Civil Rights Attorney On Protests: ‘This Past Week Is The Only Thing That Has Made Sense To Me’
Protests and a marked increase in racially charged political tensions have erupted across the nation in response to the May 25, 2020 death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd. Floyd was a 46-year-old African American man who died while in police custody. Derek Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis police, is accused of causing Mr. Floyd’s death by holding a knee on his neck for eight minutes, 46 seconds. Chauvin was fired and has since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Three other officers present at the time were also fired but have not been charged.
When asked what he thinks about the protests, civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt responds, “This might sound a little strange, but this past week is the only thing that has made sense to me.”
WATCH: Civil Rights Attorney S. Lee Merritt: ‘I Don’t Think This Nation Is Ready For A Reckoning Yet’
Watch the video above to hear more from Dr. Phil’s discussion with S. Lee Merritt. Plus, find out why he says specific long-term legislative solutions are needed to address police brutality and the “dehumanization of the Black population.”
And later, Dr. Phil talks to U.S. Representative Karen Bass (D-CA, 37th District), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, author and activist Marc Lamont Hill, and activist Tamika Mallory.
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