Court to hear appeal of ex-officer in murder of George Floyd
An attorney for Derek Chauvin is planning to ask an appeals court Wednesday to throw out the former Minneapolis police officer's convictions in the murder of George Floyd, arguing that numerous legal and procedural errors deprived him of a fair trial. Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin, who is white, pinned the Black man to the ground with his knee on his neck for 9 1/2 minutes. A bystander video captured Floyd's fading cries of “I can't breathe.”news.yahoo.com
Trae Tha Truth charged with assault over fight with rapper Z-Ro in August, documents show
Houston’s hometown hero, activist, rapper and entrepreneur Thompson Fraizer, better known as Trae Tha Truth, has found himself in some trouble after being arrested and charged in connection to a fight that took place back in August, according to court documents.
Lawyer gets 15 months behind bars for firebombing police car
A New York City attorney was sentenced to 15 months behind bars on Friday for firebombing an empty New York City police vehicle with another lawyer during protests over the murder of George Floyd. Before hearing her sentence, Urooj Rahman asked a judge to spare her prison time and give her a “second chance” to redeem herself for what she called a momentary lapse of judgement. “I’m so incredibly sorry for my reckless and wrong actions,” a tearful Rahman said in federal court in Brooklyn.news.yahoo.com
I SEE U, Episode 66: The Reconstruction Zone – Houston Public Media
In recent years, with each election cycle, voting results very often come down to the wire. Consequently, when it comes to politics and ideologies related to our government, America remains completely divided. And with the racial and political reckoning of 2020 after the death of George Floyd, the clash over the true meaning of ...houstonpublicmedia.org
Homeland Security Admits It Tried to Manufacture Fake Terrorists for Trump
The Department of Homeland Security launched a failed operation that ensnared hundreds, if not thousands, of U.S. protesters in what new documents show was as a sweeping, power-hungry effort before the 2020 election to bolster President Donald Trump’s spurious claims about a “terrorist organization” he accused his Democratic rivals of supporting.news.yahoo.com
I SEE U, Episode 65: The Show Must Go Black – Houston Public Media
The most Tony Award-winning Black producer in history, Ron Simons, is leading an historic effort on Broadway to hire more people of color in creative and leadership positions, as well as develop more onstage narratives and storytelling about underrepresented minority communities.houstonpublicmedia.org
City where George Floyd was killed struggles to recruit cops
Inside the Minneapolis Police Academy's sprawling campus on the city's north side, six people sat soberly and listened to a handful of officers and city officials make their pitch about joining an understaffed department that is synonymous with the murder of George Floyd. “There's still people who still value us,” Sgt. Vanessa Anderson told the potential recruits. Crime rose in Minneapolis during the pandemic, as in many American cities.news.yahoo.com
Kanye West stirs controversies that some Chicagoans find destructive
Despite his past controversies such as his infamous “slavery was a choice” comment, some say the 24 Grammy-winning rapper and writer and clothing designer behind the Yeezy sports shoe remains a revered figure in Chicago.chicagotribune.com
Kanye West claims George Floyd died by fentanyl; Floyd’s family considers lawsuit
Kanye West continues to create outrage. The outspoken rapper contended in a new interview that George Floyd died of the drug fentanyl, and not from the actions of the Minnesota police officer who was convicted of his murder. “They hit him with the fentanyl. If you look, the guy’s knee wasn’t even on his neck like that,” West claimed on Sunday’s episode of the Revolt TV show “Drink Champs.” ...news.yahoo.com
2 guilty of violating Floyd's rights to begin federal term
Two of the four former Minneapolis police officers who were convicted of violating George Floyd’s civil rights during the May 2020 restraint that killed him are scheduled to begin serving their federal sentences Tuesday. J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao are scheduled to report to the U.S. Marshals Service on Tuesday morning. The Bureau of Prisons typically would assign them to a federal facility, but authorities have not publicly said where they will go.news.yahoo.com
Texas board rejects posthumous pardon for George Floyd — after recommending one to Greg Abbott
The state’s parole board did not explain why it was denying the request to pardon Floyd, who was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer, for a minor 2004 drug conviction. Last year, the board recommended Abbott pardon Floyd, then rescinded that suggestion.
FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT: 22 of the panels coming to the 2022 Texas Tribune Festival
The Texas Tribune Festival will bring hundreds of big names to Austin in September. The three day event taking place Sept. 22-24 includes 350 speakers and 120 panels, conversations, and interviews. We’re spotlighting 22 of the panels slated for the 2022 event, many including prominent leaders from the Houston area.
Chauvin moved to Arizona federal pen in George Floyd killing
Derek Chauvin has been moved from a Minnesota state prison where he was often held in solitary confinement to a medium-security federal prison in Arizona, where the former police officer convicted in George Floyd’s killing may be held under less restrictive conditions.
HPD releases photo of vehicle of interest in shooting of George Floyd’s 4-year-old niece
Authorities with the Houston Police Department have released a surveillance photo showing a vehicle of interest believed to have been involved in a shooting, which injured George Floyd’s 4-year-old niece, earlier this year.
Floyd family, others see inequality in penalties for ex-cops
Three former Minneapolis police officers went before a federal judge during the last week to be sentenced for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, and for each man, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson handed out penalties well below what prosecutors sought and below federal guidelines.
Former Minneapolis officer sentenced to 3 years in prison for violating George Floyd’s civil rights
A former Minneapolis police officer who was found guilty on federal charges of violating the civil rights of George Floyd was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison and two years of supervised release.
Ruling may mean less time for 2 who violated Floyd's rights
A federal judge has sided with two former Minneapolis police officers convicted of violating George Floyd’s civil rights, saying the guidelines for their sentences will be calculated in a way that could mean substantially less prison time for them.
Deadly Minneapolis police standoff revives racial concerns
The shooting of a young Black man whose family says he was experiencing a mental health crisis has revived some activists’ mistrust of Minneapolis’ troubled police department and their perception that officers go to greater lengths to capture white suspects alive.
Federal prosecutors want 25 years for Chauvin for violating George Floyd’s rights
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to give former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin a 25-year sentence for violating the rights of George Floyd, as well as the rights of a 14-year-old Black boy who was restrained in an unrelated case.