George Floyd

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed while being arrested by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota on a report of using a fake $20 bill to buy a pack of cigarettes. Video shows Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for several minutes while Floyd was held on the ground by other police officers. 

In following days, George Floyd's death spurred protests of police violence against African Americans in cities across the United States. 

Mattie Marshall sits on her porch one block away from where the Charlotte protests first erupted about one month ago.
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As a child, Christine Roseboro Bowser easily noticed the differences between white and Black people in her town. The white people had nicer clothes and nicer homes.

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After years of beefing up police presence in schools, members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board say they’re quietly looking into whether that presence could be doing more harm than good. 

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This is no ordinary year.

A pandemic is sweeping across the world as cries for changes to address systemic racism fill the streets of American cities. The economy is reeling, and a presidential election is looming. But sometimes self-expression thrives amid turmoil.

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Protests of racial injustice and police brutality continued this weekend in Charlotte. As usual, Charlotte Mecklenburg police were on the scene, but they were operating under a temporary restraining order. A superior court judge on Friday signed the order halting the department's use of riot control agents like tear gas and flash bang grenades against peaceful protesters. That was a response to a lawsuit filed by groups including the local chapter of the NAACP, the ACLU of North Carolina and Charlotte Uprising. Alex Heroy helped to argue their case in court. He joins “Morning Edition” host Lisa Worf.

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For more than three weeks following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer May 25, protests broke out in almost every major city across the nation. From Los Angeles and Seattle to Brooklyn and Philadelphia, millions took to the streets to demand change.

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Mecklenburg Sheriff Garry McFadden said Friday that Thursday’s confrontation between his deputies and demonstrators outside the jail, which resulted in 43 arrests, was a catastrophe. 

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A State Bureau of Investigation review of tactics used to disperse protesters in uptown Charlotte on June 2 shows that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police gave one order for dispersal about 25 minutes before deploying tear gas five blocks away – and another a minute after tear gas already had been fired. The SBI also concluded through video footage that protesters had two avenues of escape from officers -- that would have required traveling through smoke.

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Mecklenburg County deputy sheriffs arrested 43 people Thursday at an aid station in front of the Mecklenburg County jail -- a few hours after the sheriff told them to leave the area. 

Marchers Wednesday night remembered the people murdered five years ago at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
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Hundreds of people gathered in Charlotte Wednesday evening during the third week of protests in the city.


An event called the Black Men United March and Rally was organized by local leaders including Charlotte city council member Malcolm Graham, whose sister, Cynthia Graham Hurd, was one of nine black people killed by a white supremacist five years ago during a Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Senate Republicans unveiled legislation on Wednesday to address a national outcry for reform of the country's law enforcement departments, with hopes of acting on police misconduct, dangerous practices and concerns of systemic racism.

But Democrats say the proposal, which would encourage police departments to end such practices such as chokeholds and no-knock warrants but does not explicitly ban them, falls short.

Senate Republicans are unveiling their proposal on Wednesday to reform law enforcement in the United States in response to the national protest movement that followed the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, a Minneapolis man, was one of a number of black Americans who died at the hands of police in recent weeks and sparked a wave of demonstrations and debate about law enforcement and race.

Law enforcement agencies across the state refuse to tell the public how they use force when policing their communities, citing provisions in state law they say shield such records from public view.

That's according to a survey of more than a dozen state and local police departments and sheriff's offices in North Carolina conducted over the past two weeks by a network of journalists from across the state.

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Demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality are now in their third week in Charlotte. On Monday evening, about 75 protesters gathered at uptown's First Ward Park just before a light rain began to fall.

A NASCAR team debuted a new "Blue Lives Matter" paint scheme on its Chevy Camaro over the weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Xfinity Series driver Kyle Weatherman and his racing team said it was a show of solidarity with law enforcement officers and first responders to thank them for their "service, sacrifice and dedication."

City councils and state legislatures around the country are considering dramatic changes to policing, but a big obstacle to police reform is often police officers themselves and the unions that represent them.

That's especially true in Minneapolis, where many residents are calling for the controversial head of the police union there to resign while some officers appear to be breaking ranks.

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As Atlanta protesters took to the streets again Sunday, incensed by the killing of Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man fatally shot by a police officer, body cam videos released by the Atlanta Police Department showed Brooks being polite and for the most part, calmly complying with officers' requests.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson University trustees voted Friday to rename its honors college, stripping from the program the name of former vice president and slavery proponent John C. Calhoun.

Alex DeLarge
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On a black wall on North Davidson Street just outside uptown Charlotte, artist Alex DeLarge has painted 25 names in huge, white letters. Many are ones we’ve all heard: Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, George Floyd.

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Two weeks after nightly protests against systemic racism and police brutality first began in Charlotte, the demonstrations were still going strong Friday night. What started out as a small gathering of about 50 marching from First Ward Park early in the evening grew to about 100 as onlookers began joining the cause.

About 60 young people marched against racial injustice in south Charlotte Friday. (David Boraks/WFAE)
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About 60 people, most of them teens, marched against racial injustice in south Charlotte Friday afternoon. They gathered at Elon Park on Ardrey Kell Road at midday and marched about 2.5 miles to Blakeney Park off Rea Road, then back to Elon Park.  It was a diverse crowd, including a few parents and other adults.