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White House readies for Chauvin verdict

Added 04-19-21 07:57:02pm EST - “The Biden administration is consulting with state and local officials in Minnesota in anticipation of a verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd last summer.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “White House readies for Chauvin verdict”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Biden administration is consulting with state and local officials in Minnesota in anticipation of a verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd last summer.

The city of Minneapolis and the country at large are on edge over the potential outcome of the Chauvin trial. The prosecution rested its case on Monday, and a verdict is expected as early as this week. Officials around the country are bracing for unrest to follow.

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiSullivan: White House 'absolutely committed' to raising refugee cap Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Biden, Japan's PM focus on China, North Korea in first bilateral meeting MORE told reporters that the administration has been in touch with elected officials and authorities on the ground and that President BidenJoe BidenGraham: 'I could not disagree more' with Trump support of Afghanistan troop withdrawal Obama, Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley team up to urge communities of color to get coronavirus vaccine Biden to hold second meeting with bipartisan lawmakers on infrastructure MORE and other officials would continue to urge demonstrators to remain peaceful.

“Of course, our objective is to ensure there is a space for peaceful protest, that we continue to convey that while this country has gone through an extensive period, especially the black community, of pain, trauma and exhaustion as we have watched not just the trial but of course additional violence against their community over the past several weeks, it’s important to acknowledge that and elevate that at every opportunity we have,” Psaki said.

“We will continue to encourage peaceful protest but we’re not going to get ahead of the verdict in the trial,” she added, indicating Biden will address the case after it is concluded.

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