Reflections On A Week Of Protests And Unrest

As Chicagoans respond to the death of George Floyd, four reporters take us through the moments that defined this historic week.

Downtown protest for George Floyd on May 30
Katherine Nagasawa / WBEZ
Downtown protest for George Floyd on May 30
Katherine Nagasawa / WBEZ

Reflections On A Week Of Protests And Unrest

As Chicagoans respond to the death of George Floyd, four reporters take us through the moments that defined this historic week.

On May 25, George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, MN after former police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Mr. Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes. After a video depicting the killing went viral, protesters around the country took to the streets to demand justice and change. And they haven’t stopped.

Here in Chicago, like in many cities, there have been peaceful protests but also civil unrest, and looting which has damaged communities and businesses.

WBEZ’s reporters have been out across the city documenting this historic week.

As part of Curious City’s mission, we seek to open up the process of how journalists do their work. So in this week’s episode, we spoke with WBEZ reporters Natalie Moore, Monica Eng, Chip Mitchell and Sarah Karp about the moments which both inspired and challenged them as they were out in the field.

Steven Jackson is a senior producer for Curious City. Get in touch with him at sjackson@wbez.org.