The federal charges against Chauvin and three other officers involved in George Floyd's death are more about making a statement than seeking justice.
Imagine a world in which media outlets were unable or afraid to post video of police and other authorities acting reprehensibly.
Most victims of police misconduct never get to take their cases to court.
Jury convicts on all charges.
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The Defense Argues That Derek Chauvin's Fear of George Floyd's 'Superhuman Strength' Justified His Deadly Use of Force
"This wasn't policing," the prosecution says. "This was murder."
Although a Defense Witness Says George Floyd's Death Should Not Have Been Deemed a Homicide, His Account Underlines Derek Chauvin's Culpability
The defense rested without calling Chauvin to the stand, and closing arguments are expected on Monday.
That was one of several eyebrow-raising claims made by Barry Brodd, who said Derek Chauvin's actions were "objectively reasonable."
The Prosecution Presented Compelling Evidence That Derek Chauvin Killed George Floyd by Using Excessive Force
The defense will have to cast doubt on at least one of those claims.
Andrew Baker's account, like the testimony of other medical experts, implicates Derek Chauvin in Floyd's death.
The witnesses rejected the defense's suggestion that Floyd might have died from a drug overdose.
A use-of-force expert says the officers who pinned George Floyd to the ground should have recognized the risk of positional asphyxia.
Medaria Arradondo says Chauvin's treatment of George Floyd violated department policy in several important ways.
Richard Zimmerman's testimony contradicts the defense claim that Derek Chauvin "did exactly what he had been trained to do."
Sometimes vibrant, sometimes crime-ridden, a local tells Reason what it’s like to live blocks from where George Floyd died.
If drugs played a role in Floyd's death, the prone restraint only compounded that danger.
Thoughts on rioting and protest from a local activist who is demonstrating outside the courthouse where the murder trial of Derek Chauvin is taking place.
The defense will have a hard time showing that Chauvin's conduct was justified by any threat Floyd posed.
“I think if Chauvin’s acquitted, we’re fucked,” says one local cop.
A Lawyer for George Floyd's Family Says a Record-Breaking Settlement Gives Cities '27 Million Reasons' To Curtail Police Abuse
But the agreement could complicate Derek Chauvin's murder trial, and it leaves unresolved the question of whether qualified immunity would have blocked the lawsuit.
A Reinstated Third-Degree Murder Charge Gives Jurors Another Option To Convict Derek Chauvin for Killing George Floyd
Like the felony murder charge, it carries a presumptive sentence more than eight years longer than the manslaughter charge.
The ex-cop charged with killing George Floyd should be allowed to await his trial in safety. That should be the standard for everybody.
Aggressive sloganeering doesn't necessarily lead to policy reforms.
The former Minneapolis police officer, who kneeled on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes, says two other cops failed to de-escalate the situation.
Minneapolis Tells Residents With Riot-Wrecked Buildings They Can't Clean Up Until They've Paid Their 2020 Property Taxes in Full
After failing at the one thing people think they need from government, Minneapolis is getting tough on making damaged citizens pay up.
The fatal encounter demonstrates why police reformers want more departments to train officers in de-escalation.
The family of George Floyd probably won't be able to successfully sue Derek Chauvin in civil court because of qualified immunity, but they will help pay for the killer cop's retirement.
After George Floyd’s death, the city will bring in outside advisers to recommend changes to make policing more transparent and accountable.
A spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety says they were scared people would drive too fast.
No amount of protesting is likely to reduce police brutality in the absence of structural reforms that increase accountability, competition, choice, and incentives.
The police aren't good at solving crime in general, regardless of the victim's race, ethnicity, or income. Making this about "privilege" actually undercuts the strength of the argument.
Upgraded Murder Charge Against Derek Chauvin Still Does Not Require Proof That He Intended to Kill George Floyd
Three other former Minneapolis police officers are now charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin.
When Minneapolis cops report that they used or threatened violence, blacks are on the receiving end three-fifths of the time.
The answer hinges on Derek Chauvin's state of mind as he kneeled on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes.
Aggressive police tactics are likely to worsen the situation.
Are we seeing a tipping point where police begin to grasp why the public is so outraged?
So much for the First Amendment.
Police departments exist to protect people's persons and property. The Minneapolis Police Department has failed to do either.
State legislators want to allow duplexes statewide and eliminate local governments' ability to impose aesthetic design requirements.
The polyethylene lining on the cheery seasonal drink containers does not meet the city's exacting composting requirements.
The Minneapolis city council just made the rental business a lot riskier for property owners.
Larry Johnson's pet pigs have run afoul of Minneapolis' ban on city swine.
The local police union promises to defy him.