Ex-Officers in George Floyd Case to Be Tried Together, With Cameras Rolling

first_img– Advertisement – The defendants, including Derek Chauvin, the white officer who pinned Mr. Floyd to the ground for more than nine minutes, had asked the court for a change of venue, arguing that they would not be able to receive a fair trial in Minneapolis because of pretrial publicity and the wide-scale protests against racial injustice Mr. Floyd’s death sparked in Minneapolis and around the country, as well the world. In an important win for the prosecution, a judge in Minneapolis on Thursday ruled that the four officers charged in the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who took some of his last breaths under the knee of a white officer on a Minneapolis street corner in May, will stand trial together.The judge also ruled that the news media can broadcast the trial, scheduled for next spring, an unusual move in Minneapolis, where courts are generally closed to cameras. The judge cited the coronavirus pandemic, which limits the number of people who can be in the courtroom at any time, and the immense national and international interest in the case.- Advertisement – Experts following the case in Minneapolis have said they believe Judge Cahill is determined to keep the case in the Twin Cities, understanding that moving the trial would likely provoke new protests, and fears of a less diverse jury. Such a move would have evoked the history of the Rodney King case in Los Angeles in 1992. The trial against the police officers who beat Mr. King was moved to a largely white suburb, resulting in acquittals on assault charges that led to riots.Judge Cahill also ordered that the jurors would remain anonymous, and said they would be partially sequestered during the trial and ordered to drive each morning to a secure location, from where they would be escorted to the courtroom.Attorney General Keith Ellison of Minnesota, whose office is overseeing the prosecution, said in a statement that he was satisfied with the court’s decision. – Advertisement – The two rookie officers, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Keung, were the first on the scene the evening of May 25, after a convenience store clerk called the police saying that Mr. Floyd had tried to pass off a counterfeit $20 bill to pay for cigarettes.From the start, Mr. Floyd, 46, was agitated, and resisted being put in the back of a squad car, saying he was claustrophobic. After Mr. Chauvin arrived, Mr. Floyd was placed face down on the street, where he repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe.As bystanders gathered, one of them captured the scene on a cellphone camera; in video that was viewed around the world and provoked weeks of unrest in American cities, Mr. Floyd continued to say he couldn’t breathe and called out for his mother. By the time paramedics arrived, Mr. Floyd went limp, and seemed to stop breathing. He was later declared dead at a hospital.center_img Earl C. Gray, the lawyer for Mr. Lane, and Eric Nelson, the lawyer for Mr. Chauvin, declined to comment on the judge’s rulings. Lawyers for the other two former officers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.All four of the former officers had asked for separate trials, and suggested in court filings that they each place blame for Mr. Floyd’s death onto one another. The prosecution, all along, has asked for one trial, arguing that multiple trials would traumatize Mr. Floyd’s family, eyewitnesses and the larger community, which faced weeks of unrest in the streets after Mr. Floyd’s death.In his ruling ordering one trial, Judge Cahill noted that the defense for all four defendants centers on similar arguments: that the use of force to subdue Mr. Floyd was justified; and that Mr. Floyd’s death was caused by drugs that were found in his system and underlying health conditions.The medical examiner has ruled Mr. Floyd’s death a homicide because of “cardiopulmonary arrest” from Mr. Chauvin’s knee, with other causes considered contributing factors. “Protests demanding justice for George Floyd continue,” the judge, Peter A. Cahill of Hennepin County, wrote in his ruling. “It is expected that, even with some overflow courtrooms, the demand by family members, the public, and the press to attend the joint trial will outstrip the court’s ability to provide meaningful access.”Judge Cahill also said the trial will remain — for now — in the Twin Cities, although he left open the possibility of moving it later if the court is unable to seat a jury untainted by the vast publicity the case has already generated. “The murder of George Floyd occurred in Minneapolis, and it is right that the defendants should be tried in Minneapolis,” he said. “It is also true that they acted in concert with each other, and the evidence against them is similar, so it is right to try them in one trial.”Mr. Chauvin, who had been a 19-year-veteran on the police force, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, and faces 40 years in prison if convicted.The other officers, including two rookies who had aided Mr. Chauvin in pinning Mr. Floyd to the pavement in front of a convenience store, are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. The former officer Tou Thao, who knelt to the side and kept at bay bystanders who were yelling that Mr. Floyd was having difficulty breathing, is also charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. All four former officers, who were fired after the incident, have been released on bail. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Neuroscience graduate program held symposium

