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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

  • Mandel School Statement on Antisemitism

    Dear Mandel School community,

    There has been a rise in antisemitic attacks worldwide since 2018. The Mandel School recognizes the unique experiences and threats faced by Jewish members of our community and denounces all acts of antisemitism. 

  • 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. 

  • Justice for George Floyd

    Dear Mandel School community,

    With the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin yesterday, we have taken a step towards a better world.