George Floyd’s funeral service was held today, two weeks after his death at the hands of police, in his native Texas. Floyd’s death in Minneapolis sparked worldwide protests and ongoing demonstrations demanding solutions to ensure this scenario does not continue to play out. Investigation Discovery‘s The Murder Of George Floyd: A Nation Responds promises to explore options. Veteran journalist Tony Harris will host a panel of law enforcement, press representatives, activists in a discussion about police violence, law enforcement reform, and activism across the country. The one-hour special will air tonight, June 9, on ID, and will be simulcast on Facebook Watch and YouTube.
“The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th has outraged and mobilized the country,” reads the press statement. “Mass protests and a groundswell of activism have raised infuriated, exhausted and all too often ignored minority voices across the nation. As the country comes together to demand accountability, ID has gathered prominent voices from all areas of this movement to discuss these recent events and how we can take tangible actions to make long-lasting change.”
Panelists will engage in an open conversation about the murder of George Floyd, what societal failings led up to this moment, the heightened call to end police violence against citizens, and what change needs to look like. “The arc of the moral universe is bending right before our eyes with this huge, global outcry for change. Now is the time to continue to push the discussion forward,” Tony Harris said in a statement.
The topics will include “pervasive racism, police violence, and what it will take to make this the watershed moment that will expand equality everywhere.” ID admits the “conversation will not be comfortable,” but promises it will be “open, honest and informative. Black Americans have expressed this outrage before, and now is the time to listen and learn what actions must be taken to move our country forward.”
“This panel includes leaders who are entrenched in this movement, some with varying viewpoints, and I’m proud to share their thoughts with ID’s viewers,” Harris said. The panelists include PBS Newshour Correspondent and NBC & MSNBC Political Contributor Yamiche Alcindor, former Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, racial justice attorney, author and activist Lurie Favors, Co-Founder of the National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers for Justice, Reform and Accountability, Redditt Hudson, and civil rights activist and Organizer of Campaign Zero, Deray McKesson.
The Murder of George Floyd: A Nation Responds will lead into the global premiere of OWN’s OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go from Here hosted by Oprah Winfrey, which will be simulcast across every Discovery network in the U.S.
Prior to the special, ID will air the 2017 special Black and Blue, which will feature a new introduction. The special follows Harris as “he travels the country asking, with tensions between minorities and police at an all-time high, how can the violence be stopped?”
The Murder of George Floyd: A Nation Responds airs June 9 at 8 p.m. on ID, Facebook Watch and YouTube. It will also be unlocked and ad-free on IDGo.