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(MINNEAPOLIS) -- People across the United States responded to the guilty verdict that was reached in the murder trial of former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged in the death of George Floyd.

Chauvin was found guilty on all counts.

Here's how the news is developing today. All times Eastern.

Apr 20, 8:40 pm
Mayor: 'This is a good day in Minneapolis'

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey described a city "gripped in grief" in the 11 months since George Floyd died while in police custody, as many residents took to the streets Tuesday to celebrate the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

"This is a good day in Minneapolis," Frey said during a press briefing a few hours after the verdict was announced. "But let me be exceedingly clear: This is day one."

"Justice has been rendered in this case, but we still have a long way to go to achieve true justice in our city and in our country," he said, noting that the city is "piloting new ways of policing" in the wake of George Floyd's death.

The mayor said he was "relieved" by the verdict, and thanked the jurors and witnesses who testified.

"We all wanted to see justice, we all wanted to make sure that, again, this was day one of the necessary change that we needed to see," Frey said. "And I think we all were nervous that what has happened on so many occasions, through our judicial system, where we wouldn't see that justice would happen."

The verdict comes as the city is also reeling from the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright while being detained by police last week in Brooklyn Center, a Minneapolis suburb. The shooting sparked widespread protests.

A curfew has not been issued for Tuesday night, "although that certainly remains an option on the table if necessary," Frey said. "That is not the desired approach, but it is an option that will be available."

Apr 20, 8:12 pm
DHS Secretary: 'This conviction is a step toward accountability'

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas weighed in on the conviction of Derek Chauvin on Twitter, Tuesday night.

Mayorkas said the verdict was "a step toward accountability," but said "it will not erase the pain felt by the Floyd family and Black Americans."

"I speak for myself and the entire Department of Homeland Security in reaffirming our commitment to do our part to end injustice as we work to make our country a safer and more equitable Nation for all," he tweeted.

Maorkas added that DHS is in contact with state and local agencies to ensure that citizens peacefully make their voices heard.

-ABC News' Luke Barr

Apr 20, 7:49 pm
Biden, Harris deliver address from the White House

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris reacted to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in an address from the White House.

Biden called the guilty verdict a "giant step forward in the march toward justice in America" and commended the witnesses who testified, including police officers.

"Most men and women who wear the badge serve their communities honorably. Those few who failed to meet that standard must be held accountable, and they were today. One was," Biden said. "No one should be above the law. And today's verdict sends that message."

"But it's not enough," he continued. "We can't stop here. In order to deliver a real change in reform, we can and we must do more to reduce the likelihood that tragedy like this will ever happen to occur again."

Harris called the verdict a step forward in law enforcement reform.

"A measure of justice isn’t the same as equal justice," she said. "We still have work to do."

Harris said she and Biden will continue to urge the Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

"Black men are fathers and brothers and sons and uncles and grandfathers and friends and neighbors," she said. "Their lives must be valued in our education system, in our health care system, in our housing system, in our economic system, in our criminal justice system, in our nation -- full stop."

Apr 20, 7:45 pm
Jury 'fulfilled' its duty: Attorney General Merrick Garland

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland weighed on Tuesday's verdict, stating the jury "has fulfilled its civic duty."

"While the state’s prosecution was successful, I know that nothing can fill the void that the loved ones of George Floyd have felt since his death," he said in a statement.

Garland added that the Justice Department's civil rights investigation into Floyd's death is still ongoing.

Apr 20, 6:55 pm
Senate Judiciary Committee announces police reform hearing

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that he plans to hold a hearing on police reform next month, citing the Floyd case.

"The verdict of this jury gives me hope that we can strive for a system of justice in our nation that is applied equally to all," he said in a statement.

"As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have the forum and the means to help move our nation nearer to that goal."

-ABC News' Trish Turner

Apr 20, 6:48 pm
Teen who filmed viral video of arrest: 'George Floyd we did it'

The teenager who filmed George Floyd's arrest and testified in court reacted after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all three charges in his death.

"I just cried so hard," Darnella Frazier, 18, said in a social media post shortly after the verdict was announced. "This last hour my heart was beating so fast, I was so anxious."

"George Floyd we did it!!" she said. "Justice has been served."

Frazier, a high school student, was walking to Cup Foods with her 9-year-old cousin to buy some snacks on May 25, 2020, when they witnessed police officers pinning down Floyd.

Frazier said she immediately began recording the incident with her cellphone.

"He was in pain," Frazier said of Floyd during her testimony the first week of the trial. "It seemed like, he knew ... he knew it was over for him. He was terrified. He was suffering. This was a cry for help."

During her emotional, tearful testimony, Frazier said she has spent nights agonizing over what she saw.

"I stayed up apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting, not saving his life," she testified.

ABC News' Bill Hutchinson contributed to this report.

Apr 20, 6:38 pm
Obama calls verdict ‘right thing,’ highlights activists’ work

“Today, a jury in Minneapolis did the right thing,” former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama said in a joint statement.

But the Obamas also said “true justice is about much more than a single verdict in a single trial.”

“True justice requires that we come to terms with the fact that Black Americans are treated differently, every day,” they wrote. “It requires us to recognize that millions of our friends, family, and fellow citizens live in fear that their next encounter with law enforcement could be their last. And it requires us to do the sometimes thankless, often difficult, but always necessary work of making the America we know more like the America we believe in.”

The Obamas said the verdict was a “necessary step,” but noted that concrete reforms to reduce and eliminate racial bias in the criminal justice system and efforts to expand economic opportunity for marginalized communities are needed.

“And as we continue the fight, we can draw strength from the millions of people — especially young people — who have marched and protested and spoken up over the last year, shining a light on inequity and calling for change. Justice is closer today not simply because of this verdict, but because of their work,” they wrote.

Apr 20, 6:35 pm
Minnesota attorney general: Verdict is not 'justice'

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, the lead prosecutor in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, measuredly addressed his victory shortly after the jury delivered its guilty verdict.

"I would not call today's verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration," Ellison told reporters outside the Hennepin County Government Center. "But it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice."

Ellison thanked the witnesses who testified on behalf of the prosecution, including the bystanders to Floyd's arrest on May 25, 2020, whom he referred to as a "bouquet of humanity."

"They didn't know George Floyd," he said. "They stopped and raised their voices, and they even challenged authority, because they saw his humanity. They stopped and they raised their voices because they knew that what they were seeing was wrong. They didn't need to be medical professionals or experts in the use of force. They know what was wrong. And they were right."

Ellison also addressed Floyd's family, who had to "relive again and again the worst day of their lives."

"I'm profoundly grateful to them for giving us the time we needed to prosecute this case," Ellison said. "They have shown the world what grace and class and encourage really look like. Although verdict alone cannot heal their pain, I hope it's another step on the long path toward healing for them.

To the 14 members of the jury, Ellison thanked them for their time and attention "to carefully listen to the evidence."

"They answered the call, and they served in a landmark trial," he said, and asked that people respect their privacy if they so desire.

Ellison referred to his legal team as "all Michael Jordans."

"We presented the best case that we could, and the jury heard us, and we're grateful for that," he said. "We had the sole burden of proof in the case, and history shows that winning cases like these can be difficult."

With sentencing in the coming weeks, the attorney general said "this is not the end." He also said his office expects to present another case, but did not go into any detail.

Apr 20, 6:25 pm
Congressional Black Caucus vows to press forward on police reform

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus reacted to the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case outside the Capitol on Tuesday, welcoming the news while vowing to press forward with police reform.

"This verdict we certainly agree with, guilty on all charges," Chair Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, said. "But we want our message to be very clear that this is just the first step. We know clearly that justice has been delayed."

Freshman Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., said the verdict "should be the regular thing" rather than a surprise international news headline. "All we’re doing is saying our lives matter."

“Step one is the verdict, step two is the sentencing,” Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., a leader of police reform legislation negotiations, added. "Now we have to focus on transforming policing in the United States."

