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Police shoot, kill Black teenage girl holding knife in Columbus; bodycam video released

Police shoot, kill Black teenage girl holding knife in Columbus; bodycam video released



Police shot and killed a teenage girl Tuesday afternoon in Columbus just as the verdict was being announced in the trial for the killing of George Floyd.

Police showed bodycam footage Tuesday night at a news conference of the officer shooting the girl, who was Black, as she appeared to attempt to stab two people with a knife.

A black-handled blade resembling a kitchen knife or steak knife appeared to be lying on the sidewalk next to her immediately after she was shot and fell.

State law allows police to use deadly force to protect themselves or others, and investigators will determine whether this shooting was such an instance, Interim Police Chief Michael Woods said at the news conference.

Officers had responded to an attempted stabbing call when police shot the girl at about 4:45 p.m., police said. The 911 caller reported a female was trying to stab them before hanging up, they said.

The girl was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

It’s unclear whether anyone else was injured.

“This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life,” Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther tweeted.

He later said at the news conference, “We know based on this footage the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community.”

Police who answered the department’s phone and officers on scene were not immediately able to provide details to The Associated Press.

A crowd had gathered Tuesday night at the scene on Legion Lane, which police had partially blocked off to traffic. Others gathered at the city’s police headquarters to protest, a week after officers pepper-sprayed a group that tried to enter the headquarters over the police killing of a man who had a gun in a hospital emergency room.

Hundreds of protesters pushed past police barriers outside the headquarters and approached officers as city officials were showing the bodycam video inside. Many chanted, “Say her name!” While others signified the victim’s age by yelling, “she was just a kid.” Officers with bicycles pushed protesters back and threatened to deploy pepper spray on the crowd.

The girl’s name and age were being withheld while her family is notified, police said.

The shooting happened about 25 minutes before a judge read the verdict convicting former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of murder and manslaughter in the killing of Floyd.

Kimberly Shepherd, 50, who has lived in the neighborhood for 17 years, said she knew the victim.

“The neighborhood has definitely went through its changes, but nothing like this,” Shepherd said of the shooting. “But this is the worst thing that has ever happened out here and unfortunately it is at the hands of police.”

Shepherd and her neighbor Jayme Jones, 51, had celebrated the guilty verdict of Chauvin. But things changed quickly, she said.

“We were happy about the verdict. But you couldn’t even enjoy that,” Shepherd said. “Because as you’re getting one phone call that he was guilty, I’m getting the next phone call that this is happening in my neighborhood.”



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Hannity blasts Biden for describing last year’s violent protests as ‘in peace and with purpose’

Hannity blasts Biden for describing last year's violent protests as 'in peace and with purpose'


Fox News host Sean Hannity opened his show “Hannity” on Tuesday slamming President Joe Biden and the Left’s response to the conviction of Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd. Hannity responding specifically to MSNBC political contributor Jason Johnson calling for “radical reform” and President Biden commending last year’s protests as being done “in peace and with purpose.”

HANNITY: According to Johnson, only “radical reform” will bring about true justice. Radical reform? Defund the police? Dismantle the police? Dismantle our entire system? How do you think that’s going to work out in the end? Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, the leader of the “squad”, she agrees. She would also like to use Floyd’s death to achieve her radical ideas.Like disarming police during traffic stops.

Biden also called on Americans to “protest with purpose.” What did he mean? Protest with a purpose? Is that what happened last summer, Joe, when you didn’t have the courage to speak out against the violent riots that were taking place on a nightly basis all over the country? You didn’t even mention it at the Democratic National Convention, not one time. When a police precint was burned to the ground in Minneapolis. Downtown Portland was on fire for weeks. Seattle rioters took over several city blocks including a police precint. Multiple young people were murdered during that so-called “summer of love.”

We’re facing another summer of violence. But instead of calming tensions and calling for justice, Biden is pouring fuel on the fire.

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Kristin Smart’s body was once buried in yard of Arroyo Grande home owned by suspect’s dad: Court docs

Kristin Smart’s body was once buried in yard of Arroyo Grande home owned by suspect’s dad: Court docs



A California college student missing for nearly 25 years was once buried in the backyard of the home owned by the murder suspect’s father, authorities said in a court document.

The body of Kristin Smart, which has never been found, was recently moved from the home of Ruben Flores, a prosecutor said, according to a document filed Monday and posted on social media by a reporter for The Tribune of San Luis Obispo.

Ruben Flores, 80, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of accessory after the murder for hiding Smart’s body after his son allegedly killed her. Paul Flores, 44, has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.

Paul Flores, a fellow freshman at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, was the last person seen with Smart on May 25, 1996. Witnesses said Smart was intoxicated, and Flores had said he would walk her home after an off-campus party.

