Judge in federal trial in Floyd death urges quick proceeding
The judge handling the federal trial for three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights is urging attorneys to “move the case along” to reduce chances that the proceeding will be disrupted by COVID-19.
Judy Chicago, founding mother of feminist art
She's been an artistic chameleon for more than six decades. Now, at 82, Judy Chicago is being celebrated with her first career retrospective, at San Francisco's de Young Museum. Correspondent Martha Teichner talked with Chicago about how she gave up being like "one of the boys" in a male-dominated art world, to forge her own identity; her landmark piece, "The Dinner Party"; and the subsequent work that has defined her as an artist of unusual breadth.news.yahoo.com
Court: Woman who threatened Black child violated law
A New Hampshire woman violated the state's civil rights law by calling a Black child by a racial slur and threatening to kneel on his neck, a court ruled Wednesday. Kristina Graper, 51, of Dover, was accused of threatening the 9-year-old in May after he accidentally broke her son's toy at a local park. Graper, whose race was not mentioned in the complaint, has been prohibited from contacting the boy or his family or coming within 250 feet of them.news.yahoo.com
Texas governor doesn't pardon George Floyd after parole board withdraws recommendation
George Floyd will not be posthumously pardoned for a 2004 Houston drug charge because the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles withdrew its recommendation, the Dallas Morning News first reported Thursday. Driving the news: The board had recommended a full pardon for Floyd for the charge, for which he served 10 months in prison. A spokesperson for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) told the Morning News that recommendation "contained procedural errors" and said there had been a "lack of compliance with Boanews.yahoo.com
Texas board withdraws pardon recommendation for George Floyd
A Texas board that unanimously supported a posthumous pardon for George Floyd over a 2004 drug arrest in Houston has withdrawn that recommendation over “procedural errors" after sending it to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's desk, his office said Thursday. The unusual reversal announced by Abbott's office two days before Christmas — around the time he typically doles out pardons — drew outrage from a public defender who had submitted the pardon application for Floyd, who spent much of his life in Houston before his death in 2020 in the custody of a white Minneapolis police officer. Floyd's name was withdrawn along with two dozen other clemency recommendations that had been submitted by the Texas Board of Pardon and Paroles.news.yahoo.com
Texas governor's decision: Whether to pardon George Floyd
Doling out pardons is a holiday tradition for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who around every Christmas grants them to a handful of ordinary citizens, typically for minor offenses committed years or decades ago. Abbott has not said whether he will posthumously pardon Floyd this year for a 2004 drug arrest in Houston by a former officer whose police work is no longer trusted by prosecutors. Texas' parole board — stacked with Abbott appointees — unanimously recommended a pardon for Floyd in October.news.yahoo.com
Enraged Parent Slugs School Board Member at Tense Meeting Over Native American Mascot
YouTubeA Connecticut school board member was slugged in the face by an angry parent Tuesday night during a debate on the future of Glastonbury High School’s Native American-inspired mascot.The dust-up between the parent, Mark Finocchiaro, and board secretary Ray McFall, took place during a 10-minute recess after tempers flared amid a public comment period about the Glastonbury Tomahawks name, which was changed last year to the Glastonbury Guardians. The school’s team logos were also switched fronews.yahoo.com
Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Depriving George Floyd and a Minor Victim of Their Constitutional Rights
First, defendant Chauvin pleaded guilty to willfully depriving, while acting under color of law, George Floyd of his constitutional rights, resulting in Mr. Floyd’s bodily injury and death. Specifically, defendant Chauvin admitted that he held his left knee across Mr. Floyd’s neck, back and shoulder and his right knee on Mr. Floyd’s back and arm. Defendant Chauvin admitted that his failure to render medical aid resulted in Mr. Floyd’s bodily injury and death. Defendant Chauvin pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Court Senior Judge Paul A. Magnuson. According to the plea agreement, defendant Chauvin faces a sentence of between 20- and 25-years imprisonment.justice.gov
Chauvin expected to plead guilty in Floyd civil rights case
Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin appears to be on the verge of pleading guilty to violating George Floyd 's civil rights, according to a notice from the court. Chauvin has already been convicted of state murder and manslaughter charges for pinning his knee against Floyd’s neck as the Black man said he couldn’t breathe during a May 25, 2020 arrest. Chauvin and three other former officers — Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao — were set to go to trial in late January on those charges. A message left with Chauvin's attorney, Eric Nelson, was not immediately returned.news.yahoo.com
Man gets 10 years for actions during Portland protests
A far-right extremist has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his violent actions during August 2020 protests against racial injustice in Oregon’s largest city. Alan Swinney was convicted of unlawful use of a weapon, attempted assault, pointing a firearm at another, and second degree unlawful use of mace, among other charges, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. Portland residents saw almost nightly protests after a white officer murdered George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis last year, with some rallies erupting in chaos and counterprotests. “As evidenced by the defendant’s escalating violence, letters, social media statements and testimony, the defendant has no remorse for his actions, no desire to change and every intention of engaging in future acts of violence,” Deputy District Attorney Nathan Vasquez wrote in a sentencing memo. Swinney, 51, was among dozens of far-right demonstrators Aug. 22, 2020, who fired paintball guns and sprayed mace at anti-fascist demonstrators during a violent brawl in downtown Portland.news.yahoo.com
How a right-wing provocateur is using race to reach Gen Z
Charlie Kirk stood 80 miles from where George Floyd was murdered, faced an overwhelmingly white audience, and declared he was going to say things “no one dares say out loud.” What followed was an avalanche of aspersions and debunked claims about Floyd, the Black man whose death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer set off a global reckoning over racial injustice and broad calls for change. The insult lodged at Floyd — a 46-year-old father suspected of passing off a counterfeit $20 bill — was intended to be shocking.news.yahoo.com
Pathologist: Rittenhouse shot first man at close range
A forensic pathologist says the first man killed by Kyle Rittenhouse during a night of turbulent protests in Kenosha was shot at close range of just a few feet and had soot injuries that could indicate he had his hand over the barrel of Rittenhouse’s gun.
Chauvin, ex-wife plead not guilty to tax evasion charges
A judge entered not guilty pleas on tax evasion charges Friday on behalf of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in George Floyd's death, and for the officer's ex-wife. Derek Chauvin appeared via Zoom for the brief hearing from the state's maximum security prison at Oak Park Heights, where he's serving a 22 1/2-year sentence for his conviction in April for second-degree murder in the May 2020 death of Floyd. The white former officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes as the Black man pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. Sitting in a prison conference room and wearing a white T-shirt, Chauvin said little except “yes, your honor,” to answer routine questions from the judge.news.yahoo.com
Witnesses: Threat, lunge for gun from 1st Rittenhouse victim
Witnesses at Kyle Rittenhouse's murder trial say the first man shot on the streets of Kenosha was “hyperaggressive," threatened to kill Rittenhouse and another man who were patrolling with guns, and later lunged for Rittenhouse’s gun in an attempt to take it away.
EXPLAINER: Rittenhouse plane part of widespread surveillance
The FBI surveillance plane that captured footage of the night Kyle Rittenhouse shot three people during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year was part of a wider government strategy to keep tabs on demonstrations against racial injustice.
‘Poses Real Problems’: Ex Minneapolis Cop Has Murder Conviction Reversed and Sentencing Reduced; New Precedence Draws Concern as Derek Chauvin Seeks to Appeal His Conviction
Minneapolis’ first cop to be convicted of murder may regain his freedom sooner than anticipated. In an unprecedented turn of events, a Minnesota judge re-sentenced […]news.yahoo.com
A year of country music controversies has left some fans disappointed — and wondering whether they should keep listening
While the stereotype is that all country fans are conservative, plenty have grown disillusioned with singers in the genre, such as Jason Aldean and Morgan Wallen.washingtonpost.com
Judge questions whether Jan. 6 rioters are treated unfairly
A federal judge who sentenced a Jan. 6 rioter to probation on Friday, instead of a harsher punishment requested by prosecutors, suggested the U.S. Justice Department was being too hard on the Jan. 6 defendants and not hard enough on those accused in police brutality protests from last summer.
Justice Dept. curtails agents' use of 'no-knock' warrants
The Justice Department is curtailing federal agents’ use of “no-knock” warrants — which allow law enforcement agents to enter a home without announcing their presence — and would also prohibit its agents from using chokeholds in most circumstances.