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How did Suffolk respond to murder of George Floyd one year?

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Today marks the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of an American police officer — a moment which has inspired real change for racial inequality right here in Suffolk.

The Black Lives Matter protest drew hundreds of people to Ipswich's Christchurch Park - Credit: Ian Burt Photography

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement gained international traction after a video of police arresting the 46-year-old in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020 went viral.

A jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of murder in April 2021, after he knelt on Mr Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds as the victim tried to say: "I can't breathe."

George Floyd's murder sparked international outrage and inspired many people to ask what they could do to make cultural change - Credit: PA

In the weeks and months that followed, BLM protests were held across the world - which was organised by Sheila Barbosa and attended by hundreds of people.

She said: "A year on, I am excited about the potential changes since the death of George Floyd.

Sheila Barbosa organised the Black Lives Matter protest in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, on June 6, 2020 - Credit: Sheila Barbosa

"It was a phenomenal experience to initiate a BLM protest in Ipswich — even though things are still not moving fast enough, I will remain hopeful for the sake of my children."

The Ipswich Youth Council held an online forum in July 2020, calling for police to avoid stop and searches targeting young black people and racial profiling in Ipswich.

Black life matters.

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