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September 20, 2021

Voters may decide on abolishing police department, Minnesota Supreme Court rules

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that voters can decide whether or not to abolish the Minneapolis police department in the upcoming municipal elections.

“We’re incredibly thrilled that the people of Minneapolis have their democracy honored,” said JaNaé Bates, a spokeswoman for Yes 4 Minneapolis. “The Supreme Court recognized that we were on the right side of the law, we were on the right side of democracy, and we’re going to be [on] the right side of history as we move forward.”

If successful, the measure would replace the police with a public safety department “that employs a comprehensive public health approach.”

The state’s high court overturned a lower court’s ruling that rejected the measure based on “unreasonable and misleading” language.

The measure comes after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of former police officer Derek Chauvin, which sparked a nationwide movement for “defunding the police.”

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Minnesota Supreme Court rules Minneapolis voters may decide on abolishing police department

September 17, 2021

George Floyd’s killer pleads not guilty to federal charges of excessive force against teen

The disgraced former Minnesota police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd pleaded not guilty to charges in a federal case related to the use of unreasonable force on a 14-year-old boy in 2017.

According to court documents, Derek Chauvin, currently serving 22 1/2 years for Floyd’s murder, allegedly hit the boy in the head with his flashlight, choked him, and held his knees against the boy’s neck for 17 minutes. Police body camera footage shows the teen lose consciousness.

Chauvin stands accused of depriving the boy’s “constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer.”

On Tuesday, Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers were arraigned in federal court via video conference on charges of violating Floyd’s civil rights.

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Derek Chauvin pleads not guilty to violating teen’s civil rights

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