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As They Prepare For Autopsy Photos In Court, George Floyd Family Offers Public Prayer

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Emotional testimony during the Derek Chauvin trial has members of George Floyd's family seeking solace from a higher power, Reg Chapman reports (2:00). WCCO 4 News At 6 - April 6, 2021

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- Emotional testimony during the Derek Chauvin trial has members of George Floyd's family seeking comfort from a higher power. During the lunch hour, the family, their attorneys, and spiritual leader Al Sharpton walked out of the courtroom and outside to pray. As Reg Chapman reports, the prayer was not only for the family, but for everyone watching the trial intensely.

REG CHAPMAN: You can see the anguish in the faces of George Floyd's family members as they walked out of court.

BEN CRUMP: It has a psychological mental effect, not just on the family, but on people who are watching television, following this trial intensely.

REG CHAPMAN: For seven days, this family has relived the incident that took their brother away from them forever.

BEN CRUMP: For many of us, George Floyd represents a cause, a case, a hashtag. But for his siblings and his children, George Floyd is their blood.

REG CHAPMAN: With a foundation built upon prayer, this family assembled the team they usually pray with by phone and extended an invitation to all who felt the need to ask for strength to get through this trial.

AL SHARPTON: But after such a tumultuous week of them having to watch that tape over and over and then listening to the police chief yesterday, I said, "No, let's run out there and have prayer in person."

REG CHAPMAN: The Reverend Al Sharpton, who performed the eulogy at George Floyd's funeral here in Minneapolis and in Houston, led the prayer he hopes touches the world.

AL SHARPTON: Maybe we set a tone of healing, because so many people are suffering anxiety watching this every day. Come forward, let us pray together.

REG CHAPMAN: For a family looking for help to deal with what they've seen and what is yet to come.

PHILONISE FLOYD: We're going through hard times right now, and we need people on our side to help us get through this.

REG CHAPMAN: Reg Chapman, WCCO4 News.

- The family will soon have to look at photos from George Floyd's autopsy in court. They say that was another reason to gather today in prayer.