-ABC News' Ben Siegel

Apr 20, 6:25 pm
Congressional Black Caucus vows to press forward on police reform

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus reacted to the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case outside the Capitol on Tuesday, welcoming the news while vowing to press forward with police reform.

"This verdict we certainly agree with, guilty on all charges," Chair Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, said. "But we want our message to be very clear that this is just the first step. We know clearly that justice has been delayed."

Freshman Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., said the verdict "should be the regular thing" rather than a surprise international news headline. "All we’re doing is saying our lives matter."

“Step one is the verdict, step two is the sentencing,” Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., a leader of police reform legislation negotiations, added. "Now we have to focus on transforming policing in the United States."

-ABC News' Ben Siegel

Apr 20, 6:08 pm
Demonstrators in Minneapolis react

People gathered Tuesday afternoon outside of the Hennepin County Government Center and at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis to hear the verdict.

While some who were gathered were celebratory, others were tearful upon learning that Chauvin was found guilty on all of the counts against him.

Police departments across the United States have been bracing for this moment. A state of emergency was declared, and National Guard tro

Apr 20, 5:48 pm
The moment George Floyd’s family heard the verdict

As George Floyd’s family watched the verdict being read, they were overcome with emotion.

Bystander video footage shown in court showed Floyd talking about his family while laying on the pavement under Chauvin’s knee.

“Can’t believe this, man. Mom, love you. Love you. Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead,” he said.

Apr 20, 5:37 pm
A 'turning point in American history,' Floyd family lawyer says

Ben Crump, one of the attorneys for George Floyd's family that helped settle a $27 million civil lawsuit last month, called the Derek Chauvin case a "turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement," after the former Minneapolis police officer was convicted on all three counts in Floyd's death.

"Painfully earned justice has arrived for George Floyd’s family and the community here in Minneapolis, but today’s verdict goes far beyond this city and has significant implications for the country and even the world," Crump said in a statement. "But it does not end here. We have not forgotten that the other three officers who played their own roles in the death of George Floyd must still be held accountable for their actions, as well."

Antonio M. Romanucci, another attorney on the legal team, said in a statement the verdict "reinforces significant police reforms underway in Minneapolis including use-of-force reporting, a requirement to keep body-worn cameras on, and a policy for officers to de-escalate non-threatening encounters by disengaging or walking away."

He called on Minnesota state lawmakers to pass The George Floyd Arbitration Reform Bill, and for the United States Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

In March, Minneapolis' City Council approved a $27 million settlement to the family of George Floyd.

Apr 20, 5:29 pm
Minnesota governor calls verdict an ‘important step forward’

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz released a statement on Facebook after the verdict was read, calling it an “important step forward for justice in Minnesota.” However, he noted, the death of Daunte Wright on April 11 is a reminder that “our work has only begun.”

“A year later, Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of murder and faces years behind bars,” Walz wrote. “But we know that accountability in the courtroom is only the first step.”

“No verdict can bring George back, and my heart is with his family as they continue to grieve his loss. Minnesota mourns with you, and we promise the pursuit of justice for George does not end today,” he continued.

“True justice for George only comes through real, systemic change to prevent this from happening again,” Walz said. “And the tragic death of Daunte Wright this week serves as a heartbreaking reminder that we still have so much more work to do to get there.”

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(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Derek Chauvin's conviction on all three charges stemming from the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd could lead to a sentence that lasts decades -- and to another court battle.

Chauvin will learn his fate in eight weeks, when Judge Peter Cahill hands down punishment to the former police officer who was found guilty on Tuesday of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Under Minnesota sentencing guidelines, for a person with no criminal history, each murder charge carries a presumptive sentence of 12 1/2 years, while a manslaughter conviction has a presumptive sentence of four years.

But each count carries a different maximum sentence -- 40 years for second-degree unintentional murder, 25 years for third-degree murder, 10 years for second-degree manslaughter.

Abrams predicted that the prosecution will ask the judge to sentence Chauvin to more years in prison.

Chauvin will be sentenced on the second-degree murder because, per state law, it's the single most serious charge. Although sentencing guidelines suggest it's more likely he could get closer to 15 years, prosecutors likely will argue otherwise, citing aggravating factors -- minors at the scene watched Floyd die, in one example -- that could push 15 years closer to 40.

"That is the next big debate in the case, over exactly what should be the sentence for Derek Chauvin," said ABC News Legal Analyst Dan Abrams, who said he expects the prosecution to push for a longer sentence.

Chauvin was remanded into custody following the jury verdict. During the end of closing arguments, the former officer waived his right to have a jury decide his sentencing. Cahill alone will decide.

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(BLADENSBURG, Md.) -- A Maryland police officer has been criminally charged for allegedly using excessive force and injuring a woman during a traffic stop last year.

Michael A. Luciotti, a nine-year veteran of the Bladensburg Police Department, was indicted Feb. 11 by the Prince George County Maryland State's Attorney’s Office and arraigned Feb. 26 on second-degree assault and misconduct in office charges, police announced Monday.

An internal investigation was launched after a woman alleged Luciotti used excessive force during a traffic stop in February 2020. The department presented the findings of the investigation to the State’s Attorney’s office for criminal consideration in December.

“Our preliminary investigation revealed the citizen sustained facial and head injuries while in custody and in handcuffs," the Bladensburg Police Department said in a press release.

At the time of the indictment, Luciotti was already on suspension on a separate personnel matter.

Officials said Luciotti was wearing a department-issued body camera during the stop, but that footage hasn't been released.

Last week, on April 13, a Prince George’s County judge denied Luciotti’s motion to have the case dismissed, police said.

“As Chief of Police, it was deeply concerning to me after learning about the details of the complaint and then reviewing the body worn camera footage of the traffic stop. I demand that our officers respect the constitutional rights of every citizen. We will not tolerate mistreatment of any citizen of the community that we swore an oath to serve and protect," Bladensburg Police Chief Tyrone Collington Sr. said in a statement.

"The criminal process is underway and should serve as a sobering reminder that our officers are and will continue to be held to the highest standards of law and expectations of human dignity," he added.

Luciotti remains on administrative suspension with pay pending the results of the criminal proceedings, the chief said. An internal administrative investigation will be completed after the criminal proceedings wrap up.

A lawyer for Luciotti declined ABC News' request for comment.

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(MINNEAPOLIS) -- George Floyd's brother says he's "able to breathe again" after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts for Floyd's death.

"I feel relieved," one of his brothers, Philonise Floyd, said at a Tuesday news conference. "A lot of days I prayed and I hoped and I was speaking everything into existence. I said, 'I have faith that he will be convicted.'"

Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

"You have the cameras all around the world to see and show what happened to my brother," Philonise Floyd said. "It was a motion picture -- the world seeing his life being extinguished. And I could do nothing but watch -- especially in that courtroom."

Another brother of George Floyd, Terrence Floyd, said at the news conference, "I'm just grateful. I'm grateful that my grandmother, my mother, my aunt, they got to see this history made."

Terrence Floyd said he "will salute" his slain brother "every day of my life."

"I'm going to miss him, but now I know he's in history," he said.

Philonise Floyd said "the person that comes to my mind" in the wake of the verdict is Emmett Till, who he called "the first George Floyd."

Till, a 14-year-old Black boy, was killed in Mississippi 1955. Till was kidnapped, beaten and lynched after he was accused of whistling at a white woman. The two white men who went on trial were acquitted by an all-white jury.

"If we don't give up... we can win some rounds," Rev. Al Sharpton said at the news conference. "But the war and the fight is not over. Just two days from now, we're going to have to deal with the funeral of Daunte Wright," a 20-year-old Black man shot dead by Minnesota police this month.

"We still have cases to fight, but this gives us the energy to fight on," Sharpton said.

Family attorney Ben Crump said at the news conference, "Let's pause for a moment to proclaim this historical moment -- not just for the legacy of George Floyd but for the legacy of America. The legacy of trying to make America for all Americans."

"So that George Floyd's victory and America's quest for equal justice under the law will be intertwined," he said.

