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The tragedy of George Floyd's death at the hands of a white police officer has spurred a renewed conversation about who we are as a country. In the legal sphere, we are seeing members of the community come together and look inward, asking what they can do to better confront racism and inequality. At ALM, our reporters and editors have interviewed diverse law firm leaders, general counsel and law deans, as well as allies, about where the blindspots are and where we go from here. A collection of some of that coverage, along with photography from the protests and spot news, is below.

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george floyd protest dc Thousands march in Washington, D.C., protesting police brutality and the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi / ALM

In a case about five police officers who shot a homeless black man 22 times as he was motionless on the ground, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday, echoing recent national protests, intoned: “This has to stop.”

The panel, led by Judge Henry Floyd who was joined by Chief Judge Roger Gregory and Judge Stephanie Thacker, reversed a lower court’s award of qualified immunity to the five officers of the city of Martinsburg, West Virginia, police department.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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