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Derek Chauvin Was Found Guilty: The Background On The Trial

A general view outside the Hennepin County Government Center as the murder trial of Derek Chauvin goes on inside in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
A general view outside the Hennepin County Government Center as the murder trial of Derek Chauvin goes on inside in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The country is braced for a verdict in the murder trial against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The in-court portion will finish on Monday and closing arguments will be made later in the day. Jury deliberations will begin after the prosecution’s rebuttal.

Officials around the country are making preparations for the announcement of a verdict. Facebook has ramped up its moderation efforts. It says it will crack down on posts mocking the death of George Floyd. President Joe Biden also says he is preparing for the increase in racial tensions that may flare if the jury returns a verdict favoring Chauvin.

The killing of George Floyd on that day last May – and the nationwide protests and police crackdowns that followed – has pained millions of Americans.

And now, millions have lost faith in a system that too often appears to allow police to commit acts of violence with impunity rather than hold them accountable.

Will this verdict be a turning point? 

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