first_imgThe Neuroscience graduate program held their annual symposium, a day-long event that featured four student speakers and 90 poster presentations from all graduate students in the program at the Radisson hotel at USC on Wednesday.The student speakers addressed USC graduate school faculty and students on topics ranging from steroid abuse, itch treatments and Alzheimer’s disease.The symposium began with various graduate student lectures. Third-year graduate student Kathryn Wallin kicked off the lecture portion of the symposium with her research on the effects of anabolic steroids on the behaviorial and functional structures within the brainWallin’s research included the study of rats to analyze effects of steroid abuse on the human brain. Wallin explained that rats treated with testosterone were more motivated to obtain food rewards than were non-treated rats when faced with the need of increased efforts. Additionally, treated rats were found to have brain damage.Matthew Ellis, a first-year graduate student, presented a summary of his research on the feasibility of monitoring and predicting Alzheimer’s progression. Ellis conducted research by peering through the human eye and observing molecular changes in the retina.Ellis discussed that studying the eye requires additional technology to measure molecular changes.“You can see into the eye with great resolution. However, if you want to see the molecular changes occurring, what we really need are probes that hint as to what might be going on,” Ellis said.The closing lecture featured Dr. Anders Dale, professor of neuroscience and radiology at University of California, San Diego. Dale is recognized by the scientific community for developing imaging techniques to understand disease. He has also developed models of the human brain and is the author of several publications.Dale presented the lecture, which included an explanation of methods for analyzing specific regions along the genome to identify gene loci that would normally be difficult to find.Dale’s method includes the use of regulatory genes to discover genetic clusters associated with polygenic traits. These polygenic traits have led to increased power to predict variants in genetic loci associated with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The method allows researchers to identify three times the gene loci than would be possible through standard methods.Followed by Dale’s lecture was the presentation of the student of the year award, awarded to David Clewett, a student with multiple publications.All students were required to present their work, so the symposium reflected research at various stages, ranging from under six months to four or five years. Ventura said the event presents only a “snapshot of where students are at with their research,” and students must grapple with both  public speaking fears and having “to balance getting people to understand [their work] and also being specific and very scientific.”The neuroscience department has been hosting symposiums since 2005 to afford students the opportunity to strengthen their science communication abilities, according to Judith Hirsch, associate director of the graduate program. Christopher Ventura, student speaker coordinator, said that students must overcome communication obstacles in explaining very specific research to students of different backgrounds.“Most of them come from very different backgrounds,” Ventura said. “So they kind of have to talk to a general science audience about a very specific project and have everyone understand it.”last_img read more

