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Protesters raise their fists in front of the burning Third Precinct police station. On the third night of protests following George Floyd’s death, people breached the police station and set fire to the building following Mayor Frey’s historic decision to withdraw officers from the area. Credit: Ben Hovland | (c) 2020

In the uprising that followed, the intersection at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue transformed into a makeshift memorial for Floyd, Hundreds of people filled the street in protest. This image was made just after midnight on May 31, amid a curfew and continued Minnesota National Guard presence in an effort to quell the unrest. Credit: Ben Hovland | (c) 2020

Lake Street in Minneapolis was one of the hardest hit areas during the unrest that followed the police killing of George Floyd, June 3, 2020. Credit: Jaida Grey Eagle | Sahan Journal

On June 6, 2020, George Floyd was remembered during a memorial service at North Central University in south Minneapolis. Here, his casket is wheeled from the school’s auditorium as Floyd’s family, press, and hundreds of supporters look on. Credit: Ben Hovland | (c) 2020

Two days after the memorial, thousands marched through the streets in northeast Minneapolis during a rally organized by the activist group Black Visions. The march culminated in front of Jacob Frey’s apartment, where demonstrators confronted the mayor and asked if he would commit to defunding the MPD. Frey declined and was booed by the crowd.
Credit: Ben Hovland | (c) 2020

The next day, on June 7, nine members of the Minneapolis city council pledged to dismantle the police department during a public meeting in Powderhorn Park, blocks away from the site of George Floyd’s killing. Ten months later, the city council has yet to successfully enact any of the reforms they laid out that day. Credit: Ben Hovland | (c) 2020

In late June, a family walks among the headstones in Say Their Names Cemetery, an art installation at 37th Street and Columbus Avenue, memorializing victims of police violence.
Credit: Ben Hovland | (c) 2020

On August 3, 2020, protestors gathered in front of Cup Foods, where police killed George Floyd, declaring it was opening too soon, and before the community could heal. Credit: Jaida Grey Eagle | Sahan Journal

Offerings of art left by community members at the George Floyd memorial on the intersection of 38th and Chicago, in Minneapolis. Credit: Jaida Grey Eagle | Sahan Journal

Offerings of art left by community members at the George Floyd memorial on the intersection of 38th and Chicago, in Minneapolis. Credit: Jaida Grey Eagle | Sahan Journal

Youth led a march through the streets of Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin posted bail and was released on October 7, 2020. Credit: Jaida Grey Eagle | Sahan Journal

Fast forwarding several months: Protesters clad in hats, gloves, and winter jackets march in front of the boarded-up Third Precinct in late October. Demonstrations continued throughout the Twin Cities area long after national attention faded in early summer. People continued to demand justice for Minnesotans killed by police and held rallies in solidarity with other victims of police violence. This march was for Walter Wallace, a Black man who was fatally shot by Philadelphia police the day before. Credit: Ben Hovland | (c) 2020

In late December, 38th and Chicago resident Billy Briggs installed a countdown timer on the abandoned Speedway gas station sign, tallying the days until Floyd’s murder trial began. Briggs updated the timer daily. He switched the sign to count forward after the trial finally commenced in March. Credit: Ben Hovland | (c) 2020

On Day 1 of the Chauvin Trial in downtown Minneapolis, a gathering of protestors rallied, spoke, danced, and came together in front of the Hennepin County Government Center. Credit: Jaida Grey Eagle | Sahan Journal

The sunset reflects on Peyton Scott Russell’s “Icon of a Revolution” mural on Friday, March 12, after week one of jury selection in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. Credit: Ben Hovland | Sahan Journal

During a spring thunderstorm, lightning flashed above the iconic raised-fist sculpture at George Floyd Square. Within a week, another Black man, 20-year-old Daunte Wright, died after being shot by police during a routine traffic stop in Brooklyn Center. Credit: Ben Hovland | (c) 2021

Protestors march through the streets of downtown Minneapolis after closing arguments at the Derek Chauvin trial on April 19, 2021. Credit: Jaida Grey Eagle | Sahan Journal

A protester marches to demand justice for George Floyd on April 19, 2021. Credit: Jaida Grey Eagle | Sahan Journal

Toshira Garraway embraces Courtney Ross, George Floyd’s girlfriend, as people celebrated after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all charges. Credit: Jaida Grey Eagle | Sahan Journal

Fireworks ignite over Chicago Avenue on Tuesday, April 20, following the announcement that Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three charges. Over a thousand people gathered at George Floyd Square to celebrate the verdict. Credit: Ben Hovland | Sahan Journal

Ben Hovland is a Korean Adoptee and is the multimedia producer for Sahan Journal. His photo and video reporting has appeared in The Washington Post, Agence France-Presse, BBC, and Minnesota Public Radio.

Jaida Grey Eagle is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms.