I HAD A FRONT-ROW SEAT AT THE CHAUVIN CONVICTION. HERE’S WHAT WHITE ALLIES NEED TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT THIS TRIAL.

Young woman holding up a “Black Lives Matter” sign out of a car sun roof in front of a crowd of people
Photo taken by me at Government Center Plaza on the corner of 7th Street S and 3rd Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN

After less than 24 hours of deliberation, the jury announced that they had a verdict for Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who went on trial for the murder of George Floyd. Downtown Minneapolis became a giant traffic jam as everyone left to avoid potential unrest.