20-24 Segment 1: The Murder Of George Floyd: A Deepening Public Health Crisis


George Floyd was 46 years old when he was murdered on the street by ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The father of five moved to the Midwest city in 2014 and worked two jobs driving a truck and providing security at a local restaurant. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Floyd lost his security job. On May 25, Floyd was suspected of using a counterfeit $20 bill at a local store and officers were called to the scene. The question remains: how can a police call lead to the killing of an unarmed and unresisting man pinned to the ground, unable to breath for nearly nine minutes? For weeks, protests and outrage have spread across the U.S. and internationally as the killing of Floyd brings racial inequality and police brutality into focus once again. Even during a pandemic, people are showing up to say they’re completely fed up with the lack of equal justice, rights and opportunities for all.

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