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Before Wrigley's hyperbolic press conference, the incident lay beyond my periphery — just an unfortunate case, I surmised, in which an officer had to make a tragic split-second decision while dealing with an erratic, possibly dangerous, individual.
Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank offered to drop felony charges against Kueng and Thao for aiding and abetting the second-degree murder of George Floyd if they pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of aiding and abetting manslaughter.
Wright was fatally shot by Potter — who said she mistook her gun for her Taser — during a traffic stop; the vehicle then crashed nearby. The lawsuit says Albrecht-Payton, who was in the front passenger seat, suffered a broken jaw and a concussion — along with the emotional trauma of watching Wright die from a gunshot wound.
Authorities say the snipers, posted on a building roof across the street, shot Sundberg early Thursday morning, July 14, less than a minute after allegedly threatening to shoot officers.
Federal prosecutors are seeking 61⁄2 years in prison for Lane, well below the more than 20-year sentence a judge imposed on Derek Chauvin earlier this month.
Jury selection in the case was set to begin June 14. Opening statements were slated for July 5.

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By entering the plea on Wednesday, now-former officer Thomas Lane avoided an upcoming trial on the more serious charge of aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
Former officers J. Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao and Thomas Lane are charged in Hennepin County District Court with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s killing.
Reuters identified five police trainers whose political commentary on social media has echoed extremist opinions or who have public ties to far-right figures. They work for one or more of 35 firms that advertised at least 10 police or public-safety training sessions in 2021.

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