One year later, where do we stand on policing?

People hold signs during a march
People march in downtown Minneapolis on Sunday, May 23, ahead of the first anniversary of the police killing of George Floyd.
Christian Monterrosa | AP

It’s been a year since former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd. Floyd’s murder sparked a local, national and global outcry that fueled protests calling for an end to anti-Black racism and an overhaul of policing. 

While the movement has brought renewed awareness to police brutality, the protests have caused somewhat of a split among those calling for police reforms and those seeking fundamental changes to the way policing is conducted, particularly in historically Black neighborhoods where, as local activist D.A. Bullock puts it, residents feel “over-policed and under-protected.”  

Tuesday, host Kerri Miller talked with Bullock and Sondra Samuels, a community leader who is part of a group of residents suing the Minneapolis Police Department over inadequate police protection due to a shortage of officers. They discussed what changes Floyd’s murder has brought about and which efforts are still in progress.

As you listen to the conversation, here’s some additional context about Minneapolis crime and policing:

  • D.A. Bullock is a north Minneapolis resident, filmmaker, local activist and member of Reclaim the Block’s communications team.

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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