Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Jury continues to deliberate in Derek Chauvin trial

The fate of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, is now in the hands of jurors, who will continue to deliberate today in the landmark case that forced a national debate on race and policing, reported the Washington Post.

The eyes of the nation are focused on Minneapolis and bracing for the outcome of the verdict, remembering how Floyd’s death touched off weeks of civil unrest in the United States and brought millions into the streets worldwide in protests for social justice.

The jury of 12 people — six White, four Black and two multiracial — listened to nearly six hours of closing arguments Monday as the prosecution and defense ended the case just as they began three weeks ago, presenting vastly different views of the circumstances that led to Floyd’s Memorial Day death on a Minneapolis street.

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