George Floyd: All four former Minneapolis Police officers involved in his killing now face charges – CNN

(CNN)The former Minneapolis Police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck was charged on Wednesday with a new, more serious count of second-degree murder, and the three other officers on scene during his killing were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

“I strongly believe that these developments are in the interest of justice for Mr. Floyd, his family, our community and our state,” Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said in announcing the charges.
The announcement came more than a week after Floyd was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis, sparking nationwide protests that call for the end to police violence against black citizens.
Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, had previously been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The new second-degree murder charge says that he killed Floyd “without intent” in the course of committing assault in the third degree, according to an amended complaint.
Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, who helped restrain Floyd, and Tou Thao, who stood near the others, were not initially charged. Lane, 37, Kueng, 26, and Thao, 34, are now charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree murder are punishable by up to 40 years in prison. Manslaughter and aiding and abetting manslaughter are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Source: George Floyd: All four former Minneapolis Police officers involved in his killing now face charges – CNN

Gunman in shooting at Illinois Super 8 hotel dies of self-inflicted gunshot after police stand-off | Daily Mail Online

Police responded to reports of shots fired at the motel on Colosseum Drive in Rockford just before 1am local time Sunday. The suspect was confirmed dead six hours later.

  • Police responded to the shooting at the Super 8 in Rockford before 1am Sunday 
  • Officers discovered three people with gunshot wounds at the scene 
  • One of the victims was pronounced dead and the others are injured
  • The male suspect barricaded themselves inside the motel and was confirmed dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at about 6.45am
  • Police said the suspect and the officers exchanged multiple rounds of gunfire 

Source: Gunman in shooting at Illinois Super 8 hotel dies of self-inflicted gunshot after police stand-off | Daily Mail Online

3 efforts to get free masks to those in Pittsburgh and beyond

 

Stay Safe

Evon Onusic grew up near Johnstown in Portage, PA, and always felt connected to Pittsburgh. So when he developed a plan to bring medical-grade KN95 masks from China to the U.S., his first shipment of 2,000 last week went straight to Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh.

Onusic currently runs a Nashville-based tech startup called DeltaSift. He spent years in Silicon Valley, where he ran a successful company called Algo, which had a Pittsburgh office. He’s also a senior advisor at GSVlabs, which is opening an office in Pittsburgh. When the pandemic hit, Onusic spun out a new company from DeltaSift called Stay Safe.

Free masks at police stations

Masks are needed now to do the most basic things, like go to the grocery store. But not everybody has access to them.

Now, thanks to a partnership between Pittsburgh-based medical relief agency Global Links and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, you can pick up a free mask from a newspaper box outside any Pittsburgh police station.

Two million masks arrive at PITTwo million N95-type masks from South Korea arrived early Monday morning at Pittsburgh International Airport.They were then delivered to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), who will distribute them. The masks come from the South Korean government, as emergency assistance to the U.S.The flight landed at 2 a.m. in a National Airlines B747-400F. It’s the third such flight from South Korea to land in Pittsburgh in the past two weeks.

Source: 3 efforts to get free masks to those in Pittsburgh and beyond

Pittsburgh Police detectives seek the public’s assistance in locating a missing 17-year-old girl.

Pittsburgh Police Special Victims Unit (SVU) detectives seek the public’s assistance in locating a missing 17-year-old girl.

Brianna Bach is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, between 135-150 pounds, with dyed red shoulder-length hair and glasses.

Brianna left her Sugartop home with a suitcase on May 11 between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. and may have been wearing a red sweatshirt.

She is possibly headed out of state to Florida or New Hampshire.

If you have any information on her whereabouts, please call SVU detectives at (412) 323-7141.

  

Source: Public Safety Media Blotter

Penguins’ Matt Murray opens tab for Pittsburgh police officers at Primanti Bros.

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray launched a $5,000 open tab for Pittsburgh police officers at Primanti Bros. on Thursday.Image

Murray and Primanti Bros. will offer access to the police tab at the downtown restaurant located at 2 Market Square. The location is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“I want to thank the people on the front lines who put themselves at risk every day to keep us safe,” said Murray.

Primanti Bros. is currently offering pick-up only service, but orders may be placed by calling ahead or in-person at the restaurant. Officers should be present and show a badge to access the tab.

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Source: Penguins’ Matt Murray opens tab for Pittsburgh police officers at Primanti Bros.

Pittsburgh Police Vehicle Involved In Hit-And-Run Accident, Searching For Two Suspects – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Police are searching for two suspects involved in a hit-and-run accident with one of their police cruisers on the North Side in the early morning hours on Tuesday.

Police say that the officer driving the cruiser was not injured.

The accident happened near the Zone 1 Police Station on Brighton Road around 12:30 a.m.

There was visible damage done to the passenger side of the police car and the side mirror was ripped off.

Source: Pittsburgh Police Vehicle Involved In Hit-And-Run Accident, Searching For Two Suspects – CBS Pittsburgh