A recent Pittsburgh Police Department newsletter suggested prayer and community engagement as strategies to “Stop the Violence.” But it failed to mention cops’ own role in perpetrating the violence that has resulted in the death or injury of local residents, writes local poet Joy Katz.
The desire for retribution against the former Minneapolis police officer should not overshadow the fact that the death of George Floyd was a failure of the system in which he operated — and the culture which allowed that system to flourish, writes TCR’s legal affairs columnist.
The former chief medical examiner of Maryland called to speak on behalf of the defense in the Derek Chauvin trial faces questions of bias stemming from an ongoing lawsuit filed by the family of Anton Black, a 19-year-old Black teenager who died under similar circumstances as George Floyd. The family claims he ruled the killing an accident to protect the police.
In a court decision that could affect their verdict, the jury considering murder and manslaughter charges against Chauvin won’t hear about 17 complaints filed against Minneapolis police about Derek Chauvin.
During the second day of testimony in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, Judge Peter Cahill reprimanded witness Genevieve Hansen, a two-year veteran of the Minneapolis Fire Department who was on scene at the time of Floyd’s fatal arrest on Memorial Day 2020.