"This is a victory for those who champion humanity over inhumanity," Crump said. "America, let's lean into this moment and let's make sure, Rev. Al, that this moment will be documented for our children yet unborn as they continue on the journey to justice, knowing that the blood of George Floyd will give them a trail to find a way to a better America, a more just America."

An "America where Breonna Taylor gets an opportunity to sleep in peace at night without the police busting in her front door," and "Ahmaud Arbery gets to run free and not be lynched for jogging while Black," Crump added.

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(MINNEAPOLIS) -- During the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, jurors heard from 45 witnesses. But legal experts say the voice that may have resonated most in the courtroom every day was one from the grave.

In what legal experts called a rarity for the criminal justice system, George Floyd played a major role in the trial of the man prosecutors allege killed him. Jurors saw and heard Floyd up close, in multiple videos, begging for his life up until his final breath.

The jury in the high-profile case announced on Tuesday afternoon that it had reached a unanimous verdict finding Chauvin guilty on the charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Dr. Ziv Cohen, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Cornell University, said that the videos the panel saw of Floyd's final moments were "powerful" evidence for the prosecution.

"That video is the star of this trial. It's the star witness of this trial. It's the biggest piece of evidence in this trial," Cohen told ABC News prior to the verdict being announced.

In bystander video taken from just feet away from Floyd and the officers who were on top of him during the May 25, 2020, arrest, and in even closer police body camera videos, jurors heard Floyd not just begging for his life but talking about his deceased mother, children and predicting his own demise.

"They gonna kill me. They gonna kill me, man," Floyd is heard saying in the now-famous video taken by a then-17-year-old high school student, Darnella Frazier.

Frazier's video recording appears to show Chauvin pressing his left knee on the back of Floyd's neck as he cried out 27 times, "I can't breathe," and eventually said, "My neck. I'm through. I'm through."

"My stomach hurt. My neck hurts. Everything hurts," Floyd said in the video, his face pushed against the pavement. "Give me some water or something, please."

As the disturbing footage continues, Floyd refers to Chauvin as "Mr. Officer" and speaks of his family: "Can't believe this, man. Mom, love you. Love you. Tell my kids I love them. I'm dead."

In police body camera footage taken earlier in the episode, the handcuffed man tells the officers he is "claustrophobic" and suffers from "anxiety" as he pleads with them not to put him in the back of a cramped police cruiser.

"Can you put me in the front, please?" he asked, the officers attempting to shove him into the backseat, saying, "I'm not a bad guy, man. I'm not a bad guy."

At one point he even has a conversation with Charles McMillian, 61, a concerned bystander who tried to intervene, asking Floyd to get into the squad car and saying, "You can't win."

"I'm not trying to win," Floyd responded.

When Chauvin and the other officers remove him from the vehicle and start to place him on the ground, Floyd said, "Thank you" and "I'm gonna lie on the ground. I'm going down."

Cohen said that while many murder trials nowadays are bound to feature some form of video, mostly surveillance video with no audio, the Chauvin trial is unique for the abundance of footage, from multiple angles.

"Certainly hearing George Floyd in distress for a very long period of time, kind of seeing him in his agony and in the final moments of his life, is disturbing to your average viewer and to the jury," Cohen said. "You clearly see that George Floyd is having fear, anxiety, he's in pain, his voice is thick, he's struggling. At various points, he cries out. So, I think the challenge here is that you're not seeing a placid victim, or a placid decedent, where you might try to convince yourself that he's not suffering."

He said Chauvin's attorney, Eric Nelson, has been attempting to undo the power of those images with "ideas, facts that might muddy the waters in terms of what would appear to be very clear from the video."

Brian Buckmire, a New York City public defender and an ABC News legal contributor, said most state courts allow such video, which is considered out-of-court hearsay, to be used at trial under what is called the Dying Declaration Rule.

"We presume that the last words of a person dying are going to be true, because why would you lie if you are about to die?" Buckmire said, explaining the rule. Still, he agreed that such video in a murder trial is "extremely rare."

"When we see video in homicide cases, it's usually grainy video from a distance," Buckmire added. "I don't think I've ever seen this much video of someone's final moments of life in a criminal prosecution."

He said the videos used by prosecutors in the case have also been powerful in humanizing Floyd to the point where it's "almost slightly divine."

"When you hear someone's final words, saying, 'Thank you' to an officer for taking him out of a car, calling their mother, I think that resonates with a lot of people," Buckmire added. "I think you hear that and everyone goes to that point and time if they've lost someone and the final words of that person."

Not only have the prosecution and defense been allowed to replay the video countless times, but both sides also have been permitted to seize on freeze frames of the footage in arguments over whether Chavin was following his training as a Minneapolis police officer.

Nelson, the defense attorney, even tried countering the prosecution's case by playing for the jury part of a previous arrest of Floyd in May 2019, to illustrate similarities with the fatal 2020 arrest and to show the effects opioids allegedly had on Floyd.

"You're not just hearing it second-hand from someone else," Buckmire said, "which is very rare."

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(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Jurors are deliberating whether to convict former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd.

Here's how the news is developing. All times Eastern:

Apr 20, 5:29 pm
Video of verdict in Chauvin case

Apr 20, 5:20 pm
Chauvin to be sentenced in 8 weeks, faces up to 40 years

Chauvin sentencing hearing will be in eight weeks.

The maximum sentence for second-degree murder is 40 years in prison, but Minnesota sentencing guidelines suggest he's more likely to receive up to 15 years.

However, the state is permitted to ask for the full 40 years.

"I expect the prosecution to ask for more time" than the 15 years, ABC News Legal Analyst Dan Abrams said.

Apr 20, 5:13 pm
Chauvin bail revoked, taken into custody

Upon being found guilty on all charges, prosecutors asked that Chauvin's bail be revoked, which was granted by the judge.

The former officer was escorted from the courtroom when proceedings concluded.

Apr 20, 5:11 pm
Chauvin guilty on all counts

The jury has found former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder in the death of George Floyd.

Chauvin was also found guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Apr 20, 5:08 pm
Chauvin guilty of 2nd-degree murder

The jury has found former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder in the death of George Floyd.

Chauvin was also found guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Apr 20, 3:38 pm
Jury deliberated for 10.5 hours

The jury reached a verdict in the trial after deliberating for 4 hours on Monday and 6.5 hours on Tuesday.

Apr 20, 3:32 pm
Jury reaches verdict

The jury has reached a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.
The verdict will be read between 4:30 and 5 p.m. ET

Apr 20, 1:07 pm
Biden praying for 'right verdict' in Chauvin trial

President Joe Biden weighed in on his hopes for a verdict in the Chauvin trial, after speaking with George Floyd's family at the start of jury deliberations.

"I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict, which is -- I think it’s overwhelming, in my view," Biden told reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday. "I wouldn’t say that unless the -- the jury was sequestered now and not hearing me say that."

Biden did not explicitly say whether the "right verdict" is guilty or not guilty. As president, Biden has been careful not to comment on a potential outcome in Chauvin's trial for murder in Floyd's death.

Biden has cultivated a relationship with the Floyd family since George Floyd's death spurred a reckoning on racial injustice in America, calling the family Monday to check in and convey he was praying for them, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

"I can only imagine the pressure and anxiety they’re feeling. And so, I waited till the jury was sequestered, and -- and I called," Biden said Tuesday. "They’re a good family. And they’re calling for peace and tranquility no matter what that verdict is," Biden said.

Psaki has suggested that Biden will react once a verdict in the Chauvin trial is announced.

"When the jury makes their deliberations and concludes and a verdict is found, I'm certain the president will speak to that," she said Monday.

Biden has been closely watching the trial and provided updates, according to Psaki.

Apr 20, 11:23 am
Police departments across US brace for Derek Chauvin verdict

Police departments across the U.S. are bracing for potential protests after the Derek Chauvin verdict.

Thousands of National Guard soldiers have been deployed throughout Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed and Chauvin, now a former Minneapolis police officer, waits to learn his fate from the jury, who are on their second day of deliberations.

