George Floyd

Trische' Duckworth
Trische' Duckworth

Today marks one year since George Floyd died under the knee of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Since then, Chauvin has been convicted of murder, while the call for police reform has intensified. Trische' Duckworth is founder of the social justice group Survivors Speak. She joined WEMU's David Fair to reflect on the past year, discuss Wednesday's rally in Ann Arbor, and look beyond to a community of equity, equality, and racial justice. 


Debbie Dingell
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In the wake of the conviction of former Minneapolis, MN police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, police reform is at the top of local and national discussions.  12th District Representative Debbie Dingell weighs in on the opportunity to make meaningful change on that and other issues in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair.

Michael Cox
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Ann Arbor Police Chief Michael Cox says it's part of the world we live in today to prepare for protests, adding "hopefully peaceful protests" in light of everything going on both locally and nationally.

Lisa Barry talks with the police chief, who says it's important to him to remember his purpose as a police professional by finding joy in the job "in making a difference and serving the community."


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Local civil rights activists are praising the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Jerry Clayton
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Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton says he, like others, feels no joy in the guilty verdicts of Derek Chauvin but agrees there is some sense of relief and validation.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the sheriff about his reaction to the verdicts and shares his support of public protests and encourages them to be done in a safe manner.


Trische' Duckworth
Trische' Duckworth

The trial of white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is nearing an end.  He's charged in the killing of George Floyd, a Black man.  Not far from the trial, another Black man, Daunte Wright, was killed last Sunday by another white police officer.  Survivors Speak founder and executive director Trische' Duckworth joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss these current events and the goals of this weekend's protest in Ann Arbor. 


Ann Arbor To Host Juneteenth Celebration

Jun 19, 2020
City of Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor branch of the NAACP is working with the City of Ann Arbor and other local groups to host a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday.  

Watch Live: George Floyd's Funeral

Jun 9, 2020
George Floyd
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NPR will bring live coverage of the funeral for George Floyd, 46, who was killed by police in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. The service will be held at The Fountain of Praise in Houston at 12 PM Eastern.