Ronaldo thought he knew it all – Mourinho

first_imgJose Mourinho had only one problem with Cristiano Ronaldo when he coached him at Real Madrid — he thought the world’s most expensive player was a bit of a know-it-all.Ronaldo joined Real from Manchester United for around 90 million euros ($118 million) in 2009 and took his goalscoring exploits to new heights under Mourinho, who left Real Madrid to rejoin Chelsea as manager earlier this week.Asked in an interview with Spanish television show Punto Pelota why his relationship with Ronaldo had broken down towards the end of last season, Mourinho said the player had not taken criticism well.“I had only one problem with him, very simple, very basic, which was when a coach criticises a player from a tactical viewpoint trying to improve what in my view could have been improved,” he added.“And at that moment he didn’t take it very well because maybe he thinks he knows everything and the coach cannot help him to develop more.“Cristiano has had three fantastic seasons with me, I don’t know if they were the best of his career because he had some fantastic moments with Manchester United. “I think we created a fantastic situation for him tactically in which he could express all his potential and turn that into records and goals.”Real’s failure to win major silverware last season and reports of division in the dressing room have prompted speculation Ronaldo, whose contract runs until June 2015, may be seeking a move away from the Spanish capital.Club President Florentino Perez has said the 28-year-old will stay and help Real win the 10th European crown they have been chasing since their last continental success in 2002.“Cristiano Ronaldo is priceless,” Perez, who was returned unopposed for another four-year term this week, told an Internet chat organised by El Mundo newspaper last Tuesday.“We will do it (win the 10th European title),” he added. “And Cristiano will score a goal in the final.”last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Classic Movie Club showing ‘Sand Pebbles’ tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, Dec. 7, 2015:Monday•High School band concert at 7 p.m.•Boys freshman basketball at Maize South, 6p .m.Tuesday•Kingman Basketball Tournament vs. Kingman girls, 6:20 p.m.•Kingman Basketball Tournament vs. Kingman boys, 8 p.m.WednesdayNothing scheduled.Thursday•Kingman Basketball Tournament vs. Conway Springs girls, 3 p.m. boys, 4:40 p.m.•Wellington at Pratt wrestling, 5 p.m.•Radio Christmas Drama Play, 7 p.m.FridayNothing scheduled.Saturday•Wellington wrestling tournament, 9 a.m.•Kingman basketball tournament, Times TBA.•ACT tests.•Dancing with the teachers, 5 p.m.Monday’s Lunch — Crispito with Red Sauce, Golden Corn, Chilled Peaches, Cheesy Breadstick and Milk.Today’s News: *Attention Stuco Members: There will be a meeting this Wednesday at 7:15 in the auditorium.*Classic Movie Club will be showing the movie “The Sand Pebbles” tomorrow at 3:30 in Room 208.*The WHS food drive will be December 3rd through 10th. Please bring non-perishable food items to Mrs. Defore’s room, Rom 208. Please bring your items to help the less fortunate eat this winter.*Crusaders of the Stage present World War II Radio Christmas. You can see the Live Radio Play on December 10th at 7:00 in the High School Auditorium. Admission is $2 or you can bring 2 non perishable canned goods.*The 5th Hour Crusader Way class is asking for your help to make children (ages 0-6) feel safe when they sleep. They are taking donations of children’s books, small toys, blankets, pillow cases and pillows. You can put your donations in a box in the commons until December 7th.*Students that are interested in working the Wellington Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 12th…please see Mr. Buchanan.  Students will get paid for working.*Its’ not too late to sign up to go on the 2017 Spain Trip. Sign up soon to receive a $200 discount! If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Groom.*Attention Wellington High students! Do you enjoy photography?  Are you a great photographer?  A photography contest is taking place now!  The subject of your photographs can be anything that screams Wellington. Photos must be taken by you this semester.  File size must be at least 16 x 20 inches and cannot be taken with a camera phone. Only 3 entries per person.  Winners photos will be printed and used to decorate USD 353 central offices.  Deadline is Dec 20!  There will be cash prizes! Please submit digital files to Mrs. Groom.Fun Fact of the Day:Most of Santa’s reindeer have male sounding names, such as Blitzen, Comet and Cupid. However, male reindeers shed their antlers before Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are likely not male, but female. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

