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.

Quietly, gradually, George Floyd Square is open to traffic for the first time since his murder

By: - July 23, 2021

On the morning of June 3, there were about as many journalists in George Floyd Square as city workers who were trying to reopen the four-block area to traffic, over the objections of some protesters and residents. The neighborhood had evolved into an “autonomous zone,” an expansive memorial and no-go zone for police after Floyd […]

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. The incident was filmed by a teenager and set off a national racial reckoning after […]

Chauvin case: Now it’s up to the jury

By: - April 20, 2021

Both sides gave their final arguments to the jury Monday in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, with the prosecution imploring jurors to believe what they saw on videos — three police officers holding George Floyd down for nine minutes and 29 seconds, killing him. The defense tried to raise doubts about the cause of […]

Dr. Andrew Baker, key witness, stands by homicide determination in Chauvin trial

By: - April 10, 2021

Hennepin County’s chief medical examiner told the jury he stood by his initial conclusion that George Floyd died when his heart and lungs stopped after Derek Chauvin and other Minneapolis police officers subdued and restrained him, compressing his neck. Dr. Andrew Baker, chief medical examiner since 2004, is a key witness in the murder and […]

Breathing expert testifies in Chauvin trial: “That’s the moment the life goes out of his body”

By: - April 9, 2021

A diminutive Irish doctor captured the attention of the jury deciding Derek Chauvin’s fate, explaining in simple terms Thursday how he believes three Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd when they handcuffed and put him face down on the street and restrained him for more than nine minutes. Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonary and critical […]