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Jury deliberations begin in Derek Chauvin murder trial

MINNEAPOLIS — Jurors in the murder trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd began deliberating on Monday — as the city sits on edge awaiting the verdict.

Chauvin, 45, faces murder and manslaughter charges in Floyd’s police custody death on May 25. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

Some 3,000 National Guard troops are in the city to beef up police presence in the Minnesota city, while business owners in the heart of the city have boarded up windows in anticipation of unrest when the verdict comes.

City public schools have also cancelled in-person learning starting Wednesday.

“It’s scary,” Minneapolis student Jenea Hayes, 19 told The Post Monday. “I don’t know who is a good cop or bad cop.”

In this May 25, 2020 file image from Minneapolis city surveillance video, Minneapolis police are seen attempting to take George Floyd into custody.
In this May 25, 2020 file image from Minneapolis city surveillance video, Minneapolis police are seen attempting to take George Floyd into custody.
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“I just want the protests to be peaceful,” Hayes said. “I don’t want violence. I’m scared.”

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