On May 25th, 2020, George purchased a pack of cigarettes at a shop in Minneapolis. The cashier suspected the $20 bill he used was counterfeit, and called the police. During his arrest, police officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground when he was already handcuffed, placing his knee on George's neck. Despite George repeatedly telling him he couldn't breathe, Chauvin kept it there for almost nine minutes. About six minutes in, George became unresponsive, but Chauvin still did not stop. After this, he was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead an hour later. Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder, also called "voluntary manslaughter", which misleadingly implies he did not have an intent to kill.
BBC: chronological account of George's murder.
NPR: international response to George's murder.
Al Jazeera: remembering George for the man he was.
On March 13th, 2020, police doing a drug search in Louisville, Kentucky, entered Breonna Taylor's apartment without a warrant and unannounced. Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a shot at an officer's leg believing their apartment was being broken into. As a response, police fired 20 shots into the apartment, shooting Breonna eight times and killing her at the scene. Kenneth was arrested and charged with the attempted murder of a police officer. Police found no drugs at the apartment and neither Kenneth nor Breonna had criminal records.
Vox: fundamental contradictions in the police's argument, chronological account o Breonna's murder, and the activist response to it.
Medium: article highlighting the misogynoir in the amount of attention Breonna's murder has(n't) been getting.
The Cut: answers to some of the most pressing and most important questions in Breonna's murder.
On February 23rd, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed by Gregory and Travis McMichael as he was jogging through his neighborhood. The McMichaels, father and son, saw him jogging by, armed themselves, and went after him in a pickup truck, arguing that he resembled someone who had been doing robberies in the area (despite having no evidence for this other than the color of his skin). Justice was not sought until May, when the video of Ahmaud's murder was released and public outrage led to a conviction for the McMichaels— almost three months after the murder.
Vox: chronological account of Ahmaud's murder and an explanation of the ongoing investigative process.
Al Jazeera: why you shouldn't watch or spread the video of Ahmaud's murder.
The Cut: answers to some of the most pressing and most important questions in Ahmaud's murder.
On May 27th, 2020, Tony McDade, a trans black man, was shot by a police officer outside an apartment complex in Tallahassee, Florida. Police said McDade was the suspect in a fatal stabbing that occurred just moments before his death and claimed he was armed, but there is no evidence toward either of those claims. The police officer who killed Tony has not been identified thanks to a Florida law that allows officers involved in these cases to maintain his privacy, but he was white.
HRC: remembering Tony for who he was and advocating for trans security.
The Advocate: chronological account of Tony's murder and the subsequent legal processes.
Mother Jones: account of Tony's death and what it means in the larger scheme of Florida's history with violence toward trans and black people.