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Minnesota protesters pull down Columbus statue at Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Protesters in Minnesota on Wednesday pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus outside the state Capitol amid continuing anger over the death of George Floyd. The protesters threw a rope around the 10-foot bronze statue Wednesday afternoon and pulled it off its ...

Video evidence increasingly disproves police narratives

Minneapolis police initially told the public that George Floyd died after a "medical incident during a police interaction." The Buffalo, New York, department said a protester "tripped and fell." Philadelphia police alleged that a college student who suffered a serious head wound had assaulted ...

`He is going to change the world’: Funeral held for Floyd

HOUSTON (AP) — George Floyd was fondly remembered Tuesday as "Big Floyd" — a father and brother, athlete and neighborhood mentor, and now a catalyst for change — at a funeral for the black man whose death has sparked a global reckoning over police brutality and racial prejudice. More ...

Officer charged in Floyd’s death held on $1 million bail

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Monday kept bail at $1 million for a former Minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree murder in George Floyd's death. Derek Chauvin, 44, said little during an 11-minute hearing in which he appeared before Hennepin County Judge Jeannice M. Reding on ...

Man charged in fire that gutted Minneapolis police station

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a St. Paul man who allegedly admitted helping fuel the fire that destroyed a Minneapolis police station with aiding and abetting arson on a night when protests over the death in police custody of George Floyd turned violent. Branden ...

Some Minneapolis activists doubt disbanding police will work

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd's death was the breaking point for some Minneapolis civic leaders, who now say the only way to fix the city's embattled police department is to take it apart. But it's not clear how they would do that, and groups that have spent years shining a light on police ...

In Minneapolis, rage over George Floyd extends beyond cops

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — To truly understand the rage people in this city felt as they watched a video of George Floyd begging, gasping and slowly succumbing beneath the weight of a police officer's knee, it's necessary to step back in time. Seven years before Floyd's cheek was smashed against the ...

Minneapolis mayor doesn’t support police force ‘abolition’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey told protesters during a Saturday demonstration in the city where George Floyd died at the hands of police that he didn't support the "full abolition" of the police department. Those attending the event organized by the local advocacy group ...

Duty to intervene: Floyd cops spoke up but didn’t step in

By BERNARD CONDON and TODD RICHMOND Associated Press Minneapolis was among several cities that had policies on the books requiring police officers to intervene to stop colleagues from using unreasonable force, but that didn't save George Floyd and law enforcement experts say such rules will ...

Lightning suspected in fire that destroyed Minnesota church

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A church whose congregation dates back 144 years caught fire over the weekend in rural western Minnesota during a thunderstorm and was destroyed. Bethel Lutheran Church caught fire early Saturday evening about 11 miles south of Battle Lake and "began to collapse before the ...

Health officials report 388 new COVID-19 cases, 16 deaths

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday confirmed 388 new cases of the coronavirus, raising the total number to 27,886. The updated report includes 16 deaths from COVID-19, for a statewide total of 1,186, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Health officials said ...

Severe weather possible in parts of North Dakota, Minnesota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Hail the size of hen eggs, damaging winds reaching 75 mph, heavy rain and flooding are possible in northeast North Dakota and parts of northwest Minnesota,. The National Weather Service said severe thunderstorms are expected to begin late Sunday afternoon and end ...

Biden to meet with George Floyd’s family before funeral

By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden plans to travel to Houston to meet with the family of George Floyd and will provide a video message for Floyd's funeral service. A Biden aide on Sunday described the plans of the Democratic presidential ...

Minneapolis council majority backs disbanding police force

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A majority of the members of the Minneapolis City Council said Sunday they support disbanding the city's police department, an aggressive stance that comes just as the state has launched a civil rights investigation after George Floyd's death. Nine of the council's 12 ...

Chief struggles to change Minneapolis police culture

By TAMMY WEBBER and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Medaria Arradondo was tapped to lead the Minneapolis Police Department in 2017, he faced a public newly outraged by the fatal police shooting of a woman who had called 911 and still carrying deep mistrust from the ...

Minnesota AG asked to handle cases of police-involved deaths

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's county attorneys want to give the state attorney general the authority to handle all cases of police-involved deaths, as is the case against the four former Minneapolis police officers involved George Floyd's death. The Minnesota County Attorneys Association ...

Walz announces gradual reopening of indoor dining, gyms

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Friday a gradual reopening of indoor dining, gyms and entertainment venues during the coronavirus pandemic. Walz said the restrictions will loosen next Wednesday, but customers and employees still will be either strongly recommended or ...

U of Minnesota president to recommend in-person fall classes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The president of the University of Minnesota plans to recommend that the school resume in-person classes this fall after moving to online offerings during the coronavirus pandemic. President Joan Gabel also will recommend to the Board of Regents next week that the ...

Minneapolis bans police chokeholds in wake of Floyd’s death

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis agreed Friday to ban chokeholds and neck restraints by police and to require officers to try to stop any other officers they see using improper force, in the first concrete steps to remake the city's police force since George ...

The Latest: Sharpton: DC rally being planned for Aug. 28

By The Associated Press undefined TOP OF THE HOUR: — Sharpton planning DC rally for Aug. 28 anniversary of MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech — Minneapolis-St. Paul curfew over as troopers, National Guard to be sent home — Seattle mayor bans police use of a type of tear gas for 30 ...