A state of emergency has been declared in the region.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Monday, "I am grateful to our colleagues in Ohio and Nebraska for their willingness to provide assistance and relief to our state troopers and law enforcement officers as they continue to work to keep the peace in our communities."

In Washington, D.C., 250 National Guard troops have been activated. A guard spokesperson said those troops are only "preparing to support" the local police department, so their presence won't be seen unless they're needed by police.

The Chicago Police Department said last week that it was also deploying extra resources throughout the city.

The police department said "days off have been cancelled for members of the Community Safety Team, Critical Incident Response Team, Summer Mobile Patrol, all Area Detectives and additional specialized teams."

In Los Angeles, Police Chief Michel Moore said Monday that "added resources are already in play," the Los Angeles Times reported.

The LAPD said it's retrained thousands of officers in crowd-control tactics, the LA Times reported.

Apr 20, 9:17 am
Jurors begin first full day of deliberations

The jury in the Derek Chauvin murder trial returned to the courthouse at 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday to resume their deliberations.

After hearing closing arguments from both prosecutors and Chauvin's defense attorney on Monday, the jury deliberated for four hours without reaching a verdict.

Apr 20, 6:33 am
Jury adjourns without reaching verdict

The jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin adjourned without reaching a verdict on Monday night after deliberating for four hours.

The jurors began to deliberate for the first time at 4 p.m. local time on Monday, following closing arguments from the prosecution and the defense. They adjourned at 8 p.m. local time, according to the court.

The jurors will remain sequestered in a hotel each night until they arrive at a verdict or determine that they cannot all agree on verdict.

Apr 20, 12:10 am
Roseville students protest outside police department as deliberations continue

Hundreds of high school students in Roseville, Minnesota joined a student walkout as deliberations continue in the Chauvin trial.

The Roseville Area High School students gathered outside the school just before 1 p.m. local time and marched to the Roseville Police Department, about a mile away. They wore black in solidarity for Floyd and the Black community.

Apr 19, 7:16 pm

Judge says trial could be appealed over Rep. Maxine Waters’ remarks

Defense attorney Eric Nelson argued for a mistrial over comments Rep. Maxine Waters made regarding the trial over the weekend.

“We’ve got to stay on the street, and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational,” Waters said at a demonstration in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Saturday night when asked what protesters should do if Derek Chauvin is found not guilty.

Nelson brought up the comments after the jury was sent to deliberations Monday, saying he interpreted them “to be threats against the sanctity of the jury process” by “demanding that if there’s not a guilty verdict that there would be further problems.”

Judge Cahill denied the motion for a mistrial, saying jurors had been instructed not to watch the news and therefore couldn’t be prejudiced by the comments, but noted that “Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned.”

“I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law, or to the judicial branch in our function,” he later added. “I think if they want to give their opinions, they should do so in a respectful, and in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the Constitution.”

Apr 19, 5:10 pm

Jury heads into deliberation

After closing arguments from the prosecution and the defense, jurors were sent to deliberate the case against Derek Chauvin.

“The state of Minnesota and the Defendant have a right to demand, and they do demand, that you will consider and weigh the evidence, apply the law, and reach a just verdict regardless of what the consequence might be,” Judge Cahill instructed the jury. “You must be absolutely fair. Remember that it is fair to find the Defendant guilty if the evidence and the law require it. On the other hand, it is fair to find the Defendant not guilty if you are not convinced of his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”

“Now, members of the jury, the case is in your hands as judges of the fact,” he said. “I’m certain that you realize this case is important, serious, and, therefore, deserves your careful consideration.”

The jury will be sequestered until jurors reach a verdict.

Apr 19, 4:56 pm

Closing arguments have wrapped. Judge Cahill is now handing the case over to the jury.

Apr 19, 4:22 pm

Last witness is 'common sense,' state says in rebuttal argument

In the prosecution’s rebuttal, Minnesota Assistant Attorney General Jerry Blackwell brought "common sense" as the 46th witness in the case, stating that even a 9-year-old girl who witnessed Floyd’s death told Chauvin to get off of him.

"Why is it necessary to continue applying deadly restraint to a man who is defenseless, who is handcuffed, who is not resisting, who is not breathing, who doesn't have a pulse, and to go on and do that for another 3-plus minutes before the ambulance shows up, and then to continue doing it?" Blackwell asked. "How is that a reasonable exercise in the use of force?"

Blackwell also disputed Nelson’s portrayal of Chauvin as a reasonable police officer, saying the defense did not give the jury “the whole truth.”

"Notice how when you had the discussion about reasonable officer Mr. Chauvin, the whole narrative cut off before we get to the point that Mr. Floyd was not moving, that he was not conscious, that he didn't have a pulse, and Mr. Chauvin was still on top of him when the EMTs showed up, and he did not get off of him," Blackwell said. "How is that what a reasonable officer does?"

Apr 19, 4:07 pm

Defense concludes closing argument

Nelson wrapped up his closing statement by stating that prosecutors failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt and that Chauvin should be found not guilty on all counts.

"Human beings make decisions, in highly stressful, situations that they believe to be right in the very moment it is occurring. There's lots of what-if’s that could have happened. What could have happened, what should have happened -- lots of them in lots of regards," Nelson said. "But we have to analyze this case from the perspective of a reasonable police officer at the precise moment, with the totality of the circumstances when it comes to the use of force."

Cahill then sent the jury out for a five-minute lawyer conference.

Apr 19, 4:03 pm

Prosecutors want jury to ignore Floyd’s significant medical issues, defense says

When court resumed after a 30-minute break, Nelson continued his closing arguments, stating that Floyd’s death was actually a “multi-factorial” process and claiming that prosecutors want to ignore his significant medical issues.

Nelson said that, according to the state, Floyd’s coronary heart disease, hypertensive disease, use of drugs that acted further to constrict Floyd’s already diseased heart and adrenaline coursing through his body during the police confrontation were “not relevant.”

"They just want you to ignore significant medical issues that presented to Mr. Floyd," Nelson said. "And the failure of the state's experts to acknowledge any possibility, any possibility at all that any of these other factors in any way contributed to Mr. Floyd's death defies medical science and it defies common sense and reason."

Apr 19, 3:46 pm

Defense has resumed its closing arguments after the judge called for a lunch recess.

Apr 19, 3:01 pm

Defense attacks doctors who testified as witnesses for state

Nelson took down several of the doctors the prosecution brought on as witnesses, stating that they were incorrect in their testimonies.

Nelson criticized cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Rich, who concluded that Floyd had a strong heart despite a 90% narrowing of the right coronary artery, a 75% narrowing in the left anterior descending artery, enlarged heart and history of hypertension.

The testimonies of Rich and an additional four doctors fly "in the absolute face of reason and common sense," especially in the testimony that none of Floyd’s preexisting conditions contributed to his death, Nelson said.

"It’s astounding," he said.

Apr 19, 2:50 pm

State has a large burden of proof, defense says

Prosecutors have a laundry list of items to prove in order for Chauvin to be convicted, Nelson said.

The state’s burden of proof includes proving that Floyd’s heart disease, history of hypertension and toxicology levels played no role in his death, Nelson said.

The state must also convince the jury beyond a reasonable doubt that Floyd was not experiencing excited delirium that contributed to his death and that the adrenaline produced as a result Floyd's physical resistance played no role, Nelson said.

Apr 19, 2:33 pm

Defense urges jury to decide whether Chauvin intentionally applied unlawful force

Nelson argued that Chauvin had no intent to purposefully use unlawful force.

"Officer Chauvin made a decision not to use higher levels of force when he would have been authorized to do that, including punches, kicks, elbows," Nelson said.

"All of these tools were available to Officer Chauvin," Nelson said, adding that officers called for EMS within one minute of putting Floyd on the ground.

Apr 19, 2:25 pm

Chauvin did not perform CPR because the environment was becoming hostile, defense says

Chauvin was occupied with a hostile crowd when Floyd took his last breath, making it difficult to perform CPR, Nelson said.

