Protesters Take To Minneapolis Street On Day 1 Of Chauvin Trial

Protesters are showing George Floyd’s family support by calling for racial justice, reports David Schuman (1:16). WCCO 4 News At 6 - March 29, 2021

Video Transcript

- Security personnel are on high alert during the trial. Protesters want to show Floyd's family support by calling for racial justice. David Schuman's live in downtown Minneapolis right now. David?

DAVID SCHUMAN: The march is starting here, right now, as we speak, after several speakers took the microphone and talked passionately about justice for victims of police violence and accountability for police. They also spoke to a crowd that is standing behind a banner in the street that says "Justice for George Floyd and all stolen lives."

The organizers of this event here have made clear why they're out here protesting. Demanding a conviction of Derek Chauvin with the maximum sentence is first and foremost. There are also bigger picture systemic issues they're protesting for, like passage of police reform legislation and creating a community board to oversee police for greater accountability. One man said he feels nothing has changed in the last 10 months since Floyd's death, and he wants to know his family will be safe from police.

About the trial, one of the organizers said she felt the first day went well for the prosecution. There's a strong sense of unity here, a lot of different groups coming together for this. And in fact, more than 20 Twin Cities organizations came together, teamed up, to put this on.

- All right, David. Thank you for the update.