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Law enforcement groups say members are testing positive after coming in contact with those with COVID-19, but ACLU says the request raises privacy concerns.
The ACLU of Minnesota questioned police tactics in charging some cases.
Matthew Tuhkanen was unarmed, but his movements caused officers to fear he was reaching for a weapon, authorities said.
The judge declined to open up all hearings in the county to full public access.
First responders urge Minnesota lawmakers to ease path to workers' compensation for those with COVID-19
The measure impacts those on the front line who are at risk of contracting the disease.
Christopher Brown, 23, was charged with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder.
Barring the public from courtrooms violates the state and federal constitutions, the defendant argued.
Mary Moriarty was placed on leave in December.
Some judges "have insisted" that inmates appear in court, instead of with remote hearings, the agency said.
The court has been asked to certify as an adult a 16-year-old charged with attempted second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree assault.