Keith Ellison, Break the Wheel: Ending the Cycle of Police Violence

“You know, friends, much has been made about whether George Floyd’s heart was enlarged, whether it was too big. But the real question here, and the real fact, is that Derek Chauvin’s heart was too small.”

Keith Ellison

Lissa talks with MN Attorney General and author Keith Ellison about his experience with the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.

Recorded before a live audience at Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis.


Episode 76 – Keith Ellison, Break the Wheel: Ending the Cycle of Police Violence

In this episode, presented with a live audience in partnership with Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Lissa talks with Minnesota Attorney General and author, Keith Ellison, about his latest book detailing the trial of Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd exploring why this book is a vital contribution not just to the literature of the Floyd trial, but to that of police reform generally.     

The murder of George Floyd sparked global outrage. At the center of the conflict and the controversy, Keith Ellison grappled with the means of bringing justice for Floyd and his family. Now, in this riveting account of the Derek Chauvin trial, Ellison takes the reader down the path his prosecutors took, offering different breakthroughs and revelations for a defining, generational moment of racial reckoning and social justice understanding.



“The only weapon we have is our bodies, and we need to tuck them in places so the wheels don’t turn.” Bayard Rustin

Lissa and Author Ellison talk about the Wheel referenced in this quote by Bayard Rustin and in the title of Keith’s book. Learn more about Bayard Rustin in this video by PBS News Hour


Learn more about the KERNER COMMISSION REPORT on the causes, events, and aftermaths of the Civil Disorders of 1967.

Abstract A detailed history of Blacks in American society and recommendations for improving the social conditions which foment riots. Police Community relations and Administration of Justice under emergency conditions discussed.


Black Market Reads in performance at Magers & Quinn Booksellers with Lissa Jones and Keith Ellison in Minneapolis, MN.

Photo credit: French

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