US Derek Chauvin trial, COVID-19 vaccine side effects, FLOTUS agenda: 5 things to know Wednesday
Derek Chauvin used force against arrestees 6 other times. The jury in the George Floyd case won't hear about them.
Prosecutors tried to introduce six incidents in which they say Derek Chauvin used unreasonable force on people. The judge didn't allow them.The jury considering murder and manslaughter charges against Chauvin won't hear about any of them. And their verdict may be influenced as much by what they don't know as what they do.
Derek Chauvin trial to continue with more expert testimony
Expert witness Sgt. Jody Stiger is expected toin the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and face more questions about why he determined Chauvin's use of force on George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody in 2020, was "excessive." Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department officer who has conducted about 2,500 use of force reviews, said the initial use of force on Floyd that day was appropriate. But after officers forced Floyd to the ground, "they should have de-escalated the situation," Stiger told jurors Tuesday. Instead, the officers intensified the situation, he said. Also on Tuesday, officer Nicole Mackenzie, the EMT who leads the Minneapolis Police Department's emergency medical response training, said officers are trained to call for an ambulance and provide medical aid if a situation is "critical." The officers that day did not render medical aid, according to court records.
The judge in the Derek Chauvin case is orchestrating one of the nation’s most widely watched murder trials. Meet Peter Cahill.
While Judge Peter Cahill allowed cameras in the courtroom for the first time in Minnesota state history, he's also been strict on other matters.That is exactly where Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill finds himself in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, entering its sixth week and bringing daily controversy and scrutiny to every step taken in the courtroom.
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COVID-19 vaccine side effects study: Rashes, skin reactions not dangerous
A new study finds theincluding COVID toes, a measles-like rash and shingles can be rare, and thankfully brief, side effects of getting the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. The minor, though sometimes itchy and annoying, reactions were seen in a database of 414 cases of delayed skin problems linked to the vaccines and reported to health care professionals. The findings appeared Wednesday in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The delayed skin responses described in the study often start a day or so after vaccination but can appear as long as seven to eight days later. None caused a life-threatening reaction, a finding author Dr. Esther Freeman found reassuring. Because the cases only include those reported to a dermatological registry, it's impossible to say how common they are across all people getting the vaccines from the data.
Expert: Lack of oxygen killed George Floyd, not drugs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd died of a lack of oxygen from the way he was held down by police, a retired forensic pathologist testified Friday at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial. The testimony of Lindsey Thomas, who retired in 2017 from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office in Minneapolis, bolstered the findings of other experts on Thursday who rejected the defense theory that Floyd’s drug use and underlying health problems killed him.
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Stimulus checks due to arrive for some Social Security recipients
Some Americans have something special to look forward to Wednesday:in their bank account. The latest round of payments totaling $1,400 applies to Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Board beneficiaries who didn't file a 2019 or 2020 tax return or didn't use the IRS' Non-Filers tool. The IRS said the money would be disbursed electronically through direct deposits and payments to existing Direct Express cards. Track your money using the on IRS.gov.
Police chief: Fired cop broke policy in pinning Floyd
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police chief who called George Floyd's death “murder” soon after it happened testified that Officer Derek Chauvin had clearly violated department policy when he pinned Floyd's neck beneath his knee for more than 9 minutes. Continuing to kneel on Floyd's neck once he was handcuffed behind his back and lying on his stomach was “in no way, shape or form” part of department policy or training, "and it is certainlyContinuing to kneel on Floyd's neck once he was handcuffed behind his back and lying on his stomach was “in no way, shape or form” part of department policy or training, "and it is certainly not part of our ethics or our values,” Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said Monday on D
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Next on the FLOTUS agenda: help for military families
First lady and military mom Jill Biden is turning her spotlight: making sure military and veteran families, caregivers and survivors get all the support they need. Biden says military readiness and national security depends on the well-being of military families. On Wednesday, she'll discuss the initiative "Joining Forces" at a virtual meeting at the White House. Per an advance copy of her remarks obtained by USA TODAY, Biden's priorities will focus on employment and entrepreneurship, military children’s education and families' health and well-being.
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'Kung Fu' is debuting at a crucial time for Asian American community
"Kung Fu," a new series inspired by the 1972 show by the same name, will debut on the CW Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET/PT). The series has a mostly Asian American cast with an Asian American showrunner and executive producer., not only to see their stories on TV but to see how they're told. "Kung Fu," inspired by the series starring David Carradine, stars Olivia Liang as Nicky Shen, who while visiting China, joins a monastery where she is taught Shaolin values and martial arts. Tzi Ma, who plays Nicky's father Jin, hopes the authenticity of the series will help to change the public consciousness at a time when hate crimes against Asian Americans are on the rise. "I want the audience to have the opportunity finally to see what real reputation representation is like," Tzi Ma said. "And when they get educated, they will begin to develop their taste of what's good, what's real and what’s true."
Medical witnesses clash with defense over George Floyd's death
Medical personnel from various backgrounds have testified in Derek Chauvin's trial, painting a grave picture of George Floyd's last moments. Paramedics found Floyd had no pulse upon arriving at the scene, and a respiratory expert said even a healthy person would have died under the restraints Chauvin used on Floyd.
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EXPLAINER: Was officer's knee on Floyd's neck authorized? .
CHICAGO (AP) — A critical factor for jurors to consider at a former Minneapolis police officer's trial in George Floyd's death is whether he violated the department's policy on neck restraints when he knelt on Floyd's neck. The Minneapolis Police Department banned all forms of neck restraints and chokeholds weeks after Floyd's death, but at the time of his May 25 arrest by Derek Chauvin and other officers, certain neck restraints were permitted — provided certain guidelines and conditions were followed.