Hosts Marc Lamont Hill, Charles Blow & more weigh in on George Floyd’s death one year later

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the murder of Derek Chauvin by former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin.

Following his death, millions of people around the world took to the street to call out racism, racial injustice and police brutality, sparking one of the largest waves of protests in the U.S. since the Civil Rights Movement.

BNC is marking one year since the murder of George Floyd, with special coverage and remembrances that will unfold throughout the entire day, including primetime. 

 

Correspondent Nerissa Knight provides a timeline of the last year since the first anniversary of the death of George Floyd that launched a global movement calling out racial injustice.

From May 25, 2020, when former cop Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes murdering him to mourners paying tribute at a memorial named after Floyd, the last year has been a whirlwind for Floyd’s family and the Black Lives Matter movement.

George Floyd’s family met with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on the anniversary of Floyd’s murder. The family has called for the passing of the George Floyd Policing Act, which has stalled in the Senate.   

Biden had wanted the bill passed by the first anniversary of Floyd’s death, but the Senate has missed the deadline.   

“If you can make federal laws to protect the birds, which is the bald eagle, then you can make federal laws to protect people of color,” Philonise told the press outside of the White House on Tuesday.  

Del Walters spoke to the former president of the NAACP, Cornell Brooks, on Congress not meeting the May 25th deadline for the George Floyd Policing Act. “It gives us an opportunity to hold police officers accountable,” Brooks said.

“What we celebrated in terms of Derek Chauvin’s conviction that needs to happen, with respect, to so many human beings who have had their lives taken,” he said.

Brooks continues that Congress seems reluctant to pass the George Floyd Policing Act but that members need to be pushed forward passing the bill. “Until we fix policing, policing continues to render so many of us lifeless,” Brooks said.  

Dr. Laura McNeal joins Del Walters on the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death to talk about laws that are in place that protect officers from prosecution.   

Black people are killed by the police at higher rates than other ethnic groups, according to research.   

“I believe the system is broken at every level,” McNeal says. “At every level, racial bias creep in and disadvantages members of our community while advantaging members of the white community.”   

McNeal says that the discrepancies in policing are the reason why federal police reform is needed.   

Charles Blow joins Del Walters talks about the history of policing, shedding light on the policing practices on the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death.   

The “Prime” host looked back at the COVID-19 pandemic and how it shut the country down, forcing many people inside, but that Floyd’s death prompted protests and large gatherings against racial injustice.   

White people’s support of Black Lives Matter has dipped a year after protests began, Blow says.   

“Were the protests a cabin fever racial consciousness? Did white people lose faith as the protests became marked by violence? Was there passion for honoring lives other than their own, simply too hard to maintain?” Blow says.  

“Making the Case” host Yodit Tewolde reports on criminal justice reform in the U.S. in the year since George Floyd’s murder. According to the Poynter and the National Conference of State Legislatures, over 30 states have passed police reform bills since May 2020.

BNC’s legal contributor Paul Henderson joins Tewolde that changes all around the country are a good starting point for reform, but that because policies will vary from state to state complicates the issue.

Del Walters talked to Lisa Osborne Ross, CEO of Edelman’s U.S. Operation, about the year since George Floyd’s death and the pledges that corporations have made in the year since and how protests have changed corporate America.

“The market is being very clear with corporate America and very clear with CEOs that ‘these are issues that we care deeply about and we will buy, if we trust and believe that you’re committed to change, and we will boycott if we believe you’re not,” Ross said.

BNC’s Nerissa Knight reports from a vigil George Floyd Square in Minneapolis where people have gathered to pay their respects to George Floyd, who was killed a year ago today.   

Nerissa spoke to Charles McMillan, who witnessed Floyd’s death and testified in Derek Chauvin’s trial.   

“This is a good day; this is a blessed day. All people have to do is look around and see what George Floyd did,” McMillan said. 

Marc Lamont Hill talks about the power of protests on the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death.

Protests erupted around the world calling for racial justice and police accountability. “It resonated with us. We took action and we didn’t just do it for George Floyd. We did it for Breonna Taylor. We did it for Ahmaud Arbery,” Hill said.

Hill adds that young protesters from Minneapolis to Kentucky fought to change the laws and defund the police.

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