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VERDICT WATCH: Jury continues deliberations in Derek Chauvin murder trial

The jurors in the Derek Chauvin murder trial will continue deliberation on Tuesday as the nation braces for protests.

Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to third-degree murder, second-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Floyd, who was unarmed, died after the former Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes during an arrest in May 2020.

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Deliberations began Monday after hours of closing statements, and ended at 8 p.m. without a verdict.

Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill told the jurors to “plan for long and hope for short.” They will be sequestered until they reach a decision.

As the Washington Post reports, cities around the U.S. have called in the National Guard to prepare for possible unrest once the jurors reach a verdict. More than 3,000 trips have reportedly been dispatched to Minneapolis.

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[Featured image: Derek Chauvin/Hennepin County jail; George Floyd; Facebook]