police brutality | WMUK

police brutality

WMUK | Earlene McMichael

A year ago this week, George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis by police officer Derrick Chauvin, sparking protests around the world, including in Kalamazoo. WMUK’s Earlene McMichael produced a three-part series, talking to African-Americans who had concerns about whether the hundreds of white allies with whom they protested alongside would continue working for reform and racial justice once the big demonstrations died down.

People celebrate outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, after the guilty verdicts were announced in the murder trial against former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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Michigan organizers say the work is not done after a Minnesota jury returned a guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.

Kalamazoo City Hall - file photo. Photo by Sehvilla Mann, WMUK
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As the nation waits for the verdict in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin , Kalamazoo City Commissioner Eric Cunningham is calling for reflection. The jury in Minneapolis heard final arguments Monday.

Protesters in Kalamazoo after the death of George Floyd
Earlene McMichael | WMUK

Black and white people have protested in solidarity over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. But some Black residents wonder what happens when the demonstrations stop. 

Earlene McMichael | WMUK

This is the third in a three-day series. It aired Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

Across the country, African-Americans have protested with white allies in united outrage over George Floyd dying in police custody in Minneapolis last month. In Kalamazoo, most of the hundreds of participants at the larger protests are white. But as people of color start to plan next steps, some wonder: Will allies continue to work to end systemic racism once the big demonstrations stop?