It is written in the Minneapolis Police Department to stop CPR when it is no longer safe to perform it, Nelson said, citing the testimony by Minneapolis Police Officer Nicole Mackenzie, the department's medical support officer, who discussed the difficulty of performing CPR in hostile environments.

"She described how it's incredibly difficult to perform EMS efforts in a loud crowd, difficult to focus when you don't feel safe, makes it more difficult to assess a patient and makes it more likely you can miss signs that a patient is experiencing something," Nelson said. "So the distraction, she said, can actually do harm to a patient."

Apr 19, 2:14 pm

Crowds can change rapidly, defense says

Chauvin would have been paying attention to the behavior of the crowd surrounding him and the other officers while restraining Floyd, Nelson said.

Minnesota Police Department training includes tactics on how to deal with a crowd, especially to "never underestimate a crowd."

"Crowds are very dynamic creatures and can change rapidly," Nelson said.

The bystanders on the scene of the Cup Foods began to raise their voices and call Chauvin names as the incident went on, Nelson said.

How Chauvin interacted with a crowd is in line with how a reasonable police officer would act, Nelson said.

Apr 19, 1:41 pm
The cellphone video is not the 'proper analysis,' defense says

The 9-minute and 29-second cellphone video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd "completely disregards" what happened leading up to the restraint, Nelson said.

While the prosecution has been focusing on the length of the cellphone video, "a reasonable police officer would have taken into consideration the previous 16 minutes and 59 seconds," which included Floyd's resistance, Nelson said.

"Human behavior is unpredictable, and nobody knows it better than a police officer," Nelson said. "Someone can be compliant one second and fighting the next. Someone can be fighting and then compliant."

Apr 19, 1:30 pm
Government buildings in downtown Minneapolis are being fortified in the event of unrest following a verdict in the Chauvin trial.

Apr 19, 1:24 pm
Defense plays police body camera footage of Floyd being put into the squad car

Floyd was engaging in active resistance when Chauvin arrived on the scene of the Cup Foods, Nelson said.

Nelson played the video from Nelson’s body camera that showed two other officers struggling to put Floyd into the squad car as evidence of Floyd's resistance.

Nelson explained that a reasonable officer at that point would determine that the amount of force being used by the officers trying to put Floyd into the car was not enough to overpower Floyd’s resistance.

Apr 19, 1:19 pm
Defense explains what a 'reasonable' police officer would do

After Nelson asked whether Chauvin’s actions were an authorized use of force by a police officer, he went into detail on how a reasonable police officer would have approached the situation.

A reasonable police officer wants to keep his fellow officers, civilians and the person being arrested safe, Nelson said. A reasonable police officer also thinks about resources, such as where the closest hospital is or what the response time for EMS would be.

The direct knowledge that a police officer would have when use of force occurs is information from dispatch, direct observations of the scene and whether the subject was under the influence of a controlled substance, Nelson said.

When Chauvin arrived on the scene of the cup foods, he saw the suspect, who was 6 feet or taller and appeared to be under the influence, Nelson said.

"The situation is dynamic, and it's fluid," Nelson said.

Apr 19, 1:00 pm
'A criminal case is kind of like baking chocolate chip cookies,' defense says

Nelson used a baking analogy to explain what is necessary to find a defendant in a criminal trial guilty.

"I say that the criminal case is kind of like baking chocolate chip cookies," Nelson said. "You have to have the necessary ingredients. You got to have flour, and sugar and butter and chocolate chips, and whatever else goes into those chocolate chip cookies. If you have all of the ingredients, you can make chocolate chip cookies. But if you're missing any one single ingredient, you can't make chocolate chip cookies. It's a simple kind of analogy. But the criminal law works the same way."

Chauvin removed his face mask as he watched Nelson’s closing argument.

Apr 19, 12:42 pm
Defense begins closing arguments

Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, began his closing statement by reminding the jurors that Chauvin is presumed innocent and does not have to prove his innocence.

Nelson also read the definition of proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the judge read to the jury in his instructions earlier in the day.

Apr 19, 12:21 pm
'This wasn't policing, this was murder ... there is no excuse': Schleicher

Schleicher ended his closing statement by emphasizing that Chauvin’s actions were "not policing" but rather murder, urging the jury to trust their eyes and gut.

"The defendant is guilty of all three counts. All of it. And there’s no excuse," Schleicher said.

Chauvin’s defense attorney Eric Nelson will give his closing argument after a 20-minute break.

Apr 19, 12:05 pm
Chauvin displayed 'conscious indifference' in his encounter with Floyd: Schleicher

Schleicher played the portion of the cellphone video where Floyd asked Chauvin for water and told him he could not breathe to show that Chauvin was indifferent to the distress Floyd was in.

Chauvin displayed "conscious indifference" to Floyd as he "leisurely" picked rocks out of a tire and commented on the smell of Floyd’s feet, even as Floyd’s voice became weaker, Schleicher said. Chauvin also ignored Floyd’s pleas and failed to provide medical attention, Schleicher added.

"This isn't protection," Schleicher said. "This isn't courage. And it certainly -- certainly is not and was not compassion. It was the opposite of that."

Apr 19, 11:51 am
The state does not have to prove Chauvin intended to kill Floyd, prosecutor says

Chauvin’s actions were intentional because he knew that kneeling on Floyd’s neck was dangerous and an unlawful use of force, Schleicher said.

"We don't have to show that the Defendant intended to kill him," he said. "The only thing about the defendant's intent that we have to prove is that he applied force to George Floyd on purpose, that this wasn't an accident."

Apr 19, 11:25 am
'Common sense' that Floyd died because Chauvin pressed down on his lungs, state says

Floyd died because of a low level of oxygen, not because of a drug overdose or a preexisting heart condition, as the defense attempted to portray, Schleicher said.

"'Die of a drug overdose,' that's not common sense, that's nonsense," Schleicher said.

The prosecutor continued, "Believe your eyes. What you saw happened, happened. It happened. The defendant pressed down on George Floyd so his lungs did not have the room to breathe."

Apr 19, 11:17 am
Putting Floyd in the prone position was 'completely unnecessary,' prosecutor says

Floyd was already handcuffed on the ground, positioned on his side, when he was then put in the prone position, on his stomach, Schleicher said.

While a subject is on his side, known as the "prone recovery position," it provides room for the chest to expand so he can breathe, Schleicher said.

Putting Floyd on his stomach after he was already in the recovery position was "completely unnecessary," Schleicher said.

"That is when the excessive force began," he said.

Apr 19, 11:06 am
'What the defendant did was an assault': Prosecutor

Apr 19, 11:03 am
George Floyd is not the one on trial, state says

Schleicher reminded the jury that Floyd is not the defendant in the case, pointing to the testimony that characterized Floyd as having a drug addiction and the accusation that he used a fake $20 bill in the Cup Foods, which prompted the 911 call that brought Chauvin to the scene.

"But he is not on trial," Schleicher. "He didn't get a trial when he was alive, and he is not on trial here."

Schleicher also dismissed claims the defense made that Floyd was noncompliant and resisting arrest, stating that Floyd followed commands to put his hands on the steering wheel upon his first encounter with Minnesota Police officers.

"That is not resistance," Schleicher said. "That is compliance."

Apr 19, 10:55 am
'This is not a prosecution of the police,' prosecutor says

Schleicher made "very clear" that the state was prosecuting Derek Chauvin, not the Minneapolis Police Department, calling policing a "most noble profession."

"This case is called the State of Minnesota versus Derek Chauvin," Schleicher said. "This case isn’t called the State of Minnesota versus the police."

Schleicher also said that Chauvin is not on trial for who he was, a police officer, but for "what he did," pointing to the multiple witnesses on the scene who felt compelled to call the police on the police."

He accused Chauvin of abandoning his values and training.

"He did not follow the department's use of force rules," Schleicher said. "He did not perform CPR. He knew better. He just didn't do better."

