George Floyd

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Following the announcement that no police officers would be charged in the killing of Breonna Taylor, protesters in Portland took to the streets Wednesday night.

Portland's Mayor and several city councilors are denouncing violent acts against Portland Police officers.

Fred Bever / Maine Public File

There have been many conversations about "political correctness" - what it means, how it's used, whether it's a good thing or a bad thing. Political correctness is often characterized as a left-leaning pretense criticized by those unsympathetic to a position. For example, some have dismissed calls to ban certain racial epithets or certain racist symbols as P.C. But one professor at Colby College argues that some long standing institutions, such as the police themselves, are the beneficiaries of P.C. thinking.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

Spurred by the death of George Floyd and nationwide demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality, Maine lawmakers Wednesday held a rare off-session hearing to plot reforms to the state's criminal justice system.

Following a directive by the Portland City Council, Portland Police and the city manager have released a report on the police response to a large, June 1 protest that ran into the early morning of the following day. The protest followed the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It was one of a half-dozen largely peaceful protests that took place in the city during that time.

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During the first wave of protests in Portland over the death of George Floyd, three local artists painted a memorial mural for Floyd and other victims of police violence on the brick wall of a downtown building.

In his own words, muralist Ryan Adams talks about what he hopes the image will convey, and about what it is like to be an artist of color in Maine:

The sheriff of Hancock County is requesting to purchase some riot gear for the department.

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As protests against police brutality have erupted across the country following the death of George Floyd, many school districts are reconsidering the use of school resource officers (SROs) within school buildings. The number of SROs have steadily increased over the past two decades, partly as a response to school shootings. But many question whether they are effective. In Maine, residents in a number of communities are asking districts to reconsider the use of SROs.

Calling it a pervasive blight on our constitutional republic and the world at large, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court has issued a statement decrying racism and other forms of bias.

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Protests in Portland against police brutality continued Wednesday. But this time, the event was peaceful and city councilors and the mayor stood — then kneeled — with the protesters.

Kevin Bennett / Maine Public

The death of George Floyd and other similar cases of racial injustice and police brutality have prompted outrage and protests across the country and in Maine. We talk with community leaders, protesters, law enforcement and others about what the core issues are, and whether there are ways to seek meaningful change.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

More than a dozen police chiefs from the Greater Portland area, as well as the state’s Commissioner of Public Safety, called a press conference Wednesday to pledge support for protests in the name of George Floyd, who died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. But they also condemned violence and vandalism that have surfaced on the fringes of otherwise peaceful activism.

Ed Morin / Maine Public

Chanting "I can't breathe," an estimated 1,000 demonstrators gathered Monday near the Portland Police Department and staged a "die-in" to protest the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, while hundreds more protested in Bangor and elsewhere in Maine.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

Hundreds of people gathered Sunday in the streets of Portland near the Portland Police station to protest police brutality in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Hundreds of Mainers protested the death of George Floyd on Friday. Floyd, a black man from Minnesota, died while in police custody Monday, and his home state has since been embroiled in rioting.