Monday, April 26, 2021

DEREK CHAUVIN TRIAL - Guilty on All Charges and the Reverberations

"Here’s what happened during closing arguments in the Derek Chauvin trialPBS NewsHour 4/19/2021


SUMMARY:  Monday saw the closing arguments in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin.  The verdict to come is being closely watched in Minnesota and other cities around the country — many of them braced for protests, marches and potential unrest.  Special correspondent Fred De Sam Lazaro reports on the final case made Monday by prosecutors and Chauvin's defense.



"Jubilant crowds take to the streets to celebrate guilty verdict in Chauvin trialPBS NewsHour 4/20/2021


SUMMARY:  Former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of murder and manslaughter.  A panel of six white and six Black or multi-racial jurors convicted him on all three charges Tuesday afternoon.  Floyd's death last May ignited a wave of public protests that rocked the nation -- and Tuesday's verdict set off celebrations outside the courthouse in Minneapolis.



"‘Sigh of relief:’ Saint Paul Mayor says Chauvin verdict a welcome sign of accountabilityPBS NewsHour 4/20/2021


SUMMARY:  Amna Nawaz takes a closer look now, at how the nation, and, in particular, how African American communities across the country, are dealing with the jury's decision.  Melvin Carter is the Mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota, which, along with its neighbor, Minneapolis, form the state's "Twin Cities."  He is the first African American to hold that office, and joins us to discuss the verdict.



"How the Chauvin verdict could become a ‘defining moment’ for future policingPBS NewsHour 4/19/2021

What this SHOULD mean is an end to automatic immunity for law enforcement.  If they break the law they should be held accountable.


SUMMARY:  To discuss the trial and verdict of Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, Judy Woodruff is joined by Chuck Wexler the executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, and Janai Nelson the Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.



"Floyd’s supporters hope to see systemic change emerge from guilty verdict in Chauvin trialPBS NewsHour 4/20/2021


SUMMARY:  White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor has been following Derek Chauvin's trial in the murder of George Floyd and brings us the reaction on Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C.



"George Floyd’s family vows to ‘keep fighting’ for just policing after Chauvin verdictPBS NewsHour 4/20/2021


SUMMARY:  After a Minneapolis jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty in the murder of George Floyd, President Joe Biden spoke with the Floyd family over the phone.  While happy with the verdict, the family vowed to continue efforts towards bringing systemic change in policing.



"Philonise Floyd calls for racial solidarity, end to qualified immunity for policePBS NewsHour 4/21/2021


SUMMARY:  George Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd, as well as the Floyd family attorney, Benjamin Crump, join Yamiche Alcindor to discuss the much-awaited verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, what it means to the family, and what changes they want to see in policing going forward.



"Reimagining public safety: What police reform could look like after Chauvin trialPBS NewsHour 4/21/2021


SUMMARY:  To discuss what the process of bringing reform to policing could look like, Judy Woodruff is joined by Alexis Karteron, an associate professor of law and Director of the Constitutional Rights Clinic at Rutgers University, and Tracie Keesee a 25-year Denver Police veteran and co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity.



"What is the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act? Breaking down the bill and oppositionPBS NewsHour 4/21/2021


SUMMARY:  The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act passed the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives in February, but has yet to receive a vote in the evenly-split Senate.  Congressional correspondent Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff with an update on where things stand.



"Examining the police shootings of Black Americans and how leadership plays a rolePBS NewsHour 4/22/2021


SUMMARY:  While the guilty verdict in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin brought celebration to the streets of Minneapolis, people also came together today to mourn Daunte Wright, and demand justice for other recent police shootings involving Black Americans.  John Yang speaks to local reporters about the country's reaction to this moment of accountability in a long history of unanswered calls for justice.

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