The trial of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is set to begin in just a week, and the tension is palpable in many parts of the city.
What is happening: Barbed wire fences, concrete barriers and plywood fortify city buildings and downtown private towers, as officials brace for the possibility of large crowds and civil unrest.
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Thousands of National Guard soldiers and law enforcement officers will be on hand to assist with security.
Businesses are struggling with the opportunity to embark or to remain open.
Demonstrators promise to show up downtown to demand justice and more accountability from the police.
And the organizers at the 38th and Chicago plan to create “a space for heartbreak, love and community building” at the site of George Floyd’s murder.
What you say: “Much more nervous than usual. “” Worried about civil unrest. “” Very concerned that the police / security presence is making the situation even worse. “” Afraid that justice will not be served, but determined and ready to stand by my neighbors and raise your voice. “
And after: City staff will hold another briefing at 10 a.m. Monday to review the plans before the jury selection begins on March 8. look here.
The Minnesota Court of Appeal, in the meantime, will hear oral arguments in the prosecution’s request to reinstate the third degree murder charges before trial.
What you can do: Cassie Sawyer, a Twin Cities therapist specializing in racial trauma, has seen an influx of clients since May.
She recommends relying on the community, especially “people with whom you feel safe and trusted,” moving your body through walking, dancing or art, and tapping into ancestral spirituality or wisdom.
Sawyer’s practice, Root to Crown Healing & Wellness offers discounted rates to Black, Native and Colored clients who are struggling financially.
Go further: Torey’s dispatch from downtown Axios today.
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