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Public News Service - MN: Criminal Justice

One of the many images and messages supporting calls for police reform and other systemic change that were written around the band shell in Hudson, Wis., over the weekend. (Mike Moen)

PLYMOUTH, Minn. -- It's been nearly two weeks since Minneapolis and St. Paul saw waves of unrest - some destructive - in response to the police killing of George Floyd. But peaceful protests that coincided with the chaos have carried on with repeated demands for racial justice. Immediately follow

The prison discharge order of Max Mason, a black man whom many say was wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in Duluth in 1920. (Minnesota Historical Society)

DULUTH, Minn. - The police killing of George Floyd has pushed deep-seated racial tensions to the forefront in Minnesota. Many cite a horrific event from 100 years ago as underscoring the history of racism in the state, and a pardon in that case is being considered. The state Board of Pardons, whic

In addition to calls for dismantling its current structure, the Minneapolis Police Department is the subject of a civil rights investigation following the death of George Floyd. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- A majority of the Minneapolis City Council recently vowed to dismantle the city's police department amid the civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd. While that process is still under consideration, an expert warns that such efforts require diligent oversight. Calls are growin

The police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has resulted in global protests over the treatment of African-Americans by police. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- All four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd now face criminal charges. Justice advocates say they have mixed feelings about the latest developments in the case. The office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is now overseeing the inves

A working group in Minnesota, co-led by the state attorney general, recently issued a list of recommendations to reduce deadly police encounters. However, those involved say the state's need to respond to COVID-19 has prevented any legislative follow-up so far. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota officials have launched a civil-rights investigation into the entire Minneapolis Police Department following the killing of George Floyd. It coincides with calls for reform, but watchdogs elsewhere say changing police culture is very difficult. Other recent high-profile inc

Black residents of Minneapolis say, aside from trust issues with police, many neighborhoods are perceived by the rest of the state as too violent, but the need to build stronger communities has been ignored. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS - Beneath the protests against Minneapolis police sit layers of fear and frustration from the city's black community. Residents say these feelings have been around for years, and could take a while to result in real change. The death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police

Protests erupted in Minneapolis and St. Paul this week following the police killing of George Floyd. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS - Following days of protests and chaos in the Twin Cities, authorities announced on Friday that one of the officers involved in the death of George Floyd has been charged. However, activists say justice will not be served until all those involved are in custody. Former Minneapolis poli

Monday night's death of a black man at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer follows a handful of high-profile, police-related deaths in the Twin Cities in recent years. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Four Minneapolis police officers have been fired following the death of a black man Monday night. The American Civil Liberties Union says it points to the lack of humanity by some in law enforcement. The death of George Floyd, who screamed, "I can't breathe" while a white Minneapolis

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