Apr 19, 10:45 am
Floyd’s last words were 'Please. I can’t breathe.': Prosecutor

Schleicher emphasized to the jury that Floyd’s last words were to plead with Chauvin.

"Floyd’s final words were, 'Please. I can’t breathe,'" Schleicher said. "He said those words to the defendant. He asked for help with his very last breathe."

Rather than help, Chauvin "continued to push him down, to grind his knees, to twist his hand and twist his fingers into the handcuffs that bound him," Schleicher said.

Apr 19, 10:38 am
Prosecutor describes George Floyd’s relationship with his mother

Hennepin County Prosecutor Steve Schleicher began the state’s closing arguments by describing Floyd’s relationship with his mother, Larcenia Jones Floyd, the matriarch of the family.

"And you heard about the special bond that she and George Floyd shared during his life." Schleicher said. "You heard about their relationship, how he would always take time, special attention to be with his mother, how he would still cuddle with her in the fetal position."

Floyd could be heard in cellphone video calling out for his mother as Chauvin kneeled on top of him.

Apr 19, 10:17 am
Judge gives jury instructions

Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill read instructions to the jury before closing arguments began.

Cahill also gave the jury definitions for reasonable doubt and reminded the jury to consider all the evidence they have heard or seen in court.

Apr 19, 9:54 am
Closing arguments to begin Monday morning

The attorneys will begin presenting their closing arguments in the high-profile case just after 10 a.m. local time, with prosecutors, who allege Chauvin killed Floyd on May 25, 2020, by holding his knee on the back of his neck for over 9 minutes, going first.

Defense attorney Eric Nelson is expected to counter that Chauvin, a 19-year police veteran, was abiding by his police training when he and two other officers put a handcuff Floyd in a prone restraint and that a sudden heart attack and drugs in his system killed him more so than Chauvin's knee.

Once the closing arguments wrap up, the jury will be sequestered while they deliberate a verdict.

The Chauvin jury is composed of eight people who are white and six who identify as people of color, including four who are Black. They range in age from their early 20s to 60.

Among the panel are a tax auditor, an executive for a nonprofit health care company, a grandmother with an undergraduate degree in childhood psychology, a banker, an information technology manager who speaks multiple languages and a motorcycle-riding executive assistant.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and chose not to testify in his own defense.

During the trial, which began on March 29 and enters its 15th day on Monday, prosecutors relied heavily on video taken of the deadly encounter by multiple bystanders, surveillance and police body camera to make their case that the use of force Chauvin applied on Floyd was unreasonable, unnecessary and not part of any training or policies of the Minneapolis Police Department.

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Birds take flight on the beach between 26th and 27th Streets at Bruces Beach in Manhattan Beach. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

(LOS ANGELES) -- A stretch of beachfront land in Southern California that was seized from a Black family 97 years ago is set to be returned to their descendants.

Black couple Willa and Charles Bruce purchased land on Manhattan Beach in 1912, making them among the first Black landowners in the city. But 12 years later they were forced off their property as it was seized by the city.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to return the property to the descendants of Willa and Charles Bruce.

The Bruces bought the first of two ocean-view lots for $1,225, a property that could now be worth millions.

They built a resort known as Bruce's Beach to serve Black residents, making it one of the few beaches Black residents could use, due to segregation. The Bruces and their customers were harassed and threatened by their white neighbors, including the Ku Klux Klan, the county board of supervisors said in a news release.

In 1924, the city of Manhattan Beach used eminent domain to force the couple off their land to turn it into a park. The city seized the property in 1929, however, it remained vacant for decades.

Following Tuesday's vote, the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office will file a report within 60 days with a plan and timeline to return the property to the Bruce family.

The Los Angeles County Lifeguard Training Headquarters is currently located on the land. The county will have to address plans for the county to either lease the property from the Bruce family or relocate the lifeguard facility.

The council also voted to sponsor Senate Bill 796, which was introduced last week, and is necessary to transfer the property. When the property was transferred from the state to the county in 1995, it restricted the county's ability to transfer the property. This legislation would lift the restrictions and allows the county to hand over the property to the Bruce family. There is a hearing set for the bill April 27.

"This was an injustice inflicted upon not just Willa and Charles Bruce, but generations of their descendants who almost certainly would have been millionaires if they had been able to keep this property and their successful business," Los Angeles County District 4 Supervisor Janice Hahn said. Hahn's district includes the Manhattan Beach property to be returned to the family.

"When I realized that the county now had ownership of the Bruce's original property, I felt there was nothing else to do but give the property back to the direct descendants of Willa and Charles Bruce," she added.

"I hope that other cities, other counties, and other states will see what we are doing here," Hahn said after the vote. "And I hope that they will be inspired to look at their own histories and identify opportunities to begin to repair and make amends for injustices like these."

Anthony Bruce is one of the family's last living direct descendants and said his family was robbed by the land seizure.

"It was a wrong against the Bruce family," Anthony Bruce told Los Angeles ABC station KABC. "I think we would be wealthy Americans still living there in California...Manhattan Beach probably."

"I want people to take away from this that there is justice and that you have to pursue it and your family can find peace for some of the wrongs that were committed against them in the past," he added.

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(WEST HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.) -- One person was killed and two others were injured in a shooting at an office of a Stop & Shop supermarket in West Hempstead, New York, on Tuesday, police said.

The survivors' conditions were not immediately clear, though police said both were in the hospital. One of the survivors was shot in the chest, and the other was shot in the shoulder, police said.

Police said the suspect, who was or is an employee of the store, used a "small handgun" to shoot either current or former co-workers in a manager's office in the upstairs of the building.

A couple hundred shoppers were in the store at the time, Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said.

The Nassau County Police Department said the suspect has not been apprehended.

Police said they are looking for 31-year-old Gabriel Dewitt Wilson, who was reportedly dressed in all black.

Authorities asked residents to stay indoors as they canvass the area. The West Hempstead School District is on a "lock out," which means people are not allowed into school buildings.

"We are shocked and heartbroken by this act of violence," Gordon Reid, president of Stop & Shop, said in a statement.

"Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, our associates, customers and the first responders who have responded heroically to this tragic situation," he said. "At this time, we are cooperating fully with local law enforcement on the investigation. The store will remain closed until further notice, and we appreciate the Long Island community's support during this difficult time."

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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(NEW YORK) -- Police departments across the U.S. are bracing for potential protests after the Derek Chauvin verdict.

Thousands of National Guard soldiers have been deployed throughout Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed and Chauvin, now a former Minneapolis police officer, waits to learn his fate from the jury, who are on their second day of deliberations.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Monday, "I am grateful to our colleagues in Ohio and Nebraska for their willingness to provide assistance and relief to our state troopers and law enforcement officers as they continue to work to keep the peace in our communities."

The Department of Justice has also deployed specialists from its Community Relations Service -- which specializes in conflict resolution and mediating disputes -- to the Minneapolis area, two Justice Department officials told ABC News. Agency officials have been meeting with community stake holders in an effort to encourage the peaceful exercise of First Amendment activities, officials said. The deployment, which began about two weeks ago, was first reported by The Associated Press.

A state of emergency has been declared in the region.

Walz added, "We cannot allow civil unrest to descend into chaos. We must protect life and property, but we must also understand very clearly if we don't listen to those communities in pain, and those people on the streets, many of them of whom were arrested for speaking a fundamental truth, that we must change or we will be right back here again."

"It's our goal together -- the mayor, the community organizers, people across this state, from law enforcement to ministerial associations -- is to try to make sure we strike that proper balance of making sure the peace and stability is upheld, but that equally is important is that rage that will be on the street regardless of what happens is channeled into a positive way, and that positive way means change," he said.

Minneapolis Public Schools are shifting to remote learning Wednesday through Friday this week due to the trial.

In Washington, D.C., 250 National Guard troops have been activated. A guard spokesperson said those troops are only "preparing to support" the local police department, so their presence won't be seen unless they're needed by police. If the Washington police asks for their help, the troops can help with crowd control and will serve alongside police at traffic control checkpoints and at Metro stations.

