/ 27 May 2021

A year on from Floyd’s murder

As people in cities around America yesterday marked the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, members of Floyd’s family met in Washington with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. The topic of conversation was centred on what could be done to get the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act passed through Congress to start the ball rolling on police reform. Biden had set the anniversary as the deadline for the legislation to be passed, and he’s copped some flack from Black Lives Matter activists, including Floyd’s sister, for not meeting it. Another person doing it tough yesterday was Darnella Frazier. It was the footage she captured on her mobile phone of Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost 9 minutes that took things to another level. Speaking publicly for the first time, the 18yo said “I’m a girl trying to heal from something I am reminded of every day.”

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