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Trial for Three Fired Minneapolis Officers in George Floyd Death Postponed

The former officers' trial had been set to begin on Aug. 23. But Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill postponed it until March 7, citing federal charges against the three that were announced last week.

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Fired Atlanta Officer Who Fatally Shot Rayshard Brooks Reinstated

Officer Garrett Rolfe won’t actually be allowed to return to work, as his bond prevents him from possessing a firearm or being around other officers.

Oklahoma Officer Convicted of Murdering His Chief at Florida Conference

Officer Michael Nealey killed Chief Lucky Miller in their Hilton hotel room in Pensacola, Fla. They traveled to Florida for a law enforcement conference.

Chauvin Trial Judge Denies Change of Venue, Continuance Motions

On other motions Friday, Judge Peter Cahill ruled that only portions of the events surrounding Floyd's drug arrest in Minneapolis in May 2019 are admissible in this trial, namely any evidence or testimony that directly relates to his medical condition.

2 Chauvin Trial Jurors Dismissed After Admitting City's Settlement with Floyd Family Makes Them Biased

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill removed the two who said under his questioning they had heard about a federal lawsuit settlement reached last week and admitted it affected their ability to presume Chauvin is innocent during the course of the trial.

Chauvin's Attorney Requests Venue Change, Continuance After Settlement Paid to Floyd's Family

Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s defense attorney, questioned the “suspicious timing” of the settlement and argued it was “highly prejudicial” against his client. He called on Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter A. Cahill to “at least” call back the jurors already seated in the case to question them to see if they had read the news of the settlement and if they could continue to be impartial in the case.

Chauvin Now Facing Third-Degree Murder Charge

The decision was a victory for prosecutors who had sought to re-add the charge against Derek Chauvin, the officer filmed with his knee on George Floyd’s neck during an arrest last May. He is already charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the Floyd's death.

Appeals Court Rules Judge Must Reconsider Third-Degree Murder Charge for Chauvin

The unanimous decision by the appeals court means that the trial court may again hear arguments from Chauvin and prosecutors from the Minnesota attorney general’s office over whether Chauvin should face the third-degree murder charge.

Case Against Former Atlanta Officer Over Rayshard Brooks Shooting Transferred to Attorney General by New DA

In a letter sent Wednesday to Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, newly elected Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis cited the conduct of former DA Paul Howard in her request to have the case transferred.

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Murder Trial of Former Minneapolis Officer Chauvin to be Held Separately Beginning March 8

Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill's latest legal order makes it clear that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and space limitations, even in Hennepin County's largest courtroom, make it impossible to hold a trial for four defendants while complying with existing safety guidelines.

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