George Floyd’s Killing: A Catalyst for Change, and for Crime

A portrait of George Floyd at a protest against his death in New York City, June 5, 2020. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)
Taking stock of where things stand, one year later: the case, the riots, and the sustained rise in homicides since.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O ne year ago today, Derek Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd until the latter man lost his pulse and ultimately died. Coming after two months of lockdown and many decades’ worth of tension between black communities and the police, the incident set off a chain of explosive reactions.

The case has been, at once, a story in itself, a major contributor to a nationwide rise in the murder rate, and the impetus for policy responses across the country.

The story itself has largely, but far from entirely, played out. Chauvin has had very few defenders among use-of-force experts, and he was found guilty

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