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The city may put its police force under a department of public safety.The Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis is surrounded by concrete barriers, chain-link fencing, and barbed wire. Nearby buildings have boarded up their storefront windows. Members of the National Guard have been patrolling the area, and Minneapolis’s mayor and police chief said the law enforcement presence at the site of Floyd’s death — as well as throughout the city — will only increase as the trial continues.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump expressed disbelief Wednesday that a police officer, particularly in, could a Black man even after the reckoning over police reform following several high-profile killings in recent years.
Crump, who represents several families who have lost loved ones who died during police encounters, was in New York City to speak about the fatal shooting of, 20, who was killed Sunday during a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center.
"It's just so unconscionable and unbelievable... that within 10 miles(of) the trial regarding the killing of George Floyd is taking place that a police officer would yet again kill another unarmed Black man," Crump told reporters during a news conference held with civil rights leader Al Sharpton and several mothers whose sons were killed by police officers.
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The actor gave his two cents about the current murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin.Crump made a virtual appearance on The View on Wednesday and told co-host Joy Behar that Clooney emails him from time to time because the 59-year-old actor is engaged in social justice matters and wants his children with his wife, Amal Clooney -- 3-year-old twins Alexander and Ella -- "to live in a better world." Crump said Clooney had a suggestion on how to respond to Chauvin's defense lawyers' suggestion that drugs caused Floyd's death in May 2020 rather than Chauvin kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.
"If ever there was a time in America where the police should be on their greatest behavior," said Crump, "Where they should be de-escalating on every situation, it should be now, and especially in Minnesota."
The killing of Wright occurred a few miles from where Floyd died while in Minneapolis police custody last year. The incident ignited a nationwide debate on police reform as well as protests and riots.
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer who pinned his knee on Floyd's neck, is currently onon murder and manslaughter charges.
The incident that led to Wright's death began with a traffic stop over expired license plates. Former Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said officer Kim Potter was intending to use her Taser but fired her weapon at Wright instead.
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The police shooting of Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, has set off protests in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center.Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, died after officers pulled him over for a traffic violation in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis, on Sunday afternoon.
Officers said they tried to detain Wright on an outstanding arrest warrant and that he tried to flee.
Potter, a 26-year veteran of the police force and training officer, resigned Tuesday along with chief Gannon. She faces a second-degree manslaughter charge.
The mothers of Black males -- Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Stephon Clark and Michael Brown -- also killed by police spoke Wednesday.
Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said Potter's arrest means nothing without a conviction. "An arrest is just step one," she said. "We all had arrests. But we have to get a conviction."
Martin was killed by a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who was later acquitted.
Crump also cited the difference in criminal charges against Potter and a Black former Minneapolis officer who also fatally shot a white woman.was convicted of third-degree murder and for the 2017 fatal shooting of , a 40-year-old dual citizen of the United States and Australia.
"The family is glad she (Potter) got charged but they do hope and pray for a day where they get equal justice," he said. "Why should we always get a fragment of justice."
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The producer was jailed for more than two hours before attorneys could find her and secure her eventual release, according to her lawyer.Sung tried to comply with a police dispersal order and leave the Hennepin County area while covering protests over the death of Daunte Wright, 20, who was shot by police at a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center on April 11, and attempted to identify herself with her CNN credentials, but to no avail, Walker wrote on Saturday.