MINOT, N.D. — The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has commenced in Minnesota.
Chauvin, as I’m sure you know, was the officer who was kneeling on George Floyd’s neck when he died. Floyd’s death kicked off a renewed surge of Black Lives Matter activism last year that, unfortunately, was often extremely violent.
Communities around the country, and around the world, saw people hurt and killed. Property was damaged.
North Dakota wasn’t spared the violence. Rioters threw rocks and broke windows in downtown Fargo last year.
As the criminal just system begins the process of adjudicating Chauvin’s guilt or innocence, our entire nation is bracing itself for what could be another explosion of arson and rock-throwing and beatings if the jurors don’t convict.
Jury selection commences soon.