In March 2021, the first of the former officers charged in the killing of George Floyd will go on trial. Police officers are rarely prosecuted in such cases—and the world will be watching. The Minnesota Public Radio newsroom, which has followed this case in detail from the beginning, will bring listeners updates on this monumental case, and the consequences it holds for the city and the country. Created in collaboration with American Public Media.
Chauvin's guilty verdict and the work to be done
Derek Chauvin’s conviction of murder and manslaughter is expected to be only the beginning as activists and George Floyd’s family promise to keep working for change in police departments in Minnesota and beyond. Chauvin’s trial also saw a number of police officers testifying against him.
No testimony from Derek Chauvin; closing arguments set
The murder trial of Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd enters the final stages, with closing arguments set for Monday. The defense rested its case on Thursday after Chauvin said he would not take the stand in his own defense. And the Twin Cities area is rocked by another police killing of a Black man. This is a special edition of Minnesota Today for Saturday, April 17, 2021. Hosted by Nina Moini. Theme music by Gary Meister.
Training, use of force and watching from Cup Foods
Prosecution makes the case in Derek Chauvin's murder trial that George Floyd's death had more to do with the officers' weight pressing him to the pavement as he tried to breathe, and not underlying health or drug use issues.
Emotional testimony from remorseful bystanders, top cop says knee restraint 'uncalled for'
Emotion overflowed in the first week of testimony as the court saw video that showed what happened before, during and after George Floyd's death. Bystanders testified that they wanted to do more to save the Minneapolis man. And Derek Chauvin's former Minneapolis police superior said kneeling on a handcuffed, prone person does not fall within training.
The courtroom, the jurors, the community and the start of the trial
A criminal trial carried live breaks tradition as attorneys prepare to deliver opening statements on Monday. Also, a series of healing events aims to help people who continue to experience trauma that some expect will be heightened by exposure to the details of George Floyd’s killing last May.
What the trial over George Floyd’s death means
Before George Floyd was killed, the police killings of other Black men in Minnesota generated public pressure to prosecute the officers. MPR News reporter Jon Collins has covered several of these shootings and their aftermaths. He explains the significance of the current trial over George Floyd’s death.
More race baiting. It was criminal negligence but now he’s just gonna get railroaded to placate a large proportion of the population that has no idea what police have to deal with.
Most people who make quick judgments are being ignorant (lack of knowledge, education, or awareness)
The podcast Buried Truths with Hank Klibanoff really helps us see how brutal people of color are treated by white ignorance. (Voting, A.C. Ahmaud Arbery) stories of injustice studied by his students.
A thought that crosses my mind when I hear or see these tragic stories though the media is if these where white unarmed men, would they have been that brutally attacked and killed in the same way? White serial killers are treated with more respect. Ridiculously unjustified!
Netflix documentary about Kalief Browder is another tragic story of a young man accused of stealing a backpack, that he didn’t even take.
Upon stepping out of their front door, I wonder how often people of color have the thought “Today may be the day my life will be flipped upside down or I could loose my life unnecessarily because I’m not white?
It’s time for change and equality in every day life as well as in the justice system.
All lives matter! Let’s work together to make it a reality.
This is an important documentary Thank you for your time, energy and persistence As for the critics, two things about “race-baiting”: it would never work or exist if you didn’t first have a white supremacist culture and, yes, police are only one obvious symptom of this.
Secondly, it’s highly likely most people who use the term “race-baiting” understand nothing of what black people go through nor what proper policing is supposed to look like Hint: all people should be treated like their lives matter not just the ones who happen to share your melanin or lack thereof