MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A crowd marched in Minneapolis on Monday, calling for a jury to convict Derek Chauvin of the murder of George Floyd.
Others, like Teon Britton, a resident of Minneapolis, head to George Floyd Square for reflection.
“I’ve always felt empowered [at George Floyd Square], always full of emotions, ”said Britton. “I’ve felt it right now, just pain, happiness, all these feelings.”
Britton has visited George Floyd Square several times, while it was the first of Bishop Thomas Masters.
“I want to be a witness,” Masters said. “I want to feel the feeling of being in the neighborhood, talking to the locals.”
Masters are from West Palm Beach, Florida. He arrived on Monday expecting, or at least hoping, to see a ruling coming this week.
“I hope we don’t have a jury suspended, because all that’s needed is someone to hang it up, and then we go back again,” says Masters.
The bishop said he felt confident in the prosecution’s case, but he – along with hundreds of protesters in the city center – didn’t make any assumptions. Father Jesse Jackson was also present to share his thoughts on a verdict.
“Even if we win, it’s a relief, not a victory,” Jackson said. “They are still killing us.”
Jackson also calls for peace.
“We are nonviolent not because we are afraid, but because we are wise,” he said.
Britton understands businesses worry about parole, but he also believes that Chauvin deserves to be pleaded guilty.
“I just know people got on the plane and did this, that, when there shouldn’t be any reason to feel worried about looting,” Britton said.
The masters say he is praying for a quick and fair judgment. He added that he did not feel the defender came up with a tightly closed argument.