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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The jury has returned a verdict in the murder trial of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. The verdict is due to be read late Tuesday afternoon.
Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee to the 46-year-old black man’s neck for about 9 and a half minutes in a case that sparked protests around the world, from the violence and a furious reexamination of racism and the police in the us
The jury deliberated over two-day games in a city on the verge of yet another outbreak of unrest.
THIS IS A BRIEF UPDATE. AP’s previous story follows below.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The jury in the murder trial of former officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd has deliberated for a second day on Tuesday in a town worried about the outcome as President Joe Biden weighed in saying that he thought the matter was “overwhelming”.
The racial diversity jury – anonymous and sequestered from the outside world – resumed deliberations in the morning as lawmakers and fellow citizens expressed their own opinions on the combustible case that sparked protests, dispersed violence and a judgment on racism in the United States.
“You don’t even have to wonder if there will be an acquittal or a verdict that does not match the scale of the crime that has been committed,” said Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar, in Brooklyn Center, a suburb just outside. outside. Minneapolis. The congresswoman said the Chauvin case appears open and closed.
The guilty verdicts could mark a turning point in the fight for racial equality, she said.
“We hold onto each other to support each other. Hopefully this verdict will come soon and the community will start the healing process, ”said Omar.
In Washington, the president said he spoke to Floyd’s family on Monday and “could only imagine the pressure and anxiety they were feeling.”
“They are a good family and they call for peace and quiet regardless of the verdict,” Biden said. “I pray that the verdict is the correct verdict. I think it’s overwhelming, in my opinion. I wouldn’t say that unless the jury is out now.
The President has repeatedly denounced Floyd’s death, but previously stopped before commenting on the lawsuit himself.
Prosecutors argued that Chauvin ousted Floyd’s life last May when the white officer knelt on or near the neck of the 46-year-old black man for 9 and a half minutes. The defense argued that the now dismissed white officer acted reasonably and that heart disease and illegal drug use resulted in Floyd’s death.
The jury of six white people and six black or multiracial people spent only a few hours at their task on Monday after the day was mostly consumed by closing arguments. They will remain sequestered until the verdicts are rendered.
Chauvin, 45, is charged with second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. The most serious charge carries up to 40 years in prison.
Before the verdict, some stores were closed in Minneapolis, the courthouse was surrounded by concrete barriers and barbed wire, and National Guard troops were on patrol. Last spring, Floyd’s death sparked protests as well as vandalism and arson in Minneapolis.
The city has also been rocked in recent days by the murderous police shooting of a 20-year-old black man, Daunte Wright, in Brooklyn Center on April 11.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott joined a group of residents on Tuesday to call for transparency and accountability in policing.
The mayor said he has met Wright’s family on several occasions and promised to “do everything in our power to ensure that we implement the kind of changes that would prevent another Daunte.”
“What this community is saying is that their life will continue to matter,” said Elliott.
Doris Rendell, who is Black, broke down in tears as she stood in front of a memorial erected at the site of Daunte Wright’s death. She says the Wright case and the Floyd case reminded her of her own negative interactions with the police when she was young.
“It’s terrible, it’s terrible to be black, to say that… it is. There is so much racism here, it is pathetic … It is as if there is no justice in the world for us. It’s like we’re a piece of bean in a pie just being picked, but nobody cares.
After the jury had the Chauvin case on Monday, Judge Peter Cahill dismissed a defense request to quash the trial based in part on comments from California Representative Maxine Waters, who said: “We need to become more confrontational. If Chauvin is not convicted of murder.
The judge called his comments “odious” and “disrespectful to the rule of law and the judiciary” and told Chauvin’s attorney that Waters “may have given you something on appeal that could result in the annulment of this whole process ”.
Still, two Minnesota defense attorneys have said they consider a successful appeal for remarks like those of Waters or Biden to be extremely unlikely.
“Anyone who thinks that improper advertising is going to get a case canceled right now is just plain wrong,” said Joe Friedberg, who is unrelated to the case. “From a pragmatic point of view, with social media, I don’t think it can be done again.”
Brock Hunter, former president of the Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, said a successful appeal would be unlikely unless there was direct evidence that Waters’ statements affected jurors.
Webber reported from Fenton, Michigan. Associated Press video reporter Angie Wang in Atlanta and Associated Press editors Doug Glass in Minneapolis, Mohamed Ibrahim in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and Todd Richmond in Madison, Wisconsin, contributed.
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