George Floyd’s death under a Minneapolis police officer’s knee last month led to a wave of protests, a national reckoning over violence against African-Americans and calls for policing reforms.
If the moment feels like a repeat for South Bend, that’s because the city confronted a similar outcry almost exactly one year ago, after the controversial fatal shooting of a black man, Eric Logan, by a white police officer.
“We’ve been here before. We were just here a year ago,” said Jorden Giger, who leads South Bend’s chapter of Black Lives Matter. “Now, since the officer-involved murder of George Floyd, we’re seeing more enthusiasm around real, substantive change as it pertains to policing.”