The Chicago Police Department said last week that it was also deploying extra resources throughout the city.

The police department said, "days off have been cancelled for members of the Community Safety Team, Critical Incident Response Team, Summer Mobile Patrol, all Area Detectives and additional specialized teams."

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker tweeted Monday that he's putting the Illinois National Guard on standby following a request from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

"It's critical that those who wish to peacefully protest against the systemic racism and injustice in our communities continue to be able to do so," the governor tweeted.

In Los Angeles, Police Chief Michel Moore said Monday that "added resources are already in play," the Los Angeles Times reported.

"Our entire department is in uniform," Moore said, according to the newspaper.

The LAPD said it's retrained thousands of officers in crowd-control tactics, the LA Times reported.

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(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The alleged gunman who killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis last week apparently browsed white supremacist websites a little over a year before the deadly shooting, police said.

On March 3, 2020, Brandon Hole's mother went to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department seeking help after her son had purchased a shotgun with no bullets, according to new details in an incident report released Monday. The mother told police that her son became angry, struck her in the arm with a closed fist and told her to "shut up" when she had asked what he was going to do with the gun. The mother said her son told her that he was going to point the unloaded gun at police officers so they would shoot him, saying, "This is not the life I want to live, I'll end it my way," according to the report.

After speaking with the mother, police officers went to the family's home and placed Hole in handcuffs. Hole, who was 18 at the time, "became immediately anxious" and told the officers, "Please just turn the power strip off on my computer ... I don't want anyone to see what's on it," according to the report. One of the officers went upstairs to seize the shotgun and "observed what through his training and experience indicated was white supremist (sic) websites" on Hole's computer, the report said.

While speaking with officers, Hole "downplayed any suicidal thoughts or plans" but said he felt "sad and depressed and that he would benefit from counselling," according to the report. The officers placed Hole on an immediate detention mental health temporary hold and transported him to a local hospital for further assessment. Officers also notified the criminal intelligence unit about what was observed on Hole's computer and took the shotgun to the police department's property room with "seized by dangerous person" written on the inventory sheet, the report said.

Nevertheless, police said Hole was able to legally purchase two assault rifles in July and September 2020, which were recovered at the scene of the attack at the FedEx facility on April 15, 2021. Hole, 19, was found dead inside the building from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

FedEx said Hole was an employee at the facility from August to October 2020. His employment was terminated when he failed to return to work.

Police said the shooting lasted less than four minutes and was over by the time they arrived on scene. Officers found eight people -- four in the parking lot and four inside the facility -- who were later pronounced dead.

Four surviving victims who suffered injuries consistent with gunshot wounds were transported to various local hospitals. A fifth person with injuries consistent with gunshot wounds sought medical attention in another country. Two others who suffered minor injuries were treated by medics at the scene and were released, police said.

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(NEW YORK) -- A late season cold blast is expected to hit millions from the Rockies to the East Coast on Tuesday.

Already up to 17 inches of snow fell in the Rockies with up to 5 inches reported in Denver.

This storm system that brought all the snow to the Rockies will move east Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing snow from Colorado to New York.

There are 11 states on alert for late season snowfall from Colorado to New York on Tuesday morning.

A total of 2 to 5 inches of snow is expected in Kansas, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio over the next 24 hours.

As the storm system moves into the Northeast, heavy snow will break out on the back side and northern side of the storm with more than half a foot of snow possible from Erie, Pennsylvania, to Buffalo, New York, and into northern New England.

Behind this storm system, a winter-like blast is expected to bring record cold temperatures all the way to Texas as nearly two dozen states from New Mexico to West Virginia are under freeze alerts.

Dozens of record or near record lows are expected for the South and the central U.S.

The coldest morning for the south central states, including Texas, should be Wednesday morning when Dallas could break a record low of 39 degrees.

A record low could also be shattered Wednesday morning in Oklahoma City where the old record is 34 and current forecast temperature is in the upper 20s.

Some of that cold air will move into the East Coast and the I-95 corridor Wednesday night into Thursday morning, when the wind chill is expected to be in the 20s and teens for the Northeast and it will feel like freezing as far south as Raleigh, North Carolina.

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(LAPLACE, La.) -- At least nine teenagers and juveniles have been injured after a gunfight broke out at a 12-year-old’s birthday party.

The incident occurred on the evening of Saturday, April 17, at approximately 8:37 p.m. in LaPlace, Louisiana -- about 28 miles west of New Orleans -- when officers received a call to reports of gunfire, according to St. John The Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office.

When authorities arrived they discovered that multiple people had been shot after an alleged verbal confrontation at a 12-year-old child’s birthday party somehow erupted into a gunfight.

“Through further investigation, officers discovered nine juveniles were injured,” St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a media statement. “Of the nine, seven were treated at a local hospital and released. Two remain in the hospital in stable condition. Those injured were a 17-year-old male shot in the arm; a 16-year-old male grazed in the ribs; a 15-year-old male with a graze wound to the ankle; a 15-year-old male shot in the foot; a 14-year-old male shot in the leg; a 13-year-old male shot in the leg; and a 12-year-old shot in both legs. A 16-year-old male shot in the stomach and a 14-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the head remain in the hospital.”

Authorities believe that an estimated 60 young people were at the 12-year-old’s birthday party and that two groups of male juveniles who have an ongoing feud with each other began arguing at some point during the party which is what eventually led to the shootout.

Yet, in spite of all of the witnesses at the party, not a single person has given a formal statement of what they saw take place. No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting but officers have determined that two guns were fired in the altercation.

“Not one person has given a formal statement,” Sheriff Tregre said in a statement following the incident. “I am asking witnesses to come forward with information to help us learn more about what happened.”

Anyone with information about this shooting is encouraged to call the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office and could be eligible for up to a $2,500 reward from Crimestoppers.

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(NEW YORK) -- Several universities and colleges across the country have reached out to students to provide campus support and resources as deliberations continue in the Derek Chauvin trial.

Universities including Princeton University, Penn State, Syracuse, Boston University, Northwestern University, Grinnell College, Binghamton University and Columbia College Chicago have reached out to their student communities, listing mental health resources and virtual community spaces to help students and faculty process a trial that has sent shockwaves across the country.

Some universities, such as Princeton, are providing mental health hotlines and additional counseling services for students struggling as national conversation continues to focus on racial injustice and police brutality following the death of George Floyd, who died when former police officer Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly 10 minutes during an arrest.

"As the trial of Derek Chauvin comes to a close, and as the nation continues to grapple with a spate of violence and killings over the last few weeks, Princeton is offering resources to the University community, including virtual spaces for processing and discussion," the school said in a statement on their website. "Events such as these challenge us as a community, and also can take a toll on us as individuals. Please seek support if you need it, and offer the same to fellow community members."

On their website, Northwestern posted a list of counseling resources for all students and staff, and said they are "committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment that is anti-racist and just" and which shows compassion toward all members of the community, country and world.

On Boston University's website, the school's president, Robert A. Brown, shared a lengthy and emotional statement regarding the trial, and concluded by saying, "Whatever the verdict in the Chauvin case, I am committed to ensuring that Boston University continues its ongoing efforts to enact, deepen, and advance our antiracist values." He added that the university will provide resources for people who want to talk, or who need support.

Closing arguments were delivered during the Chauvin trial on Monday night, and the jury will remain sequestered until deliberations have concluded.

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(NEW YORK) — The fate of Derek Chauvin was placed in the hands of a Minnesota jury on Monday after the panel heard about five hours of closing arguments from prosecutors and the former police officer's defense attorney who offered radically different views on what killed George Floyd during a May 2020 arrest.

The jury, which is being sequestered in a hotel throughout its deliberations, got the case just before 4 p.m. CT after the attorneys' summations on the evidence in the case, including the testimonies from 45 witnesses and multiple videos from bystanders, surveillance cameras and police body cameras.

