Former Minneapolis police officer resentenced to 57 months in prison for killing of 911 caller
A judge on Thursday sentenced former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor to 57 months behind bars, the maximum penalty possible, for the 2017 fatal shooting of a 911 caller.
Noor had been convicted of third-degree murder for the slaying of Justine Ruszczyk Damond on July 15, 2017, before the state Supreme Court tossed that charge last month.
That left Noor's conviction for second-degree manslaughter as the top conviction, leading to Thursday's new sentencing hearing.
Noor spoke briefly the the court and apologized again for his deadly action that night four years ago.
“I’m deeply grateful for Mr. Damond’s forgiveness," the former officer said. "I’m deeply sorry for the pain that I’ve caused that family.”
The 57-month sentence was at the top of guidelines. He could have received as little as 41 months, which would have led to his immediate release from prison.
Hennepin County Judge Kathryn Quaintance acknowledged Noor's record as a model prisoner but said his conduct that night warranted a maximum penalty.
“You did shoot across the nose of your partner. You did endanger a bicyclist and residents of a community of surrounding houses on a summer Saturday evening. One household was entertaining guests on a porch adjacent to the gunfire,” the judge said.
“These factors of endangering the public make your crime of manslaughter appropriate for high end of the guidelines.”
Under Minnesota sentencing guidelines, Noor — with good behavior — is eligible for supervised release after serving two-thirds of his time. He was convicted on April 30, 2019, and immediately taken into custody.
Quaintance sentencing likely means he'll walk free in the middle of 2022.
Noor and partner Matthew Harrity were called to Damond's neighborhood after the 40-year-old Australian native believed she heard a woman being sexually assaulted and screaming for help.
As the officers pulled into a nearby alley, Damond came up to the driver's side of the squad car where Harrity was sitting, startling the officers, they said.
Noor testified that he heard Harrity yelling "Oh Jesus!" This prompted Noor to draw his service weapon and push his partner's chest to clear a path.
"I fired one shot," Noor told jurors, later adding, "My intent was to stop the threat and save my partner's life."
The state Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors didn't prove Noor acted with a "depraved mind, without regard for human life," which would be needed for the third-degree murder conviction.
That statute has always been used in cases when a defendant is accused of endangering multiple people and not targeting a single individual, according to the high court.
Prosecutors had argued Noor fit that crime because his fatal shot at Damond could have also wounded Harrity or a passing bicyclist. The high court ruled it was clear Noor was only targeting the woman he killed.
The city of Minneapolis agreed to a $20 million settlement with Damond's family.
David K. Li is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.
Derek Chauvin guilty of murder in George Floyd's death
MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts Tuesday for causing George Floyd's death, a verdict that could send the disgraced former Minneapolis police officer to prison for the rest of his life.
His eyes darted left and right over his light blue surgical mask as Judge Peter Cahill read the jury's verdict, but he betrayed little else in the way of emotion.
Chauvin, who was convicted of second- and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter, stood up quickly after the judge ordered his bail revoked and compliantly placed his hands to be handcuffed before he was led out of the courtroom. He faces up to 75 years in prison when he returns for sentencing in eight weeks. However, under Minnesota law, the sentences are likely to run concurrently, meaning Chauvin would serve no more than 40 years in prison.
Defense attorney Eric Nelson followed Chauvin out of the courtroom without comment. Chauvin was booked into the Oak Park Heights state prison. He arrived at 4:55 p.m.
Conviction on the top count of second-degree murder means the 12 jurors unanimously agreed that Chauvin caused Floyd's death during the commission of a felony assault. The jury rejected the defense claim that there might have been other medical reasons Floyd died, saying Chauvin killed him, even if unintentionally, by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes.
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"Today, we are able to breathe again," Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd said afterward.
Outside the courthouse in downtown Minneapolis, which had been enclosed with razor wire, the crowd erupted into cheers when word of the verdict filtered out. Many said they feared the jury would not convict a white police officer of killing Floyd, who was Black.
"All three counts! All three counts!" the crowd chanted as cars honked and people danced on the blocked off streets, some of them waving Black Lives Matter flags and carrying signs that said "Justice for George Floyd."
Jennifer Ramirez, 24, who lives in Minneapolis, headed to the Hennepin County Government Center before the verdict was announced.
"I hope Chauvin gets as much time in prison as possible, because he deserves it," Ramirez said as she sat across the street, her mother and her brother by her side. "Maybe it will set a precedent for other police in the area and maybe nationwide. Hopefully this leads to change."
