MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense at the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd has rested its case without putting Chauvin on the stand, wrapping up after two days of testimony to the prosecution’s two weeks. Chauvin informed the court Thursday that he will not testify, saying he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to take the stand. Closing arguments are set for Monday, after which the racially diverse jury will begin deliberating in a city on edge.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s police review board released body camera video on Thursday of a police officer’s fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy late last month. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, an independent board that investigates Chicago police shootings, released the footage Thursday of the March 29 fatal shooting of Adam Toledo after allowing the boy’s family to view it Tuesday. Shortly before its release, Mayor Lori Lightfoot called on the public to remain peaceful. Choking up at times, Lightfoot decried the city’s long history of police violence and misconduct, especially in black and brown communities, and said too many young people are left vulnerable to “systemic failures that we simply must fix.”
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City prosecutors will seek to overturn scores of additional drug convictions involving an indicted former NYPD detective accused of framing innocent people in some cases. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office said Thursday that it will move in the coming weeks to vacate and dismiss about 100 cases in which Joseph Franco served as an essential witness. Gothamist reported that Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark’s office is reviewing about 150 cases involving Franco. Manhattan prosecutors indicted Franco on perjury charges in 2019. The police department fired him in April 2020. Franco's lawyer has said the dismissals could harm his right to a fair trial.
PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — Divers await a break in stormy weather that will allow them to reach a capsized oil industry vessel and search for survivors. Twelve people were still missing from the lift boat that flipped over Tuesday in hurricane-force winds and high seas off the Louisiana coast. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally said Thursday that rescuers don’t know whether any of the missing might be caught inside. The Coast Guard expects the divers to make it to the vessel Thursday, but their safety is also a factor. Six people from the Seacor Power were rescued alive and one person’s body was recovered from the water Wednesday.
UNDATED (AP) — The United States is opening more distance between itself and much of the rest of the world in the race against the coronavirus. The U.S. has administered almost 200 million vaccine doses, even as other countries, rich and poor, struggle with stubbornly high infection rates and deaths. Nearly half of American adults have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 30% of adults in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated. But the picture is still relentlessly grim in parts of Europe and Asia as variants of the virus fuel an increase in new cases and the worldwide death toll closes in on 3 million.