Reflections On A Week Of Protests And Unrest

Four WBEZ reporters talk about the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing unrest in Chicago.

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

Four WBEZ reporters talk about the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing unrest in Chicago.

Editors Note: This story initially aired on June 5, 2020.

Nearly one year ago, then-Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd by kneeling on the Black man’s neck for more than nine minutes during a May 25, 2020, arrest. A cellphone video of the killing soon went viral, and protests erupted around the country. In Chicago, there were some peaceful protests — but also looting and confrontations with police.

Chauvin was found guilty of murder on April 20, 2021, although the former officer is seeking a new trial.

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 that inspired and challenged them as they covered the 2020 protests in Chicago.