The city roils after the death of George Floyd as police confronted protesters and the mayor urged prosecutors to charge the officers involved.


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Taya Graham: There’s anger in the streets of Minneapolis.

Speaker 2: I’m out here because the cop that killed Floyd was the same one he was involved with a police shooting at Little Earth, maybe a couple of years ago. And they’ve been criminalizing our youth for a long time. And that’s why we’re here.

Taya Graham: After the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, there was an outpouring of frustration and grief from the community. And anger over this video, showing Floyd, who was African American, begging for his life as Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin puts down forward pressure with his knee on Floyd’s neck.

Floyd was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, but the reaction to his death was swift and emotional. Wednesday night protests turned violent as police shot, rubber bullets and tear gas. An AutoZone store was engulfed in flames while a Target was picked clean. Minneapolis mayor, Jacob Frey pleaded for calm, but he also called for the arrest of Officer Chauvin.

Jacob Frey: Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail? If you had done it, or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now.

Taya Graham: Mayor Frey also asked the governor of Minnesota to deploy the National Guard, to quell the unrest in the community. Minneapolis police have said little about what led to Floyd’s arrest. Instead, they posted a statement shortly after Floyd died, citing a forgery in progress.

But meanwhile, questions about Chauvin’s record have surfaced, including 10 past complaints of excessive force. The FBI and the Minnesota Attorney General’s office have joined the investigation, but pleas from officials and calls for charges against the officers have done little to calm the city, as tensions rise over the death of yet another black man at the hands of police. This is Taya Graham, Stephen Janis, and Taylor Hebden reporting for The Real News Network.

Taya Graham

Host & Producer
Taya Graham is an award-winning investigative reporter who has covered U.S. politics, local government, and the criminal justice system. She is the host of TRNN's "Police Accountability Report," and producer and co-creator of the award-winning podcast "Truth and Reconciliation" on Baltimore's NPR affiliate WYPR. She has written extensively for a variety of publications including the Afro American Newspaper, the oldest black-owned publication in the country, and was a frequent contributor to Morgan State Radio at a historic HBCU. She has also produced two documentaries, including the feature-length film "The Friendliest Town." Although her reporting focuses on the criminal justice system and government accountability, she has provided on the ground coverage of presidential primaries and elections as well as local and state campaigns.

 
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Stephen Janis

Host & Producer

Stephen Janis is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work has been acclaimed both in print and on television. As the Senior Investigative Reporter for the now defunct Baltimore Examiner, he won two Maryland DC Delaware Press Association Awards for his work on the number of unsolved murders in Baltimore and the killings of prostitutes. His in-depth work on the city's zero-tolerance policing policies garnered an NAACP President's Award. As an Investigative Producer for WBFF/Fox 45, he has won three successive Capital Emmys: two for Best Investigative Series and one for Outstanding Historical/Cultural Piece.

He is the author of three books on the philosophy of policing: Why Do We Kill? The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore; You Can't Stop Murder: Truths About Policing in Baltimore and Beyond; and The Book of Cop: A Testament to Policing That Works. He has also written two novels, This Dream Called Death and Orange: The Diary of an Urban Surrealist. He teaches journalism at Towson University.