Police in Greensboro, Excessive Level, say they’re prepared for attainable protests, as did the Minneapolis jury within the trial of Derek Chauvin | advises crime

Steve Mitchell is cleaning up after breaking windows at Scuppernong Books during the Greensboro protests last May.

News & Record File

GREENSBORO – As the world awaits the verdict of the Derek Chauvin Trial in Minneapolis, law enforcement agencies in Guilford County prepare for the potential of local protests.

Last summer, George Floyd’s death sparked global protests and a law enforcement review of the treatment of blacks. Floyd, a black man, died on Memorial Day after Chauvin – a white former Minneapolis police officer – kneeled on his neck for over nine minutes.

In video footage, Floyd pleaded with Chauvin and repeatedly told him, “I can’t breathe.”

Those words would later be shouted by protesters who took to the streets in the days, weeks and months after Floyd’s death, including protests in Greensboro.

Most of the local protests were peaceful in the summer of 2020, but some demonstrations turned violent.

Video taped on May 31, 2020 after protests turned violent in downtown Greensboro.

Shop windows were broken and companies looted. It led downtown Greensboro business owners to step into storefronts.

No Elm Street businesses had taken this precaution by Monday evening.

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A jury that began deliberating late Monday afternoon will determine whether Chauvin is criminally responsible for Floyd’s death. This decision could spark further protests across the country and locally.

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