimony in Chauvin’s trial resumes Thursday, but the images shown to jurors Wednesday afternoon — and the anguish of witnesses on the stand — won’t soon be forgotten. → Read More

Chauvin trial live: Witnesses say they felt anger, powerlessness as Floyd died

An off-duty firefighter at the scene resumes testimony Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, she and other witnesses spoke of feeling powerless at the scene as they admonished and pleaded with the officer who had his knee pressed into George Floyd’s neck. → Read More

Chauvin trial: Witness who says 'blood choke' used on Floyd returns to stand

A key prosecution witness returns Tuesday for more questioning about what he saw and why his mixed martial arts training convinced him the technique Derek Chauvin was using to pin George Floyd to the pavement was dangerous. → Read More

Chauvin trial live: 911 dispatcher felt 'something's wrong' at scene

Testimony began Monday following opening statements by the defense and prosecution. A 911 dispatcher testified she became increasingly concerned as she glanced at live video of Floyd’s arrest from a public safety camera. → Read More

Chauvin trial live: 1 more juror to go; opening statements draw near

Jury selection in the Derek Chauvin trial continues Tuesday with 14 juror seated. The judge intends to pick one final juror Tuesday as a precaution. The trial is set to start on time with opening statements expected March 29. → Read More

Chauvin trial live: Jury selection continues; opening statements draw near

A flurry of key decisions Friday by Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill has set a path for the trial to start on time and stay in place. A jury of 12 plus two alternates is within reach Monday, although the court may end up choosing as many as 16 jurors to serve. → Read More

Chauvin trial live: Judge won't delay, move trial; OKs some detail from prior Floyd arrest

Judge Peter Cahill said Friday he will not delay or move the Derek Chauvin trial. He also said he would allow limited evidence from a 2019 arrest of George Floyd. The court is continuing to pick a jury. → Read More