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‘DEFUND’ FALLOUT: Minneapolis Suspect in Court for Allegedly Killing College Student Before Graduation

posted by Hannity Staff - 5.28.21

From Fox News:

The 24-year-old suspect charged with murder and attempted murder in the Minneapolismass shooting last weekend is expected in court Thursday, days after a gun battle outside a nightclub left seven wounded and two dead, including a bystander killed hours before his college graduation.

Jawan C. Carroll, who prosecutors say is a member of the North Minneapolis street gang known as the “Tres Tres,” was charged with two counts of intentional second-degree murder for fatally shooting 21-year-old Charlie Johnson of Golden Valley and 24-year-old Christopher Jones of Brooklyn Park. He also faces seven counts of attempted second-degree murder. 

Surveillance video obtained by police shows “scores of individuals” were standing or walking on the sidewalk in front of Monarch nightclub located at 322 First Ave. N. when the shooting began before 2 a.m. on May 22. The crowd soon “began to franticly flee the area or duck for cover,” according to a criminal complaint filed by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office Wednesday.

Johnson, a University of St. Thomas student, and another individuals were not involved with the activities at the club, according to the complaint, and had been walking through the area and had stepped out of an alley and onto the sidewalk just as the shooting began. 

Johnson was fatally shot in the back while running away down the sidewalk. An autopsy shows he died from a single gunshot wound to the upper back that traveled into his chest, the complaint says. 

His family said he had gone out with friends to celebrate before their graduation ceremony the next day. His sister, Camille Johnson, walked the stage in her brother’s place just hours after he was killed to accept his degree in mechanical engineering, Fox 9 Minneapolis reported. 

The mass shooting, coupled with three children struck by stray gunfire in Minneapolis over the past several weeks, and the most recent shooting in George Floyd Square on the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death, has brought continuing criticism on the defund-the-police movement. 

Read the full report here.

AMERICA WAITS: Minneapolis on Edge as City Waits for Verdict in Trial of Derek Chauvin

posted by Hannity Staff - 4.20.21

Closing arguments are now underway in the Minneapolis trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged with second-degree murder in the death of George Floyd.

“Floyd’s death, and the shocking video of the events leading up to it, caused national and global outrage. Now there are fears of unrest if Chauvin is acquitted — an outcome that Black Americans, in particular, would see as evidence of a system egregiously biased against them,” reports The Hill.

 

 

“The Chauvin verdict is set to play out against the backdrop of the deaths of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minn., just 11 miles from the site of Floyd’s death; and of Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old, in Chicago,” adds the outlet.

 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

BREAKING NOW: Fired Minneapolis Police Officer Arrested for Death of George Floyd

posted by Hannity Staff - 5.29.20

Former Minneapolis Police Office Derek Chauvin has been arrested and taken into custody for his role in the death of George Floyd.

From CBS News Minnesota:

Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested days after George Floyd’s fatal arrest that sparked protests, rioting and outcry across the city and nation.

On Friday, John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, announced that Chauvin has been taken into custody in connection with the May 25 death.

Chauvin is the former officer in the video seen around the world with his knee on Floyd’s neck. He’d been with Minneapolis police for 19 years.

It was not immediately clear what the expected charges Chauvin could face are.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Read the full report here.

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