Turning point? Policing, justice and the George Floyd murder trial

THE DEBATE
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Guilty on all three counts. It took but ten hours for the jury to make Derek Chauvin the state of Minnesota's first ever white policeman convicted of murder. We ask if the outrage sparked by last May's killing of George Floyd marks a turning point for the United States and a criminal justice system that's violent, harsh and where many of the country's 18,000 law enforcement bodies wield outsized power.

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Is this a turning point for police reform? Is it a turning point for racial justice in a country where any routine encounter can go frighteningly wrong if you are Black? At the heart of the issue is mutual fear, a fear fuelled by the vicious circle of race-baiting politics and record gun sales. How to diffuse a situation when everyone is potentially suspected of packing a piece?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Imen Mellaz.

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