Minneapolis Grieves for George Floyd

Minneapolis Grieves for George Floyd

With the murder trial for officer Derek Chauvin underway, these photos show how activists continue to honor him and other victims of police violence.


Minneapolis, Minn.—Last week, the trial of Derek Chauvin began in the Hennepin County Government Center.

Twenty-nine years after the officers who beat Rodney King were acquitted.

Twenty-one years after the officers who killed Amadou Diallo were acquitted.

Less than a decade since the officer who killed Michael Brown wasn’t indicted.

Less than a year since Breonna Taylor’s murderers weren’t indicted.

This week, police have been testifying against their own. Chauvin, who knelt on George Floyd’s neck for nearly 10 minutes, is facing murder charges. Numerous officers, including the chief of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), have taken the stand against Chauvin to defend their training and policies.

The day before jury selection began in early March, protesters in Minneapolis held a funeral in the streets. With police barricades as a backdrop, hundreds of people silently marched around the Government Center to honor Floyd and other victims of police violence.

Since Floyd was killed last May, there has been a steady drumbeat of protests in Minneapolis—often led by family members of police violence victims. The protests are both calls for justice and rituals of mourning. Parents, partners, and friends share their trauma in the hopes of preventing someone else’s. Time and time again, they recount their loved ones’ last minutes and honor their lives. A eulogy that never ends.

Outside the Hennepin County Government Center, protesters fixed padlocks to the fencing. On the locks, they’d written the names of police violence victims. George Floyd. Jamar Clark. Justin Teigen. Eric Garner. Police have repeatedly cut down the locks and removed signs from the fence. As of Monday, one of the remaining signs said: how do you spell murderer? mpd.

Inside the courthouse, the prosecution continues. But the cold language of the law is a far cry from the agony of loss—and grief does not require a verdict.

—Anna DalCortivo and Alyssa Oursler

Thank you for reading The Nation!

We hope you enjoyed the story you just read. It’s just one of many examples of incisive, deeply-reported journalism we publish—journalism that shifts the needle on important issues, uncovers malfeasance and corruption, and uplifts voices and perspectives that often go unheard in mainstream media. For nearly 160 years, The Nation has spoken truth to power and shone a light on issues that would otherwise be swept under the rug.

In a critical election year as well as a time of media austerity, independent journalism needs your continued support. The best way to do this is with a recurring donation. This month, we are asking readers like you who value truth and democracy to step up and support The Nation with a monthly contribution. We call these monthly donors Sustainers, a small but mighty group of supporters who ensure our team of writers, editors, and fact-checkers have the resources they need to report on breaking news, investigative feature stories that often take weeks or months to report, and much more.

There’s a lot to talk about in the coming months, from the presidential election and Supreme Court battles to the fight for bodily autonomy. We’ll cover all these issues and more, but this is only made possible with support from sustaining donors. Donate today—any amount you can spare each month is appreciated, even just the price of a cup of coffee.

The Nation does not bow to the interests of a corporate owner or advertisers—we answer only to readers like you who make our work possible. Set up a recurring donation today and ensure we can continue to hold the powerful accountable.

Thank you for your generosity.

Ad Policy