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Chauvin Guilty Verdict: What Police Reform In The U.S. Should Look Like 

(Jesse Costa/WBUR)
(Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A jury finds former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd. We discuss America’s reckoning with racism and policing after the Chauvin verdict.


Nina Moini, reporter for Minnesota Public Radio. (@ninamoini)

Paige Fernandez, policing policy advisor at the ACLU. (@paigejfernandez)

Vaughn Dickerson, he grew up with George Floyd in Houston, Texas. Co-founder of 88 C.H.U.M.P., a nonprofit social activism organization.

Heather Taylor, senior advisor to the St. Louis Public Safety Director. Former night watch homicide sergeant with the St. Louis Metro Police Department. (@HthrTylr)

From The Reading List

New York Times: “Derek Chauvin Verdict Brings a Rare Rebuke of Police Conduct” — “A former police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck until well past Mr. Floyd’s final breath was found guilty of murder on Tuesday in a case that shook the nation’s conscience and drew millions into the streets for the largest racial justice protests in generations.”

The Guardian: “Opinion: Today’s verdict isn’t ‘justice’. But accountability is a first step to justice” — “Everyone involved [in this prosecution] pursued one goal, justice. We pursued justice wherever it led.”

Star Tribune: “After Daunte Wright’s killing, criticism of ‘pretextual’ traffic stops grows” — “Diamond Sheriff helped attach some of the hundreds of air fresheners to a new fence surrounding the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Thursday, April 15.”

The Atlantic: “The State Where Protests Have Already Forced Major Police Reform” — “In Loveland, Colorado—the nation’s self-proclaimed “Sweetheart City,” about an hour’s drive north of Denver—a young police officer paused earlier this month as he was arresting a pregnant woman who had outstanding warrants. Should he handcuff her, the officer asked his supervisors, or, under a new Colorado policing law, would that now be considered excessive force?”

USA Today: “What would happen if cops didn’t make certain traffic stops? This North Carolina city offers a case study” — “Before dawn one morning, a woman in her late 60s was pulled over by a police officer. The officer said she’d run a stop sign.”

Reuters: “United States Citizens lead the call for police reform since George Floyd’s death” — “Last summer, millions of ordinary Americans took to the streets to protest racism, police violence and the killing of George Floyd.”

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