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Protests flared for a 16th day on Wednesday, with many activists calling for a ban on choke holds and other methods of restraint used by police.Police have also been criticized for heavy-handed tactics against protesters in various places. Indiscriminate use of tear gas, flash grenades, and many incidents of police hitting protesters with batons have been recorded.Protesters in Portland, Oregon, flooded city-center streets late on Wednesday blocking traffic. Media reported a crowd of more than 1,000 calling for the resignation of the mayor.Protesters in Portsmouth, Virginia, defaced a Confederate monument and a man was injured when the structure tumbled down, a reporter with WAVY News said on Twitter.Chauvin remains in jail in lieu of $1.25 million bail. The other officers, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, remain in jail in lieu of $750,000 bail and charges each of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.In Minnesota, pleas are not entered in preliminary hearings.Lane’s next hearing is scheduled for June 29, and his attorney is planning to file a motion to dismiss the charges, media reported.Topics : One of the four former white Minneapolis police officers who were charged over the death of George Floyd, 46, a black man whose death in custody set off protests for police reform and racial justice, was released on bail on Wednesday.Former officer Thomas Lane, 37, who had been held on $750,000 bail was freed from Hennepin County jail, sheriff’s office records showed.He was one of the three police officers charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death on May 25. A fourth officer, Derek Chauvin, was videotaped pressing his knee to Floyd’s neck as he gasped “I can’t breathe” and called for his mother before he died. Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.All four officers have been fired from the Minneapolis police department.Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, did not immediately return telephone phone calls to Reuters on Wednesday night but Gray has told media that his client tried to help Floyd.Gray told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that there was an online fundraiser for Lane on social media, soliciting PayPal contributions. The site has since been taken down. read more
Greensburg students and faculty sent their team off to state with a pep rally Thursday.The Greensburg Pirates hope to become the first back to back state basketball champions in school history.They will battle the Bowman Academy Eagles, of Gary, for the Class 3A state title. Tipoff is 6 p.m. on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.The Pirates won the 3A championship and Bowman Academy won the 2A title last year, making Saturday’s game the first time two defending champions will faceoff for the IHSAA 3A final.The 13-players that make up the Greensburg squad have spent the past week in anticipation of the game, while managing expectations and homework. The week prior to the state championship last year fell on spring break, while school has been in session this time around.On Wednesday night, some members of the team watched an NBA basketball game on television between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat. Less than 24 hours later, the Greensburg Pirates were practicing on the same court Lebron James was on the night before.Junior Ryan Welage said, “It is an honor just to be able to play on the same court!”The team returned home from Indianapolis on Thursday afternoon to a pep rally in the high school gym. Welage said the team enjoys the build up to the big game, but is taking their opponent seriously.“Watching a lot of film, our coaches have been doing a great job giving us a scouting report on every player,” Welage said. “[Bowman] plays a lot different than any other team we have faced before, so practice has been a lot different and it has been tough to prepare but the coaches have been doing great getting us ready for the game.”The Greensburg community has been hit hard by recent tragedy. Students and faculty have mourned the loss of two classmates within the past month. The players hope the success on the basketball court can bring some joy to a community that can certainly use it.“I think the basketball team has been a good rallying point for everyone. We have brought some good news to this town. I know there has been some bad stuff, but some good news around here is good,” senior Macy Holdsworth said.Greensburg High School Principal Phillip Chapple noted the each player on the team also makes good grades in class.Chapple said on Thursday, “My AP Calculus teacher said half of the students are out of class today at practice!” read more
Jordy Murray is the second Badger to leave early for the professional game as Jake Gardiner signed a contract with the Maple Leafs.[/media-credit]Jordy Murray has officially left the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey program.The Fairbault, Minn. native elected to forgo his senior year season, signing with the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the Swiss National League A. According to UW, Murray has a brother (Brady) and sister (Sarah) who are currently playing in Switzerland.Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal reported earlier that Murray was likely to sign with a Swiss League team due to potential rule changes within the league regarding import and non-import players.According to Baggot, since Murray registered as a hockey player in Switzerland – where his father was coaching – he attained non-import status, which has its advantages for Swiss teams, but those rules could change in the coming year.As a result, Murray – who has not been drafted by an NHL franchise – felt some pressure to leave Wisconsin a year early and jump for the pros while he could.“My three years here with the team and coach Eaves have been great,” Murray said in a statement. “I’ve really developed as a player and a person and I think it made me ready to take this next step in turning pro. I’d like to come back, but it is a great opportunity.”Murray joins fellow-junior Jake Gardiner as 2010-11 Badgers who elected to turn pro early. Gardiner signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs at the end of the season.Murray had his most productive season for UW this past year. As a top-line forward, he scored 18 goals and had eight assists. He led the Badgers and the WCHA conference with 12 power play goals.Head coach Mike Eaves has plenty of young options to turn to as replacements on the top line. Center Craig Smith and winger Mark Zengerle are set to return. Options for that third forward spot include sophomores-to-be Tyler Barnes and Michael Mersch, who both saw action on the second line this past season. read more