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Philonise Floyd, the brother of the late George Floyd, revealed on NBC's "Today" that President Biden called him and his family on Monday "to let us know he was praying for us and hoping everything would come out to be ok."

Driving the news: The jury in former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial is deliberating on Tuesday, after several weeks of witness presentations and arguments.

  • Philonise Floyd was the only member of the Floyd family to take the stand, where he gave an emotional testimony about the role his brother played in his family and their community growing up.
  • "He knows how it is to lose a family member, and he knows the process of what we're going through," Philonise Floyd said about Biden, who also called the family after George Floyd's death last year.

The big picture: "We just want everybody to be peaceful," Philonise Floyd told NBC's Craig Melvin when asked about the potential for violent protests after the verdict, which could come as early as Tuesday.

  • "I'm optimistic about everything," he said about what he expects out of the verdict. "I just feel that in America, if a Black man can’t get justice for this, what can a Black man get justice for?"
  • "Hopefully it will be the way that the world wants to see it, because the video is facts and it's proof of what happened," he added.

Go deeper: Jurors resume deliberations as the nation awaits Chauvin verdict

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Updated Apr 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy

"Believe your eyes": Prosecutors make closing arguments in Chauvin trial

Steve Schleicher, an attorney for the prosecution in Derek Chauvin's trial, began closing arguments on Monday by describing in detail George Floyd's last moments — crying out for help and surrounded by strangers, as Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd for nine minutes and 29 seconds.

Why it matters: The jury's verdict in Chauvin's murder trial, seen by advocates as one of the most crucial civil rights cases in decades, will reverberate across the country and have major implications in the fight for racial justice.

Updated Apr 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Jury in Derek Chauvin trial heads into deliberation

The jury of Derek Chauvin's trial has gone into deliberation Monday. The judge told instructed them to "reach a just verdict regardless of what the consequence might be."

Why it matters: The jury's verdict in Chauvin's murder trial is seen by advocates as one of the most crucial civil rights cases in decades.

Apr 19, 2021 - Podcasts

The Derek Chauvin trial heads to the jury

As of Monday, the prosecution and defense have made their cases in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murdering George Floyd 11 months ago. Now the verdict is up to the jury.

Axios Re:Cap is joined by Axios Twin Cities reporter Nick Halter, who is on the ground, to discuss the highlights from the trial, the decision facing the jury, and what could happen when a verdict is released.