Judge orders release of body camera video from night George Floyd died
MINNEAPOLIS — A Hennepin County judge has ordered the public release of body camera video from the night George Floyd was killed after a challenge by a coalition of local and national media companies, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune.In a ruling issued Friday, Judge Peter Cahill wrote that “Members of the Media Coalition, as well as other media and members of the public, may obtain copies” of the footage from the body cameras worn by ex-Minneapolis police Officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng at the scene of Floyd’s May 25 death. Cahill’s order did not elaborate on the rationale fo...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Officials announce 59 more arrests in KC as Operation LeGend expands in Missouri
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An additional 59 people have been arrested as part of the federal anti-violent crime initiative Operation LeGend, according to a release Friday from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.Of those arrested since Aug. 1, six new defendants face federal charges, meaning Operation LeGend has so far resulted in 17 federal cases, the release said.All of the new federal defendants have been charged with firearms-related charges, including four accused of being felons in possession of firearms. One was charged with illegally possessing a firearm and heroin trafficki...
The Kansas City Star
Minneapolis to partially reopen intersection where George Floyd was killed starting Aug. 17
MINNEAPOLIS — Starting the week of Aug. 17, the city of Minneapolis will begin to reopen 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, the intersection where George Floyd was killed and which has become a memorial site for victims of police violence.City employees told neighborhood leaders they would start to reopen 38th Street in a meeting Thursday, said Carmen Means, the executive director of the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization, or CANDO. Council Member Andrea Jenkins, who represents the area, confirmed that and said they are talking with community members about how it would be done.The...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Many who have died of COVID-19 in Florida's prisons were eligible for parole
ORLANDO, Fla. — When Florida’s parole board reviewed his case last fall, it had been decades since Stephen “Steve” Maxwell last resembled the “bad boy” sentenced to prison for a crime spree in the 1970s, his longtime friend Nancy Watson said.Maxwell was eligible for parole on robbery, battery and kidnapping charges. The state Commission on Offender Review decided not to grant it at the time, but indicated he would likely be released this December. Instead, Maxwell, 68, died in April from complications of COVID-19 at Sumter Correctional Institution in Bushnell.“I just keep thinking, if only,” W...
'I absolutely believed I was going to die:' Protester claims she was denied anti-seizure medication in jail
SEATTLE — A Seattle woman diagnosed with epilepsy contends she was peacefully participating in July 25 protests on Capitol Hill when police in riot gear tackled and falsely arrested her, then dragged her, handcuffed, unconscious and convulsing, for half a block.Samantha Six said when she came to several minutes later, police and corrections officers who took her into custody repeatedly ignored and mocked her pleas for her anti-seizure medication. As a result, Six said, she suffered multiple seizures while detained over a roughly 24-hour period.“I spent hours cuffed, locked up and having seizur...
The Seattle Times
5 business owners charged in COVID-19 relief fraud scheme
ATLANTA — Five small-business owners are facing federal charges after prosecutors said they defrauded the Paycheck Protection Program out of a collective $4.1 million in loan funding.Darrell Thomas, 34, Andre Lee Gaines, 66, Khalil Gibran Green, 46, and Bern Benoit, 44, are all facing several charges including conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, U.S. Attorney BJay Pak said. The fifth business owner, 52-year-old Carla Jackson, is charged with money laundering, he said.Investigators said Thomas, Gaines, Green and Benoit submitted loan applications on behalf of five businesses and sought ab...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
7 of the best Steven Soderbergh films to watch right now, from crime dramas to caper comedies
In the history of the Academy Awards, Steven Soderbergh is the only director who had to compete against himself. And he won.Prognosticators figured Soderbergh hurt his chances by directing two of 2000’s five best pictures. (Actually, let’s make that two of the four best; how did the insipid “Chocolat” make the cut?) The conventional wisdom was Soderbergh would cancel himself out with “Traffic” and “Erin Brockovich” splitting the vote, but he was the surprise victor for best director with “Traffic.” That’s even more surprising when you consider that best picture, an award that usually went hand...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Brothers sentenced to 40 years in prison for 2016 shooting at Seattle homeless encampment
SEATTLE — Nearly 41/2 years after six masked males stormed a Seattle homeless encampment to rob a drug dealer, two brothers who were found guilty of fatally shooting two people and critically injuring three others were each sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison.James and Jerome Taafulisia were 17 and 16 years old on the night of the Jan. 26, 2016, shooting spree at “the Caves,” a former homeless encampment within the sprawling, 150-acre Jungle that was shut down by the city nine months later.Now 22 and 20, the brothers were charged as adults and stood trial three times: Their first two tria...
The Seattle Times
Drugmaker AbbVie will pay $24 million to California, whistleblower to settle fraud lawsuit
California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced that the Department of Insurance reached a $24 million settlement with pharmaceutical giant AbbVie that will require it to change its marketing practices for its immunology drug Humira.Once a blockbuster sales driver for the company, Humira faced stiff competition from similar drugs on the international market. In the second quarter of 2020, foreign sales of the drug dropped by nearly 20 percent, and U.S. sales did not increase enough to cover that steep drop. Humira is used to treat symptoms of arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative col...
The Sacramento Bee
Killeen man charged with murder in slaying of Fort Hood soldier
AUSTIN, Texas — Harker Heights police on Thursday said a 28-year-old Killeen man was charged with murder this week for the May slaying of U.S. Army Pfc. Brandon Rosecrans of Fort Hood.Authorities have accused Brandon Michael Olivares of shooting the 27-year-old soldier to death in Harker Heights on May 18, authorities told The Killeen Daily Herald.Thomas Berg, Rosecrans’ father, said he received the news after a memorial service for his son at Fort Hood on Thursday.“This is not over,” Berg said. “It is a victory, but at the same time this is just a piece of news until we can put this all toget...