The footage shows the Black officers savagely beating the 29-year-old FedEx worker for three minutes in an assault that the Nichols family's legal team likened to the infamous 1991 police beating of Los Angeles motorist Rodney King.
The Oregon Department of Justice found insufficient evidence to charge a Portland police detective with crimes connected to the officer’s conduct during the city’s 2020 racial justice protests. Nicknamed “Officer 67,″ Erik Kammerer developed a reputation for using force against journalists and protesters.
Whether efforts to address systemic racism taken since last year mark the beginnings of the transformative evolution or are incremental changes around the edges of a broken system depends on your perspective. But what is clear is that no one believes the conversation around racism and the criminal justice system is finished.
Civil rights advocates reacted with elation, caution, to the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict. Law enforcement in Oregon issued statements calling the verdict a "measure of closure” for George Floyd’s family. Portland declared a state of emergency.
The defense at the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd has rested its case without putting Chauvin on the stand, wrapping up after two days of testimony to the prosecution’s two weeks