The world is watching as the Derek Chauvin trial nears a close.
This week’s closing arguments in the Minneapolis trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, are stirring fears that a not-guilty verdict will heat up racial tensions and further escalate a deepening crisis in confidence with the nation’s police forces.
Biden voiced his concern about potential fallout from the trial during a private meeting last week with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, people familiar with the session said.
For weeks, it has also been a point of worry in conversations with VP Kamala Harris even as the White House grapples with a never ending wave of mass shootings. Harris said in an interview with The Grio,
“Certainly, we want to make sure that the American people call for justice –we all want to know that those calls are met.
And we need to all be aware that when those calls for justice are not met, people rightly express their First Amendment right to speak out, to assemble and to express their concern, their pain, their disappointment — as long as it’s peaceful protests.”
Rep. Karen Bass of California, said on Sunday,
“I’m very worried. I don’t think anyone in Minneapolis, frankly, anyone in the United States or over a good part of the world would understand any other verdict other than guilty.”
The country is on edge, as protests in several cities over the weekend underscored the urgency of a national reckoning on racial justice and police reform.
Thursday’s funeral for Daunte Wright –ANOTHER Minnesota man killed by a police officer, as well as the upcoming verdict in the Chauvin trial could be the fuse that light a fire that spreads across the country.