George Floyd: One year later

George Floyd: Looking back, moving forward.
Illustration by Ella Endo for MPR News

The killing of George Floyd, 46, of St. Louis Park — who repeatedly told a Minneapolis police officer he couldn’t breathe as the officer knelt on his neck on May 25, 2020 — sparked days of unrest in Minneapolis and St. Paul and mass protests across the globe over the treatment of Black people by police. 

In the year since, lawmakers — nationally and locally — have debated police reform and whether law enforcement officers must change how they do their jobs. In schools, educators and students have tackled discussions on race and equity, sometimes with controversy. And across Minnesota, community members have marched and come together in a call for change

Meanwhile, many activists say the murder and manslaughter conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin — who pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes — in Floyd's death is just the start of a long journey toward justice. 

The three other ex-cops, who were involved with the arrest, have been charged with two counts each of aiding and abetting in the death. Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao go on trial in March 2022.

A federal grand jury has also indicted all four on criminal civil rights charges.

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