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Friend in car with George Floyd refuses to testify in court

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A friend who was in the car with George Floyd before he was arrested has told a Minneapolis court that he won’t testify if he’s called upon as a witness in the trial of Derek Chauvin, New York Post reports

He cited the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to back his decision up.

He also filed a surprise motion in Hennepin County District Court with his lawyer saying he “hereby provides notice to all parties in this matter that if called to testify he will invoke his fifth amendment privilege against self-incrimination.”

“Therefore, counsel for Mr. Hall respectfully moves this court to… release Mr. Hall from any obligations therein,” the papers said.

Morries Lester Hall told “Good Morning America” that he watched George Floyd “begging for his life.”

Hall, also known as Maurice, was not only with Floyd that day but was also caught on video footage watching the fatal arrest as well as interacting with the officers.

He gave a series of interviews days after his friend’s death, recalling to “Good Morning America” how he was haunted by watching his friend “begging for his life” and “fearing the Reaper.

Morries Lester Hall will plead the Fifth Amendment and not testify as a witness in the trial of Derek Chauvin.

“I’m a key witness to the cops murdering George Floyd, and they want to know my side,” he told the New York Times in early June

“I walk with Floyd … I know that I’m going to be his voice,” he vowed at the time.

But the Times said that at the time he had outstanding warrants for his arrest on felony possession of a firearm, felony domestic assault and felony drug possession.

He provided a false name to officers at the scene of Floyd’s arrest, a Minnesota official told the paper and has also been accused of trying to pass a counterfeit bill just like Floyd had, sparking his arrest that day.

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Police Kills another Black man in Minneapolis, sparks fresh protest

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Fresh Protests broke out on Sunday night after a United State Police Operative, shot a young Black man by name Daunte Wright in the suburb of Minneapolis.

The incident is discovered to be happening in the region where a former police officer is currently on trial for the murder of George Floyd.

According to AFP, Hundreds of people gathered outside the police station in Brooklyn Center, northwest of Minneapolis, with the police, later firing teargas and flash bangs to disperse the crowd.

Around midnight local time (0500 GMT), the National Guard was on the scene, police had declared an illegal assembly, and the Brooklyn Center mayor said he would “be issuing a curfew order shortly”.

The mother of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, told a crowd earlier Sunday evening that he called her to say he had been pulled over by police, local media reported.

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Katie Wright said she heard officers tell her son to put his phone down, and then one of the officers ended the call. Soon after, her son’s girlfriend told her he had been shot.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension confirmed to AFP it was “investigating an officer-involved shooting incident” in Brooklyn Center but declined to identify the victim.

According to a statement from the Brooklyn Center Police Department, officers pulled over a driver for a traffic violation. When they discovered he had an outstanding warrant, they tried to take him into custody.

He got back into his car, and one of the officers fired their weapon, striking the driver, who died at the scene.

A female passenger in the car suffered “non-life-threatening injuries” and was transported to a local hospital, said the statement, which did not identify the woman.

Photos from the protest showed men stomping on the windshield of a police cruiser. Police fired rubber bullets to try to disperse the protesters, according to the Star Tribune.

After about an hour, the police presence eased, and the crowd lit candles and wrote messages such as “Justice for Daunte Wright” in chalk on the street.

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Brooklyn Center mayor Mike Elliott called the shooting “tragic”.

“We are asking the protesters to continue to be peaceful and that peaceful protesters are not dealt with force,” he wrote on Twitter.

But clashes broke out again soon after as another group of several hundred protesters gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Headquarters and were met with teargas and flash bangs.

The shooting comes during the ongoing trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is facing charges of manslaughter and murder over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May.

Floyd’s killing sparked months of protests in the United States against racism and police brutality and attracted international outrage.

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Prince Philip’s funeral to take place April 17, says Buckingham Palace

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The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on April 17, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday.

The ceremony at Windsor, west of London, which will be televised but have no public element because of coronavirus restrictions, will be preceded by a national minute’s silence.

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Royal officials said the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh’s grandson, Prince Harry, would attend, but his heavily pregnant wife, Meghan, had been advised against travelling from the United States on medical grounds.

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Prince Philip dies at the age of 99

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Prince Philip dies at the age of 99

The United Kingdom’s No. 1 Man, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died at the age of 99.

This inormation was released the Buckingham Palace on Friday.

The statement reads,“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the palace said in a statement.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

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Prince Philip had spent four weeks in hospital earlier this year to receive treatment for an infection and also have a heart procedure, he returned to Windsor in early March.

He had been by the queen’s side throughout her 69-year reign, the longest in British history

“He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years,” the queen said in a rare personal tribute to him made in a speech marking the pair’s 50th wedding anniversary in 1997.

Prince Philip’s last public appearance came last July at a military ceremony at Windsor Castle, the royal palace to the west of London where he and the monarch have resided during COVID-19 lockdowns.

In his life, he earned a reputation for a tough, no-nonsense attitude and a propensity for occasional bigotry.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would be remembered “above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen”.

“Not just as her consort, by her side, every day of her reign, but as her husband, her strength and stay of more than 70 years,” Johnson said in a televised address to the nation.

“And it is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation’s thoughts must turn today,” he added.

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