The court document was filed before bail arguments Monday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court when the father and son were arraigned. It was first reported by The Tribune, and a reporter posted snippets of documents on Twitter.

Defense lawyers have criticized the evidence used to arrest both men last week. Attorney Harold Mesick said Monday that the evidence against the father was “so minimal as to shock the conscience.”

The document said investigators at the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department had biological evidence indicating Smart was once buried under Ruben Flores’ deck behind his home in nearby Arroyo Grande.

“The excavation below his deck … showed damning evidence that a body had been buried in that location and then recently moved,” prosecutor Christopher Peuvrelle said.

Peuvrelle, who said Ruben Flores has helped cover up the crime for nearly a quarter century, would continue to do so if freed.

“Due to the evidence gleaned from the excavation, it is reasonable to believe Ruben Flores currently knows the location of Kristin Smart’s remains,” Peuvrelle said. “Should he be allowed bail, it is a virtual certainty that he would use his freedom to continue his attempts to help Paul Flores thwart prosecution in this case and continue to hide her remains.”

Smart’s remains have never been found, but authorities recently said they believe they know where she was buried, though they haven’t disclosed the location.

The arrests of the father and son came after investigators using ground-penetrating radar and cadaver dogs discovered evidence connected directly to Smart’s death last month during a search at Ruben Flores’ home, authorities said. They haven’t revealed what was found but returned to the yard for additional digging after the arrests.

Mesick declined to comment Tuesday, citing the gag order.

On Monday, he questioned why investigators needed to keep searching for evidence after making arrests. At the time of the April 13 arrests, the sheriff said he believed that had enough evidence to win convictions.

Mesick argued there were many innocent explanations why soil had previously been dug up in the yard. He said a backhoe had excavated a trench to dump soil that was removed to lay a nearby foundation.

Paul Flores was ordered held without bail Monday. But the judge indicated he would set a reasonable bail amount Wednesday for the father, who has health problems is currently in the San Luis Obispo jail on $250,000 bail.

The document presented summaries of why prosecutors didn’t want either man to be released pending a trial that could be years away.

Nikki Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the court, said the documents were not supposed to be public. The judge in the case has issued a gag order preventing lawyers, investigators, witnesses and others from speaking about the case or releasing documents.

The Tribune said it got the public documents from the courthouse in the city 160 miles (258 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles.

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Document: Kristin Smart once buried in suspect’s backyard

Document: Kristin Smart once buried in suspect's backyard


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California college student missing for nearly 25 years was once buried in the backyard of the home owned by the murder suspect’s father, authorities said in a court document.

The body of Kristin Smart, which has never been found, was recently moved from the home of Ruben Flores, a prosecutor said, according to a document filed Monday and posted on social media by a reporter for The Tribune of San Luis Obispo.

Ruben Flores, 80, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of accessory after the murder for hiding Smart’s body after his son allegedly killed her. Paul Flores, 44, has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.

Paul Flores, a fellow freshman at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, was the last person seen with Smart on May 25, 1996. Witnesses said Smart was intoxicated, and Flores had said he would walk her home after an off-campus party.

The court document was filed before bail arguments Monday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court when the father and son were arraigned. It was first reported by The Tribune, and a reporter posted snippets of documents on Twitter.

Defense lawyers have criticized the evidence used to arrest both men last week. Attorney Harold Mesick said Monday that the evidence against the father was “so minimal as to shock the conscience.”

The document said investigators at the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department had biological evidence indicating Smart was once buried under Ruben Flores’ deck behind his home in nearby Arroyo Grande.

“The excavation below his deck … showed damning evidence that a body had been buried in that location and then recently moved,” prosecutor Christopher Peuvrelle said.

Peuvrelle, who said Ruben Flores has helped cover up the crime for nearly a quarter century, would continue to do so if freed.

“Due to the evidence gleaned from the excavation, it is reasonable to believe Ruben Flores currently knows the location of Kristin Smart’s remains,” Peuvrelle said. “Should he be allowed bail, it is a virtual certainty that he would use his freedom to continue his attempts to help Paul Flores thwart prosecution in this case and continue to hide her remains.”

Smart’s remains have never been found, but authorities recently said they believe they know where she was buried, though they haven’t disclosed the location.

The arrests of the father and son came after investigators using ground-penetrating radar and cadaver dogs discovered evidence connected directly to Smart’s death last month during a search at Ruben Flores’ home, authorities said. They haven’t revealed what was found but returned to the yard for additional digging after the arrests.

Mesick declined to comment Tuesday, citing the gag order.

On Monday, he questioned why investigators needed to keep searching for evidence after making arrests. At the time of the April 13 arrests, the sheriff said he believed that had enough evidence to win convictions.

