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George Floyd: City prepares for murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, Black Chicagoans hopeful for justice

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After widespread looting last spring in the aftermath of George Floyd's death, the Chicago Police Department and Office of Emergency Management said they are monitoring activity related to the trial.

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WILL JONES: With jury selection underway for the Derek Chauvin trial, many Black Chicagoans are trying to be hopeful that George Floyd will get justice, but they've been down this road before.

AMIKA TENDAJI: During these trials I think that me and most Black folks expect very little from the injustice system, but are usually still oddly surprised at how unjust things are.

DANIEL DAVENPORT: You're hoping this may be just that one trial that may go our way. And you know, it's kind of like mixed emotions.

WILL JONES: The former Minneapolis police officer is charged with second degree murder and second degree manslaughter. Some legal experts say video of Chauvin's knee pressed against Floyd's neck will play a big part in the trial.

MONU BEDI: We've seen that in other cases here in Chicago. The Laquan McDonald case, right? That ended up in a conviction. The main question for the jurors is going to be, would a reasonable officer in this situation have used this kind of force.

WILL JONES: After widespread looting last spring in the aftermath of Floyd's death, the Chicago Police Department and Office of Emergency Management say they're 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. Daniel Davenport with Good Kids, Mad City says he's concerned about the potential fallout from the trial's outcome considering what took place last year.

DANIEL DAVENPORT: It can be worse or be the same. It was already bad as it is.

WILL JONES: In Chicago, Will Jones, "ABC 7 Eyewitness News."