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125 National Guard Members Deploy To Chicago Tuesday Ahead Of Verdict In Derek Chauvin Trial

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Gov. JB Pritzker has activated 125 personnel from the Illinois National Guard to support Chicago Police, with a verdict soon expected in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.

Video Transcript

BRAD EDWARDS: Derek Chauvin's fate is now up to the jury. Both sides made their final case in their closing arguments.

STEVE SCHLEICHER: This was not policing. It was unnecessary. It was gratuitous. It was disproportionate, and he did it on purpose.

BRAD EDWARDS: Prosecution said it was simple, Chauvin assaulted George Floyd, killing him. That's murder the prosecutor said, but the defense maintains other things could have killed Floyd. And that's enough doubt to make it-- a guilty verdict impossible.

ERIC NELSON: I submit to you that the state has failed to meet its burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

BRAD EDWARDS: The jury can convict and any of three murder or manslaughter charges. Chauvin could get up to 40 years if convicted on the most serious crime. Minutes ago, we learned Governor Pritzker is bringing in members of the National Guard as we wait for the verdict in Minneapolis. 125 guard members will deploy to Chicago tomorrow to help Chicago Police prepare for possible unrest. Guards mission will be limited to helping manage street closures. Police are stepping up patrols across the city and canceling days off for some officers, including the community safety and tactical teams.