Local Journalism Initiative

After George Floyd

The killing of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis sparked a nationwide reckoning on racism in America — and renewed calls for change. FRONTLINE partners with award-winning Star Tribune reporters as they cover the aftermath of Floyd’s death, Chauvin’s trial and the impact on both the city’s police and communities of color.

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Chauvin Case Draws Inevitable Comparisons to Another High-Profile Police Murder Trial in Minnesota
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