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Friday’s edition covers the conviction of an officer for manslaughter after she says she intended to use her taser, rather than her firearm during a traffic stop; the newest wrinkle in the saga of George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer last year; and former U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest effort to keep records out of the hands of the January 6th Committee.
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Former Minneapolis Police Officer Kim Potter has been convicted on charges of manslaughter. Earlier this year, she pulled over Daunte Wright for driving a vehicle with expired tags. The stop ended with Wright’s death. Potter claims she intended to use her taser, rather than her gun.
Wright’s death came during the murder trial of another white officer Derek Chauvin, in the 2020 death of another Black man, Geroge Floyd, not so far away. A Texas board had recommended a posthumous pardon for Floyd on a 2004 drug charge, but has withdrawn this, saying there were procedural errors in their recommendation.
The House Select Committee’s request for certain documents pertaining to Donald Trump’s actions on and leading up to January 6th is moving slowly, as the former president has made yet another move to keep the information hidden, appealing to the Supreme Court to protect White House visitor logs and phone records from inspection.
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