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George Floyd died May 25, 2020, after more than nine minutes with a Minneapolis police officer's knee on his neck.

In the days that followed, protests in Minneapolis soon spread across the country, including to Cleveland on Saturday, May 30.

What began as a peaceful march in this city later became a clash involving tear gas canisters flying and police cruisers afire. As in other cities, destruction, looting and curfews followed.

Case Western Reserve launched this page to provide communications, resources and related information to these events and their larger context.

University Statements

  • George Floyd, Juneteenth, & Our Commitment to Inclusion

    To the Case Western Reserve Community:

    A year ago on this date, we went about Memorial Day activities with no idea that the night would end with a murder that shook the nation.

    George Perry Floyd Jr., 46, died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. 

  • George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, and 9 minutes, 29 seconds

    To the Case Western Reserve Community:

    Earlier this evening, a Minnesota jury made the truth official: On May 25, 2020, Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd. 

    The jurors convicted the former Minneapolis police officer of all the charges he faced: second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter. Chauvin now faces up to 40 years in prison.

  • With Jury Deliberations Soon to Begin in Minneapolis...

    To the Case Western Reserve Community:

    Nearly 11 months after the world watched George Floyd take his last breaths under Derek Chauvin’s knee, a jury today will begin to consider the former Minneapolis police officer’s fate.

    For many, the size and intensity of the protests that followed Floyd’s death felt like a turning point—finally, the country could no longer look away from…