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George Floyd news and analysis from The Nation
February 23, 2022
In Minneapolis, the Cycle of Police Violence Continues
Amir Locke was sleeping. Daunte Wright was going to the car wash. George Floyd was at the corner store. When and where are Black people safe from police?
November 25, 2021
How I Fight Racism in the World and Within Me
After George Floyd was killed, I questioned ways I’d been toning down my Blackness.
November 16, 2021
Minneapolis May Have Rejected That Referendum on the Police
But the activists’ vision of alternative policing lives on.
October 28, 2021
In Minneapolis, the Movement Heads for the Voting Booth
In the city’s first municipal election since the murder of George Floyd, activists and organizers are on ballot—and so is the future of the police department.
September 30, 2021
Black Residents of Minneapolis Say They Need More Cops—Not Fewer
As voters head to the polls to decide the fate of the city’s police department, most Black residents want more police—who will value Black lives.
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September 17, 2021
Minneapolis Inches Closer to Disbanding Its Police Department
Voters will have a chance this fall to decide whether to keep the 154-year-old police department or create a new public safety agency.
July 7, 2021
The War on Drugs Is 50 Years Old
It’s a war we were destined—and that we deserved—to lose.
Alfred W. McCoy
June 25, 2021
Chauvin Is Sentenced to 22.5 Years. But Who Killed Winston Smith?
In early June, law enforcement in Minneapolis killed a 32-year-old Black man named Winston Smith, three miles from where George Floyd was murdered.
May 26, 2021
Keith Ellison: On the Other Side of Criminal Justice Reform and Transformation Is a Safer Society
The attorney general who organized the prosecution of Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd makes the case for police accountability.
May 25, 2021
In the Wake of George Floyd
One year ago, George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police. What began as a street corner memorial grew into a semiautonomous zone that is still standing.