Another celebration was underway a few miles away outside Cup Foods, the store where Chauvin killed Floyd by pinning his neck to the pavement with his knee for 9½ minutes on May 25. Video of the tragedy, which captured Floyd crying out "I can't breathe" over and over again, sparked nationwide outrage and some of the biggest civil rights demonstrations in decades.
Earlier, the Floyd family got a congratulatory call from President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
"We're all so relieved," Biden told the family. "We're going to get a lot more done."
"This is a day of justice," Harris chimed in.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose office oversaw Chauvin's prosecution, commended the bystanders who tried to intervene, saying they were a "bouquet of humanity," a phrase prosecutor Jerry Blackwell had used during the trial to describe the group who witnessed Floyd's final moments.
"I would not call today's verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration," Ellison said. "But it is accountability, which is the first step toward justice."
"George Floyd mattered," Ellison said.
Before the verdict was announced, tensions had been high in the Twin Cities and in the nearby suburb of Brooklyn Center, where on April 11 a white police officer killed another Black man named Daunte Wright after a traffic stop.
The jury, which began deliberating Monday after three weeks of witness testimony, took about 10 hours to reach the unanimous verdict.
Second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 40 years. Third-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 25 years. Second-degree manslaughter is punishable by up to 10 years.
The third-degree murder charge had initially been dismissed, but it was reinstated after an appeals court ruling in an unrelated case established new grounds for it days before jury selection started.
Prosecutors argued that Chauvin's actions caused Floyd to die from low oxygen, or asphyxia. The defense claimed that Floyd's illegal drug use and a pre-existing heart condition were to blame and urged jurors not to rule out other theories, as well, including exposure to carbon monoxide.
During closing arguments, prosecutors sought to focus jurors' attention on the 9 minutes, 29 seconds they say Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck, while Chauvin's defense attorney told them that "the 9 minutes and 29 seconds ignores the previous 16 minutes and 59 seconds" of the interaction.
Prosecutors called 38 witnesses, including Darnella Frazier, the teenager who recorded the widely seen bystander video that brought global attention to Floyd's death. She and other bystanders who testified said that they are haunted by Floyd's death and that they wish they had done more to try to save his life. The defense called seven witnesses, two of whom were experts.
Chauvin had agreed to plead guilty to third-degree murder days after Floyd's death, but William Barr, then the U.S. attorney general, rejected the deal because, officials said, he was worried that it was too early in the investigation and that it would be perceived as too lenient.
Floyd's death touched off international protests against police brutality and racial injustice. The city of Minneapolis had spent months preparing for the trial and for the potential of unrest over the verdict.
Janelle Griffith reported from Minneapolis. Corky Siemaszko reported from Montclair, New Jersey.
Janelle Griffith is a national reporter for NBC News focusing on issues of race and policing.
Corky Siemaszko is a senior writer for NBC News Digital.
AbstractWe address the problem of abstractive summarization in two directions: proposing a novel dataset and a new model. First, we collect Reddit TIFU dataset, consisting of 120K posts from the online discussion forum Reddit. We use such informal crowd-generated posts as text source, in contrast with existing datasets that mostly use formal documents as source such as news articles. Thus, our dataset could less suffer from some biases that key sentences usually located at the beginning of the text and favorable summary candidates are already inside the text in similar forms. Second, we propose a novel abstractive summarization model named multi-level memory networks (MMN), equipped with multi-level memory to store the information of text from different levels of abstraction. With quantitative evaluation and user studies via Amazon Mechanical Turk, we show the Reddit TIFU dataset is highly abstractive and the MMN outperforms the state-of-the-art summarization models.
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Broncos vs. Vikings live stream Reddit for first preseason game
The Minnesota Vikings will host the Denver Broncos in their first preseason game of 2021.
With the NFL preseason underway, we turn our attention to the Twin Cities, as the Minnesota Vikings will host the Denver Broncos on Saturday afternoon.
Minnesota and Denver enter the season with varying levels of pressure. For the Vikings, they have to make the playoffs. Otherwise, it could cost head coach Mike Zimmer his job. As for the Broncos, head coach Vic Fangio’s seat is hot as well, but Denver plays in one of the toughest divisions in football. He may be getting a little more leeway than his counterpart in this game all season long.
Here is what you need to know to be able to see the Vikings take on the Broncos on Saturday.
Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings: How to watch preseason game online
Date: Saturday, Aug. 14
Time: 4:00 p.m. ET, 3:00 p.m. CT
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium
TV Info: NFL Network, NBC (Denver), FOX (Minneapolis)
Live Stream:NFL Game Pass, fuboTV, Reddit
Kickoff from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota will be at 4:00 p.m. ET, 3:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, Aug. 14. The NFL Network will have the national telecast of the preseason game. Denver’s NBC affiliate will have the Broncos broadcast, while the FOX affiliate will have the Vikings game in the Twin Cities. The live streams can be located on NFL Game Pass, fuboTV and Reddit.
Broncos and Vikings fans rejoice, as football is back in the lives of these proud fanbases once agin.
Fed's Kashkari says Reddit-driven stock gains don't merit a policy response, and if investors lose money then 'that's on them'
- Regional Fed president Neel Kashkari says the Reddit trading frenzy doesn't merit a policy response.
- He said if two groups of speculators wish to bid on a single stock over speculation, "God bless them."
- The dovish central banker said he is "not at all" thinking about changing his stance on monetary policy.
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Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari said Monday that the recent trading frenzy in GameStop and other Reddit-touted stocks does not merit a monetary policy response, Boomberg reported.
Addressing the attention on the explosive rally in GameStop shares, the central banker said if two groups of speculators want to battle it out over an individual stock, "God bless them."
"That's for them to do, and if they make money, fine. And if they lose money, that's on them," Bloomberg reported Kashkari saying at a virtual town hall event. "I'm not at all thinking about modifying my views on monetary policy because of speculators in these individual stocks."
GameStop shares plunged 23% on Monday, after seeing a 1,600% rally in January. Scores of day traders on Reddit had driven its shares higher in defiance of bearish hedge funds and investing norms.
Kashkari is one of the more dovish members of the Federal Open Market Committee, which sets US monetary policy. Dovish policymakers tend to favor looser, more accommodating economic policy in order to stimulate growth within the economy, as opposed to so-called hawkish members.
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"The key now is for the Federal Reserve to keep our foot on the monetary-policy gas until we really have achieved maximum employment," he said. The central bank is currently buying $120 billion worth of Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities at a monthly pace to ease market functioning, while its benchmark interest rate remains near zero to encourage borrowing.
Fed chairman Jerome Powell has exhibited a similar stance. He declined to comment on GameStop's dizzying rise and said changing monetary policy to wave away asset bubbles wouldn't be his first choice, Reuters reported.
"We don't really think we'd be successful in every case in picking the exact right time to intervene in markets," Powell said.
Separately, Bloomberg reported San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly saying on January 29 that she was against tightening monetary so that some people who already own wealth from stock markets don't get more.
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BettorEdge Announces Reddit's Andrew Abbott as New Company Advisor Abbott will leverage expertise in growing social audiences for companies like Reddit and Snap to fast track BettorEdge’s burgeoning social betting exchange
Minneapolis, MN | August 04, 2021 09:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time
BettorEdge, a Minneapolis-based online no-fee sports betting marketplace and social platform connecting sports fans, today announced the addition of Andrew Abbott to its advisor team. Abbott will tap into his experience as agency development and strategy lead for social platform Reddit as he advises the BettorEdge team on growing the social aspect of their sports betting marketplace, while also making it profitable.
“We are extremely excited to have Andrew join our team as an advisor,” said Greg Kajewski, Co-Founder and CEO of BettorEdge. “We are moving fast to democratize the sports betting experience. Andrew’s unique expertise in successfully scaling social platforms such as Reddit and Snap, will be invaluable as we continue to innovate our platform for sports bettors.”
Prior to his current role as a Global Agency Lead at Reddit, Abbott headed up Sports Brand Partnerships at Snap, Inc., where he worked on various partnership deals including the NFL, NBA, PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, and FIFA World Cup. He focuses on driving revenue growth and diversification, channel partnerships, and high-performance team formation.
“Betting is a social medium, and the future of sports betting is returning to that foundation,” said Abbott. “BettorEdge understands that and has created a space where sports bettors can trade bets with no fees attached, all while connecting with a community of like-minded bettors. I’m looking forward to working with the team to maximize this powerful model.”
In July, BettorEdge announced it surpassed $3.5 million in sports betting orders in just its first six months in operations.
BettorEdge was founded in 2019 following a University of Minnesota SportRadar Innovation Challenge. The Iowa native founders, now Minnesota residents, had a vision of creating a more efficient sports betting marketplace that offered a better fan experience at no fee to the consumer within the US. BettorEdge has a strong emphasis on giving the edge to the bettor through offering a fair market, providing data and analytics and creating a seamless social community. Access to their webapp can be found at app.bettoredge.com and additional information at BettorEdge.com.
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