The narrative the Twin Cities tried to build for the national press

April 26, 2021

In the wake of the Derek Chauvin verdict, Mel Reeves, the editor of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, and a 30-year member of the community where George Floyd was murdered, tells Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, how he watched police and city authorities depict his home as inherently violent for the national press. 

CJR · ‘Violence bait’ —the narrative the Twin Cities tried to build in the mainstream press



Q&A: Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder‘s Mel Reeves on the Chauvin verdict, Amanda Darrach, CJR

Fortress Minneapolis: City ‘violence baits’ community ahead of Chauvin trial, Mel Reeves, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

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Chauvin guilty verdict victory tempered by the persistence of police violence, Mel Reeves, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

Chief describes an MPD unrecognizable to many Mpls Blacks, Mel Reeves, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

Amanda Darrach is a contributor to CJR and a visiting scholar at the University of St Andrews School of International Relations. Follow her on Twitter @thedarrach.