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With the anniversary of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer lawmakers on Capitol Hill are struggling to come up with a police reform measure. One key stumbling block has been what is called qualified immunity which protects officers from being sued for their actions. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Jose Santos Woss, legislative manager for Justice Reform and Election Integrity at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, about the prospects for the legislation.

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This week saw the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin on murder and manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill sees the verdict as a step in the healing of the nation's soul.

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There was cheering and jubilation outside the Minneapolis courthouse yesterday afternoon when it was announced that former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Kirkland Hall, former president of the Somerset County Branch of the NAACP, told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that the verdict was expected and believes it will mean a change in law enforcement.

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While the nation has been focused on the election and the coronavirus pandemic, there were efforts on Capitol Hill to address police abuse after the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Diane Randall, General Secretary for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, about the failure of congress to approve legislation addressing the issue. (Part 2)

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Protests over the death of George Floyd have continued for weeks as many local jurisdictions begin to approve police reform measures. Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist Steve Plotkin observers these demonstrations are part of the American tradition.

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The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has sparked protests across country that has led the nation to focus on racism in America. Delmarva Public Radio Essay George Merrill writes we may be seeing a turning point for the country.

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The controversial plaque commemorating Confederate General John Winder has been taken down from its location in downtown Salisbury.

It took around five minutes for a small group led by Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and Director of Administration Wayne Strausbury to remove the sign on Friday

Mike Dunn, President/CEO at the Greater Salisbury Committee caught the moment on his cell phone and posted it on his Facebook page.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times that he was proud of Culver and the others, adding it was an emotional moment.

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Several hundred protesters marched in Salisbury this week as part of the nationwide demonstrations that have taken place over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with protesters about issues ranging from their reaction to the cell phone video to what they believe must be done to curb police abuse.

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The large demonstrations that have gone on for more than two weeks now over the death of George Floyd who died after a white officer placed a knee on his neck. And, many political figures have joined those protest. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot who has announced his intention to run for governor talked with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about his reaction to Floyd's death and movement that it has created.

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National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell offered an apology in how it has handled the protests of its players over racism and police abuse in the wake of the nationwide demonstrations over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with east coast sports writer and commentator Mike Lurie about the turnabout. (Part 1)

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In part one of Delmarva Today we look at the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd, an African American man, at the hands of a white police officer and the political impact of recent events. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talks with Amber Green, co-chair of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Salisbury University Political Science Professor Michal O'Loughlin.

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In part two of Delmarva Today Salisbury Mayor Jake Day has left to spend 10 months with his Maryland National Guard unit in Africa. But before he left we spent time talking about the issues of the day from the death of George Floyd to the impact of the coronavirus.

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The photo op of President Trump with a bible in his hand has sparked outrage among religious leaders in the country. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill was taken by that act and what it symbolized about the president.

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Salisbury Mayor Jake Day has departed for a ten month mission with his National Guard unit. Before leaving Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with the mayor about the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer and the subsequent protests.

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With the wave of protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer Delmarva Publid Radio's Don  Rush talks with Charolotte King, chair of the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice, about the impact on the nation. (Part 2) Interview was conducted before charge was upgraded to second degree felony murder against Derek Chauvin and abettng counts filed against three other officers who were involved in his death.

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Protests continued across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an African American man, at the hands of a white police officer. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talks with Charlotte King Chair of the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice about her initial reaction to the video of Floyd's death. (Part 1)