Minnesota

‘We Want Justice’: Mass Demonstrations and Marches Erupt Nationwide to Protest Police Shooting of Jacob Blake

From Washington, D.C. to Denver to New York City to Minneapolis—where George Floyd was killed at the hands of police just three months ago—massive demonstrations and marches erupted Monday demanding justice for Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father of six who was shot multiple times in the back at point-blank range by a Kenosha, Wisconsin police …

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‘Our Movement Didn’t Just Win. We Earned Mandate for Change,’ Says Ilhan Omar After Soundly Defeating Big-Money Challenger

Fueled by small donations, grassroots progressive enthusiasm, and an expanding base of support, Rep. Ilhan Omar on Tuesday handily defeated a dark money-backed challenger in the Democratic primary for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district—a win the progressive incumbent characterized as further evidence that “organized people will always beat organized money.” Omar, a Somali refugee and one …

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Big Pharma Trade Group Blasted as ‘Morally Bankrupt’ for Suing to Block Minnesota Insulin Affordability Law

A Big Pharma trade group is under fire for filing a federal lawsuit late Tuesday against Minnesota’s Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act mere hours before it took effect. State Sen. Matt Little, a member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), decried the move as “morally bankrupt” and “devoid of humanity.” In a Tuesday night tweet, …

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In Minnesota, Ellison Announces Climate Lawsuit Against Exxon, Koch, and API

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a lawsuit Wednesday against ExxonMobil, Koch Industries, and the American Petroleum Institute for mounting a 30-year “campaign of deception” related to the climate crisis. “There are no more worthy targets of a climate fraud lawsuit than Exxon, Koch Industries, and API: the unholy trinity of climate denial,” said Richard …

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Minneapolis City Council Taking First Steps to ‘Dismantle’ Police Department

Aiming to “dismantle” the Minneapolis Police Department, city councilors on Friday will vote on imposing a temporary restraining order for the city’s police department in response to the killing of George Floyd last month, and plan to set a timeline for the state’s investigation into racial discrimination by the police over the past decade. The …

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‘The Tragic Cause of This Death Is Incredibly Clear’: Independent Autopsy Finds George Floyd Death Result of ‘Sustained Forceful Pressure’

The family of George Floyd, whose killing on May 25 by four Minneapolis police officers has set off an unprecedented nationwide protest movement, released on Monday the results of an independent autopsy indicating he died from “sustained forceful pressure.” The findings are the strongest physical evidence suggesting that officer Derek Chauvin’s kneeling on Floyd’s neck …

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With Militarization of Cops on Full Display, Senator Plans Amendment to End Transfer of Military Equipment to Local Police

With the militarization of local police forces on full display as heavily armed cops and armored vehicles patrol the streets and crack down on protests over the killing of George Floyd, Sen. Brian Schatz on Sunday said he plans to introduce an amendment to end the federal program that permits the transfer of excess military …

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US Border Patrol Denounced as ‘Rogue Agency’ for Using Predator Drone to Spy on Minneapolis Protests

Civil liberties advocates sounded the alarm Friday after reporting indicated Customs and Border Protection has been flying an unmanned Predator drone over Minneapolis as the city continues to roil with protest over the police killing of George Floyd earlier this week “This rogue agency’s use of military technology to surveil protesters inside U.S. borders is …

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Carrying Out Trump’s “When the Looting Starts, the Shooting Starts” Order Would Violate 4th Amendment, Warn Legal Experts

As members of Congress and advocacy groups on Friday condemned President Donald Trump’s “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” threat against Minneapolis protesters as morally repugnant, legal experts also warned that law enforcement officials or military personnel carrying out such an order from the president would be in violation of the Fourth Amendment of …

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After Days of Protest, Police Officer Derek Chauvin Charged With 3rd Degree Murder for Killing George Floyd

As an impeached dumpster fire raves – Twitter was mean to him! Masks mean “social control”! – his abysmal failures have seen us not just hit the grisly milestone of 100,000 deaths but soar right past it: Thursday’s toll was 102,794 and rising fast. In response, the Lincoln Project’s harrowing new ad savages his “great …

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As Minneapolis Protests Over Killing of George Floyd Intensify, Trump Threatens to Send in Military With Green Light to Open Fire

As protests over the police killing of George Floyd erupted across Minneapolis for the third consecutive night Thursday and continued into the early hours of Friday morning, President Donald Trump—who said very little throughout the week in response to Floyd’s death—threatened just after midnight to send the U.S. military to occupy the city with a …

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‘Never Seen Anything Like This’: Watch Police Arrest CNN Journalist and Camera Crew During Live TV Coverage of George Floyd Protests

This story has been updated. A CNN journalist and his entire camera crew were arrested by Minnesota state police Friday morning during their live television coverage of the aftermath of Minneapolis protests over the killing of George Floyd. While standing in the middle of a street in front of police officers in riot gear, CNN …

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‘A Disgusting Display’: Police Fire Rubber Bullets, Stun Grenades, and Tear Gas at Demonstrators Protesting Killing of George Floyd

Minneapolis police officers dressed in riot gear fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades into crowds of protesters that gathered late Tuesday to demand justice for the killing of George Floyd after video footage showed a cop kneeling on the back of the man’s neck as he cried out, “I cannot breathe!” Videos and …

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‘They Killed This Man’: Video Shows Minneapolis Cop Kneeling on Black Man’s Neck as Onlookers Warn He’s Being Crushed to Death

Video footage posted to social media Tuesday morning shows a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the back of a handcuffed black man’s neck as he struggles to breathe and onlookers repeatedly warn the cop he is crushing the man to death. The Minneapolis Police Department said in a statement Monday night that the man—who was …

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