In less than a year, George Floyd has gone from being an average Minneapolis resident to being a household name in every corner of the country. His name was immortalized when Derek Chauvin murdered Floyd on May 25 in front of a crowd of people. In the immediate aftermath of his death, protesters took to the streets, lawmakers called for change and four police officers were charged in connection to his death. While Chauvin was convicted this month, there is still so much further American society has to go to protect marginalized communities.
Looking back at all that has happened, ABC has put together a 20/20 special examining Floyd's death, the protest that took place, Chauvin's conviction and what lies ahead. The television special will include interviews with the Floyd family, relatives of Philando Castile and Floyd's former boss, Maya Santamaria.
“It’s a true team effort," Janice Johnson of ABC News said.
“What you will see on Friday night is the culmination of a year’s worth of our ‘20/20’ team diving deep into this important cultural story, conducting interviews and constantly gathering reporting on who George Floyd was, coupled with historic breaking news moments captured by ABC News’ journalists across the division,”
Last year, the 20/20 team put together a five-part series examining the death of Breonna Taylor and police brutality in America. The critically acclaimed series also examined last year's March On Washington during the Black Lives Matter protest movement of 2020.
Anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach, the two-hour special will debut on April 23 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
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