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For Many, Video Evidence Shown During Derek Chauvin Trial Is Reopening Old Wounds

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Many in the Black community are watching the trial of Derek Chauvin and realizing how revisiting the events of last year can trigger a lot of emotions, Reg Chapman reports (2:26). WCCO 4 News At 5 - March 29, 2021

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- Many in the Black community are watching the trial of Derek Chauvin and realizing how revisiting these events of last year can trigger a lot of emotions.

- WCCO's Reg Chapman is in North Minneapolis right now with that part of this story. Hi there, Reg.

REG CHAPMAN: Hello, Amelia. Many who chose to watch the trial of Derek Chauvin are uncovering old feelings. Feelings they say they have not felt since last May when they watched video of George Floyd begging for his life. So while the trial is underway so is the effort to meet people where they are to help them process their hurt.

Dozens of people calling for justice for George Floyd gathered out front of City Hall Monday morning.

KIM GRIFFIN: We want to meet everybody where they're at, you know, while keeping everything's civil.

REG CHAPMAN: Crews from A Mother's Love Initiative are also downtown offering support to those who need help and processing their feelings. All over social media people are crying out, it's triggering, it's traumatizing. They are angry, frustrated, and some even sad after watching the video of George Floyd's arrest.

MANU LEWIS: A lot of people don't want to see it. They don't want to relive it, right? They don't want to see it again because it brings out those old emotions.

REG CHAPMAN: Manu Lewis says emotions are high in his community.

MANU LEWIS: People need spaces to process what's going on with him because a lot of people are isolated right now.

REG CHAPMAN: Shiloh Temple is one of those places where people can go to process their feelings while watching the trial.

ARNETTA PHILLIPS: So it's the tension, and it's the not knowing, and it's not understanding of what's really going to happen during this trial.

REG CHAPMAN: Minister Arnetta Phillips says people are taking advantage of the space, the facilitators, and counselors on hand. One lady walked in and just needed to be with others.

ARNETTA PHILLIPS: She was watching it at home, and she's like, I just had to walk. I just had to get out and walk. And then she's saying, I just ended up here. It just hurts, and I don't care what color. It's not about a skin color. It's that it was a human being, and he wasn't treated as a human being.

REG CHAPMAN: That hurt is what many are trying to soothe.

MANU LEWIS: We have control over how we respond from this point on, how we react, and how we relate to each other from this point on. How we actually see the humanity in each other from this point on.

REG CHAPMAN: Now many people I spoke with say they do need the energy of the protesters downtown, not destructive energy, but productive energy that they hope will propel people to heal no matter what the verdict is, Amelia.

- All right, thank you, Reg.