MID-SOUTH — Tuesday marks one year since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
Floyd died after former officer Derek Chauvin held his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes during Floyd’s arrest.
Police were called to Cup Foods store in Minneapolis after Floyd allegedly gave a cashier a counterfeit $20 bill.
Video of Floyd begging for his life and screaming “I can’t breathe!” quickly went viral online.
His death sparked a historic summer of protests across the nation.
Millions of demonstrators took to the streets, calling for police reform and social justice.
Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Sentencing is expected in June. Chauvin faces possible decades in prison.
One year later, many say things have not changed, while others say small changes have been made.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed a pair of criminal justice reform bills yesterday aimed at changing sentencing requirements for some low-level offenders.
The bill creates programs to help former inmates find jobs.
Another law banned the use of no-knock warrants following the death of Breonna Taylor.
Taylor was shot and killed by Louisville, Kentucky police officers while inside her home.
Many issues remain, like reforming cash bail bonds, funding mental health and holding police officers accountable for wrongdoing.
Today President Biden is meeting with George Floyd’s family at the White House.
After Biden missed the deadline to pass national legislation on police reform, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott said Congress has made progress in negotiations and may be close to an agreement.
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