Omar: Minneapolis community is 'on edge' around Chauvin trial

Omar: Minneapolis community is 'on edge' around Chauvin trial
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Minnesota Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarNew York Times defends itself against Project Veritas defamation suit Tlaib: US policing 'intentionally racist,' can't be reformed Biden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan MORE (D) on Sunday said the Minneapolis community is “on edge” as it watches the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former police officer who is charged with murdering George Floyd, and waits for a verdict.

When asked by host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperArkansas governor says 'divisive' Trump attacks on GOP officials are 'unhelpful' Arkansas governor: Veto on trans youth bill was a 'message of compassion and conservatism' Buttigieg: Lawmakers can call infrastructure package 'whatever they like' but 'it's good policy' MORE on CNN’s “State of the Union” if the city is prepared for the possibility of a hung jury or a not guilty verdict, Omar said the community is “on edge,” but expressed confidence in Minnesota Attorney General Keith EllisonKeith EllisonSunday shows - Infrastructure in the spotlight Omar: Minneapolis community is 'on edge' around Chauvin trial Derek Chauvin trial Day One: Five things to know MORE (D) and the prosecutors in the case.

“We have seen justice not delivered in our community for many years. I think that there is a lot of confidence in Attorney General Keith Ellison and the prosecutors in this case, but we are all eagerly awaiting to see how this trial shakes out,” Omar, who represents Minneapolis, said.

“It's been really horrendous to watch the defense put George Floyd on trial instead of the former police officer who's charged with his murder,” Omar continued.

Omar added that it has been difficult to watch the proceedings, and that she and the Minneapolis community have tried to avoid it.

Chauvin has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, one count of third-degree murder and one count of second-degree manslaughter, all in connection with the death of Floyd. In May 2020, Chauvin was captured on camera kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest.

Chauvin's trial began on Monday, and thus far has been dominated by emotional eyewitness testimony and gripping bystander video footage.

Omar also weighed in on Major League Baseball’s decision to pull the All-Star Game out of Atlanta this summer in protest of the state’s new restricting voting rights bill, saying she hopes the boycott will “result in changes in the law.”