How Vermont changed in the year after George Floyd's murder

by Elizabeth Murray, Burlington Free Press, May 25th, 2021.

One year ago, people around the country and in Vermont watched in outrage as a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on the neck of George Floyd, a Black man, for more than nine minutes.

Floyd's name became a common refrain in communities inside and outside Vermont discussing how to grapple with the systemic racism and police brutality Floyd's murder graphically underscored.

People who may have thought racism was an issue of the past "were forced to reckon with a nine-and-a-half-minute video of three police officers crushing a man's lungs and neck until he died, and tens of people standing around pleading with them to stop," said Vermont Sen. Kesha Ram, a Democrat from Chittenden County.

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