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Deena Winter

Deena Winter

Deena Winter is a freelance journalist who has covered state and local government in four states over the past three decades.

Rev. Lawrence Richardson of the Linden Hills United Church of Christ (right), offers comfort to Rev. Jia Starr Brown of First Covenant Church (left) at George Floyd Square. Photo by Ricardo Lopez/Minnesota Reformer.

Chauvin verdict: Guilty on 3 charges in George Floyd’s death

By: - April 20, 2021

The jury has spoken, and found Derek Chauvin guilty in the death of George Floyd.  The former Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd, who was handcuffed and face down on the pavement, for more than 9 minutes at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue last May.  Chauvin was taken into custody and will be sentenced in […]

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified in the murder trial of former officer Derek Chauvin on April 5, 2021 | Minnesota Reformer

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo condemns former officer’s behavior: ‘Not part of our ethics or values’

By: - April 6, 2021

Testimony continued Monday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd on May 25. Police chief says Chauvin violated multiple policies The city’s top cop testified Monday that Chauvin putting his knee on Floyd’s neck wasn’t allowed […]

Charles McMillian, 61, became emotion while testifying about seeing George Floyd die under the knee of Derek Chauvin. (Screenshot from Minnesota Reformer)

Cup Foods clerk regrets 911 call on George Floyd; Chauvin body cam footage played in third day of trial

By: - April 1, 2021

During the third day of testimony in Derek Chauvin’s trial for murder and manslaughter, the jury saw more videos from virtually every angle of the day George Floyd died in south Minneapolis. They heard from the 19-year-old clerk who sold Floyd cigarettes, and an elderly Black man who pleaded with Floyd while he was pinned […]

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump speaks at a news conference outside the Hennepin County Government Center before the start of opening statements in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on March 29, 2021. Photo by Deena Winter/Minnesota Reformer.

George Floyd’s family, attorneys call for justice before opening statements in Chauvin trial

By: - March 29, 2021

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump stood outside the Hennepin County courthouse along with Rev. Al Sharpton and George Floyd’s relatives to demand justice in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The news conference was scheduled minutes before opening statements in the trial of Chauvin, who is charged with second- and third-degree murder […]