House lawmakers announce outcome of MSU inquiry

House lawmakers announce outcome of MSU inquiry

first_img05Apr House lawmakers announce outcome of MSU inquiry MSU’s handling of Nassar complaints questioned by Reps. Kesto, LaSataState Reps. Kim LaSata and Klint Kesto today announced the findings and recommendations from their bipartisan inquiry into Michigan State University’s response to complaints filed against former physician and convicted sex offender Larry Nassar.Their assessment was submitted in a six-page letter to House Speaker Tom Leonard, who tasked Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee; and LaSata, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education; to lead the state’s legislative inquiry into the Nassar scandal on Jan. 19.“After reviewing the evidence, there is absolutely no doubt that Michigan State University failed to adequately protect students and patients on campus,” said Kesto, a former Wayne County assistant prosecutor. “That is a failure to every survivor of sexual assault. As the report outlines, we will be actively pursuing a broad range of legislative reforms to protect people across Michigan from sexual assault.”LaSata also called for changes in response to the inquiry.“Our inquiry confirmed this was an institutional failure with multiple lapses in policy, procedure, and culture at Michigan State,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “That must change. We have worked hard to identify a variety of tailored reforms, through policy and our state budget, which will protect our children on campuses across Michigan moving forward.”The House inquiry previously received thousands of pages of requested documents and communications pertaining to Nassar-related misconduct reported to MSU. In early March, Republican and Democrat legislators on both the Law and Justice Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education requested additional information as documentation continued to be reviewed by House attorneys.Today’s letter to Speaker Leonard included responses to the additional questions from Michigan State University.#####MSU Inquiry Letter to Speaker-FINAL Categories: Kesto News,LaSata News,Newslast_img read more

Update 1008am An EHRC spokesperson said We be

Update 1008am An EHRC spokesperson said We be

first_imgUpdate, 10.08am: An EHRC spokesperson said: “We believe Labour may have unlawfully discriminated against people because of their ethnicity and religious beliefs.”The Jewish Labour Movement last night decided to stay affiliated to the Labour Party, but it was revealed at the same time that the Equalities and Human Rights Commission may be set to investigate the party over its handling of antisemitism.JLM held two meetings on Wednesday evening, both of which included an indicative vote to remain a Labour affiliate. According to JLM sources, the results were not unanimous but overwhelmingly in favour of keeping the link in order to “stay and fight” within the party.Dame Margaret Hodge, who delivered a speech at the London meeting, said the situation had improved in the party since the MP resignations last month, according to one source. Many JLM members, as previously reported on LabourList, also want to ensure that Jewish Voice for Labour does not replace JLM as the sole affiliated Jewish group or become the voice of authority on issues of antisemitism.An official decision will be made on affiliation at JLM’s annual general meeting next month, where members could also elect a new parliamentary chair. Luciana Berger, who recently left Labour to form The Independent Group, cannot stay in the role if JLM is affiliated and she wishes to stand against Labour candidates.But the news of JLM deciding against disaffiliation came shortly ahead of the Jewish Chronicle reporting that the EHRC will announce an investigation into the Labour Party today. The equality watchdog, set up under a Labour government, last year received dossiers of Labour antisemitism submitted by JLM and the Campaign Against Antisemitism.A JLM spokesperson said: “In early November 2018, the Jewish Labour Movement made a submission to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission asking them to investigate the allegation that the Labour Party is institutionally antisemitic.“We did not take that decision lightly. After years of anti-Jewish racism experienced by our members, and a long pattern of denial, obfuscation and inaction by those with the power and ability to do something about it, we felt there was little choice but to secure a fully independent inquiry, not encumbered by corrupted internal practices. Everything that has happened in the months since our referral supports our view that the Labour Party is now institutionally antisemitic.“Our 99-year affiliation to Labour was born from the solidarity shown to our community by a party that held social justice and equality as its core values. Democratic socialists stood side by side with the Jewish working class, and promised them a haven in Britain, free from the persecution they experienced in mainland Europe.“Sadly, a century later that solidarity is lacking from all too many within the party. This evening Jewish Labour members made clear that we will not unconditionally stand by whilst we are treated with such intolerance and contempt. We, in our history have loved and respected the Labour Party too much to let this continue.”Tags:Labour /Antisemitism /Jewish Labour Movement /JLM /EHRC /last_img read more