George Floyd mural Mauerpark Berlin.

George Floyd, Policing, and Race: A Conversation About the Trial of Derek Chauvin

Monday, April 19, 2021

A discussion on the ways in which law and race intersect in the trial of Derek Chauvin.

Topics included:

  • whether Chauvin's use of force was justified;
  • the defense's claim that Chauvin's conduct was not the actual cause of Floyd's death;
  • the distinctions between the different homicide offenses that Chauvin was charged with; and
  • the procedural obstacles that make it particularly difficult to secure convictions when the defendant is a cop and the victim is a black man.
intro slide for the program "George Floyd, Policing, and Race: A Conversation About the Trial of Derek Chauvin"

Speakers

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Guyora Binder
SUNY Distinguished Professor and Hodgson Russ Faculty Scholar
Vice Dean for Research and Faculty Development
University at Buffalo School of Law

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Luis E. Chiesa
Professor, Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Director of the Buffalo Criminal Law Center
University at Buffalo School of Law

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Ekow N. Yankah
Professor
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law