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Chauvin trial live: Judge won't delay, move trial; 1 more juror needed

Chauvin trial live: Judge won't delay, move trial; 1 more juror needed

MPR News will stream live coverage of the trial beginning at 8:15 a.m. Some images or material discussed during the trial will be disturbing to many viewers. Watch the live proceedings 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.Cahill’s decision followed a defense request to delay or move the trial in the wake of last week’s announced between Minneapolis and the family of George Floyd.Chauvin’s attorneys argued that the massive settlement and the notoriety around it might...

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Mar 19
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Chauvin trial live: Judge excuses 2 jurors who knew of Floyd family settlement

Chauvin trial live: Judge excuses 2 jurors who knew of Floyd family settlement

MPR News will stream live coverage of the trial beginning at 8:45 a.m. Some images or material discussed during the trial will be disturbing to many viewers. Watch the live proceedings :The between Minneapolis and the George Floyd family continues to hang over jury selection in Derek Chauvin’s criminal trial. The judge on Wednesday dismissed two previously chosen jurors who said they knew of the payout.Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill interviewed seven jurors by video conference Wednesday morning who’d been selected prior to Friday’s settlement announcement.The judge excused one — a...

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Mar 17
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Minneapolis council to consider move to establish rent control

Minneapolis council to consider move to establish rent control

Whether it’s called rent stabilization or rent control, the measure is designed to set limits on the rates at which housing costs can grow. The Minneapolis City Council is expected to start the process Friday toward regulating rent increases.Supporters, like housing organizer Qannani Omar, say rent control is an important part of a larger strategy to keep people in their homes.“We’re seeing residents who have dealt with 15 percent rent increases,” she said. “We are seeing residents deal with rent increases in this pandemic, kind of forcing them out of their units.”Omar helps low-income...

Jan 29
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Minneapolis council indicates it will try again with plan to replace MPD

Minneapolis council indicates it will try again with plan to replace MPD

The Minneapolis City Council on Friday took steps — again — toward trying to get a proposal on the ballot this year that would allow the city to replace its Police Department with a new public safety agency.The council's agenda included a notice that a measure similar to the one that failed to make it in front of voters in 2020 will be up for consideration by council members in the coming weeks. Mychal Vlatkovich, a spokesperson for Mayor Jacob Frey, said the mayor had concerns about “clarity of command” but would review the proposal when it's ready.The city and Police Department have come...

Jan 15
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Minneapolis police officers cleared in shooting of armed man

Minneapolis police officers cleared in shooting of armed man

Eight Minneapolis police officers who fired their guns that killed an armed man outside a home during a domestic disturbance and one officer who fired a nonlethal round have been cleared of wrongdoing, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Monday.Freeman said in a release that an investigation showed that 52-year-old Chiasher Vue posed a clear danger when he fired his rifle on the night of Dec. 15, 2019, drawing a barrage of shots from officers on the scene. “In this situation, the officers at the scene knew that Chiasher Vue had fired shots inside his house, scaring his children,”...

Dec 21
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In marathon public hearing, hundreds weigh in on proposed cuts to Minneapolis police

In marathon public hearing, hundreds weigh in on proposed cuts to Minneapolis police

Once again, public safety and the Minneapolis Police Department’s budget dominated a public hearing on the mayor’s proposed 2021 budget. The Wednesday evening hearing — which lasted more than seven hours — was the second of three opportunities for the public to weigh in and this time more than 400 people signed up to speak.Last week, three council members to move $7.9 million from the police budget to fund a nonpolice 911 mental health crisis response function and expand the city’s Violence Prevention Program and neighborhood safety organizing programs.Mayor Jacob Frey and police Chief...

Dec 3
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Police funding at center of Mpls budget hearing

Police funding at center of Mpls budget hearing

The hearing was scheduled to take public testimony via telephone on the entirety of Mayor Jacob Frey’s proposed 2021 budget, but for nearly five hours callers focused almost exclusively on the $179 million allocated to the police department.Some residents who urged the Minneapolis City Council to maintain or even increase the police budget said they’ve never seen crime as bad as it is this year. More than 500 people have been wounded by gunfire and the number of homicides has long surpassed the number of killings in all of 2019.Monica Nilsson is the executive director of Haven Housing,...

Nov 16
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‘No shortcuts’ as Mpls. City Council rethinks policing

‘No shortcuts’ as Mpls. City Council rethinks policing

Almost five months after a majority of the Minneapolis City Council stood on a stage with large letters in front of it spelling out “DEFUND POLICE,” some see the effort as a failure, blaming the sentiment for boosts in violent crime and the council for inaction. While it remains to be seen where those efforts to vastly reimagine public safety will land, an MPR News survey of Minneapolis council members show that there’s still significant common ground among them for changing the city’s relationship with the Police Department, including transferring police responsibilities to social workers,...

Oct 28
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Mpls. police chief proposes smaller 2021 force

Mpls. police chief proposes smaller 2021 force

Minneapolis police Chief Medaria Arradondo presented a 2021 budget plan Thursday that eliminates dozens of unfilled positions but also invests in a highly touted program that pairs officers with mental health professionals. Speaking to the City Council’s budget committee, Arradondo laid out a to account for a more than 7 percent cut included in Mayor Jacob Frey’s . Frey has said cuts are necessary to make up for lost revenues due to the pandemic and the unrest which followed the police killing of George Floyd in May. The chief’s plan doesn’t call for layoffs. But Arradondo said filling in...

October 8, 2020
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Mpls. stops pursuit of a temporary 3rd Precinct space

Mpls. stops pursuit of a temporary 3rd Precinct space

City officials say Minneapolis has ended lease negotiations for a new temporary headquarters for the 3rd Precinct police station which was burned down earlier this year. In August, a council committee had agreed to pursue an agreement for a space along Hiawatha Avenue which used to house a printing company. However, some residents of the neighborhood pushed back, saying the process was rushed and didn't give them enough time to weigh in on the temporary police station. And the council agreed to a delay. A city spokesperson said the two parties have reached an impasse and will not pursue...

September 16, 2020
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