The Nationwide Uprising Over The Killing of George Floyd & Police Brutality
On this edition of Your Call, we’re opening the lines to get your reaction to the nationwide uprising over the killing of George Floyd and rampant police brutality. People took the streets in over 140 cities across the country, according to the New York Times.
As George Floyd lay on the ground in handcuffs last Monday, Derek Chauvin, a white officer, pressed his knee on to Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, according to a criminal complaint against him. Chauvin and other three officers were fired on Tuesday. Chauvin was arrested on Friday for third degree murder and manslaughter. The other officers remain under investigation. According to Mapping People Violence, 99 percent of police killings from 2014 to 2019 did not result in officers being charged.
What do you make of the protests? Will they result in systemic change?
Ian Haney López, UC Berkeley law professor, commentator on coded racism in American politics, and author of Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America