Protests rage while Americans wait for verdict in Chauvin trial


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Protests against the police killing ignited throughout the United States this weekend, from Minneapolis to Chicago to Portland, as Americans await a verdict in a trial of a white police officer charged with killing George Floyd last year. ..

Closing arguments are expected at the Derek Chauvin trial on Monday. The most serious crimes former Minneapolis police officers face with Floyd’s death are two murders, but the jury will convict him of three murders or manslaughter, or completely acquittal. May be selected.

Chauvin pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter and claimed to have followed 19 years of military training.

Benjamin Crump, a citizenship lawyer representing the family of Floyd and Dawn Terite, is a 20-year-old woman shot dead as Chauvin by a white police officer during a traffic outage on April 11 at the Brooklyn Center on the outskirts of Minneapolis. When the trial took place, Chauvin’s conviction could set a precedent in the United States, he said.

“The result of our prayers and Derek Chauvin will be criminally liable for killing George Floyd, because that could set a precedent,” Crump said on Sunday. I told you this week. “Finally, we have made America fulfill the promise of freedom and justice for all, that is, all of us: blacks, Hispanics, indigenous peoples, all of us.”

Maxine Waters, one of Congress’s most influential black lawmakers, joins protesters at the Brooklyn Center shortly before the curfew on Saturday night and talks about the need to confirm Chauvin’s accountability. did.

“I hope you’ll be convicted, guilty, and guilty,” Waters said. “If you don’t, you can’t leave.”

“It’s not a manslaughter,” Waters added. “This is guilty of murder.”

Relation: A riot was declared in Portland, causing protests in U.S. cities over police violence.

Minneapolis prepares for possible city-wide protests when Chauvin is acquitted or convicted, as buildings throughout the city are boarded and National Guard are already stationed in the city. I will.

The consequences of this incident are expected to resonate nationwide, especially in cities where police violence continues to be demonstrated.

In Chicago At least 1,000 people demonstrated A video showing the 13-year-old Adam Toledo’s police murder was released at Logan Square on Friday night.

A group of Chicago activists said several young people were arrested in protest and at least one 17-year-old was seriously assaulted by police.Two young people were arrested, including 20-year-old son of the organizer of Black Lives Matter Chicago, According to the Chicago Tribune.

“In the city of Chicago, children literally die every day, not only because of the lack of funding for the Black and Brown communities, but also because of the overfunding of the Chicago Police Department,” said Alicia Kamil. .. A 20-year-old organizer of Good Kids Mad City who participated in the protest on Friday night.

Kamil said it was clearly ironic to see violent police crackdowns on young protesters in Chicago and elsewhere.

“You see young people protesting that they are unprotected, they are unfunded, they are being killed by police, and the reaction is more violent,” Kamil says. I did.

Hundreds of people were expected to meet in Little Village on Sunday for a “peace walk”. Little Village is a predominantly Latino district in southwestern Chicago where Adam lived and was killed. Other alerts were held throughout the city to call for racism and remember Adam and others who were killed by police.

On April 12, a man faced a Minnesota soldier standing outside the Brooklyn Center police station after a police officer shot and killed a 20-year-old Dantelite in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

On April 12, a man faced a Minnesota soldier standing outside the Brooklyn Center police station after a police officer shot and killed a 20-year-old Dantelite in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: Kerem Yucel / AFP / Getty Images

In Portland, a deadly police shooting by Robert Douglas Delgado, a 46-year-old white man and long-time resident, triggered a new volatile protest on Friday night.

The protest at the Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis, was quiet on Saturday night. In a clear change in police tactics from the beginning of the week, police officers did not appear all at once to confront the protesters. The police headquarters was protected behind a two-tiered fence. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said earlier Saturday, calling reports of police violence against journalists at the Brooklyn Center “unacceptable” earlier this week.

Had by dozens of American news organizations Sign the letter on saturday Here’s an overview of “widespread intimidation, violence and other illegal activity directed at journalists” that has reported on protests in Minnesota. This includes the treatment of CNN reporters who were thrown to the ground and arrested. While she was in custody, Minnesota soldiers reportedly shouted to an Asian-American reporter, “Do you speak English?”

Chauvin himself chose not to testify in his trial. 10 days evidence By hours of in-depth testimony by Dr. Martin Tobin and prosecution against him, including only two days of witnesses summoned by Chauvin’s defense.

California State Legislature Waters said he had come to Minneapolis from Washington to join protesters who had been demonstrating Wright’s murder during the Chauvin trial for a week.

“We all need to keep this move,” Waters told the crowd. “We can’t stop or hesitate, but we have to say every day, every hour, that we last.”

A California State Legislature also said he had been pushing for police reform since the 1970s, when he spoke about the murder of Los Angeles’ black mother, Yura Love.

Mr Waters said he wanted Congress to pass a police reform bill, but it was uncertain whether it would pass. “Right-wing, racists are against it.”

“I know this,” she added. “We have to stay on the street.”