Mesick argued there were many innocent explanations why soil had previously been dug up in the yard. He said a backhoe had excavated a trench to dump soil that was removed to lay a nearby foundation.

Paul Flores was ordered held without bail Monday. But the judge indicated he would set a reasonable bail amount Wednesday for the father, who has health problems is currently in the San Luis Obispo jail on $250,000 bail.

The document presented summaries of why prosecutors didn’t want either man to be released pending a trial that could be years away.

Nikki Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the court, said the documents were not supposed to be public. The judge in the case has issued a gag order preventing lawyers, investigators, witnesses and others from speaking about the case or releasing documents.

The Tribune said it got the public documents from the courthouse in the city 160 miles (258 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles.

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Derek Chauvin trial verdict: Ex-Minneapolis police officer found guilty on all charges in George Floyd death

Derek Chauvin trial verdict: Ex-Minneapolis police officer found guilty on all charges in George Floyd death


A panel of jurors has found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all three charges in the May 2020 death of George Floyd, after one of the most closely watched criminal trials in recent memory.

Chauvin, 45, was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. With Americans on edge as they awaited the verdict, the jury announced that it has found him guilty.

It took the jury about 10 hours and 20 minutes to reach a decision, which was read late in the afternoon in a city on edge regarding the possibility of more unrest like that that erupted last spring.

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The courthouse was ringed with concrete barriers and razor wire, and thousands of National Guard troops and law enforcement officers were brought in ahead of the verdict. Some businesses were boarded up with plywood.

The jury was made up of seven women and five men. Six jurors were White, four were Black and two identified as multiracial. Jurors were sequestered, their whereabouts kept secret, during deliberations that began Monday afternoon.

Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died on May 25, 2020 after Chauvin held his knee against his upper body for nine minutes and 29 seconds, as a handcuffed Floyd repeatedly said that he could not breathe.

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Police were called to the area on that day for a report that Floyd had used a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes at a neighborhood convenience store, Cup Foods. 

His death prompted widespread protests, which lasted months, and calls for an end to police brutality and systemic racism. 

During the trial, the jury heard from high-ranking Minneapolis police officials, loved ones of Floyd, bystanders, an officer who also responded to the scene and medical experts — some of whom presented dueling opinions. 

The case boiled down to two key questions: whether Chauvin caused Floyd’s death and whether his actions were reasonable. Each charge required a different element of proof as to Chauvin’s state of mind.

For all three charges, prosecutors had to prove that Chauvin caused Floyd’s death and that his use of force was unreasonable.

Prosecutors didn’t have to prove Chauvin’s restraint was the sole cause of Floyd’s death, but only that his conduct was a “substantial causal factor.” Chauvin is authorized to use force as a police officer, as long as that force is reasonable.

The defense argued that the now-fired White officer acted reasonably and that the 46-year-old Floyd died of a heart condition and illegal drug use.

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Each count carried a different maximum sentence: 40 years for second-degree unintentional murder, 25 years for third-degree murder, and 10 years for second-degree manslaughter.

This sketch shows Derek Chauvin in Hennepin County court

This sketch shows Derek Chauvin in Hennepin County court
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Under Minnesota sentencing guidelines, for a person with no criminal history, each murder charge carried a presumptive sentence of 12.5 years in prison, while manslaughter has a presumptive sentence of four years.

Earlier in the day Tuesday, President Joe Biden weighed in by saying he believes the case is “overwhelming.”

He said that he had spoken to Floyd’s family on Monday and “can only imagine the pressure and anxiety they’re feeling.”

“They’re a good family and they’re calling for peace and tranquility no matter what that verdict is,” Biden said. “I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict. I think it’s overwhelming, in my view. I wouldn’t say that unless the jury was sequestered now.”

Fox News’ Ruth Ravve and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report, as well as The Associated Press.

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Pet wolf on walk near elementary school nets fine for Louisiana couple, officials say

Pet wolf on walk near elementary school nets fine for Louisiana couple, officials say


A couple spotted walking a wild-looking dog near an elementary school last week face legal trouble after a concerned citizen called wildlife authorities.

The animal looked a little too untamed to trust, and the caller was right, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries.

“Agents received a complaint of a large wolf-like animal,” a department release said, and the caller “was worried about the safety of the schoolchildren.”

The same canine had attacked someone in the Lafayette neighborhood before, the caller told officials.

Agents went to the home of Andrew Hill, 47, and Jill Kraemer, 49, to see the pet, which seemed to be a wolf.

To be certain, agents took the animal to test its DNA and confirmed it was a gray wolf, the release said.

It is illegal to have a gray wolf in Louisiana, and possessing one can carry a fine of $100-$350 and up to 60 days in jail. Hill and Kraemer were cited on a charge of possessing a live gray wolf.

The animal is being kept at a K-9 training facility.

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