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Chicago Activists Are Closely Watching Chauvin Trial, And Say The Outcome Could Spark Mass Protests By Patrick Smith Thursday, April 1, 6 a.m. CT

Chicago activists say they are closely following the murder trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, and are expecting mass demonstrations whenever the case is decided, regardless of the outcome.

Chauvin’s trial started in earnest with opening arguments on Monday, 10 months after the officer was videotaped kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes until Floyd stopped breathing. In court on Tuesday, a teenage witness told jurors that Floyd “looked kind of purple” and “was really limp” by the time an ambulance arrived on the scene.

Floyd’s death sparked mass protests followed by civil unrest in Chicago and other cities throughout the country.

The killing’s central role in last summer’s racial justice movement, and the apparent callousness on display in the video of Floyd’s death are motivating many in Chicago to keep a close eye on the trial, which is expected to last about four weeks.

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