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"Trial Highlights America's Racial Divide After George Floyd's Death"

USA Today quoted Dr. Vickie Mays, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, about her study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health that found that Black men of all income levels reported experiencing higher levels of discrimination than white men

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

For days, Nekima Levy Armstrong has gotten up early and joined activists to protest in front of the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis.

Like many Black Americans, she is nervous about what's happening inside the concrete and glass building, where jury selection is underway to determine the fate of Derek Chauvin. The former police officer is charged with killing George Floyd, who died after Chauvin pinned Floyd's neck by the knee for more than nine minutes while onlookers begged the officer to stop and Floyd cried out for his mother.

The resulting video sparked a summer of protests and a national reckoning on race. Although Levy Armstrong says she hopes for a conviction, she acknowledges that verdict will not ease her concerns about systemic racism in policing, which has resulted in a disproportionate number of Black men, women and children being killed by law enforcement.