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Black Houstonians fear justice won't be served in Chauvin trial

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After several days of emotional testimony, there's skepticism on whether a former officer will be convicted of George Floyd's murder.

Video Transcript

- Now, today, we return to the Third Ward where George Floyd grew up.

- Yes, we've got our Erica Simon right here live with how the Black community there is feeling about how the trial's gone so far. Erica.

ERICA SIMON: Most of the people that we spoke to today aren't feeling very optimistic. They believe that history has shown them that, too often, Black Americans have been killed by law enforcement-- unarmed-- and no one has been held accountable. Their fear is that Big Floyd's case won't be any different.

It's an image that still brings millions to tears-- Derek Chauvin kneeling on top of George Floyd's neck for what we now know was 9 minutes and 29 seconds.

JONTA SPILLER: It's horrible. It's tragic.

ERICA SIMON: Jonta Spiller lives in Third Ward, the same neighborhood where Floyd grew up. She, like many Black Americans, have a "here we go again" feeling.

JONTA SPILLER: People get a kick out of seeing Black death, Black bodies, over and over again, you know. And it's live on TV. They kill us right in the street. They kill us right on TV. They kill us wherever. So I just-- I don't know, man. I don't even know if I'll watch the trial. I don't even really care to know the outcome.

ERICA SIMON: So far, witness testimony has been powerful in Chauvin's trial. We heard from bystanders and an off-duty firefighter who felt Floyd's life was slipping away before them.

GENEVIEVE HANSEN: I literally watched police officers not take a pulse and not do anything to save a man.

ERICA SIMON: Monae Jacobs, who ironically just moved back to Houston from Minneapolis, believes the defense will try to blame Floyd for his own death.

MONAE JACOBS: They're going to do everything they can to justify why they had to use that much force.

ERICA SIMON: I only found one man today who believes Chauvin will get convicted.

XAVIER THOMPSON: It was right in our face. How can something happen right in your face and not be convicted of it?

ERICA SIMON: Spiller says whatever jurors decide will send a strong message to the Black community and whether or not they're valued in the eyes of the law.

JONTA SPILLER: It makes me feel oppressed. It makes me feel like-- I don't know-- kind of hurt at the end of the day too, because what can we do about it?

ERICA SIMON: Even though it's been 10 months since Floyd was killed, as you can see, people are still bringing by flowers and mementos in front of this mural across from Cuney Homes. This area is determined to let the whole world know that, no matter what they saw, no matter the manner in which Floyd was killed, he was valuable; he was important to them.