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The Derek Chauvin Trial: How Do We Understand What Has Unfolded And What Comes Next?

As the Derek Chauvin case enters the closing arguments stage, the nation watches and pressure mounts in a case that spurred a national – and international – conversation on race and police brutality.

A painting of George Floyd is kept outside the Hennepin County Government Center before jury selection begins at the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin on March 8, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Closing arguments in the Derek Chauvin trial began today.

The former Minneapolis police officer faces manslaughter and murder charges in the death of George Floyd.

Both sides get one last chance to be heard before the jury begins deliberation.

How has the trial unfolded, and what are the takeaways at this time?

How do we anticipate the outcome, and its impacts?

During the past three weeks of testimony, more fatal police shootings have occurred – including the death of Daunte Wright.

Where do we go from here?

What is the future of policing, Black Lives Matter and racial justice in this country?

Today, a panel of three experts discuss – and listeners call in to join the conversation.

Guests are:

DeAndre’ Hutchison:

Sonceria “Sonny” Messiah Jiles:

Sean Roberts:

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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