Karen Garner, a 73-year-old woman with dementia, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Loveland, Colorado and police officers over her June 26, 2020 arrest for leaving a store without paying for about $14 worth of items. During her arrest, Garner suffered a dislocated shoulder and bruises. Her lawsuit claims she suffered physical injuries and still experiences fear, trauma and anxiety.
The murder trial of ex-Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd concluded Thursday. Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill set Monday for the defense and prosecution to close their arguments. The judge has told jurors they will be sequestered at a hotel during the deliberations. On the 14th day of the trial, Chauvin invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify.
Ghislaine Maxwell, the former lover of Jeffrey Epstein, pleaded that her July trial for sex trafficking be delayed until 2022, citing the charges recently added to an alleged conspiracy to recruit young girls for Epstein for sex. Her lawyers said they require much more time to prepare with the additional charges. The original charges involved three girls. The new charges added a fourth victim.
Capitol Police Inspector General Michael A Bolton, the force’s top watchdog, while testifying before a House panel said there is a need for a culture change within the department after its broad failures during the January 6 storming of the building. Bolton, who probed the riot, including a cop, submitted a 104-page report, in which doubted the force’s ability to respond to such future events.
Students at a North Texas high school are being disciplined for their role in a mock slave auction they conducted on Snapchat. The group of students at the Daniel Ninth Grade Campus in Aledo set up the so-called ’slave trade’ of Black classmates. The Aledo Independent School District announced it got reports that students were bullied and harassed ’based on their race’ more than two weeks ago.
Police fatally shot a handgun-wielding man who opened fire outside the San Antonio airport in Texas. Authorities imposed lockdown on the airport after police got a call about a car driving the wrong way on a road. Authorities said when an officer stopped the car, the man jumped out and began shooting. Police returned fire and wounded the man, who was declared dead at the hospital.
A group of protesters turned violent at a CNN crew who were covering the demonstrations in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota following the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright. They threw objects at them, including eggs, and chased them from the spot they were covering the protest. One of the crew members was reportedly hit in the head with a water bottle, which made him lose balance and fall down.
Kim Potter, the ex-policewoman charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, made her first court appearance. The judge, Paul Scoggin, didn’t ask Potter, 48, about the shooting or her intended plea, and set the next court date for 17 May. Potter is now out on a $100,000 bail bond. She claimed that she mistook her gun for a Taser in the shooting.
A US federal judge authorized the seizure of houses in Mexico which were allegedly bought by Rafael Caro Quintero, a notorious fugitive drug lord, who is wanted for the killing of a federal agent. The houses include gated houses and condos in and around Guadalajara, Mexico and worth several million dollars. US authorities said they were using diplomatic channels to try to get the order enforced.
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer, spoke for the first time at his murder trial in the death of George Floyd. Mr. Chauvin told the judge he would not be taking the stand in his own defense, and said ’I will invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege today.’ While defendants at trial have the option to testify, they can then be cross-examined by prosecutors.
42-year-old Jonathan Pentland who was seen in a video accosting and shoving a Black man in a South Carolina neighborhood has been charged with third-degree assault. Pentland, a white Army non-commissioned officer, was listed as detained in the Richland County jail. The video shows Pentland demanding that a Black man leave the neighborhood before threatening him with physical violence.
Paul Flores, the ’prime suspect’ in the 1996 murder of Kristin Smart, made his first virtual court appearance Thursday. His defense requested that the arraignments be continued until Monday, when he will enter a plea and hear arguments related to bail. Flores remained held without bail, while bail for his father Ruben, who is charged as an accessory after murder, remained set at $250,000.
Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability said the police bodycam footage of last month’s fatal shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo by a police officer will be released. About a dozen protesters first gathered at the city’s downtown Federal Plaza to demand police accountability and justice for Adam, who was chased into an alley and fatally shot on the chest in the wee hours of March 29.
President Biden’s $2T jobs and infrastructure plan aims to deploy more than $5B to support community-based violence prevention programs. The projects would target economically distressed neighborhoods where Black and Latino people are disproportionately affected by gun violence. The administration hasn’t offered details.
Dan Dow, the DA of San Luis Obispo County, said California college student Kristin Smart was killed by the suspect, Paul Flores, in 1996 when Flores attempted to rape her in his dorm room. Dow also said Flores’s father, Ruben Flores, helped in hiding Smart’s body. Paul Flores, 44, has been charged with first-degree murder and Ruben Flores, 80, has been charged with an accessory after murder.
The US Justice Department said that it will not pursue criminal charges against the police officer who was responsible for fatally shooting a woman participating in the Jan. 6 pro-Trump invasion of the U.S. Capitol. The DOJ said that officials determined ’there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution’ against the U.S. Capitol Police officer in the shooting of Ashli Babbitt.
Kimberly Potter, the 48-year-old Minnesota policewoman who shot dead Daunte Wright during a traffic pullover, has posted a bail of $100,000. She has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. Potter resigned from the Brooklyn Center police following the outrage triggered by her action. Potter, who has worked for the police department for 26 years, allegedly confused her gun for a Taser.
Dr David Fowler, a forensic expert testifying in defense of Derek Chauvin, who is on trial for the murder of George Floyd, said fentanyl and methamphetamine in Floyd’s body, and possibly carbon monoxide poisoning from auto exhaust, resulted in his enlarged heart with narrow arteries to stop. Fowler’s testimony directly contradicts the prosecutors’ argument that Chauvin choked Floyd with his knee.
A Tennessee police officer wounded during a confrontation with a student in the bathroom of Knoxville’s Austin-East Magnet High School was not shot by the student, authorities said. This contradicts the earlier police version of the story that said the teenager had shot the cop. The new report suggests the officer was shot by another cop during a tussle. The student was killed in the incident.
Bernie Madoff, the mastermind behind the largest Ponzi scheme in history, has died in prison, AP reported citing a source. It said Madoff, 82, died at the federal medical center in Butner, North Carolina, from natural causes. He had an end-stage renal disease and other medical conditions. In 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 150 years in prison and forced to forfeit $170 billion.
In the murder trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin, Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill ruled that George Floyd’s friend Morries Hall, who was in the SUV with Floyd during his fatal arrest, may choose not to testify by invoking the Fifth Amendment. This is a blow to Chauvin’s lawyers, who wanted to call Hall to explain the comments he made to investigators that Floyd fell asleep in the car.
30-year-old Liliana Carrillo, a resident of California, who is suspected of killing her three children pleaded not guilty to carjacking during an alleged escape. She entered pleas to four felony counts of carjacking, attempted carjacking and auto theft. Her bail has been set at $2 million. Her three children were found dead by their maternal grandmother in Los Angeles.