Former MPD supervisor: Chauvin should have stopped retaining Floyd earlier
Report by Riham Feshir, Jon Collins and Brandt Williams of MPR: “The force used by the Minneapolis Police to subdue George Floyd was unnecessary after Floyd stopped resisting, supervisor Derek Chauvin said Thursday during Chauvin’s murder and manslaughter trial. David Pleoger, now retired police sergeant, told court he called Chauvin after hearing concerns from a 911 operator who felt something didn’t look right as she watched the streaming video of Floyd’s arrest from a public security camera outside Cup Foods. Pleoger said Chauvin only told him that Floyd “had a medical emergency” and nothing about keeping his knee pressed to Floyd’s neck as the man was handcuffed and face down on the sidewalk.
For USA Today, Barbara McQuade writes, “Why don’t the lawyers oppose it more? This is a question I have heard since the start of Derek Chauvin’s trial on Monday. … The answer is that good lawyers stay away from the evidence. … Prosecutors began with the testimony of a police dispatcher who said that for the first time in her career, she “called the police on the police” because what she observed was so disturbing. In fact, she said, Chauvin’s knee had been on Floyd’s neck for so long that she thought the video stream must have been frozen. This kind of powerful testimony is a compelling start to the trial. Look for an equally strong witness to call last.
Said Kate Raddatz for WCCO-TV, “As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, seating is increasing at popular Minnesota venues. Going back will allow thousands of fans to watch sports live again. The easing, which went into effect Thursday, includes guidelines for indoor and outdoor venues like arenas, gymnasiums and restaurants. Previously, these spaces had capacity restrictions and a maximum of 250 people. Fans were thrilled to come to the Xcel Energy Center for the Minnesota State High School League women’s hockey tournament. Thursday morning’s game was the first that brought up to 3,000 fans inside. … Covered rooms with a capacity greater than 500 can now accommodate an additional 15% of the capacity greater than 500, with a maximum of 3,000 people. “
The Star Tribune’s Mara Klecker says, “Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison joined with 24 other state attorneys general to seek repayment of payments and cancellation of student loans for former ITT Technical Institute students, a for-profit college that closed in 2016.… The college misled students about the value of a degree, according to the app. Under federal law, the US Department of Education can cancel federal student loans for borrowers who have been deceived. More than 1,200 Minnesota residents were enrolled in ITT, either online or at one of two Minnesota campuses.
Another The story of WCCO-TV says, “The extension for those whose driver’s licenses, instructional licenses or ID cards expired during the COVID-19 pandemic is now over, and thousands of people now have invalid licenses. According to the Driver and Vehicle Services division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the extension ended on March 31 and approximately 113,814 people now have invalid licenses.“
KSTP-TV’s Kyle Brown reports: “A day after the conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Governor Tony Evers statewide mask mandate, Pierce County health officials announced Thursday that he would require the mask in spaces indoor audiences. In a press release, Pierce County Public Health said the advisory order requires all people aged 5 and older to wear masks in indoor public spaces where a non-member of the household is in the same room. or in an enclosed space. The order is expected to remain in effect until June 4 to align with the last day of school for most school districts in Pierce County. … Snyder also pointed to the emergence of new, more infectious strains of COVID-19 and the lack of available intensive care beds in the Twin Cities. Pierce County is just across the St. Croix River from Washington, Dakota, and Goodhue counties.
In the Star Tribune, Matt McKinney writes: “The man many people consider to be the first black professional baseball player in the United States played a season in Stillwater, and now the local historical society wants to have a plaque installed on the field where he played. John W. ‘Bud’ Fowler started and played 66 games in 1884 with the Stillwater baseball team, a short-lived Northwestern League team, which didn’t last much longer. He was the only black player in the league, managing to earn a place in organized baseball even as the sport evolved into open discrimination against black athletes. … Fowler’s considerable legacy in baseball already includes a street named after him in Cooperstown, NY, home of the Hall of Fame. A plaque in Stillwater would mark its passage through the city as it was a booming, cash-rich, and growing forest town, said Brent Peterson, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society.
In Pioneer Press, Betsy Helfand writes: “All the pageantry of Opening Day had been made sweeter with the sounds of the fans returning to the stands. After a slow spring, regular-season Max Kepler showed up and missed an under-cycle homerun. Byron Buxton hit a double tape measure, the longest home run of his career. The bullpen was almost untouchable, and inside a stadium with its retractable roof closed, there were no weather problems to speak of. … And then it all fell apart. After a slow start to the game – it lasted 4 hours and 14 minutes in total – the painful part came quickly and the Twins ended up losing 6-5 to the Milwaukee Brewers in 10 innings on Thursday at American Family Field when an Orlando Arcia chopper brought Lorenzo Cain home to complete his comeback victory.