While prosecutor Steve Schleicher told the panel the state had proven beyond reasonable doubt that Chauvin is guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter, defense attorney Eric Nelson told the jurors the state fell short of meeting its burden and therefore they should find Chauvin not guilty on all of the charges.

Prior to handing over the case to the jury, Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill dismissed two alternate members of the panel -- Juror 96, a white woman in her 50s who works in customer service and is interested in homeless issues, and Juror 118, a white twentysomething social worker.

Cahill also issued some final advice and legal instructions to the jury, saying, "During your deliberations, you must not let bias, prejudice, passion, sympathy, or public opinion influence your decision."

"Now, members of the jury, the case is in your hands as judges of the facts," Cahill said. "I'm certain that you realize this case is important, serious, and, therefore, deserves your careful consideration."

Defense calls for mistrial

Once the 12 jurors were sent to deliberate, Nelson asked Cahill to declare a mistrial, arguing that prosecutor Jerry Blackwell, who gave the rebuttal for the state, belittled the defense in front of the jury by accusing it of telling "Halloween stories," "shading" the truth, and misrepresenting and fabricating facts.

Nelson also complained about inflammatory public comments made over the weekend by a member of Congress.

During a Black Lives Matter rally in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, calling for justice in the police-involved fatal shooting there of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, Rep. Maxine Water, D-Calif., voiced her views of what the verdict in the Chauvin trial should be.

"I hope we get a verdict that says guilty, guilty, guilty," Water's said. "And if we don't, we cannot go away. We've got to stay on the street. We get more active, we've got to get more confrontational. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business."

Nelson told Cahill that Water's statement can be "reasonably interpreted to be threats against the sanctity of the jury process."

"And now that we have U.S. representatives, threatening acts of violence in relation to this specific case is mind-boggling," Nelson told Cahill.

Cahill responded that Waters "may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trail being overturned."

The judge agreed that politicians like Waters should be "respectful" of the jury process and said "failing to do so I think is abhorrent."

He denied the motion for a mistrial, adding, "a congresswoman's opinion really doesn't matter a whole lot."

9 minutes, 29 seconds

The prosecution was called on first to give a closing argument. Schleicher began his summation by talking about George Perry Floyd Jr., who he said was looked up to by his siblings and "was surrounded by people who he cared about and who cared about him throughout his life, throughout his childhood in that house, through his adolescence, into his adulthood.

Schleicher quickly moved to May 25, 2020, the day Floyd fell unconscious, lost a pulse and died while handcuffed and being held in the prone position by three officers, including Chauvin pressing his knee into the back of his neck.

"Nine minutes and 29 seconds," Schleicher said. "During this time, George Floyd struggled, desperate to breathe, to make enough room in his chest to breathe. But the force was too much. He was trapped. He was trapped with the unyielding pavement underneath him, as unyielding as the man who held him down, pushing him, a knee to the neck, a knee to the back, twisting his fingers, holding his legs for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, the defendants' weight on him."

He reminded the jury of Floyd's final words, noting Floyd called Chauvin referred to as "Mr. officer."

"'Please, I can't breathe,'" Schleicher told the jurors of what Floyd repeated 27 times in 4 minutes and 45 seconds until he could no longer speak.

He reminded jurors that the use of deadly force was applied to Floyd, who was accused of using a phony $20 bill to buy cigarettes at a Cub Foods store, a misdemeanor that multiple law enforcement officers testified did not merit an arrest.

"No courage was required. All that was required was a little compassion," Schleicher said. "And none was shown on that day."

Schleicher played clips from a now-famous bystander video taken by a then-17-year-old witness Darnella Frazier, showing Chauvin pressing his knee into the back of Floyd's neck as he begged for his life, complained of pain and cried out "momma!"

He told the jurors that they can rely on what they saw in the video, and countless others they viewed during the trial.

"Believe your eyes that unreasonable force, pinning him to the ground, that's what killed him," Schleicher said. "This was a homicide."

Chauvin removes mask

Chauvin sat at the defense table with his mask off during Nelson's roughly three-hour closing statement.

"So throughout the course of this trial, the state has focused your attention on 9 minutes and 29 seconds. The proper analysis is to take those 9 minutes and 29 seconds and put it into the context of the totality of the circumstances that a reasonable police officer would know," Nelson said. "And the proper analysis starts with: what did the officers, or what would a reasonable officer, know at the time of dispatch?"

He asked the jury to closely examine what occurred in the 16 minutes and 59 seconds before Chauvin and two other officers placed a resisting Floyd in a prone position on the pavement.

Nelson said that when Chavin arrived on the scene, he knew through a 911 dispatcher that Floyd was over 6 feet tall, possibly on drugs, and that the officers dealing with him had reported the situation was under control before suddenly requesting an urgent need for backup.

He said that when Chauvin arrived at the scene, the first thing he saw with officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng struggling with Floyd, who was refusing to get into the rear of a squad car and complaining that he was claustrophobic.

"So, literally, this demonstrates to you a couple of things: how quickly a situation can change from second to second, minute to minute," Nelson said.

He said Chauvin was following his police training and acting as a reasonable officer would given the same set of circumstances when he and the other officers put Floyd on the ground. He said that because Floyd was actively resisting, Chauvin could have elevated the force used on Floyd, including punching or kicking him, to bring him under control.

"A reasonable police officer would understand this situation, that Mr. Floyd was able to overcome the efforts of three police officers while handcuffed. With his legs and his body strength," Nelson said

He said Chauvin and his colleagues were also confronted by an angry crowd, screaming at the officers to get off of Floyd and video recording the confrontation with their cell phones.

Nelson said the Minnesota Police Department training includes tactics on how to deal with a crowd and specifically states to "never underestimate a crowd."

Nelson also spent a lot of time arguing that Floyd's clogged arteries and the drugs in his system were the cause of his death, more so than Chauvin's knee. He ridiculed the prosecution's expert medical witnesses who said the drugs and Floyd's heart condition had nothing to do with his death, calling their opinions "preposterous."

"They just want you to ignore significant medical issues that presented to Mr. Floyd. And the failure of the state's experts to acknowledge any possibility, any possibility at all that any of these other factors in any way contributed to Mr. Floyd's death defies medical science and it defies common sense and reason," Nelson said.

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(AUSTIN, Texas) --

A former sheriff's deputy was arrested Monday following a nearly day-long manhunt after the suspect's ex-wife and two others were shot to death in what authorities are calling a domestic incident in Austin, Texas.

The incident took place around 11:40 a.m. local time Sunday when officers got a 911 call about a shooting. When officials arrived on the scene, they found two women and a man shot and lying near two vehicles that appeared to have been involved in a crash, the Austin Police Department said.

The victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Officers later identified the victims as Amanda Broderick, 35, Alyssa Marie Broderick, 17 and Willie Simmons, 18.

On Sunday afternoon, Joseph Chacon, the interim police chief of the Austin Police, told reporters that the alleged suspect, Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41, was on the run and was considered "armed and dangerous."

The suspect -- a former deputy at the Travis County Sheriff's Department -- was married to Amanda Broderick and they were scheduled to have a visitation with their son at the time of the incident, police said.

Stephen Nicholas Broderick allegedly opened fire in the victims after the two cars crashed, and then he fled the scene, according to police. It's unclear what caused the collision.

"The couple's son, who was present during the shooting, but physically unharmed, was later located away from the scene where he was turned over to APD officers," the Austin PD said in a news release Monday afternoon.

A manhunt for Broderick started that afternoon and continued into the night, with several law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, assisting. Stephen Nicholas Broderick was apprehended on Monday, shortly before 7 a.m. local time, in Manor, Texas, which is about 20 miles outside of Austin, Manor police said.

A loaded pistol was recovered in the suspect's waistband, police said.

"This is a tragic incident that has deeply impacted our community, and I'm glad to report that the suspect has been taken into custody without incident, and with no additional loss of life," Chacon said in a statement Monday.

The police said they don't yet have a clear motive behind Stephen Broderick's alleged actions and the investigation is ongoing.

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