NYPD prepares for protests as jury deliberates in Chauvin trial

The jury found Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the death of George Floyd, and as the world watches, the NYPD is taking steps to keep New York City safe.

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- We're going to turn to Eyewitness News reporter Candace McCowan, here standing by live in Manhattan. Candace, the sports world is also watching this trial closely, correct?

CANDACE MCCOWAN: Yeah, Michelle, here in Brooklyn, the A's even warning teams that they might have to postpone games because of unrest, especially places here like the Barclays Center where we've seen many protests over the past year. If you remember the Brooklyn Nets, they were one of the teams that actually postponed their game last week, actually stopped play for a little while after the killing of unarmed Daunte Wright by another Minnesota police officer.

Now, while we wait for the verdict in the Chauvin trial, New York City, they are preparing, NYPD saying that they will have community affairs officers on the front lines of protests this time around after nearly a year training, and Mayor de Blasio is urging calm.

BILL DE BLASIO: I can only say if folks have feelings they want to express, do it peacefully. It does make an impact, it does make a difference. And the very few who do something that's not peaceful actually take away from the meaning of everybody else.

If you see anyone in your ranks attempting violence, reject them, separate from them, let the message of the peaceful protest shine through so it can help us foster real change.

CANDACE MCCOWAN: And the question is how long will it take the jury to make a decision while tension really builds around the country? Live here this morning outside the Barclays Center, I'm Candace McCowan, Channel 7 Eyewitness News.