Biden DOJ dispatches 'peacemakers' to Minneapolis ahead of Chauvin verdict


"Believe your eyes", Schleicher said.

Chauvin, who is white, pushed his knee into the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old handcuffed Black man, outside a grocery store after he tried to buy cigarettes with a fake $20 bill.

"We plan to gather peacefully at the Salt Lake Public Safety Building" at 475 S. 300 East, the post by Utah Against Police Brutality said, "and we will be marching from there".

"Nine minutes and 29 seconds of shocking abuse of authority". The defendant is guilty of all three counts, all of them. "And there's no excuse".

He said he believed he would be "impartial" in the case. As he repeated this refrain, Nelson objected and Judge Cahill warned Blackwell to be careful about the use of "stories" when referring to the defense's case.

Darnella Frazier, the teenager who took the video that went viral, said Floyd was "scared" and "begging for his life".

"He was not trying to hurt anyone".

Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree "depraved mind" murder and second-degree manslaughter.

In two previous high-profile police shooting cases in Minnesota, deliberations lasted less than a week.

If convicted of that, Chauvin could face up to 40 years in prison.

Wright, 20, was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer after a traffic stop earlier this month.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Monday that there has been a request from officials in Washington, D.C., for D.C. National Guard forces in the event there is civil unrest in the nation's capital, and it is now being reviewed by the Army.

Also yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki suggested the White House was going to stay quiet about the legal issue of Chauvin's guilt or innocence as deliberations were ongoing.

He did call for the right verdict though, Welker said, asking why it's appropriate for the president to say anything at all before the jury has had their say, especially given the importance of the independent judiciary.

"[If] this prosecution can not speak to the accountability of the systemic issues that are wrong with law enforcement and wrong with policing, then we're not going to see much of a change".

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The jurors who sat quietly off-camera through three weeks of draining testimony in Derek Chauvin's murder trial in George Floyd's death moved into the spotlight Tuesday, still out of sight but now in control of verdicts awaited by a skittish city.

The President voiced his concern about potential fallout from the trial during a private meeting last week with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, people familiar with the session previously told CNN.

"We have to send that message to the police".

Across the country, police departments are also preparing for the possibility of rioting or other unrest, with some canceling vacation time and increasing the number of officers available for shifts. Schleicher noted over and over that Floyd was "just a human", not a super human.

Democrats including Nancy Pelosi have said she shouldn't apologize for her comments.

Psaki said "he wasn't weighing in on the verdict".

Members of the National Guard on duty in Minneapolis, April 18, 2021, ahead of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

Chauvin chose not to testify, invoking his Fifth Amendment right not to do so.

Schleicher pointed out that Floyd's big size did not make him a threat, and it did not make using excessive force against him justifiable, as the defense has implied.

The footage of Mr Chauvin, who is white, with his knee on African-American Mr Floyd's neck sparked global protests against racism.

Fellow prosecutor Jerry Blackwell said bystanders who filmed the incident and called for police to get off Mr Floyd knew it was wrong, including a nine-year-old girl who testified during the trial.

In this image from police body camera video former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin stands outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis, on May 25, 2020, with a crowd of onlookers behind him.

Jurors must reach a unanimous verdict on each charge to convict or acquit. "I wouldn't say that unless the jury was sequestered now", he added.

Seen publicly for the first time, photo evidence of George Floyd's injured hands and face, from being pinned down.