Latest media stories related to George Floyd

Sharon Yoo [Kare 11]
June 25, 2020

One thousand miles. Terry Willis isn't scared of that number. In fact he pledged to walk it, from Huntsville, Alabama to 38th and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis.

The video that captured George Floyd's last moments broke the hearts of millions of protesters around the world. However, it didn't break Willis. It put him into motion...

[CBS, The Associated Press]
June 25, 2020

LGBTQ Pride is turning 50 this year a little short on its signature fanfare, after the coronavirus pandemic drove it to the internet and after calls for racial equality sparked by the killing of George Floyd further overtook it.

Activists and organizers are using the intersection of holiday and history in the making — including the Supreme Court’s decision giving LGBT people workplace protections — to uplift the people of color already among them and by making Black Lives Matter the centerpiece of Global Pride events Saturday...

Rebecca Shabad [NBC News]
June 25, 2020

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday that a policing overhaul bill the House is set to vote on later in the day will address systemic racism and police brutality, and save lives.

“Exactly one month ago, George Floyd spoke his final words — ‘I can’t breathe’ — and changed the course of history,” Pelosi said on the steps outside the Capitol..

Jennifer Bjorhus [Star Tribune]
June 24, 2020

Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao — two of the officers involved in killing George Floyd May 25 — both took department training on preventing suffocation in people being restrained face down, the Minneapolis Police Department confirmed.

In one of his most forceful comments yet on Floyd’s killing...

June 10, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz ordered a special legislative session to start on Friday and said he’d push lawmakers to tackle a public works spending package as well as issues of police accountability and economic equality in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

"We will not Minnesota Nice our way out of the situation we find ourselves in. This requires bold action," Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said...

Paul Walsh [Star Tribune]
June 10, 2020

One of four fired Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd posted cash bail and was released from jail Wednesday afternoon.

Thomas Lane, 37, who had been held in lieu of $750,000 bail, was freed shortly before 4:10 p.m. from the Hennepin County jail, a Sheriff's Office spokesman said...

Hannah Sayle [Star Tribune]
June 10, 2020

Months after a global pandemic shut down his business and days after arsonists set his warehouse ablaze, Chris Montana has one question: Is this all worth it? The fires, the flooding, the looting after George Floyd’s death?

“I don’t know if it is or not. But I think there is an opportunity for it to be. And when I think of it that way, I don’t know if I care if Du Nord burns down to the foundation.”

For Montana, founder of Du Nord Craft Spirits, the first black-owned distillery in the country...

Jon Collins [MPR]
June 10, 2020

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced Wednesday that the city aims to withdraw from negotiations over the police union’s contract, but labor law experts say it’s not within the city’s authority, and would likely trigger a court battle.

Community activists have long pointed to the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis as an obstacle to reform...

[The New York Times]

Protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have quickly given rise to a vast American reckoning with racism, as a backlash against entrenched inequality reverberates across society, from the upper echelons of corporations and media organizations to the pages of the dictionary.

The fallout has been swift and fierce...

Matt Stieb [New York Magazine]
June 9, 2020

Following a public viewing on Monday in which over 6,000 mourners paid their respects, George Floyd was laid to rest at the Fountain of Praise church in his home town of Houston on Tuesday. Hundreds of mourners filled the pews for the 11 a.m. service, as his family, friends, and prominent guests celebrated the life of the 46-year-old and called for total reform of the police practices that led to an officer pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for eight minutes, killing him. Below are some of the most powerful moments from what the church’s co-pastor Mia Wright called “a home-going celebration of brother George Floyd’s life.”...

Andrew Solender [Forbes]
June 9, 2020

In the wake of George Floyd’s death and the fiery anti-police protests that followed, lawmakers across the country have begun proposing major police reform measures to reduce police violence and make officers more accountable to the public...

Nina Totenberg [MPR]
June 8, 2020

With the county awash in protests over the killing of George Floyd, the U.S. Supreme Court is examining a modern-day legal doctrine created by judges that has shielded police and other government officials from lawsuits over their conduct.
The doctrine is called "qualified immunity." Developed in recent decades...

Richard Luscombe, Vivian Ho [The Guardian]
June 7, 2020

Streets in countless cities and towns across America filled with demonstrators again on Sunday as largely peaceful protests over systemic racism and police brutality, sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, headed towards a third week.

Rallies swelled as some cities lifted the evening curfews and withdrew national guard support, and protesters claimed a landmark victory as a veto-proof majority of the Minneapolis city council pledged to dismantle the city’s troubled police force...