Minneapolis was a city of protest and remembrance during the early days of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former white policeman on trial for the death of George Floyd, the black man whose neck he knelt for more than nine minutes during an arrest last May.
Only a handful of people were allowed into the courtroom at the Hennepin County Government Center. But outside, others chained themselves to fences, carried banners and knelt in remembrance – echoes of the protests that erupted last summer after a cellphone video was posted online. of Mr. Floyd’s death.
Others looked from afar in hair salons, convenience stores and on cell phones. A woman took a moment to reflect on a bonfire Monday near where Mr Floyd was killed, an area that has become both a memorial and a complicated symbol of race and law enforcement in America.
Here are the scenes from the city of Minneapolis during the first week of the trial.
– Aidan Gardiner
Cup Foods, a convenience store where Mr. Floyd was killed, has since become a memorial.
Ben Crump, an attorney for Mr. Floyd’s family, left, and civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton, right, kneel outside the courthouse on Monday.
Activists on Hiawatha Avenue, where students from South High School in Minneapolis hung a banner in support of George Floyd from the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge.
Doctors hang Black Lives Matter flags outside the courthouse.
Chalk art on a street near where Mr. Floyd was killed.
Protesters march through Robbinsdale, Minnesota, Thursday.
More protesters in Robbinsdale.
The lawsuit was broadcast on the television screens of the Urban Touch Barbers & Salon in Minneapolis.
Elliot Wachs, one of many activists who chained themselves to the fence outside the Hennepin County government center throughout the week.
Courtney Ross, Mr. Floyd’s girlfriend, left, put candles near where he died. In a tearful testimony Thursday, she described their joint struggle with drug addiction, their first kiss and her nickname for her: “Mom.”
A quiet morning at the “Say They Names Cemetery”, a public art installation in memory of blacks killed by police.
Posters of victims of police violence lined the barrier outside the Hennepin County government center.
A woman walked past buildings in downtown Minneapolis that were jailed in anticipation of the trial.
Hundreds of people gathered near the courthouse for the first day of trial on Monday.
A group of student activists from South High School in Minneapolis hung a banner in support of George Floyd from the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge on Hiawatha Avenue.
Activists hold a sign commemorating other people who have been killed by police.
Mr. Floyd repeatedly told the police, “I can’t breathe,” as they pinned him to the ground.