City prepares for Derek Chauvin's trial in death of George Floyd, Black Chicagoans hopeful for justice

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
George Floyd: City prepares for murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, Black Chicagoans hopeful for justice
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With jury selection underway for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's trial, many Black Chicagoans are trying to be hopeful that George Floyd will get justice.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- George Floyd's death sparked a nationwide conversation on race in America.

People took to the streets and there was unrest in some cities.

With jury selection underway for Derek Chauvin trial, many Black Chicagoans are trying to be hopeful that Floyd will get justice.

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But they have been down this road before.

"During these trials I think me and most Black folks expect very little for the injustice system but are usually still oddly surprised at how unjust things are," said Amika Tendaji, the executive director of Black Lives Matter Chicago.

"We are just hoping this may be just that one trial that may go our way," said Daniel Davenport of GoodKidsMadCity. "It's kind that of like mixed emotions."

The former Minneapolis police officer is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

According to some legal experts, video of Chauvin's knee pressed against Floyd's neck will play a big part in the trial.

"We have seen that in other cases here in Chicago, the Laquan McDonald case that ended up in a conviction," said DePaul University College of Law Professor Monu Bedi. "The main question for the jurors is going to be would a reasonable officer in this situation have use this kind of force."

After widespread looting last spring in the aftermath of Floyd's death, the Chicago Police Department and Office of Emergency Management said they are monitoring activity related to the trial. And they're working with other city departments to make sure they have the appropriate resources and staffing levels in place to ensure public safety citywide.

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Davenport said he's concerned about the potential fallout from the trial's outcome considering what took place last year.

"I feel like it could be worse or it could be the same," said Davenport.