Defence attorneys say two of three Minneapolis police officers accused of aiding and abetting in the death of George Floyd were rookies barely off probation. They say a more senior white officer ignored Floyd’s cries for help and pressed a knee into his neck. Earl Gray says former officer Thomas Lane had no choice but to follow the instructions of Derek Chauvin, who has since been charged with second-degree murder.
The American Civil Liberties Union and others have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration. It alleges officials violated the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed from a park near the White House by police using smoke bombs and pepper balls before President Donald Trump walked to a nearby church to take a photo. The lawsuit argues that Trump, Attorney General William Barr and other officials unlawfully conspired to violate the protesters’ rights.
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