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The United States awaits with anxiety and alarm the judicial verdict on the death of George Floyd

2021-04-20T21:55:53.534Z

"There is a lot of uncertainty because many times we have seen that true justice is not served," said a local leader about the jury's decision against former police officer Derek Chauvin for suffocating the black man in May 2020.



By Janelle Griffith and Deon J. Hampton - NBC News

Thousands of police officers and National Guard soldiers guard the streets of Minneapolis to prevent violent incidents as the jury continues to deliberate in the trial of former agent Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd, the black man who suffocated with his knee during his arrest. in May 2020.

The impact and

coverage of the trial have been felt from coast to coast

.

Demonstrations over police killings have been rekindled in New York, Portland or Chicago, where a video of the shooting death by a 13-year-old boy police officer was posted last week.

And there are fears that the protests will intensify once the verdict is announced.

The president, Joe Biden, plans to address the country then, according to the White House, which is planning how to deal with the demonstrations in meetings with counterterrorism and Homeland Security advisers.

One official said there has been talk of

mobilizing the National Guard in all 50 states

.

Minneapolis police and community leaders on Monday called on people to protest peacefully.

[The jury begins its deliberation in the trial against Derek Chauvin while Minneapolis is armored]

"We have listened, we have learned and we have reflected, and frankly, we have adjusted," Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said at a press conference as part of Operation Safety Net, a task force of the security forces in charge of coordinating security measures during the trial.

"We have listened to the community

. We have listened to the activists. We have listened to the elected officials. And I will tell you that it is based on the de-escalation," Arradondo added. 

The goal is not to stop people, he said. 

"We want a peaceful meeting. We want a peaceful protest.

We know we have a city that is in mourning

. The last thing we want is to turn this into a law enforcement situation," he concluded.

[Physician who certified George Floyd's death says suffocation was the most likely cause of death]

The Nebraska and Ohio National Guard have reinforced troops already deployed in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

"We are in a

historic week in our state

and in our country, and certainly for the police profession," said Col. Matthew Langer, chief of the Minnesota State Patrol.

Former officer Derek Chauvin's defense justifies the use of force against George Floyd

April 14, 202100: 30

The State Patrol is under a

temporary restraining order

issued by a federal judge regarding its treatment of journalists, Langer said.

Authorities detained a CNN producer and allegedly assaulted a photographer for The New York Times, according to a letter on behalf of some two dozen media organizations, including NBC News.

"We accept them. We think they are good, and we have worked as fast and as hard as we can to make sure we strictly comply with that restraining order," Langer said.

[The autopsy confirms that Daunte Wright was killed by a gunshot in the chest.

The mayor asks for the resignation of the agent who shot him]

In Minneapolis, many residents are

restless awaiting a verdict

.

"There is a lot of uncertainty, because many times we have seen that justice is not really done," said PJ Hill, vice president of the NAACP in Minneapolis, "but there

is

also

an undercurrent of hope that this time could be different

."

Hill said he has heard from many residents who fear the city will burn if Chauvin is not convicted.

Preston McDade-Davis, 35, of South Minneapolis, said he believes Chauvin will be convicted of any charges.

If not, he said,

the city must prepare for the worst

.

[Former police officer Derek Chauvin uses the Fifth Amendment not to testify for the death of George Floyd]

"I myself am a little scared by the city and the verdict," he said, "if Chauvin is not convicted of at least two counts, the city will go up in flames again."

Jaleesa Webb, 28, of North Minneapolis, said she has not seen the trial because it makes her nervous.

"It

has caused a lot of tension,

" said Webb, adding that he also fears that white supremacists are conspiring to cause harm.

"No matter the result, they will come back," he added.

Many

Minneapolis police stations have been fenced off

in the event of a disturbance, but some of the businesses near them do not appear to be concerned about looting or possible damage.

["I shot him!"

Police blame "a mistake" for the death of a young black man shot by an agent in Minneapolis]

María Corona, manager of Maya Cuisine and Bar, a restaurant near the second police station on Central Avenue, said she did not fear for the fate of the place in the event of violence.

He said the restaurant was not damaged during the riots after Floyd's death.

They reveal images of the body camera of the officer who shot Daunte Wright in Minneapolis

April 12, 202101: 58

"

There has already been disturbances here and there were no problems

. Do I feel safe? Do I feel like we are in a safe area? Honestly, yes," said Liz Johnson, co-owner of Magus Book bookstore, which is across from the second precinct.

"I have never felt that we were in danger at any time. I do not expect to be," he added.

[They make several tributes to Adam Toledo, the Latino boy who died at the hands of the police in Chicago]

The trial is equally rooted in the civil rights movement and the Rodney King trial, Hill said.

California cops were acquitted in 1993 of the beating of King, a black motorist, sparking days of nationally televised riots.

"This is a time when

our nation has to decide to turn the page

," Hill said, "it can be a beacon of hope or it can be a beacon of true suppression."

Source: telemundo

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