Apr 4, 2021 - Politics
Ilhan Omar: Minneapolis "on edge" about coming Chauvin trial verdict

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that many in Minneapolis are "on edge" about the result of the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin.

Driving the news: State of the Union host Jake Tapper noted to Omar that convictions of police officers are rare and asked if Minneapolis was preparing for a hung jury or a not-guilty verdict.

  • “[T]he community is on edge about that,” Omar replied.
  • “We have seen justice not delivered in our community for many years. I think that there is a lot of confidence in attorney general Keith Ellison and the prosecutors in this case, but we are all eagerly awaiting to see how this trial shakes out."

What they're saying: Omar said watching the trial had been "re-traumatizing" and had invited feelings of helplessness.

  • "I think the one part that has stayed with me is the fact that everyone that, who took the witness stand, said they felt helpless. That is a feeling that we know really well here in Minneapolis when it comes to police abuse."
  • “It’s been really horrendous to watch the defense put George Floyd on trial instead of the former police officer who’s charged with his murder,” she added.
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