Protests Outside Government Center As Deliberations Begin In Derek Chauvin Trial

Crowds are gathered right now outside of the government center in downtown Minneapolis waiting for the verdict, Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield reports (1:40). WCCO 4 News At 6 - April 19, 2021

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AMELIA SANTANIELLO: Right now, crowds are gathered outside the Government Center in downtown Minneapolis, waiting for the verdict. Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield is with the crowd, who has a list of demands. Susan-Elizabeth, what's happening now?

SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD: Well, Amelia, I can tell you there's a lot of emotion out here. And one of the organizers of the rally really just summed things up, saying "the eyes of the world are on Minneapolis." Everyone waiting to see what will unfold in that Government Center building right there. And right below it right now is a rally of people supporting the family of George Floyd.

Now, there are organizers from the NAACP, Black Lives Matter, Racial Justice Network, just to name a few of the groups here. They are making a public demand that Derek Chauvin be convicted on all charges and receive the maximum sentence. We talked to several of the people who showed up here. One man I spoke with is actually a civil rights attorney from Chicago, and he explained why they made the trip.

BRIAN OROZCO: Because our firm believes in ideals of justice, reform, and systemic oppression. And they felt that it was our duty to be here, to be in solidarity with the people on the ground protesting the murder of George Floyd. As an attorney, you never know what a jury is going to do. I just hope for the [? pass ?] that they really see that this is definitely second-degree murder.

SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD: Now, if you've been downtown, you've seen our coverage, you probably know there are gates and barriers all over downtown right now. This rally here is wrapping up in the next few minutes. And they tell me even though roads are closed, even though they may be blocked, they will continue this rally into the streets. They are going to march. And we're going to be there with them. Frank? Amelia?

AMELIA SANTANIELLO: All right. Thank you, Susan-Elizabeth.