Updates on the Derek Chauvin murder trial, Minnesota Police fatally shoot man during a traffic stop, Nick Cannon expecting a second set of twins and more in The Daily Rundown.
'Baldwin Hills' Star Gerren Taylor Dead At 30
Model and entrepreneur Ashley Taylor Gerren, also know as Gerren Taylor, star of BET's "Baldwin Hills," has died. The entertainment network confirmed the news of Taylor's passing early Monday morning in a statement shared to Instagram.
"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Ashley Gerren Taylor who has recently passed. BET family is FOREVER," the statement reads.
It has been reported that Taylor died in her sleep; however, those reports have yet to be confirmed by relatives. Taylor leaves behind a 7-year-old daughter.
Minnesota Police Shoot And Kill Black Man At Traffic Stop
Daunte Wright, 20, was gunned down by an officer with the Brooklyn Park Police Department following a traffic stop Sunday, NBC News reports. The shooting took place mere miles away from the place where George Floyd was killed by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Wright's mother, Katie Wright, told reporters that her son called her to say that he had been pulled over for having air fresheners dangling from his rearview mirror - a violation in Minnesota. Wright says that she told her son to put the officer on the phone so that she could share the car insurance information. She then heard the officer tell her son to get out of the vehicle, which is when the phone cut off. She later received a call from her son's girlfriend, a passenger in the vehicle, who told her that he had been shot.
The National Guard has been mobilized in the city in response to protests of the deadly shooting.
Nick Cannon Expecting Second Set Of Twins
The family of Nick Cannon continues to grow. Sunday, DJ Abby De La Rosa announced that she and Cannon are expecting twin boys.
"Our dearest sons - my miracle babies, Thank you for choosing me to be your Mommy. I know the Lord has destined me and prepared me for the gift of not one but two little angels," De La Rosa captioned an Instagram maternity photo featuring Cannon. "I pray that God gives you both the strength to walk brave and boldly in your individual truth just like your Daddy. That God bless you and your brother and guide you into living out your full purpose. Your Dad & I will always be here for you both; in complete unison and support. No matter what this world may throw your way, know that forgiveness is key and what is for you - is for YOU! You both are already so loved and we can’t wait to meet you both."
In addition to the unborn twins, Cannon fathers four children.
Judge Refuses To Immediately Sequester Jury In George Floyd Murder Trial
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill refused to immediately sequester jurors in the George Floyd murder trial, the Associated Press reports. The request came from Derek Chauvin's defense attorney Eric Nelson, who argued that jurors could be swayed by fear of what may happen as a result of the verdict. Judge Cahill said that he will not sequester jurors until next Monday when closing arguments begin.
Officer Fired Over Use Of Force In Traffic Stop Of Black Army Lt.
Joe Gutierrez, one of the two officers accused of using excessive force during a traffic stop of a Black Army lieutenant, has been fired, the Associated Press reports. During the traffic stop, which took place in December 2020, officers drew their guns and pepper-sprayed Lt. Caron Nazario. He was also knocked to the ground by the officers, who used slang terminology to tell Nazario that he was facing execution. An investigation into the incident by the police department found that department policy was not followed during the stop, thus leading to one officer's termination.
"The Town of Windsor prides itself in its small-town charm and the community-wide respect of its Police Department,” the department said in a statement. “Due to this, we are saddened for events like this to cast our community in a negative light. Rather than deflect criticism, we have addressed these matters with our personnel administratively, we are reaching out to community stakeholders to engage in dialogue, and commit ourselves to additional discussions in the future.”
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