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On March 13, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky, Breonna Taylor, was killed by police when officers shot her 8 times in her home after attempting to serve a no knock warrant. On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was killed when Minneapolis Police Officer Derrick Chauvin put his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. In Ann Arbor, Aura Rosser was killed by law enforcement in 2014. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Aura Rosser and the killings of many other black Americans such as Ahmaud Arbery, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland has led people across the country to take to the streets in recent weeks in protests to support Black Lives and the Black Lives Matter Movement. The protests have had wide ranging impacts such as leading to the arrests of the officers involved in the death of George Floyd, causing the removal of racist statues across the country, and leading to policy changes such as the passing of Breonna’s law in Louisville, Kentucky, which bans the use of no-knock warrants.
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Statistics show that black people are three times more likely to be killed by police than white people, and 99% of police officers involved in a fatal shooting go uncharged. Intertwined in these protests have been calls for the reforming and reimagining of law enforcement in the United States. In this episode of the Daily Weekly we’re going to talk to activists and academics about the role of police and systematic racism in America, and what reforms and changes they believe will impact the law enforcement we know today for the better, to prevent the deaths of and injustices towards black Americans at the hands of police in the future.
This episode was produced by Audio Engineer Gibson Gillett-Behrens, Executive Producer Sonya Vogel, and Content Producers Gerald Sill, Rachel Fagan, and Doug McClure. Thank you to our guests, Trische’ Duckworth and Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, for joining us to bring this project together remotely.
Thank you to our listeners for tuning into this special summer edition of The Daily Weekly! Our team looks forward to returning to our regular posting schedule in the fall of 2020. In the meantime, keep up with The Michigan Daily on our website and on social media for day to day stories.